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We are currently monitoring Hurricane Zeta.  Although Walton County is not in the tropical storm warning zone at this time, our local weather experts have forecasted possible tropical storm force winds for Wednesday night beginning at 8:00 p.m.  with this information, the Walton County School District will continue school as planned for tomorrow, October 28th.  As always, safety is our number one priority.  If you have any safety concerns, travel related absences should be based on the best decision for your family.  We will continue to monitor the weather, and we encourage you to continue to check back on our district website. 

Walton County School District, along with Superintendent Hughes and countless educators around the state of Florida would like to say happy retirement to a legend in the world of education to Mrs. Joy Frank, Esq.

 

Joy Frank has been the catalyst and conduit for Legislative Focus, solutions, grounding and centering for Millions of Students in the districts of all 67 counties in the state of Florida. There really is no way to measure the work, service, long lasting impact this Giant of A Person has navigated the past 23 years in her tireless and relentless work. Mrs. Joy Frank on behalf of the current almost 11,000 students, 1400 employees and the 1000’s  of both that have matriculated through the hallways of our schools the past twenty-three years, WE SALUTE YOU for being what we call EPIC!

Does your child attend a Title I school?

Your participation is key!

Together with parents, each of our Title I schools have developed a Parent Family Engagement Plan that explains their plan for working with our families to review and improve family programs each year and describes how you can help with the planning of these programs. We value your input and urge you to take the time to reach out to your child’s school to access this plan and get involved! The Parent Family Engagement Plans can also be found on each school’s website or you may request a copy from your child’s school.     

20-21 Walton County School District Title I Schools

Freeport Elementary School

Maude Saunders Elementary

Mossy Head School

Walton Academy Charter School

Walton Middle School

West DeFuniak Elementary School

 

For more information click the link below.  

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has officially extended its summer meal waivers for the entire 2020-21 school year. 

The USDA waivers, which will now be in place through June 30, 2021, allow schools to waive meal pattern requirements and serve meals to all children under 18 at no charge. The waivers also enable meals to be served outside of the typically required group settings and meal times, and permit parents and guardians to pick up meals for their children. 

The previous extension of these waivers was originally set to expire at the end of December. Earlier this month, however, Congress passed a continuing resolution bill that granted authority and funding for further extensions, which was later signed into law.

The School Nutrition Association has been advocating for the waiver extensions, saying that they are vital for students and their families who may be struggling with food insecurity due to COVID-19.  

“These waiver extensions are great news for America’s students and the school nutrition professionals working so hard to support them throughout this pandemic," School Nutrition Association President Reggie Ross said in a statement. “Families struggling to make ends meet can be assured that their students will have access to healthy school meals, whether they are learning at home or in school. School meal programs can remain focused on safely meeting nutritional needs of children in their communities without having to worry about burdensome regulations.”  

Superintendent Hughes was Supercharged after another visit at The Magnet Innovation Center (WCSD’s 1st STEM School).  WOW!!!!!  The level of instruction, Instructional Instruments and resources being used to provide cutting edge Innovative Learning for students in the 21st Century.  A quick observation of what Mr. Kamando and Mrs. Dickerson was facilitating in Introduction to Engineering and Pre-AP ELA was phenomenal.  EPIC is truly The Way; Hang On and Gain On!!!!!

SWHS Boys Golf

October 19, 2020

SWHS Boys Golf won their district championship over Pensacola Catholic.  The team advances to Regionals in Jacksonville on Monday.

Dune Lakes Elementary Art Instructor, Kathleen Whaley and Media Instructor, Rachel Gonzalez blend their Kindergarten curriculum to bring alive the book, The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds.  

The Dot is rellistic fiction children’s book that explores overcoming self-doubt through the simplest of measures.  Vashti, the story’s main character is a reluctant learner who, through making a single dot on a page, learns that she can draw and ultimately be an inspiration to other new artists.  With the simple encouragement from her teacher “Just make a mark and see where it takes you!” Vashti is set on a path to explore something new with confidence. 

Dune Lakes Elementary Kindergarten students read The Dot in both art class and in their media class. In their art class, each student created two dots. Look where it took them – a beautiful collaborative installation between all Kindergarten classes and two special classes.

Dune Lakes is keeping it EPIC in special classes and Kindergarten!