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House competitions at the WISE Center are serious business, and it was Ramsey's House of Archer for the win!  But, everyone was able to share in the rewards when Live School paychecks were passed out to use at the school store.

WISE House

WISE House Competitions

Students in third grade learned the difference between making an inference and an observation.  Students were asked to observe as the teacher presented them with what appeared to be a candle.  Students continued to observe as their teacher lit the "candle" and blew it out.  Next, they were asked to share what was observed.  After sharing out their observations, third graders were completely surprised when their teacher took a big bite of the candle and ATE IT!  The “candle” turned out to be a mozzarella stick with a sliver of almond as the wick.  This was the perfect opportunity for teachers to discuss the difference between an inference and an observation.  They learned that observations are based on facts or evidence gathered using the five senses.  Inference is based on their own reasoning and speculation.

WDE Inference Vs Observation

WDE’s guidance counselor, Mrs. Dawn Barone, visited some first grade classrooms to read a book, We Don’t Eat Our Classmates. Throughout the story, she discussed the book with them and asked questions. Mrs. Barone reminded students to not only be their best academically but to also be the best, kindest friend that they can be!

 

Pictured: Mrs. Dawn Barone with Mrs. Sconiers’s first grade class

Mrs. Sconiers class

Mrs. Sconiers class

Congratulations to the following students for winning Butler’s monthly Sportsmanship Awards. They have shown great sportsmanship characteristics for this month, including being prepared, sharing, and being gracious winners. For fourth grade, Camila Cervantes and Luke Forester were recognized. For fifth grade, Noor Ahmed and Ty Nguyen were recognized.

Butlers Sportsmanship Award

 

Butlers Sportsmanship Award

Teachers and support staff at Mossy Head School participated in professional development focused on supporting students. Topics covered include student close reading and text coding, MTSS process, Ron Clark’s Essential 55, and technology tools.  Submitted by Allie Blanton

PD at MHS

PD at MHS

WMS invites families to join us for DATA & DOUGHNUTS.
 
6th grade—Weds., 9/11
7th grade—Thurs., 9/12
8th grade—Fri., 9/13
 
(@ 7:50 each day in your child’s SPEAR classroom)
 
At this unique event, you will:
 
--Learn more about WMS in our annual Title 1 parent meeting
--Gain insights about your child’s progress so far this year
--Establish attainable goals for success with your child
 
For safety purposes, please arrive early that morning to sign-in and print your identification badge. (WCSD uses the Raptor identification system to help keep our schools safe. Processing IDs does take time, so you might want to visit our front office prior to the event to be entered into our system.)
 
We look forward to seeing you!
Submitted by Kristen Nelson

Superintendent Hughes stops into MHS while teachers, administration and staff are working harder than ever to stay abreast of best practices school wide. 
Today’s Professional Development is centered around Text Coding. Teachers Teaching Teachers is the Power Of Educational Growth in Walton County. Thanks Mrs. Cook and Mrs. Betts for leading the charge. Stampede on Mustangs!

PD at MHS

PD at MHS

Each day, Walton Middle School teachers intentionally design learning opportunities for students that align with the AVID WICOR philosophy--a model that guides students in comprehending concepts and articulating ideas at increasingly complex levels.  On Friday, August 23rd, Mrs. Alison Shoaf designed a math fluency bell ringer that required students to collaborate with each other.  Her students exhibited teamwork, supporting each other's learning through shared responsibility, shared ideas, and shared discussion.  Developmentally, middle school students thrive when given the opportunity to express their ideas with their peers.  In Mrs. Shoaf's class, like many others, the WICOR way is evident each and every day. 
Submitted by Kristen Nelson
WMS Learning together
Tuesday, August 27, during BRAG, the 8th graders pictured were recognized for scoring a level FIVE on the FSA-Grade 7-Math. Special recognition was given to Noah Morgan, who received the highest score in the entire grade.
Group Picture: Back Row (L to R) - Hydie Varnum, Aliana Anderson, Zoe Orange, Gavin Johnson, Collin Stewart, Mary Fleming, Hunter Lambert, Madison Falk, Gracie Geoghagan, and Ricky Hammingh. Front Row (L to R) - Kassie Bizek, Addie Cook, Deerlyn Guzman-Lopez, Noah Morgan, Arielle Del Castillo, and Kaley Norris.
(NOT PICTURED: Colten Phillips)
Noah Morgan PAX
Pictured:  Noah Morgan