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Every day at Walton Middle School, outstanding teaching and learning occurs campus-wide.  Yet, WMS' amazing teachers don't often have the opportunity to venture beyond the four walls of their own classrooms.  They don't feasibly have the time in their structured day to get out and observe the inspiring teaching that brings learning to life down the hallway or even just next door.  This year, as one of WMS' professional learning initiatives, teachers are participating in peer-to-peer observation cycles--opportunities that allow them to observe and grow by watching other teachers in action.  The first cycle of the school year is taking place on Tuesday, September 24, and Thursday, September 26, when substitute teachers cover one class period for each participating teacher, during which the teacher travels to another classroom within their subject area to observe.  While there, they seek ideas to implement with their own students, ponder compelling questions about the lesson, and consider constructive suggestions regarding instruction and, thereby, student learning.  After the observation, the teacher team will confer, sharing specific thoughts about the lesson, using a guided observation and reflection form.  Because individual reflection yields growth, the observed teachers will also make note of how to strengthen instruction as a result of the valuable feedback.  This school year, WMS teachers are practicing the philosophy that "the best professional development is the teacher down the hall"--living out the school's "We, Not Me" motto for the A+ tribe.     Submitted by Kristen Nelson

Cover Picture: In sixth grade social studies, Mr. Tracie Jordan takes a seat to observe and learn from his partner Mr. Paul Baur.

WMS Peer to Peer

Who is that sitting at Ms. Angela Reinke's desk?  It's Mrs. Greer Harvell--jotting down notes about Ms. Reinke's engaging eighth grade science lesson.

WMS Peer to Peer

Mrs. Alison Shoaf discusses a math-related bell ringer for her eighth grade Unique Skills students while Mrs. Karley Leach thoughtfully looks on.

WMS Peer to Peer

Mrs. Karley Leach takes a corner seat in Mrs. Alison Shoaf's eighth grade Unique Skills class, gaining new ideas she might implement with her own students

Freeport Elementary flipped their classrooms for Rock the House Day on September 19, 2019.  Each grade transferred their classrooms around a learning theme. 

 Students in Kindergarten celebrated Johnny Appleseed with fun activities including apple tasting.  Students and teachers dressed like Johnny Appleseed.  First grade students explored bats based on their reading of Stella Luna.  They loved an echolocation activity, stem activities with flying bats and reading with flashlights. 

Second grade walked a runway like movie stars with descriptive adjectives and number bonds.  The students and teachers loved dressing for the runway. 

Third grade students became surgeons and surgically decomposed numbers using the distributive property and enjoyed travelling through the regions of the United States.  Other fantastic events included a library tour through Washington D.C, Mrs. Saltsman's drum circle outside, mining for syllables, and many EPIC activities!

Submitted by Stacey Bruning

FES Rock the House

FES Rock the House

FES Rock the House

FES Rock the House

Walton County School District currently has an open K-2 Self-Contained ESE Teacher position at Maude Saunders Elementary School. Florida Educator Certification in ESE K-12 & Elementary Education K-6 or Pre-K Primary Age 3-Grade 3 is required. If you have any questions concerning the position, you may contact Cindy Neale, Principal, at 850-892-1261. Please click the following link to apply.
https://www.walton.k12.fl.us/employment

In September, the Kindergarten classes at West DeFuniak Elementary learned about the five senses. The students in Mrs. Davis' and Mrs. KcKee's classes loved examining, exploring, and of course tasting different varieties of apples! 

Students used all 5 of their senses to enjoy the apples but they especially enjoyed the tasting part of the experiment!

WDE Apple Chart

Apple Pic WDE

Mossy Head School students, families, and staff came together for an exciting night of dinner, classroom visits, and math! Families gathered for dinner. Then, students took their families to show off their classrooms and visit with their teachers. The whole school gathered back together for some math station fun. Mr. Greg Tang Jr. and Mr. Jared Saavedra targeted building students' knowledge of critical math strategies and skills, while also giving them a chance to practice those strategies and skills in fun and engaging ways. They encourage both parents and students to think about numbers in new and fun ways together. Submitted by Allie Blanton

MHS TANG Night

MHS TANG Night

MHS TANG Night

MHS TANG Night

Mrs.Wilson’s Art Class was thrilled to show their abilities in Art today as they worked on their Butterfly Projects. They promised one was coming to the Superintendent!

TANG Math at Mossy Head School!

September 19, 2019

Mossy Head School enjoyed another round of math strategy and skill building activities. While teachers met with Greg Tang Jr. for professional learning, students participated in math activities with Jared Saavedra. Both students and teachers learn strategies that help build number sense and fluidity. submitted by Allie Blanton

Day of TANG
Day of TANG
Day of TANG
Day of TANG

Walton High Hosts Blood Drive

September 19, 2019

Walton High School hosted a blood drive on September 18, and it was a huge success!  There were 47 people that donated to this worthwhile cause.  We appreciate everyone's willingness to give... and help save lives.

Submitted by Christy English