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Learning is FUN in the WCSD!

November 19, 2020

Anyone that says learning is “NOT FUN” has NEVER visited FES where Superintendent Hughes observed a game of Around the World using math problems where Katelin Won!  PE was super fun using music to make sure students are active, stretching, and learning the need to keep the body moving.  Kindergarteners were learning rectangle as a shape through Art and Forth Graders were learning the difference between Pollination and Fertilization.  It’s Final…..Learning is FUN in the WCSD and FES exemplified it in EPIC fashion!

“People learn most when teaching others.” –Peter F. Ducker

WMS seventh grade math teacher Mrs. Makala Ellenburg strives to make learning both straightforward and challenging for her students.  During instruction, Mrs. Ellenburg guides students toward standards-based understanding using the AVID note process.  She models how to work problems and walks students through the thinking processes involved.  She then allows students timed practice opportunities to work problems independently.  As they work, she circulates the room, checking answers and awarding tickets to those with the correct answers and work.  She then selects students to work out the problems and explain their thinking to their peers.  These students also earn tickets for their work.  At the end of class, Mrs. Ellenburg holds a prize drawing for all ticket recipients.  Mrs. Ellenburg creates an environment for students to OWN their learning while having fun doing it.

Superintendent Hughes made a visit to Brave Country where he served as principal for 10 years, had a chance to see some amazing advanced math coursework that will challenge the best students at the highest cognitive level! EPIC leadership and teamwork happening in these halls!  Also, spent some time in the band room welcoming new band teacher Mr. Austin and some of the most talented musically gifted students in the state. Shout out to the Tuba section (instrument Mr. Hughes played in Middle School)!

What Are You Thankful For?

November 17, 2020

What are you thankful for?  If it includes the Walton County School District, please text your gratitude to 850.204.9667, and we will pass it on to a specific school or employee!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, November 23-27

Re-opening Update for Parents 11/13/20

In the spirit of transparency, I would like to share the Walton County School District’s updated COVID-19 data.  Please remember if your child has been exposed while at school, you will receive a phone call home.  If you have not been notified, then your child has not been exposed while at school.

Click the link below for the full update.

Loaded up and Ready to Grow

November 10, 2020

This week, Mr. Joe Proffitt shared one of his ag class’s tower gardens with Mr. Tommy Martin and students at Emerald Coast Technical College.  These aeroponic growing systems can be found throughout campus at WMS, providing an easy way to grow fresh produce, both indoors and out, year-round.  The teachers are excited to share this unique gardening experience with students at both schools.  And undoubtedly, the products of their learning will be both healthy and delicious.

In the 2A Region 1 meet South Walton girls finished second and boys finished third. They both ran a solid race with four girls finishing in the top fifteen. Both teams qualified for the state meet in Tallahassee on 11/14. Results on

Paxton High School’s aerospace students send a huge shout out to USAF Colonel Tucker Hamilton for joining them via Microsoft Teams today to lend his expertise to the students’ glider project. Students have been tasked with turning a shoebox into a functioning glider, using cardboard, foam, and other easily procured materials.

Hamilton shared tips for determining center of balance of the glider, adjusting angle of attack, and provided ideas for ways to test the airflow around the aircraft’s surfaces, as well as answering a myriad of questions about his Air Force career as a test pilot. Hamilton is currently the director of the USAF/Massachusetts Institute of Technology Artificial Intelligence Accelerator, and joined students from the MIT campus today. 

PHS thanks you for your service and your continued support of STEM education!

On Novemeber 9, 2020, WISE center programs welcomed the ODA 7315 Army special forces unit to participate in our garden dedication. Walton In"10"sity School of Excellence students planted a diverse system of plants in the north garden. The garden is now dedicated to our WISE veterans. We are honored that the ODA 7315 attended the ceremony which also included WISE Pre-K students reciting the pledge of allegiance. 

WDE First Grade Election

November 5, 2020

In honor of the 2020 Presidential Election, first graders at WDE held their own election to help them understand the voting process. Students were able to apply for voter registration, receive voter cards, and cast votes for “Duck” or “Farmer Brown”. These young citizens enjoyed reading Duck for President and collecting valuable information about the two candidates before voting.  First grade students loved learning about how important the voting process is and how it is a responsibility that all citizens should hold dear!