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Walton High School would like to congratulate the 2017-18 Hall of Fame students!

1st picture (left to right):
Josh Homza, Camryn Johnson, Melanie Nowell, Simone Graham, Trinity Ciappio, Jordan Campbell, Emily Seay, Dale Brown

2nd picture (left to right):

Tyler Carnley, Citlaly Ramirez, Tanner Abbott, Ellie Johnson, Logan Betts, Syndi Earley, Thomas Feitsma, Logan Burgess

Submitted by Christy English

During the week of March 5-9, WMS eighth grader Haleigh Permenter traveled to the state capitol in Tallahassee to serve as a legislative page under the direction of State Representative Brad Drake.  While there, she got to experience our state government in action.  WMS applauds Haleigh for serving as a student leader, gaining knowledge and experience she will carry into her future.

Submitted by Kristen Nelson

Maude Saunders recognizes the importance of their Library Media Center to the academic success of their students!!!  We are grateful for our student media helpers who work in the library every single day, filing returned books, helping students find new reading material, keeping the library media center looking great, and many other important tasks.  

Submitted by Krissy Spence/Kim Stafford

At the Book Fair! 

Finding  a "good fit" book to read!!! 

Congratulations to Mr. Todd Drake on being recommended by Superintendent A. Russell Hughes and approved by the Walton County School Board on April 3, 2018 as the new principal at Emerald Coast Middle School!  

 Mr. Drake is originally from Snellville, Georgia. He is a graduate of South Gwinnett High School and brings with him three years of banking experience and 13 years of educational experience. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Augusta University. He has a Master's of Mass Communications in Advertising and a Specialist in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia.  He is certified in the fields of Special Education General Curriculum (P-12), Special Education Content Areas Math, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies (P-8) and Educational Leadership (P-12).

5th grade at WDE is pursuing student engagement with a Math EGGstravaganza! The kids looked for eggs filled with math challenges. Once they completed the challenge, they reported to their teacher to see if it was correct! All correct answers were rewarded with a treat.

Picture 1: Students are excited to get started and find eggs.


Picture 2: McKenzie Beck solving her first math problem during the Math EGGstravaganza.

Submitted by Jessica Dawkins

Congratulations to the PHS Students of the Month for March (pictured L to R): (High School) Savannah Spann, (Elementary) Danelle Holder, and (Middle School) Anney-Kate Araneo. Way to go, ladies!

Submitted by Kalli McMillan

Special Thanks to the members of the DeFuniak Springs Woman’s Club for their generous gift of funds for the purchase of an Alto Xylophone for the Maude Saunders Elementary School Music program!
The Woman's Club is the oldest civic organization in the historic town of DeFuniak Springs. It was established in 1915. The purpose is to help the town and residents with a special focus on the needs of women and children. Music teacher Cathy Drake stated that over 580 students will be impacted by the addition of the Alto Xylophone to the schools Orff Instrumental Ensemble.
WCSD is grateful for this contribution by the DeFuniak Springs Woman’s Club!

Pictured (Left to Right) Cathy Drake, Carol Doxey, Marcia Moore and Joan Sangl
Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe

South Walton High School celebrates Library Media Month and National Library Week (April 8- 14, 2018) by recognizing the contributions of their library and media specialist, Deanna Forester, and the impact library media services has on student achievement and development! 

    

  

Submitted by Kim Stafford

During the April 3, 2018 Walton County School Board Meeting, School Board Member Kim Kirby and Superintendent Russell Hughes presented certificates to several Walton County teachers for being recognized by the Commissioner of Education, Pam Stewart, as some of the highest impact teachers in the state of Florida. After analyzing student performance on statewide standardized assessments, it was found that these teachers had a significant positive impact on student learning growth. 

A big congratulations and thank you to these teachers for their hard work in and out of the classroom.  Once again, proof that Walton County is the best school district anywhere.

Pictured from left to right are:  Kim Kirby, WCSD School Board member; Conor Voreis - Freeport High School;  Nicole Ludwig - Freeport Elementary School; Pamela Lathinghouse - Maude Saunders Elementary School; Nina Thornton, Sandy Love, Diana Gillis - Walton Middle School; Michael Farrar - Freeport Middle School; Susan Rockman, Angela Ellison, Kimberly Davenport, Jessica Cook - Paxton School; Superintendent A. Russell Hughes. Not pictured are Jessica Daniel - West DeFuniak Elementary School; Randa Dewees - Mossy Head Elementary School; and Stacey Knapp - Freeport Elementary School

Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe

Are you ready to plant your garden? On Saturday, April 14th, Florida Farmers Market will be having a plant sale. The Florida Farmers Market has teamed up with the Paxton Agriculture students to pot tomatoes and create a watering table for them. These students have learned a lot and are doing a great job of taking care of the plants. Come out on Saturday, from 10 AM to 3 PM, to purchase some of their plants for your garden.

Date: 4/14/18

Time: 10am-3pm

Location: Florida Farmers Market in Paxton, FL

Who: Community Members to buy from Ag Department

Plants grown by all middle school classes

Tomatoes, Peppers, Egg Plant, Squash, Zucchinni, and more

$1 per plant or $5 for 6


All proceeds go back into the Agriculture Department here at Paxton School.

Submitted by Nate Moore