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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

Dads + S.T.E.M. = Fun Learning!

September 24, 2019

Mossy Head School dads and dad representatives came out for "Take your Dad's to School" Day. Dads joined their children in super fun and challenging S.T.E.M. activities in their classes. From making their own bouncy balls, to stacking cups without using their hands, to building the tallest, strongest tower, students, teachers, and dads had a great time learning together! Submitted by Allie Blanton
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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.

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

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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

The Freeport Middle School art department studied Gyodan, the Japanese art of fake food. Gyodan artists called Shokunin, study for 7 years to become a professional. The students created Gyodan using clay, acrylic paint, and props. Do ours look real? Submitted by Kendra Estes

FMS Gyodan

FMS Gyodan

FMS Gyodan

Sophia Bock, Natalie Reid, Maddox Rhea and Amy Simms earned perfect scores on their Biology 1 EOC last year at SWHS.  Great job Seahawks!


Principal Tibbetts announced to the SWHS student body that Nadia Bock, Class of 2020, has been named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist.  Nadia is the daughter of Douglas and Denise Bock of Santa Rosa Beach.  Congratulations Nadia!


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