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FMS and WMS ELA teachers enjoy collaborating about the seventh grade Springboard curriculum
Under the coaching direction of Mrs. Lynne Martin, Walton Middle School and Freeport Middle School reading and ELA teachers have recently been provided opportunities to shadow each other to gain new creative ideas.  Undoubtedly, teachers learn best when they learn together, and who better to learn from than cohorts who are creatively tackling the same challenges in the trenches each day?
Several weeks ago, Mrs. Martin coordinated and made it possible for WMS reading teachers Mrs. Emily Kent and Mrs. Jade Tucker to spend time watching Ms. Robin Walden in action at FMS.  After classroom observations, the teachers had the opportunity to sit down together to brainstorm and debrief.  Almost immediately upon returning to school, Mrs. Kent and Mrs. Tucker tried out new instructional strategies they gained from Ms. Walden.
Then on Wednesday, February 5th, FMS ELA teacher Mrs. Angela Jackson headed north to WMS.  Alongside Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Jackson ventured into the classrooms of Mr. Brendon Murphy, Mrs. Michelle Seay, Mrs. Chastity McLaney, Miss Tara Manson, and Miss Regina Messer.  After each visit, Mrs. Jackson and the teachers she observed debriefed and shared ideas.  Everyone who participated benefited from the peer-to-peer collaboration.
Open doors open dialogue about instruction across the Walton County School District.  Many thanks to Principal Jason Campbell and Principal John Olson for making this opportunity for professional growth possible.  

Walton High School's culinary students recently partnered with the Sonder Project to fill the raised bed gardens on our campus. Students and volunteers did a great job working together to get all 20 beds filled and 4 of the beds planted. Produce from the beds will help support the culinary program and the Walton High School Community. Way to go, Braves!

WHS Culinary raised bed gardens

WHS Culinary raised bed gardens

WHS Culinary raised bed gardens

WHS Culinary raised bed gardens

WHS Culinary raised bed gardens


WHS Culinary raised bed gardens

WHS Culinary raised bed gardens

The Reason for the Sneezin'!

February 9, 2020

"The Reason for the Sneezin' " 
Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Kendall's Pre-K class at WISE Center Programs read a story titled, "Sneezy the Snowman" which accompanied their snowball melting experiment. Our last report stated that "it was not looking good for the snowballs".
Paxton's coaches, Chris Davenport, Samantha Martin, Corinne Wilson and Laura Ashley Radney, were Freezin' for A Reason this past Saturday. The coaches participated in the Cancer Freeze 5K and each one placed second in their age group. Way to go, coaches!

February is Black History Month!
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.
For more general information, as well as educator and student resources, visit the Commissioner of Education's African American History Taskforce website at

Black History Month

This past week, Paxton's PreK class had an exciting visitor. Dakota Cassady of 2 Gals and a Goat brought her 4-month old goat to visit the students. PreK has been studying farms and meeting their new four-legged friend added to their lesson.

Paxton PreK and 4 legged friend

Ms. McMillan's sixth grade computer class at Paxton has taken a "Code Break." During this time, students have the opportunity to learn more about code through the courses on The students learn basic coding and coding terms with some of their favorite games, like Minecraft and Angry Birds. The students are having fun and learning to code!

The Freeport Middle School Art Department studied additive clay sculpture.  For their project they studied and practiced building an eye with clay.  Way to go artists!

FMS Clay Eye Sculptures

Along with a double win against the Baker Gators, PHS ended another successful Homecoming week with the crowning of the Homecoming King/Queen and Mr./Miss Spirit 2020. PHS would like to recognize all members of this year's Homecoming Court (Pictured L to R): Homecoming Representatives - Abby Murphy (and her escort, Lane Carroll - Freshman), Jordyn Bradley (and her escort, Cage Wibbing - Sophomore), Hannah Cain (and her escort, Chase Clifton - Junior), Hailee Bryan and Adam Hall (Seniors), Caylor Dixon and Connor Varnum (Seniors), & Sadie Varnum and Zach Williams (Seniors). Mr./Miss Spirit Representatives - Madisun Maloy and Jacob Morgan (Seniors), Harmony Heitger and Nick Johnson (Juniors), Cassie Varnum and Dante Williams (Sophomores), and Alliyah Young and Kenyon Simmons. Special congratulations to the winners: Homecoming Queen and King - Sadie Varnum and Zach Williams. Miss and Mr. Spirit - Cassie Varnum and Kenyon Simmons.

Homecoming Court 2020

Paxton HOCO Ct 2020

Mr. and Miss Spirit - Cassie Varnum and Kenyon Simmons

PAX Mr and Miss Spirit

Homecoming Queen and King - Sadie Varnum and Zach Williams

PAX HOCO King and Queen