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Freeport Middle School art students proudly pose for a photo op in their new Freeport Middle School Art Department t-shirts. We will be wearing our shirts on what we call "T-shirt Tuesday" each week. Way to go students!
Paxton AVID Students attended the annual NWFSC College Night. The students were able to learn about colleges and universitites that they could apply to in the coming years. They were also able to get information about the different types of programs they could be apart of at each school. Overall, the students were able to take a glimpse into their EPIC futures.

The Freeport Middle School Art Department created works of art to honor Patriot Day, the annual observance on September 11 to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001.  The art students also wrote personal reflections of how they feel or think each year on Patriot Day.  Every student in the school participated in creating a remembrance chain by making individual links that were used to finish the memorial displays.  

FMS Patriots Day

FMS Patriots Day

FMS Patriots Day

FMS Patriots Day

“I mustache you a question” was the theme of the day in 7th and 8th grade science at Paxton School yesterday, as students used their new investigator persona to make observations and then draw inferences. Students collaborated with their groups to use their senses to make accurate observations about objects in a series of nine mystery bags spread throughout the room. They then used their observations to infer what mystery object was located inside. 

Submitted by Kalli McMillan

PAX Moustache

Chris Hollyfield, the founder of 3D T.E.A.M., spoke to students at West DeFuniak Elementary about bullying. Chris Hollyfield is a motivational speaker, actor, and business owner. You may also know him as “Little Boogeyman” on WWE Smack Down. “Measuring 4-foot-4, he is perceived as an undersized man in an oversized world, and maximizes his visual difference to help students recognize, and avoid, teasing and bullying among their peers.”

 

During his anti-bullying presentation, Chris spoke to the students about respect for others, respect for yourself, and self-determination. He related these topics back to his personal struggles and encouraged students that despite the physical, mental, and emotional challenges they may face, anything is possible with a positive perspective.

Hollyfield at WDE

Hollyfield at WDE

Hollyfield at WDE       

Hollyfield at WDE

Concert pianist, Jihye Chang, visited at Paxton School today, courtesy of the Rosemary Beach Foundation, performing for Mrs. Wilson’s secondary art students, and 2nd and 3rd grade students in Mrs. Wade’s art and music classes. The students were enthralled with the incredible skill and expressive ability of the performing artist, and equally intrigued by the mechanism and structure of the piano itself! #FineArtsEducation #MakingArtisticConnections #ArtsEdWeek

Concert Pianist at PAX

Concert Pianist at PAX

Concert Pianist at PAX

September 8-14 is National Arts in Education Week! Established by Congress in 2010, National Arts in Education Week is a national celebration recognizing the transformative power of the arts in education.

Superintendent A. Russell Hughes, the Walton County School Board, and the entire Walton County School District recognize that the arts are an essential part of a complete education...preparing the Whole Child for a lifetime of success. All students benefit from artistic learning, innovative thinking, and creativity, and National Arts in Education Week is a way to recognize this impact and share the message with friends, family, and communities.

All week we will be giving you a window view into the exciting things happening in our Fine Arts Programs.

Here are some pics from the art classes of Dimitri Zachos, visual arts educators at Walton High School. The students in these pictures are working on Zentangle art...The Zentangle Method is a way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. These patterns are called tangles. The project emphases design issues such as lines and patterns as well as composition and working in the moment. Students were allowed to bring shoes as an option to create their art. Thanks to Mr. Zachos and his students for giving us a glimpse of the creation of Zentangle art.

WHS Zentangle Art    WHS Zentangle Art    WHS Zentangle Art

WHS Zentangle Art    WHS Zentangle Art    WHS Zentangle Art

WHS Zentangle Art    WHS Zentangle Art    WHS Zentangle Art

All PreK personnel attended a special professional learning led by Davidica McConnell, WCSD Literacy Coach, and Bay School Principal, Pam Jones. Pre-K staff were introduced to the challenges students face learning to read and the importance of beginning phonological awareness in Pre-K.

PreK Workshop
LETRS

Walton County Art teachers had the opportunity to participate in a professional development workshop as part of the Rosemary Beach Foundation’s 9th Annual Music in Pictures art initiative. Dr. Benjamin Sung, professor of music/violin at Florida State University, presented a violin mini-concert and a session on the music selected as the inspiration for the Music in Pictures artistic renderings. Malayne DeMars, Executive Director of the Rosemary Beach Foundation, and Winky Dowdle were the gracious hosts and organizers of the workshop. We are grateful for our collaboration with Rosemary Beach Foundation!

MIP Ben Sung

MIP Ben Sung

MIP SCAD

Freeport Elementary School had a huge turnout for their Watch Dog Dads Program. Over 150 dads attended the Pizza Night for students, fathers, and father-figures and signed up to volunteer throughout our school! This is the 2nd year that FES has partnered with the program to bring positive male role models into the school.

"The WATCH D.O.G.S.® program was created by a group of parents and educators in a single school in 1998, and has since grown to one of the largest and most respected family and community engagement initiatives in the country.

Each year thousands of schools across the country utilize the WATCH D.O.G.S. ® program to reach out to the fathers and father-figures of their students and invite those men to take at least one full day off work during the school year and spend that entire day volunteering in their child’s school. Each year WATCH D.O.G.S. ® generates millions of in-school volunteer hours in support of our students and educators across the country.

Program benefits
• Students gain a positive male role model. Some students do not have a father-figure present in their home and the number of male teachers has been steadily declining in recent years. More positive male role models are needed in the school setting.
• Schools gain an extra set of eyes and ears. The presence of WatchDOGS (Dads Of Great Students) can increase a sense of security at the building for students and staff, and it helps create an environment conducive to learning.
• Fathers and father-figures can spend meaningful time with their students in the school setting and gain a greater awareness of the positive impact they can have on their student’s life, just by being a ‘dad’.
• When WatchDOGS invest a day at school, they can learn how better to partner with the school to meet the educational goals of students."

Freeport Elementary is excited to continue this program for their school and community!

FES Watchdog Dads

FES Watchdog Dads