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Please join me in congratulating Julie Perk as our Teacher of the Year and Dawn Rader who is our Education Support Person of the Year!
Mrs. Perk has taught 11 years in public schools and 8 years of lead teacher in full day preschool makes 19 years in preschool, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade - primary education is her passion! She currently serves as our first grade lead teacher, chairperson of the Literacy Committee, and captain of the Lego League.
Ms. Dawn Rader has served as an instructional aide at Bay Elementary and now Dune Lakes Elementary for a total of 21 years! She knows Tyner Phonics like a PRO! Her heart shines in all that she does and always with a smile.  

Emerald Coast Middle School is proud to announce their Teacher of the Year, Ms. Jeannine Abadie and their Educational Support Professional, Mr. Ken Lawson. Congratulations and thank you for all you do for ECMS!


Walton High School Fine Arts Department cordially invites you to attend their December 2019 Performances! 

* WHS Performing Arts Winter Concert
Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Location: WHS Auditorium
Time: 6:30 pm
Performers: Wind Ensemble, Musical Theatre, Concert Choir, Jazz Band

* Band Boosters Spaghetti Dinner at 5:00 p.m. in the WHS cafeteria.
$5.00 per dinner, children 2 years old & younger eat free

* WHS Musical Theatre presents "The Wishing Tree"
Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Time: 12:40 - 1:35 p.m. (second lunch)

* WHS Concert Choir sings for residents of the Stanley House
Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m.

* WHS Concert Choir participates in the Defuniak Springs Christmas Parade
Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m.

* WHS Vocal Ensemble sings for Kiwanis Luncheon
Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Time: 11:45 a.m.
We would love to see you come out and support our talented and dedicated students! 

Sandpiper Singers from Dune Lakes Elementary performed “Shiver and Shake,” “Red Bird,” “Santa What a Guy,” and “Oh Come All Ye Faithful.” The compilation was written and arranged by Teresa Jennings at the event, “Christmas at the Beach” in Gulf Place on Saturday, December 7.  Sandpiper Singers also combined with the Van R. Butler Orff Ensemble to perform “Christmas Time is Here,” “Jingle Bells,” “Silent Night,” and “Felíz Navidad!”

Dune Lakes Children Perform at Gulf Place

Every month, Mr. A. Russell Hughes, Walton County, Florida Superintendent of Schools, will share a video message with an update on the exciting things happening in the Walton County School District, Walton County, Florida. Check back often to stay informed on all the activities, events and accomplishments of teachers and students in the Walton County School District.

This month's video was filmed in the historic Walton County Heritage Museum in the former Louisville & Nashville Railroad Depot in DeFuniak Springs, Florida. Superintendent A. Russell Hughes shares important upcoming dates, and a brief overview of some exciting new projects and collaborations in the district. Special guest for this month is Mrs. Donna Simmons, our newly appointed principal at Freeport High School!

WHS Hosts Blood Drive

December 5, 2019

Walton High School hosted a blood drive on December 4, and it was a huge success!  There were 46 people that donated to this worthwhile cause.  We appreciate everyone's willingness to give... and help save lives.

WHS Blood Drive

WHS Blood Drive

WHS Blood Drive

The West DeFuniak Elementary, Kiwanis Kids Club recently sent snacks to soldiers stationed in Afghanistan. The Platoon Sergeant for these soldiers, SFC Cole,  just happens to be a local alumnus of Paxton High School.

This event not only helped these soldiers have some nice holiday snacks, it also helped students understand the benefits of helping those who are sacrificing to serve our great country!

In addition to sending snacks to soldiers, Families First Network informed that WDE Students and Staff were able to help 22 families in need with our Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.   

The Food Drive not only helped local families have a nice holiday meal, it also helped students understand the benefits of helping the less fortunate.

WDE Food Drive for Soldiers