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Mrs. McLaney’s fourth grade class at WDE is studying hurricanes and how they affect people. Students have learned about the dangerous effects of hurricanes. In this lesson, students made a hurricane in a bowl by using water and food coloring. Students were able to see the eye of the storm and how the hurricane can stretch over an area. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Second grade students at WDE enjoyed working with interactive number lines during math this week. The number line is an important tool for helping children develop greater flexibility in mental arithmetic as they actively construct mathematical meaning, number sense, and understandings of number relationships. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Police Officers, Nurses, and Firefighters! Oh my! Our kindergartners attended several special presentations this past week to discover helpers in our community. Each of our community helpers shared about their jobs and the special tools they use to perform their jobs. We are blessed to have the Walton County Fire Rescue, the Walton County Health Department and our very own Deputy Messenger visit kindergarten. Submitted by Elizabeth Gaither.

Congratulations to the following WHS students for meeting the 25 Book Challenge requirement of at least seven books for the 1st quarter.   Students were treated to a party on the patio (including pizza, snacks, and music) on Friday, October 14, followed by free time in the gym.

9th grade:
Raegan Clardy
Cheyenne Cordle
Tia Harknett
Laura Smith
Gabriell Wiggins


10th grade:
Sabreena Bentley
Katelyn Lloyd
Shannon Mackenstein
Lucas Myers
Miranda Willis

11th grade:
Natalie Allred
Trinity West-Ciappio
Paige Howell
Clay Lemay
Darien Mason
Hannah Mays
Brittany Nobles
Rachel Smith


12th grade:
Maddy Bramel
Kyle Burch
Hayden Clemmons
James Coffman
Latayia Gregg
Skylar Hagan
Anthony King
Emma Kuykendall
Amante' Tolbert

Submitted by Christy English

Third grade students at West Defuniak Elementary learned about the states of matter by making Root Beer Floats. They enjoyed making a tasty treat that contained a solid, a liquid, and a gas! Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Orlando, FL (October 14, 2016) – Music education is strong and thriving in Walton County, where two elementary school students have been accepted for participation in one of two All-State elementary music ensembles. Students selected attend Van R. Butler Elementary and Freeport Elementary Schools. These students will perform with the FMEA All-State Elementary Chorus or Orff Ensemble in Tampa, January 13, 2017 at the Tampa Convention Center.  These students were chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive audition process among over 875 elementary students from all across Florida.  Congratulations to Ella Ekenseair (Butler, 4th grade, Chorus) and Savannah Smith (Freeport, 4th grade, Orff Ensemble). The students’ teachers, Mrs. Rebecca Austin and Ms. Angela Saltsman, are members of the Florida Music Educators Association and the Florida Elementary Music Educators Association.  Submitted by Nancy Currie - FES.