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The Freeport High School AVID program recently toured the campuses of the University of South Alabama and the University of West Florida. Students gained insight on admissions, campus activities, housing, academic programs, dining options, social clubs and organizations, and much more for each campus. Submitted by Patty Woodard.

Paxton School students from pre-k to high school, and even parents, were engaged in exciting STEM activities at the Nov. 29 Science Night. The science themed night was held in conjunction with a home basketball game and students had the opportunity to participate in various science activities throughout the night's games including piloting a flight simulator with the assistance of Major Justin Elliott, a U.S. Air Force test pilot, launching straw rockets with Dr. John Fay, a scientist with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, and trying their hand taking photos with a thermal imaging camera with Rob Wilson, an engineer with FLIR. 

 

In addition, students operated Sphero robots, got their hands dirty with oobleck, attempted to knock cups off a cheerleader's head with an air cannon, made aerospace artwork out of Wikki Stix, and even took science selfies.

 

PHS sends a huge thank you out to the Northwest Florida chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for providing STEM professionals to teach students and donating a Sphero robot to give-away, as well as FLIR for providing a STEM professional and donating a thermal imaging camera as a prize.  Submitted by Kalli McMillan.

Freeport High School would like to recognize, Caleb Parker and Jackson Schubert. These two students are the first two to complete the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council Certified Production Technician certification. This certification may award these students 15 college credit hours in an Engineering Technology, AAS/AS Degree if they decide to further their education in this field after high school. Congratulations! Submitted by Patty Woodard.

West DeFuniak Elementary is please to announce that Stephanie Todd-Chambers (L) is our Educational Support Person of the Year and Hope Allen (R) is our Teacher of the Year. Thank you ladies for representing WDE! Congratulations!! Submitted by Tammy Goodman/FB.

On Saturday, November 26th the WDE Bee Bops  performed at the DFS Hometown Christmas singing a “Cool, Cool, Christmas”. The Bee Bops brought the Christmas spirit together by singing a medley called “When the Lights All Shine”. The performance concluded with “Have a Happy, Happy, Holiday”. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Mrs. Jennifer Rhea, Emerald Coast Middle School ‘s Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017, attended the Florida Teacher of the Year Governor’s Summit. During the Tallahassee event this past fall, chosen Florida teachers toured the Capital and Governor’s Mansion, participated in a roundtable discussion with Governor Scott, plus attended a legislative hearing and engaged in professional learning activities.

Pictured from Left to Right: Mrs. Jennifer Rhea, First Lady Ann Scott and Governor Rick Scott.

Submitted by Angela Vance.