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On March 28th 2018 West Defuniak Elementary Kindergarten through 5th grade had the privilege of meeting the Doctor of Hip-Hop, Dr. Blake Brandes. Dr. Blake received his PhD in Hip-Hop and Global Youth Cultures from the University of Kent. He talked to students about being passionate, determined, and about growth mindset (or changing your brain to think positively). He even created a freestyle rap about things the students mentioned they were passionate about and taught the students how to beatbox. Many students loved being able to practice beatboxing and felt very encouraged to achieve their dreams.

Submitted by Jessica Dawkins

This past Friday, students at Paxton participated in a walk around the track. The students paid $2 to participate to help riase money for Autism Awareness. There was a huge turnout of many Bobcat supporters. Way to make a difference.  Submitted by Kalli McMillan.

FMS #kindnessproject

April 2, 2018

The Freeport Middle School Art Department, with Teacher Mrs. Kendra Peloquin, organized a whole school event to share kindness.  #kindnessproject was an event created by art students who wanted share a little kindness to each and every student at FMS.   All students were called out of class at the end of the day to visit the picnic area and participate in kindness activities.  Activities at the event included making a link for the kindness chain, guessing how many Skittles in the water bottle and win, and passing out lollipops and random acts of kindness cards.  Music, lots of bubbles, and laughter filled the air.  Submitted by Kendra Peloquin.

FMS Art

FMS Art

Each year, Florida school districts take time to recognize the programs, services and resources provided by school libraries. This celebratory month provides opportunities across the state to highlight school library contributions to Florida public education. School library programs prepare students for lifelong learning, make a measurable difference in student academic achievement and enhance their reading enjoyment. Additionally, School Library Month coincides with National Library Week, which highlights the resources and contributions of all types of libraries.

National Library Week (April 8- 14, 2018) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all. The theme for 2018 National Library Week is "Libraries Lead!"

Submitted by Kim Stafford

 

Submitted by Kim Stafford

Patrick E. Kennedy, attorney at Law, spoke this week via teleconference to Paxton High School's third year aerospace students about constitutional law and its impact on the future of unmanned aerial systems, or drones. These students earn high school and university credit from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University through the aerospace program.  Submitted by Kalli McMillan.

Mrs. Becking's and Mrs. Booth's second graders get a "taste" of fractions!

Students in Mrs. Becking's and Mrs. Booth's classes work on understanding fractions by becoming chefs and creating baked goods. Students then calculated what fraction of their play-dough pizzas, cakes, and brownies they "ate."

Submitted by Allie Blanton

FES 4th grade student, Emily Simmons won the Scholastic Storyworks Essay Contest!  The editor of Storyworks wrote Emily a letter stating that she "loved Emily's creative and effective essay"!  

Submitted by Nancy Currie

SWHS is pleased to announce those students in the Web Application Development and Programming Program who have successfully passed their CIW Site Development Associate industry certification exam. Congratulations to these students!

Pictured from left to right: Connor Cross, Jacob D'Aleo, Julian Slater, Mrs. Yu, Tyo Smith, Black Shipp, Alex Nguyen, Ben Sirmans, Steven Dersy (absent)

Submitted by Rich Komando.

During the March 27, 2018 Walton County School Board Meeting, School Board Member Kim Kirby and Superintendent Russell Hughes presented certificates to several Walton County teachers for being recognized by the Commissioner of Education, Pam Stewart, as some of the highest impact teachers in the state of Florida. 

Pictured left to right: Kim Kirby, WCSD Board Member; Lydia Cochran, Van R. Butler Elementary; Jeannine Abadie, Emerald Coast Middle School; Dana Akridge, Seaside Neighborhood School; Nina Borthwick, Constance Morreale, Deborah Shost and Christine Solomon from Emerald Coast Middle School; Taylor Griffith, Seaside Neighborhood School; Superintendent A. Russell Hughes, and Charlotte Sause, Seaside Neighborhood School.  Not pictured were Brandy Wesson, Emerald Coast Middle School; Sandra Goulding, Sharon Martin and Joy Robbins, Seaside Neighborhood School; and Angela Reilly, South Walton High School.  

A big congratulations and thank you to these teachers for their hard work in and out of the classroom.  Once again, proof that Walton County is the best school district anywhere.

Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe

These six students recently attended the FBLA State Convention in Orlando.  They represented WHS and Walton County well and learned a lot.   They are ready to win state, not just district, next year!

Pictured from left to right:
Will Huff
Abigail Hewett
Katelyn Lloyd
Katelyn Gillert
Belle Lloyd
Tanner Grey

Submitted by Christy English

WHS FBLA