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On Friday, May 5th, fifty dedicated readers at Walton Middle School spent the day at Dave and Buster's at Pier Park.  Fifty-three WMS students qualified for the trip by meeting the schoolwide reading challenge requirements.  They all had a blast! Submitted by Kristen Rhodes.
Several WMS Digital Information Technology students have earned their Internet Business Associate National Industry Certification so far this year. Congratulations to these students. Submitted by Laurie Cook.
WMS 7th and 8th grade students who earned Gaming Essentials or Web Essentials digital tools certification. Four of these students earned both digital tool certifications. Congratulations to these students for their accomplishments. Submitted by Laurie Cook.
Mossy Head's kindergarten class loved being ranch hands for a day at the Rocking B-A-B Ranch. This opportunity gave our students the ability to learn and interact with numerous animals at the farm. They learned about peacocks, chickens, hedgehogs, lemurs, camels, and so much more. Our students learned how to hold a baby chicken and how a lemur eats a banana. They learned how to a lasso a hay steer and rode on a tractor train. They enjoyed their lunch and a snow cone at the big red barn. Thank you so much, Rocking B-A-B Ranch, for an experience our kindergarteners will never forget!  Submitted by Elizabeth Gaither.
Paxton High School senior Zach Varnum recently signed a college commitment to continue his basketball career at Coastal Alabama Community College in Bay Minette, Alabama. Zach was a force on the Bobcats varsity basketball team, according to Coach Jeff Bradley during the signing ceremony, scoring a total 1875 points during his varsity career with a record of 99 wins and only 17 losses. He was also named the Northwest Florida Daily News Small School Player of the Year for the third time this year, the first time any player has ever received the prestigious honor three times. Submitted by Kalli McMillan.

On May 2, 2017 over 350 Walton County 4th graders joined students from Okaloosa County as the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra presented “The Orchestra Moves” as part of the national “Link Up” program in collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. The program included music from Offenbach’s Can-Can, Strauss’ Blue Danube Waltz, Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, “Toreador” from Bizet’s Carmen, and the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.  The varied program also introduced the student audience to the sections of the orchestra, and provided opportunities for them to sing and play along with the live orchestra in an interactive concert held in the Mainstage Theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center.

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute Link Up national partnerships provide students the opportunity to discover how composers create musical movement using elements such as motif, melodic direction, steps and leaps, dynamics, and orchestration. Exploring a range of orchestral repertoire, students compose, sing, and play on the recorder and/or the violin.

Special thanks to the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and their sponsors for providing this exceptional opportunity for the students of the Walton County School District. 

Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe.

4th gr NWFL Symphony

4th gr NWFL Symphony