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Mr. Hughes visited Freeport Schools and ran into Santa at Freeport High School! He asked Santa to "Give all of his students, employees and families a wonderful Holiday Break", and ensure that they can all return to school in January to complete an AWESOME school year!  While he was there he also had a chance to stop by the gym to visit with students! 

Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe

Special Guest Train Conductor, Officer Caleb Davidson, takes students in Ms. Permenter's 1st grade class at Paxton for a ride on the Polar Express!

Submitted by Rachel Yeager

 Congratulations to the ECMS Teacher of the Year and Educational Support Professional of the Year!

Mr. Michael Howell was chosen by his peers as Emerald Coast Middle School's Teacher of the Year. 

Ms. Jenna Brabham was chosen by her peers as Emerald Coast Middle School's Educational Support Professional of the Year.

Submitted by Angela Vance

The faculty, staff, and students at Walton Middle School proudly recognize Mrs. Katie Williams as Teacher of the Year and Ms. Laurie Tucker as ESP of the Year.  Both ladies feel incredibly honored to be recognized by their peers to represent the school they love so dearly.  Ms. Tucker, instructional aide, states that the best part of her job is working with students.  Mrs. Williams,  Civics teacher, enjoys sharing her passion for our country with her seventh graders.  Each day, she makes a committed effort to show all her students that they are cared for and that they can be successful regardless of their circumstances.  Please help us congratulate Mrs. Williams and Ms. Tucker for this well-deserved honor.

Submitted by Kristen Nelson

Freeport Elementary instructor, Mrs. Allie Curtis, had so much fun with her classes last week during their "Book Tasting"!  The kids rotated and "tasted" 6 of this year's Sunshine State Readers list books by watching the book trailers and reading the synopsis of each title.  Submitted by Nancy Currie.

FES Book tasting

FES Book tasting

The FES Student Council recently sponsored a canned food drive to benefit a local food bank and a family that recently lost their home to a fire in Freeport.  They wanted to see which holiday character could be the most generous.  Santa, Rudolph, Frosty, The Grinch, Jack Frost, and the Elves participated in the challenge.  Over 650 canned food items were collected.  The Student Council counted the items and found that the Elves were the most generous followed closely by Santa and The Grinch! The Student Council appreciates everyone for their generosity! 

Submitted by Nancy Currie

Congratulations to the ECMS 5th Grade Tropicana Speech Competition winners, and thank you to our 5th Grade ELA Teachers for their hard work in helping our Stingrays write and deliver such wonderful speeches! The winners and titles of their speeches are as follows.

 

1st place: Sofia Samalot – "Now vs. Back Then"

2nd place: McKazlyn Payne – "Why People Should Adopt Animals"

3rd place: Madison Shaver – "My Little Brother: The God of War"

 

5th Grade Overall Winners (Pictured L to R)

McKazlyn Payne (2nd Place), Maya Sien (1st Place), Madison Shaver (3rd Place)

Submitted by Candy Bodie

Congratulations to Joan Kennett (left), Biology instructor at South Walton High School for being selected as SWHS Teacher of the Year! 

Congratulations, also, to Misty Sievers (right) for being selected as  SWHS Educational Support Personnel of the Year!