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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

After a successful AVID 5K to raise money for the 2018 AVID Scholarship, PHS would like to extend a congratulations to the winners of each age devision. As pictured: 10-14 Years Winner - Cage Wibbing, 15-19 Years Winner - Hailey Myddelton, 36-50 Years Winner - Michael Ward, 20-35 Years Winner - Laura Ashley Radney, and the 51 Years+ Winner - Beth Tucker.

Submitted by Kalli McMillan

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

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

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.

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.

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

A giant congratulations to members of the South Walton High School Band who competed in the Florida Bandmasters Association State Solo & Ensemble Music Performance Assessment this week in Gainesville, Fl. The student musicians worked very hard to achieve the honor of performing at State MPA (receiving the top rating of Superior at District MPA), and that hard work was evidenced by their exceptional performances at State. 4 students achieved a rating of Superior--Katie Betts (saxophone solo), Caitlin LaPlante (euphonium solo), and Emma Marks/Rocky Villanueva (piano duet). Other superstar performers at State were: Kenna Betts (clarinet solo), Nick Binkowski (drum solo), Mia DuToit (piano solo), Emma Marks (piano solo), Pia Paval (tuba solo), and Joe Sills (saxophone solo). The adjudicators for State MPA are considered top in their fields, and a Superior rating at the State level is definitely an EPIC accomplishment! 
Submitted by Robert Escamilla