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FES Announces TOY and ESPOY!

December 9, 2019

Freeport Elementary proudly presents our teacher of the year, Mr. Benjamin Watson and our educational support professional of the year, Mr. Jeffrey Powell. These men are an incredible addition to our Freeport family. They go above and beyond to serve our students and are amazing team members.
Please join me in congratulating Julie Perk as our Teacher of the Year and Dawn Rader who is our Education Support Person of the Year!
Mrs. Perk has taught 11 years in public schools and 8 years of lead teacher in full day preschool makes 19 years in preschool, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade - primary education is her passion! She currently serves as our first grade lead teacher, chairperson of the Literacy Committee, and captain of the Lego League.
Ms. Dawn Rader has served as an instructional aide at Bay Elementary and now Dune Lakes Elementary for a total of 21 years! She knows Tyner Phonics like a PRO! Her heart shines in all that she does and always with a smile.  

Emerald Coast Middle School is proud to announce their Teacher of the Year, Ms. Jeannine Abadie and their Educational Support Professional, Mr. Ken Lawson. Congratulations and thank you for all you do for ECMS!


Sandpiper Singers from Dune Lakes Elementary performed “Shiver and Shake,” “Red Bird,” “Santa What a Guy,” and “Oh Come All Ye Faithful.” The compilation was written and arranged by Teresa Jennings at the event, “Christmas at the Beach” in Gulf Place on Saturday, December 7.  Sandpiper Singers also combined with the Van R. Butler Orff Ensemble to perform “Christmas Time is Here,” “Jingle Bells,” “Silent Night,” and “Felíz Navidad!”

Dune Lakes Children Perform at Gulf Place

Every month, Mr. A. Russell Hughes, Walton County, Florida Superintendent of Schools, will share a video message with an update on the exciting things happening in the Walton County School District, Walton County, Florida. Check back often to stay informed on all the activities, events and accomplishments of teachers and students in the Walton County School District.

This month's video was filmed in the historic Walton County Heritage Museum in the former Louisville & Nashville Railroad Depot in DeFuniak Springs, Florida. Superintendent A. Russell Hughes shares important upcoming dates, and a brief overview of some exciting new projects and collaborations in the district. Special guest for this month is Mrs. Donna Simmons, our newly appointed principal at Freeport High School!

The West DeFuniak Elementary, Kiwanis Kids Club recently sent snacks to soldiers stationed in Afghanistan. The Platoon Sergeant for these soldiers, SFC Cole,  just happens to be a local alumnus of Paxton High School.

This event not only helped these soldiers have some nice holiday snacks, it also helped students understand the benefits of helping those who are sacrificing to serve our great country!

In addition to sending snacks to soldiers, Families First Network informed that WDE Students and Staff were able to help 22 families in need with our Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.   

The Food Drive not only helped local families have a nice holiday meal, it also helped students understand the benefits of helping the less fortunate.

WDE Food Drive for Soldiers

WHS Hosts Blood Drive

December 5, 2019

Walton High School hosted a blood drive on December 4, and it was a huge success!  There were 46 people that donated to this worthwhile cause.  We appreciate everyone's willingness to give... and help save lives.

WHS Blood Drive

WHS Blood Drive

WHS Blood Drive

Walton High School band recently hosted a visit from the Baptist College of Florida Guitar Ensemble! November 15, 2019, BCF Assistant Professor Jonathan Erp and the BCF Guitar Ensemble came to provide a clinic and perform for the guitar students at WHS. The interchange provided an opportunity for WHS guitar students to connect with a post-secondary guitar program, and learn more about college level options and expectations.

BCF Guitar

BCF Guitar

BCF Guitar