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During the April 3, 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. After analyzing student performance on statewide standardized assessments, it was found that these teachers had a significant positive impact on student learning growth. 

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.

Pictured from left to right are:  Kim Kirby, WCSD School Board member; Conor Voreis - Freeport High School;  Nicole Ludwig - Freeport Elementary School; Pamela Lathinghouse - Maude Saunders Elementary School; Nina Thornton, Sandy Love, Diana Gillis - Walton Middle School; Michael Farrar - Freeport Middle School; Susan Rockman, Angela Ellison, Kimberly Davenport, Jessica Cook - Paxton School; Superintendent A. Russell Hughes. Not pictured are Jessica Daniel - West DeFuniak Elementary School; Randa Dewees - Mossy Head Elementary School; and Stacey Knapp - Freeport Elementary School

Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe

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

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

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

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