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Just a reminder about the Back to School Sales Tax Holiday August 2-6, 2019!

Qualifying items will be exempt from tax including: certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item as well as clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item; and computers and certain accessories selling for $1,000 or less per item, when purchased for noncommercial or personal use. For more information and a list of qualifying items, visit

Aiden Anderson from West DeFuniak Elementary took a break from summer fun activities to join Superintendent Hughes at the monthly Rotary Meeting. Service is important to Aiden, Rotary members and the WCSD! EPIC3......

WCSD brought together their school administrators and teachers to work on District-wide school improvement plans on Manufacturing Day-2019 at the Carlene H. Anderson Training Center. Administrators, teachers, and members of the SIP teams from each school in the district met to develop an overall plan to move Walton County School District to the Number 1 position in the state by aligning each of the individual school improvement plans to our District Strategic Plan. Superintendent A. Russell Hughes gave an inspiring opening presentation in which he shared accolades to the entire school district regarding the recently released school grades and assessment data, and encouraged the teams to plan “intentionally, specifically, and strategically” as we continue to improve and move forward.

Schools met to review their plans from 2018-19, discuss barriers, and how to turn them into opportunities to increase student success in 2019-2020. Administrators from all departments at the district, as well as representatives from K12 Lift were on hand to lend support and provide resources. K12 Lift is an innovative company who help educators learn from their student outcomes, and learn from each other. Ideas were shared across the room as participants collaborated to develop transformative ideas and implementation. The air of excitement in the room was contagious, and the results for the students of Walton County in this coming year are going to be EPIC3!!!

Manufacturing Day 2019

Manufacturing Day 2019

Manufacturing Day 2019

Manufacturing Day 2019

Manufacturing Day 2019

Walton County School District 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year, Meredith Ness, Mossy Head School, joined 73 other Florida Teachers of the Year at the Summer Professional Learning Round Table and Gala in Orlando. The 4 day professional learning conference was filled with workshops, networking, leadership sessions, and a huge formal Gala. Mrs. Ness had the opportunity to meet Florida Department of Education Commissioner, Richard Corcoran, and Florida Chancellor, Division of Public Schools, Jacob Oliva. Also there, participating in the Florida Lead Teacher Network, were the WCSD 2019 Teacher of the Year, Joan Kennett; 2016 Teacher of the Year, Carla Griffith; and the 2015 Teacher of the Year, Susan Marino!

Walton County School District is so very proud of our Teacher of the Year and we look forward to hearing about all she learned and experienced at the conference!

Florida TOY Round Table 2019- 020
Florida TOY Round Table 2019- 020
Florida TOY Round Table 2019- 020
Congratulations to Freeport Elementary School, Maude Saunders Elementary School, and South Walton High School for being awarded the Golden School Awards for Walton County School District!
Superintendent Hughes made the presentation at the July 15 School Board meeting, and thanked the schools and community volunteers for their commitment to providing quality educational experiences and support for our students. 
The Golden School Awards are presented annually to recognize exemplary schools which promote parent and community engagement in education. 
The criteria for selection is:
• 80 % of the school’s staff is trained in school volunteerism
• School has a designated volunteer coordinator
• Total number of volunteer service hours equals or exceeds twice the number of students enrolled

Come on out and join us on Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 11 am to 1 pm at the Wee Care Park in DeFuniak Springs, Fl for the Back to School Splash Bash! 

We are excited to collaborate with the Walton County Sheriff's Office on this event! 

Backpacks will be provided on a "first come-first served" basis.  If you have any questions or need further information about the event, please contact Lt. James Pittman, Walton County School Resource Deputy Program, at (850) 892-1100, ext 5248

Wee Care Park - 552 Walton Road, DeFuniak Springs, Fl  32433

Learn more at:

Wee Care Park map

South Walton High School Advanced Placement teachers are congratulating their students who scored a "5" on their AP exams by placing yard signs at their homes or place of employment.  Watch for these signs in your community!
Submitted by Barbara Stratton