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Superintendent Hughes stopped by WHS today to check on students as they were headed to lunch after a Great Day of testing.  Of course, these great students took the time to join him in a Selfie!  In the background of the picture is the Hall of Fame Students for the year as well as individual handwritten notes to every student from a teacher at WHS encouraging them to show the phenomenal and amazing students we have in the WCSD.   Happy Teacher Appreciation week to you teachers that during a time when you should be celebrated take the time to encourage, inspire, challenge, and celebrate our students!  EPIC TRULY is the Way!  Thanks, Ms. Leavins, for leading the way as a first-year principal.  #Redcarpet

Today, May 3, is National Teacher Appreciation Day!  This day is set aside during the week-long National Teachers Week celebration to recognize the work of teachers celebrating and honoring the commitment and sacrifices they each make.  If you have a teacher in your life you would like to thank, today would be the perfect day!   Send a kind note, let the teacher who made an impact in your life know how special they are.  To all Walton County  School District Teachers…..Enjoy your day!

South Walton High School student, Katelyna Pastrana, was recognized for her artwork, “Perspective is Objective,” submitted for the Congressional Art Competition sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives. Miss Pastrana, a junior in Mr. Dimitri Zachos’ Creative Photography class, was recognized at the contest ceremony held in Pensacola on Saturday, April 23, 2022.  

On Wednesday, April 27, 2002 Walton County School District employees showed their support for our local Children’s Advocacy Center and National Child Abuse Prevention Month by wearing navy blue.  National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time for us to not only honor those who work to support children and strengthen families, but to shine a light on the many ways we can all play a role in preventing children from being harmed. 

The Prevention Resource Guide, an annual publication by the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families Children’s Bureau outlines actions that can be taken by communities, organizations, families, and individuals to address the root causes of child abuse and provide meaningful and equitable support to families.  

You can access the Prevention Resource Guide and other resources at the Child Welfare Information Gateway’s at

By increasing efforts to prevent child abuse, we all help children, families, and communities thrive. 

The SWHS Band was given the opportunity to volunteer with the Seabreeze Jazz Festival, setting up for the event and working different jobs to keep the event smooth.  The festival’s Non-Profit organization donates to the band based on the number of participants the school has. 

After visiting with the SWHS Band Teacher, Ethan Mitchell and students, Superintendent Hughes stopped and had a conversation with a student who was waiting to be picked up after a great day!

Kiln-Fires Ceramics

April 28, 2022

Recently Mrs. Kathleen Whaley’s art classes presented the Superintendent with a pinch pot from their Kiln-fires ceramics Visual Arts Curriculum!  This level of art was created by students in 5th Grade.  We get to experience how students love manipulating clay to their desired shapes and forms.  There are seven Elements of Art and this special project utilizes 5 of the 7, they are:  Line-shape-Form-Color and Texture! 

The Drop Savers Contest is a poster contest that is hosted by South Walton Utility. The contest is intended to bring attention to water conservation for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.  

Walton Academy Charter School’s Dakota Chapin won first place for the middle school division. Along with some amazing gifts given to Dakota, his artwork will now go to the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association for the state level contest. Congratulations, Dakota! Your artwork is EPIC!