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Mr. Nathan Hight and the 1st grade students of West DeFuniak Elementary recently entertained parents and teachers with their musical program called Teddy Bear Christmas.  The students wore teddy bear masks and even shared how Christmas would not be the same with one of their loved ones missing.  Santa arrived to everyone's delight and helped save the day.  Check out our Facebook page to view a portion of the program.

https://www.facebook.com/WestDeFuniakElementary/

Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Congratulations to Lillie Keiszek for receiving her certification in Microsoft Office Specialist: Word, PowerPoint, & Excel! Submitted by Kalli McMillan.

Congratulations to Freeport High School Teacher of the Year, Joyce Harp, ESE teacher!

Congratulations also to Freeport High School Educational Support Professional, Michele Martin, Student Services!

Submitted by Patty Woodard

Mr. Hughes is spending a part of his Saturday with ECMS's Beta Club at E.O Wilson Biophilia Center. Service is important to our students and District. In the picture are Jocelyn, Lauren, Sydney and Madeline! We are making wreaths!

Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe

West DeFuniak Elementary students participated in the District Tropicana Speech Contest and came away with the following awards!

Fourth grade: Gracelyn Daniel – Most Informative, Chandler Shoaf – Most Entertaining and 1st PLACE WINNER and in 5th grade Addie Ingle – Honorable Mention.

WDE is so proud of our Tropicana District Speech Contest Winners!

submitted by Jessica Dawkins

The FES Student Council recently sponsored a canned food drive to benefit a local food bank and a family that recently lost their home to a fire in Freeport.  They wanted to see which holiday character could be the most generous.  Santa, Rudolph, Frosty, The Grinch, Jack Frost, and the Elves participated in the challenge.  Over 650 canned food items were collected.  The Student Council counted the items and found that the Elves were the most generous followed closely by Santa and The Grinch! The Student Council appreciates everyone for their generosity! 

Submitted by Nancy Currie

Special Guest Train Conductor, Officer Caleb Davidson, takes students in Ms. Permenter's 1st grade class at Paxton for a ride on the Polar Express!

Submitted by Rachel Yeager

Mr. Hughes visited Freeport Schools and ran into Santa at Freeport High School! He asked Santa to "Give all of his students, employees and families a wonderful Holiday Break", and ensure that they can all return to school in January to complete an AWESOME school year!  While he was there he also had a chance to stop by the gym to visit with students! 

Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe

 Congratulations to the ECMS Teacher of the Year and Educational Support Professional of the Year!

Mr. Michael Howell was chosen by his peers as Emerald Coast Middle School's Teacher of the Year. 

Ms. Jenna Brabham was chosen by her peers as Emerald Coast Middle School's Educational Support Professional of the Year.

Submitted by Angela Vance