WCSD Elementary teachers are collaborating at the AVID Summer Institute 2018 to build bridges for success for all students! Moving Up through AVID!!!
submitted by Allie Spiva
July 10, 2018
By Florida Law, the Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis (Tdap) vaccination is required for students prior to entering the 7th grade.
You may choose to have your student vaccinated by their primary care physician or at the Florida Department of Health in Walton County. This immunization is provided at the health department with no cost to the parent. Vaccination appointments for the Florida Department of Health in Walton County may be scheduled by calling (850) 892-8015.
Monday – No Clinic (Appointments will be available at Coastal Branch)
Tuesday – 7:30 am – 7:00pm
Wednesday – 7:30 – 4:00pm
Thursday – 7:30am – 7:00pm
Friday – 7:30am -12:00pm
Please turn in proof of immunization to the school prior to the start of the new school year.
WCSD Teachers and Administrators are EPIC Leaders preparing for another great year at AVID 2018! It's simply the way!!!
#CTE learners graduate at a higher rate than non-CTE students. Watch this #CTE101 video by @CTEWorks to learn more https://careertech.org/campaign-video #CTEWorks
For the CTE Programs offered in Walton County School District please visit http://walton.k12.fl.us/career-and-technical-education
South Walton High School’s Allee Coble is Named Small School Player of the Year by the Northwest Florida Daily News!
July 9, 2018
Congratulations to Allee Coble for this EPIC recognition!
SANTA ROSA BEACH — When Allee Coble hit the hardwood floor, she felt her left kneecap shatter. The pain, both physically and psychologically, was immeasurable.
South Walton’s star forward had been competing at a summer basketball camp this past June at Troy. She leapt, she fell and suddenly her immediate future was in doubt.
The Seahawks were coming off a season in which they advanced to the 1A state championship game after clinching their second straight Final Four appearance. Coble was going to be a senior. She wanted a shot at the championship that had eluded her only months prior in a 58-48 loss to Wildwood. Now she didn’t know whether she would ever return to the court.
What followed were multiple visits to an orthopedic surgeon and several injections to dull the pain and help the healing process. Busted knee or not, Coble made her decision early. She was determined to play.
“My teammates, I owed it to them,” Coble said. “I felt like I owed it to them, and I owed it to myself to go out there and play it and enjoy it and cherish every moment with these girls ’cause that’s time I’ll never get back.”
Coble started playing basketball when she was 5 with rec league games in Walton County. She was enamored with the sport’s competitive nature from the beginning, forming an early rivalry with future teammate Gracie Ricci. Their first bouts were as heated as a Game 7 in the NBA Finals.
“She’d be on a different rec team, and I’d be on a different rec team and it would always be this big game,” Coble said. “It was a big rec basketball game when we got to play against each other.”
Coble reveled in the rivalry, and as her love for the sport grew, so did her burgeoning friendship with Ricci and others from the rec league.
“It’s people like that who have really drove my love for the game,” Coble said.
Those same people are the reason Coble pushed to play through the pain. Those same people are the reason Coble is the Daily News Small Schools Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
“She and Gracie Ricci and Shannon Cole since early middle school,” Seahawks coach Kevin Craig said. “They all fed off of each other, and she played very well with that group.
“Whatever we needed, she did.”
During her career at South Walton, Coble was always a model of consistency. Coaches from across the Daily News coverage area praised her ability to score, defend and handle the ball within the flow of the game. Despite the injury, her senior season was no different. With a balky brace shielding her knee, Coble averaged 11.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. She shot 41 percent from the floor and 71 percent from the line, all while maintaining one of the school’s best grade point averages.
In a late-season victory against Walton, Coble scored her 1,000th career point on a pair of free throws to ice the game. She and her teammates were so excited by the win in a crosstown rivalry game they forgot to celebrate. A week later, she became the Seahawks’ all-time leading scorer in a blowout victory against Lighthouse Christian Academy. She scored eight points in the first three minutes to realize a dream she had conceived midway through her junior season.
This time the Seahawks celebrated. Coble said her family came in from out of town to pack the bleachers in South Walton’s gymnasium and her best friends, of course, were on the court with her. It was a moment she said she will never forget.
“It was such a good feeling,” Coble said. “I felt blessed with the opportunity to do it and to get to celebrate with my closest friends when the time came was so sweet.”
The end of Coble’s journey was not so sweet. After a dominant 18-4 regular season, the District 1-5A tournament arrived Feb. 13. Coble and the Seahawks were set to play North Bay Haven, a team they had already bested twice before during the regular season.
On the other side of the bracket, Walton was playing West Florida, teams that had given the Seahawks more trouble during the regular season.
“We felt way more comfortable playing Walton, and we watched Walton win and we thought ‘Oh, goodness. Walton won,’” Coble said. “We were all so excited. ‘We can beat Walton.’
“Then I think we looked past North Bay Haven.”
South Walton lost 49-44 in the district semifinals, and their season was over. Coble’s dream of a state championship was over.
When the crying subsided in the locker room after the game, it was replaced with an eerie quiet. Coble and her teammates just looked at one another with blank stares.
She and the team needed a leader on the floor that night. She tried to be that leader, but it wasn’t enough. That’s something she said she has to live with. In the locker room after the game, she again did her best to be the leader.
When she had fallen during the summer, her teammates had carried her, given her the support she needed fulfill a dream. Now it was her turn to carry them. Again, she owed them that much.
“That one game did not define us,” Coble told them, breaking the silence. “Our eight seniors are not defined by that game but by everything else we accomplished.”
That was the last organized basketball game Coble will ever play for a school. She’s headed to Auburn in the fall to study civil engineering. The War Eagle is a proud family tradition she said.
She’s also looking forward to letting her knee heal, though she has no regrets about playing through the pain. For her family, she’d do it again.
“I’m so glad I made that decision six months ago,” Coble said. “I had the best three or four months, getting to spend it and end it all with them.”
To view more pictures of Allee in action, check out the article onoline at:
Submitted by Barbara Stratton
Superintendent Russell Hughes Talks with Thirty-A Review About the Importance of the Mentoring Program
July 5, 2018
If you are interested in making a difference in the life of a child and changing the world for the better, Lori Hughes, the WCSD contact for our mentoring program, will be happy to assist! Contact her at (850) 892-1100 ext. 1443.
July 5, 2018
FREEPORT — If David Felix has his way, Case Woodard’s name will hang in the rafters of Freeport’s gym one day.
After coaching Woodard for four years, Felix, Freeport’s coach, said his star point guard deserves that much for shouldering the onus of being Freeport’s best and only true offensive weapon on the basketball court for 3 1/2 seasons, an accomplishment recognized at the state level. The Florida Association of Basketball Coaches named Woodard to its 1A All-State First Team this past April.
“You don’t run up on many of those at our school,” Felix said.
The recognition from the state made Woodard the clear favorite for the Daily News Small Schools Boys Basketball Player of the Year Award.
The numbers helped, too.
You can view additional pictures of Case, and the actual article from the NWF Daily News at:
July 3, 2018
ECMS students joined Butler Elementary students to celebrate the end of Summer Bridge! ECMS students attending Summer Bridge spent three weeks engaged in rigorous literacy activities led by their teacher, Mrs. Michele Holder, and paraprofessionals, Ms. Gina, Ms. Delgado and Ms. Jolie.
Submitted by Candy Bodie
High school students and teachers from across Walton County spent three days this summer at an immersive STEM Summer Challenge sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Gaetz Aerospace Institute. From flying and coding aerial drones, to navigating complex courses with terrestrial drones and engineering hovercraft, these students were engrossed in hands-on STEM concentrated around the real-world uses of unmanned vehicles. A special thank you to the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium for organizing the challenge.
Submitted by Heather Stewart