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A habit of attendance is a school readiness skill: An important role of early education programs is helping children to develop important social-emotional skills, including forming a habit of attendance. Children who are chronically absent in preschool are far more likely to be chronically absent in later grades.  For more information on how to assist your child to improve his/her attendance, please visit

MSE’s third graders are participating in the "Grasses in Classes" program, which gives students a direct role in the restoration of Choctawhatchee Bay. These students are learning about brackish water, snodgrass, and water pollution in the bay. This is a year-long project that will culminate in the students planting the grass they have tended along the shore of Choctawhatchee Bay.  submitted by Krisy Spence


Family Pumpkin Patch at MSE!

October 17, 2018

MSE families have been busy decorating pumpkins for the annual pumpkin patch at Maude Saunders.  It’s always fun to see the creative ideas our students and families come up with!  Family engagement is an important goal at Maude Saunders, and we love to see our families get involved in school activities. Submitted by Krisy Spence

All across our county, our students, administrators, faculty, and families are doing what we can to help our neighboring counties as they struggle to recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Michael.  One of those efforts is our "Stuff the Van" campaign at all WCSD High Schools. School Buses are stationed outside each of our 4 high schools ready to accept donations during regular school hours, or approximately 7:00 am until 3:30 pm each school day, for as long as there is a need.  Buses will transport relief supplies to affected areas as they fill up, and will come back to reload!  Please help us fill the buses to the ceiling to show our caring and concern for our neighbors to the east!!!

Batteries and Flashlights are in great need, in addition to the items listed in the pictures below!

PUBLIC AUCTION - School Board of Walton County, Florida

Surplus Property - Monday, October 15th, 9:00 am

Preview and Registration 7:30 am until Auction

Location: Walton County Wise Building

555 Walton Rd. DeFuniak Springs, Fl 32433









First graders at WDE had the chance to create their very own timeline as a way of looking back at their personal history. Timelines provide a visual tool for studying a brief period of time - a day, a year, or an individual's life. Researching and creating timelines appeals to students' visual and mathematic  intelligences. This fun-filled activity was a unique way to look back on fond memories and share those memories with others! 
Submitted by Jessica Dawkins

In seventh grade math at WMS, Mrs. Kari Ann Kinkey employs a variety of differentiation strategies to ensure ALL students learn.  In a recent lesson, student Nayeli Salgado explained how she solved a problem in both Spanish and English for the benefit of the English language learners in the class.  Students also worked collaboratively, using algebra tile manipulatives, to solve algebraic expressions.  Mrs. Kinkey continually seeks out new methods to ensure math makes sense for  her students.

Submitted by Kristen Nelson

Picture 1:  Nayeli Salgado

Picture 2:  Donaldo "Alex" Cac Chub, Santiago Ochoa-Tejeda, Mirna Domingo-Sanchez, Alexandra Felipe-Sanchez, Yahaira Ramos, Nayeli Salgado, Ashley Yates, Gauge Anderson, Kelsey Ward, John Browning, and Joshua Stanley.