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Congratulations to the middle school FFA chapter of Paxton, who took 1st place at the district competition and will be competing at the state competition in June. Pictured (L to R): Colten Phillips, Makalynn Cassady, Clara Martin, Madison Falk, Kiley Edwards, Addie Cook, and Hydie Varnum. Congratulations to the Parlimentary Procedure team, who received 2nd place. Pictured (L to R): Hailey Sexton, Cassie Varnum, Haylee Hayes, Macie Dell, Ashlyn Hall, and Jordyn Bradley.


Further congratulations to the individual FFA members who recieved the following awards:

Extemporaneous Speaking - 1st place
Colten Phillips

Colton Phillips PAX FFA

Prepared Public - 2nd Place
Clara Martin

Clara Martin PAX FFA

The Kids of Distinction Music Club from Maude Saunders Elementary School, under the direction of music specialist Cathy Drake, presented a meaningful tribute to the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King today. The program highlighted some of the struggles and characters of the Civil Rights movement, with a strong emphasis on the quest for peace by Dr. King. Students sang, played Orff instruments and shared important information that helped to remind us all of the important lessons that Dr. King taught.

MLK Program from MSE

MSE MLK Program

MSE MLK Program

MSE MLK Program

MSE MLK Program

MSE MLK Program

Dune Lakes Elementary School Fifth Grade First LEGO League Team performed wonderfully at the Robotic Competition today, Saturday, January 18th in Crestview.  In their first-ever official qualifier event they exhibited their team’s “City Shaper” plan and earned a personal best high score of 215!
Congratulations to our Fifth Grade Team, “One Step Ahead!”
One Step Ahead Team Members: Evangeline Brown, Griffin Perk, Hieu Roberts, Steele Rodgers, Joey Strickland, Jon Villa
Coaches: Julie Sedlock Perk and @meredithflowers
For more information about First LEGO League visit:
DLE Robotics Challenge     DLE Robotics Challenge
DLE Robotics Challenge
DLE Robotics Challenge

Walton County School District is proud to announce that 9 students from our Elementary Music programs were selected by audition to represent the district in the Florida Elementary Music Educators Association’s Regional Honor Choir and Orff Ensembles! ?

They are traveling to Tallahassee for rehearsals and performances on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at Opperman Hall, Florida State University School of Music.

We are so proud of them, and excited for them to have this experience?! More pictures to come!?

Selected for participation:?

West DeFuniak Elementary
Nathan Hight, Music specialist
Calie Brackin
Colin Dunnigan
Dakota Day
Annabel Hicks

Freeort Elementary
Angela Saltsman, Music specialist
Jaliyah Sand

Dune Lakes Elementary
Corrie Sober, Music Specialist
Sadie Scruggs
Brooklyn White
Caden Barnhart

Van R. Butler
Daniel Browne, Music specialist
Naya Pretorius

N Regional Honor Choir 2020

N Regional Honor Orff 2020

N Regional Honor Orff 2020

N Regional Honor Orff 2020

N Regional Honor Ensembles 2020 Directors

N Regional Honor Ensembles 2020 Directors

N Regional Honor Choir 2020 WDE        

N Regional Honor Choir 2020 DLE

Congratulations to Superintendent A. Russell Hughes upon being formally recognized for completion of the Chief Executive Officer Leadership Development Program (CEOLDP) during the joint meeting of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) and the Florida School Boards Association in Tampa!

CEOLDP is a leadership development and performance compensation program that is comparable to chief executive officer development programs for corporate executive officers. The intensive program includes two phases. Phase I is a content-knowledge-skills phase which is a formalized training program that focuses on information and skill development. Phase II is a competency acquisition phase which provides a structured opportunity for participants to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in Phase I for the continuous improvement of the school district. Additionally, each participant engaged in Phase II designs and implements Learning Projects to address the improvement needs of their school district.

“The CEOLDP training is a stringent program that requires an immense time commitment and I applaud these education leaders and lifelong learners upon achieving this accomplishment,” states FADSS CEO and Florida Senator Bill Montford.

School Board Member Jason Catalano presented Superintendent Hughes with a special award certificate at the December 17, 2019 school board meeting at South Walton High School.

Walton County School District is extremely proud of our Superintendent, and of the integrity, vision and values he demonstrates as he leads our district into the future!

Supt Hughes CEOLPD recognition

Supt Hughes

5th Grade students earned a VIP educational experience at Sea World in Orlando January 16 and 17.  They were able to enjoy an overnight outing while exploring nature up close.  They were also able to enjoy a full day of Sea World shows, rides, animal attractions and educational programs. 

Mossy Head 5th gd at Sea World

Mossy Head 5th gd at Sea World

Mossy Head 5th gd at Sea World

Mossy Head 5th gd at Sea World

Freeport Senior Adelle Strickland was honored prior to game time as the 2020 recipient of the Taylor Haugen Trophy. The trophy and accompanying $1000 scholarship is awarded in conjunction by the Taylor Haugen Foundation and All Sports Association and is given in memory of Niceville Eagle, Taylor Reid Haugen, who tragically lost his life following an injury sustained as a high school athlete. Addie was chosen over other applying senior athletes in Walton, Okaloosa, and Santa Rosa counties for best exemplifying the Taylor Haugen spirit in her balance of academics, athleticism, leadership, community service and Christian faith. Area high schools may only submit one applicant and Addie certainly represents these characteristics as well as the best of Freeport and Freeport High School. Congratulations to Addie and her family on this prestigious honor! She will be officially awarded at the annual All Sports Association FCA breakfast in February.

Freeport Middle School art students studied and painted abstract art.  They enjoyed the process of planning and the freedom of abstract painting.  

FMS Abstract art