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What an EPIC Day at WCSD’s EPIC2 Empowerment Leadership Training Day!!! This was truly a day of Excellence, Professionalism, Innovation and Collaboration as teachers, administrators and support staff from all over the District joined together to celebrate our successes, and ignite our drive for #ProgressOnPurpose!!! POP! The District was really POPin' today!

Superintendent Hughes welcomed everyone with stirring comments about the rare value of all those who participate in the educational process of Walton County School District...royalty and family...reflected in the selection of Purple as the color scheme for this year’s event! He shared, “We are an A+ District for the first time since 2014. It didn't just happen...YOU made it happen...through excellence, through innovation, through leadership, through rigor, through challenging children cognitively, knowing they can rise to expectations!" He continued, "It is rare to find teachers and administrators, professionals who love what they do, and who work with the dedication, collaboration and leadership that is found here. We want to treat you all like royalty today!

Special keynote speaker, Erin Gruwell, renowned educator, author and founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation, inspired listeners and instilled a greater desire to really “see” and “know” our students as we strive to do everything possible to help every child succeed.

Over 70 presenters in content and choice sessions provided informative and engaging professional development sessions designed to support the Superintendent's vision for WCSD.

The day closed in a rousing pep rally with prizes, uplifting comments from our Teacher of the Year Joan Kennett, and special thanks by Superintendent Hughes for all those who made the day possible. A surprise visit by Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart capped the day as she challenged us all to encourage each other, and our students as we go through this EPIC new school year!



Walton County School District Teacher of the Year, Joan Kennett from South Walton High School, attended the Summer Teacher of the Year Round Table Professional Learning Gala in July at the Omni Resort in Orlando.  During the 4 day conference that was filled with workshops, networking, leadership sessions,  and a huge formal Gala, Ms. Kennett had the opportunity to meet and collaborate with Florida Department of Education Chancellor Hershel Lyons, and Pam Stewart, Commissioner of Education.  

Walton County School District is so very proud of our Teacher of the Year, and look forward to hearing about all she learned and experienced at the conference!  You can access a video of the Gala evening event at

Submitted by Barbara Stratton

Walton High School will host an orientation for incoming ninth graders & new students on Wednesday, August 8, from 10-11am in the auditorium.  There will be a short assembly, and class schedules will be handed out at the end of the orientation.  Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend.


WHS will host an Open House for all returning 10th-12th grade students on Wednesday, August 8, from 3-4pm.  Students should report to their BRAG classes to pick up their schedules.

Submitted by Christy English

Do you believe it takes a village to raise a child? We do too. Bus drivers wanted! Starting $16.65 with benefits! Call 850.892.1100 ext: 1647.  Submitted by Brenda Baker.

The Summer VPK program at Butler Elementary ended in star-studded style as students performed for their families and guests. These little Bears are ready to start kindergarten in just a few days! Submitted by Tammy Smith

Walton County was represented at the National Advance Placement Conference this month in Houston, Texas. Crystal Appel was joined by South Walton High School's principal Dr. Alexis TIbbett, Dean of Students Carrie Chavers and AP Teacher Carrie Sneed. They were chosen to present on "Bringing Your a Game to AP" - a section educators attended to learn about the success South Walton has had with their AP enrollment and pass rates. Dr. Vivan Komando was also asked to present on AP Studio Art.

Submitted by Crystal Appel

On July 23rd & 24th, Science Teachers in grades K-12 explored and dug deep into NGSSS Standards, new materials, labs, FLDOE resources and data.  They collaborated to develop grade level pacing guides and resources.
Our Science FCAT scores are increasing and we are excited for another great year in Science! Thank you to all of the teachers who attended! Your hard work is greatly appreciated! 
Submitted by Crystal Appel
ELA, History, Science and many other Secondary Teachers in grades 6-12 attended a standard and intentional questioning PD on July 25 and 26th. Teachers took a deep dive into their standards and progression of grade level standards in Day one. During day two, teachers generated questions to support depths of learning and knowledge.
Thank you all for attending this training. Our teachers and IP facilitators were amazing! 
Submitted by Crystal Appel