As part of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Gaetz Institute aerospace courses at Paxton High School, students built underwater robots known as Seaperch robots. This year’s regional competition at Gulf Coast State College included an obstacle course challenge and a “finesse” challenge in which students designed an “arm” for the robot to successfully slide a pipe while underwater. Paxton’s team of, from left, Devon Stokes and Dylan Norris, utilized an arm that was designed in a computer aided design program and 3D printed. The team was able to move all five pipes while working 8-12 feet underwater in the timed challenge and earned third place out of seventy teams for their time. Submitted by Kalli McMillan.
March 22, 2017
The Wedding of “Q” and “U”
Congratulations to Mr. Q and Little Mrs. U on their beautiful marriage! Once upon a time, in Alphabet land, Mr. Q was without a sound of his own. Mr. Q met Little Miss U and their fairytale began; they learned they could make so many words together.
What a wonderful event! Mrs. Redfern’s kindergarten class prepared for the Q and U wedding! The students created fancy attire with crowns and top hats. The class decorated a wedding runner for the letters to walk down the aisle. Mr. Q and Little Miss U exchanged vows to promise to stand by each other in words like quarter and quack. At the reception, the students ate wedding cake and danced. Submitted by Elizabeth Gaither.
March 22, 2017
Maude Saunders students enjoyed watching “Hans Brinker and the Quick-Silver Rocket Skates”, presented by the Atlantic Coast Theater and Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation. Submitted by Krisy Spence.
South Walton faculty met in their Professional Learning groups to discuss curriculum, the School Improvement Plan and to develop strategies to help at-risk students. Submitted by Barbara Stratton.
Students in Mrs. Laird's 4th grade class are studying the Titanic. Students are analyzing poetry to determine the author's purpose. Submitted by Brianna Leavins.
Congratulations to WHS senior Will Kent for being selected as WMBB's Scholar Athlete of the Week!
At a young age Will Kent was introduced to the game of baseball.
March 15, 2017
Controlled Open Enrollment
DeFuniak Springs — Applications are now available for parents who are considering enrolling their children in a school other than their zoned school. Florida Statute 1002.31 states that beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, each district school board shall allow a parent from any school district in the state whose child is not subject to a current expulsion or suspension to enroll his or her child in and transport his or her child to any public school that has not reached capacity in the district, subject to the maximum class size.
The Controlled Open Enrollment (COE) application window for the Walton County School District will be from March 20 – April 28. Parents/Guardians must provide transportation to the COE school with available capacity. Parents/Guardians may obtain an application at any school, on the district’s website, or through the district office. To view Walton County School District’s Controlled Open Enrollment Plan and Application for Attendance or to see a complete list of schools and the capacity of each, please visit www.walton.k12.fl.us and click on the Controlled Open Enrollment link.
WALTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
145 S. Park Street
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435
March 10, 2017
Every month, Mr. A. Russell Hughes, the Superintendent of Schools, will share a video message with an update on the exciting things happening in the Walton County School District, Walton County, Florida. Check back often to stay informed on all the activities, events and accomplishments of teachers and students in the Walton County School District! Please share with friends and family!
During the March 7, 2017, Walton County School Board Meeting, School Board Member Kim Kirby and Superintendent Russell Hughes presented certificates to several Walton County teachers for being recognized by the Commissioner of Education, Pam Stewart, as some of the highest impact teachers in the state of Florida.
Pictured left to right: Kim Kirby, WCSD Board Member; Leigh Lawson, Walton High School; Lauren Moore, Curriculum & Instruction; Jessica Anderson, Maude Saunders Elementary; Susan Rockman, Paxton School; Nina Thornton, Walton Middle School; Martin Vickers, Freeport Middle School; and Russell Hughes, Superintendent. Also not pictured is Gail "Cam" Hudson, ESE Department.
A big congratulations and thank you to these teachers for their hard work in and out of the classroom. Once again, proof that Walton County is the best school district anywhere.
Submitted by Laura Smith.
Brittany Tate, Senior Grant Manager & Education Coordinator, presented a certificate to Kim Kirby, WCSD School Board Member and Superintendent Russell Hughes at the March 7, 2017, school board meeting.
Ms. Tate wished to acknowledge Walton County School District students for their participation in a Student-Led Habitat Restoration in the Choctawhatchee Watershed. Walton County students have been growing grass for the Bay and Coastal Lakes in the area. Last month Walton County Students were recognized in Atlanta, Georgia at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grant Recipient Luncheon with a plaque and last night Walton County School District was presented with a recognition certificate.
Submitted by Laura Smith.