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WCSD Students, Faculty and Staff are out for Christmas & New Year's Holidays beginning on Wednesday, December 21, 2016, we have school Monday, December 19th and Tuesday, December 20th.  On Monday, January 2, 2017, there is a teacher work day and on Tuesday, January 3, 2017,  there is a teacher professional development day so students are out both of these days.  Students should return to school on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.  Have a Safe and Happy Holiday!
The Voices of Democracy Competition, sponsored by VFW, focused on "My Responsibility To America" this year.  Grade 9-12 students submitted a 3-5 minute essay on an audio CD for this topic.  Winners for this competition are 3rd place, Melanie Nowell from Walton High School (far right); 2nd place, Wendy McCormick from Freeport High School (center); and 1st place, Zachary Seay from Freeport High School (far left).  These students will be recognized at the January 3rd School Board Meeting at 5:00 P.M. at which time they will receive their monetary awards and certificates from the local VFW. Congratulations to these students. Submitted by Donna Honish.

During the weeks of November 28th-December 14th, WDE students were challenged to earn as many 100’s on Accelerated Reader tests as possible. The catch was students were working for a reward for their teacher! Mr. Andy Stafford, a fifth grade teacher, was the recipient of a car detail cleaning! His students made 100% on 515 books during that time. That was an average of 24.5 tests per student. During that time, WDE earned close to 5,000  points for AR. Congratulations to all of the students and teachers! Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

MakerSpace students are learning computer programming skills using Sphero robotic balls. The students programmed Sphero to move in a square, change colors, and learned to put geometry skills into practice. The MakerSpace group is an afterschool club composed of about 60 students in 4th and 5th grade. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

4th grade students in Mrs. McLaney and Mrs. Adams’ classes participated in the Pirates Christmas program on December 13, 2016.  The play was about Santa and his Elves taking a well-deserved vacation from the North Pole to their “Island Christmas”. When out of nowhere Pirates come and surround them singing “Pirates All Are We”. These pirates know nothing about Christmas and end up hitching a ride with Santa to the North Pole to plunder his treasure only to find that Christmas is a time of giving, not taking. Once these pirates grasp the “true” meaning of Christmas they are able to participate in singing Blimey Carols and have A Pirates’ Christmas. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Congratulations to WDE Media Specialist Mrs. Tammy Goodman! She was selected to receive a STEM Education Grant from the Emerald Coast Post of the Society of American Military Engineers, in the amount of $897. Mrs. Goodman will use the funds to purchase STEM books and programmable robots. Mrs. Goodman is pictured with WDE principal Mrs. Darlene Paul. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.
Nearly 200 students brought their parents to Math and Science Night at Maude Saunders December 1st.  The students had an opportunity to play math games and participate in hands-on Science activities throughout the evening.  Parents left with new strategies to help their children at home, and the students left feeling very excited about math and science! Submitted by Krisy Spence.