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Mrs. Solomon used the solar eclipse and seized the opportunity to bring the real world into her 6th Grade Language Arts class at ECMS! Her lesson creatively linked history, science and language arts and made use of multiple sources to keep the students actively involved in learning! Through modeling how a solar eclipse occurs, showing a video explaining how Newton and Einstein used eclipses to prove their theories, reading an article about how Christopher Columbus used a total lunar eclipse to save him from disaster and watching a live video feed of the solar eclipse, Mrs. Solomon’s students experienced a true educational treat on the historic day of the total solar eclipse!!!

Submitted by Candy Bodie

As part of a partnership between the Walton County Board of County Commissioners, Charter Communications, and the Walton County School District to help bridge the digital divide, Charter Communications made a donation of 5 computers each to the Students Participating in Community Education after-school programs (S.P.I.C.E) at Maude Saunders Elementary School and West DeFuniak Elementary School in DeFuniak Springs. Guest speakers included Brad Swanson, President and CEO of Florida Cable Telecommunications Association; State Representative, Brad Drake; Walton County School Board Member, Jason Catalano; Walton County Commissioner, Sara Comander; Rick Wilson, Walton County Special Projects Manager; Leah Brown, Director of Government and Community Strategies for Charter Communications.

As part of the presentation of the donated computers to the School System, Charter Communications hosted an Ice Cream Social on Monday, August 21st, at Maude Saunders Elementary School.  Students in the S.P.I.C.E. program excitedly joined the Ice Cream Social at the end of the presentation. 

The St. Joe Community Foundation recently made a donation for the purchase of 1,050 Peripole Halo Recorders to supply each student participating in the Sinfonia Gulf Coast Carnegie LinkUp program with their own recorder to utilize during music class, and the concert performance.  These recorders will include a Halo Hanger to suspend around the neck, a vinyl zippered case to house the recorder, and a self-adhesive “thumb spot”. 

LinkUp pairs orchestras across the country with schools in their local communities by inviting them to learn about orchestral repertoire through a year-long hands-on music curriculum.  This year’s curriculum is titled “The Orchestra SWINGS.”  District music teachers will begin working with their third, fourth and fifth grade students utilizing the curriculum materials that are provided free-of-charge by the Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.  Students are currently participating in active music making in the classroom, and will begin performing the repertoire on recorders and voice.  The culmination of the yearlong program is a live performance in which students have the opportunity to play recorders or sing along with the Sinfonia Gulf Coast Orchestra.   



Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe

Our first Friday Cookout at In10sity Magnet Program! Mr. D’Avignon and Mr. Arnold took on the grilling duties as our faculty, staff and students spent time building a sense of community with one another. We all send a special “thank you” to the DeFuniak Springs Walmart for their assistance.

Submitted by Lisa Pitts


It was a family affair at Emerald Coast Middle School celebrating the conclusion of the ECMS Summer Bridge Program! Mrs. Parker and Mrs. Yates worked hard and enjoyed every minute they spent working with these dedicated and hard-working ECMS Stingray students during the month of July. 

ECMS Summer Bridge Closing

ECMS Closes summer bridge with picnic