June 29, 2021
June 29, 2021
On Tuesday, the EPIC Van stopped by the Early Head Start Program in DeFuniak Springs to provide socialization and learning experiences for DeFuniak’s tiniest learners! Mr. Cashman, Mrs. McKee and Mrs. Lathinghouse spent time with the tiny tots making friends, teaching early learning skills and sharing trinkets to remember their experience. Coach Wassman and Coach Smallwood share markers, smartboards and bubbles in Hammock Bay Wednesday afternoon. Walton County School District advocates for excellence in learning for all student residents. If you haven’t seen the van in your community, be sure to look at the schedule for dates, locations and times in the link below. We hope to see you at the EPIC Van soon!
June 23, 2021
June 23, 2021
June 21, 2021
Walton County School District EPIC Van has been making stops all over the county to bring activities, learning and fun to our students during the summer break. Our van is stocked with all sorts of board games, balls, arts and crafts! If you see the EPIV Van in your neighborhood, stop by the teachers driving would love to have fun with you! Check the schedule to see when the EPIC Van will be in your neighborhood. We hope to see you soon!
Click the link below to view the summer schedule.
June 17, 2021
Just because it's summer doesn't mean teachers in Walton County stop thinking about their own learning and how it can impact their students. A group of committed educators from Maude Saunders Elementary, Walton Middle School, and Walton High School chose to join together for a local AVID professional development experience hosted by WMS. On June 15th and 16th, these teachers gained new knowledge and shared insights about the schoolwide AVID program, whose mission is to close the opportunity gap by accelerating student learning. AVID believes that if educators can improve the likelihood that kids can go to a four-year college, then they can change the trajectory of students' lives. By investing in the AVID philosophy and schoolwide WICOR strategies, teachers help students see possibilities, no matter their circumstances. Through rigor and relationships, teachers equip students to envision their own potential. In the two-day training session, facilitated by Gaby Brown (WMS), Jana Currid (WDE), Olivia Garrett (WDE), Lynne Martin (WCSD), and Kristen Nelson (WMS), teachers collaborated to gain more strategies and ideas for giving students the essential tools for clearing their paths of obstacles and setting themselves on the road to success.
What an amazing accomplishment and event for our students and WCSD. Both Freeport and Mossy Head Elementary Schools made it to The World Level Competition’s in Odyssey of the Mind! The student created, authored content, and set designs team presentations were extraordinary. Teacher/staff sponsors were phenomenal and acutely facilitated! Talk about a worldwide education for our students and community. These teams competed with teams worldwide and the experience provided exposure for our students that will remain for a lifetime! Thanks to the schools, parents, and teachers who made it happen, and of course, to our Superintendent who detoured his training trip from Tampa to Orlando to see the teams compete or prepare to compete. As usual, the students were excited to see Superintendent Hughes who likewise was excited to see them represent our district! EPIC on Full Display at an international event!
June 14, 2021
The WCSD believes in the importance of providing continuing education opportunities related to current and relevant topics to assist our school counselors in the performance of their job tasks. The trainings are planned with interactive content and so they are immediately implementable. During the 2020-2021 school year, trainings on topics such as Social Emotional Learning, Trauma Informed Classrooms, MTSS and Early Warning System Data and many more were provided to the WCSD school counselors. These topics were chosen based on input from the counselors, as well as, state and district initiatives. We are very proud of the dedication, collegiality and professionalism of our school counselors.
June 14, 2021
With proactive mindsets, eighteen Walton Middle School teachers joined together and rolled up their sleeves on June 9th and 10th to tackle data head-on to seek solutions to accelerate student learning. After a straightforward but inspiring pep talk by Principal Jason Campbell, teachers analyzed and interpreted K12 Lift data reports, looking for schoolwide, grade level, subject area, classroom, and individual student trends. In activities facilitated by instructional coach Kristen Nelson, WMS teachers from all content areas used the wise words of Maya Angelou to guide their thought work over the course of the two days: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” As teachers gained knowledge from data and research, they charted it on a giant “Know Better” poster on the front wall. Then as they learned and brainstormed ideas and actions they could take to accelerate student growth, they noted those insights on a “Do Better” poster. Yellow post-it notes full of statistics, quotes, and ideas abounded throughout the room. Teachers collaborated about challenging but meaningful topics centered around one essential goal—setting ALL students on the path to success. Through the “think tank” style professional development session, teachers offered one another powerful and research-based ideas for school improvement in the 2021-22 school year. As Assistant Principal Scott Hulion thoughtfully listened, teachers explored how the data can now drive their professional learning, parent involvement, deliberate practice, classroom instruction, and curriculum decisions and initiatives as they move forward. Though students weren’t in the school building this week, they remained the beating heart of their administrators’ and teachers’ work. Though the summer is still young, the Warrior tribe already looks forward to the upcoming school year.