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Feliz Dia De Los Muertos from the Freeport Middle School Art Department and Mrs. Matias' Spanish class!  This collaboration involves the art students studying the art of Dia De Los Muertos to create an offrenda with calacas and calaveras paintings.  The Spanish class studied Hispanic heroes, a painter, writer, and an artist to write biographies.  Each year during the Dia De Los Muertos celebration,  families create an offrenda to celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed and welcome them to visit during the celebration.

South Walton High School - Seahawks Field Ribbon Cutting – 10/22/2021

Superintendent A. Russell Hughes has the honor of throwing out the first pitch at the new Seahawks Baseball Field. 

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Last week the 6th grade seaperch students put their knowledge of simple machines to the work as they built and tested their wind lift machines. Competition was tight, but what great results!

1st place with 45+ pennies, Malaya Goldsmith

2nd place with 40 pennies, Carter Johnson

3rd place with 35 pennies Elijah Dahl

Now, on to Rube Goldberg machines!

COVID Update October 29, 2021

In the spirit of transparency, the Walton County School District (WCSD) will continue to update our stakeholders with COVID-19 data for the 2021-2022 school year. 

We are happy to report yesterday’s single day data at 0%.  As we continue our mitigation strategies below, we want to thank all of our stakeholders – parents, students, teachers, staff, administrators, and our school board – for working together to keep our schools safe. 


COVID-19 Statistics

Single Day Data


% of total population (students and staff ~ 13,000)

Overall Data to Date

(8/10/21 – 10/28/21)

% of total population (students and staff ~ 13,000)

Positive COVID-19 Cases

of School District Students and/or Employees






Quarantined Due to On Campus Exposure of School District Students and/or Employees






Quarantined Due to Off Campus Exposure (Community/Family Exposure) of School District Students and/or Employees






Schools Involved in Positive Cases and/or Exposure






Walton County School District COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies for the 2021-2022 School Year

  1. If a person is sick (students, teachers, staff, and visitors), they should stay home.
  2. Face covering is optional for all, including the bus.
  3. Hand sanitizer is available at various areas inside the school.
  4. Social distancing from others is encouraged as much as possible.
  5. Signs will be displayed to remind those in schools about social distancing, as well as the use of hand sanitizer, washing of hands, and face coverings.
  6. Cleaning and disinfecting school facilities/buses which are occupied by students will be done daily.
  7. Adequate mitigation supplies are on hand at all schools/facilities (hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, masks, etc.).
  8. COVID-19 vaccination is optional for all students and employees.
  9. COVID-19 contact tracing is occurring in all schools/facilities (2021-2022 WCSD Decision Tree for employees and students).
  10. At this time non-essential visitors and volunteers are not allowed to enter schools. This mitigation strategy will be revisited in the next few weeks.

*Please keep in mind that although COVID positive cases may represent a student or staff member within the WCSD, it does not necessarily indicate that the virus originated within the WCSD.  It is also important to note that a portion of the positive cases involve individuals who may have never entered the school setting while sick due to proper quarantining. 

Walton County appreciates all of our mentor volunteers.  Mentors play an important role in the lives of students by providing educational support and guidance toward future endeavors.  If you are interested in mentoring or volunteering in the District, please complete an application which can be found under the “Community” tab on our web page.  You may contact Lori Hughes with questions @ [email protected] or text your question using the Let’s Talk tab on the right side of our webpage.  Mentors we salute you!!

SWHS Students Learn CPR!

October 27, 2021

South Walton High School freshmen and juniors spent time with the Walton County Fire Rescue personnel learning CPR and First Aid training.

We cannot thank Sheriff Adkinson and Chief Radney enough for providing this service to our students.

Students were on the move at West DeFuniak today.  Going to and from Music, Art, and PE from math, Science, and ELA moving 4wRd with academic excellence as usual.  When we say the “Whole Child” we mean it!  These babies love their school and their school loves these babies!

Mix & Match Day at MSE!

October 26, 2021

Mix & Match Day at Maude Saunders today, but there is no “Mix Up” when it comes to teachers loving students, loving their jobs, and students loving the high standards learning that’s happening in every classroom at MSE!  Make NO “Mixtake’ on the awesomeness and EPIC 4wRd!