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Donations are currently being accepted for the victims of the wildfire that destroyed approximately 575 acres and over 30 homes in the Santa Rosa Beach area near Musset Bayou last night, Wednesday, May 6.  

Please see the items requested below.  Donations can be dropped off at Van R. Butler Elementary Bus Ramp on Friday, May 8 through Tuesday, May 12 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day.  Many of these families have lost everything they own.  Any and all help is deeply appreciated! 

Updated Fire Relief Donation flyer

Seacoast Collegiate High School students Reagan Wells, Sierra Smith, Mary Katherine Rookis, and Knoxye Grinstead placed 1st in a modified Florida History Day competition with their group performance entitled “Breaking News: The Story of the Women’s Army Corp”. 

Sponsored by the Museum of Florida History, Florida History Day is an annual, statewide activity that enhances the teaching and learning of history at middle and high school. This year, entrants submitted work digitally for judging due to COVID-19.

This marks two consecutive years that these ladies and Walton County have come out on top in the Senior Performance division. Their performance makes them eligible to return to represent Walton Conty and the state of Florida in the National History Day competition.

Seaside Team Places 1st at History Fair

History Fair      History Fair

Sharing a reminder to all about our new Walton County School District communication feature. Parents, students, and other stakeholders can text questions to 850-204-9667. Text submissions are immediate, and a staff member should respond to you quickly. With this new number, the district will be able to provide a quick response for any issues or concerns that may occur with virtual learning.

If you would like to recognize a Walton County School District employee or school who has gone above and beyond, please feel free to send a compliment via our text line at 850.204.9667. We will be sure to pass on your “shout-out” to your child’s school!

WCSD new text feature

Food distribution is being moved to Wednesdays in the month of May. Please plan to pick up food from our five locations, or receive food from one of our 70 bus stops on these Wednesdays in May - May 6, 13, 20, and 27.

Food sites will remain the same - Paxton, Mossy Head, Maude Saunders Elementary, Walton Middle, and Freeport High School. Times will remain the same for sites (9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.), and bus routes will also remain the same.

You may wish to check with the school your child attends for information on paper learning packet distribution.

They may have had to do it from home, but all of these third year aerospace students earned their industry certification this week! As members of the Gaetz Aerospace Institute, students have the opportunity to earn certifications from the Unmanned Safety Institute each year and we didn't want our students to miss this opportunity. Congrats Bobcats for persevering through tough circumstances to reach your goal!

PAX Industry certs COVID19

Mary Claire Brown, South Walton High School Art student, learned recently that her photograph, "Reflection," received one of 9 honorable mentions for the Mattie Kelly Environmental Institute's Amateur Photo Contest!   Congratulations to her for the recognition of her artistic photo! 

 Mattie Kelly Environmental Institute Photo Contest

MKEInstitute Honorable Mention

Superintendent A. Russell Hughes, Walton County School District, shares a video update each month to keep parents, students and constituents current on happenings in the WCSD. During this uncertain time of COVID-19, we are staying focused on our student's academic progress through our At-Home Learning Instructional Continuity Plan, while also making sure we are addressing the health and personal needs of our students, families, WCSD employees, and the community.

In this month's video, Superintendent Hughes addresses the Grab and Go Food Distribution program; shares a message for our district and community heroes who are all working tirelessly to make sure our students are fed; managing the challenges of application-based online teaching and learning; developing creative and innovative avenues toward curriculum and communication; and maintaining our facilities to ensure a healthy and safe environment for our staff. Mr. Hughes also reaches out with a special word for our Seniors to reassure them that we understand their concerns about graduation, and our schools are working on new and unique ways to recognize and celebrate their achievements!