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Everyone in the WCSD learns, gets trained and works extremely hard.  After thanking Mr. Randy Murray for his extraordinary years of service in the WCSD, our ENTIRE Maintenance Staff is being trained on Blood Born Pathogens, Mandatory Reporting and Student Safety!  No Exceptions when it comes to student safety, safe schools, and High Expectations!  Not a complaint or groaning uttered as these men and women entered this training for the good of children!  Superintendent Hughes enjoyed his time with this department today; it takes us all to get this done for children.  Simply put “EPIC is the Way!”  #handongainon


Spring is in the air and the displays of Butterfly Artwork is well on display at Bay School.  Mrs. Roberts class shared with Superintendent Hughes their creations done by families during spring break now being shown in the main hall of the school. That’s transformed into a Gallery!  It’s not just the exhibits being taught but teachers were teaching the soft skills and appropriate behavior in a Gallery; that’s the “C” in culture that’s emphasized this year wit the expanded EPIC Theme!  Parents, families and staff thanks for being a part of this creation!  EPIC is the way!

Sharon Richardson, from Eta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, recently presented Mrs. Sarah Infinger-LaPorte, 5th grade teacher at MSE with a grant check to purchase 2 new skeletons for the 5th Grade Science Department.

Artists Among Us at WMS

March 24, 2021

In Ms. Brittany Grant’s art class at Walton Middle School, sixth graders have been independently researching artists to learn about various styles.  They then presented their learning to the class.  Mrs. Grant then taught students how museum curators select works to display.  After, WMS’ very own student museum curators chose their best works from their researched artists to hang in their museum gallery.  As a third opportunity to incorporate their artists’ styles, students sculpted 3D characters to visit their museum space.  If you find yourself at WMS, take a gallery walk down the main hallway and check out the talented artists among us.

Maori Style at FMS

March 24, 2021

The Freeport Middle School Art Department studied the culture and art of the people who live in the Mitai Maori Village in New Zealand.  We studied the haka and poi dances and their hangi way of cooking in the ground.  The students painted paper strips in Maori style with gouache and wove them into a wall hanging for their classroom.  Way to go students!!!

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Students learn best when they create their own ideas, and AVID “one-pagers” allow students to creatively respond to something they have read or learned.  Through one-pagers, learners respond imaginatively and concisely, showing connections between central concepts.  The audience viewing the one-pager should clearly understand the student’s understanding because essential elements are creatively displayed on just one page.

After reading S.E. Hinton’s novel The Outsiders with their students, WMS’ seventh grade ELA teachers Miss Tara Manson and Mrs. Chastity McLaney gave opportunities for student creativity to flourish for their third nine weeks exam.  Students created digital posters about the text using PowerPoint or Word, the internet, the novel, and their own thoughts.  On the one-pagers, students selected three significant quotes from the novel and explained their significance, as well as essential vocabulary needed to understand the text.  They also explained how the author develops the “outsider” theme throughout the book.  Students paired graphics and savvy visual design with these literary elements to make eye-catching posters.

Through this AVID-style exam alternative, students were able to creatively display their unique thinking.  Mrs. McLaney and Miss Manson continually collaborate to design creative opportunities for students to own their learning in seventh grade ELA.

Teachers and staff at all Freeport-area schools explored strategies for building “grit” in a joint virtual professional development. Guest speaker Dr. Lauren Eskreis-Winkler of Northwestern University shared her knowledge on the science of grit and how this unique combination of passion and perseverance leads to long-term success. She evidenced how some of the most successful professionals, athletes, and students all possess specific grit qualities and habits. Freeport schools will look to encourage build this positive trait in their students collectively.  

More proof of going the extra mile for the good of school, community, and service.  Coach Warren made a commitment to be silly sprayed by students who raised more that $50 individually and more than $1500 school wide at Paxton.  The Bobcats made it happen; raised more than $2000 to give to the Heart Association/Foundation!  Being EPIC means we do because it is bigger than us!  Great way to start Springbreak!

Whitlee gets “Best Student Hat” of the day!  Superintendent Hughes stopped and got a picture with him during pickup at Paxton today!  #Springbreakready

We so appreciate the dedication of our ESP Employees to include the phenomenal Bus Drivers that make sure students arrive home safely!  Thanks, Mrs. Wilkerson, for leading with a smile and EPIC Measures for all.  Happy Springbreak Bus Drivers and Staff; You have earned it!

Superintendent Hughes stopped by the Walton In10sity School of Excellence (WISE) to visit with some amazing students who were writing a grant to do a school beautification project that they determined needed to happen at their school.  They are ready for Springbreak at Home but literally stated to the Superintendent, they would rather be at school to work on this worthwhile project! #EPIC3-C3=Culture!  EPIC is the way!  Only one week until Springbreak this year students!