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Superintendent A. Russell Hughes shares his February 2023 Monthly Update. January was an incredible month for the Walton County School District. FLDOE released their graduation data ranking WCSD third in the state for student graduation rate. Walton County Schools boasted a 96.7% graduation rate - a 5% increase over the previous year - and a 20% increase since Superitendent Hughes took office. The Florida Policy Institute, a non-profit organization that uses data to inform policy reform, ranked YOUR Walton County School District NUMBER ONE in education in the ENTIRE state of Florida. WOW! Two students received nominations from Congressman Matt Gaetz for military academy acceptance and the District broke ground for the new Freeport Middle School and cut the ribbon on the Freeport Elementary School addition. 


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Early Learning Coalition VPK Information for 2023-2024

Step 1. Apply On-Line

Children are eligible for the VPK program if they are 4 years old on or before 09/01/23 (their date of birth must fall between 09/02/18 and 09/01/19). If a child’s fourth birthday falls between February 2nd through September 1st in a calendar year, parents can postpone enrolling their child in VPK that year and wait until the following year when their child is 5. Children must currently reside in Florida.

Parents or legal guardians may apply for a VPK certificate for their child online starting January 1st, 2023, at the following website:

*Due to high volume of VPK applications, please allow up to 5 business days for application review/approval*

We offer 2 kiosks in our Shalimar Office to our parents during normal business hours.

You may also apply for a VPK reenrollment online at the website listed above.

SHALIMAR OFFICE Monday-Thursday 7:30am - 5:00pm 1130 N Eglin Parkway Shalimar, FL 32579 (850) 833-3627 [email protected]

Parents/guardians MUST provide ONE document from EACH of the two categories below

to be issued a certificate for their child:

1. PROOF OF CHILD’S DATE OF BIRTH · Official birth certificate or record (The Souvenir Certificate issued by the hospital is not acceptable) · A current Florida shot/immunization record indicating the date of birth signed by a public health officer or licensed practicing physician (issued at the Health Dept.) · A Valid passport · A Valid dependent ID card

2. PROOF OF FLORIDA RESIDENCY · Valid Florida driver’s license or Florida Identification card with current physical address (P.O. Boxes are not acceptable) · Utility bill with name and current physical address (May not be older than 12 months. May not be bank statements or cell phone/credit card bills/insurance) · Pay stub with name and current physical address (May not be older than 12 months) · Property tax assessment showing homestead exemption · Current residential lease with name, current address and Landlord’s and parent’s signatures · Military orders (Military PCS to Florida must be within the past 12 months) · The ELC Proof of Residency Form (must be notarized)

Step 2.  Required Registration Documents

Please print out your Certificate of Eligibility and the documents listed below.  Students must be registered at the school you wish to attend.  Your application packet must have ALL documents present for placement consideration. Partial applications will not be accepted.

  • Certificate of Eligibility from Early Learning Coalition of The Emerald Coast
  • Child’s Birth Certificate/Passport
  • Child’s Social Security Card (recommended)
  • Parent/Guardian Photo ID
  • Proof of Florida residency
  • Current Florida Certificate of Immunizations (Florida form DH680) Health Department
  • Current Florida School Entry Physical (no less than 1 year from date of entry)

Participating Sites

WISE Center                Mossy Head School       Paxton School          Freeport Elementary                 Bay School

850-892-1111              850-892-1290                 850-892-1230           850-892-1211                          850-622-5051               


January 24, 2023

Due to anticipated severe weather, all Walton County schools will have a delayed start time of two hours Wednesday morning, January 25th. The two-hour delay includes all students and employees. Transportation will also be delayed by two hours. Release times will not change.

Based on data from Emergency Management and additional weather resources, severe thunderstorms are expected in Walton County in the early morning hours.

Absences will be excused if you choose to keep your child home. As always, safety is our number one priority. Please stay safe!

Dive Into Reading

January 13, 2023

Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! 2023 is scheduled for the week of January 23-27, 2023.

The Just Read, Florida! office and the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), in partnership with other FDOE offices, the Walton County School District, state organizations and agencies, are planning the 15th annual statewide Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! 2023 events. 

This year, our Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! theme is Take a Deep Dive Into Literacy – Splash Into New Worlds! With this theme in mind, we are encouraging all schools to participate in reading books to deepen students’ knowledge and support the New Worlds Reading Initiative program which provides high-quality, free books on a monthly basis to K-5 students performing below grade level to instill a love of reading.  The New Worlds Reading Initiative FREE book delivery program was created to help K-5 students build at-home libraries and encourage a love for reading. For more info on eligibility, visit

Superintendent Hughes shares his first update of the new year! 

  • January 5th - report cards go home
  • January 16th - Schools/Offices closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • January 19th - Teacher/ESP of the Year Awards! 

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December Students of the Month

December 15, 2022

Congratulations to our December Students of the Month! These students were recognized by their teachers as exhibiting outstanding character and serving as role models for their peers!


The MSE 4th grade Robotic Warriors LEGO Club competed on Saturday at the FIRST LEGO qualifier with 20 other teams from grades 4-8. All students were given the energy challenge. The Robotic Warriors chose solar energy for their project. Based on their performance and presentation, they were one of 6 teams to advance to the regional competition in February.

In addition to this incredible honor, the Robotic Warriors were also presented with the prestigious Core Values award. MSE's team was among the youngest teams, with the fewest members, and we are especially proud of their accomplishments!

Walton County Superintendent A. Russell Hughes shares his December, 2022 monthly update! This month, Superintendent Hughes gives important dates, holiday well-wishes, and information on a local attraction with great history - Christmas Reflections!

Walton County School District Superintendent A. Russell Hughes shares his monthly video update for November, 2022! In this month's update, Superintendent Hughes talks about civic responsibility with an incoming elected official, expresses gratitude and thankfulness for Veterans, and highlights some exciting extra-curricular wins across your Walton County School District.