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 Walton High Seniors who previously attended Maude Saunders took a celebration stroll through the halls today, as our Little Warriors lined the halls and cheered.  It is inspiring to see what these students have accomplished, and we wish them all the best.

 

Submitted by Krisy Chandler Spence

On Friday, May 11th students from Mrs. Gina Ealum’s WDE class participated in the Special Olympics at ECMS. Students placed in many events and we are proud to announce the following awards:

Autumn Patterson (4th grade) – 1st place 50m dash; 1st place 100m dash; 6th place shot put

Tyler Penn (5th grade) – 1st place Long Jump; 3rd place 50m dash; 3rd place 100m dash

Demonte’ Clark (3rd grade) – 1st place 50m dash; 1st place 100m dash; 2nd place softball throw

Congratulations to these students for their amazing accomplishments!

Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

The entire Bobcat family would have been flooded with pride over the STEM Club at the LEGO League Jr. EXPO in Fort Walton Beach. Students nailed their interview with the judges, and impressed everyone with their LEGO creation.  A judge said their presentation and board was EPIC and E.P.I.C. is what they were striving for!

Submitted by Kalli McMillan

On May 9th and 10th Freeport Middle School students participated in the inaugural FMS Algebra 1 Boot camp to prepare for the EOC. Over the course of two days, students rotated among three sessions to help prepare them to be successful on the EOC. Collectively the students completed around 7,000 problems over the course of the two days. Students ended the boot camp with a pep talk, and words of encouragement from Principal Harrison.

Submitted by Lauren Moore

FBLA did an awesome job at the recent Relay for Life!  A lot of students came out to support this great cause, and Coach Harless even got in the dunking booth!

Submitted by Christy English

              

        

Recognizing Our EPIC WCSD Teachers, Administrators, and Support Staff!!!

Nowhere in the educational community will you find employees more charitable and generous than right here in the Walton County School District, Florida!!! 

Cindy Holmes, Resource Development Director of United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties recently reported that the approximately 1,000 employees of WCSD supported the United Way campaign this school year (2017-2018) by pledging nearly $29,000 to help provide services in the local community!!! 

Superintendent A. Russell Hughes indicated this was no surprise to him knowing how big-hearted, dedicated and committed our employees are to making our corner of the world a better place.  “This tells the story of who we are!” stated Mr. Hughes. 

Congratulations to Paxton High School for their designation of Bronze Medalist from U.S. News and World Reports Best High Schools! Paxton was one of 35 schools in the state of Florida to receive Bronze Medallion status! Walton County School District is proud of this EPIC accomplishment!

Paxton School is recognized in the National Rankings and earned a bronze medal. Schools are designated based on their performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college. 

The FMS Horticulture Club is doing a wonderful job beautifying campus!  This would not have been possible without the generosity and dedication to Agriculture education of our local Farm Bureau Board.  Submitted by Chelsea Ellison.

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FMS Hort Club

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FMS Hort Club

FMS welcomed guest speakers from a wide variety of career backgrounds.  Freeport Middle School’s PTO would like to thank the following Career-Day guests:

 

Dr. Jennifer Hawthorne/Specialist-Schools & Leadership Development

Florida House of Representative Brad Drake

Trey Nick/Nick’s Restaurant

Melanie Moore/Mattie Kelly Arts

Rick Hayes/Security Consultant

Leslie Harrison/Cyber Security

David Swanick and Mary Garner/Attorney and Paralegal

Theresa Devine/Farmer and baby goat Charlie

Sergeant Kristin Pond and her K-9 partner Kayne

Walton County Fire and Rescue Team

Bo Wilkerson/Historical Fiction Author

Mr. Hayard Dykes/Attorney

Register Family/Bee Keepers

Dylan Laird/Regional Utilities

Erika Zambello/Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance

Deputy Blake McCormick/Walton County

Jeffrey Powell/DeFuniak Herald

 

Thank you AVID students for serving our special guests!

Submitted by Chelsea Ellison

U.S. News and World Reports just released the 2018 Best High School rankings on Wednesday, evaluating more than 20,500 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Walton County School District is proud to announce that 100% of our traditional high schools are included in the ranks!!  

Freeport Senior High School ranked #124 out of 762 in Florida rankings, and #1629 in National rankings, receiving recognition as a Silver Medal school.

South Walton High School ranked #143 out of 762 in Florida rankings, and #1925 in National rankings, receiving recognition as a Silver Medal school.

Walton High School ranked #190 in Florida rankings, and was Nationally recognized as a Bronze Medal school. 

Paxton School was recognized as a Bronze Medal school in National rankings and State rankings. 

The U.S. News list aims to recognize schools doing the best jobs preparing students for college. To judge that, it considers graduation rates, success on required state exams and performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests, which can earn high school students college credit. 

Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe