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In this engaging science lab, Mrs. Shani Hicks' fourth grade class at WDE explored food chains and webs by dissecting owl pellets! They found out that owls swallow their prey, and then regurgitate the fur and bones. Through this dissection, students were able to compare bones from their pellets to the bone chart to determine the types of prey owls feed on. By doing this, they were able to trace the flow of energy from the sun to producers and consumers, and classify owls in the food chain. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Freeport Middle School Art Department and teacher Mrs. Kendra Peloquin hosted a whole school art show and exhibit for the entire school to enter.  The theme of the show was "My Personality."  First through third places and prizes were awarded to each of the fifth through eighth grade levels.  Many students participated and were excited to see their work on exhibit in the cafeteria.  Submitted by Kendra Peloquin.

FMS Art

Maude Saunders staff and students gathered for a night of Olympic math challenges.  Families participated in a variety of fun events, sharpened their math skills, posed for some photos,  and were awarded with a Gold medal at the end of the night. Submitted by Krisy Spence.

Students at Mossy Head School enjoyed various activities to celebrate Literacy Week and the theme, "Lost in a Book." Just a few of the activities include the following...Students paired up with other classes and grade levels for partner reading. The entire school participated in D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) time. Classes decorated their doors to show off which book they were "lost" in. Submitted by Elizabeth Gaither.

Congratulations to WHS student Jarrett Sniezko for earning a spot in the Southern Knights Drum & Bugle Corps.  He will tour the country this summer, and compete all over the US with finals ending in Pennsylvania on September 2, 2018.  Jarrett is the second Walton High band student to be offered a contract this year, and this is quite possibly the first time in school history that two students have made the Drum Corps in the same year.   In addition, Jarrett is the 5th student in 20 years to be chosen for the Corps.

Submitted by Chad Robbins and Christy English 

MSE 5th graders have been studying weather and climate zones and had the opportunity to connect via FaceTime with a Meteorologist for NBC in North Dakota. The students had great questions to ask regarding weather forecasting and careers in meteorology. Submitted by Krisy Spence.

After many months of collaboration and training with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, Freeport High School has been approved by the Florida Department of Health as a 911 Public Safety Telecommunication Program Training site.  This would not have been possible if not for the hard work of Jamey Goddin, FHS Criminal Justice Operations Instructor and Rebecca Bryan, WCSO Communications Training Coordinator.  Special thanks to Sgt. Jason Hall, WCSO Communications Manager, Captain Michael Gainey, WCSO Support Services Bureau Chief, Crystal Appel, WCSD Coordinator of instructional Support Services and Donna Honish, WCSD CTE Career Counselor for their commitment to support attainment of this opportunity for students at Freeport High School.

Sheriff Michael Adkinson has whole-heartedly supported this effort not only by providing staff to work with Walton School District but by also donating $20,000 to FHS for the purchase of the 911 curriculum and simulation equipment.  Sheriff Adkinson remarked during the awarding of the donation that “he loved being able to support his community and turn bad money into good as the donation came from drug money that was seized by the Sheriff's department”.

Superintendent A. Russell Hughes also showed support of this educational opportunity at Freeport High School by stating, “I am ecstatic of this addition to our repertoire of programs for our students at FHS. This is a major milestone in staying relevant for our community and the workforce needs thereof. Great Job Mr. Hope and every member of the Bulldog Team of leaders that always find a way to make things happen for children!  This epitomizes every component of EPIC and could not be possible otherwise. Keep up the great work!”

FHS students are currently being educated on proper 911 Public Safety Telecommunications background and procedures.  Instructor, Jamey Goddin, is preparing FHS students to take the 911 Public Safety Telecommunicator industry certification exam from the Florida Department of Health.  This industry certification would assist students in attaining gainful employment after graduation, and eligible students may qualify for 3 hours of college credit in Criminal Justice Technology at a Florida College based on earning this industry certification.

Congratulations Freeport High School!

Sheriff Michael Adkinson awarding $20,000 donation to Superintendent A. Russell Hughes and Kim Kirby, WCSD School Board Chair, during a school board meeting.

911 FHS

911 FHS

Submitted by Donna Honish.