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Thank you to everyone who made the 2017-18 Odyssey of the Mind season a success. This year's Emerald Coast Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament was held at Shoal River Middle School on March 3, 2018. Bay Elementary School, Freeport Elementary School, Van R. Butler Elementary School, Freeport Middle School, and Walton High School all particpated in the Regional Tournament.

Bay Elementary and Freeport Elementary won 4th place. Walton High School won 3rd place and has been invited to participate in the State competion.

A special thank you to our team members, coaches and parents.

To learn more about the program, visit the link below.

https://www.odysseyofthemind.com/?

Submitted by Crystal Appel.

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The sun didn't set without Stingrays representing us WELL at their meet this past Friday. Both boys and girls finished 2nd out of 25 teams at the Big Bend Showdown in Tallahassee. We are so proud to watch these students compete and work together as a team, supporting each other on and off campus, demonstrating that both academic and athletic success can go hand-in-hand! Stingray shout out and gratitude to our coaches, The Parkers! CONGRATULATIONS Stingrays!
Submitted by Angela Vance

Mrs. Moore’s 5th grade class at MHS investigated and collaborated together to build different types of electrical circuits using lights, batteries, switches, and different conductors of electricity.  Submitted by Elizabeth Gaither.

Second graders at Butler Elementary were excited to learn about the weather when they were recently visited by Meteorologist Chris Smith from WJHG, Channel 7 News.  The students enjoyed learning about weather phenomena from a real expert! Submitted by Tammy Smith.

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Classrooms and hallways at Butler Elementary School were filled with activities related to Dr. Seuss as the school celebrated his birthday during Read Across America week.  Students enjoyed a variety of dress up activities that included wearing silly clothing items associated with books such as Fox in Socks and Wacky Wednesday, guest readers including parents and characters from Dr. Seuss books, and art activities related to texts read during class. 
Submitted by Tammy Smith

Students at Butler Elementary School recently pulled together to raise $1485.58 during our recent “Change For Children” fundraising drive.  Student Council members led the drive by encouraging students to participate, collecting donations, and counting the funds!  Way to go Butler Bears! Submitted by Tammy Smith.

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On Friday, March 2, Mr. Dennie Smith's eighth grade AVID students thoughtfully and respectfully voiced their opinions about controversial, culturally relevant topics through a Philosophical Chairs activity.  Not only did students develop and articulate their own arguments, but they also facilitated the discussion themselves with only minimal guidance from Mr. Smith.  Students walked away from the experience with a firm understanding that their opinions and those of others matter--and can thereby be used to meaningfully impact change in today's world.  Submitted by Kristen Nelson.

Mr. Hughes met personally today with an MSE student who remembered the "see something, say something" policy by alerting her teacher to a situation she had an uneasy feeling about. School safety is a top priority for the Walton County School District. Sumitted by Krisy Spence.

All in celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday, students and teachers at Paxton have dressed up in some interesting ways. This week, they have worn crazty socks and wacky clothes. They have dressed up in green and worn their favorite hats. Not only did they dress up, students truly participated in Read Across America by opening up a Dr. Seuss' book, or one of their own favorite books, and read like crazy! Way to celebrate Dr. Seuss' with PRIDE, PASSION, and PURPOSE, Bobcats!  Submitted by Kalli McMillan.

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