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Emerald Coast Middle School Stingrays joined in with many in Walton County School District on April 7, 2017, supporting the awareness of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Superintendent Russell Hughes invited all employees to "GOBLUE" and Mr. Jeff Infinger, Principal of ECMS extended the challenge to students. On any given Friday at ECMS you may find a sea of purple and teal, however on April 7, blue was the Stingray color for the day, demonstrating unified support for a meaningful cause. To check out what else is happening at ECMS, click on the link below for the latest Stingray Station Newsletter.

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Submitted by Angela Vance.

Superintendent Hughes, School board member Marsha Winegarner, and members of the WCSD District Office staff donned their blue attire and ribbons to join students, administrators, faculty and staff in schools all throughout Walton County today in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Mr. Hughes, Mrs. Winegarner, and the staff at the Tivoli complex visited the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center in Defuniak Springs for a Child Abuse Prevention Proclamation ceremony as a demonstration of support and unity in the fight against Child Abuse. They returned to the Tivoli Complex to participate in a meaningful Pinwheel Garden Planting Ceremony with guest Julie Hurst (Chief Executive Officer) and staff members from the ECCAC.   

 

The color blue has served as a reminder to end child abuse since 1989, when one grandmother made a personal commitment to wear a blue ribbon after her own grandson died as a result of abuse.  The pinwheel is an uplifting symbol of childhood, and a reflection of hope, health and safety…something we wish for ALL children.  Throughout the month of April, students and teachers across the district will be participating in activities that focus on awareness, and administration and staff will be involved in professional development activities that highlight recognition, support and prevention.  The goal of the Walton County School District is to help end child abuse through education, enlightenment, awareness, and compassion!

Submitted Keitha Bledsoe.

Child Abuse

Pictured: Bill Fletcher, President of the ECCAC Board of Directors;  Julie Hurst, ECCAC Chief Executive Officer; Bob Campbell, Defuniak Springs Mayor; A. Russell Hughes, WCSD Superintendent; Marsha Winegarner, WCSD School Board member at the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center.

Savannah Slade, Hayley Seible and Tyler Gibbs represented South Walton High School at the East vs West All Star Basketball Game at Gulf Coast State College on Saturday.

Savannah (pictured) led all girl scorers with 18 points and was named MVP.

Submitted by Barbara Stratton.

MHS students in grades 2-5, who made “A” or “A/B” honor roll for the third nine weeks, participated in a kickball game with faculty at Mossy Head School. Everyone has a great time and enjoyed the friendly competition. Submitted by Elizabeth Gaither.

The Florida High School Athletic Association recognizes Freeport High School Boys Basketball Team as the 2017 1A Academic State Champions.  Submitted by Patty Woodard.

Just like Disney’s Carousel of Progress ride, Mrs. Lathinghouse’s students are rotating around the room, finding practice FSA questions to answer.  When they hear the carousel music, they move on to the next problem.  They are ready to show what they know! 

Submitted by Krisy Spence.

WDE 4th graders used technology to review for FSA in Mrs. Chastity McLaney's class. Students enjoyed using clickers to submit their answers to their FSA review. They are ready for FSA! Submitted by Chastity McLaney/Jessica Dawkins.

Emerald Coast Middle School Girls Golf Team came in second behind Baker, and beat Freeport, Lewis and Seaside in the Golf County Conference Championship.

The girls were led by Kinsey White who came in 6th.  Gracie O'Hare was 10th, Marie Brauer and Jessica Czarnecki tied for 11th, Courtney White tied for 14th and Grace Liles finished tied for 18th. Congratulations to the team and to Coach Griner for a season well played. 

Submitted by Angela Vance.

Stingray pride has been spreading in a big way at Emerald Coast Middle School. Ms. Anderson's Science Classes have been collecting gently used (and new) stuffed animals.  The collection benefits Shriners Children's Hospital and many children will be given a stuffed animal during their stay at the hospitals.  Ms. Anderson wants to thank all the students and teachers who participated in the stuffed animal drive. ECMS collected over 800 stuffed animals for Shriners. Way to go Stingrays!!!!! The stuffed animals are on their way to deserving children in Shrevport, Louisiana and Tampa, Florida.  Submitted by Angela Vance.