On February 27th, West DeFuniak Kindergarteners were visited by Nurse Stacey Betts and her monkey friend, Mojo. They told students how important it is to keep their teeth healthy. With the help of Mojo, students were able to learn how to brush and floss their teeth properly. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.
Mar 31 2017
Freeport Middle School (FMS) hosted our fourth annual Career Day on March 9th. The goal was to expose students to a variety of career opportunities that varied in preservice educational experiences. Sixteen presenters visited fifth through eighth grade classrooms led by AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) students. AVID is a program which helps career-minded students reach their goals.
FMS would like to extend a big thank you to all the people who volunteered to be a guest speaker for Career Day and to the PTO for organizing the event! From having the opportunity to tour an ambulance, pet a baby goat, to listening to Mr. Russell Hughes’s journey to becoming the Walton County School District’s Superintendent, the students’ exposure to the various careers was a priceless educational experience and one they are sure to remember for a long time.
2017 Freeport Middle School Career Day Guest Speakers
Ronnie McBrayer- Writer, Musician, and Pastor
Theresa Devine and Charlie the Goat- Farmer
Kristin Pond- K-9 Deputy
Freeport Fire Department
Bo Wilkerson- Historical Fiction Author
Jenn Latusek-Nabholz- Marine Biologist & Environmental Scientist
Joseph Register- Bee Keeper
Dylan Laird- Regional Utilities Engineer
Trey Nick- Nick’s Restaurant Owner
Denise Rogers- Custom Impressions Painting Company Owner
Brittany Tate- Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance Representative
Chandler Williams- Photographer and Owner of Modus Photography
Rik Poloski- Five-Star Audio Visual Representative
Leslie Harrison- Forensics
David Swanick- Attorney and Mary Garner- Paralegal
Russell Hughes- Superintendent of Schools
Submitted by Chelsea Ellison.
5th grade students in Mrs. Currid and Mrs. Garrett’s classes are participating in a program called The Great Mail Race. Mrs. Currid received a letter from a fifth grade class at Al Burress Elementary in Marietta Georgia. The letter invited WDE students to join them in sending handwritten letters to different elementary schools across the nation. The goal is for students to learn how to write a letter and to communicate with other classes in the 50 states
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Submitted by Jessica Dawkins
Mar 30 2017
Congrats to Mrs. Amy Bennett's fourth period eighth grade reading class for winning the Read to Succeed 2 Achieve3000 contest for Walton Middle School! Students had to read and score 75% or higher to earn points for their class. These eighth graders worked extremely hard, some even working over Spring Break to meet their goal. Their hard work paid off!
Pictured Left to Right:
Zoe Watson, Kaden Troublefield, John Powell (JC), Christopher Rollins, Anthony Silva, Cristal Cruz, Myranda McLendon, Kazeri Freeman, Matthew Bearden, Aleigha Oldfield, Joshua Machado, Mrs.Amy Bennett, Nikolas Gomillion, Estevan SantaMaria, Davontae' Pitts, Hali Graves, Chiarra Whitehead, Dane Drake, Tre'Joun Brinson, Dustin Burnham, and Logan Smith. Not Pictured: Anthony Sarriera. Submitted by Kristen Rhodes.
Mar 30 2017
Mar 30 2017
Walton County School Board members Bill Eddins, Kim Kirby, and Jason Catalano, along Superintendent Russell Hughes, in Tallahassee making sure there is a voice for Walton County among the Florida House of Representatives and Florida Senate!
Pictured below: Jason Catalano, Superintendent A. Russell Hughes, and Representative Mel Ponder.
Pictured below: Superintendent A. Russell Hughes, Senator Montford, Kim Kirby and Jason Catalano
Pictured below: Kim Kirby, Representative Brad Drake, Superintendent A. Russell Hughes and Jason Catalano.
Pictured below: Kim Kirby, Elizabeth Fetterhoff- Senator Hukill's Legislative Aide, Jason Catalano, and Superintendent A. Russell Hughes.
On Thursday, March 29th, the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association gave a hands-on presentation to Walton Middle School eighth grade science students about the sun and other stars. The group brought four different telescopes so students could look at the sun safely. They brought a hydrogen alpha telescope that only allows red light in to view the prominences and granulation of the sun. The second telescope was a spectroscope for viewing elements in the solar atmosphere. Another telescope allowed students to view the sun's outline and used the power of the sun to start a fire through the lens. A fourth telescope used a stainless steel lens to filter light, allowing students to see sunspots. Students were also given special glasses, which allowed them to look directly at the sun. Walton Middle School graciously thanks the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association for taking time to give students this phenomenal opportunity. Submitted by Kristen Rhodes.
Mar 29 2017
If you see a Stingray smiling this week, you may have come across one of our outstanding Track and Field athletes! Our Emerald Coast Middle School Track and Field Stingrays were victorious at their meet with Baker Middle School on Tuesday (3/28). Congratulations to the students, coaches and families who continue to support each other and motivate us all with these outstanding achievements! You make us proud to be Stingrays of WCSD! Submitted by Angela Vance.