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Ms Curtis' class at Freeport Elementary recently participated in a study on "author's craft in poetry."  As a culminating activity, Mrs. Devine (amazing title 1 tutor) read aloud her story, "Shoop the Sheep" to both of Ms. Curtis' classes during their "Poetry Picnic".  
The students were so enthralled!  Mrs. Devine allowed the students to illustrate the way they visualized the poem/story and will use some of the students' illustrations in her book (when it is published). 
Here are some pictures of this fun and engaging activity!
Submitted by Nancy Curtis

5th grade students at WDE explored the nervous system, the digestive system,  and the circulatory system during Science Focus Center. They completed experiments investigating these systems. Students examined the nervous system by experimenting with reaction time and things that could impact those times such as lack of sleep, etc. The central nervous system consists of the brain and the spinal cord, and it's purpose is to control all of the body's activities. Then they used ropes across the classroom to compare the length of the large and small intestines. The large and small intestines are part of the digestive system. The students then investigated the circulatory system and learned that blood is made mostly of water, red blood cells carry oxygen, plasma transports nutrients and removes waste, white blood cells fight infections, and platelets control clotting.  The students had a great time being able to see these systems in action. 

Left to Right: Stephanie Leiba, Rihanna Townsend, McKenzie Beck, Brionna Harris, Trenton Dunnigan, Blaze Davis, Kristian Polanco-Gonzalez

Left: Elizabeth Andersen, Center: Adrian Cuica, Right: Aiden McCormick

Blaze Davis

Front Groups: Aiden McCormick, Ava Edwards, Rihanna Townsend, McKenzie Beck, Simeon Schumpert
Background: Adriana Martin Alonzo, Trenton Dunnigan, Tyler Penn, Kristian Polanco-Gonzalez

Left: Blaze Davis, Right: Jacob Crooks

Blaze Davis, Aiden McCormick

Left: Tyler Penn, Right: Kristian Polanco-Gonzalez

Front Left to Right: Preston Givens, Stephanie Leiba, Jacob Crooks, Brionna Harris
Background Left to Right: Elizabeth Andersen, Adriana Martin Alonzo, Trenton Dunnigan, Adrian Cuica

Submitted by Jessica Dawkins

After returning from Winter break, PHS students in grades 6th - 12th had the opportunity to participate in Paxton's AVID committee's first Career Day. Throughout the day, students were able to learn about different careers. Representatives from careers like nurse practicioners, paramedics, law enforcement, and customer service, to name a few, were there to teach the students about their career and answer any questions. Overall, the day was incredibly successful and the students learned a lot. 

Submitted by Kalli McMillan

WDE teachers participated in a ClearTouch training on January 3, 2018. Glenn Reichle from ClearTouch showed teachers how to incorporate the new technology into daily lessons. Clear Touch Interactive displays enable both teachers and students to collaborate and design new ways of learning together.

Submitted by Jessica Dawkins

We are proud to announce that Walton High School was recently recognized as an AVID Highly Certified Site for the 2017-18 school year!   This status is awarded to AVID sites that have met the AVID Program Essentials and Data Collections documentation that supports program effectiveness and student progress.  This self-study and validation process is designed to assist AVID sites with achieving desired benchmarks that are precursors for academic success in high school and college.

Submitted by Christy English

The WCSD has enjoyed nearly 10 years of partnership now with the @biophiliacenter! More than 11,000 students to date have experienced hands-on outdoors learning, thanks to this beautiful science education center off Hwy. 20, just east of 331. Superintendent Hughes was excited to participate and speak at the groundbreaking ceremony December 16, 2017 for an expansion. Check out the web site for more: www.EOWilsoncenter.org! This is a local treasure, and an important collaboration for our STEM educators!
From right, Superintendent Hughes; Board Member Stella Davis;  Director, Dr. Matt Aresco; and Board Members Pat and Lisa Davis Chisholm. 

Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe