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MakerSpace students are learning computer programming skills using Sphero robotic balls. The students programmed Sphero to move in a square, change colors, and learned to put geometry skills into practice. The MakerSpace group is an afterschool club composed of about 60 students in 4th and 5th grade. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

4th grade students in Mrs. McLaney and Mrs. Adams’ classes participated in the Pirates Christmas program on December 13, 2016.  The play was about Santa and his Elves taking a well-deserved vacation from the North Pole to their “Island Christmas”. When out of nowhere Pirates come and surround them singing “Pirates All Are We”. These pirates know nothing about Christmas and end up hitching a ride with Santa to the North Pole to plunder his treasure only to find that Christmas is a time of giving, not taking. Once these pirates grasp the “true” meaning of Christmas they are able to participate in singing Blimey Carols and have A Pirates’ Christmas. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Third through fifth grade students at West DeFuniak Elementary received science fair awards on Friday, December 9th. Awards included ribbons and cash prizes. The science projects were displayed throughout the WDE hallways for all students to enjoy. Students in K-2 participated in classroom science projects, which were also displayed.

Science Fair Winners
2016 – 2017
 
3rd Grade
 
Biological:
2nd Place:   “Taste Perception?”  (Radcliffe) Taylar Pence
1st Place:  “To Grow or Not to Grow?” (Adkinson) Ava Susenbach
 
Physical: 
Honorable Mention:
“Magnetic Moves”  (Collins)  Kiley Brooks
“ Rock Crystals”  (Simmons)  Trinity Kennemur
         
3rd place:  “Oh, I’m a Gummy Bear”  (HIcks)  Avionnah Padgett
2nd place:  “ Mummy Hotdog” (Adkinson)   Sean Stegall
1st place:  (Tie) “Lego Towers Height & Stability” (Adkinson )  Chandler Shoaf
1st place: (tie)  “Does Adding Salt to Water Make It Boil Faster?” (Collins)  Annabelle Saunders
 
4th Grade          
Biological:
Honorable Mention:
“Right Pawed or Left Pawed?”  (McLaney)   Riley Wright
 
3rd Place:  “Does Playing Video Games Effect your Heart Rate and Blood Pressure?”  (Adams) Jake Furbee  
2nd Place:  “ 3 Sugars” (Daniel) Maya Abbott
1st Place:  “Can Plants Live & Grow When Watered With Soda or Milk?” (Daniel)  Emmalee Alford
 
Physical:
Honorable Mention:  
“Which Chocolate Melts Faster?”  (McLaney)  Ellie Clemmons
“What Makes a Volcano Work?” (Carroll)  Kaylee Joiner
3rd Place: “Drinks Can Change Your Teeth  (Carroll)  Preston Fleetwood
2nd Place:  “Solar Power”  (Carroll)  Adrian Cuica
1st Place:  “What Decays Teeth Faster?”   (Carroll)   Lavaris Randle

5th Grade  

Biological: 

Honorable Mention:

Fast Music/Slow Music”  (Bush )  Nicolas Claudio

“Which Liquids Grow Plants the Best?”  (Allen)  Jackson Clemmons

“Is the Dominate Hand More Sensitive?”  (Garrett)  Caroline Dawkins

“Does Exercise Lower Blood Glucose Level?”  (Garrett)  Allie Saunders

3rd Place:  “Nothin’ But Net ”  (Garrrett) Arya Patel

2nd Place:  “It Grew Where?”  (Stafford) Sam LeCroix

1st Place:  “Germs, Germs, Everywhere”  (Garrett)  Raleigh Reed

5th Grade    

Physical

Honorable Mention:

“Dirty Water, No Problem”  (Garrett)  Jackson Anderson

“Hard Water”  (Garrett)   Joseph Fleetwood

“What Type of Water Evaporates the Fastest?”    (Garrett)     Avan Price                                   

3rd Place:  “Produce Power”   (Garrett)   Callie Hulion

2nd Place:  “ Solar Hopper ”  (Stafford)  Aaron Wilmoth

1st Place:  “Stronger Than A Board ”   (Garrett)  Chris Laird

Principal’s Award:

“Can Smelling One Thing While Tasting Another Impact Taste? ” (Bush)  Elena Vazquez DeRyke

Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.
Congratulations to WDE Media Specialist Mrs. Tammy Goodman! She was selected to receive a STEM Education Grant from the Emerald Coast Post of the Society of American Military Engineers, in the amount of $897. Mrs. Goodman will use the funds to purchase STEM books and programmable robots. Mrs. Goodman is pictured with WDE principal Mrs. Darlene Paul. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.
The ECMS Boy's Soccer Team completed an undefeated season, 12-0. They won their tournament games on Saturday, December 10th in Freeport by scores of 8-0 over Seaside and 5-0 over Lewis Middle School of Niceville.  The final goal total was 85 goals scored by ECMS and ( just as astounding is that) they only allowed 4 goals ALL YEAR!  They are the Northwest Florida Middle School Champions!  Congratulations to the team and Coach Shost who represented WCSD and made us all proud! Submitted by Angela Vance.
Nearly 200 students brought their parents to Math and Science Night at Maude Saunders December 1st.  The students had an opportunity to play math games and participate in hands-on Science activities throughout the evening.  Parents left with new strategies to help their children at home, and the students left feeling very excited about math and science! Submitted by Krisy Spence.