Elrod Vo recently won the distinction of being an Achieve3000 WorldWide winner in Mrs. Amy Bennett's eighth grade reading class. He won the most points by completing reading texts and tasks and receiving points for passing scores. Two years ago, Elrod won the most points nationwide when he was a sixth grader in Mrs. Bennett's class. This year, Elrod entered the new school year determined to advance from being the nationwide to the worldwide level winner. Remarkably, Elrod accomplished his goal before the end of the first semester. Walton Middle School is very proud of Elrod's accomplishments. Submitted by Kristen Rhodes.
Dec 05 2016
VRB had its Tropicana school-level competition this past Thursday, December 1. All of the speeches were so good, it made a very difficult decision for the judges. Our judges this year were Kathryn Youngblood, Bonnie Shelton, and Michelle Curtis. First place went to Ella Ekenseair. Second place was Elysia Koch, and third place was Cole Graham. Congratulations to our winners that will be representing Butler well in the district completition! Submitted by Sherrie Binkowski.
Dec 05 2016
Bay Elementary would like to congratulate Avery Jones and Dexter Barefield for being chosen as the December Students of the Month. Both students will be honored at a special breakfast sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Freeport on December 14, at the Coastal Branch Library in Santa Rosa Beach. Submitted by Cindy Stewart.
Dec 05 2016
Due to inclement weather, please be advised of the following changes pertaining to the WCSD Science Fair. Please note the Award's Ceremony has been moved to Thursday Evening at the WISE Center. Set-up and Judging have been moved to tomorrow evening at the Community Center in DeFuniak Springs.
Thank you for your assistance and understanding!
Tuesday – December 6, 2016
2 PM to 5 PM – Project registration and set up at the Community Center, DeFuniak Springs– Students/parents will be asked to leave the exhibit room at 5 PM. There will be a waiting room set up for them at that time.
5:45 PM – Students must be back for orientation and judging (report to the waiting room).
5 PM to 6 PM – Exhibit room closed for judges to initially view projects.
6 PM to 8:30 PM – Judging. Parents must remain in waiting room. This is an estimate of the time needed. The students will be dismissed when the judges are finished judging their division. Students must stay until they are dismissed because judges may want to return to see them a second time.
NOTE: Please be prepared to take projects home at the end of judging!
Thursday– December 8, 2016
6 PM – Awards Ceremony at the WISE Center (old Walton High School) on 555 Walton Rd., DeFuniak Springs
Dec 05 2016
Walton CTE Instructors Participate in Training Connecting Middle, High, Post-Secondary and Community Members
Dec 05 2016
Dec 01 2016
Dec 01 2016
Russell Hughes began his career as a teacher at Choctawhatchee High School in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida where he taught business law & management, math and keyboarding. Russell was identified by the principal as having excellent classroom management, discipline and instructional skill. Consequently he was appointed dean of students managing discipline for ninth and tenth grades until transferring to Richbourg Middle School in Crestview, Florida. Russell served as Assistant Principal and Head Football Coach at Richbourg from 1997-2000.
Russell’s career with the Walton County School District began at Walton Middle School in August of 2000. He became principal in 2004 . Under his leadership Walton Middle School earned their first “A” grade, which was maintained for two consecutive years. Walton Middle School was selected as one of the top 20 schools in the state, having made the most year to year progress in student learning gains. Additionally, Walton Middle School was the first middle school in the county to make an “A” and achieve AYP in the same year. In recognition of their academic achievement, the school was awarded funds for their performance from the state and congratulatory letters from former Governors Charlie Christ and Jeb Bush.
In 2007, Mr. Hughes was assigned to Walton High School as Principal. For the following eight years, Walton High School excelled in academic performance. The School has been awarded a “B” grade for six years from the state grading system, two of which were more than 100 points above an “A.” Although, the School’s accumulated points were significant, an “A” eluded them by less than two points in critical areas. For the past two years, (2014-2015) Walton High has been identified by U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s Best High Schools. Also, In 2015, they were named one of two schools in the state of Florida and one of fifty in the United States as “Most Inspiring Schools.” Russell’s individual recognition includes; Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Teacher of the Year Candidate every year while in classroom, Outstanding Young Americans and the completion of the first Commissioners Leadership Academy.
As a first generation college graduate, Mr. Hughes is passionate about encouraging young men and young ladies to obtain post-secondary education. Russell looks continually to uncover strategic methods that will inspire students to unlock their potential to become successful academically, behaviorally, socially and individually. When Russell isn’t busy inspiring students he can be found inspiring those that attend the church he and his wife founded in 2000. The church began with seven charter members and has grown to a current membership of more than 150.Russell Hughes is a lifelong learner and educator. He loves his church, enjoys reading, playing golf and spending time with family and friends. Mr. Hughes makes his home in DeFuniak Springs, Florida with his wife, Lori and daughter, Micah.