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Walton County School District


Secretaries from across the WCSD and 14 other member districts attended the 2019 Secretarial Conference sponsored by the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC) on Friday, October 11. Superintendent A. Russell Hughes addressed the participants during the welcome and opening events. Attendees had the opportunity to hear speakers on topics such as Clear Communication; Professionalism; Teamwork; Respectful Listening; Problem-Solving; and Technology Tips.
Secretarial employees attended sessions designed to give them some new tools for success, and to discuss and share information that would be beneficial as they engage in their daily responsibilities.
We definitely appreciate our school and administrative secretaries for all they do to keep things moving forward in the WCSD!

Superintendent Hughes was in Tallahassee, Florida Monday, October 14, 2019,  speaking at a Senate Education Committee Meeting on Educator Professional Development. Thank you, Superintendent Hughes, for being a voice for Walton County School District!

Supt Hughes at Senate Ed Meeting

Superintendent Hughes held a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, October 10, at Freeport High School. Topics addressed were Rapid Growth; Educational Impact; Construction and Expansion; Future Goals and Expected Outcomes; and Timelines. Those attending were provided the opportunity to ask questions and offer comments.

Town Hall

Town Hall

Town Hall

Seniors Chelsey Christopher and Jalen Romanski

Seniors Micah Rudzki and Savannah Evans

Seniors Fiona Morris and Tyo Smith

Seniors Madison Hernandez and Turner Porterfield

Juniors Maggie Edwards and Strother Allen

Juniors Chyanne Massey and Pablo Robles

Sophomores Adison Sears and Paul Jacobsen

Sophomores Katie Nelson and Noah Ford

Freshmen Meril Lagasse and Talon Lowitz

Freshmen Ada Roberts and Maris Rudzki

King and Queen: Micah Rudzki and Fiona Morris

Superintendent Hughes says Classroom Walkthroughs are sometimes tough when the Instructional Strategy involves food! Ms. Purdy was armed with her Wheaties in 4th Grade at FES, and Ms. Hudson was teaching triangles to Kindergarten Students using Pizza as a visual. EPIC3 comes with a cost!
Best teachers in the world doing best practices in the world attempting to produce the best students in the world! This is NO EASY TASK; Parents have a lot to be thankful for in WCSD!

Ms Hudson FES
Purdy FES

Walton Middle School English Language Arts (ELA) teachers are honored to partner again this school year with Christina Gonzalez of Instruction Partners in their professional learning.  On Monday, October 7th, Ms. Gonzalez led teachers in a day of professional learning about improving productive engagement and academic discourse.  Throughout the day, teachers learned powerful strategies for productive classroom discussions, participation protocols, and increased wait time, among other topics.  Ms. Gonzalez also led the team to explore ways to disrupt possible barriers.  The teachers formed small groups and listed potential challenges that impede productive engagement in the classroom, as well as viable solutions for overcoming them.  The team also worked together to define what an ideal productively engaged ELA classroom looks like at WMS so teachers can have a unified vision of success.  Ms. Gonzalez also built time into the day for teachers to develop "commitment cards" with their grade level partners regarding their vision, listing areas they'd like to strengthen, action steps they'd like to take, key learning that will help them enact changes, and support needed from the school's instructional coach Kristen Nelson.  At the end of the day, planning partners dove right into planning a Springboard lesson that involved aspects of their new learning.

 Christina Gonzalez will return for two more days of professional learning throughout the school year.  WMS ELA teachers always welcome not only Mrs. Gonzalez's knowledge and expertise but also her compassion and understanding about the day-to-day life of a teacher.  WMS extends many thanks to Instruction Partners for their continue commitment to help strengthen teaching and learning this school year.


WMS  Christina Gonzalez

WMS  Christina Gonzalez

The PE department at Walton Middle School proudly supports Superintendent A. Russell Hughes' EPIC3 vision of building curriculum, culture, and character each and every day.  This year, Coaches Cindy Jackson, Liz Nelson, Mike Davis, and Ryan Gilbert are striving to integrate character education into their physical education curriculum.  In their department's professional learning community (PLC) this year, they are exploring dynamic ideas for addressing the National Physical Education Standard 4, which states, "The physically literate individual exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others."  Through this aspect of their curriculum, the PE coaches are also addressing the WCSD initiative of building character, making a deliberate effort to develop values that are not only good for the individual but also for society.

On Monday, October 7th, Superintendent A. Russell Hughes and Principal Jason Campbell graciously offered their time to speak to sixth grade PE students about the value of demonstrating positive character traits.  In PE so far this year, students have delved into the importance of compassion and persistence.  The PE coaches have also encouraged students to nominate teachers who exhibit these qualities, presenting them with certificates for their positive traits.

The Warrior Way mirrors the EPIC3 spirit, as curriculum, culture, and character are paramount this school year, growing each day in the hearts, minds, and lives of WMS students and teachers.

Cover picture--Superintendent A. Russell Hughes, standing alongside Principal Jason Campbell, graciously offered his time to speak to first period sixth grade PE students about the importance of character.

Building Character at WMS

Principal Jason Campbell was honored to speak to second and third period sixth grade PE students about the value of positive character traits.

Building Character at WMS

Sixth grader Cooper Poole nominated his math teacher Mrs. Alred for showing persistence, while sixth grader Eyon Rafuse nominated his art teacher Ms. Grant.

Our little explorers at Bay School are learning all about community helpers! Today, October 8, members of the South Walton Fire Department came to teach us all about fire safety!!!! Thank you!!! We LOVE our community helpers!!!

SWFD at Bay School

SWFD Visits Bay School

Congratulations to this year’s Walton High School Homecoming Court attendants & escorts!

WHS Homecoming 2019

L to R: Alexis Hensley, Jarek Lindsey, Sarya Johnson, Trey Atlow, Alionna Jones, Daktris McCall, Daisha Cunningham, David Goldsmith

WHS Homecoming 2019


L to R: Asia McCaskill, Alex Lacey, Paige Crews, Evan McBroom, Jada Fretwell, Will Ealum

WHS Homecoming 2019

L to R: Icecess Trammell, Scott Anderson, Jayda Siples, Keylin Reed, Jasmine Wilson, Tre'Joun Brinson

WHS Homecoming 2019

L to R: Caitlyn Johnson, Ben King, Sarah Brannon, Patton Bell, Emilice Morales, Austin Thacker, Caslyn Cole, Hunter Smith, Shelbee Castrillo, Lorenzo Moidus-Santini, Aaliyah Fields, Colton Gomez, Jessica Gray, Davian Lindsey
(Not pictured: Jenna Adams & Will Campbell)

The presentation of the Court will begin on Friday, October 18, at 6:30 p.m., and the Queen & King will be announced after the presentation of the Court and immediately before the football game.