Bay Elementary would like to congratulate Evan Musick and Elsie Bartlum for being selected to represent our school at the Kiwanis Club meeting on April 18. Both students were chosen by their teacher, Ms. Tonya Tidwell to be recognized for the Student of the Month Citizenship Award. Evan and Elsie will be honored along with other Walton County students at the at the Coastal Branch Library in Santa Rosa Beach.
Submitted by Cindy Stewart
In this science lesson, students in Mrs. Shani Hicks’ 4th grade classes at WDE explored how energy makes things go. In this activity, students made rubber-band racers and experimented to figure out how much stored energy (how many times they needed to twist the rubber -band) was needed in order to win the "Sweet Spot" race.
Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.
Mariah addressed her Color Guard experience in the application by writing:
"Being in Color Guard has impacted my life so much over the past years. Before I joined Color Guard I had no understanding of what it meant to be so passionate about something. But after I joined it seems as if I can never get it off my mind. I catch myself choreographing work to songs on the radio. I’ve never been that close to my family, it’s been just my mom, my sisters, and I. So, I never knew what it was like to have somebody or even several people I could go to with real life problems. It has taught me to put trust into something other than myself. I’ve met people that have been nothing but loving and caring, even if they barely knew me. I have made several lifelong friends that I plan to keep in touch with for the rest of my life. (I’m actually planning on rooming with one at USA). It has taught me the things like time management and leadership that I’ve already mentioned. But the thing I think it has taught me the most is to be part of somethings bigger than myself. To know that there are people looking out for you and making sure that your life is on track, is the best feeling one can have. It has taught me love and compassion for others even if I think they don’t deserve it sometimes. It has and always will be the best choice I have ever made."
Congratulations to Mariah, and the entire WHS Guard program!
Submitted by Chad Robbins
Apr 07 2018
Third and fourth graders at Butler Elementary got fired up to do their best on the upcoming FSA during a school pep rally on Friday! Highlights of the rally included cheers led by the SWHS Cheerleaders and our own Coach Davies, a pep talk from Mr. Drake, and a special video created by the SWHS Leadership Class.
Submitted by Tammy Smith
Third grader Baylee got an unexpected surprise Friday when her dad returned from deployment and surprised her at school! The emotional moment occurred during the FSA pep rally so all third and fourth graders were fortunate to share this special event! Welcome home sir, and thank you for your service!
Submitted by Tammy Smith
Superintendent Hughes and District Staff Plant Pinwheel Garden to Recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month!
Apr 06 2018
Superintendent Hughes and members of the WCSD District Office staff donned their blue attire to join students, administrators, faculty and staff in schools all throughout Walton County today in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Administrators, Staff members, and Superintendent Hughes gathered to plant a Pinwheel Garden to serve as a visual reminder that we all have an important role in preventing child abuse and nurturing the children of our community. Superintendent Hughes spoke of his intense efforts to ensure that all the staff and administration of the Walton County School District completed the Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect course offered by the Florida Department of Education. Mr. Hughes reiterated that WCSD has a strong collaboration with the Walton County Sheriff's Department, the Department of Children and Families, and the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center to meet the needs of children in the district who may be the victims or potential victims of abuse.
The color blue has served as a reminder to end child abuse since 1989, when one grandmother made a personal commitment to wear a blue ribbon after her own grandson died as a result of abuse. The pinwheel is an uplifting symbol of childhood, and a reflection of hope, health and safety…something we wish for ALL children.
Throughout the month of April, students and teachers across the district will be participating in activities that focus on awareness, and administration and staff will be involved in professional development activities that highlight recognition, support and prevention. The goal of the Walton County School District is to help end child abuse through education, enlightenment, awareness, and compassion!
Submitted Keitha Bledsoe.