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On December 13th, members of the South Walton High School baseball team volunteered for Habitat for Humanity at the Restore on Hwy 393. Players loaded furniture into trailers , painted doors, helped cut and stack pallets of lumber that will be used to build houses. The team earned a sense of gratitude for giving back and helping our community.

SWHS Baseball Community Service Habitat for Humanity

SWHS Baseball Community Service Habitat for Humanity

Congratulations to Mrs. Andrea Schiller and Mr. Stanley Parker on being selected as WISE Center Programs Teacher of the Year and ESP of the Year.
Teacher of the Year, Andrea Schiller came to WISE as an ESE teacher in 2017. The following year, Mrs. Schiller transferred from ESE to math for students in grades 6-12. Mrs. Schiller dedicates her time to making math interesting and engaging for all students.  She has been successful at getting her students moving, creating and collaborating in new and exciting ways. She is supportive of her peers and is always willing to share knowledge and insight. In addition to her teaching duties, Mrs. Schiller sponsors the STEAM Club, meeting with students weekly after school and participating in  regional competitions. 
ESP of the Year, Mr. Stanley Parker joined the staff at WISE Center through the In"10"sity Program is August 2017, as an Instructional Aide. From the beginning, Mr. Parker was an invaluable member of the team. Not only does Mr. Parker meet student needs academically, he is also a mentor and voice of wisdom for students.  His ability to communicate with students in a kind, compassionate and professional manner has earned him respect and admiration from students, parents and co-workers.
Both Mrs. Schiller and Mr. Parker contribute to student achievement and growth on a daily basis, we are very fortunate to have them on our team.   
(Pictured L-R: Andrea Schiller, Jonathan D'Avignon, Stanley Parker)
Seahawk Junior Fisher Marks is congratulated by Principal Alexis Tibbetts and Assistant Principal Carrie Chavers for earning 1,500 points on the PSAT.  Fisher had a perfect score on the math questions.
Dr. John Fay of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base kicked off the 8th grade space studies with a talk about his past work with NASA, emphasizing the intersection of science and math in the real world. Students were excited to check out the artifacts he shared including a heat shield and a multi-strand tether. Thank you Dr. Fay for giving back to our students! 
 Paxton students with Air Force Research Lab guest

Walton County School District hosted the National ALICE Train the trainer training at the Carlene Anderson Training Center today. We had a great day of active assailant response training for Walton County School District employees and surrounding agencies. 

ALICE Training

ALICE Training

ALICE Training

ALICE Training

ALICE Training

Cheerleaders dancing in lab coats and goggles to a remix of the "Bill Nye the Science Guy" theme song, flying jets through virtual reality, creating blood, hand and spine models, launching straw rockets,  driving robots, and taking photos with a FLIR thermal camera are only a few of the many epic STEM activities Paxton School students participated in during the fourth annual Science Night held last week.  Held each year in conjunction with a basketball game, Science Night is a hands-on immersion into STEM- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics for students of all ages with activities scattered throughout the gym and adjoining weight room. 
 
Students earn a ticket for each activity in which they participate and to culminate the event, winners are drawn from the tickets for lots of fun prizes during halftime of the final game. PHS would like to send out a special thank  you to the Northwest Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for their sponsorship of the grand prize, a Star Wars BB-9E sphero robot. 
 
Way to rock Science Night, Bobcats!
 
Science Night at Pax
Builder's Club members were able to stretch their creative muscles and get into the Christmas spirit by making Christmas ornaments at their last meeting.
Pictured (L to R): Zoe Orange, Gabriella Coon, Gracie York, Reagen Simmons, Kenzie Orange, Ava Claire Jones, and Beau Daughtry

Walton High School’s culinary arts students prepared a holiday brunch on December 13 to show their appreciation for our outstanding faculty and staff members and the hard work they do every day to help students build their legacies and succeed.  The delicious meal served by students with smiling faces started our day off right!

 

We would like to thank Ms. Spice and her culinary students for all THEY do to make Walton High such a special place for our students, staff, and community members!

WHS Culinary Dept Students
WHS Culinary Dept Students
WHS Culinary Dept Students
WHS Culinary Dept Students
WHS Culinary Dept Students

This school year, ELA teachers at Walton Middle School have committed to turning the heavy lifting of learning over to their students, intentionally designing lessons that provide students opportunities to deeply think, write, and discuss their ideas. 

This week, sixth grade ELA teachers Rachel Jones and Brendon Murphy, with the support of instructional coach, Kristen Nelson, joined forces and introduced the fishbowl strategy to their students—a collaborative discussion protocol that allows students to meaningfully discuss texts they’ve been reading and studying.  Combining classes, the team first introduced the strategy’s steps to students, modeling how to have an interactive student-led discussion.  In the classroom fishbowl, students formed two circles.  Students in the center circle were in the fishbowl, leading and carrying on a text-dependent conversation about Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, a novel they’ve been reading.  These students were provided sample question stems to help them consider appropriate ways to voice their analysis, opinions, and questions about the text.  While the inner circle students conversed with each other, students in the outer circle observed the process, taking notes about insightful comments heard, text evidence offered, and personal connections made. 

At the end of the student-led conversation, each class debriefed about the process itself, considering “glows” (strengths of the activity) and “grows” (opportunities for improvement next time).  WMS teachers are committed to working together to help students become independent learners, thoughtfully providing them with opportunities to develop their own unique voices.  Yet again, the “we, not me” spirit thrives in classrooms at WMS.

girl sitting on bean bag WMS

students sitting in desks listening to teacher speak

students sitting in desks taking notes

South Walton High School was well represented at the awards ceremony of the District Science Fair. 

Sophie Harris, 1st place, Biological Division

Anzhela Gorbyleva, 2nd place, Biological Division

Catherine Fields, 3rd Place, Biological Division

 

Dalton Robinson, 2nd place, Engineering Division

Camden Odum, 3rd place, Engineering Division

Bryce Southerland, Honorable Mention, Engineering Division

 

Edwin Feldman, 1st place, Environmental Division

Evelyn Hanish, 2nd place, Environmental Division

Taylor Brandon, 3rd place, Environmental Division

Chloe Chick, Honorable Mention, Environmental Division

Lily Turner, Honorable Mention, Environmental Division

 

Karena Hand, 1st place, Physics Division

Grace Ritchie, 2nd place, Physics Division

Mary Brown, 3rd place, Physics Division

Robert Guss, Honorable Mention, Physics Division