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Students in third grade learned the difference between making an inference and an observation.  Students were asked to observe as the teacher presented them with what appeared to be a candle.  Students continued to observe as their teacher lit the "candle" and blew it out.  Next, they were asked to share what was observed.  After sharing out their observations, third graders were completely surprised when their teacher took a big bite of the candle and ATE IT!  The “candle” turned out to be a mozzarella stick with a sliver of almond as the wick.  This was the perfect opportunity for teachers to discuss the difference between an inference and an observation.  They learned that observations are based on facts or evidence gathered using the five senses.  Inference is based on their own reasoning and speculation.

WDE Inference Vs Observation

Teachers and support staff at Mossy Head School participated in professional development focused on supporting students. Topics covered include student close reading and text coding, MTSS process, Ron Clark’s Essential 55, and technology tools.  Submitted by Allie Blanton

PD at MHS

PD at MHS

House competitions at the WISE Center are serious business, and it was Ramsey's House of Archer for the win!  But, everyone was able to share in the rewards when Live School paychecks were passed out to use at the school store.

WISE House

WISE House Competitions

WDE’s guidance counselor, Mrs. Dawn Barone, visited some first grade classrooms to read a book, We Don’t Eat Our Classmates. Throughout the story, she discussed the book with them and asked questions. Mrs. Barone reminded students to not only be their best academically but to also be the best, kindest friend that they can be!

 

Pictured: Mrs. Dawn Barone with Mrs. Sconiers’s first grade class

Mrs. Sconiers class

Mrs. Sconiers class

Superintendent Hughes stops into MHS while teachers, administration and staff are working harder than ever to stay abreast of best practices school wide. 
Today’s Professional Development is centered around Text Coding. Teachers Teaching Teachers is the Power Of Educational Growth in Walton County. Thanks Mrs. Cook and Mrs. Betts for leading the charge. Stampede on Mustangs!

PD at MHS

PD at MHS

Each day, Walton Middle School teachers intentionally design learning opportunities for students that align with the AVID WICOR philosophy--a model that guides students in comprehending concepts and articulating ideas at increasingly complex levels.  On Friday, August 23rd, Mrs. Alison Shoaf designed a math fluency bell ringer that required students to collaborate with each other.  Her students exhibited teamwork, supporting each other's learning through shared responsibility, shared ideas, and shared discussion.  Developmentally, middle school students thrive when given the opportunity to express their ideas with their peers.  In Mrs. Shoaf's class, like many others, the WICOR way is evident each and every day. 
Submitted by Kristen Nelson
WMS Learning together

Superintendent visits with students during lunch at SWHS. The Art Club entertained potential members, and shared the value of being involved at school. The other students were enjoying their 12th Day Of school and love SWHS! 
EPIC3 in motion during the Third Week! Superintendent Hughes loves seeing the babies in their element!

Supt Hughes Visits SWHS

Shout out to Mrs. Stephenson’s leadership class at WHS who recently participated in a "Tower of Pasta" challenge.  Each group held the max weight for the same time before breaking.  One tower was 10-1/2 inches vs. the other tower which was 8-1/2 inches.

Great collaboration, critical thinking, and team work were shown in this hands-on Odyssey of the Mind-type challenge.

Submitted by Christy English

WHS Tower of Pizza Challenge

WHS Tower of Pizza Challenge

The Paxton HS Baseball team held it's 7th Annual Jake's Bobcat Open at Blackstone Golf Course on August 24th, 2019. Bobcat Baseball holds this event in memory of one of their assistant coaches, Jake Taylor, who passed away after a fight with cancer. The Bobcats donate each year to two organizations that were instrumental in Coach Taylor's treatment and care: Cancer Freeze and Pilots for Christ. Both organizations will receive $500 this year from the Bobcat Baseball Team.

Paxton Golf Team Fundraiser

Paxton Golf Team Fundraiser         

Paxton Golf Team Fundraiser

In seventh grade Civics classes across the state of Florida, students study the roles, rights, and responsibilities of United States citizens.  On Friday, August 23rd, students in Mrs. Katie Williams' and Ms. Regina Messer's classes interacted with their peers to enhance their content knowledge in a collaborative carousel activity. 

In small groups, students rotated around the room, like a carousel, to different scenario cards and had to closely and carefully read and determine whether the situation described is a citizen's "obligation" or "responsibility."  Students then had to provide a summary sentence of key ideas from the scenario and then list evidence to support their rationale.  The teachers guided students to look for key words and phrases, like "must," "everyone," "required," and "you can."  They also told them to ask themselves, "Is there a consequence described?"  (If not, then it is probably a responsibility.) 

This engaging activity built students' content knowledge through writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and inquiry (WICOR) tasks--a foundation of AVID-style learning at WMS.  It also helped equip students with fundamental knowledge about their roles and duties as United States citizens--knowledge that will prove beneficial to them for the rest of their lives.

Submitted by Kristen Nelson

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