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Walton Middle School hosted "Hearts for the Arts," another successful Title 1 parent training night on Thursday, February 7, 2019.  The event featured a dinner slideshow of creative artwork by Ms. Brittany Grant's art students from the Rosemary Beach Foundation's "Music in Pictures" project.  Artwork from the project also adorned the WMS hallways.  Throughout the night, parents and students rotated through three literacy-themed stations.  One station, led by Ms. Alex Rhodes and Mr. Brendon Murphy, allowed participants to explore the impact of descriptive details on mood and tone through a collaborative lesson.  A second rotation in the library media center, led by Mrs. Kip Baker, informed families about the school's Dave and Buster's reading challenge and all the e-books now available in the LMC.  Families also visited the computer labs and had an opportunity to give their invaluable input about the school by completing the Advanc-Ed parent survey.  In this rotation, Mrs. Gaby Brown and Mrs. Sandy Love showed families how to access the FSA and EOC practice tests and materials on the online Florida Standards Assessment Portal.  Mrs. Diana Gillis and Mrs. Makala Ellenburg, with the assistance of WHS Anchor Club and WMS Builder Club members, graciously entertained young children in the child care center so parents could spend time learning with their older children.  Many WMS teachers and faculty members gave of their time to work together to make the night a meaningful opportunity for celebrating literacy and the arts at Walton Middle School with parents and students.

Submitted by Kristen Nelson



Kindergarten registration for the 2019-20 school year will be held at all Walton County elementary schools during weekdays from Monday, March 4th, 2019 to Friday, March 15th, 2019 between the hours of
8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

To be eligible to enter Kindergarten, a child must be five (5) years of age on or before September 1, 2019.
An official proof of birth is required at the time of registration. Hospital certificates are NOT official birth records. Parents who do not have their child’s birth certificate can obtain a certified copy by making a request to the state in which the child was born. Because this is often a lengthy process, parents needing to obtain a certificate are urged to do so now in order to receive it prior to this registration period. Children born in the state of Florida may obtain an official birth certificate at the Walton County Public Health Unit, 362 State Highway 83, DeFuniak Springs.

Before entering school in August, each kindergarten child must have the following:
• official birth certificate (required for registration)
• health examination**
• current immunization record (DOH 680)**
**Parents will need to see their child’s health provider for a current exam and immunization update.

Walton High School student, McCaid Paul, spoke to education classes at Chipola College on February 6th,
McCaid shared his journey in becoming an author, discussed the writing process and the impact that teachers on students.
 
McCaid has recently released his second novel, “Secret Trust.” It is the sequel to “The Forgotten Headline,” his first book which debuted last year. They are both available in paperback, hardcover, or ebook through Amazon.com.
 
“Secret Trust” is the second in a series of four books which takes place in a small, southern town known as Summersville. The sequel revolves around the main characters, Mick and Billie, who are each confronting their own family mysteries, uncovering hidden truths and decades old secrets.
 
To learn more about McCaid and his writing, check out his website www.mccaidpaulbooks.com, Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, or locate him on Instagram and Twitter.

Congratulations to Jessie Miller, South Walton High School, for her successful completion of the Digital Information Technology Certification! 
Jessie is pictured here with South Walton High School's Technology instructor, Richard Komando.

Submitted by Barbara Stratton

Greg Garrett is congratulated by South Walton High School Principal Dr. Alexis Tibbetts for being named a candidate in the U. S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Gregory Garrett, a graduating senior at South Walton High School, has been named one of approximately 4,500 candidates in the 2019 U. S. Presidential Scholars Program.  He was selected from nearly 3.6 million students.  Gregory is President of the South Walton High School Student Government Association, a National Advanced Placement Scholar, and a 2018 Sunshine State Scholar

 

Inclusion in the U. S. Presidential Scholars Program is based on superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. 

 

Up to 161 U. S. Presidential Scholars will be chosen from this year’s senior class, representing excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth.

 

Scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C. for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities.

 

Gregory is the son of Robert and Anna Garrett of Freeport, FL.  He plans to attend the University of Florida majoring in Computer Science and Business.

Submitted by Barbara Stratton

Photo by Barb Stratton, SWHS

Mrs. Lewis, Freeport Elementary Principal;  Mrs. Neal, Paxton Principal;  Mrs. Davenport, and Ms. Campbell represented Walton County at the Instructional Leadership Team Academy Conference in Orlando. They participated in a standards rich training in ELA and Math.  They created an instructional vision for their schools, and set goals for Paxton and Freeport Elementary. 

Submitted by Laurie Campbell

After reading Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza, Mrs. Allen's PreK class got to make their own pizzas in class. Not only that, school custodian Mr. Dale, brought in his own little red hen for the class to meet. The PreK had a great time playing with the chicken and chowing down on pizza. 

Submitted by Kalli McMillan

A few weeks ago at Paxton, with bad weather fast approaching, it was time for the flags at the front of the school to come down. One of the schools SROs, Officer Shover, had a little help folding them up from PreK student Esaias Brinson. Esaias demonstrating some EPIC PAXTON PRIDE by offering a helping hand when needed. Way to demonstrate your PRIDE, PASSION, and PURPOSE, Esaias!

Submitted by Kalli McMillan

Congratulations to Emily Wilson and Tabitha Snow for receiving 2 awards at the regional science fair.  They took fourth place in the chemistry category and recieved first place in a special award in Chemistry from Dr. Alice and Lois Fay.

Submitted by Kalli McMillan