Oct 26 2018
Students at South Walton High School had the unique opportunity to hear a concert accordionist onstage, along with one of their own today, SWHS Senior pianist, Mia DuToit! Mia beautifully performed The Lark, from the "Farewell to St. Petersburg", by Mikhail Glinka/Balakirev.
Courtesy of Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Concert Accordionist Hanzhi Wang performed for the students in the SWHS auditorium. Praised for her engaging stage presence and performances that are technically and musically brilliant, Hanzhi Wang is quickly gaining recognition as a world class performer. Her concert career has already taken her around the globe with performances in Europe and Asia. Ms. Wang will make her debut in the Young Concert Artists Series in New York, opening the 2018-19 season in The Peter Marino Concert at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. Her Washington, DC debut in the Young Concert Artists Series at the Kennedy Center will be co-presented with Washington Performing Arts.
She earned her Bachelor’s degree at the China Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and her Master’s degree at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen as a student of Geir Draugsvoll.
Special thanks to Sinfonia Gulf Coast for making it possible for the students to experience this live performance! You can learn more about her at http://www.hanzhiwang.org/
Oct 25 2018
Judge W. Howard LaPorte, Ret. of the first Judicial District of Florida, visited Freeport Middle School on October 24th, as part of the Justice Teaching program. The Justice Teaching Program is a partnership program pairing lawyers and judges with elementary, middle, and high school classes throughout Florida and was created by Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis. FMS students learned about the Bill of Rights under the U.S. Constitution. Judge LaPorte drew on his experience as a Judge and a practicing attorney to teach students their rights under the law and how these rights were developed following the Revolutionary War. Students in Mr. Wilkerson’s 6th Grade classes thoroughly enjoyed his visit and the opportunity to ask him questions. Judge LaPorte has been teaching this program at Freeport Middle School for the last 13 years.
Submitted by Chelsea Ellison
Oct 25 2018
Mrs. Fuentes’ class has been learning about the Earth, sun, and stars. As part of their learning, they had a discussion about how Earth’s gravity pulls objects towards the ground. They discovered that gravity is what allows us to be able to stay on the ground and why objects fall. Students were able to use the scientific method when applying what they have learned about gravity to create their own parachutes for their bat or ghost. Students learned that the parachute will only slow down the object’s descent towards the ground and gravity will still pull the object down to the ground.
Submitted by Jessica Dawkins
Pictured left to right: Ariya Holmes, Gracie Nobles, Mia Parish
Pictured: Peyton McLeod