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Walton County School District


Every month, Mr. A. Russell Hughes, the Superintendent of Walton County Schools will share a video message with an update on the exciting things happening in the Walton County School District, Walton County, Florida. Check back often to stay informed on all the activities, events and accomplishments of teachers and students in the Walton County School District.

This month Superintendent Hughes congratulates the 2018 graduates, and shares the exciting results of U.S. News and World Reports "Best High Schools".  Mr. Hughes also discusses summer safety and encourages students and their parents to engage in activities to help avoid loss of learning.  

Parents and guests of Mrs. Michie's third grade class at Butler Elementary were delighted to visit a student created wax museum in their classroom. Each child selected a historical icon to research and shared details in a short speech. Student-made backdrops provided a perfect setting for each character.  Submitted by Tammy Smith



Bounce houses, water balloons, and cotton candy were just a few of the treats enjoyed by students who were recognized for achieving attendance goals at Butler Elementary!  Students who had perfect attendance were rewarded each month throughout the year, and were then treated to time at the grand finale “awesome attendance” celebration!   Submitted by Tammy Smith


Cheers and congratulations were heard throughout the halls of Butler Elementary School as fourth graders made their traditional “final walk.”  Students and staff lined the hallways to wish them well.  Best of luck to these students as they head to Middle School! Submitted by Tammy Smith


Butler Elementary fourth graders Claire Sherwood and Sutton Drake were recognized at the end of year Recognition Ceremony for achieving unprecedented reading goals. The two students had a “friendly” competition all year, and when the results came in Claire read the most words (over 6 million!), and Sutton earned the most AR points. Congratulations Claire and Sutton! 

Submitted by Tammy Smith

These six aerospace students at Paxton High School have earned their final industry certification to complete the aerospace career academy. Earning the Visual Line of Sight Systems Operations certification from the Unmanned Safety Institute was an arduous task that included both a written exam, sixteen drone flight hours, and a final performance exam to prove their skills. Congrats on both earning these certifications and completing the program! 

Submitted by Heather Stewart

Third grade Multiplication Masters at West Defuniak Elementary celebrated all their hard work on Wednesday. Students who mastered all of their multiplication facts earned admittance to the Multiplication Blowout Fiesta! There, students enjoyed roasted corn, tacos, nachos, and all the extras.  These kiddos are ready for 4th grade! Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.




Checking on the continuing growth of our Technical College. We are summer ready! Three times more graduates than last year! Get a career in a year right here in the WCSD!

Paxton School has officially been named a FAFSA Champion for the 2017-2018 school year, which means that our school boosted its completion rate of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The Florida FAFSA Challenge is a statewide campaign to increase the proportion of Florida high school seniors who complete the FAFSA, which helps students qualify for financial aid to pay for college expenses. We are proud to have taken part of the Florida FAFSA Challenge and to be the home of so many driven students. Congratulations, Bobats! Submitted by Kalli McMillan.