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South Walton High School’s auditorium was packed to witness five athletes sign letters of commitment to compete at the college level.

(L to R) Jake Peaden will play golf for Evangel University in Springfield Missouri; Gage Peaden will play football for Culver Stockton in Canton, Missouri; Jace Hughes will play baseball for Marian Military Institute in Marion, Alabama; Madi Daum will be playing beach volleyball for Florida International University; and Anthony Bryan will be competing in track and field at Abilene Christian in Texas.

Congratulations to our Seahawks!

Submitted by Barbara Stratton.

Superintendent Hughes met with senior student leaders from each public high school in Walton County School District to talk about various topics at the inaugural Superintendent’s Roundtable. The purpose of this exciting initiative was to hear from the students and learn from their experiences before they graduate from Walton County School District.

A few points of discussion were Safety & Security, changes that might help future students, and the level of rigor in their core classes. At the end of the meeting, students shared some final remarks about their thoughts from the day. A few of those statements included:

“It’s nice to realize that all the different schools in the county have similar experiences and problems.”

“For Superintendent Hughes to want to hear the students’ voices is amazing.”

“I feel honored because a lot of people have a lot of stuff to say and I get to be able to say what I have to say.”

“I think this was a really great experience getting to hear that everyone is doing something different in their school, but yet we’re all still working toward a common goal.”

Superintendent Hughes presented each student with a certificate to be included in their portfolios and resumes, as well as a special challenger coin and portable Bluetooth speaker as a token of appreciation for their participation and continued leadership. Superintendent Hughes looks forward to continuing this very special occasion each year as a benefit to both our students and district alike.”

Every month, Mr. A. Russell Hughes, Walton County, Florida Superintendent of 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's video was filmed at the WCSD Board Meeting Room. This month Superintendent Hughes has important reminders for the end of first semester and an update concerning teacher negotiations.

December 2018 Video Link

Mrs. Amanda McKee's kindergarten class of West Defuniak Elementary had a blast figuring out which of Santa's Christmas cookies would float the longest. In this science experiment students tested to see if sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, or marshmallow cookies would float the longest. We discovered that marshmallow cookies float the longest because of their chocolate coating that keeps the cookie from absorbing the milk. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Students in Mrs. Amanda Callahan’s third grade class at WDE recently determined the volume of irregular objects using the displacement method. They also learned the correct units to write their answers and recorded their results. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins

See Something, Say Something!

November 28, 2018

SEE something, SAY something

Anonymously report any threatening behavior that endangers you, your friends, your family, your campus, or your community through the Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers Hotline or the FortifyFL App .

Call 850-863-TIPS(8477) or visit www.EmeraldCoastCrime Stoppers.com

Link to download the FortifyFL App https://getfortifyfl.com/

Students can also report suspicious activity to the Walton County School District Safe School department e-mail safeschools@walton.k12.fl.us 

Submitted by Charlie Morse.

Mrs. Angela Fuentes's class participated in a Socratic seminar as they discussed their answers to an English Language Arts selection test. Students needed to prove why their responses were correct using text evidence. Then, students had to agree on their selected answer together as a group. Students were able to receive immediate feedback on their class score and go back to any questions that were incorrect. 

Mrs. Hurley's Kindergarten class at West DeFuniak Elementary enjoyed a visit from Superintendent Hughes.  Students were studying about Squanto, the Native American, who helped the Pilgrims after they first arrived in North America.  Students used graphic organizers to write and draw about the ways that Squanto helped the Pilgrims find food their first winter. Submitted by Darlene Paul.

Hughes visits WDE K