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The WMS Literacy Team challenged students to read 25 books at or above their reading level. Those who accepted the challenge had to read 10 fiction, 10 non-fiction, and 5 books of their choice. In addition, students had to  take an “AR Test” and earn  a score of 80 percent or higher on each of the books.  Thirty-five students  met the challenge and qualified to attend the "Fling at the Spring" held at Ponce de Leon Springs on Thursday, May 21st. The attending adults were: (Faculty and Staff)  Ms. Baker, Ms. Deal, Ms. Jones, Mr. Hulion, Mr. Proffitt, Deputy Lloyd, (Parent Volunteers) Rebecca King, Amy Thacker, and Renee Heironimus.

 

Pictured: Students and Staff attending the Fling at the Springs

Photo of Ewan Cowie accepting scholarship

Evan Cowie, a sophomore at Walton High School, was awarded a four-year scholarship by Florida Institute of Technology at the 60th State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida.  The scholarship, valued at $84,000, provides $21,000 per year for four years of study contingent upon admission and full-time enrollment.  F.I.T. awards one scholarship per category at the SSEFF.  Evan was selected by F.I.T. interviewers from the applicants in the Senior Chemistry division.  He was representing the East Panhandle Region, Walton County School District, and Walton High School.  His chemistry teacher is Ms. Elizabeth Yates and his STEMM mentor is Ms. Tammy King, both of Walton High School.   Dr. Michael Lindsay, Technical Advisor, AFRL, Eglin AFB and East Panhandle Region volunteer, assisted Cowie with interview preparations.

MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. (May, 6 2015) - More than 2,200 Okaloosa and Walton County 3rd-5th graders filled Destiny Worship Center to capacity during two performances on Thursday, April 30 for Sinfonia Gulf Coast's annual Link Up performances, in partnership with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute (WMI).

 As one of 70 orchestras worldwide invited to participate in WMI's Link Up program during the 2014-2015 season, Sinfonia Education & Link Up coordinator Liz Aylor worked with teachers in both districts during the 9-month curriculum, which culminated in students' live performance on voice, recorders and instruments with Sinfonia Gulf Coast. The performance included stunning visuals for the students to follow and perform along with the orchestra, on-stage teacher soloists, and host and vocal/piano pedagogue Ms. Phyllis Hasty.

3rd and 5th graders

Freeport Middle School is always  pleased to have the Emerald Coast Woodturning Guild visit. A special thanks to these great gentelmen, Earnest Nettles, Harry Wheeler, Bill Cunningham, and Bill Nall (pictured from left to right). The Emerald Coast Woodturning Guild meets at the Freeport Community Center every second Saturday of the month from 9am-noon. 
Recently, District and School-based Administrators attended the first Teacher Job Fair sponsored by the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium in Quincy, Florida. As a result of the collaboration between PAEC, the Teacher-to-Teacher Network, and the School District, over 200 resumes were submitted to Walton County related to critical shortage teaching areas such as math, science, foreign languages, and ESE. Participating in the recruitment effort was Sonya Alford, Human Resource Director; Tammy Smith, Elementary Principal; Jason Campbell, Middle School Principal; and Russell Hughes, High School Principal.

MSE scholars

May 25, 2015

Walton Middle School guidance counselor Jodi Campbell met with future Warriors at Maude Saunders this week to help them prepare for middle school life.  Her visit to MSE was followed by a tour of the middle school.  The MSE scholars are excited about becoming Warriors and Joseph Sanders wore his new WMS shirt and best academic face to show he is ready!

These are the Bay Elementary Kiwanis of the Month. Congratulations Hayden Porter and Reese Carter the B.E.S. Kiwanis Students of the Month.

Music in Pictures

May 4, 2015

Maude Saunders Elementary school art teacher Kathy Harrah was joined by a few of the artists from the Music in Pictures program recognition.  Alex Dobson, Gavin Hall, Krista Laviolette, and Emalee Wright are pictured.  The rest of the scholars were recognized at the school on Monday and all received medals for their outstanding artwork.  Congratulations, artists!