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SSTRIDE©: Science Students Together Reaching Instructional Diversity & Excellence

"SSTRIDE© is an outreach effort of the FSU College of Medicine with support from Florida's Area Health Education Centers.

SSTRIDE©'s mission is to identify students who have a genuine interest in pursuing a career in science, engineering, mathematics, health, or medicine and to give those students the support services important for them to develop the sense of responsibility, focus and motivation necessary for success in their chosen fields." (http://med.fsu.edu/index.cfm?page=SSTRIDE.home)

Freeport Middle School and Freeport High School students were recently inducted into the SSTRIDE© program. Each SSTRIDE© student in 8th (FMS) and 9th grade (FHS) received a lab coat, words of encouragement, and a stethoscope. A special thank you to the Walton County SSTRIDE© Coordinator Penny Eubanks, SSTRIDE's Director Thesla Anderson, Julianna Godwin, a former USSTRIDE student and keynote speaker, and Anna Dyess, a SSTRIDE© Advisor.  A big thank you also goes out  to all of the induction attendees,  SSTRIDE© parents, FMS adminstration, Mr. Appel, the 8th grade SSTRIDE© instructor, and  the FHS SSTRIDE© students who assisted with the induction. 

Emerald Coast Middle School is honored to host the Taylor Haugen Foundation Trophy. To promote Taylor Haugen Scholarship Program and YESS Program,  the Taylor Haugen Trophy  is typically displayed at area high schools throughout the year. Now the Taylor Haugen Foundation is reaching out to area middle schools to spread Taylor’s message of compassion, friendship, and teamwork. 

Several SWHS Seahawks participated in the Color Me Cured 5k/10k Fun Run on October 3 in Ft. Walton Beach. Team "Annabelle's Avengers" was formed to support fellow Seahawk Annabelle Adkinson and to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes research. 

Marine life artist Wyland will be in Destin September 28-October 1st at the mid-bay marina repainting his famous mural. Families can visit the marina to watch the restoration of the Whaling Wall or paint on large canvases set up from 8am-6pm. A presentation was recently made to 2nd and 3rd graders at FES about the importance of protecting large marine animals who live on the coast. 

The Freeport Elementary School SophistiCats is a performing show choir of twenty-eight fourth grade students directed by Miss Angela Saltsman. The students rehearse once a week after school and perform music from a variety of styles and eras. In the past, the SophistiCats have performed throughout Walton County at community and company events, including the Freeport City Hall Veterans Day program, the Freeport Christmas Tree Lighting, and the annual Chelco business meeting in DeFuniak Springs, as well as school concerts and events. The SophistiCats' first performance of this school year will be at the Walton County Fair on October 7th at 6:00 p.m. We value the community’s support of the arts and music in our schools!

Students pictured left to right: Eli Albury, Courtney Roberts, Sadie Kilgore, Madison Maples, Adalyn McCormick, Annabela Hope, Alysen Baynard, Isabella Birch,  Kaden Saunders, Layla Melcher, Kayla Digges, Marissa Andrews, Milo Rasz, Landon McLean, Robert Byrd, Madison May, Kassadi Watson, Keira Smith, Miranda Lee, Amelia Dykes, Licia Alamo, Trinity Gilbert, and Alexander Dean. Not pictured: Abigail Osborn, Caitlynn Fannin, Tricia Withrow, Olivia Godwin, and Sydney Meisner.

WDE Open House for K-2WDE Open House for K-2

West DeFuniak Elementary welcomed parents and students to Open House on Tuesday, September 23rd for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.  Parents set goals and expectations for their own children. Here’s to an entire year of “Sweet Success.”

MHS Hosts Open House

September 24, 2015

Mossy Head School hosted their annual Open House and Reading Night on September 10th. Parents were invited to visit their child’s classroom to be a part of the Academic Parent Teacher Team (APTT) and set goals for their child’s learning this school year. Title I provided resources for parents to take home to help their child reach their reading goals. With parents and teachers working together, MHS will surely reach their Destination….Learning!” 
MHS Open HouseMHS Open House

South Walton High School youth leadership student, Mackenzie Brundage, won first place at the Florida Farm Bureau District 1 speech contest held on Wednesday, September 16th at the Washington County Farm Bureau Office.  She qualified to participate in the District 1 contest after winning first place at the Walton County speech competition held earlier in the month.  Mackenzie, a 10th grade student, will go on to compete at the state level representing Florida Farm Bureau’s District 1 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida on October 29th.  In addition to participating in the state competition, Mackenzie has been asked to speak at surrounding county Farm Bureau monthly meetings as well as at the annual state meeting.  She has also been invited to perform her speech for the Department of Agriculture next August.  Walton County Superintendent Anderson had the following to say about Mackenzie and the youth leadership program, “Mackenzie is a perfect example of what the leadership class at South Walton High School is all about.  Building students’ self-esteem prepares them for this type of activity with life-long benefits. We congratulate Mackenzie and wish her well in future competitions.” When asked how being part of the WCSD Youth Leadership Program at SWHS has helped her thus far this school year, Mackenzie commented, “The youth leadership program at SWHS has helped me develop my strengths in public speaking and it has helped me become a leader."