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Butler Elementary students with perfect attendance for the month of October were treated to a “Facepaint and Tattoo” Party. Students also had the opportunity to color a butterfly mask and enjoy time outdoors celebrating this achievement. Parent volunteers helped supervise the event that was enjoyed by all!  Submitted by Tammy Smith.

VRB face paint

VRB face paint

Nocturnal Animal Day at VRB

November 2, 2017

Ms. Wright’s first graders at Butler Elementary School are nocturnal animal experts!  The class has enjoyed learning activities devoted to the topic. One of the highlights of this unit was dissecting owl pellets! Submitted by Tammy Smith.

Butler Elementary second graders have enjoyed learning about rocks. Shown are students from Mrs. Barnhill and Mrs. Shubert’s  classes enjoying culminating activities marking the end of the unit. Submitted by Tammy Smith.

 VRB Study Rocks

WDE 2nd grade students enjoyed participating in a “Genre Carnival” on Tuesday! Students began the day with Mrs. Tammy Goodman, WDE librarian, and learned about book genres through a character known as “Mr. Wiggles”. Students sorted books by genres through an interactive game. Second graders also enjoyed exploring library books and sorting them by genre. Throughout the day, students rotated classrooms while learning about different types of genres and earning special treats! Sharing lots of different kinds, or genres, of books with young readers exposes them to different words, different pictures, and whole new worlds. 

submitted by Jessica Dawkins

   

Good Character at VRB

November 2, 2017

Red ribbon week was celebrated October 23-27 at Butler Elementary School. Students and staff dressed as their favorite storybook characters to show “Good Character” by saying no to drugs! Submitted by Tammy Smith.

VRB Good Character

Congratulations to Josh Homza, Dale Brown, Danielle Davis, Steven Fireman, Hunter Brooks, Dallis Hickey, Megan Lawrence, Tru Coleman, Megan McCarthy, and Maxwell Jenns-Binetti for being selected for the Baptist College of Florida Invitational Honor Band event in Graceville, Florida. 
The program included the BCF College Winds and high school honor band students from around the area! A final concert was held on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 1:00 pm. 
Repertoire includes:
Bullets and Bayonets , John Philip Sousa
Irish Tune from County Derry, Percy Grainger
First Suite in Eb, Gustav Holst

We are proud of these outstanding young musicians!

submitted by Keitha Bledsoe

Walton High School sophomore students, Shelbee Castrillo and Cheyanne Cordle, received monetary awards from Florida Farm Bureau for placing 1st and 2nd place respectively in the 2017 Florida Farm Bureau Speech Competition.  The topic of this year's speech was "Today's food companies employ many tactics including food labels to gain a marketing edge.  How can farmers and ranchers ensure that consumers understand these labels and have confidence in the safety and quality of their food?"  Shelbee and Cheyanne are students in the Youth Leadership class at WHS under the supervision of Kelley Stephenson, WHS Instructor.   Pictured below is Shelbee Castrillo (1st place winner).  Pictured on the left (from left to right) is Charlie McKinley - Farm Bureau, Dale Anderson - Farm Bureau, Cheyenne Cordle (2nd place winner), Kelley Stephenson - WHS Instructor and Allen Scheffer - Farm Bureau.  Submitted by Christy English.

The Paxton boys' cross country team won the cross country class A district championship for the first time in school history! Finishing first in this 3.1 mile-run was Hailey Myddleton, placing 4th was Kage Wibbing, placing 5th was Eugene Hall , placing 8th was Shawn White and placing 11th was Blaine Johnston. The rest of the cross country team members include PhillipAnderson ,Connor Gaither ,Bryson Kimmons, Bryson Turner and Macon Roberts. We are very proud of their outstanding performance and making school history!

They will be running at the regional meet on Saturday in Lake City at 7:45 am.

Also representing the Paxton Bobcat cross country team will be our Lady Cats Ragan Butts, as she finished sixth place and Shaleigh Geoghagan placed 11th . These young ladies will also be running in Lake City on Saturday at 7:00 am.  Congratulations to the cross country teams!  Submitted by Kalli McMillan.