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On November 16, 2016 second grade students at West Defuniak Elementary enjoyed learning about Native Americans from Ms. Sylvia Glover. Ms. Glover is from Westville, Florida. She collects Native American artifacts such as arrowheads, pottery, deerskin blankets, and other various tools from this era. She explained to the students how the items were used by the Native Americans in everyday life. Students enjoyed holding and observing the artifacts. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Congratulations to the PHS Teachers and ESP of the Year. As seen in the attached picture (from left to right), Sheryl Evans (4th grade) was awarded the Elementary Teacher of the Year. Dakota Cassidy was awarded ESP of the Year and Brande Manning (high school science) was awarded High School Teacher of the Year. We appreciate and congratulate these deserving members of the PHS team.  Submitted by Kalli McMillan.

Congratulations to Walton Middle School's Tropicana Speech Winners:

1st Place:  Mackenzie Campbell

2nd Place:  Gage Galloway

3rd Place:  Jaden Stevenson

6th grade Language Arts teachers:  Brooke Carter and Alex Rhodes.

Submitted by Kamber Rafferty

WISE Center Pre-K Happenings

November 17, 2016

This week the WISE Center Pre-K have been busy with Muffins with Moms, Donuts with Dads and Thanksgiving Lunch. Submitted by Debbie McBroom.

Mrs. Carlene Anderson, Superintendent of Walton County Schools attends last board meeting and is presented with a commemorative vase by the Walton County School Board in appreciation for her years of service.  Mrs. Anderson's biography follows.

Carlene Anderson is Superintendent of Schools in the Walton County School District.  Her educational career spans 41 years in Walton County beginning as a teacher aide and continuing as a paraprofessional, teacher, assistant principal, principal and now in her tenth year as Superintendent of Schools.  Her certifications include Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Middle School Math Education, School Principal, and Florida Association of District Schools Superintendent’s certification. Her educational background includes an Associate of Arts from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education and Masters of Educational Leadership all from the University of West Florida.   While serving as a principal in Walton County, she was awarded the Commissioner of Education’s Region I Principal Achievement Award for outstanding Educational Leadership. She currently serves on the Panhandle Area Education Board of Directors, Florida School Labor Relations Committee, the Florida Association of District School Superintendents Board of Directors, and the Commissioner of Education’s Leadership Policy Advisory Committee.  Under her leadership, Walton County achieved seven consecutive years of High Performing School District status. 

In her third elected term of office, Superintendent Anderson truly understands and embraces the small district environment and the unique qualities and challenges they face. 

Walton County School District thanks you, Mrs. Anderson, for your years of dedicated service to our students, parents, faculty and staff.

WMS Salutes Veterans

November 17, 2016

On Thursday, November 10th, Walton Middle School held its 44th annual Veterans Day program.  Over 130 veterans and their families attended.  Students made local vets and their families feel welcome and appreciated from the beginning of the ceremony to the end.  Students held doors, performed, saluted, and hosted a reception for guests.  WMS can't thank our veterans enough for their service to our country. Submitted by Kristen Rhodes.

Donuts with Dads at WDE

November 17, 2016

Bring Your Dad to School/Donuts with Dad was a huge success at WDE on Tuesday, November 15th.  Students and dads  enjoyed donuts in the classroom while completing academic activities together.  Several stand in dads were on hand from Southwide Baptist Church and affiliates of By the Sea Resorts.  Donuts were provided for all students and dads, courtesy of a very generous donor. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.