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On Saturday, October 8, the WHS Marching Braves traveled to Dothan to compete in the 10th annual Southern Showcase.  The band competed in class 1A alongside 10 other groups from Florida and Alabama.  The Walton Braves not only received Straight Superior Ratings for their performance, but were awarded Best in Class awards for Color Guard, Band, Percussion, and Drum Major.  The band was also awarded the Challenge Cup Championship (first place) for class 1A for the first time in their performance history at the Southern Showcase.  Way to go, Braves! (The band also received Superior Ratings on September 24th and October 1st at Rehobeth and Milton High School.  The ensemble will be traveling to Fort Walton on October 15 to compete at the Emerald Coast Marching Classic.) Submitted by Chad Robbins, WHS Band Director.

This video clip features our very own Superintendent of Schools, Mrs. Carlene Anderson as well as Van R. Butler Elementary Principal, Mrs. Tammy Smith, Sparking Interest in Reading with the support of the Barbara Bush Foundation. Submitted by Kelly Layman.
http://www.emeraldcoastmagazine.com/Blogs/The-EC-Blog/News-2016/Reading-Rally-Aims-to-Spark-Interest-in-Reading/
Walton Academy Charter School held its first Title I Parent Night on Tuesday, October 4.  Families and community members were invited to learn about Title I, hear from Emerald Coast Technical College about the programs they offer, and meet their child’s teachers.  Walton High School’s culinary program catered the event, and Ms. Betty Cruce won a $100 Visa Gift Card at the end of the evening.  Overall, it was a great success! Submitted by Jamie Mitchell.

South Walton High School Crowned their Homecoming King and Queen on Friday, Dawson Westberry and Savannah Burden. Submitted by Barbara Stratton.

Paxton school had a successful Open House! Pictured: Tanner Mock, 2nd Grader.  Sumbitted by Samantha Martin.

Maude Saunders 5th grade students participated in a “book tasting” in order to explore the different genres of literature. They were exposed to just a taste of a variety of books to learn an appreciation of a variety of genres.  These fifth graders are preparing to participate in a 40 Book Challenge which encourages students to read across genres to build their vocabulary and build schema.  The students had a lot of fun and found many “tasty” books! Submitted by Krisy Spence.

Donuts with Dads at FES

October 7, 2016

Over 700 parents and students participated in the FES donut breakfast. Submitted by Nancy Currie.

Mrs. Gwen Wright’s first grade class had an exciting time doing a science experiment this week. The students enjoyed learning about matter, but more specifically a polymer. They also learned through making gak that a polymer may not be a solid or a liquid. Submitted by Sherrie Binkowski.

All third grade classes at Butler Elementary are participating in Grasses in Classes. Grasses in Classes is a hands-on, environmental education program that gives students a direct role the restoration of Choctawhatchee Bay. 

Grasses In Classes students tend salt marsh nurseries throughout the school year, and receive monthly education on local estuarine topics that meet our science standards from CBA (Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance) and CBA partners (e.g. AmeriCorps members). At the end of the school year, Grasses in Classes culminates with students planting their shoreline grasses at one of our salt marsh restoration sites along Choctawhatchee Bay. The program instills a love of local habitat, restores shoreline and inspires the next generation of watershed stewards. Submitted by Sherrie Binkowski.