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Superintendent Hughes encouraged employees and students throughout the county to "Go Blue" on April 7 in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Walton High donned every shade of blue to show our support in the fight against child abuse. Submitted by Christy English.

WHS Chilld Abuse Prevention

On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, three area Walton County School District high schools participated in a Shark Tank experience with the assistance of the Walton County Chamber of Commerce.  Each of the high schools developed a new business and business plan that was presented to members of the Walton County Chamber of Commerce for judging and feedback.  Freeport High School participants; Martha Freeman, Ceanna Thomaston and Kathryn Dier presented a business plan for Sweet Buns on the Run.  Walton High School participants; Melanie Nowell, Will Huff and Joey Wilkerson presented a business plan for the Country Side Cookery. South Walton High School participants; Ben Balfanz, Matt Garrett and Greg Garrett presented a business plan for the Beach Box.  The presentations included a business description, marketing and industry analysis, sales and marketing strategies, management, and financials.  Students were also judged on creativity, professionalism, grammar/spelling, and each member’s participation.  The students gained valuable knowledge from the Chamber Members through the feedback they were provided at the end of the presentations.  Special thanks to Megan Harrison, Chamber President/CEO and to Gabrielle Kilgore, Event Coordinator for organizing this worthwhile event for Walton County students to experience. Submitted by Donna Honish.

Main Article Picture includes left to right: Mrs. Kelley Stephenson - WHS Instructor, Matt Garrett, Mrs. Donna Honish - WCSD (back), Greg Garrett, Mrs. Shelly Hinojosa - SWHS Instructor (front), Ben Balfanz, Joey Wilkerson, Will Huff, Melanie Nowell, Martha Freeman, Mr. Jamey Goddin - FHS Instructor (back), Ceanna Thomaston, Kathryn Dier, Megan Dunaway, and Wendy McCormick. 

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Pictured above left to right: Greg Garrett (SWHS), Ben Balfanz (SWHS), Matt Garrett (SWHS), Martha Freeman (FHS), Ceanna Thomaston (FHS), Kathryn Dier (FHS), Melanie Nowell (WHS), Joey Wilkerson (WHS), and Will Huff (WHS)

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SWHS Youth Leadership Students

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WHS Youth Leadership Students

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FHS Youth Leadership Students

Martha Freeman, Ceanna Thomaston and Kathryn Dier presented a business plan for Sweet Buns on the Run to Walton County Chamber of Commerce members on April 12, 2017.  The presentation included a business description, marketing and industry analysis, sales and marketing strategies, management, and financials.  Students were also judged on creativity, professionalism, grammar/spelling, and each member’s participation.  The students gained valuable knowledge from the Chamber Members through the feedback they were provided at the end of the presentation.  Congratulations to Freeport High School!

Pictured: Martha Freeman, Ceanna Thomaston, Kathryn Dier and Superintendent A. Russell Hughes.

Submitted by Donna Honish.

WDE is "BUZZING with Excitement." Recently, Mrs. Katie Adams, a 4th grade teacher at WDE, received a grant for a bee hive from The Bee Cause. This project has provided hives for 220 schools in 46 states and 4 countries. Through this exciting project students will have the opportunity to learn about the natural world in a unique way and will be challenged by STEM activities. We are grateful to NoWal Farms of DeFuniak Springs for providing the bees. We welcome students and parents to stop by the media center to see what's buzzing. Books, posters, and interesting facts are ready to help answer your questions. Find out more information about The Bee Cause at www.thebeecause.org. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

WDE K Zoo Field Trip

April 12, 2017

On April 7th, West DeFuniak Elementary School’s kindergarteners went on a field trip to the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Zoological Park. Students are learning about living and non-living things in the classroom. This field trip allowed students were to observe, compare, and contrast different types of plants and animals. Students saw many different types of animals, such as llamas, lemurs, wolves, peacocks, and even a lion! There was a petting area where students could feed and pet goats. After all the excitement of seeing all of the animals, kindergarteners enjoyed eating lunch in the zoo’s picnic area. Students really enjoyed the zoo and want to go back! Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

The 6th Annual Rosemary Beach Foundation - Music in Pictures arts in education initiative and juried art contest celebrates the music of five diverse composers: Leo Delibes, Igor Stravinsky, Astor Piazzolla, Aaron Copland and Phillip Glass.  Over 4,000 students from 17 Walton County Schools* listened to and visually interpreted classical music.  Their artwork was entered into a juried competition for public exhibition. This year, 403 paintings are on display from March 13 – April 22, 2017 at 3 locations: Amavida Coffee & Tea (Rosemary Beach®), The South Walton County Coastal Branch Library (Santa Rosa Beach) and Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast (Miramar Beach)

Created in collaboration with professional musicians and Florida State University Faculty, Music in Pictures also includes classical performances, classroom presentations, and professional development workshops for teachers. 

The Music in Pictures Awards Ceremony will be held Sunday, April 30, 2017, at 2 pm.  Festivities will include student artwork slideshow, and awards presentation.

*The exhibition features talented artists from these Walton County Schools:

Bay Elementary School
Emerald Coast Middle School
Freeport Elementary School
Freeport Middle School
Freeport High School
Maude Saunders Elementary School

Mossy Head School
Ohana Institute
Paxton School
Seaside Neighborhood School
Seacoast Collegiate High School
South Walton High School

Tree House Episcopal Montessori School
Van R. Butler Elementary School
Walton Middle School
Walton High School
West DeFuniak Elementary School

2017 BEST IN SHOW 

GiGi O'Connell

Van R. Butler Elementary School

Elementary

4th

 

Lily Gravlin

Emerald Coast Middle School

Middle

7th

 

Carter Hill

Freeport High School

High

9th

 

 

2017 JUDGES' AWARDS

Jaylen Allen

West DeFuniak Elementary School

Kindergarten

Johanthan Ginez

Maude Saunders Elementary School

1st

Rose Harris

Bay Elementary School

2nd

Addie Beauchamp

Van R. Butler Elementary School

3rd

Bella Fisher

Bay Elementary School

4th

Rinoa Callahan

Mossy Head Elementary School

5th

Reese Carter

Seaside Neighborhood School

6th

Syndi Free

Freeport Middle School

7th

Eva Carroll

Seaside Neighborhood School

8th

Audrey O'Flahery

Seacoast Collegiate High School

9th

Ariel Foster

Freeport High School

10th

Kaylee Regan

South Walton High School

11th

Cannon Mitchell

South Walton High School

12th

2017 CHAIRMAN'S AWARDS

Landry Kent

West DeFuniak Elementary School

Kindergarten

Chaz Estes

Tree House Episcopal Montessori School

1st

Kaylie Young

Mossy Head Elementary School

2nd

Jake Mikas

Paxton School

3rd

Lacy Lollie

Freeport Elementary School

4th

Grayson Gibson

Ohana Institute

5th

Lydia Schovan

Walton Middle School

6th

Reagan Wells

Seaside Neighborhood School

7th

Jhonattan Ramirez

Emerald Coast Middle School

8th

Audrey Webb

Seacoast Collegiate High School

9th

Mallory Hataway

Walton High School

10th

Makaydi Araneo

Paxton School

11th

Zoie Geoghagan

Paxton School

12th

2016/2017 Music in Pictures Sponsors:  St. Joe Community Foundation, Alys Foundation, Dugas Family Foundation, Daryl and Robert Davis, Winky and Bill Dowdle.

About Rosemary Beach Foundation

Rosemary Beach Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, offers and supports community events, cultural programs, educational projects, and charitable activities. Our annual programs are Girls Getaway, Music in Pictures, Rosemary Beach Unleashed™, Walk Her Way®, 30A Cornhole and Fall Bocce Tournaments. Through these efforts, Rosemary Beach Foundation has donated over $500,000.  www.rosemarybeachfoundation.org

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ROSEMARY BEACH® and ROSEMARY BEACH UNLEASHED™ are trademarks owned by Rosemary Beach Holdings, LLC and are used with permission pursuant to a license from Rosemary Beach Holdings, LLC.  WALK HER WAY® is a registered trademark owned by Rosemary Beach Foundation, Inc.

 Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe.

On Friday, April 7, FMS AVID students created and implemented an event called “Donuts for Donations” to support Child Abuse Prevention Month for the Children’s Advocacy Center.  It was held in the FMS parking lot for the community to drop off donations for children in need and receive a donut for their generosity-donated by The Donut Hole and Dunkin Donuts. FMS students received over a truckload of items from the CAC’s wish list including diapers, personal care items, clothing, art supplies, snacks and drinks in addition to cash donations.  Brenda Farris, 6th grade AVID teacher, said,” Seeing my students help their community in such a caring way brought tears to my eyes.  I loved how the kids brought so much fun to the event.”   “Seeing these young adults work with their community to contribute to such a worthy cause was a heart lifting experience,” said Kendra Peloquin, 7th and 8th grade AVID teacher. Submitted by Kendra Peloquin.

FMS Donuts for Donations

Emerald Coast Middle School Stingrays joined in with many in Walton County School District on April 7, 2017, supporting the awareness of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Superintendent Russell Hughes invited all employees to "GOBLUE" and Mr. Jeff Infinger, Principal of ECMS extended the challenge to students. On any given Friday at ECMS you may find a sea of purple and teal, however on April 7, blue was the Stingray color for the day, demonstrating unified support for a meaningful cause. To check out what else is happening at ECMS, click on the link below for the latest Stingray Station Newsletter.

https://sway.com/OE8hznp6C1PRRsbQ

Submitted by Angela Vance.

In acknowledgement of former Walton County School District Superintendent Carlene H. Anderson's forty-one years of dedicated service to the WCSD, and her achievements and contributions during this time, the School Board of Walton County re-named the Training Center located at the Walton Initiative for Success in Education Center (WISE) in Defuniak Springs, Florida as the Carlene H. Anderson Training Center on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.  After a welcome greeting by School Board member, Kim Kirby, the Walton High School Chorus under the direction of Ashley Gay performed "Sing We Joy" by Henry Purcell.  During the ceremony,  Mr. Mark Gardner, WCSD Director of Facilities, explained the history of the building, and Mrs. Anderson's role in the transforming of the building from a school media center to a professional training facility.  Mr. Tom Blackshear, Facilities Planner, read the School Board Resolution naming the training after Mrs. Anderson, and Superintendent Russell Hughes spoke of her dedication and love for children as an educator, and her guidance and leadership as Superintendent of Walton County Schools for eleven years.

 

Mrs. Anderson thanked the School Board, and Superintendent Hughes for the very special honor, and spoke of her "commitment to train and continuously develop our professionals."  She shared, "...the one most impactful element in a student's education is the quality and skills of the person who stands in from of them every day...the teacher. So when you are perfecting a teacher, you're making the greatest impact on the largest number of students for decades to come."

 

A lovely reception  was held following the dedication, coordinated by Laura Smith, School Board secretary, and Joyce Gentry, Facilities Department secretary.  The Walton County School District is grateful to Mrs. Carlene Anderson for her contributions to the children and educators of Walton County. 

Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe.

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