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MHS Celebrates Literacy Week, Florida!
Submitted by Heather Simmons

At MHS, we know that “Reading Changes the World!” Students started the week off with a door decorating contest. Each classroom read a book, learned a lesson from the book, and determined why that lesson is important in life! Then, they decorated their classroom door based on their book and the lesson they learned. The doors looked amazing, and we had 100% participation! 

 Students were challenged next to read 1 MILLION words on Tuesday. They devoured fiction and informational texts, took AR tests, and ended up the day reading 1,038,565 words!

 On Friday, students participated in our annual Book Swap where they bring in old books from home and swap for “new” books to take home and read. Students loved picking out their “new” books, and I overheard a few saying they can’t wait to read them when they get home! It was definitely a successful week for literacy at MHS!

Paxton Eighth Grade Visits Challenger Learning Center
Submitted by Heather Stewart, Paxton School

 Paxton School’s eighth grade students recently enjoyed a field trip to Tallahassee, Florida where they conducted a space mission at the Challenger Learning Center, watched an IMAX movie, viewed a show at the planetarium and toured the Florida Capitol. Thank you to BP for grant funding to support this trip.

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Paxton’s ERAU Students Visit Representative Brad Drake
Submitted by Heather Stewart, Paxton School

Paxton High School’s Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Gaetz Aerospace Institute students recently traveled to Tallahassee, Florida for a full day of activities.

 Students put their skills to the test during a simulated space mission at the Challenger Learning Center where they worked together to complete the mission including research, analysis and engineering. Following the mission and other activities at the center, students met with Representative Brad Drake during a tour of the Florida Capitol, followed by a visit to Florida State University’s robotics lab and $6 million wind tunnel.

 Thank you to the Florida Space Grant Consortium for their generous grant support of this trip.

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Submitted by Allie Curtis, District Office

Ms. Smothers' third grade class opening their "Mystery Literacy Box" at Maude Saunders Elementary!

Walton High School student Evan Cowie has been selected as Walton County's top 11th grade student in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to be honored at the 2016 Sunshine State Scholars Program. 

The Sunshine State Scholars program was founded in 1997 by Dr. William Caldwell of the University of North Florida and brought together top STEM students from throughout the state to celebrate their successes.  Sunshine State Scholars recognizes the academic achievements of the top 11th grade students representing every district in Florida.  The scholars, along with their parents and a teacher selected by each scholar, convene with more than 40 of Florida's colleges and universities to learn about postsecondary STEM programs of study and unique career opportunities.

Evan was also the winner of the 2014-15 State of Florida Science Fair.  Congratulations Evan!

Picture and article submitted by Chelsea Ellison, FMS

On Friday, January 22nd, the FMS & FHS SSTRIDE groups went to the Florida State University College of Medicine to receive CPR training. We are so proud to announce that they are all now CPR certified! Way to go, SSTRIDE students! See the FMS SSTRIDE webpage for more pictures!

SSTRIDE stands for: 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.

SSTRIDE© has a college component for college and university students and a pre-college component for middle and high school students. 

The pre-college component is open to students from designated Florida middle and high schools in Collier, Gadsden, Leon, Madison, Okaloosa, Orange and Walton counties.