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Over 390 Walton County School District 3rd and 4th graders joined students from Okaloosa County for the Sinfonia Gulf Coast “Carnegie Link Up” performance on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at the Emerald Coast Conference Center!  Students from Maude Saunders Elementary and Freeport Elementary sang, danced, and played recorders along with Sinfonia Gulf Coast Orchestra following a yearlong curriculum through the Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI). They have been practicing and learning the music since September! Over 2500 students from Walton and Okaloosa Counties participated in the interactive orchestra concert with Maestro Demetrius Fuller and Sinfonia Gulf Coast as they learned how “The Orchestra Sings!” The performance included stunning visuals for the students to follow and perform along with the orchestra, as well as on-stage direction and entertainment by some of the district’s teachers. 

Special thanks to Sinfonia Gulf Coast and their sponsor, St. Joe Community Foundation, for providing this unique opportunity for the students of Walton County School District!

Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe.

Musicians

Musicians

On Friday, April 14th, West DeFuniak Elementary kindergarten classes had an Easter egg hunt. Parents volunteered to come hide the eggs for each class, then all of the kindergarten classes took turns going out to the playground to search for the eggs. All of the eggs had candy inside, so students really enjoyed trying to find the eggs. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

First grade at WDE recently went on a field trip to Gulfarium in Ft. Walton Beach, FL. The students had a great time learning about different ocean animals! During our visit, students were able to watch a dolphin show and a sea lion show. They were also able to learn interesting facts at animal chats, led by the trainers. These sessions were mini-lessons that taught students about the animals’ feedings, environments and lifestyles. After spending the morning at the Gulfarium, lunch took place at a nearby state park and students enjoyed the beach view. It was a great time for all of the kids!

Pictured below is first grade student, Ava Shoaf, who had the privilege of meeting a Gulfarium dolphin trainer while on a field trip!  Ava is holding a book that her class published about what they want to be when they grow up.  She wrote about being a dolphin rider.  Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

WDE Gulfarium

WDE Gulfarium

WDE Gulfarium

WDE Gulfarium

WDE Gulfarium

WDE Gulfarium

WDE Goes to the Ranch!

April 19, 2017

Second graders at West DeFuniak Elementary school took a field trip to the Rocking B-A-B Ranch on April 14, 2017. Students were able to learn interesting facts about both common farm animals and exotic animals at the ranch. The students really enjoyed being able to pet the young animals and were excited about being able to play and eat their lunch in the “Big Barn” the ranch has on site. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

WDE Ranch

WDE Ranch

WDE Ranch

WDE Ranch

WDE Ranch

WDE Ranch

WDE Ranch

On April 17th, Freeport Middle School held their spring pep rally to recognize spring sport athletes and to motivate students for FSA. Four FMS teachers volunteered to play a light-hearted game of "Cheeto Head". Each teacher's head was covered with shaving cream and two students from each grade level had one minute to fill their teacher's head with as many cheese balls as possible. Each team worked incredibly hard, but in the end the fifth grade team consisting of Mrs. Nicole Pryor, Mayson Feller, and Adalyn McCormick won! The fifth grade team also won the pep rally with the most overall school spirit. Submitted by Chelsea Ellison.

FMS Pep Rally

FMS Pep Rally

FMS Pep Rally

FMS Pep Rally

FMS Pep Rally

South Walton High School Seniors Adam Richards and Austin Garofalo signed letters of commitment to play baseball next year.  Adam signed with Birmingham Southern College and Austin with Marion Military Institute. Submitted by Barbara Stratton.

The Freeport Middle School baseball team worked really hard this season.  As a reward for their extraordinary effort, the baseball banquet was held at a Pensacola Blue Wahoos baseball game with an "all-you-can-eat" burger and hot dog buffet. Coach Wassman says, "I am blessed to be part of Bulldog Nation, Go Dogs!" Great job! Submitted by Chelsea Ellison.

Paxton students in Mrs. Cottle’s first grade class recently built their own motorized “Art Bot” and then used it to create masterpieces like this one. After building the art bot, students adjusted the markers to control the movement of the “bot” to create the desired effect in this STEAM- science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics- lesson. Submitted by Kalli McMillan.

Fourth grade students at Paxton School learned first-hand about the four forces of flight from former paper airplane world record holder Ken Blackburn. Blackburn, an engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base and former world record holder for the longest flying paper airplane, taught students about lift, thrust and drag and weight. He then helped students craft their own paper airplanes. Students competed with their airplanes, taking careful measurements of the distance each plane traveled and the number of seconds it maintained flight.  Submitted by Kalli McMillan.