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On Friday, May 1st, Walton County schools with a band and or a chorus were provided the opportunity to showcase their musical talents at the Full Score concert held at the Walton High School auditorium.  City Councilman Ron Kelley emceed the event. Performances ranged from solos and large groups to bands and ensembles. The schools involved were West DeFuniak Elementary, Maude Saunders Elementary, Freeport Elementary, Van R. Butler Elementary, Walton High School, Walton Middle School, Paxton High School, South Walton High School, and Freeport High School.  Congratulations to all the teachers and performers for an excellent evening of music.

Pictured L to R:  Harry Patzig (WHS), Rebecca Austin (Butler ES), Diara Morris (WHS), Gina Ealum (WDE), Renee Riggs (SWHS), Kamber Rafferty (WMS) Angela Saltsman (FES), Cathy Drake (MSE) Also participated but not in picture:  Ashley Goodman (Paxton), Mike Miller (FHS)

Mrs. Laurie Cook, the Digital Literacy teacher at Walton Middle School, is very excited to congratulate her 8th grade students who earned their GS4 industry certification.  To become certified in GS4, you must take and pass three different exams: Computing Fundamentals, Key Applications (Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, Access and Outlook) and Living Online. Mrs. Cook is also to be congratulated for her hard work in preparing the students for the certification exams.

Pictured L to R Back row Sakara Runge, Branna East, Celeste Truett, Hannah Machado, Christina Howell.

L to R Bottom row Nathan Moore, Jace Hughes, Criffon Murphy,Matthew Milby, Joshua Permenter, Bladen Ward

Photo of Ewan Cowie accepting scholarship

Evan Cowie, a sophomore at Walton High School, was awarded a four-year scholarship by Florida Institute of Technology at the 60th State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida.  The scholarship, valued at $84,000, provides $21,000 per year for four years of study contingent upon admission and full-time enrollment.  F.I.T. awards one scholarship per category at the SSEFF.  Evan was selected by F.I.T. interviewers from the applicants in the Senior Chemistry division.  He was representing the East Panhandle Region, Walton County School District, and Walton High School.  His chemistry teacher is Ms. Elizabeth Yates and his STEMM mentor is Ms. Tammy King, both of Walton High School.   Dr. Michael Lindsay, Technical Advisor, AFRL, Eglin AFB and East Panhandle Region volunteer, assisted Cowie with interview preparations.

MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. (May, 6 2015) - More than 2,200 Okaloosa and Walton County 3rd-5th graders filled Destiny Worship Center to capacity during two performances on Thursday, April 30 for Sinfonia Gulf Coast's annual Link Up performances, in partnership with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute (WMI).

 As one of 70 orchestras worldwide invited to participate in WMI's Link Up program during the 2014-2015 season, Sinfonia Education & Link Up coordinator Liz Aylor worked with teachers in both districts during the 9-month curriculum, which culminated in students' live performance on voice, recorders and instruments with Sinfonia Gulf Coast. The performance included stunning visuals for the students to follow and perform along with the orchestra, on-stage teacher soloists, and host and vocal/piano pedagogue Ms. Phyllis Hasty.

3rd and 5th graders

Freeport Middle School is always  pleased to have the Emerald Coast Woodturning Guild visit. A special thanks to these great gentelmen, Earnest Nettles, Harry Wheeler, Bill Cunningham, and Bill Nall (pictured from left to right). The Emerald Coast Woodturning Guild meets at the Freeport Community Center every second Saturday of the month from 9am-noon. 
Recently, District and School-based Administrators attended the first Teacher Job Fair sponsored by the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium in Quincy, Florida. As a result of the collaboration between PAEC, the Teacher-to-Teacher Network, and the School District, over 200 resumes were submitted to Walton County related to critical shortage teaching areas such as math, science, foreign languages, and ESE. Participating in the recruitment effort was Sonya Alford, Human Resource Director; Tammy Smith, Elementary Principal; Jason Campbell, Middle School Principal; and Russell Hughes, High School Principal.

MSE scholars

May 25, 2015

Walton Middle School guidance counselor Jodi Campbell met with future Warriors at Maude Saunders this week to help them prepare for middle school life.  Her visit to MSE was followed by a tour of the middle school.  The MSE scholars are excited about becoming Warriors and Joseph Sanders wore his new WMS shirt and best academic face to show he is ready!

These are the Bay Elementary Kiwanis of the Month. Congratulations Hayden Porter and Reese Carter the B.E.S. Kiwanis Students of the Month.