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On Thursday, March 29th, the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association gave a hands-on presentation to Walton Middle School eighth grade science students about the sun and other stars.  The group brought four different telescopes so students could look at the sun safely.  They brought a hydrogen alpha telescope that only allows red light in to view the prominences and granulation of the sun.  The second telescope was a spectroscope for viewing elements in the solar atmosphere.  Another telescope allowed students to view the sun's outline and used the power of the sun to start a fire through the lens.  A fourth telescope used a stainless steel lens to filter light, allowing students to see sunspots.  Students were also given special glasses, which allowed them to look directly at the sun.  Walton Middle School graciously thanks the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association for taking time to give students this phenomenal opportunity. Submitted by Kristen Rhodes.

Walton County School Board members Bill Eddins, Kim Kirby, and Jason Catalano, along Superintendent Russell Hughes, in Tallahassee making sure there is a voice for Walton County among the Florida House of Representatives and Florida Senate!

Pictured below: Jason Catalano, Superintendent A. Russell Hughes, and Representative Mel Ponder.

FL House Visit

Pictured below: Superintendent A. Russell Hughes, Senator Montford, Kim Kirby and Jason Catalano

FL House Visit

Pictured below: Kim Kirby, Representative Brad Drake, Superintendent A. Russell Hughes and Jason Catalano.

FL House Visit

Pictured below: Kim Kirby, Elizabeth Fetterhoff- Senator Hukill's Legislative Aide, Jason Catalano, and Superintendent A. Russell Hughes.

FL House Visit

Congrats to Mrs. Amy Bennett's fourth period eighth grade reading class for winning the Read to Succeed 2 Achieve3000 contest for Walton Middle School!  Students had to read and score 75% or higher to earn points for their class.  These eighth graders worked extremely hard, some even working over Spring Break to meet their goal.  Their hard work paid off!

Pictured Left to Right:

Zoe Watson, Kaden Troublefield, John Powell (JC), Christopher Rollins, Anthony Silva, Cristal Cruz, Myranda McLendon, Kazeri Freeman, Matthew Bearden, Aleigha Oldfield, Joshua Machado, Mrs.Amy Bennett, Nikolas Gomillion, Estevan SantaMaria, Davontae' Pitts, Hali Graves, Chiarra Whitehead, Dane Drake, Tre'Joun Brinson, Dustin Burnham, and Logan Smith. Not Pictured: Anthony Sarriera.  Submitted by Kristen Rhodes.

WDE 2nd grade students created cubes using toothpicks and play-doh. Students used the cube models to practice vocabulary terms such as sides, faces, and vertices. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

If you see a Stingray smiling this week, you may have come across one of our outstanding Track and Field athletes! Our Emerald Coast Middle School Track and Field Stingrays were victorious at their meet with Baker Middle School on Tuesday (3/28). Congratulations to the students, coaches and families who continue to support each other and motivate us all with these outstanding achievements! You make us proud to be Stingrays of WCSD! Submitted by Angela Vance.

Erin Miller, Cosmetology Instructor, advertising programs offered by The Emerald Coast Technical College at the Little League Opening Day.  For additional information about ECTC programs please call 850-892-1241 or visit their website at www.ectc.edu.  Submitted by Laura Smith.

As part of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Gaetz Institute aerospace courses at Paxton High School, students built underwater robots known as Seaperch robots. This year’s regional competition at Gulf Coast State College included an obstacle course challenge and a “finesse” challenge in which students designed an “arm” for the robot to successfully slide a pipe while underwater. Paxton’s team of, from left, Devon Stokes and Dylan Norris, utilized an arm that was designed in a computer aided design program and 3D printed. The team was able to move all five pipes while working 8-12 feet underwater in the timed challenge and earned third place out of seventy teams for their time. Submitted by Kalli McMillan.