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Freeport Middle School eighth grade AVID students visited fifth grade classes on Friday, January 13th to recruit new members. AVID is an academic elective class whose mission is encourage college readiness. In this picture, Cameron Roberts and Rhiannon Caldwell told students about the application process, organization, and the AVID family. They also told the students about their college visits that they have completed since becoming members. In sixth grade, they visited Northwest Florida State College. In seventh grade, they visited University of West Florida. This year, they will be visiting Florida State University's main campus. AVID applications are due on March 18th. Submitted by Chelsea Ellison.

Please join Superintendent Russell Hughes and the Walton County School Board for the New Elementary South School Groundbreaking.

Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 3:15

Address: New Elementary School South, M.C. Davis Blvd, 6565 US Highway 98 East, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Here are some landmark directions:
East on Highway 98 - 6.5 miles east from US 331

East on Highway 98 - 3.3 miles from CR 395

East on Highway 98 - 2.5 miles from Emerald Coast Middle School

West on Highway 98 - 7 miles from Bay County Line at Inlet Beach

We hope to see you there!


Governor Rick Scott has declared January 9-13, 2017, as Florida First Responder Appreciation Week and has encouraged all Floridians to take time out of their day to show first responders and their families how much we value their service to our cities, counties, and state. In light of this, WSCD wanted to show our support of the efforts and sacrifices of all first responders. We Thank Each of You for ALL You Do!

Mossy Head School surprised School Resource Deputy Messenger in honor of First Responder Appreciation Week. Students presented her with a special mural, themed cake, and the students and staff wore blue in support of those who protect, serve, and respond to emergencies each day. Thank you for all that you do! Submitted by Elizabeth Gaither.

Congratulations to Paxton School's January Students of the Month: Ashlyn Hall and Kaylee Miller pictured with principal, Cindy Neale.  Submitted by Kalli McMillan.
Emerald Coast Technical College and Walton County School District Career and Technical Education personnel participated in the 2017 Career and Adult Education Pathways Symposium in Tallahassee, FL on January 10th-11th. The purpose of the symposium was to discuss best practices for developing partnerships between potential employers, public school systems, colleges, community members and organizations. Mr. Charlie Morse, Director of Emerald Coast Technical College, was a panelist for a discussion on the topic of CareerSource Partnerships. Participants also heard from the Commissioner Pam Stewart, Chancellor Rod Duckworth, Chancellor Hershel Lyons, and Chancellor Madeline Pumariega. Submitted by Donna Honish.

Miss Walton County Pageant

January 12, 2017

The Walton High School Drama Club will present the 2017 Miss Walton County Pageant on February 18 in the Walton High School Auditorium.  The pageant is an official preliminary to the National Peanut Festival Pageants.  The pageant is open to contestants who live or attend school in Walton County in the following age divisions.

Miss Walton County - ages 17 to 21 by October 1, 2017

Little Miss Walton County - all First Graders

Teen Miss Walton County - ages 13 to 16 by November 1, 2017

Junior Miss Walton County - ages 10 to 12 

Young Miss Walton County - ages 7 to 9

Future Little Miss Walton County - ages 4 to 6

Tiny Miss Walton County - ages 2 & 3

The entry fee is $50, with optional photogenic for an additional $10 fee.  The deadline for entry is February 3.  For more information about the pageant contact David Pert at 850-401-1505 or 850-892-1270, ext. 4496, or Anna Cramer at 850-585-3529 or 850-892-1270, ext. 4424.  Also check out our official website athttp://whspageants.weebly.com,or find our Miss Walton County & Miss DeFuniak Springs page on Facebook.  All proceeds will benefit the WHS Drama Club's Spring Production. Submitted by Christy English.