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National School Counseling Week is Feb. 4–8, 2019. It's a perfect time to recognize the work of 100K+ school counselors across the nation! Have you thanked your counselor lately?  Take a moment and stop by to let them know how much they are appreciated.  Submitted by Donna Honish.

On Thursday, January 24, district literacy coach Mrs. Lynne Martin inspired, educated, and entertained Mrs. Rachel Jones' seventh grade AVID students at Walton Middle School.  Mrs. Martin described herself to students as an "ordinary person who has lived an ordinary life in an extraordinary way."  As a veteran AVID teacher, she emphasized the importance of the AVID program, telling students that it helps set them up for future choices, whether they plan to go to college or trade school or into the military or workforce.  She told students that individuals' paths to success almost never look the same--and that's okay.  She shared the story of her own personal journey--all the schooling, jobs, and experiences she has had along the way.  She told students that thought they may not find their "place" right off the bat and might have to stop and regroup from time to time, they will learn a lot of lessons about being a decent human being during their journeys.  With a gentle and genuine smile, Mrs. Martin looked students in the eye and said, "You'll always come out on top if you're kind."  At the end of her talk, she gave each student a playing card.  Mrs. Martin told students that each card should stand as a reminder that we don't get to choose the cards we are dealt, but we do get to choose how we play those cards.  Each card she passed out was from the suit of hearts, a reminder that when you can be anything, be kind.  By the end of the class period, students were so inspired they applauded Mrs. Martin and asked if they could give her a hug, thanking her for taking the time to share her insights and her kindness with them.

Submitted by Kristen Nelson

Every month, Mr. A. Russell Hughes, Walton County, Florida Superintendent of Schools, will share a video message with an update on the exciting things happening in the Walton County School District, Walton County, Florida. Check back often to stay informed on all the activities, events and accomplishments of teachers and students in the Walton County School District.

This month's video was recorded at Mossy Head Elementary School, the home of the newly selected Walton County School District Teacher of the Year, Meredith Ness. Superintendent Hughes shares information about upcoming events during the month of February, as well as important dates and recognitions!


Walton High School is excited to announce their Students of the Month for January:

 

9th grade - Emilee Osborn

10th grade - Terra Atlow

11th grade - Alexia Lee

12th grade - Jewels Campbell & Jennifer De La Rosa

 

Way to go, Braves!

Submitted by Christy English

Congratulations to the Walton High Competition Cheerleading Team for earning 3rd place in the FHSAA State Cheerleading Competition in Gainesville this past weekend.  The Braves were able to perform their routine three times (regionals, semi-finals, and state finals) without receiving any deductions for mistakes.  They were the only all-girl team in the top 3.  Submitted by Christy English

 

Check out their performance at the WHS Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/WaltonHighSchool

WMS Hosts "Hearts for the Arts" Title 1 Parent Training Night--Thursday, February 7th, 6-8 p.m.

Walton Middle School invites all students and their families to attend "Hearts for the Arts" Title 1 Parent Training Night this Thursday, February 7, 2019, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  The evening will kick-off in the cafeteria with FREE pizza.  During dinner, families will have the opportunity to enjoy a slideshow of creative artwork by Mrs. Grant's art students.  After eating, parents and students will rotate through three literacy-themed stations, focusing on literature studied in ELA classes, eBooks available in the LMC, the Dave & Buster's school-wide reading challenge, and opportunities to practice FSA and EOC online assessments.  At this time, parents will also have the opportunity to offer meaningful insights about our school by completing our annual parent climate survey.  Childcare will also be available for toddler and school-aged children.  Please make time this week to celebrate literacy and the arts with Walton Middle School!

During a recent unit on electricity, students in Mrs. Kathy Russ' class at Walton Middle School made Wiggle Bots to demonstrate complete circuits.  Students will also be conducting labs with the Wiggle Bots on voltage, insulators, conductors, and wavelengths.  Not only that, but they will complete an engineering challenge to determine how fast the bots will go to win races, drawing and creating solutions.  What a fun way to learn about electricity in Mrs. Russ' class!

 Picture 1:  Neida Lara

Picture 2:  Gavin McCart

Picture 3:  Tyvontae Quice

Submitted by Kristen Nelson

Scholastics Art Contest 2019 results are in and the Seahawk Artists and Photographers earned 70 awards.

GOLD Key Winners (15works!) including a GOLD Key Portfolio created by senior, Karen Yanez. Congrats to Karen Yanez, David Biegler, Olivia Davis, Diego Duran, Noelle Garcia, Lexi Hall, Luke Johnson, Jielle Paul, Jonathan Ramirez, Callyn Sims, and Jarod Young!

 SILVER Key Winners (23 works!) Congrats to Strother Allen, Megan Benopoulos, Cameron Bruce, Cinthia Castaneda, Suzanne Crowley, Kevin DeJesus, Holly Dowling, Kodi Fabacher, Noelle Garcia, Lexi Hall, Jielle Paul, Jhonattan Ramirez, Blair Howard, Ellie Hutchings, Luke Johnson, Lesley Ledezma, Chris Mauricio, Karen Yanez, and Jarod Young!

Honorable Mention Winners (31 works!) Congrats to Kate Dargavell, Diego Duran, Xavier Epplin, Noelle Garcia, Lily Gravling, Lexi Hall, Jielle Paul, Lauren Peaden, Adrianna Peluso, Jhonattan Ramirez, Kayla Rodriguez, Sophia Roessler, Ellie Hutchings, Kayley Johnson, Luke Johnson, Thomas Jolivette, Gabriella Lanza, Minh Luong, Jett Maierle, Jes Miller, Quinn Yandell, and Kieran Yra!

Here are a few of the winning works: 

Submitted by Vivian Komando

Paxton FFA students compete in District Career and Leadership Development Event (CDE) competitions, in Milton, FL at the University of Florida campus. 
The following students were winners in the competition: 
Colten Phillips- 1st Place MS Extemporaneous Speaking
Makalynn Cassady,Addison Cook, Madison Falk, Bailey Howell, Clara Martin, Rylee Sormrude, and Hydie Varnum -2nd Place Opening and Closing Ceremonies
Jordyn Bradley, Ashlyn Hall, Haylee Hayes, Hailey Sexton, Sarah Thompson, and Cassie Varnum-1st Place HS Parliamentary Procedure
 
First place winners will be competing at the Florida FFA State convention in Orlando during the month of June.
Submitted by Kalli McMillan