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Elrod Vo recently won the distinction of being an Achieve3000 WorldWide winner in Mrs. Amy Bennett's eighth grade reading class.  He won the most points by completing reading texts and tasks and receiving points for passing scores.  Two years ago, Elrod won the most points nationwide when he was a sixth grader in Mrs. Bennett's class.  This year, Elrod entered the new school year determined to advance from being the nationwide to the worldwide level winner.  Remarkably, Elrod accomplished his goal before the end of the first semester.  Walton Middle School is very proud of Elrod's accomplishments. Submitted by Kristen Rhodes.

FES- 4th Grade 4-H Tropicana Speech Contest Winners

Left to right:   1st Place- Savannah Smith

                     2nd Place- Hagen Marse

                     3rd Place-Destiny Toole

Submitted by Nancy Currie.

On December 2nd, Walton County Career and Technical Education teachers participated in a training to assist them in understanding the importance of creating career pathways for their students.  Walton County's middle schools, high schools and Emerald Coast Technical College participated in this training.  There were also representatives from UF/IFAS (Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences) Extension Office, Chelco, Walton County Sheriff's Office, Toy Box Child Care Center, and WMBB News Channel 13 on hand to talk about the skills necessary to be successful in the workplace. Maggie Solomon from WMBB News Channel 13 provided a story on this meeting which may be viewed at http://www.mypanhandle.com/news/walton-co-school-district-holds-cte-training. Pictured is Leslie Harrison from Emerald Coast Technical College presenting information to Walton County teachers on how to develop their own program advisory board.  This is the first of many community incorporated meetings that Walton County intends to hold in an attempt to make our CTE programs rigorous and relevant to current employer demands.  Submitted by Donna Honish.

VRB had its Tropicana school-level competition this past Thursday, December 1. All of the speeches were so good, it made a very difficult decision for the judges. Our judges this year were Kathryn Youngblood, Bonnie Shelton, and Michelle Curtis. First place went to Ella Ekenseair. Second place was Elysia Koch, and third place was Cole Graham. Congratulations to our winners that will be representing Butler well in the district completition! Submitted by Sherrie Binkowski.

Due to inclement weather, please be advised of the following changes pertaining to the WCSD Science Fair. Please note the Award's Ceremony has been moved to Thursday Evening at the WISE Center. Set-up and Judging have been moved to tomorrow evening at the Community Center in DeFuniak Springs. 

Thank you for your assistance and understanding! 

Tuesday – December 6, 2016

2 PM to 5 PM – Project registration and set up at the  Community Center, DeFuniak Springs– Students/parents will be asked to leave the exhibit room at 5 PM. There will be a waiting room set up for them at that time.

5:45 PM – Students must be back for orientation and judging (report to the waiting room).

5 PM to 6 PM – Exhibit room closed for judges to initially view projects.

6 PM to 8:30 PM – Judging.  Parents must remain in waiting room.  This is an estimate of the time needed.  The students will be dismissed when the judges are finished judging their division.  Students must stay until they are dismissed because judges may want to return to see them a second time.

NOTE:  Please be prepared to take projects home at the end of judging!

Thursday– December 8, 2016

6 PM – Awards Ceremony at the WISE Center (old Walton High School) on 555 Walton Rd., DeFuniak Springs  

Bay Elementary was honored to have author Julie Smith visit our school and read her newest book “ Bugs In My Breakfast”. Mrs. Smith was at the Sun Dog bookstore in Seaside Saturday, December 3rd from 1-4. Submitted by Cindy Stewart.

Bay Elementary would like to congratulate Avery Jones and Dexter Barefield for being chosen as the December Students of the Month. Both students will be honored at a special breakfast sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Freeport on December 14, at the Coastal Branch Library in Santa Rosa Beach. Submitted by Cindy Stewart.