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ECMS band member Pia Paval recently participated in the Florida All-State Middle School Honor Band. On January 11, she headed down to Tampa for seating auditions, and was placed at 3rd chair in her section of 12. Pia spent 3 days in Tampa rehearsing with the 125-member band and performed in a final concert on January 14, 2017. Fellow Stingrays will be cheering her on!  In this post, Pia Paval and ECMS Band Teacher, Mr. Lyon are pictured at the event. Submitted by Angela Vance.
MSE is celebrating Literacy Week! In addition to the daily challenges, there are weeklong challenges....the student who earns the most AR points during Literacy Week will win a $25.00 shopping spree at the Book Fair....To encourage students to read, faculty and staff will be taking "selfies" with their own favorite book....There will be guest readers in the school....And throughout it all, MSE scholars will be challenged to read 1 MILLION words schoolwide by Friday afternoon! Submitted by Krisy Spence/FB.

Author/Illustrator, Michelle Nelson-Schmidt visited FES to share her books and love of literacy with 1st-4th grade students. This event kicked off the school Literacy Week Jan.23-27. Submitted by Nancy Currie.

Superintendent Russell Hughes and the School Board of Walton County at the groundbreaking ceremony for the New Elementary School South, January 17th, 2017.  Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe.