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WCSD will continue to monitor the National Weather Service and Walton County Emergency Management for updates on weather conditions. If there are further announcements concerning the weather they will made via our webpage and social media outlets.

ECMS baseball players recognize "Mustache March". Mustache March is an annual event occurring in the month of March, where men in the United States Air Force grow mustaches to honor Air Force legend Robin Olds.

ECMS families and stakeholders wish the Stingray Baseball Team good luck as they play Baker on April 6, 2017 for the Championship! 

Submitted by Angela Vance.

Members of the Pensacola Opera recently visited and performed for students at Bay Elementary School as part of their educational outreach program.  They performed an operatic version of the story of Goldie Locks and the Three Bears titled Goldie B. Locks and the Three Singing Bears by John Davies.  The story is a "fun retelling of the classic tale with an operatic twist. Goldie, a little girl who has a great passion for bus and spiders, finds herself in a sticky situation when she stumbles upon dwelling of the three singing bears." The production features the music of Mozart and Offenbach to teach the importance of honesty and true friendship. Special thanks to the Pensacola Opera for sharing their talents with the students of Walton County!

BES Opera Performance

BES Opera Performance

Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe

The 12 students listed below have read at least 21 books this school year.  Each book contained a minimum of 300 pages.  Nine of these students went to Blast Arcade in Miramar Beach on March 31 to celebrate this accomplishment.  They have just four more books to go to meet the year-long 25 Book Challenge.

Pictured left to right are Darien Mason, Cheyenne Cordle, James Coffman, Clay Lemay, Latayia Gregg, Kyle Burch, Rachel Smith, Anthony King, and Emma Kuykendall.  Not pictured: Hayden Clemmons, Paige Howell, and Hannah Mays

Keep reading, Braves!

Submitted by Christy English.

Paxton High School’s aerospace students are learning to pilot unmanned aerial systems, sometimes called drones, as part of their concurrent enrollment courses with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Through a partnership with ERAU’s Gaetz Institute, the students earn both high school and university credit while they learn aerospace concepts that lead to industry certifications. Submitted by Samantha Martin.

Paxton’s eighth grade students had an out of this world time at the Challenger Learning Center in Tallahassee, Florida. Thanks to a grant from the Florida Space Grant Consortium, students participated in a simulated space mission to the moon where they navigated the spacecraft to landing, built rovers, maintained the health of the crew, monitored space weather, and more! They also viewed the northern lights in the planetarium and watched a 3D Imax movie about Earth as seen from the viewpoint of the astronauts on the International Space Station. Thank you Florida Space Grant Consortium and Challenger Learning Center for providing this opportunity to our students! Submitted by Samantha Martin.

Toni Aguilar from the Walton County Sheriff's Office crime scene/evidence unit visited Mrs. Melissa Susenbach's Law Studies class recently.  Ms. Aguilar educated students about how techs work crime scenes and what tools are used in the field.  Students immensely enjoyed this realistic learning opportunity. Submitted by Kristen Rhodes.

During the March 21, 2017 Walton County School Board Meeting, School Board Member Kim Kirby and Superintendent Russell Hughes presented certificates to several Walton County teachers for being recognized by the Commissioner of Education, Pam Stewart, as some of the highest impact teachers in the state of Florida. 

Pictured left to right: Superintendent Russell Hughes, Carol Davis, Van R. Butler Elementary; Wendy Anderson, Van R. Butler Elementary; Taylor Griffith, Seaside Neighborhood School; Joy Robbins, Seaside Neighborhood School; Dana Akridge, Seaside Neighborhood School; Brandy Wesson, Emerald Coast Middle School; Charlotte Sause, Seaside Neighborhood School, and Kim Kirby, WCSD Board Member. Not pictured, but also recognized are: Jeannine Abadie, Tracey Behr, Nina Borthwick, and Constance Morreale from Emerald Coast Middle School; Sharon Martin from Seaside Neighborhood School; Kasey Smith from Van R. Butler Elementary; Angela Reilly from South Walton High School; and Lisa Henry from Bay Elementary School.

A big congratulations and thank you to these teachers for their hard work in and out of the classroom.  One more example of the quality education and leadership being provided by the teachers, administration and staff of the Walton County School District! Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe.