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8th grade technology students participated in a team challenge to "Sumo wrestle" basic robots. Liam and Michael came out victorious in the double elimination tournament. During the next round, students will be able to modify their basic robots to their own design based on how the robots performed initially. Submitted by Chelsea Ellison.

South Walton High School Crowned their Homecoming King and Queen on Friday, Dawson Westberry and Savannah Burden. Submitted by Barbara Stratton.

Walton Academy Charter School held its first Title I Parent Night on Tuesday, October 4.  Families and community members were invited to learn about Title I, hear from Emerald Coast Technical College about the programs they offer, and meet their child’s teachers.  Walton High School’s culinary program catered the event, and Ms. Betty Cruce won a $100 Visa Gift Card at the end of the evening.  Overall, it was a great success! Submitted by Jamie Mitchell.

Maude Saunders 5th grade students participated in a “book tasting” in order to explore the different genres of literature. They were exposed to just a taste of a variety of books to learn an appreciation of a variety of genres.  These fifth graders are preparing to participate in a 40 Book Challenge which encourages students to read across genres to build their vocabulary and build schema.  The students had a lot of fun and found many “tasty” books! Submitted by Krisy Spence.

Donuts with Dads at FES

October 7, 2016

Over 700 parents and students participated in the FES donut breakfast. Submitted by Nancy Currie.

Paxton school had a successful Open House! Pictured: Tanner Mock, 2nd Grader.  Sumbitted by Samantha Martin.

Over 165 Maude Saunders students brought their Families to “Camp Read-A-Lot” last Tuesday night. They hiked down the halls to Campgrounds with names like Camp Super S’mores and Camp Evergreen to find a variety of reading activities.  While some students took flashlights into dark cavelike rooms to spot sightwords, others sat under the stars and listened to stories.  Campers could be seen sight word fishing, red word swatting, snacking on trail mix, and of course gathering around the many campfires.  Everyone had a lot of fun,  read a lot, and left a happy camper!  Submitted by Krisy Spence.

MHS welcomed Dads to school on September 28th for “Dads Take Your Child to School” Day which is part of Florida’s State Initiative to get fathers more involved in their children’s academic life.  The intent of this initiative is to highlight the significant difference fathers and father figures can make by taking a more active role in their children’s educational experience. When fathers play a more active role in a child’s education, children perform better academically; have fewer discipline problems; and become more responsible adults. We were pleased that so many fathers took this opportunity to become more familiar with our school and staff. Submitted by Elizabeth Gaither.

Thanks to the generosity of the Dugas Family Foundation, every child at Maude Saunders was allowed to select a book from the school’s Book Fair.  The Foundation teamed up with the school and Scholastic to ensure that no child left the book fair empty-handed.  The Dugas Family Foundation is committed to supporting literacy through their  “All for Books” program.  Submitted by Krisy Spence.