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Mrs. Harvell's eighth grade science students spent the week of October 17th learning science vocabulary pertaining to the properties of matter through two hands-on experiments.

In the first experiment, students watched ink molecules of Sharpies become soluble to alcohol and then spread across the materials.  The results of this experiment were turned into curtains now decorating Mrs. Harvell's classroom.

Students compared viscosity of vegetable oil to glycerine in the second experiment.

By the end of the week, students had a more in-depth understanding of the science terms they had been studying. Learning mission accomplished! Submitted by Kristen Rhodes. 

Mrs. Hicks' third grade class at WDE is working on reviewing reading assessments every couple of weeks in the form of socratic seminars. Students in the inside of the circle serve as the pilots (talkers) during this activity, while students sitting directly behind them are copilots (writers). Roles change every week. The goal of this socratic seminar is to get all students actively engaged and to "nicely" argue and persuade one another which answer is correct, while supporting their ideas using evidence from the text. In this activity, students are in charge their own learning. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

The DeFuniak Springs Fire Department visited Kindergarten and first grade at WDE on Monday, October 17th. After learning about fire safety, during National Fire Safety Week, the firefighters were able to further explain many of the concepts learned during the week. Some of the topics discussed included what to do during a fire, where to go, and how to protect yourself. The students enjoyed the visit and were able to spray water from the trucks at the end of the presentation. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Walton High's Anchor Club is hosting the Hometown Heroes Banquet in the WHS cafeteria on Tuesday, November 8, at 6:00 p.m.  This event honors Walton County's veterans and current military members.  The Braves Bistro will cater the event, and entertainment will be provided by the WHS Chorus. 

Please RSVP to Anna Cramer, Anchor Club Advisor, at 850-892-1270, ext. 4424, or cramera@walton.k12.fl.us. Submitted by Christy English.

The WCSD Facilities Department held a district-wide Custodial Training & Expo on October 7th at the WISE Center for all custodians and plant managers.  Guest speakers, trainers, and janitorial supply vendors all participated to educate employees on topics such as health safety, pest control tips, proper cleaning techniques, and equipment use.  Four educational training sessions were held to deliver this information to employees.  After the training, lunch was provided for everyone and donated door prizes were given away.  Participants enjoyed the experience and hope to make the training / expo an annual event. Submitted by Michelle Doggett.

Kindergarten STEM at WDE

October 21, 2016

October has been a lots of fun in Kindergarten. Students enjoyed investigating and comparing length during a STEM activity. Students were tasked with constructing the tallest tower they could using candy pumpkins, candy corn, and play doh. Imagination and high order thinking skills came in handy with this challenging project. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Mrs. Garrett’s 5th grade class worked in groups and used background knowledge to assemble the bones of a new dinosaur species. The students then text coded the article “Archaeopteryx” for bird and dinosaur characteristics. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Mrs. McLaney’s fourth grade class at WDE is studying hurricanes and how they affect people. Students have learned about the dangerous effects of hurricanes. In this lesson, students made a hurricane in a bowl by using water and food coloring. Students were able to see the eye of the storm and how the hurricane can stretch over an area. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.