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Submitted by Heather Stewart, Paxton High School

Paxton students Wesley Alford, left, and Shawn White earned fifth place out of one hundred and one teams at the first inaugural Seaperch underwater robotics competition held at Gulf Coast College on Friday, May 6. Students competed with teams from across the panhandle to navigate an underwater obstacle course with the SeaPerch robot they built from scratch in their Intro to Aerospace course.  

Future Little Warriors

May 10, 2016

Submitted by Krisy Spence, Maude Saunders Elementary

Pre K students from the WISE VPK visited Maude Saunders to see what kindergarten will be like.  Mrs. Willcox’s kindergarten class served as great hosts and even let them sit in their desks.  

Submitted by Kristen Rhodes, Walton Middle School

Walton Middle School would like to congratulate its SeaPerch team members for their outstanding performance at the inaugural regional competition held at Gulf Coast State College on Friday, May 6th, 2016.

SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program new to WMS this year, facilitated by science teacher, Mrs. Greer Harvell.  It equips students with the resources and skills needed to build and operate an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV).  

WMS sent nine students to the event, where they competed against 100 elementary to high school level teams.  All three of WMS' SeaPerch teams were successful in completing every challenge, displaying amazing teamwork skills. 

Their day started out with a WJHG NewsChannel 7 interview and ended in a third place win in the Finesse Challenge.  All three teams represented WMS in a manner that makes our school proud.

 (Click the link to view WJHG NewsChannel 7's coverage of the event.  http://www.wjhg.com/news/headlines/SeaPerch-Regional-Competition-Lets-Students-Get-Innovative-378509985.html)

 

Submitted by Krisy Spence, Maude Saunders Elementary School

Mr. Truett's fifth grade class at Maude Saunders Elementary School has received recognition on both the school and national level for their outstanding efforts in reading.  Their class won the Achieve 3000 Read to Succeed 1 & 2 school contests by completing the most Achieve 3000 lessons over a specified period of time.  Also, they have repeatedly won the school’s weekly Reading Trophy by earning the most Accelerated Reader Points on their grade level and throughout the school. Maude Saunders is proud to recognize these students, who have made remarkable reading gains throughout the school year.

Walton County received an award from the Broadband Communities magazine in recognition for collaboration between education and county agencies to have fiber run throughout the county.

Submitted by Krisy Spence, Maude Saunders Elementary School

Maude Saunders fifth graders welcomed special guest Judge Kelvin Wells last week.  Judge Wells spoke to the students as part of the Justice Teaching Program.  

Submitted by Nancy Currie, Freeport Elementary School

FES participated in a Cancer Freeze event on May 6th. Staff, students, and families helped raise over $2000.00 for local cancer patients. The event was an all-day affair with lots of walking, dancing, PE challenges, dunking booth splashes, and give-a-way raffles! Thanks to everyone for making it such a successful event!

FES Cancer Freeze Event