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Rosemary Beach Foundation invites you to celebrate arts in education.  Please join us for our spring events:

·         Music in Pictures** Student Art Exhibition:  March 7 – April 20, 2016 (Amavida Coffee and Tea, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, and Coastal Branch Library)  Visual interpretations of classical music were created by talented artists (Kindergarten – 12th Grade) from 16 Walton County Schools.  372 images are displayed.  Stop by the exhibition locations and vote for your favorite painting. 

·         Music in Pictures Student Awards Ceremony:  Sunday, May 1st, Freeport High School, 2 pm  Festivities include student artwork screening (slideshow of 372 paintings inspired by classical music), awards presentation, classical music performances, instrumental petting zoo, and photographs. 

 

**Presented by Rosemary Beach Foundation, the Annual Music in Pictures is an educational art initiative and juried art contest open to ALL students in grade K-12 in the Walton County school system – both public and private. Created in collaboration with professional musicians and university faculty, Music in Pictures promotes creativity, encourages lifelong appreciation of symphonic music, enhances learning and provides educational enrichment. 

 

Music in Pictures also includes classroom presentation, live performances by Florida State University musicians, professional development workshops for teachers and an Awards Ceremony. 

Attachment:  Additional information on the 2015/2016 Music in Pictures program and contest winners

 

Our thanks to Walton County art teachers and students for participating in the 5th Annual Music in Pictures

 

Please contact me if you need additional information. 

 

Malayne DeMars

Rosemary Beach Foundation

PO Box 611306

Rosemary Beach, FL 32461

850-231-7382

 

*ROSEMARY BEACH is a registered trademark owned by Rosemary Beach Holdings, LLC and is used with permission pursuant to a license from Rosemary Beach Holdings, LLC.

 

Submitted by Pam Leavins, West DeFuniak Elementary School

WDE 5th graders participated in a reading strategy called “Table Top Twitter.”  Students were able to read an excerpt form a passage with their group members and then “Tweet” their thoughts about what they read.  Students were able to read each other’s comments and respond back to each other.  Table Top Twitter is a great strategy for getting all students to interact with text and gives them a chance to share their thoughts about reading with each other.

 WDE Table Top Twitter Reading Strategy WDE Table Top Twitter Reading Strategy

Submitted by Angela Vance, Emerald Coast Middle School

Congratulations to Mrs. Pacheco’s 5th period class who are winners once again! They competed in and won Achieve3000’s “Read to Succeed 2” contest that took place between February 22 and March 18.  If you recall, 5th period also won Achieve3000’s fall contest.

Students worked hard by reading nonfiction articles and answering questions. Each time a student scored 75% or higher they earned points for their class. Fifth period earned more points than any other class at ECMS.  Acheive3000 awarded the class with a gift card to spend towards a party. Way to go 5th period!

Pictured: Back Row: Connor Campbell, Makenna Gailey, Isabella Blasbichler, Bennett Edson, Mitchael Hall, and Sam Vermillion.  Front Row: Cinthia Castandeda, David Gonzalez, Darius McIntosh, Kaylee Michua (not pictured: Emmanuel Angeles, Sherry Lin, Mayra Lopez, and Cooper Richards)

 

Submitted by Kristen Rhodes, WMS

On Friday, March 18th, WMS Science Club students had a blast dissecting spiny starfish.  Students learned the anatomy of the starfish, as well as its reproductive and cardiovascular systems.  Learning always has a longer lasting impact when it is hands-on.

Submitted by Angela Vance, Emerald Coast Middle School

Emerald Coast Middle School students and PSA contest finalists Reese Branton and Alyssa Sutton are a singing duo, better known as “Storm Singers”.  The Florida Division of Emergency Management selected the singers as 1st Place Winners in the 2016 Severe Weather Awareness Week Video PSA contest for middle school students. 

Reese Branton and Alyssa Sutton created a song with unique lyrics and rhythm highlighting information on tornado safety for their PSA.  The duo filmed the PSA in their Media Class at ECMS, taught by Ms. Angela Vance.  The PSA titled, “Storm Singers” is posted on Kids Get a Plan Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/KidsGetAPlan.  The students will receive prizes and perhaps an opportunity to participate in media/promotional events or ceremonies and interviews.  The winning video will be professionally re-produced and used by the Division in the statewide public awareness campaign. 

Submitted by Michelle Doggett, Energy Specialist, WCSD

The Walton County School District was presented the Energy Pacesetter Award at the March 15, 2016 School Board meeting for “setting the pace” in energy savings for others.  The District has achieved a 33 percent cost avoidance savings totaling $4,178,309 in 49 months through its energy program with Cenergistic, an energy conservation company. We are gratified that Walton County School District has been recognized for its commitment to good budgetary and environmental stewardship.

 The energy program’s savings come from the cooperative efforts of each staff member at each of our facilities. Every person in every group — administrators, plant managers, custodial, maintenance and operations, food service, faculty and staff — has ownership of the energy he or she uses. We’ve found that as each person becomes aware of the positive effect conservation efforts can have, each one is doing what it takes to save energy. It’s very gratifying to see the level of cooperation continue to rise throughout our organization. We work diligently, day in and day out, through the year to reduce energy waste. Through our continued efforts our collective success is measured.

Success can be measured in many ways. While dollar savings are significant, the energy program’s environmental impact is worth noting. The resources saved by not generating the 112,399 MMBTUs we conserved in the 49 months are equivalent to removing 3,555 automobiles from the road or planting 437,498 pine trees. That’s wise conservation of natural resources for our future generations.

 All WCSD employees and students should be lauded for their conservation success as we continue to eliminate energy waste and preserve savings for classrooms and students throughout Walton County Schools.

Pictured Left to Right:  School Board Member Jason Catalano, Superintendent Anderson, Energy Specialist Michelle Doggett, Facilities & Maintenance Director Mark Gardner, and Cenergistic Regional President Gary Clark