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WDE is thrilled to announce the Maker Space Club for 4th and 5th grade students. Students will experience hands-on learning activities that will challenge students to make, create, investigate, tinker, explore, and discover. The activities will be based on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Students met after school on Monday, October 10th. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

 

Mrs. West's Career Planning classes at Walton Middle School have made a commitment to complete a community project each nine weeks. The first nine weeks, the classes chose to show their appreciation to the city police officers.  Each student wrote a thank you letter to the officers, and each officer received a survival kit full of goodies donated by the students' families. Submitted by Kristen Rhodes.

The SWHS Marching Band earned a superior rating at the Southern Showcase in Dothan, AL this past weekend.  The band is under the direction of Mr. Bobby Escamilla. Submitted by Barbara Stratton.

This video clip features our very own Superintendent of Schools, Mrs. Carlene Anderson as well as Van R. Butler Elementary Principal, Mrs. Tammy Smith, Sparking Interest in Reading with the support of the Barbara Bush Foundation. Submitted by Kelly Layman.
http://www.emeraldcoastmagazine.com/Blogs/The-EC-Blog/News-2016/Reading-Rally-Aims-to-Spark-Interest-in-Reading/

On Saturday, October 8, the WHS Marching Braves traveled to Dothan to compete in the 10th annual Southern Showcase.  The band competed in class 1A alongside 10 other groups from Florida and Alabama.  The Walton Braves not only received Straight Superior Ratings for their performance, but were awarded Best in Class awards for Color Guard, Band, Percussion, and Drum Major.  The band was also awarded the Challenge Cup Championship (first place) for class 1A for the first time in their performance history at the Southern Showcase.  Way to go, Braves! (The band also received Superior Ratings on September 24th and October 1st at Rehobeth and Milton High School.  The ensemble will be traveling to Fort Walton on October 15 to compete at the Emerald Coast Marching Classic.) Submitted by Chad Robbins, WHS Band Director.

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.

FES had “Bring Your Dad to School Day” on September 30 where we had over 300 dads participate in classroom activities with their students.  Submitted by Nancy Currie.

All third grade classes at Butler Elementary are participating in Grasses in Classes. Grasses in Classes is a hands-on, environmental education program that gives students a direct role the restoration of Choctawhatchee Bay. 

Grasses In Classes students tend salt marsh nurseries throughout the school year, and receive monthly education on local estuarine topics that meet our science standards from CBA (Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance) and CBA partners (e.g. AmeriCorps members). At the end of the school year, Grasses in Classes culminates with students planting their shoreline grasses at one of our salt marsh restoration sites along Choctawhatchee Bay. The program instills a love of local habitat, restores shoreline and inspires the next generation of watershed stewards. Submitted by Sherrie Binkowski.

Mrs. Gwen Wright’s first grade class had an exciting time doing a science experiment this week. The students enjoyed learning about matter, but more specifically a polymer. They also learned through making gak that a polymer may not be a solid or a liquid. Submitted by Sherrie Binkowski.