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In a partnership with AmeriCorp and  the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, MSE students tended salt marsh nurseries throughout the school year. Periodically, they split the grasses to increase the nursery stock and received monthly education on shoreline restoration. The  “Grasses in Classes” program culminated with students planting their shoreline grasses at a salt marsh restoration site along Choctawhatchee Bay as part of the living shoreline initiative. The program instills a love of local habitat, restores shoreline and inspires the next generation of watershed stewards.
Submitted by Krisy Spence

Ellis Island comes to life at WDE! From 1892 to 1954, over twelve million immigrants entered the United States through the portal of Ellis Island, a small island in New York Harbor. Second grade students at WDE had the unique opportunity to experience life as an immigrant. This included choosing a foreign country, new name, and reason for immigrating to America. Students experienced waiting in a long line to enter Ellis Island, going through a medical exam, and a questioning session with an Ellis Island official who determined whether or not they could enter the United States for a better life.

Submitted by Jessica Dawkins

      

30A Bike Shop Owner Josh Foreman and Coworker Tommy Lindsey donated a brand new bike to a very deserving student in Ms. Donnita Carroll’s classroom on Friday, April 27, 2018. Kyle Cooper bought $40 worth of tickets for a chance to win a bicycle and unselfishly gave many of them to friends in his class. Kyle didn’t have the winning ticket, but one of the tickets he purchased and gave to one of his friends was the winner! Kyle was so excited that is friend won and didn’t have one moment of sadness that he wasn’t the one going home with a new bike. When Mr. Foreman and Mr. Lindsey heard about Kyle’s selfless actions and genuine support of his friends, they wanted to make sure that Kyle had his own brand new bike. Ms. Carroll, Kyle’s Teacher, and Mrs. Karley Leach, Teacher Aide, are very thankful for the act of kindness shown to Kyle by Mr. Foreman and Mr. Lindsey. We are very fortunate to have people and businesses like these in our community! Walton County School District extends special thanks to 30A Bike Shop for their investment in the lives of our students!

 Submitted by Angela Vance

Congratulations to the Ladycat Varsity Softball team for winning their district championship. The Ladycats came out with a victory of 11-0 over Bethlehem. Way to go, Ladycats!
Pictured (L to R): Assistant Coach - Samantha Martin, Assistant Coach - Andy Norris, Hannah Cain, Cadence Perez, Megan Davis, Ashlyn Hall, Camryn Brazile, Genesis Long, Mya Young, Assistant Coach - Kevin Bryan, Sadie Varnum, Kyrstyn Head, Jordyn Bradley, Head Coach - Jeff Bradley, and Michaela Cain. On Ground (L to R): Paiyton Perry and Hailee Bryan.
Submitted by Kalli McMillan

Congratulations to Walton High’s Lady Braves softball team on their win over South Walton Thursday night!  They are District Champions!

They will play Godby (at home) in the quarterfinal game on May 2 at 7:00.  Go Braves!

Submitted by Christy English

The Paxton family would like to wish the track team good luck as they compete in Regionals. We know they will represent Paxton with Pride, Passion, and Purpose! Congratulations for making it this far!

Seen in the picture:

Front Row (L to R): Bethany Fleming, Abby Murphy, Lauren Gaither, and Ragan Butts.

Back Room (L to R): Eugene Hall (Freshman), Hailey Myddelton (Senior), Philip Anderson (Sophomore), Caylor Dixon (Sophomore), Jacqueline Stricklin (Sophomore), Shaleigh Geoghagan (Senior), Ciara Stricklin (Sophomore), Bryson Kimmons (Senior), Lillian Kemp (7th), Ke'ontae Saners (Junior), and Cage Wibbing (8th).

Submitted by Kalli McMillan

Recently, Walton Middle School seventh grade Civics students in Mrs. Katie Williams and Ms. Regina Messer's classes were caught sharpening their civics knowledge of landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases as they prepare for their EOC assessment in May.  Students worked in groups to sort landmark cases/descriptions together, and finally blended both sorts into one, creating relationships to demonstrate total mastery.  Civics review is standards-based, interactive, and fun at WMS.

Submitted by Kristen Nelson