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Ripley's Educator Appreciation

September 14, 2016

Ripley's is proud to announce this year’s educator appreciation days September 6 thru October 16. This is a free event for educators (teachers, administrators, counselors & support staff), and all guests are ½ off of our regular prices. Just be sure to bring your school I.D. and your current paystub. We can’t wait to see the people that help shape our children’s lives. Ripley’s appreciates Florida’s educators! Submitted by Linda Winthurst.

The Freeport Middle School Art Department, led by Kendra Peloquin, created collaborative multi-media flags to hang in the school in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11/01.  The students learned to reflect social and political conditions in their art.  Submitted by Chelsea Ellison.

 

Ms. Mills class participated in an AIMS activity where they launched rockets…

Stomp rockets is a great hands-on activity that concluded our lessons on Earth and Space. In this lessons the students use the scientific method to hypothesize, conduct the experiment, analyze the results, draw conclusions and report results. They also reflected on how they could have changed or improved the experiment. The discussed and analyzed design aspects, environmental factors and other things that could change the results. In addition to the science aspect students used a real life number line to decipher their results and estimate their final distances based on where their rockets landed and how close or far they were from the positions that were marked. Submitted by Darlene Paul.

Youth Leadership classes from three high schools in Walton County participated in the Florida Farm Bureau Speech Contest held at Freeport High School on 9/7/2016.  Each student presented a 5 minute speech on "What is an Unmanned Aerial System and how can it be used to impact agriculture?"  Freeport High School was represented by Martha Freeman, Wendy McCormick, and Kathryn Dier.  South Walton High School was represented by Greg Garrett, Matt Garrett, and Brynn Touchstone.  Walton High School was represented by LaTayia Gregg, Evan Cowie, and Jacob Alford.  Submitted by Donna Honish with picture provided by Christy English.


Congratulations to Walton's senior leadership students who placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd yesterday in the Florida Farm Bureau Speech Contest at Freeport HS!  Latayia Gregg - 1st place (left), Evan Cowie - 2nd place (right) and Jacob Alford - 3rd place (center).  Latayia will move on to the next round of competition on Wednesday, September 14, in Bonifay.  Submitted by Christy English.

Walton Middle School had their Ribbon Cutting ceremony on August 25, 2016.  Left to Right:  Board Member Kim Kirby, Board Member Gail Smith, Board Member William “Bill” Eddins Jr., Superintendent Carlene Anderson, WMS Assistant Principal Scott Hulion, WMS Principal Jason Campbell, Board Chairperson Jason Catalano and Board Member Mark Davis.  Submitted by Laura Smith.

Dr. Alexis Tibbetts took time at this morning’s pep rally to acknowledge two great students.  Michela Gray achieved a perfect score on last year’s Biology 1 EOC.  Sarah Guessford also achieved perfect scores on FSA Language Arts and Biology 1 EOC.  Congratulations ladies! Submitted by Barbara Stratton.

5th grade students participated in a STEM challenge activity that involved building the tallest freestanding structure out of spaghetti noodles that would support the weight of one large marshmallow. Submitted by Darlene Paul.

Mrs. Wright introduced her first grade students to a multi-sensory task to accompany a new phonics program. Students write a letter in Playdoh and then make the sound that the letter makes. This lets the students take a hands on learning approach to letter and sound recognition.  Submitted by Elizabeth Gaither.