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Mrs. Jennifer Rhea, Emerald Coast Middle School ‘s Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017, attended the Florida Teacher of the Year Governor’s Summit. During the Tallahassee event this past fall, chosen Florida teachers toured the Capital and Governor’s Mansion, participated in a roundtable discussion with Governor Scott, plus attended a legislative hearing and engaged in professional learning activities.

Pictured from Left to Right: Mrs. Jennifer Rhea, First Lady Ann Scott and Governor Rick Scott.

Submitted by Angela Vance.

A WHS Drama Production

November 28, 2016

The WHS Drama Club & Thespian Society will present A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION on December 1 and 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium.  The event will feature "The Fruitcake," "The Christmas Dress," and improvisational games.  Admission will be $5 for adults and $3 for students.  Submitted by Christy English.

Back Row (L to R):  Patrick Chimento, Kaitlyn Christensen, Allison

Hoge, Adley Schnell, Mary Kate Adams

Front Row (L to R):  Isabella Carter, Auburn Hamer (3rd Place),

Collin Tipton (2nd Place), Maya Sien (1st Place), Jordyn Velasco

Submitted by Angela Vance

Congratulations to the PHS Teachers and ESP of the Year. As seen in the attached picture (from left to right), Sheryl Evans (4th grade) was awarded the Elementary Teacher of the Year. Dakota Cassidy was awarded ESP of the Year and Brande Manning (high school science) was awarded High School Teacher of the Year. We appreciate and congratulate these deserving members of the PHS team.  Submitted by Kalli McMillan.

On November 16, 2016 second grade students at West Defuniak Elementary enjoyed learning about Native Americans from Ms. Sylvia Glover. Ms. Glover is from Westville, Florida. She collects Native American artifacts such as arrowheads, pottery, deerskin blankets, and other various tools from this era. She explained to the students how the items were used by the Native Americans in everyday life. Students enjoyed holding and observing the artifacts. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

At Paxton High School, the elementary celebrated Veteran's Day with a program for all elementary students, teachers, and the families of the students. One student in particular, Kaden Graham, celebrated with his family of veterans. Kaden's family holds Veteren's Day with great importance and understands the sacrifice of military families. Kaden's grandfather, a veteran, expressed his appreciation for the Veteran's Day program. Kaden's father was unable to attend the program, as he is currently serving his 7th deployment. In honor of his father, Kaden wore his father's jacket and carried a picture of his dad. Kaden and his family can be seen in the attached picture. Submitted by Kalli McMillan