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The Walton County School District Transportation Department is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Transportation Educational Support Personnel of the year for the four regions.  Transportation Coordinator Jim Hicks stated, “These employees have extended themselves beyond the basic required duties by displaying initiative and creativity. Each of them consistently demonstrates exceptional skill and dedication to their job and by doing so, they have earned the respect and admiration of their colleagues and the community.  On behalf of the WCSD, I would like to congratulate all on a job well done!”

Pictured left to right:  Ann Sexton, Paxton;  Sharon Santiago, Freeport; Tammy Ramsey, DeFuniak Springs; Jim Williams, South Walton

 

 If you are the parent or guardian of a Walton Middle School student, please bring your family and attend the upcoming "Making Math Matter" Title 1 Parent Training Night.  The event will kick-off in the WMS cafeteria on Thursday, December 3rd, at 6:00 p.m, as families enjoy a FREE dinner of pizza, desserts, and soft drinks.  After dinner, families will rotate between math-themed presentations and trainings--all geared toward making math matter outside of the classroom.  Families can also shop in the WMS holiday gift store, full of student-crafted items.  Free childcare will be provided for young children ages 4 to 5th grade.  'Tis the season for new learning at Walton Middle School, where math will come alive as families come together. 

Paxton High School Introduction to Aerospace students put their aerospace knowledge to the test as they designed a shoebox glider and presented their designs to NASA via a series of videoconferences. Via NASA's Digital Learning Network, students received valuable instruction and feedback on their designs.

 

Mossy Head School hosted a Veterans' Day program on November 10th to honor  past and present military service men and women. Fifth grade students performed patriotic songs for the crowd of students, parents, veterans, and staff. Fourth grade students Lyndsey Wright and Akadian Campbell performed a skit called "What is a Veteran?" The attendees also had the privilege of listening to veteran Sgt. L'Orange tell about his service in the military. MHS would like to say, "Thank you to all veterans for their service!"

Paxton High School’s Gaetz Aerospace Institute at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students recently visited the flight line at Eglin Air Force Base where they benefitted from instruction from test pilots from the 40th Flight Test Squadron, led by Captain David Levene. Students wrapped up the day with an engineer’s tour of the Air Force Armament Museum, led by Dr. John Fay of the Air Force Research Laboratory. A huge thank you from the students goes out to the Northwest Florida chapter of the Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics for providing financial and logistical support of the trip.

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Thank you to the Gulf Coast Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association for the $1,000 ACELLerator grant awarded to Paxton teacher Heather Stewart.  The grant money will be used to  purchase SeaPerch robots for Ms. Stewart's aerospace classes to teach engineering and robotics. 

It was all smiles in the SWHS Media Center on Thursday, November 12th as Belle Waldrop and Christian Friis signed letters of commitment to continue their athletic careers at Division 1 schools.  Belle will play volleyball for Troy University and Christian will compete in track and field for Duke University!  Congratulations Seahawks!

On Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015, Walton Middle School proudly welcomed nearly 350 people to its first ever Title 1 meeting and science-themed parent training night.  After a FREE family pizza dinner from Hungry Howie's, parents and students rotated between three science-themed stations for hands-on experiments and educational take-aways to enhance learning at home.  Parents and students learned how to excel at science fair projects, how to develop stronger science vocabularies, and how to build and launch hand-made rockets with simple chemical reactions.  Thanks to the WMS Science Club, Nonie's Ark entertained young children in the childcare center with hands-on, live animal encounters. Families also enjoyed taking photos in the superhero-themed photo booth throughout the night, snagging pictures with characters from the elite Star Wars 501st Legion.  WHS Anchor and Key Club members also assisted in each station throughout the evening.  Over half of the teachers at WMS donated their time and energy to make the event an overwhelming and amazing success.

 

WMS anticipates even better participation for its upcoming "Making Math Matter" parent training night on December 3rd from 6:00-8:00.  Math will come alive as families come together at Walton Middle School. 

 

Pictured:  WMS Staff