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New Teacher Orientation

July 31, 2015

On Thursday, July 30th, new teacher hires with 3 or less years of experience participated in a full day of learning teaching strategies and what to expect during the first few days of school.  A big thank you goes out to Walmart and Winn Dixie for donating gift cards to assist in the cost for providing breakfast and lunch for our new teachers and to Ed's Restaurant for providing their delicious chicken salad at cost!

Kay Dailey addresses the new teachers

New Teachers work in groups at orientation

Incoming South Walton High School 9th grader Jackson Weatherall won 1st place in the Drive, Chip, and Putt Championship in Mobile, Alabama at the Robert Trent Jones Magnolia Grove Golf Course on July 25, 2015. He advances to TPC Louisiana on Aug. 4th for the sub regional.

WCSD is excited to offer a new after school program beginning August 2015.  The   program is FREE and will be highly engaging, hands-on and project based. The program will welcome guest presenters from our many community partners, and students will problem-solve community based issues. CSI: Warriors is available to select 6th, 7th and 8th grade students from Walton Middle School and will meet after school on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3p.m.-6p.m., Aug. 17 –May19th. Transportation will be provided with limited drop-off points. 

 

For more information or if your child is interested, please contact:

Mr. Jason Campbell, Principal WMS or Mr. Scott Hulion, Assistant Principal WMS @ 892-1280.

 

Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart recently recognized 147 graduates of the Commissioner’s Leadership Academy. Two of the graduates were from the Walton County School District:  Walton High School Principal Mr. Russell Hughes and Coordinator of Mathematics and Data Support Mr. Nathan Smith.  The Leadership Academy consists of a year-long rigorous professional development program for Florida principals, principal supervisors and education leaders. The job-embedded and research-based program includes five school site “learning walks” with a regional cohort to practice instructional leadership skills, focusing on increased knowledge and skills to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. Congratulations to Mr. Hughes and Mr. Smith for representing Walton County in a professional manner and successfully completing the program!

Pictured L to R: WHS Principal Russell Hughes, Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart, and Coordinator of Mathematics and Data Support Nathan Smith

Mrs. Laurie Cook, the Digital Literacy teacher at Walton Middle School, is very excited to congratulate her 8th grade students who earned their GS4 industry certification.  To become certified in GS4, you must take and pass three different exams: Computing Fundamentals, Key Applications (Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, Access and Outlook) and Living Online. Mrs. Cook is also to be congratulated for her hard work in preparing the students for the certification exams.

Pictured L to R Back row Sakara Runge, Branna East, Celeste Truett, Hannah Machado, Christina Howell.

L to R Bottom row Nathan Moore, Jace Hughes, Criffon Murphy,Matthew Milby, Joshua Permenter, Bladen Ward

On Friday, May 1st, Walton County schools with a band and or a chorus were provided the opportunity to showcase their musical talents at the Full Score concert held at the Walton High School auditorium.  City Councilman Ron Kelley emceed the event. Performances ranged from solos and large groups to bands and ensembles. The schools involved were West DeFuniak Elementary, Maude Saunders Elementary, Freeport Elementary, Van R. Butler Elementary, Walton High School, Walton Middle School, Paxton High School, South Walton High School, and Freeport High School.  Congratulations to all the teachers and performers for an excellent evening of music.

Pictured L to R:  Harry Patzig (WHS), Rebecca Austin (Butler ES), Diara Morris (WHS), Gina Ealum (WDE), Renee Riggs (SWHS), Kamber Rafferty (WMS) Angela Saltsman (FES), Cathy Drake (MSE) Also participated but not in picture:  Ashley Goodman (Paxton), Mike Miller (FHS)

The WMS Literacy Team challenged students to read 25 books at or above their reading level. Those who accepted the challenge had to read 10 fiction, 10 non-fiction, and 5 books of their choice. In addition, students had to  take an “AR Test” and earn  a score of 80 percent or higher on each of the books.  Thirty-five students  met the challenge and qualified to attend the "Fling at the Spring" held at Ponce de Leon Springs on Thursday, May 21st. The attending adults were: (Faculty and Staff)  Ms. Baker, Ms. Deal, Ms. Jones, Mr. Hulion, Mr. Proffitt, Deputy Lloyd, (Parent Volunteers) Rebecca King, Amy Thacker, and Renee Heironimus.

 

Pictured: Students and Staff attending the Fling at the Springs