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Freeport Wildcats are excited to announce our Teacher of the Year, Kristi Gantenbein and Educational Support Porfessional of the Year, Joanie Porter.

Kristi Gantenbein, kindergarten teacher extraordinaire, is in her 6th year teaching and her third year at FES.  Prior to FES, Mrs. Gantenbein taught first and second grade, and received  the "Rising Star" award in her first year. Mrs. G, as she is lovingly known throughout FES, says, " I always knew I would be a teacher; it's all I've ever wanted to do. I feel very blessed to have felt that calling and passion from such a young age. One of my favorite things about teaching is building relationships with my students. I love getting to celebrate my student's success with them and watch their confidence grow." When not at school, Mrs. Gantenbein enjoys spending time with her family, reading and taking bike rides. We, at FES, are very blessed to have Mrs. Kristi Gantenbein in our Wildcat family.

Walton High School and South Walton High School are proud to be recipients of CollegeBoard's Female Diversity Award for AP Computer Science Principles. Schools receiving this award have expanded women’s participation in the course and closed the gender gap among students.  Research shows that female students who take APCSP in high school are more than 5x as likely to major in computer science in college.

Did you know that 93 out of 100 STEM occupations have wages above the national average and that STEM occupations have almost double the growth rate of non-STEM occupations?

STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. 

If you are interested in attending the Walton County School District’s STEAM School, the Magnet Innovation Center, for the 2021-2022 school year visit our website at https://swh.walton.k12.fl.us/magnet-innovation-center-steam-school to learn more. 

Applications are available for download on our website, at the Magnet Innovation Center, and South Walton High School. 

Additional details can be found on our website or you can contact us at 850.622.5020 ext. 5401.

Let's Talk

January 25, 2021

Welcome to Let’s Talk!


Walton County School District is committed to ensuring our students, staff, and community have a safe and productive learning environment that enables each student to reach his or her potential for learning.  Our “A+” school district achievements are a result of the collaborative efforts of students, parents, teachers, support staff, administrators, and the community.  
 
We invite you to send your questions, concerns, suggestions, and even compliments through our new Let’s Talk system.  After clicking on a link below, your submission will be routed to a school district employee that can best address your need or comment.

 
We look forward to your submission.  Thank you for your assistance in making 2020-21 an EPIC school year!

You may also text us at 850-204-9667.
 
In the event of an emergency, please call 911. 

Celebrate Literacy Week

January 25, 2021

We are very excited about our 2021 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! Our theme this year is Humanity tells a story: What’s YOUR chapter? The dates are January 25-29. We’re so excited to see how our students define their “chapter”.

Science and Robotics at WMS

January 22, 2021

Sixth Grade Seaperch Students Lean to Solder

WMS sixth graders take the first step toward building their underwater robots by learning how to solder.  They'll use their soldering skills to wire the control boxes that guide their bots through the treacherous underwater landscape of the practice pool.

Exploring Chemical Reactions in 8th Grade Science

Mrs. Greer Harvell works hard to make science come to life.  This week, eighth grade science students explored chemical reactions.  Hands-on experiences like these make learning memorable.

Not too early to learn in WCSD.  A great day at Bay School to share in the lessons learned in Pre-K like the difference with edible plants, seeds, etc.  Numbers counting and even the identification of excavators and bull dozers with one of the small groups where Superintendent Hughes had an opportunity to share that those machines are on some of our campuses as we are having to expand, build, and renovate.  Growth is happening academically and structurally in the WCSD.  Never too early to learn what it takes to Make School Happen and the joy of knowing this learning will be putto use by our students before our very eyes.  This is the Why!  EPIC is the Way.  Thanks Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Gray, Mrs. Green and the entire Bay Tram for the extraordinary work being done to give our students the Best Start Possible on this educational journey. 

There were smiles and tears in the South Walton High School Media Center this morning as Senior Pablo Robles was surprised to learn he has been awarded a “Leaders for Life Scholarship” from the “Take Stock in Children” program.  Pablo is one of only 6 high school seniors in the State of Florida to receive a scholarship worth at least $40,000.  Pictured (L to R) Principal Dr. Alexis Tibbetts, Pablo’s sister Veronica Robles, Pablo Robles, parents Ricardo and Adriana Robles and Superintendent A. Russell Hughes.

In adjacent rooms at VRB we have the necessary work of teachers in the MTSS Process to make sure students are getting what they need.  In the other room we have the notorious work and extraordinary practices in classrooms exhibited by Music Teacher Mr. Browne who has created a stage of the entire classroom for students to experience their work in a self-made studio and perform at their very best; always performing at their highest level!  Superintendent Hughes enjoyed the impromptu show by the students and the enriching conversation with hard working and compassionate teachers!

National School Counseling Week 2021 (Feb. 1–5), sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), highlights the essential contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and the tremendous impact they have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.  School counselors help students in more ways than you realize. This week we celebrate them as a part of National School Counseling Week 2021. Learn more about the role of this essential profession: https://www.schoolcounselor.org/Role and take a moment to thank your school counselor(s).  WCSD appreciates and supports all that our school counselors do to help the students of Walton County.

 

 

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