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The State Wide standards tour was hosted by the WCSD last evening at Walton High School. Chancellor Jacob Oliva and Vice Chancellor Paul Burns and the FLDOE members enlightened attendees on the direction of the new standards, and fielded questions from all who desired to share their thoughts as the state works towards dissolving Common Core as directed by Governor Ron Desantis. Over 100 attendees participated to include six(6) Panhandle Superintendents, Administrators, teachers, community members and students. Representing our WCSB Members are Jason Catalano and Marsha Winegarner. FES Principal Kristen Lewis and TSA Laurie Campbell are pictured with Superintendent Hughes.

STate Standards Tour
State Standards Tour

Reading students recently worked as detectives in Mrs. Amber Proffitt's seventh grade class at Walton Middle School. Students closely and carefully read a set of texts for evidence regarding how Edgar Allen Poe died. Through this CSI-style lesson, students investigated Poe's childhood, military years, writing career, and his death. Students used their investigative reasoning skills to formulate a theory about Poe's mysterious demise. The historical lesson was intriguing and challenging--an ideal combination for engagement and learning.

WMS Poe

Mossy Head School held Mustang Scholars assemblies to recognize students for their academic success the first nine weeks. Students that made A and A/B Honor Roll were called up to the stage to receive a certificate and reward. The assemblies included grades Kindergarten through Fifth. 
MHS Scholars
MHS Scholars
MHS Scholars
MHS Scholars

ECMS Art students adapted several math skills in their current collage and painting lessons through the use of protractors, t-compasses, and stencils. These techniques enhanced both their drawing of geometric shapes and understanding of spatial concepts. These thumbnail sketches and collage brainstorming pieces were also inspired by the art of 19th century abstract painter Sonia Delaunay, and will develop into final paintings.

The study of symmetrical balance was also explored while learning about the current migration of the monarch butterfly through our area. Overall, this connection between math, science and art encouraged students to use their creativity to bring awareness to the annual journey monarch butterflies take through our area every fall and the importance of preserving such a colorful, delicate species.

ECMS Art
ECMS Art
ECMS Art
ECMS Art
ECMS Art
ECMS Art
"Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint and the soil and sky as canvas." --Elizabeth Murray
The Walton Middle School agriculture program's fall garden is thriving.  Mr. Joe Proffitt's classes are working hard to maintain healthy beds of broccoli, cauliflower, red and green cabbage, mustard, collards, turnips, Swiss chard, and brussel sprouts.  Ag students anticipate a bountiful harvest.  Just another exciting real-world learning experience at WMS!
WMS Garden Fall
WMS Fall Garden

South Walton High School Boys Golf Team is advancing to the Region championship after finishing 2nd in Districts. Hayes Gibson shot a 76 and finished 2nd overall, 1 stroke behind the winner.

 SWHS Golf

Pictured are (back row) Hayes Gibson, Coach Lance Climer, John Spring. (Front row) Cody Hill, Kyler Long and Trip Martin.

The South Walton High School Drama Department will present “As Chuck Would Have It” an original play written and directed by Theatre instructor, Don Goodrum, on 10/24, 25 & 26 at 7:30pm in the South Walton High School School Auditorium. Come on out and enjoy the show, and bring some friends!
This week, Walton Middle School seventh grade ELA teachers Ms. Tara Manson and Mrs. Chastity McLaney designed a lesson that afforded students the opportunity to engage in a lively academic discussion about a text they read in class.  After reading the essay "America the Not So Beautiful" by Andrew Rooney, students participated in a Socratic Seminar.  In a Socratic Seminar, students help one another understand the ideas, issues, and values reflected in a text through a group discussion format.  After tracing and evaluating the author's claim, students responsibly facilitated a group discussion around the question:  Does the author use sound reasoning and sufficient and relevant evidence for his argument?  Students must rely on the text's details as they articulate their ideas.  Through this type of discussion, students practice how to listen to one another, make meaning, and find common ground while participating in a conversation.  Through thoughtful lesson design, the teachers created a safe space in which students felt safe to collaborate and contribute.  Throughout the academic conversation, students were productively engaged and invested in their learning.
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