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Kiln-Fires Ceramics

April 28, 2022

Recently Mrs. Kathleen Whaley’s art classes presented the Superintendent with a pinch pot from their Kiln-fires ceramics Visual Arts Curriculum!  This level of art was created by students in 5th Grade.  We get to experience how students love manipulating clay to their desired shapes and forms.  There are seven Elements of Art and this special project utilizes 5 of the 7, they are:  Line-shape-Form-Color and Texture! 

The Drop Savers Contest is a poster contest that is hosted by South Walton Utility. The contest is intended to bring attention to water conservation for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.  

Walton Academy Charter School’s Dakota Chapin won first place for the middle school division. Along with some amazing gifts given to Dakota, his artwork will now go to the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association for the state level contest. Congratulations, Dakota! Your artwork is EPIC! 

Walton Middle School joined the rest of the planet in celebrating Earth Day last Friday, April 22nd.  While many students spent the day off campus on a field trip, seventh grade science students who remained in Mrs. Sandy Thorson's and Mrs. Dana Quinley's classes spent the day trying to ESCAPE!  While escaping school on any given Friday might sound appealing, these seventh graders stayed at school and made a break for it through an Earth Day themed escape activity.  What a collaborative and challening way to learn more about environmental science and our amazing planet!

April 22, 2022

The Walton County School District (WCSD), along with many educational systems, recently received a list of over 50 books deemed inappropriate by an outside group. From that list, as Superintendent of Schools, I sought information from district staff regarding the availability and locations of said titles. Staff located 24 of the 50+ books within media centers throughout the District.

Being proactive, I asked staff to remove the books from circulation for the purposes of reviewing and re-evaluating age-appropriateness and content, especially in the context of Florida’s recent legislative session. With reports of movements underway across the state coupled with legal implications and the potential undue stress to my District and staff, I am not willing to place any WCSD personnel in the cross hairs of this kind of perilous circumstance. I want to emphasize that NO “book ban” has occurred in Walton County. Any headlines or news stories as such are misinformation, inaccurate, and false!

The Walton County School District is committed to a culture which we proudly call EPIC. I am steadfast in the vision of excellence, choosing to focus on students and academics in these divisive times. Leaders, teachers, administrators, staff, and families in Walton County are focused on end of the year assessments, achievement, and graduations, which have earned the District the #5 ranking in the State of Florida. I will continue to protect and maintain the trust of the community and do what is right for all students and stakeholders consistent with how I have served as Superintendent for the past six years.

A. Russell Hughes Superintendent of Schools

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting four summer camp sessions at the Magnet Innovation Center to expose all Walton County students to STEAM education and what we have to offer at MIC.  Please see each flyer for registration information and details. 

Congratulations to the No Ordinary JOE Walton County School District Winners that were recognized at the WCSB meeting.  

The South Walton High School Wrestling Team was recognized for outstanding achievement during their 2021-22 Season. The team boasted a 20-4 dual team record ( highest winning percentage in school dual history) winning back to back district dual titles. They also won back to back District IBT Team titles in the last two years. The team sent 12 individual athletes to the regional tournament (second most in school history) where they placed 5th out of 30 teams qualifying 3 individuals to go on to the State Competition. These included 120 lbs Max Brewster 12th grade, 126 lbs Isaac Brinson 9th grade, and 285 lbs Nick Lee 11th Grade. Max went on to win the 120 lbs Division Individual State Title and has committed to wrestle D1 for Arizona State University, Isaac Brinson did not place, Nick Lee placing 8th in the state competition. Other notable varsity team members include Brett Canut, Gibson Moore, Bianca Nunes, Ryan Kurfirst, Dylan Billingsley (committed to Coker University wrestling), Shane Lane (committed to Midway college football), Kaden Shaw, Elijah Ramirez, Chase Maas, and John Lopez. 

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger first designated April as the Month of the Military Child, acknowledging the significant role military-connected students play in our communities.  Today, district staff wore purple to show support and thanks to military children and families in our district. We respect and honor the sacrifices made to keep our country safe.

We “Purple Up” today because purple represents the joint service operations and is a combination of Army Green, Air Force Blue, Coast Guard Blue, Marine Red, and Navy Blue; it is the appropriate color to represent military children from all branches.  Today think of ways you can show your appreciation to service men and families…maybe you will “Purple Up” too!