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Summer Slide?!  Parents and educators often worry about  the "summer slide", where some students regress academically during the summer months. Students often lose some of the educational gains they've achieved throughout the school year, but not these students! They took advantage of our summer bridge program, where reading and math skills were reinforced, in a fun way.  And yes, on the last day of Summer Bridge, they enjoyed a different kind of SUMMER SLIDE!

The Walton County School District prepares and plans to move forward into the 2021-22 school year in true EPIC fashion.  Schools, district staff, parents, and students are attending in person and via Microsoft Teams our annual Manufacturing Day.  Manufacturing Day was envisioned five years ago by Superintendent A. Russell Hughes as a time to “hear the buzz” and “feel the excitement” for the upcoming school year.   Superintendent Hughes began the day with excitement welcoming everyone and clarifying goals and expectations.  He also released the new 2021-22 theme carrying forward with what has become a statewide known term.  Last year as EPIC3 carried on the tradition and this year takes the next step with “EPIC 4wRd”, Recalibrated, Refocused, Ready, and Rocking.  Schools will spend the day planning with their School Improvement Teams with the Superintendent, full district staff, and all resources at the “Ready”!  We are excited looking forward to bringing in the 2021-22 School Year the Walton County Way. 

On Tuesday, the EPIC Van stopped by the Early Head Start Program in DeFuniak Springs to provide socialization and learning experiences for DeFuniak’s tiniest learners!  Mr. Cashman, Mrs. McKee and Mrs. Lathinghouse spent time with the tiny tots making friends, teaching early learning skills and sharing trinkets to remember their experience.  Coach Wassman and Coach Smallwood share markers, smartboards and bubbles in Hammock Bay Wednesday afternoon.  Walton County School District advocates for excellence in learning for all student residents.  If you haven’t seen the van in your community, be sure to look at the schedule for dates, locations and times in the link below.  We hope to see you at the EPIC Van soon!

Walton County School District EPIC Van has been making stops all over the county to bring activities, learning and fun to our students during the summer break.  Our van is stocked with all sorts of board games, balls, arts and crafts!  If you see the EPIV Van in your neighborhood, stop by the teachers driving would love to have fun with you!  Check the schedule to see when the EPIC Van will be in your neighborhood.  We hope to see you soon!

Click the link below to view the summer schedule.