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WMS Hosts "Hearts for the Arts" Title 1 Parent Training Night--Thursday, February 7th, 6-8 p.m.

Walton Middle School invites all students and their families to attend "Hearts for the Arts" Title 1 Parent Training Night this Thursday, February 7, 2019, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  The evening will kick-off in the cafeteria with FREE pizza.  During dinner, families will have the opportunity to enjoy a slideshow of creative artwork by Mrs. Grant's art students.  After eating, parents and students will rotate through three literacy-themed stations, focusing on literature studied in ELA classes, eBooks available in the LMC, the Dave & Buster's school-wide reading challenge, and opportunities to practice FSA and EOC online assessments.  At this time, parents will also have the opportunity to offer meaningful insights about our school by completing our annual parent climate survey.  Childcare will also be available for toddler and school-aged children.  Please make time this week to celebrate literacy and the arts with Walton Middle School!

On Thursday, January 24, district literacy coach Mrs. Lynne Martin inspired, educated, and entertained Mrs. Rachel Jones' seventh grade AVID students at Walton Middle School.  Mrs. Martin described herself to students as an "ordinary person who has lived an ordinary life in an extraordinary way."  As a veteran AVID teacher, she emphasized the importance of the AVID program, telling students that it helps set them up for future choices, whether they plan to go to college or trade school or into the military or workforce.  She told students that individuals' paths to success almost never look the same--and that's okay.  She shared the story of her own personal journey--all the schooling, jobs, and experiences she has had along the way.  She told students that thought they may not find their "place" right off the bat and might have to stop and regroup from time to time, they will learn a lot of lessons about being a decent human being during their journeys.  With a gentle and genuine smile, Mrs. Martin looked students in the eye and said, "You'll always come out on top if you're kind."  At the end of her talk, she gave each student a playing card.  Mrs. Martin told students that each card should stand as a reminder that we don't get to choose the cards we are dealt, but we do get to choose how we play those cards.  Each card she passed out was from the suit of hearts, a reminder that when you can be anything, be kind.  By the end of the class period, students were so inspired they applauded Mrs. Martin and asked if they could give her a hug, thanking her for taking the time to share her insights and her kindness with them.

Submitted by Kristen Nelson

During a recent unit on electricity, students in Mrs. Kathy Russ' class at Walton Middle School made Wiggle Bots to demonstrate complete circuits.  Students will also be conducting labs with the Wiggle Bots on voltage, insulators, conductors, and wavelengths.  Not only that, but they will complete an engineering challenge to determine how fast the bots will go to win races, drawing and creating solutions.  What a fun way to learn about electricity in Mrs. Russ' class!

 Picture 1:  Neida Lara

Picture 2:  Gavin McCart

Picture 3:  Tyvontae Quice

Submitted by Kristen Nelson

Scholastics Art Contest 2019 results are in and the Seahawk Artists and Photographers earned 70 awards.

GOLD Key Winners (15works!) including a GOLD Key Portfolio created by senior, Karen Yanez. Congrats to Karen Yanez, David Biegler, Olivia Davis, Diego Duran, Noelle Garcia, Lexi Hall, Luke Johnson, Jielle Paul, Jonathan Ramirez, Callyn Sims, and Jarod Young!

 SILVER Key Winners (23 works!) Congrats to Strother Allen, Megan Benopoulos, Cameron Bruce, Cinthia Castaneda, Suzanne Crowley, Kevin DeJesus, Holly Dowling, Kodi Fabacher, Noelle Garcia, Lexi Hall, Jielle Paul, Jhonattan Ramirez, Blair Howard, Ellie Hutchings, Luke Johnson, Lesley Ledezma, Chris Mauricio, Karen Yanez, and Jarod Young!

Honorable Mention Winners (31 works!) Congrats to Kate Dargavell, Diego Duran, Xavier Epplin, Noelle Garcia, Lily Gravling, Lexi Hall, Jielle Paul, Lauren Peaden, Adrianna Peluso, Jhonattan Ramirez, Kayla Rodriguez, Sophia Roessler, Ellie Hutchings, Kayley Johnson, Luke Johnson, Thomas Jolivette, Gabriella Lanza, Minh Luong, Jett Maierle, Jes Miller, Quinn Yandell, and Kieran Yra!

Here are a few of the winning works: 

Submitted by Vivian Komando

Paxton AVID 5K Shamrock Shuffle

March 16, 2019

Paxton School

$25.00

Walton County School District Employees and Students $20.00

Registration at 8:00 am the day of or at https://www.active.com/paxton-fl/running/distance-running-races/paxton-avid-5k-shamrock-shuffle-2019-49973839

Run/Walk 9:00 am

 

All proceeds will fund AVID scholarships to deserving AVID seniors.  Thank you for your participation.  Registration includes T-shirt.  Prizes given for the below listed categories:

Top 5K Finishers Run/Walk-

10-14

15-19

20-35

36-50

51+

Best Dressed for Theme (Shamrock Shuffle)

Paxton FFA students compete in District Career and Leadership Development Event (CDE) competitions, in Milton, FL at the University of Florida campus. 
The following students were winners in the competition: 
Colten Phillips- 1st Place MS Extemporaneous Speaking
Makalynn Cassady,Addison Cook, Madison Falk, Bailey Howell, Clara Martin, Rylee Sormrude, and Hydie Varnum -2nd Place Opening and Closing Ceremonies
Jordyn Bradley, Ashlyn Hall, Haylee Hayes, Hailey Sexton, Sarah Thompson, and Cassie Varnum-1st Place HS Parliamentary Procedure
 
First place winners will be competing at the Florida FFA State convention in Orlando during the month of June.
Submitted by Kalli McMillan

Walton High's Early Childhood Education class presented a lesson to the preschoolers at the WISE center on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and discussed why we celebrate this holiday. The lesson included a demonstration involving the cracking of brown and white eggs to illustrate how people may look different on the outside but are the same on the inside.

Submitted by Christy English

Walton County School District congratulates Stephanie Hofheinz in her new position as Chief Finance Officer for the District! Ms. Hofheinz came to Walton County School District in 2014, serving in a support role as finance manager under Debra Noyes and Melissa Thomason.

Ms Hofheinz states that she is “excited to be promoted to CFO, and is proud to have the opportunity to serve in this capacity under Superintendent Hughes and the School Board members.” She is “excited to be part of such an EPIC school district, and is looking forward to many more years in the Walton County School District." She adds "Everything we do in Finance is to assist in furthering the success of every child in Walton County!!"

Please join us in welcoming Ms Hofheinz in her new position!