September 21, 2017
submitted by Kristen Rhodes
Students from Freeport Elementary are excited about the new QuavverMusic interactive music curriculum that has been purchased for the Walton County School District elementary schools. Quaver Music’s General Music Curriculum is a computer based comprehensive set of curriculum resources built on a foundation of standards-based lessons full of interactive elements for classroom music, and provides students access at home!
These FES students are using the program for student led vocal warm-ups, and rhythm identification.
submitted by Angela Saltsman and Keitha Bledsoe
Freeport Bulldogs showing some Bulldog Spirit - Homecoming 2017 !
submitted by Patty Woodard
Several Walton High and Walton Middle students attended the first round of All-State Chorus testing on September 18. Students tested on rhythm and melodic listening skills and identification, chord analysis, intervals, key signatures, time signatures, and vocabulary. WHS and WMS each had four students promoted to the next level, and they will compete in Sight Reading this weekend.
submitted by Christy English
Mrs. Kristin Peak’s Kindergarten class at WDE just completed a unit on the letter Mm. Students made macaroni Mm’s by writing uppercase and lowercase Mm’s and then tracing them with macaroni noodles. They did a great job with this activity!
submitted by Jessica Dawkins
The FHS Student Government Association hosted a penny war to raise money for the Junior League of the Emerald Coast's Child Clothing Project. The students and staff collected $661 for this worthy cause and have challenged the other high schools in the district to top our donation.
submitted by Vanessa Bump
These students "moustache" you a question!
Maude Saunders third graders are learning how scientists collect and communicate data. The students had to think of a question to ask their classmates, give them options to choose from, then complete a data chart on the data collected, and communicate their findings to the class. Being a scientist is fun, but it's even more fun with a moustache!
submitted by Krisy Chandler Spence
Recently, English 2 students in Mrs. Lynne Martin's classes experienced a "Book Tasting" event!
Students were welcomed into Chez Marteen's Book Cafe with reservations for special courses such as Biography/Autobiography, Mystery, and Realistic Fiction. Students were invited to sample each course and review one of their samplings. Students sampled other courses and enjoyed hors d'oeuvres as they reflected on the event. Reviews were overwhelmingly positive:
"I have three books I want to read now!"
"I enjoyed getting to explore new books."
"I did like a book that I didn't think I would."
Future "book tastings" are already being planned due to the overwhelming success of the event.
submitted by Christy English
Superintendent A. Russell Hughes stopped in at Walton Middle School on Monday, September 18, 2017. He walked around the lunchroom, chatting with eighth grade students, offering them friendly words of encouragement. Thank you, Superintendent Hughes, for showing up for and supporting WMS students! Submitted by Kristen Rhodes.
The American Geographical Society (AGS) has named Sammie Watson as a 2017 AGS Geography Teacher Fellow. Mrs. Watson is one of fifty teachers selected from across the United States to participate in the program in its second year. The AGS Geography Teacher Fellow program has been made possible by a generous gift to AGS from the Boundless Corporation.
Mrs. Watson teaches Advanced Placement (AP) Human Geography at Paxton High School in Paxton, Florida. As part of the award for being selected as an AGS Geography Teacher Fellow, Mrs. Watson will attend the AGS Fall Symposium on November 16 and 17, 2017 at Columbia University in New York City. The Symposium provides Teacher Fellows with the opportunity to gain valuable cutting-edge content knowledge and awareness of the real-world geographic workplace skills demanded by today's geospatial companies.
“We are very pleased to be able to have Sammie among 50 of the best teachers in the country join us in New York City in November," said Dr. John Konarski, CEO of the American Geographical Society. "The collective experience and expertise of these Geography Teacher Fellows will be an integral component as AGS leads the cause for the future of geography and geospatial science. In addition, the teachers will be able to bring back to their classrooms practical and cutting-edge information and applications of the latest advancements in the geospatial world," added Dr. Konarski. Submitted by Kalli McMillan.