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Congratulations to Mr. James Ross for his appointment to the position of Principal at Van R. Butler Elementary School, and to Ms. Crystal Appel for her appointment to the position of Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction for Walton County School District! The Walton County School Board voted to accept Superintendent Hughes recommendations for both positions at the May 7 School Board Meeting!

Mr. Ross has been at SWHS since 2011, serving 2 years as teacher on special assignment, then as Assistant Principal. He was recently selected as the 2019 Assistant Principal of the Year for WCSD. Mr. Ross will follow retiring principal Tammy Smith as the head administrator at Van R. Butler Elementary.

Ms. Crystal Appel served as a teacher in Walton County School District from 2005 to 2015, and Digital Learning Specialist in 2016. She joined the Curriculum and Instruction Department at the district office in 2016 as a Coordinator of Instructional Support. Ms. Appel will follow retiring Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, Kay Dailey.

Walton County School District is priviledged to have both of these dedicated and highly skilled leaders, and look forward to the positive impact they will make in their new positions!

Crystal Appel Appointed Curriculum and Instruction Supervisor

Jimmy Ross Appointed VRB Principal

Superintendent Hughes wore his jeans and “Food for Thought” hat to dig/harvest new potatoes at Paxton with the Agriculture Class where we have started the Farm to Table program in the WCSD! It’s on the menu for Thursday. “Thanks Mrs. McDaniel, Mrs. Neale and some of the best students in the world! What a joy it was to hang out in the garden with you all. EPIC2 for sure!!!!”

Farm to Table Paxton

More pictures from the 2019 Special Olympics event held at Emerald Coast Middle School on Friday, April 26, 2019! Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults 8 years of age and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Currently Special Olympics Florida - Walton offers 12 sports, and serves 67 athletes throughout Walton County.

Thanks to Chaela Floyd and Tracy Cline for the photos! 

Walton High School hosted the 2nd annual College Signing Day on May 3.  Seniors that have committed to a college/university/vocational school or the military were recognized.  We are so proud of our Braves!

Submitted by Christy English

Congratulations to Walton High’s Lady Braves softball team on their District Championship win (6-5) over Bay on May 2.  They are Class 5A District Champs for the fifth consecutive year!

Hannah King scored the winning run in the bottom of the 7th inning on a hit by Celeste Truett. Kyrstyn Head, Jenna Adams, and Sarah Earley all hit home runs to help lift the Braves to victory. Kyrstyn Head got the start in the circle and struck out eight Tornado batters.

The Lady Braves will play Tallahassee Godby at home in the regional quarterfinal game on Wednesday, May 8, at 6:00.

Submitted by Christy English

The Paxton LadyCats won their 4th consecutive Class 1A, District 1 Championship with a 14-0 victory over Bethlehem Thursday Night.

Sadie Varnum went 2-3 at the plate, with 2 RBI'S. Camryn Brazile went 2-4 at the plate and also had 2 RBI'S.

Senior Chipola Commit Camryn Brazile earned the win for Paxton. She went 3 innings, allowing 1 hit and no runs, striking out 5.

They will play Sneads, at Paxton, on Thursday May 9th at 7:00pm!

Thanks to Carson Mock for the update, and Mellisa Cassidy Windham for the photos!

This month's video was recorded at the Walton County School District Office Tivoli Complex. The Tivoli Complex was the former home of the Tivoli High School Tigers! The school was an Elementary/Junior high school from 1908 until 1935, and in 1935 became the first black high school in Walton County. It closed in 1969 with a long tradition of successful graduates, and a 100% graduation rate!

In this video, Superintendent Hughes wishes students well during the May testing season, shares some upcoming important reminders, and encourages students to be diligent in their studies until the end of the school year!

The entire Bobcat family would like to congratulate our track team qualifiers (along with Coach Gilbert and Coach Wilson) and wish them good luck in the state tournament in Jacksonville. We know you will exemplify PRIDE, PASSION, and PURPOSE in EPIC proportions!
PICTURES (L to R): Ke'ontae Sanders, Caylor Dixon, Lilly Kemp, Philip Anderson, Eugene Hall, Ciara Stricklin, and Jacqueline 

Submitted by Kalli McMillan

Maude Saunders is thankful for the many community partners who help provide for the needs of our students. This week, the Mission Integration team at
Sacred Heart Hospital/Ascension provided boxes of non-perishable food to our school. This food will be included in our regular weekend food bags.  Submitted by Krisy Spence