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Submitted by Kristen Rhodes, Walton Middle School

By Friday, April 22nd, students in 6th and 7th grades will have an AVID information flyer stapled in their Pridebook, along with their interim grades.  Parents, please look over the flyer and determine whether or not WMS' AVID program might be a good fit for your child.  (Instructions for notifying the school of your interest are included on the flyer.)


AVID is an in-school system that prepares students for college and career success.  Students who are ideal candidates for the AVID program are those who are capable of completing college-prep curriculum but may be falling short of realizing their full potential.  WMS offers an AVID elective class, which supports students in Writing to learn, Inquiry methods, Collaborative grouping, Organization, and Academic Reading.


Statistics show that AVID students are more likely to take college-level Advanced Placement classes in high school, complete their college eligibility requirements, and be accepted into four-year colleges than their peers.  AVID also helps ensure that students, once accepted to college, possess the high-level skills they need for college and career success.  Essentially, AVID prepares students for bright futures. 

Submitted by Chelsea Ellison, Freeport Middle School

In 2009, Freeport Middle School began the "Tabs for Tolerance" campaign to promote tolerance. The goal was to collect six million tabs; one for each person killed by the Holocaust. Fast forward seven years... Last week, FMS turned in 5.7 MILLION tabs (over 3100 pounds of aluminum) to the local recycling establishment. In return, they collected $937.80 to be donated to The Ronald McDonald House! The Freeport Middle School staff and students want to thank the community for their support during their campaign to promote tolerance.

Submitted by Sherrie Binkowski, Van R. Butler Elementary School

On Thursday, April 14th Van R. Butler Elementary was filled with mad scientists. Students had the opportunity to complete several science experiments. After completing their experiments, students were able to create and eat a “magic potion”.


Submitted by Barbara Stratton, South Walton High School

South Walton High School Freshman Jielle Paul has won an iPad for being #1 in the State of Florida on Math Nation.  She earned the iPad for her involvement on the Geometry Wall, helping other students and answering challenge questions.  Jielle is a wonderful student, very helpful and always prepared for class.  The entire South Walton High School student body is proud of her success.

Submitted by Cindy Neale, Paxton

The Florida Chautauqua awarded Mrs. Powell's Economics class a Certificate of Recognition and a $25 check for their Chautauqua Assembly exhibit "Game Board Entertainment vs. Electronic Games." The presentation placed second in the People's Choice Award and was rated as Outstanding by Assembly Judges.


Submitted by Kristen Rhodes, Walton Middle School

Walton Middle School seventh grade science teacher Greer Harvell spent her spring break attending the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.  While there, Mrs. Harvell earned the honor of receiving the Vernier Technology Award for using probeware to monitor water quality at Lake DeFuniak.  Also, while at the conference, Mrs. Harvell had the opportunity to meet Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Greer Harvell Receives Vernier Technology Award

Submitted by Kristen Rhodes, Walton Middle School

Walton Middle School's Science Club took a trip to WonderWorks in Panama City Beach, on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016.  Students and staff had a spectacular time!

Freeport High School, South Walton High School, and Walton High School youth leadership students participated in a "Shark Tank" event sponsored by the Walton Chamber of Commerce.  The event was held at 4Cs BBQ Restaurant for the Chamber's First Friday Breakfast on April 8th.  A group from each school presented a business plan that they collaboratively developed.  All of the students should be commended for their hard work as it was evidenced by their presentations. However, based on the financial numbers presented by Freeport High School, the Chamber determined their business plan was most feasible. Congratulations FHS!

Pictured left to right:  junior Kaylen Rhodes, senior Ashley Knight, Youth Leadership Teacher Jamey Goddin, senior Shelby Corbitt, and senior Kerrigan Herret