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Congratulations to both the boys’ and girls’ ECMS track teams  for finishing 1st at the Jesse Forbes Invitational track meet in Tallahassee last week. Twenty-four athletes qualified for the Middle School State meet in Bradenton, Florida in May. Way to go Stingrays! Submitted by Angela Vance.

The Media Specialist at WDE, Mrs. Goodman, spoke to several third grade classes about choosing a great chapter book. Authors, genres, reading levels, and topics that were interesting to the students were discussed.  Third grade teachers are working with students to build their reading stamina! Mrs. Adkinson's class is pictured with Mrs. Goodman as they prepare to choose their books. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

2nd graders at West DeFuniak Elementary participated in planting potatoes in a grade level garden on Wednesday, March 1st. The students were able to individually plant their own potatoes. Students learned that potatoes are usually planted first in a spring garden and what the criteria is for planting potatoes. The students had a blast working in the garden and getting a little dirty! Students are excited to see how well their plants will grow in their garden this year. Submitted by Amber Carnley/Jessica Dawkins.

“Literacy Changes our world” is the theme that WDE participated in February for Literacy week. In first grade, the students learned literacy is reading and writing. All students learned how important reading and writing is and how they can affect our daily lives. To help promote reading Mrs. Kim Moreno visited Mrs. Shelley Kyzer’s room to read. Mrs. Jordan Dady and Mrs. Melinda Bailey also attended this special reading. Mrs. Moreno read, “Me First,” which is a book about a pig that always has to be first. Pinkerton the pig learns a lesson and he stops worrying about being first. The students then wrote about how they could relate to Pinkerton’s character in the story. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Congratulations to WHS student Josh Homza, who was selected as a finalist in the Flying Musicians Association solo scholarship program! He will receive a free student membership in the Flying Musicians Association. Winners for the scholarship will be announced on May 1.

Great job and good luck, Josh!

Submitted by Christy English.

Last week, Mrs. Pryor's fifth grade science class at Freeport Middle School was visited by Dr. Dara Johns from Parkway Veterinary Hospital in Niceville, Fl. Dr. Johns spoke to the students about the importance of making good grades, working hard, careers, colleges, and gave the students some great studying tips. She also brought in many models and handouts to interact with the students. She covered many veterinarian topics including heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, animal teeth, radiology,  medicine, types of animals, infections, and answered many of the students' questions.  Submitted by Chelsea Ellison.

FMS Vet Visit

Walton County had one team this year at the Emerald Coast Odyssey of the Mind competition. This team was from Mrs. Stephenson's leadership class. They recently earned 2nd place in their division and problem. Congratulations to the following students:

Kayla Adams

Jacob Alford

Logan Green

Will Huff

Wolfgang Menser

Edward Scanlan

Joey Wilkerson

Way to go, Braves!

Submitted by Christy English.

This past Saturday, FMS was represented at the Apple Classic Run by many students and teachers. The Apple Classic Run benefited Walton County Education Foundation. Submitted by Chelsea Ellison.

FMS at Apple Classic Run

Receiving an office referral can be a good thing for students at Butler Elementary! Positive office referrals were implemented this school year as a part of our Positive Behavior Support program. School administrators reward referred children with a “brag tag”, and in some cases a song written just for them by Mr. Drake! Submitted by Sherrie Binkowski.