March 4, 2019
Bay Elementary is celebrating beloved children's author Dr. Seuss this week in the wake of his birthday on March 2nd.
Pictured: Staff members Ana Tomblin, Third Grade Teacher, and Julie Mason, Data Entry Specialist, dress to impress for Monday themes to wear red or blue and read "One Fish, Two Fish."
Submitted by Lindsey Harp
March 4, 2019
Participating VPK locations: Paxton, Freeport Elem, WISE Center – DeFuniak Springs, Van R. Butler, and Mossy Head schools.
Parents MUST register students at the school the students will be attending in the Fall or Spring. Registration will be held from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm on the following dates:
v March 4 – Wise Center- DeFuniak Springs
v March 5 – Mossy Head School
v March 6 – Freeport Elementary
v March 7 – Paxton School
v March 8 – Van R. Butler Elementary (Fall VPK Registration will be at Van R Butler Elem, but the site location will be determined at a later date.)
Program dates and hours are dependent upon options offered at your school choice.
Full-Day program for 1 semester – FREE – Fall or Spring for 6 1/2 hours per day.
- Ø Fall Semester – August 2019 to December 2019
- Ø Spring Semester – January 2020 to May 2020
Full-Year Half-Day program – FREE – for 3 1/4 hours per day
For full-year, half-day students, schools will be offering Extended Child Care Services for $50.00 per week per the Walton County School District Calendar. This program offers parents the free 3.25 hours of VPK and additional hours of paid child care services.
Parents will be notified of their child’s enrollment status following the enrollment period.
Must have the following documents to register:
- VPK Child Eligibility and Enrollment Certificate from the Early Learning Coalition – Apply at the following website: https://familyservices.floridaearlylearning.com
Please allow up to 5 business days for application review/approval
- Original Birth Certificate (child’s birthday must be from 2/2/14 – 9/1/15)
- Florida School Ready Physical (less than 1 year of your child's school entry date)
- Florida Immunization Record on Form 680
- Proof of Florida Residency
For more information, call (850) 892-1111
Every year, in Mrs. Sammie Watson's 8th World Geography class, students pick a country that they "adopt" for the year. Recently, the students were assigned a project in which they had to bring in food that was to replicate the flag of their country. The students did an excellent job and the flags were delicious!
Submitted by Kalli McMillan
In Mrs. Sammie Watson's World History class, 10th graders completed a project in which they had to create a model of a Medieval European castle. These 10th graders definitely showed off their creativity and attention to detail. Submitted by Kalli McMillan
March 2, 2019
Paxton elementary students participate in a school-wide cleanup to keep our campus looking EPIC. Submitted by Kalli McMillan
March 2, 2019
This past month, for Black History Month, Mrs. Trinidad's Spanish students decorated her classroom door to celebrate this important month and show students examples of some of the people who changed our country (and world) for the better. The door specifically features Cuban singer Celia Cruz, the most popular Latin artist of the 20th century, who was awarded a National Medal of Arts. Submitted by Kalli McMillan
March 1, 2019
Liam Lewis and Paislee Hannah from Mrs. Donna Timmons’ Kindergarten Class at West DeFuniak Elementary enjoyed working together on a STEM project to encourage building and balancing. Students were asked to discover ways to make a “balance”. The students had one cup, one popsicle stick and one box of candy to use to make their “balances”. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins
Fifth grade music students wrote content-based thank you letters to the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra after visiting the performance of Peter vs. the Wolf. We appreciate the opportunity to participate in this truly joyful experience. Submitted by Cathy Drake
Hope Green and Jetta Alt - Finished letters
First Draft- Stephen Holmes
Brainstorming! London Hughes and Sarah Shafer
February 28, 2019
Walton County School District was well represented at the Emerald Coast Odyssey of the Mind Tournament on February 23 at Shoal River Middle School and Riverside Elementary School in Crestview, Florida. All of our teams did an incredible job!
Odyssey of the Mind Results:
Freeport Elementary School - 2nd Place in "Hide in Plain Sight" Division I
Bay Elementary School - Team Tokens Award for Creativity Fair, and 5th Place
Van R. Butler Elementary School - 2nd Place in "Structure Toss" Division I
Freeport Middle School Team A - 3rd Place in "Hide in Plain Sight" Division I
Freeport Middle School Team B - 3rd Place in "Opposites Distract" Division II
Mossy Head School - 1st Place in "Hide in Plain Sight" Division I
Walton High School - Outstanding OMER to team member, Luke, and 4th Place in Leonardo's Workshop Division III
Congratulations to Mossy Head School and Walton High School teams for making it to State! The State Odyssey of the Mind Tournament will take place on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the University of Central Florida.
Mossy Head students that competed were Mikylee Coppens, Charlie McClung, Foster Stephenson and Annalise Higgins. The team was coached by Meredith Ness and Hannah Lovelady.
Walton High School Odyssey of the Mind Team
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.