March 3, 2020
1st Place - Blake Wood
2nd Place - Graysen Usher
3rd Place - Arielle Del Castillo
The Walton County School District is staying up-to-date on COVID-19 through consistent communication with the Florida Department of Education and the Walton County Health Department. The health and safety of our students is always our number one priority. As always during the flu season, our schools are working hard to keep all school surfaces and furniture clean and sanitary, but we have extended our efforts in order to be as proactive as possible for our students and employees.
All of us can also help prevent the spread of germs. Reminders can include:
* Wash hands often with soap and water
* Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available
* Appropriately cover coughs and sneezes
* Keep hands away from eyes, nose, and mouth
* Stay home if you are sick
The number and websites below provide additional information:
* State Hotline for Florida - 866-779-6121
* Florida Department of Health - floridahealth.gov
* Walton Department of Health - walton.floridahealth.gov
* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Congratulations to WHS senior Makayla Hooks on being nominated to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) and receiving a $20,000 scholarship from Mary Baldwin University!
View Congressman Matt Gaetz's presentation of the 2020 service academy nominations at the link below. (Makayla's announcement is at approximately 13:40.)
In recognition of Black History Month, Mrs. Smigielski's fifth grade students studied the Underground Railroad and read a book about “Freedom Quilts" which contained secret maps used by African slaves to reach freedom. Using hidden symbols and messages, students designed “quilts” that depicted a route from our school to the lakeyard. First, they created a map, then translated their map to a paper quilt, and shared their quilts with the class. Students thoroughly enjoyed this project and gained a greater appreciation for the contributions of African Americans in history.
The weekend of EPIC Dune Lakes Competitions continued with the Dune Lakes Odyssey of the Mind teams taking home 2nd Place!
Two Dune Lakes Odyssey of the Mind teams competed in Crestview on Saturday, February 22nd at the Emerald Coast Regional Odyssey of the Mind Competition.
Odyssey Team A, completed the "Longshot problem," where it’s believed a disastrous event is about to occur that will threaten the world and this team must stop it. To succeed the team must send materials from all corners of the world using vehicles that overcome obstacles and travel simultaneously into and out of a Reaction Area. The team created a food volcano that saved the world from food thieves and their vision won 2nd place!
Odyssey Team B, completed the "Networking problem," where networked devices act as characters to keep the world connected. Students must create a performance where communications are transmitted between locations. The catch - fight off malware and pop-ups! The B team created a stellar performance defeating the evil Victoria Virus from taking their musical network hub offline and took home 2nd place.
We are so relieved these students are on our side and the world's future is safe!
Congratulation to these talented Sandpipers! They worked hard and had a lot of fun - EPIC!
Coaches: Nancy Rentz and Ana Tomblin
MSE staff recently participated in Professional Development provided by Canopy Behavior Solutions. The presenters shared classroom strategies to help ensure the success of students with autism, including the use of visuals, prompting, and consistency within the classroom and school. Our teachers and staff gained knowledge and confidence in meeting the needs of all students.