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Today, Walton County School District hosted the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC) Board of Director’s Meeting at the Carlene H. Anderson Training Center. At this meeting, both Superintendent Hughes and Washington County School District Superintendent, Mr. Joe Taylor, wore purple in support of military children for their strength and sacrifice.


This special recognition was established by former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger in 1986 to honor the important role children play in contributing to the strength of military families. The color purple was chosen because it symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine Corps red, and Navy blue.

FMS Positivity Posters

April 19, 2021

The Freeport Middle School Art Department created Positivity Posters for our FMS community of students and staff.  Students hung the watercolor paintings with positive messages in each hallway.  We hope these messages keep you all in a positive place for the rest of the school year.  Keep up the good work students!!

Wear Out Child Abuse!

April 14, 2021

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Walton County School District joins with the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center of DeFuniak Springs in wearing blue today advocating for the prevention of child abuse.  Superintendent Hughes addressed a small portion of district employees reminding them that annually 7 million reports of abuse occur nationally. “Walton County schools are a safe place for our students and we always do what is best for every child.” 

National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time for us to not only honor those who work to support children and strengthen families, but to shine a light on the many ways we can all play a role in preventing children from being harmed. 

The Prevention Resource Guide, an annual publication by the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families Children’s Bureau outlines actions that can be taken by communities, organizations, families, and individuals to address the root causes of child abuse and provide meaningful and equitable support to families.  

You can access the Prevention Resource Guide and other resources at the Child Welfare Information Gateway’s Child Abuse Prevention Month website.  By increasing efforts to prevent child abuse, we all help children, families, and communities thrive.

This week, students across the state will show what they know on the FSA Writing assessment.  Last week as a review, Mrs. Gaby Brown’s AVID students spotlighted writing success tips by designing one-pagers.  On a one-pager, an AVID strategy, students creatively share their most important takeaways about a concept—in this case, writing—on a blank sheet of paper.  Not only did AVID student reflect for themselves about what it takes to do well on FSA, but they also showcased their tips for all students throughout campus to see.  These one-pagers are displayed for all to see on the bulletin board just outside the lunchroom, serving as a colorful and vital reminder of what it takes to achieve success on FSA Writing.

On Friday, April 9th, Walton Middle School's Advanced Seaperch team travelled to the University of West Florida to compete in the Regional Seaperch Challenge. This same team also participated in the Virtual Seaperch Challenge on Monday, April 5th, where they took part in both the Engineering Design Challenge with their individual robots as well as the Team Interview.  The results of both events are to be announced.  We are so proud of our Seaperch team for showcasing their STEAM skills.