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WCSD Teacher of the Year!

February 8, 2021

Mossy Head School is extremely proud to announce that Ms. Coone is the Walton County School District Teacher of the Year! During a Celebration held to recognize the MHS Teacher of the Year, Ms. Coone, and the MHS ESP of the Year, Ms. Ingram, the Mossy Head School staff was surprised with the arrival of Mr. Hughes. Mr. Hughes' then made the exciting announcement that Ms. Coone is the WCSD Teacher of the Year and will now go on to represent WCSD at the state level for Teacher of the Year. We are so proud of you, Ms. Coone!

FHS AP Seminar

February 4, 2021

Freeport High School students enrolled in Vanessa Bump’s AP Seminar course presented their research topics to fellow students and a panel of guests including District staff, and Superintendent A. Russell Hughes. Students on campus as well as virtual participants fielded questions from the audience on a wide-range of unique research topics including the influence of “big pharma”, public space smoking bans, and the “pink tax”. Students enrolled in the rigorous AP Capstone program take 2 specific courses in which they must work to complete an in-depth personal research project. Students must also take 4 other AP courses and pass the subsequent exams.

Spaghetti Bridge Building

February 4, 2021

Students in Mrs. Flowers’ class at Dune Lakes Elementary explored the field of engineering by making bridges using spaghetti as their primary building material. They tested their bridges to see how much weight they could carry before breaking. 

Each year in observance of Black History Month, Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis host a special opportunity for Florida’s K-12 students to participate in an academic and creative essay contest. Additionally, students, parents, teachers and school leaders are invited to nominate educators for the Excellence in Education Award. More information will be available from your child’s school.

 Art Contest K-3

(Grades K–3)
Governor Ron DeSantis' and First Lady Casey DeSantis' Black History Month Art Contest is open to all K-3 students in the state of Florida.

Awards: Winners will receive a prize at the Governor's Black History Month celebration to be held in Tallahassee. Reasonable travel and lodging expenses will be paid for the winners and one immediate family member.

Essay Contest

(Grades 4–5, 6–8, 9–12)
Governor Ron DeSantis’ and First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Black History Month Essay Contest is open to all students attending any Florida school in grades 4-12. Three winners will be selected: one elementary school student (grades 4-5), one middle school student (grades 6-8), and one high school student (grades 9-12).

Awards: Winners will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by Florida Prepaid College Foundation. Winners will receive awards at the Governor's Black History Month celebration to be held in Tallahassee. Reasonable travel and lodging expenses will be paid for the winners and one immediate family member.

Tree of Gratitude Art Show

February 2, 2021

Tree of Gratitude Art Show

Emerald Coast Middle School 6th-8th grade Art students created these paintings to show their appreciation for the sacrifices made by our local healthcare heroes. Students took inspiration from 20th century Austrian painter, Gustav Klimt’s, Tree of Life. Trees have historically symbolized strength, wisdom and protection, which have always been qualities healthcare workers have displayed, but especially during the current Covid pandemic. Students infused their artworks with images of gratitude, loss, health, frustration, faith and love. We hope these works of art help communicate our many thanks for all the efforts healthcare heroes tirelessly give to our community.


ECMS Principal: Todd Drake, Asst. Principal:

Nancy Parker, Art Teacher: Jennifer Rhea

Kindergarten Registration  will be held Monday-Friday, March 1st – March 12th  from 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at all Walton County elementary schools for any child who will be five (5) on or before September 1, 2021. 

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WMS Beta Club

February 2, 2021

Mrs. Lynne Martin Bestows Tips for Public Speaking and Life to the WMS Beta Club


At Walton Middle School's January Beta Club meeting, WSCD literacy coach Mrs. Lynne Martin shared not only her love of speaking but also her wisdom with students.  Because strong communication skills are essential for effective leadership, Mrs. Martin shared how props can enhance a message.  To illustrate, Mrs. Martin delivered a moving speech using props centered around the theme that happiness is overrated, as true joy really comes from within.  She began by asking Beta members what brings them happiness, then explained how happiness relies on external forces, while joy originates internally.  She then used a rubber band as she narrated a childhood story, suggesting that just because something hurts or is difficult doesn't mean you can't muster the strength to face it.  Next, she used a mirror as she shared a story about her own middle school years at WMS.  During that time, she found herself involved in some typical middle school drama, and her sweet mother reminded her that "pretty is as pretty does."  She also brought out a bucket, reminding students the importance of self-care, as one can't pour from an empty bucket.  Finally, she shared a picture frame, telling a recent story about identifying personal bias and growing from it.  Through each symbol and story, Mrs. Martin conveyed the message that joy can be found in any moment or stage of life--even the hard ones.  After her visit, WMS Beta Club members walked away with not only public speaking tips but also sage advice.