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Music In Pictures

August 7, 2020

Walton County Art and Music teachers had the opportunity to participate in a professional development workshop as part of the Rosemary Beach Foundation’s 10th Annual Music in Pictures art initiative. Dr. Jihye Chang Sung, presented a piano mini-concert and a session on the music selected as the inspiration for the Music in Pictures artistic renderings. Malayne DeMars, Executive Director of the Rosemary Beach Foundation, and Winky Dowdle were the gracious hosts and organizers of the workshop. We are grateful for our collaboration with Rosemary Beach Foundation! After this session, Art teachers collaborated to share ideas for lessons and safety protocols for students returning August 17th.

Professional Learning Communities kicked off at WHS on Thursday, August 6. Our motto this year is "Pride in Performance. Limitless and Relentless." WHS teachers are relentless in their pursuit of excellence and look forward to implementing the strategies they are learning through PLC's inside their classrooms this school year.

Student Intent Form Update

The WCSD would like to thank all parents who completed the Student Intent Form which was provided as an online survey during the month of July.  We appreciate your declaration of your child’s educational intent for the fall semester.  This notification enables us to better prepare to welcome your child on Monday, August 17th

For parents who did not complete a Student Intent Form, the WCSD will prepare and firmly assume your child will attend a brick and mortar classroom.  As a district, we have received 9,000 Student Intent Forms; however, we are still lacking approximately 1,700 forms.  These intent forms also allow the district to create bus routes that will place 48 students or less on a bus, so to date, the district has only planned routes for those parents who have requested their child be a bus rider via our intent forms. 

For parents who have completed forms, approximately 900 parents have indicated that their child will attend Walton Virtual School (WVS); however, only 250 of those 900 families have followed up with WVS.  To attend WVS, families must withdraw from their current school and enroll in WVS.  If parents have not enrolled in WVS by Wednesday, August 12th, WCSD will also prepare and firmly assume those children will attend the district’s other distance learning option, the Innovative Learning Digital Academy (ILDA).  The benefits of ILDA is that students can remain enrolled in their current school.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us.  Questions can be text to our district at any time at 850.204.9667.  To follow up with WVS, please email [email protected], and/or any school can be reached by calling 850.892.1100.  Thank you for supporting us as we prepare to welcome all students back on Monday, August 17th.  

WISE center EPIC reopening for teachers. A beautiful mind and a healthy body is our 2020-2021 theme. With principal Jonathan D’Avignon serving up lessons on unity, relationships, compassion and communication. Teachers returning with a volley of excitement and laughter.

WISE center professionals participated in a real time Microsoft Teams meeting with Dr. Louis D’Avignon, critical care pulmonologist of Bend Oregon and Dr. Laurie D’Avignon, Col. USAF, infectious disease specialist. The Microsoft Teams meeting was an interactive discussion concerning best practices, best results and WISE decisions for our staff, students, parents and community.

To the parents of the Walton County School District:

 

As August begins and teachers are welcomed back on Monday, I would like to provide several updates regarding the re-opening of schools.

Click the link below to view the updates.

Marching Braves Band

July 30, 2020

Superintendent Hughes stopped in to check on the Marching Braves Band. As August 17th approaches, our students continue to practice what is our new way of education; social distancing and staying hydrated with individual water containers while taking care of business. Looking good, sounding good and being good never looked so good! Thanks Mr. Muller and the Braves Band for getting us ready by getting ready! 

PS- Love the Mist Tent.
Superintendent Hughes stopped in at SWHS to see the Seahawk Band getting ready even in these circumstances. Don’t know how it’s all going to happen but Band Director, Mr. Escamilla and the Marching Seahawks are ready when IT HAPPENS! #wecandothis!

This is just a reminder that Student Intent Forms are still available on the scroll.  If you have not completed yours, please do so at your earliest convenience.  We are still in need of  approximately 2,000.  Completing your form allows for planning and preparation for the 2020-2021 school year.  Thank you for all of your support.

Superintendent A. Russell Hughes has announced that the Walton County School District (WCSD) start date for students will change to Monday, August 17th, which represents a one-week change.  All WCSD employees will still report as scheduled. 

 

The change in start date has been made for three reasons.  First, by bringing faculty and staff back as planned, the WCSD will be able to provide additional training days for employees on topics such as health, safety, and the WCSD’s new Innovative Learning Digital Academy (ILDA).  Second, schools will have time to create and train with innovative strategies, such as modified block scheduling, which can help decrease traffic and exposure in schools.  Finally, the WCSD has ordered additional computers, which includes a one-to-one initiative for all middle school students, and the week will allow for computer preparations, imaging, and etc.

 

As always, the number one priority of the WCSD is safety, and this adjustment will ensure the health, safety, and efficiency of our district and for your students.  Thank you for your understanding and support.