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Ellen was born in Los Angeles and raised in La Mesa, California.  Ochoa, a PhD, was the first Hispanic woman in space.  Ochoa earned her doctorate in engineering from Stanford University, joining NASA after graduation. She begain as a research engineer and was selected to be an astronaut in 1990. Her first mission in space was aboard the shuttle Discovery in 1993. She went on to serve three more missions, spending almost 1,000 hours in orbit. Ochoa was the 11th director of the Johnson Space Center and the center’s first Hispanic director. Her historic firsts put her in great company with other pioneering women.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration

September 29, 2020

Walton County School District

Spanish Educators, ESOL Teachers and Bilingual Aides

During this month of Hispanic Heritage Celebration, Walton County School District would like to introduce our Teachers of Spanish, Teachers who teach English to our Spanish speaking students, and the Bilingual Aides who assist teachers and schools with communicating to parents of our Spanish-speaking students. We thank each of you for serving our students and district with excellence as proven by the exceptional achievements of our Spanish-speaking populations.  You put the “E.” in E.P.I.C.!

Cllick on the related content below to meet our teachers and staff.  

Walton High School's theme for the 2020-2021 school year is "Pride in Performance. Limitless and Relentless." Students are working hard every day to overcome obstacles and remain relentless in their pursuit of excellence. 


Walton High School Culinary 2 students show off their pizza and calzone making skills!


At Walton In”10”sity School of Excellence – Magnet Program, students of the month are celebrated by teachers and students alike. Teachers vote for student of the month based on our In”10”sity principles: Compassion, Accountability, Determination, Effort, Time, Desire, Respect, Initiative, Victory, Esteem. Students are honored by ‘tagging’ our graffiti wall with their initials, a framed picture displaying their achievement and school gear. Celebrating success is a way of life at WISE center.

Superintendent Hughes stepped into visit the Mossy Head Mustangs, helped with pick up and was able to talk to a few of the SPICE students, as well as dance with teachers in the hallways to music that brings joy to students, teachers, and staff during transition times before, during, and after school.  Wow!!!!!  You want to know where EPIC is....#hiddenjewel!



The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended flexibility in school food service programs through the end of December, which means all school-age students at the eligible schools below will receive free meals (both breakfast and lunch) regardless if they qualify for benefits.

The USDA is federally funding this program, which is an extension of the Summer Feeding Program.  During the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, from March to May, Walton County distributed 236,982 meals to approximately 4,500 children a week during an eight-week period.  Now with the extension of this program, over 80,000 school sites have applied and been accepted, including Walton County.  The USDA hopes this unprecedented move will help ensure no matter what situation, children will have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic as parents may be affected with work interruptions and increased financial hardships.

Participating Schools:


Dune Lakes Elementary

Emerald Coast Middle                                   

Freeport Elementary

Freeport High

Freeport Middle              

Maude Saunders Elementary

Mossy Head


South Walton High

Van R. Butler Elementary             

Walton Academy

Walton High


Walton Middle

West DeFuniak Elementary                                             

Free meals begin for students Monday, September 21, 2020 for both brick and mortar schools and Innovative Learning Digital Academy (ILDA) students. For brick and mortar, students are required to scan lunch cards, or Point of Sale operators must enter student numbers at point of service.  Even though the meals are free, tracking meal service counts will allow us to file for claim reimbursements.  In addition to free breakfast and lunch, schools may still have a la carte items, such as ice cream, for a small fee.  ILDA students must reserve their food online by Friday to secure items for five breakfasts and five lunches per student for the following week.  Reservation forms are found on our district’s ILDA webpage.  ILDA students may have their packaged weekly meals picked up by parents at a school sites. 

It is still EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, and families MUST continue to apply for free or reduced-price meal benefits even though meals are free through December. Because these forms impact educational funding and because the program will end in December, having an application on file for the current school year will help our district and eliminate families’ benefit disruptions in January. If your child has a current positive balance, please know we will hold your balance until January as well.

The Walton County School District (WCSD) is very excited about this opportunity in providing such a great benefit to our children, and we encourage all students to participate!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your school or the district’s Food Service department at 850.892.1100 ext. 1361.

Weather Update 9/20/20

September 20, 2020

Weather Update 9/20/20

We are excited to return to school tomorrow, Monday September 21.  If you have a storm related issue that causes your absence tomorrow, such as a flooded or washed out road, please send in a written note upon your return and/or contact your school.  Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow. 

Weather Update 9/17/20

Due to localized flooding and current road conditions, all Walton County schools will remain closed through tomorrow, Friday, September 18th.  Closures include both students and employees. Games and other extracurricular activities may be adjusted, rescheduled, or orchestrated by school administrators and coaches based on facilities and families’ abilities to attend.  Based on information from Emergency Management, 87 roads in Walton County are currently closed due to flooding.  Please stay safe!

Freeport High School continues to stay open as a shelter.  Please visit Walton County Emergency Management for more information.  We will continue to monitor conditions with our local experts.  Continue to check our district and schools’ websites and social media platforms for more information.