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Anchors Away Teamwork

December 14, 2016

Mr. Tweedy’s class at WDE gets into the “Anchors Away” theme of the school year by building a Knex anchor, fish, and a jellyfish.  They are learning to how to work as a team and follow written directions.  Special thanks to Deputy Matt Key for donating the Knex blocks.
Nearly 200 students brought their parents to Math and Science Night at Maude Saunders December 1st.  The students had an opportunity to play math games and participate in hands-on Science activities throughout the evening.  Parents left with new strategies to help their children at home, and the students left feeling very excited about math and science! Submitted by Krisy Spence.
The ECMS Boy's Soccer Team completed an undefeated season, 12-0. They won their tournament games on Saturday, December 10th in Freeport by scores of 8-0 over Seaside and 5-0 over Lewis Middle School of Niceville.  The final goal total was 85 goals scored by ECMS and ( just as astounding is that) they only allowed 4 goals ALL YEAR!  They are the Northwest Florida Middle School Champions!  Congratulations to the team and Coach Shost who represented WCSD and made us all proud! Submitted by Angela Vance.
Every SWHS student entered in the Walton County Science Fair won an award.  Pictured (L to R) Mrs. Joan Kennett, Science teacher, Matthew Christensen (3rd place Physical Science), Sikes Wilson (1st place Biological Science and the Superintendent's Award), William Tusa (2nd place Physical Science), Bella Carvalho (3rd place Environmental Science), Ansley Daniel (1st place Environmental Science and Superior Science Award), Darrin Jackson (3rd place Biological Science) and Walton County School District Superintendent Russell Hughes.  In addition to plaques and certificates these superior science students brought home $885.00 in prize money.  Congratulations to everyone!  Submitted by Barb Stratton.

The Florida High School Mock Trial Competition is an academic competition in which a team of 6-8 students simulate the roles of both attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious trial situation. Students have roughly five months to organize for their roles; case materials, questions and answers, and other resources are posted on-line by FLREA, Inc (Florida Law Related Education Association). Students compete against other teams in their judicial circuit, and the victor of that competition comes to the state competition which is typically held in March at the Orange County Courthouse, Orlando, Florida. This is the most hands-on, intensive learning simulation about the trial process available to high school students.

 

Walton County Schools, through its Youth Leadership Program, have a county competition in December/January each year, organized by local contacts, and held at the Walton County Courthouse, DeFuniak Springs, Florida. A county winner will be named each year and a traveling trophy will be presented to the winning school.  Special thanks to Dan Marcinkowski, former lawyer and Chamber of Commerce Representative, and Judge Kelvin C. Wells for assisting with this activity for the students of Walton County.  Please see Walton County School District's Facebook Page for additional photos of this event. Submitted by Kelly Stephenson and Donna Honish.

Congratulations to Butler Teacher of the Year, first grade teacher Gwen Wright, and ESP of the year, Carol Mitchell. They are pictured here with principal, Tammy Smith. Submitted by Sherrie Binkowski.

WDE Receives STEM Grant

December 9, 2016

On Tuesday, December 6th, April Gray from the Emerald Coast Post of the Society of American Military Engineers presented Mrs. Tammy Goodman, Media Specialist and Mrs. Darlene Paul, Principal of West DeFuniak Elementary with a check in the amount of $897.00.  The grant is for STEM related books for the media center and for 3 Sphero programmable robots.  Mrs. Goodman was one of 9 educators to be a 2016 award recipient out of 46 applicants for the grant.  WDE is thrilled to have these new resources to use with their students.