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West DeFuniak Elementary is proud to announce the October Students of the Month. 

Front row left to right:  Cielo Zavala—Kindergarten, Jesus Estrada-Sanchez—1st Grade, Kiley Brooks—2nd Grade 

Back row left to right:  Clarice May—3rd Grade, Graison Dorr—4th Grade, Brantley Betts—5th Grade


The SWHS Boys Golf Team defeated Pensacola Catholic by 17 strokes on Tuesday, October 13th to win the district championship!


Team:  Flint Bekkers, Walker Lehman, Josh McGrath, Tyson Sanders, Jackson Weatherall, Coach Scott Michie

WDE Students and Florida Cookie  WDE Students and Florida Cookie

Fourth grade students at West DeFuniak recently studied Florida's regions and landforms.  To culminate their study, groups created Florida cookies and shared information with their classmates. Yum, Yum!

Maude Saunders Elementary teachers share strategies for differntation and engagement during a recent professional learning session.

SSTRIDE©: Science Students Together Reaching Instructional Diversity & Excellence

"SSTRIDE© is an outreach effort of the FSU College of Medicine with support from Florida's Area Health Education Centers.

SSTRIDE©'s mission is to identify students who have a genuine interest in pursuing a career in science, engineering, mathematics, health, or medicine and to give those students the support services important for them to develop the sense of responsibility, focus and motivation necessary for success in their chosen fields." (

Freeport Middle School and Freeport High School students were recently inducted into the SSTRIDE© program. Each SSTRIDE© student in 8th (FMS) and 9th grade (FHS) received a lab coat, words of encouragement, and a stethoscope. A special thank you to the Walton County SSTRIDE© Coordinator Penny Eubanks, SSTRIDE's Director Thesla Anderson, Julianna Godwin, a former USSTRIDE student and keynote speaker, and Anna Dyess, a SSTRIDE© Advisor.  A big thank you also goes out  to all of the induction attendees,  SSTRIDE© parents, FMS adminstration, Mr. Appel, the 8th grade SSTRIDE© instructor, and  the FHS SSTRIDE© students who assisted with the induction. 

Emerald Coast Middle School is honored to host the Taylor Haugen Foundation Trophy. To promote Taylor Haugen Scholarship Program and YESS Program,  the Taylor Haugen Trophy  is typically displayed at area high schools throughout the year. Now the Taylor Haugen Foundation is reaching out to area middle schools to spread Taylor’s message of compassion, friendship, and teamwork. 

Several SWHS Seahawks participated in the Color Me Cured 5k/10k Fun Run on October 3 in Ft. Walton Beach. Team "Annabelle's Avengers" was formed to support fellow Seahawk Annabelle Adkinson and to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes research. 

Marine life artist Wyland will be in Destin September 28-October 1st at the mid-bay marina repainting his famous mural. Families can visit the marina to watch the restoration of the Whaling Wall or paint on large canvases set up from 8am-6pm. A presentation was recently made to 2nd and 3rd graders at FES about the importance of protecting large marine animals who live on the coast. 

WDE Open House for K-2WDE Open House for K-2

West DeFuniak Elementary welcomed parents and students to Open House on Tuesday, September 23rd for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.  Parents set goals and expectations for their own children. Here’s to an entire year of “Sweet Success.”