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Mrs. Cook’s third grade class participated in a festive Christmas tree STEM challenge. Students worked in teams to create the tallest Christmas tree using gumdrops and toothpicks. 

Submitted by Elizabeth Gaither




Walton High's DCT students recently completed EVERFI's Financial Literacy Course, which included modules on savings; banking; payment types; interest rates; credit cards; credit scores; financing higher education; renting vs. owning; taxes & insurance; consumer fraud; and investing. These students earned 70% or higher on each module and were awarded the EVERFI Financial Literacy certification through Hancock Bank Financial Cents Program.
Pictured left to right:

Michael Kelly

Ethan Norris

Rachel Smith

Michaela Wallace

Lexie Key

Miranda Matthews

Willow Motley

Skyler Cooper

Way to go, Braves!

Submitted by Christy English

Butler Elementary families enjoyed an evening of Literacy related activities including guest readers, games, hot cocoa, and a visit from Mrs. Claus during Family Reading Night. All children were able to select a variety of “gently used” books to take home with them. Five lucky students won door prizes including two Kindle Fire Tablets! Submitted by Tammy Smith



The PHS Key Club has been honored as the Key Club of the Month for the State of Florida by the Florida District of Key Club International. The club has volunteered at their school's orientation, hosted a Hurricane Harvey relief drive, painted a mural, and volunteered at a Halloween event. Thank you for your service! Submitted by Kalli McMillan.

WMS applauds its sixth grade Tropicana winners for their outstanding speeches.  Pictured here are the school competition winners with their English Language Arts teachers.  (L to R:  Ms. Alex Rhodes, Mrs. Emily Kent, 3rd place Aaron Wilmoth, 1st place Mason Nowling, 2nd place Kadin McNaughton, Mrs. Rachel Jones).  The WMS school competition was held November 15th in the WMS cafeteria, with a total of twenty-two sixth grade participants.  Mason Nowling (1st place) and Kadin McNaughton (2nd place) will now represent WMS at the district level competition.  We congratulate these students for their excellent performances and offer best wishes to them as they advance to the next level. Submitted by Kristen Nelson.

Emerald Coast Middle School held a Spirit Night Event at the South Walton-Miramar Beach Chick-fil-A on Tuesday, December 5. The Chick-fil-A Cow made an appearance early Tuesday morning at the school to cheer the Stingrays on and support the event. Thank you Chick-fil-A! 

Submitted by Angela Vance

Butler Elementary School held its Tropicana Speech Contest on Friday, December 1. The winners for fourth grade were Lauren McMurphy (1st place), Alexander Koehler (2nd place), and Jacob Colletta (3rd place). Lauren and Alexander will be competing in the district contest on December 14th. Congratulations! Submitted by Sherrie Binkowski.