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Walton County teachers and administrators sacrificed time in the summer to attend the 2017 AVID Summer Institute and gain more cutting edge strategies to ascertain more success next school term. Walton County School District Superintendent, district administrators and teachers were there en masse to show support for Walton High School's own recent graduate Emmy Crane, who was selected from applicants across the United States to be a student speaker at the 2017 AVID Summer Institute in Tampa, Florida! Emmy presented a moving speech on how the AVID program and instructors changed her life. Go Emmy! Go AVID 17! Discover, Engage, Succeed!!!

Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe
  
      
  
   

WMS students have been having a blast at Camp Warrior this summer.  At the summer bridge camp, students rotate between teacher led stations, participating in dynamic STEM projects, fun literacy activities, AVID skills and strategies, and interactive local and state history lessons. Students who are attending have been having fun AND learning! Submitted by Kristen Rhodes.

WMS Camp Warrior

WMS Camp Warrior

WMS Camp Warrior

Students at Camp Warrior at Walton Middle School learned about animals during a hands-on presentation from Nonie's Ark. Submitted by Kristen Rhodes.

WMS Camp Warrior

Students attending the Summer Bridge Program at MSE are engineering recycled race cars. Students worked together to construct an off-road track where the final race will take place.  Submitted by Brianna Leavins.

MSE Engineering Recycled Race Cars

MSE Engineering Recycled Race Cars

 

Mr. Brandin Shost’s Gifted Class took a virtual tour of the Thai Royal Palace recently during a one hour broadcast via Skype. Mr. Shost is in Thailand teaching English for three weeks. While there he is also giving his students at BES an up close and personal tour of Thailand, despite the 12 hour time difference. While online students learned about cultural differences, architectural design, traditions and most of all the high regard this country holds for it’s monarchy. Thank you Mr. Shost for making learning exciting! We are lucky to have you! Submitted by Cindy Stewart.
Freeport High School defeated Arnold High School for the 7 on 7 Beach Championship, while also defeating Bay, Rutherford, Graceville and Brookwood (GA) during the tournament.  Go Bulldogs!  Submitted by Patty Woodard.

Superintendent A. Russell Hughes was recently selected as a guest speaker for the Florida School Board Association and Florida Association of District School Superintendents 72nd Annual Summer Joint Conference.  Mr. Hughes provided an inspirational and compelling thought for the day to School Board members and Superintendents of Florida school districts who were in attendance.  He was quoted as saying "With love and compassion for the students in your district, you can make it happen!"  We can definitely attest to that philosophy here in Walton County School District. Thanks to Mr. Hughes for his leadership and inspiration!

Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe