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The FES Student Council recently sponsored a canned food drive to benefit a local food bank and a family that recently lost their home to a fire in Freeport.  They wanted to see which holiday character could be the most generous.  Santa, Rudolph, Frosty, The Grinch, Jack Frost, and the Elves participated in the challenge.  Over 650 canned food items were collected.  The Student Council counted the items and found that the Elves were the most generous followed closely by Santa and The Grinch! The Student Council appreciates everyone for their generosity! 

Submitted by Nancy Currie

Congratulations to the ECMS 5th Grade Tropicana Speech Competition winners, and thank you to our 5th Grade ELA Teachers for their hard work in helping our Stingrays write and deliver such wonderful speeches! The winners and titles of their speeches are as follows.

 

1st place: Sofia Samalot – "Now vs. Back Then"

2nd place: McKazlyn Payne – "Why People Should Adopt Animals"

3rd place: Madison Shaver – "My Little Brother: The God of War"

 

5th Grade Overall Winners (Pictured L to R)

McKazlyn Payne (2nd Place), Maya Sien (1st Place), Madison Shaver (3rd Place)

Submitted by Candy Bodie

Congratulations to Joan Kennett (left), Biology instructor at South Walton High School for being selected as SWHS Teacher of the Year! 

Congratulations, also, to Misty Sievers (right) for being selected as  SWHS Educational Support Personnel of the Year!

Walton County School District Office \is proud to announce the ESP and TOY for 2018!


Christine Petersen has been selected from the Curriculum and Instruction Department as the District Office Teacher of the Year!
Susan Odom from the Curriculum and Instruction Department has been selected as Educational Support Professional of the Year!
Congratulations to these individuals for performance above and beyond!
Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe

Pictured left to right: Crystal Appel, Christine Peterson, Kay Dailey, Susan Odom.

Special Olympics of Florida - Walton County had an exciting weekend at the 2017 State Bowling Championship recently! They participated in the Bowling competition held at Boardwalk Bowling in Orlando on December 9. Their scores were impressive, and they brought it all together at State with both Gold and Bronze medals, and succeeded in breaking some of their own individual team records!
 
Winning teams and individuals were:
 
4-Person Traditionally Team
Gold Medal
Michael Embry
Jakob Schumacher
Connor Snitko
Craig Miller
 
4-Person Unified Team
Bronze Medal
Jeffery Allen
Hutch Weeks
Robert Garrett
Robbie Garrett
 
Double Traditional Team
Gold Medal
Anna Klemkosky
Andrew Williams
 
Unified Double Team
Gold Medal
Trevor Simpler
Josh Smith
 
Singles
5th Place Ribbon
Madison Hongyee
 
Way to Represent! SOFL-Walton! You Rock!
Special Thanks to Nancy Simpler and Mike Schumacher of Special Olympics Walton for the great pics!

Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe

     

     

Mrs Perk’s First Grade class hid kindess rocks on the playground for other students to discover.  Found rocks may kept or students can pay forward the kindness to others.  Thank you Mrs Perk for sharing kindness with our students!

The PHS Science night was a huge success and enjoyed by students and adults. Congratulations to all the participants who took home prizes. The Science Department cannot wait until next year!

Submitted by Kalli McMillan

West DeFuniak Elementary is thrilled to spotlight our Educational Support Person of the Year - Tyler Hudson and our Teacher of the Year - Mrs. Emily Dickey.  Tyler has worked as a custodian at WDE for 2 1/2 years.  Tyler enjoys coming to work. When you pass him in the hallway, he always has a smile and a kind word to say.  He enjoys the people he works with and seeing the kids every day.  He says, "Well, I'm just a kid a heart."  Tyler's love for his job is evident.  We are glad to have him as part of our team.  Mrs. Dickey has been teaching for 9 years.  She taught Kindergarten for 6 years before coming to WDE three years ago where she now teaches 2nd grade.  Mrs. Dickey loves making the children feel at home in her classroom.  Building community is a key part of her classroom environment.  "I want the students to know that learning can be fun," Mrs. Dickey said.  She teaches her students mutual respect between students, teachers, and anyone else they come in contact with outside her class.  Stop by Mrs. Dickey's room and you'll probably find music playing.  Whether it is used as a timer or to help students with creating a song to help with Math, music fosters that love for learning.  WDE is excited to have such wonderful staff members at our school.  Congratulations to you both!!  Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.