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Buzzing with Excitement

April 11, 2017

We are "BUZZING with Excitement." Recently, Mrs. Katie Adams, a 4th grade teacher at WDE, received a grant for a bee hive from The Bee Cause. This project has provided hives for 220 schools in 46 states and 4 countries. Through this exciting project students will have the opportunity to learn about the natural world in a unique way and will be challenged by STEM activities. Also, we are grateful to NoWal Farms of DeFuniak Springs for providing the bees. We welcome students and parents to stop by the media center to see what's buzzing. Books, posters, and interesting facts are ready to help answer your questions. Find out more information about The Bee Cause at www.thebeecause.org.

On Friday, April 7, FMS AVID students created and implemented an event called “Donuts for Donations” to support Child Abuse Prevention Month for the Children’s Advocacy Center.  It was held in the FMS parking lot for the community to drop off donations for children in need and receive a donut for their generosity-donated by The Donut Hole and Dunkin Donuts. FMS students received over a truckload of items from the CAC’s wish list including diapers, personal care items, clothing, art supplies, snacks and drinks in addition to cash donations.  Brenda Farris, 6th grade AVID teacher, said,” Seeing my students help their community in such a caring way brought tears to my eyes.  I loved how the kids brought so much fun to the event.”   “Seeing these young adults work with their community to contribute to such a worthy cause was a heart lifting experience,” said Kendra Peloquin, 7th and 8th grade AVID teacher. Submitted by Kendra Peloquin.

FMS Donuts for Donations

In acknowledgement of former Walton County School District Superintendent Carlene H. Anderson's forty-one years of dedicated service to the WCSD, and her achievements and contributions during this time, the School Board of Walton County re-named the Training Center located at the Walton Initiative for Success in Education Center (WISE) in Defuniak Springs, Florida as the Carlene H. Anderson Training Center on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.  After a welcome greeting by School Board member, Kim Kirby, the Walton High School Chorus under the direction of Ashley Gay performed "Sing We Joy" by Henry Purcell.  During the ceremony,  Mr. Mark Gardner, WCSD Director of Facilities, explained the history of the building, and Mrs. Anderson's role in the transforming of the building from a school media center to a professional training facility.  Mr. Tom Blackshear, Facilities Planner, read the School Board Resolution naming the training after Mrs. Anderson, and Superintendent Russell Hughes spoke of her dedication and love for children as an educator, and her guidance and leadership as Superintendent of Walton County Schools for eleven years.

 

Mrs. Anderson thanked the School Board, and Superintendent Hughes for the very special honor, and spoke of her "commitment to train and continuously develop our professionals."  She shared, "...the one most impactful element in a student's education is the quality and skills of the person who stands in from of them every day...the teacher. So when you are perfecting a teacher, you're making the greatest impact on the largest number of students for decades to come."

 

A lovely reception  was held following the dedication, coordinated by Laura Smith, School Board secretary, and Joyce Gentry, Facilities Department secretary.  The Walton County School District is grateful to Mrs. Carlene Anderson for her contributions to the children and educators of Walton County. 

Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe.

Dedication

Dedication

Dedication

Savannah Slade, Hayley Seible and Tyler Gibbs represented South Walton High School at the East vs West All Star Basketball Game at Gulf Coast State College on Saturday.

Savannah (pictured) led all girl scorers with 18 points and was named MVP.

Submitted by Barbara Stratton.

Superintendent Hughes, School board member Marsha Winegarner, and members of the WCSD District Office staff donned their blue attire and ribbons to join students, administrators, faculty and staff in schools all throughout Walton County today in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Mr. Hughes, Mrs. Winegarner, and the staff at the Tivoli complex visited the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center in Defuniak Springs for a Child Abuse Prevention Proclamation ceremony as a demonstration of support and unity in the fight against Child Abuse. They returned to the Tivoli Complex to participate in a meaningful Pinwheel Garden Planting Ceremony with guest Julie Hurst (Chief Executive Officer) and staff members from the ECCAC.   

 

The color blue has served as a reminder to end child abuse since 1989, when one grandmother made a personal commitment to wear a blue ribbon after her own grandson died as a result of abuse.  The pinwheel is an uplifting symbol of childhood, and a reflection of hope, health and safety…something we wish for ALL children.  Throughout the month of April, students and teachers across the district will be participating in activities that focus on awareness, and administration and staff will be involved in professional development activities that highlight recognition, support and prevention.  The goal of the Walton County School District is to help end child abuse through education, enlightenment, awareness, and compassion!

Submitted Keitha Bledsoe.

Child Abuse

Pictured: Bill Fletcher, President of the ECCAC Board of Directors;  Julie Hurst, ECCAC Chief Executive Officer; Bob Campbell, Defuniak Springs Mayor; A. Russell Hughes, WCSD Superintendent; Marsha Winegarner, WCSD School Board member at the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center.

FES raised $200 for Relay Recess and over $3000 for the family of Scotty Roessler. He is an FES student recently diagnosed with leukemia.  Thank you to everyone for their support.

Submitted by Nancy Currie.

The Florida High School Athletic Association recognizes Freeport High School Boys Basketball Team as the 2017 1A Academic State Champions.  Submitted by Patty Woodard.

Mrs. Amanda Simmons’ 3rd Grade Class at West DeFuniak Elementary has been diligently preparing for their upcoming FSA tests. They have been learning about several Olympians and what makes them so special. The class discussed many characters traits that athletes must have to be Olympians. They then learned to be successful on FSA they must be hardworking, perseverant, attentive, confident, and efficient. 
 
Submitted by: Amanda Simmons/Jessica Dawkins

Emerald Coast Middle School Softball Team worked hard all season. On April 8, they earned the title of 2017 Conference Champions! 

Congratulations to the team and coaches for representing WCSD and ECMS so well! 

We are proud to support such a remarkable group of team players! 

Submitted by Angela Vance.