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The Marching Braves were represented well on Nov. 3, as several students were accepted into the first ever Baptist College of Florida Honor Band!  These students worked with some of the best musicians from schools in surrounding counties to put together an "All Star" band concert.  A DVD of the performance was created and will be sent to WHS soon. 

Our students rehearsed all morning and were then fed by BCF and had an opportunity to walk the campus before putting on a great performance.  Our students were the only representatives from Walton County, and they did a superb job. Submitted by Christy English.

West DeFuniak has received a $1000 grant from the National Defense Industrial Association.  Fifty-five educators from Walton, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties received these awards at the Air Force Armament Museum on November 2.  Mrs. Tammy Goodman will use the grant to purchase Lego WeDo for the MakerSpace Club. Students will build Lego robots and then be able to manipulate them through the use of a tablet.  We look forward to using these new tools to help students learn about programming and engineering in a creative way.  Sounds like it's time to put those problem solving skills to work!

Naked Egg Experiments at WMS

November 3, 2016

On November 3rd, students in Ms. Kathy Russ' science class at WMS learned how chemical reactions occur by conducting a naked egg experiment.  The students soaked eggs in vinegar to cause the shells to be eaten away.  The eggs became rubberized and even bounced!  Mrs. Russ' students were proud to explain and show off the results of their experiments. Submitted by Kristen Rhodes.
WCSD Superintendent Mrs. Anderson made a visit to Emerald Coast Middle School and stopped by the ECMS 2016 Science Fair led by Mrs. Nancy Parker. 8th Grade students were being interviewed about their projects by volunteers. Winners will be announced later this week. 
Pictured left to right: Mrs. Nancy Parker, Superintendent Anderson and ECMS Principal, Mr. Jeff Infinger
WMS students learn the value of recycling in Mrs. Katlyn Arnold's Art classes.  In recent weeks, students have been utilizing recycled materials when learning about history and the world around them.  For instance, in one project, students created recycled cardboard heads that resemble inspiring people who changed the world, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, Einstein, and Bob Marley, among others.  In a separate project, students created cardboard self-portraits.  In Mrs. Arnold's class, students enjoy conserving resources while combining their imagination and knowledge. Submitted by Kristen Rhodes.
Elementary students at Paxton School spent Halloween in Egypt. The high school Humanities class created an Egyptian Exhibit that allowed elementary students to meet archeologists who showed them an archeological dig site and taught them about hieroglyphics. The archeologists (tour guides) then led the elementary students through the Temple of Horus, into a pyramid, past a pharaoh’s throne, by the Great Sphinx, and allowed them to peek into King Tutankhamun’s sarcophagus. Those on the tour were able to leave questions for the Humanities students to answer. Submitted by Kalli McMillan.