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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

Emerald Coast Middle School Stingrays joined in with many in Walton County School District on April 7, 2017, supporting the awareness of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Superintendent Russell Hughes invited all employees to "GOBLUE" and Mr. Jeff Infinger, Principal of ECMS extended the challenge to students. On any given Friday at ECMS you may find a sea of purple and teal, however on April 7, blue was the Stingray color for the day, demonstrating unified support for a meaningful cause. To check out what else is happening at ECMS, click on the link below for the latest Stingray Station Newsletter.

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Submitted by Angela Vance.

Just like Disney’s Carousel of Progress ride, Mrs. Lathinghouse’s students are rotating around the room, finding practice FSA questions to answer.  When they hear the carousel music, they move on to the next problem.  They are ready to show what they know! 

Submitted by Krisy Spence.

WDE 4th graders used technology to review for FSA in Mrs. Chastity McLaney's class. Students enjoyed using clickers to submit their answers to their FSA review. They are ready for FSA! Submitted by Chastity McLaney/Jessica Dawkins.

The St. Joe Foundation awarded Freeport Elementary School a grant in the amount of $20,000.  These funds will be used to buy additional computers for each second grade classroom. Submitted by Nancy Currie.

Stingray pride has been spreading in a big way at Emerald Coast Middle School. Ms. Anderson's Science Classes have been collecting gently used (and new) stuffed animals.  The collection benefits Shriners Children's Hospital and many children will be given a stuffed animal during their stay at the hospitals.  Ms. Anderson wants to thank all the students and teachers who participated in the stuffed animal drive. ECMS collected over 800 stuffed animals for Shriners. Way to go Stingrays!!!!! The stuffed animals are on their way to deserving children in Shrevport, Louisiana and Tampa, Florida.  Submitted by Angela Vance.

The checks, dollars, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies have been counted!

FES has donated a grand total of $1,951.86 for the Pennies for Patients campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!!!

What an awesome example of our staff and students' generosity!!! Submitted by Nancy Currie.

Emerald Coast Middle School Boys won the Golf County Conference Championship. The team defeated Seaside by 24, Baker by 43, Freeport by 59 and Lewis by 72.

Remy Graham, who led the team, lost in a playoff for the low medalist.  Hayes Gibson was 3rd, Kyler Long was 5th, Mason Corriveau was 6th, Nick Sirmans was tied for 16th, Cooper Douglass was tied for 21st and Brayden Mitchell was tied for 24th.
Congratulations to these Stingray Students for representing ECMS and WCSD well and to Coach Griner for a season well played.

Submitted by Angela Vance.

West DeFuniak Elementary 5th grade students attended Marvel of Flight at the DeFuniak Springs Airport. The TigerFlight Formation Flight Team had positive, motivational, and uplifting messages to deliver to the students while teaching them about the aircraft, letting them build rockets, and allowing them to explore the helicopters. The Tiger Flight Foundation is "Leading the Young to the Dream of Flight." Submitted by Debbie Bush/Jessica Dawkins.

Marvels of flight