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Mr. Nathan Hight and the 1st grade students of West DeFuniak Elementary recently entertained parents and teachers with their musical program called Teddy Bear Christmas.  The students wore teddy bear masks and even shared how Christmas would not be the same with one of their loved ones missing.  Santa arrived to everyone's delight and helped save the day.  Check out our Facebook page to view a portion of the program.

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West DeFuniak Elementary students participated in the District Tropicana Speech Contest and came away with the following awards!

Fourth grade: Gracelyn Daniel – Most Informative, Chandler Shoaf – Most Entertaining and 1st PLACE WINNER 

Fifth grade Addie Ingle – Honorable Mention.

WDE is so proud of our Tropicana District Speech Contest Winners!

Recently, West DeFuniak Elementary held the 2017-2018 Tropicana Speech Competition.  Twenty-two students competed for opportunity to represent our school at the district competition at Freeport High School on December 14th at 5:30.  All of the students did a fabulous job speaking in front of their peers, parents, teachers, and judges.  We are so proud of each student for the hard work that they put into this endeavor.  We look forward to hearing the first and second place winners from each grade level present their speeches at the district competition.  Congratulations to our fourth grade winners Chandler Shoaf - 1st place, Gracelyn Daniel - 2nd place, and Rhiannon Fountain - 3rdplace and fifth grade winners Addie Ingle - 1st place, Emma Lathinghouse - 2nd place, and  Daisy Proffitt - 3rd place.
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!!    

WDE Receives Grant

December 11, 2017

West DeFuniak Elementary is  pleased to announce that Tammy Goodman has been awarded a grant from the Emerald Coast Post of the Society of Amerian Military Engineers.  Ms. Traci DeWar, grant coordinator,  was on-hand to present the grant check.  Out of thirty-one applicants eleven grants were awarded.  Mrs. Goodman's grant titled "Taking Flight" revolves around inspiring students to learn more about the field of aerospace engineering. Students will be learning to fly unmanned aerial vehicles and challenged to extend their knowledge through STEM related books. 

Congratulations to our 5th grade Science Fair winners and to our Principal's Award winner - Ellie Clemmons!

5th grade Biological
1st place - Emma Lathinghouse "How Does Caffeine Affect Plant Growth?"
2nd place - Addie Ingle "Deer Treats"
3rd place - Kaylie Joyner "Does Sight Effect Taste Perception?"
Honorable Mention - Maya Abbott "What Molds First?"
Honorable Mention - Emmalee Alford "Natural vs. Artificial"

5th grade Physical
1st place - Jackson Davis "Signal Block"
2nd place - Lavaris Randle "What Helps Yeast Ferment the Best?"
3rd place - Libby Morris "What Should Humpty Dumpty Have Worn?"
Honorable Mention - Jake Furbee "What Type of Wood Lasts Longer?"
Honorable Mention - Maddox Flynt "Going the Distance"

Principal's Award - Ellie Clemmons "Which Shampoo Strips the Color Out of Dyed Hair?"

Congratulations to our 4th grade Science Fair winners!

4th Grade Biological
1st Place - Ava Susenbach "The Mold and the Beautiful"
2nd Place - Camden Zodrow "Which Bubble Gum Produces the Biggest Bubbles?"
3rd Place - Alyson Mars "Which Flavor of Gum Lasts Longest?"

4th Grade Physical
1st Place - Braedon Paul "Water Purification"
2nd Place - Gracie Daniel "Helium vs. Latex"
3rd Place - Riley Sheehan "Rethink your Drink" 
Honorable Mention - Tinsley Smith "Penny vs. Liquid"
Honorable Mention - Antonio DeRycke "How Far Will it Fly?"
Honorable Mention - Sean Stegall "Lego Ice"
Honorable Mention - Tessa Tucker "Slime, Slime, Slime"

Congratulations to our 3rd grade Science Fair winners!

3rd grade Biological
1st place - Liam Holley "A Deer's Choice"
2nd Place - Kari Hanscome "Taste Perception"
Honorable Mention - Lila Sharpston "Meal Time in the Forest"

3rd grade Physical
1st place - Jackson Howell "Simple Electric Motor"
2nd place - Danika Cottle "Is My Mascara Running?"
3rd place - Raegan Wright "Crystals"
Honorable Mention - Jeremiah Perrucci "Why Doesn't the Ocean Freeze?"

WDE students enjoyed Breakfast with Santa. Students wrote letters to Santa, ate breakfast, and spent some special time with St. Nick. Parents enjoyed the silent auction and watching their children interact with Santa. If you haven't seen the Teddy Bear Christmas tree in the atrium, stop by! It's a great place for a few pictures of your children.  We would like to thank the WDE PTO for making arrangements for Santa's visit during this busy season! 
This week Kindergarten students are writing thank you cards to send to veterans through Operation Gratitude while learning about Veteran’s Day. Each student decorated a heart-shaped flag card and wrote a thank you note on the back. Students from Mrs. Peak's class are pictured holding their thank you cards.