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WDE 5th Grade and Ghostly Hands

As an introductory experiment to the topic of matter, WDE 5th grade students mixed a solid (baking powder) and a liquid (vinegar) to make a gas. Students enjoyed seeing the reaction of the combined products which made their ghostly hand raise on its own. Students decorated the gloves beforehand, and this gave each of the ghostly hands a unique personality. This experiment was the opening introduction to their study on properties and states of matter, physical and chemical changes, and mixtures and solutions.

1st picture from left to right:

Giovanny Leon-Espinoza, Taylor Hutchison, Belinda Rodriguez, and Aiden Roberts

 2nd picture from left to right:

Ava Susanbach and Onekia Robinson

WDE 5th Grade and Ghostly Hands

As an introductory experiment to the topic of matter, WDE 5th grade students mixed a solid (baking powder) and a liquid (vinegar) to make a gas. Students enjoyed seeing the reaction of the combined products which made their ghostly hand raise on its own. Students decorated the gloves beforehand, and this gave each of the ghostly hands a unique personality. This experiment was the opening introduction to their study on properties and states of matter, physical and chemical changes, and mixtures and solutions.

1st picture from left to right:

Giovanny Leon-Espinoza, Taylor Hutchison, Belinda Rodriguez, and Aiden Roberts

 2nd picture from left to right:

Ava Susanbach and Onekia Robinson

West DeFuniak Elementary K-Kids ready Hurricane Michael Relief supplies for delivery to Cottondale High School for the communities of Cottondale and Alford.  K-Kids sponsored a schoolwide effort through “Pennies for the Panhandle”, Hat Day and Jeans Week for staff and raised over $1,100.  The funds generated for this service project were used to provide cleaning supplies, non-perishable foods, water and ice to help our neighboring communities during this time of recovery.   Special thanks to Tractor Supply Company for donating many of the buckets and Kyle McDonald for donating the ice.

WDE 5th Grade and Ghostly Hands

As an introductory experiment to the topic of matter, WDE 5th grade students mixed a solid (baking powder) and a liquid (vinegar) to make a gas. Students enjoyed seeing the reaction of the combined products which made their ghostly hand raise on its own. Students decorated the gloves beforehand, and this gave each of the ghostly hands a unique personality. This experiment was the opening introduction to their study on properties and states of matter, physical and chemical changes, and mixtures and solutions.

1st picture from left to right:

Giovanny Leon-Espinoza, Taylor Hutchison, Belinda Rodriguez, and Aiden Roberts

 2nd picture from left to right:

Ava Susanbach and Onekia Robinson

Last week West DeFuniak Elementary celebrated Red Ribbon Week in order to educate students on the importance of saying “No!” to drugs. As a competition, each grade level created a display to go in the hallway to show their commitment to Red Ribbon Week and staying safe and healthy by staying away from drugs. First Grade won the display competition, by displaying an activity in which students gave examples of how they can be successful in life. First Graders learned that by working hard and making smart choices we can see those dreams of success come true!

 

Students pictured (L to R): Nyiana Robinson, Jamie Stafford, Tynleigh Simmons, Olivia Hicks, Abigail Simmons, and Aaron Grace Hicks

Last week West DeFuniak Elementary celebrated Red Ribbon Week in order to educate students on the importance of saying “No!” to drugs. As a competition, each grade level created a display to go in the hallway to show their commitment to Red Ribbon Week and staying safe and healthy by staying away from drugs. First Grade won the display competition, by displaying an activity in which students gave examples of how they can be successful in life. First Graders learned that by working hard and making smart choices we can see those dreams of success come true!

 

Students pictured (L to R): Nyiana Robinson, Jamie Stafford, Tynleigh Simmons, Olivia Hicks, Abigail Simmons, and Aaron Grace Hicks

West DeFuniak Elementary had a fantastic time with Dr. Blake Brandes learning about Growth Mindset and Grit. 

Blake is a beatboxer, rapper and music producer.  He has presented to over 100,000 students, produced Top 40 radio songs and performed over 200 shows in Europe and the United States.  Blake has recently been asked to audition for America’s Got Talent for a second time. 

Student McKinzey King stated, "He taught us that the more you learn, the more your brain grows."  Avya Key said that she learned to never quit even when it is hard, and Maggie LeCroix learned that you might not be able to do something - YET, but keep trying.

Students experiences freestyle rap as Dr. Brandes asked them to name things they have had difficulty learning.  The freestyle included words such as reading, gymnastics, math, video games, soccer and basketball.  Through the influence of music and  hearing Blake’s story, students learned about having a growth mindset and the power of the word “yet”.  


Mrs. Jessica Daniel’s fourth grade students at WDE observed the parts of a flower by dissecting tiger lilies. First, they separated the sepal to discover the protection it provides for the stamen and pistil. Then, they extracted pollen on their fingers from the stamen supporting the concept of pollination. Finally, they located the pistil of the flower in order to understand fertilization.   

 

Students pictured: Jordan Lucious, Dariyon Moore, Laney Garrett, Gabby Zemanick, and Noel Estrada.

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Every month, Mr. A. Russell Hughes, Walton County, Florida Superintendent of Schools, will share a video message with an update on the exciting things happening in the Walton County School District, Walton County, Florida. Check back often to stay informed on all the activities, events and accomplishments of teachers and students in the Walton County School District. 
This month's video was filmed at the Walton County Fairgrounds where the annual Fair will open on October 8-13, 2018. Superintendent Hughes discusses the importance of school attendance, the end of the first 9 weeks, and some important events during the month!