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Congratulations to the Freeport High School Marching Band for receiving Straight Superior Ratings at the Florida Bandmasters Association District 2 Marching Festival on October 19 in Panama City!!! Congratulations also to this fine band on their Straight Superior Ratings at the Dixieland Marching Band Contest on Saturday, October 26, in Brewton, Alabama! The Color Guard also received Best in Class 2A at this event!

FHS Marching Band at District

FHS Marching Band at District

Congratulations to the South Walton High School Seahawks Marching Band for receiving Straight Superiors at the Pea River Marching Classic at Elba High School on Saturday, October 26! Color Guard tied for Best Auxiliary in their division, and the band earned Second Place in Division 1A! Go Marching Hawks!

SWHS Trophies     

SWHS Color Guard

Best day ever! Thank you to the DeFuniak Springs Fire Department for allowing the WISE Center Pre-K students to visit with them on Wednesday, October 23rd. The children loved learning about how a Fire Department runs, especially the fire trucks! The day of fun was capped off with a visit to Harbeson Field for lunch and playtime on the playground equipment.

On Saturday, October 26, the Braves Marching Band competed in the Pea River Marching Band Classic in Elba, Alabama. The band received Straight Superior ratings in all captions and had the highest scores in Music, Visual, Effect and Percussion. They won the Class A 1st Place Trophy and with Finals getting rained out we placed 7th overall.

Check out their performance at https://youtu.be/Es4as8E1Cfw.

Congratulations to our students for this recognition of their hard work this fall. Go Braves!

WHS Band at Pea River Classic

WHS Band at Pea River Classic

WHS Band at Pea River Classic

WHS Band at Pea River Classic

WHS Band at Pea River Classic

WHS Band at Pea River Classic

Superintendent Hughes spends time at WDE in the Fine Arts and 1st Grade area today! Students were working on their Red Words, Picasso and other rigorous subject matter.

Mr. Hight was galvanizing Core Mathematical Content with Number Value, patterns and fractions through music instruction at West DeFuniak Elementary during Superintendent Hughes' visit!

Supt Hughes in Music Class

Boeing Electrical Engineer Ian Weaver visited Paxton High School’s aerospace career academy this week to speak with students about his career in engineering. One of 45,000 engineers at Boeing, he has worked much of his career in the development of the flight controls of the V-22 Osprey, a tiltrotor military aircraft capable of vertical and short takeoff and landing. A huge thank you to Mr. Weaver for taking time to share his expertise with our students!

Paxton Aerospace Students

The State Wide standards tour was hosted by the WCSD last evening at Walton High School. Chancellor Jacob Oliva and Vice Chancellor Paul Burns and the FLDOE members enlightened attendees on the direction of the new standards, and fielded questions from all who desired to share their thoughts as the state works towards dissolving Common Core as directed by Governor Ron Desantis. Over 100 attendees participated to include six(6) Panhandle Superintendents, Administrators, teachers, community members and students. Representing our WCSB Members are Jason Catalano and Marsha Winegarner. FES Principal Kristen Lewis and TSA Laurie Campbell are pictured with Superintendent Hughes.

STate Standards Tour
State Standards Tour

Reading students recently worked as detectives in Mrs. Amber Proffitt's seventh grade class at Walton Middle School. Students closely and carefully read a set of texts for evidence regarding how Edgar Allen Poe died. Through this CSI-style lesson, students investigated Poe's childhood, military years, writing career, and his death. Students used their investigative reasoning skills to formulate a theory about Poe's mysterious demise. The historical lesson was intriguing and challenging--an ideal combination for engagement and learning.

WMS Poe