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On Thursday, May 2nd, Walton Middle School welcomed over 150 students and parents to campus for "Middle School Jump," a Title 1 parent training night.  The event was geared exclusively for next year's sixth grade students to jumpstart a successful 2019-2020 school year.  The night began with dinner and entertainment, as WMS band students, under the direction of Mrs. Kamber Rafferty, showcased their talent on the lunchroom stage.  After Principal Jason Campbell warmly welcomed guests, families embarked on a journey through three rotations to learn what it takes to have a successful middle school experience.  Mr. Campbell and Mr. Hulion, the school's administrators, led one station, providing families with all kinds of exciting information about WMS.  Students also attended a grafitti brainstorming session that allowed them to get their questions, fears, and interests about starting middle school out in the open. Finally, families were able to walk through an informational fair and pick up flyers and talk to students and sponsors about all the exciting clubs, sports, electives, and activities WMS offers.  WMS upperclassmen and WHS Anchor and Key Club members also served as student representatives, assisting in each rotation, answering questions and welcoming guests with warm smiles and encouraging words.  WMS can't wait to start the 2019-2020 school year with all its fresh sixth grade faces. Submitted by Kristen Nelson

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Butler Bear News!

May 10, 2019

The Butler Bear News team is wrapping up another year of excellent reporting!  This student led news program has kept everyone updated on school happenings. Great job to all the children who participated and to Mrs. Shelton and Ms. Koch for guiding them along the way! Submitted by Tammy Smith

Butler Bear News

Butler Bear News

The Butler Elementary staff has a lot to celebrate this week!  We have been spoiled by our PTO and community for Staff appreciation week and are happy to welcome newly appointed  Principal Jimmy Ross to our school family!  Lunch from 3 Sons BBQ was a huge hit!  Thank you for your support South Walton Community!!  Submitted by Tammy Smith

Congratulations to WHS basketball player Keith Gilbert, who signed his official commitment on May 8, 2019, to play college basketball for Coastal Alabama Community College!  We are so proud of you, Keith! Submitted by Christy English


On January 31, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 19-32, outlining a path for Florida to improve its education system by eliminating Common Core and paving the way for Florida students to receive a world-class education to prepare them for jobs of the future.

Executive Order 19-32 directs Florida Department of Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to comprehensively review the academic standards for Florida’s Kindergarten through grade twelve students and provide recommended revisions to Governor DeSantis.

In order to review the K-12 Florida Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, and ensure that recommendations to the Governor reflect the knowledge of researchers and practitioners in the field, the Department, on behalf of Commissioner Corcoran, would like to invite you to provide feedback on the first draft of the revised standards through the online EdCredible platform. 

EdCredible is accessible at

Congratulations to the Paxton Ladycats softball team and their coaches for winning their district tournament. Way to go, Champs! Submitted by Kalli McMillan

Christopher Lewis (12th grade), pictured with Spanish instructor Micah Trinidad, received the Seal of Biliteracy Award. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. Christopher completed three Spanish classes throughout his high school career. He is a Spanish competition team member and president of the Spanish club. Christopher is the first student from Paxton to receive this prestigious award. The entire Paxton family is very proud of this student's EPIC accomplishment. Submitted by Kalli McMillan

Congratulations to Zachary Magner from Walton High School for receiving a scholarship from Baptist College of Florida! Zachary was one of several students who attended the Baptist College of Florida Honor Choir Festival on March 14, 2019!

Pictured in the group photo:
row 1: Calvin Ruffin, Zach Magner
row 2: Lorelei Bailey, Anna Graham, Autumn King, Arcadia Andrews

WHS Chorus at BCF Honor Choir

Congratulations to all these students for being selected for the BCF Honor Choir!