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West DeFuniak Elementary’s Kiwanis Kids Club continues to support the community by donating their time to help with the award’s day ceremonies. WDE Club members are eager to engage with others to better the school and the community!

Over 50 students at West DeFuniak Elementary put forth extra effort this year to surpass their classroom Accelerated Reading goals by DOUBLING the number of points suggested! Students celebrated with a field trip to the Wee Care Park to play on the splash pad!  

Facilities and Maintenance wrapped up the school year with a fish fry/lunch Friday, May 27th. Members of the staff were recognized for years of employment and presented with dedicated service pins.

Student straw poll of WCSD is: “We are Ready for summer but Not Really Ready”!  Love our District, Love our School, Love our Teachers!

Straw poll and consensus of teachers and Administrators: “We Are Ready, end of Story”!  EPIC is still the way, we will show you again next year!

21-22 SY coming to an end, but we are engaged, locked in and having school as usual until the last minute.  The MSE Scholars were intently hearing the words of encouragement, daily direction, pride of school and motivation from Principal Cindy Neale before the day began and now it’s on for another day of success!  EPIC 4wRd in every way at MSE; Wow!  Thanks, Emily for helping watch over hallways with teachers and administrators! 

All Walton County School District high schools were invited to bring an academic team to each of five district academic team tournaments throughout the school year. The top six scoring students from the entire district were chosen to represent the Walton County School District at the 2022 Commissioner’s Academic Challenge in Orlando, Florida, and on May 17, 2022, Team Walton was honored by the Walton County School Board for bringing home the championship for their division. Team Walton exemplified excellence, professionalism, innovation, and collaboration and represented the Walton County School District in a way that was truly EPIC! 

Team Walton Photo 

Back Row, Left to Right:  Brighton Cardenas (11th grade at SWHS), Melissa Buckner (Coach, MIC – SWHS), Alyssa Sutton (12th grade at SWHS), Kai Hong (11th grade at SWHS) 

Front Row, Left to Right:  Sophia Bock (12th grade at SWHS and Team Florida representative), Addison Hilton (9th grade at FHS), Allie Saunders (10th grade at PHS) 


Last Day for Seniors at FHS.  They were so excited to finish exams, turn in books, say “See you Later” to teachers, administrators, staff, and Superintendent Hughes.  Under classmen were practicing for EOC’s, supporting Cole (athlete who signed with Weber College today), and thanking the Seniors for leading the way!  Talk about EPIC.  FHS had 100% of their 124 students signed up to take the Biology EOC today; now that’s EPIC, Commitment, Responsibility and out right Impressive!  Thanks teachers, students, parents, staff, and Administrators for showing such preparedness and commitment to finish STRONG!  EPIC is the WAY!  Thanks, Kaiden for giving the Superintendent a personal tour of the exceptional growth and work done in Agriculture since starting the program.  Evident by the sweet pepper picked from FHS’s Raised Garden.  Also, thanks for signing up to serve in the United States Marine Corp.  Go Dogs!!!!!

The time between nap time and dismissal is one of the sweetest most precious times of the day at Bay School.  The exhaustion that comes wit academic stamina at this age is definitely real, so the rest is both necessary for proper growth and development!  Talk about a jewel of a school in the WCSD, there is NO better way to start a child’s educational experience than Pre-K in Walton County and especially Bay along with our other Pre-K centers.  EPIC happens even in Pre-K; 4wRd!

Students from Van R. Butler & Dune Lakes Elementary joined students from around Florida at the Florida Panhandle Regional Final of the International Academic Championship.  This event was held at Van R. Butler on April 30th with students competing in the History Bee, Science Bee & Geography Bee.  Walton County was well-represented by all students and several students will move on to compete in the Finals in Orlando during the month of June.  Congratulations to all the competitors who are keeping it EPIC and here are the finalists:


Van R. Butler Finalists

History Bee National and International Finalist– Myryah Cline 

History Bee National Finalist– Bel Jackson 

Science Bee National Finalists - Rob Mitchell, Myryah Cline, Levi McClendon, and Michael Mitchell


Dune Lakes Elementary Finalists

History Bee National and International Finalist - Henry Smith

Science Bee National Finalists - Ruan Parker and Gracie Smith

Geography Bee National Finalists - Brooks Locke and Henry Smith


Good luck to all in the Finals!

Superintendent Hughes shared his morning with us for a series of roundtables with our students at an event we called "Sub Sandwiches with the Superintendent." Our students expressed how grateful they are for the Superintendent's vision for this STEAM school and all he has continued to do to stand it up as a premier place of learning.