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Walton County School District hosted the National ALICE Train the trainer training at the Carlene Anderson Training Center today. We had a great day of active assailant response training for Walton County School District employees and surrounding agencies. 

ALICE Training

ALICE Training

ALICE Training

ALICE Training

ALICE Training

Mossy Head School would like to announce this year's Teacher of the Year, Mr. Buddy Goodman, and our ESP of the Year, Mrs. April Schanz. Mr. Goodman is cherished by the faculty, students, and parents of MHS. He is dedicated to providing learning to students through interaction and exposure to different musical experiences. Mrs. April has been dedicated to taking care of and supporting Mossy Head School for years. First, as a parent, then later when she joined the staff, all the way to her current position as custodian. 
MHS is so proud of our Teacher of the Year and our ESP of the year!
MHS TOY 2019-2020
MHS ESP of the Year 2019-2020
Dr. John Fay of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base kicked off the 8th grade space studies with a talk about his past work with NASA, emphasizing the intersection of science and math in the real world. Students were excited to check out the artifacts he shared including a heat shield and a multi-strand tether. Thank you Dr. Fay for giving back to our students! 
 Paxton students with Air Force Research Lab guest
Seahawk Junior Fisher Marks is congratulated by Principal Alexis Tibbetts and Assistant Principal Carrie Chavers for earning 1,500 points on the PSAT.  Fisher had a perfect score on the math questions.

Superintendent Hughes spent part of the morning at WDE doing Drop off, visited Mrs. Daniel's class for The Positivity Project, and 1st Grade Data Chat. No stopping until the end of the day Thursday! EPIC3 in progress!!!!

WDE Classroom

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Supt Hughes at WDE

Walton High School’s culinary arts students prepared a holiday brunch on December 13 to show their appreciation for our outstanding faculty and staff members and the hard work they do every day to help students build their legacies and succeed.  The delicious meal served by students with smiling faces started our day off right!

 

We would like to thank Ms. Spice and her culinary students for all THEY do to make Walton High such a special place for our students, staff, and community members!

WHS Culinary Dept Students
WHS Culinary Dept Students
WHS Culinary Dept Students
WHS Culinary Dept Students
WHS Culinary Dept Students
Paxton students definitely BROUGHT their BEST to the District Tropicana Speech Competition:
(FROM LEFT TO RIGHT)
Rylee Braswell - Most Entertaining (6th grade)
Marley McClelland - Most Entertaining (5th grade)
Kaylee Yeakos - Honorable Mention (5th grade)
Cade Stewart - 3rd Place (4th grade)
Braylon Bradley - Most Entertaining (4th grade)
Way to go, boys and girls!
 
Congratulations to the Freeport Middle School Girls Basketball Team for winning the Conference Championship on December 12th! The Lady Bulldogs won 30-27. Way to go, ladies! Congratulations on your phenomenal season! GO BULLDOGS!

South Walton High School was well represented at the awards ceremony of the District Science Fair. 

Sophie Harris, 1st place, Biological Division

Anzhela Gorbyleva, 2nd place, Biological Division

Catherine Fields, 3rd Place, Biological Division

 

Dalton Robinson, 2nd place, Engineering Division

Camden Odum, 3rd place, Engineering Division

Bryce Southerland, Honorable Mention, Engineering Division

 

Edwin Feldman, 1st place, Environmental Division

Evelyn Hanish, 2nd place, Environmental Division

Taylor Brandon, 3rd place, Environmental Division

Chloe Chick, Honorable Mention, Environmental Division

Lily Turner, Honorable Mention, Environmental Division

 

Karena Hand, 1st place, Physics Division

Grace Ritchie, 2nd place, Physics Division

Mary Brown, 3rd place, Physics Division

Robert Guss, Honorable Mention, Physics Division

This school year, ELA teachers at Walton Middle School have committed to turning the heavy lifting of learning over to their students, intentionally designing lessons that provide students opportunities to deeply think, write, and discuss their ideas. 

This week, sixth grade ELA teachers Rachel Jones and Brendon Murphy, with the support of instructional coach, Kristen Nelson, joined forces and introduced the fishbowl strategy to their students—a collaborative discussion protocol that allows students to meaningfully discuss texts they’ve been reading and studying.  Combining classes, the team first introduced the strategy’s steps to students, modeling how to have an interactive student-led discussion.  In the classroom fishbowl, students formed two circles.  Students in the center circle were in the fishbowl, leading and carrying on a text-dependent conversation about Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, a novel they’ve been reading.  These students were provided sample question stems to help them consider appropriate ways to voice their analysis, opinions, and questions about the text.  While the inner circle students conversed with each other, students in the outer circle observed the process, taking notes about insightful comments heard, text evidence offered, and personal connections made. 

At the end of the student-led conversation, each class debriefed about the process itself, considering “glows” (strengths of the activity) and “grows” (opportunities for improvement next time).  WMS teachers are committed to working together to help students become independent learners, thoughtfully providing them with opportunities to develop their own unique voices.  Yet again, the “we, not me” spirit thrives in classrooms at WMS.

girl sitting on bean bag WMS

students sitting in desks listening to teacher speak

students sitting in desks taking notes