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Dune Lakes Elementary School celebrated their fifth graders in a promotion ceremony on Monday, May 24th. Students and guests were welcomed to an outdoor ceremony on the school’s north lawn and basketball courts where each student was presented a certificate of promotion to sixth grade. 

Fifth grade student Levi Peterson read poem “Let No One Steal Your Dreams” by Paul Cookson, the school choir, the Sandpiper Singers, sang a piece from their Spring Concert.

 An extra special thank you to Sandpiper Boosters who secured Epic Photo, Co. to provide a complimentary photo for each student with their family. 

Principal Chavers left students with thoughtful remarks like “look up” from your device or screen to be present in life happening around you and to be kind to one another. 

While the 2020-2021 fifth grade class was the second to promote to sixth grade from the new campus, opened in 2019, it was the first to be formally recognized in an on campus ceremony.  

Our Dune Lakes family is so proud of this fifth grade class and wish them the very best as they prepare for middle school!  

Fun Day at WDE!

May 24, 2021

Superintendent Hughes stopped in at WDE to do the last drop-off of the 20-21 school year Friday.  Students were excited that there is three days left in school.  They were embarking on the beginning of Fun Day with games and competition with classmates and class spans!  Also, had a chance to say thanks to Ms. Debra Hill on her retirement after 30+ at WDE!  EPIC is the way even on FUN DAY!  2 more days!  #hungongainedon

Straw Rockets at WDE!

May 21, 2021

On Wednesday, May 19, the first-grade students at West DeFuniak Elementary school participated in building their own straw rockets in science class to connect to the standards that were being taught about space and space travel.  Students were excited to discuss how astronauts travel into space and how rockets work.  Once each student had completed the construction of their straw rocket, they went outside to launch test rockets using a straw rocket launcher.  All of the straw rockets were launched successfully, and the students enjoyed comparing the flights for each launched rocket.

WISE Class of 2034

May 21, 2021

It was a beautiful day for the class of the class of 2034! These sweet Pre-K graduates are on their way to Kindergarten next year, but they will be missed by their teachers, faculty and staff at WISE. Once part of the WISE family, always a part of the WISE family. Good luck little ones, you will all light up the world!  


The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center provides critical services for child abuse victim in our community.  They have two Centers. one located in Niceville, and the Pierce Family, located in DeFuniak Springs.  The Centers provide a child-friendly place where children can begin to heal from the trauma of abuse.   It’s a place where childhoods once lost to abuse are restored.   Staff and agency partners wrap services around the child and family while holding offenders accountable.  .Services include forensic interviews, medical exams and evaluations, counseling, and access to other community resources.    In 2017, the Center expanded It’s mission to include child abuse prevention education.      Intervention and prevention efforts working toward  making their vision a reality – Healing children.  Ending child abuse.

Presenting….. Audie Rowell, President, Julie Porterfield, CEO, Jasie Landeros, Community Outreach Manager

The Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center presented the First Super Hero Award to Superintendent Hughes tonight at the WCSD Board Meeting.  With COVID-19 the Superintendent got the students back to some normalcy this past school year and  the presenters thanked him for that and for being a Champion, so that their program, called Safety Matters, could go back into the schools.  The Superintendent kept the children first in trying to protect them.  Because of his leadership and his team, this year they served 10,151 students with their education program, delivering 380 sessions, and because he allowed them back into the schools there were a number of children that were kept safe.

Due to the amazing success of last summer’s Launch into STEM Fun! event, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in collaboration with the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium is offering Launch into STEM Fun 2.0! this summer. We hope you will join us for EPIC learning, fun, and amazing STEM Career presentations, including NASA Astronaut Wendy Lawrence (Captain, US Navy, Retired). 

Click the link below for dates and times.

What an excellent and amazing display of talent exhibited during the Spring Band Concert, Friday night!  New instruments, phenomenal musical talent, exciting and empowering atmosphere of success, musicianship, leadership, teamwork and support.  Attendees left the auditorium in awe of the exceptional work that Mr. Stuart is doing with our Paxton Music Program.  All the components of EPIC were on full display Friday Night!  Mrs. Rebecca Stuart joining in to assist with musical parts not yet developed, Ms. Saltsman accompanied with piano portions, Superintendent Hughes, Principal Brent Jones, and School Board Member Mrs. Jerri Michie were front row taking in the extraordinary melodious sounds and St. Joe presented a $25.000 check to help catapult our program to the next level.  Not sure it can get MORE EPIC THAN THIS!  #hungongainedon!!!!!