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Second grade students at WDE enjoyed working with interactive number lines during math this week. The number line is an important tool for helping children develop greater flexibility in mental arithmetic as they actively construct mathematical meaning, number sense, and understandings of number relationships. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Mrs. McLaney’s fourth grade class at WDE is studying hurricanes and how they affect people. Students have learned about the dangerous effects of hurricanes. In this lesson, students made a hurricane in a bowl by using water and food coloring. Students were able to see the eye of the storm and how the hurricane can stretch over an area. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Freeport Middle School’s 8th grade AVID class with Mrs. Peloquin, attended the Freeport City Council meeting on October 11. As an extension from the visit, the AVID class created the “AVID Government Liaison Council (AGLC).” The AGLC will attend future meetings, bring information on current topics to the school student council, and return the verdict from a student survey to the next meeting. Submitted by Chelsea Ellison.

Police Officers, Nurses, and Firefighters! Oh my! Our kindergartners attended several special presentations this past week to discover helpers in our community. Each of our community helpers shared about their jobs and the special tools they use to perform their jobs. We are blessed to have the Walton County Fire Rescue, the Walton County Health Department and our very own Deputy Messenger visit kindergarten. Submitted by Elizabeth Gaither.

Third grade students at West Defuniak Elementary learned about the states of matter by making Root Beer Floats. They enjoyed making a tasty treat that contained a solid, a liquid, and a gas! Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Orlando, FL (October 14, 2016) – Music education is strong and thriving in Walton County, where two elementary school students have been accepted for participation in one of two All-State elementary music ensembles. Students selected attend Van R. Butler Elementary and Freeport Elementary Schools. These students will perform with the FMEA All-State Elementary Chorus or Orff Ensemble in Tampa, January 13, 2017 at the Tampa Convention Center.  These students were chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive audition process among over 875 elementary students from all across Florida.  Congratulations to Ella Ekenseair (Butler, 4th grade, Chorus) and Savannah Smith (Freeport, 4th grade, Orff Ensemble). The students’ teachers, Mrs. Rebecca Austin and Ms. Angela Saltsman, are members of the Florida Music Educators Association and the Florida Elementary Music Educators Association.  Submitted by Nancy Currie - FES.