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WHS cheerleaders recently visited Maude Saunders’ 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to participate in an FSA pep rally.  They ended the pep rally with glow sticks and reminded the students to “light that test up!”

Submitted by Christy English

Mariah addressed her Color Guard experience in the application by writing: 

"Being in Color Guard has impacted my life so much over the past years. Before I joined Color Guard I had no understanding of what it meant to be so passionate about something. But after I joined it seems as if I can never get it off my mind. I catch myself choreographing work to songs on the radio. I’ve never been that close to my family, it’s been just my mom, my sisters, and I. So, I never knew what it was like to have somebody or even several people I could go to with real life problems. It has taught me to put trust into something other than myself. I’ve met people that have been nothing but loving and caring, even if they barely knew me. I have made several lifelong friends that I plan to keep in touch with for the rest of my life. (I’m actually planning on rooming with one at USA). It has taught me the things like time management and leadership that I’ve already mentioned. But the thing I think it has taught me the most is to be part of somethings bigger than myself. To know that there are people looking out for you and making sure that your life is on track, is the best feeling one can have. It has taught me love and compassion for others even if I think they don’t deserve it sometimes. It has and always will be the best choice I have ever made."

Congratulations to Mariah, and the entire WHS Guard program! 

Submitted by Chad Robbins

Third grader Baylee got an unexpected surprise Friday when her dad returned from deployment and surprised her at school!  The emotional moment occurred during the FSA pep rally so all third and fourth graders were fortunate to share this special event!  Welcome home sir, and thank you for your service! 

Submitted by Tammy Smith

Third and fourth graders at Butler Elementary got fired up to do their best on the upcoming FSA during a school pep rally on Friday!  Highlights of the rally included cheers led by the SWHS Cheerleaders and our own Coach Davies, a pep talk from Mr. Drake, and a special video created by the SWHS Leadership Class. 

Submitted by Tammy Smith

The Butler Elementary PTO recently sponsored their biggest fundraiser of the year, the Boosterthon Fun Run. Students worked hard to collect pledges, then played hard on Fun Run day. Total pledges exceeded the school’s $25,000.00 goal!  

MSE 5th graders hear about WMS opportunities!

Jodi Howell, WMS Guidance Counselor, visited Maude Saunders to share information about middle school.  They learned about the dress code, attendance policies, behavior expectations, opportunities to participate in sports, clubs, and other enrichment classes, and much more.  These Little Warriors are looking forward to becoming Walton Middle School Warriors!

Submitted by Krisy Spence

Superintendent Hughes and members of the WCSD District Office staff donned their blue attire to join students, administrators, faculty and staff in schools all throughout Walton County today in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Administrators, Staff members, and Superintendent Hughes gathered to plant a Pinwheel Garden to serve as a visual reminder that we all have an important role in preventing child abuse and nurturing the children of our community.  Superintendent Hughes spoke of his intense efforts to ensure that all the staff and administration of the Walton County School District completed the Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect course offered by the Florida Department of Education.  Mr. Hughes reiterated that WCSD has a strong collaboration with the Walton County Sheriff's Department, the Department of Children and Families, and the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center to meet the needs of children in the district who may be the victims or potential victims of abuse.  

The color blue has served as a reminder to end child abuse since 1989, when one grandmother made a personal commitment to wear a blue ribbon after her own grandson died as a result of abuse.  The pinwheel is an uplifting symbol of childhood, and a reflection of hope, health and safety…something we wish for ALL children. 

Throughout the month of April, students and teachers across the district will be participating in activities that focus on awareness, and administration and staff will be involved in professional development activities that highlight recognition, support and prevention.  The goal of the Walton County School District is to help end child abuse through education, enlightenment, awareness, and compassion!


Submitted Keitha Bledsoe.

Paxton's aerospace students were very excited to view restored planes and meet a variety of pilots at the Marvel of Flight in DeFuniak Springs. 

Marvel of Flight is a two-day event designed for real-world pilots and their friends and family. Each day is loaded with seminars, guest speakers, unique aircraft ride experiences, vendors, and much more.
Submitted by Kalli McMillan