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The FHS Sunshine Band earned Straight Superior Ratings on Saturday, October 14th, at the Southern Showcase in Dothan, Alabama.  The overall score included the following ratings:  Superior Drum Major, Superior Colorguard, Superior Drumline, and Superior Band.  Congratulations to Mr. Miller, Miss Miller, and the members of the Sunshine Band for a great performance!

Come see the Sunshine Band this coming Saturday, October 21st, at Arnold High School, performing at the Florida Bandmasters Association District 2 Marching Music Performance Assessment.  The band will perform at 3:30! Submitted by Celeste Goodwin.

Walton County Fair was humming with the sweet sounds of WCSD voices as the West Defuniak Elementary "BeeBops"; Mossy Head "Headliners"; Freeport Elementary "Sophisticats"; Paxton "Sound of the Pride"; and Maude Saunders "Kids of Distinction" sang their hearts out on the Main Stage area of the fair Wednesday evening!

Thursday night, audiences in the Main Stage area were treated to the beautiful voices of the Walton Middle School and Walton High School Chorus students!

Congratulations to all these fine musicians, their parents, and their teachers for an EPIC job sharing their talents at the Walton County Fair!

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submitted by Keitha Bledsoe

Walton County School District is bursting with Excellence, Professionalism, Innovation and Collaboration as teachers participate in multiple professional development activities throughout the district. 

Friday, October 13, is a perfect example as district wide Digital Lead Teachers gathered together as a collaborative effort to brainstorm about how to better assist schools and teachers with digital instructional strategies and tools!  District Coordinator, Crystal Appel, and District Digital Learning Specialist, Christine Petersen, instructed and guided the collaboration as they work to find ways to empower WCSD teachers through the assistance of their individual school based Digital Lead Teachers.  Superintendent Russell Hughes visited the workshop briefly to encourage participants in the Walton County Way = EPIC!


When a student is falling behind in reading, time makes a huge difference in their success level.  WCSD reading teachers attended a workshop on the Sonday System developed by educator and researcher Arlene Sonday. The program is designed to help students who have been struggling get caught up with their peers.  The Sonday System is a research based program that provides educators tools to identify, intervene, and help struggling students improve their reading skills using effective multisensory instruction.  


In the Carlene H. Anderson Training Room at the Wise Educational Center, Secondary English Language Arts instructors participated in a type of knowledge and strategies based "Boot Camp" to equip teachers with additional tools to help students achieve and succeed.  SWHS Dean of Students, Carrie Chavers, facilitated the workshop as teachers networked, shared ideas and strategies, and acquired new learning designed to boost student academic accomplishment.  


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Kindergarten students at Butler Elementary were honored to have the South Walton Fire Department visit the school and share information about fire safety with them.  Ms. Stephens class created a thank you banner to show their appreciation to these community helpers! Submitted by Tammy Smith.

“MSE takes home the Blue Ribbon at Walton County Fair!” The theme at Maude Saunders Elementary School this year is “Teamwork Sparks Success” and the students and staff created a blue ribbon booth to prove it.  Be sure to check out our booth at the fair this week! Submitted by Krisy Spence.

Some of the incredible Art teachers of Walton County School District are featured in the October/November issue of 30A Kids Club Magazine !!! The creative influence these teachers have on their students impacts their lives for a lifetime...inspiring them to see themselves and the world around them with new and expanded vision, and providing the tools for self-expression that help them to stay grounded and connected. The German painter Gerhard Richter said that "picturing things, taking a vew,is what makes us human; art is making sense and giving shape to that sense." 

Walton County School District is proud that these teachers, and the other Arts teachers in the district, have chosen the lifetime calling of teaching....changing the world one child at a time!

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You can access the October/November issue online at: