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We'd like to give a shout-out to Walton High's AVID classes, who started the tutorial process for this year.  Ms. Warren's 10th grade class helped show Ms. Bell's 9th grade class how to:

- Be prepared for the tutorials

- Have strong point of confusion questions

- Organize their notes

- Begin the group collaboration process of presenting their own personal tutorial to their peers

Way to go, Braves!

WICOR Wednesday:  Organizing Thinking to Learn Science Vocabulary
  Science vocabulary can be challenging for students because scientific concepts are complex and precise. When studying the Nature of Science unit, sixth grade science teacher Paige Lawson wants to ensure students comprehend and connect key terms in meaningful ways.

The Frayer model is an AVID WICOR graphic organizer for building student vocabulary. This technique requires students to define target vocabulary and apply their knowledge by creating examples and non-examples, listing characteristics, and/or drawing pictures to illustrate definitions.
 

After modeling a Frayer model, Mrs. Lawson instructed her students to start by choosing a vocabulary word that puzzles them and then use multiple classroom resources to help them organize their thinking about the word. Mrs. Lawson knows that when students tangibly connect unfamiliar words, their learning expands and sticks. This year, she is making that happen in sixth grade science at WMS.

 

Farm Bureau Contest

September 7, 2021

Students from Walton County School District recently competed in the annual Farm Bureau Speech Contest. This event was held September 2, 2021 at Freeport High School. This year’s topic was “Agriculture impact everyone’s daily life. What are three effective ways to educate young people about agriculture”. Congratulations to this year’s winners and to all students for participating in the event.

The Freeport Middle School Art Department studied Japanese Sumi Ink Painting.  They made these beautiful Kakemono, ink scrolls, using India ink, bamboo brushes, and their talent.  Way to go Bulldogs!

COVID Update September 3, 2021

September 3, 2021

COVID Update September 3, 2021

In the spirit of transparency, the Walton County School District (WCSD) will continue to update our stakeholders with COVID-19 data for the 2021-2022 school year. 

COVID-19 Statistics

Single Day Data

(9/2/21)

% of total population (students and staff ~ 13,000)

Overall Data to Date

(8/10/21 – 8/26/21)

% of total population (students and staff ~ 13,000)

Positive COVID-19 Cases

of School District Students and/or Employees

 

3

0.02%

593*

4.56%

Quarantined Due to On Campus Exposure of School District Students and/or Employees

 

9

0.07%

1067

8.21%

Quarantined Due to Off Campus Exposure (Community/Family Exposure) of School District Students and/or Employees

 

1

0.008%

487

3.75%

Schools Involved in Positive Cases and/or Exposure

 

3

 

20

 

While the numbers above represent a decrease in single day data from the start of school, we look forward to a time where that number reads 0%, likewise is our wish for our county, state, and country. We are glad that we are able to navigate through this second year of COVID like we have with the mitigation strategies in place that allow students to be in school, employees at work, and families enjoying some sense of normalcy.

As a district, we find numbers increase after students and staff have been out for an extended period of time and then return to school, such as summer/holiday breaks and long weekends – a trend that was also true during the 2020-2021 school year.  With Labor Day approaching, please utilize best practices that allow for a safe return to school. If you are exposed or experience symptoms, remember to please stay home.  We appreciate those who have stayed home when sick, reported their diagnosis to our schools, and follow district and state decision trees.  Thank you to all stakeholders for being supportive, patient, and understanding as we continue our work together for another successful year – this is a team effort and we are moving 4wRd.

*Please keep in mind that although COVID positive cases may represent a student or staff member within the WCSD, it does not necessarily indicate that the virus originated within the WCSD.  It is also important to note that a portion of the positive cases involve individuals who may have never entered the school setting while sick due to proper quarantining. 

Walton County School District COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies for the 2021-2022 School Year

  1. If a person is sick (students, teachers, staff, and visitors), they should stay home.
  2. Face covering is optional for all, including the bus.
  3. Hand sanitizer is available at various areas inside the school.
  4. Social distancing from others is encouraged as much as possible.
  5. Signs will be displayed to remind those in schools about social distancing, as well as the use of hand sanitizer, washing of hands, and face coverings.
  6. Cleaning and disinfecting school facilities/buses which are occupied by students will be done daily.
  7. Adequate mitigation supplies are on hand at all schools/facilities (hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, masks, etc.).
  8. COVID-19 vaccination is optional for all students and employees.
  9. COVID-19 contact tracing is occurring in all schools/facilities (2021-2022 WCSD Decision Tree for employees and students).
  10. At this time non-essential visitors and volunteers are not allowed to enter schools. This mitigation strategy will be revisited in the next few weeks.

Preparing the Whole Child for a Life of Success was in full display at FHS.  As usual teachers Mr. Miller and Mrs. Rasz were directly involved with students doing individual projects or performing a new jazz piece that Superintendent Hughes was privileged to stop and enjoy during an extremely busy day.  Smiles like these from teaches and students like this, doing activities together are the reasons we love school and the WCSD!!!!! #nuffsaid!!!!!

Blind Photography at WHS

September 1, 2021

Ms. Dotson's students recently worked together on a “Blind Photography” project at Walton High School.  They studied the art of Pete Eckert, a blind photographer.  Then they wore blindfolds and worked together with partners to take some photographs of the school courtyard using their other senses.  This was a great team-building exercise that allowed the students to work together and trust their fellow peers.

Great job, Braves!

Water Cycle in a Bag at WDE

August 30, 2021

West DeFuniak Elementary 5th Grade Students are learning about the process of the water cycle. Students created miniature models of the process including evaporation, condensation, and precipitation.

Although some school districts to the west of us are closed tomorrow Monday, August 30, 2021 due to weather conditions, the Walton County School District has collaborated with our local weather experts to determine that we will remain open.  We hope everyone, including the counties in our surrounding area, remain safe.  Please reach out to your individual schools if you have any concerns or questions.  Thank you. 

COVID Update August 27, 2021

In the spirit of transparency, the Walton County School District (WCSD) will continue to update our stakeholders with COVID-19 data for the 2021-2022 school year. 

COVID-19 Statistics

Single Day Data

(8/26/21)

% of total population (students and staff ~ 13,000)

Overall Data to Date

(8/10/21 – 8/26/21)

% of total population (students and staff ~ 13,000)

Positive COVID-19 Cases

of School District Students and/or Employees

 

17

0.1%

406

3.1%

Quarantined Due to On Campus Exposure of School District Students and/or Employees

 

42

0.3%

584

4.5%

Quarantined Due to Off Campus Exposure (Community/Family Exposure) of School District Students and/or Employees

 

33

0.3%

327

2.5%

Schools Involved in Positive Cases and/or Exposure

 

8

 

20

 

 

 

Walton County School District COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies for the 2021-2022 School Year

  1. If a person is sick (students, teachers, staff, and visitors), they should stay home.
  2. Face covering is optional for all, including the bus.
  3. Hand sanitizer is available at various areas inside the school.
  4. Social distancing from others is encouraged as much as possible.
  5. Signs will be displayed to remind those in schools about social distancing, as well as the use of hand sanitizer, washing of hands, and face coverings.
  6. Cleaning and disinfecting school facilities/buses which are occupied by students will be done daily.
  7. Adequate mitigation supplies are on hand at all schools/facilities (hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, masks, etc.).
  8. COVID-19 vaccination is optional for all students and employees.
  9. COVID-19 contact tracing is occurring in all schools/facilities (2021-2022 WCSD Decision Tree for employees and students).
  10. At this time non-essential visitors and volunteers are not allowed to enter schools. This mitigation strategy will be reevaluated on September 1st.