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Controlled Open Enrollment


DeFuniak Springs — Applications are now available for parents who are considering enrolling their children in a school other than their zoned school. Florida Statute 1002.31 states that beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, each district school board shall allow a parent from any school district in the state whose child is not subject to a current expulsion or suspension to enroll his or her child in and transport his or her child to any public school that has not reached capacity in the district, subject to the maximum class size.


The Controlled Open Enrollment (COE) application window for the Walton County School District will be from March 20 – April 28. Parents/Guardians must provide transportation to the COE school with available capacity. Parents/Guardians may obtain an application at any school, on the district’s website, or through the district office. To view Walton County School District’s Controlled Open Enrollment Plan and Application for Attendance or to see a complete list of schools and the capacity of each, please visit and click on the Controlled Open Enrollment link.



145 S. Park Street

DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435


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Every month, Mr. A. Russell Hughes, the Superintendent of Schools, will share a video message with an update on the exciting things happening in the Walton County School District, Walton County, Florida. Check back often to stay informed on all the activities, events and accomplishments of teachers and students in the Walton County School District!  Please share with friends and family!

Brittany Tate, Senior Grant Manager & Education Coordinator, presented a certificate to Kim Kirby, WCSD School Board Member and Superintendent Russell Hughes at the March 7, 2017, school board meeting.

Ms. Tate wished to acknowledge Walton County School District students for their participation in a Student-Led Habitat Restoration in the Choctawhatchee Watershed.  Walton County students have been growing grass for the Bay and Coastal Lakes in the area.  Last month Walton County Students were recognized in Atlanta, Georgia at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grant Recipient Luncheon with a plaque and last night Walton County School District was presented with a recognition certificate.

Submitted by Laura Smith.

Plaque for Choctawhatchee Watershed

During the March 7, 2017, Walton County School Board Meeting, School Board Member Kim Kirby and Superintendent Russell Hughes presented certificates to several Walton County teachers for being recognized by the Commissioner of Education, Pam Stewart, as some of the highest impact teachers in the state of Florida. 

Pictured left to right: Kim Kirby, WCSD Board Member; Leigh Lawson, Walton High School; Lauren Moore, Curriculum & Instruction; Jessica Anderson, Maude Saunders Elementary; Susan Rockman, Paxton School; Nina Thornton, Walton Middle School; Martin Vickers, Freeport Middle School; and Russell Hughes, Superintendent. Also not pictured is Gail "Cam" Hudson, ESE Department.

A big congratulations and thank you to these teachers for their hard work in and out of the classroom.  Once again, proof that Walton County is the best school district anywhere.

Submitted by Laura Smith.

In honor of Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss's birthday), Walton High's early childhood education class read Dr. Seuss books and completed activities with the students at the WISE center last week. Submitted by Christy English.

Students in Mrs. Watson's World Geography and AP Human Geography decided to "Adopt a Sailor" aboard the USS George H.W. Bush currently deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Students brought in snacks and toiletries to boost the moral of their sailors. The project will continue throughout the year. Mrs. Watson's son AZ2 Jameson Watson is currently assigned to the Tridents of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 9 and her students wanted to support him and his shipmates during their deployment. Submitted by Kalli McMillan.

Art students from South Walton High School are honored to have their work exhibited for the third year at the Coastal Branch Library. The works selected for the exhibit were created in the Art I and the Art 2D Honors Pre AP classes, as well as in the students’ AP Art classes for 2D Design, 2D Photography, 3D Design, and Drawing. Works in the exhibit range from traditional drawings, design interpretations, and photographic works, to pieces where the students have taken varied approaches with deconstructions, work manipulations, and experimental media.

The students' Art teacher is Dr. Vivian Moreira Komando.

Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe.






Superintendent A. Russell Hughes visited the Wise Pre-K Center and read to the students in Mrs. McBroom’s class.  The children were delighted with his reading of “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”, a favorite by best loved author, cartoonist, animator and artist, Theodor Seuss Geisel, best known to the world as “Dr. Seuss.”   Dr. Seuss’ birthday is March 2nd, and is recognized across the county in schools, libraries, and community centers by bringing children, teens, adults and books together to celebrate literacy. Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe.

All Walton County School District Students and Staff will be out for Spring Break the week of March 13-17, 2017. Students will have an early release day Thursday, March 9, 2017, and students will be out of school on Friday, March 10, 2017, due to a Teacher work day.  We hope you have a safe Spring Break and look forward to seeing you back in school on Monday, March 20, 2017.  Submitted by Donna Honish.

SWHS Math Bowl Winners

March 6, 2017

At Math Bowl

*South Walton was the only school to have all of their students place in the top ten in the individual round

*Braxton Bibb placed 1st (and got a $50 gift card)

*Jordan Nichols placed 3rd 

*Ben Balfanz placed 5th

*Tyson Sander placed 9th

*Jacob Tisdale placed 10th

*South Walton got 2nd place overall!

Submitted by Barbara Stratton.