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The Walton County School Board recognized the Walton County Presidential Scholar Nominees in the areas of Academics and Career Technical Education at the November 2, 2021, school board meeting.

The Commission on Presidential Scholars accepted nominations from counties across the state of Florida for the 2021-22 cycle of its Presidential Scholars Program. The mission of this program, established in 1964, is to recognize and honor superior high school seniors. Students are selected on the basis of outstanding scholarship in one of two categories:

1) Students are nominated for the academic component based on SAT/ACT scores.

2) Students nominated for the Career and Technical Education (CTE) component are students who demonstrate excellence in career and technical education.

Mr. Weston Corbin from Walton High School was recognized as the Academic Scholar Nominee for Walton County and Miss. Alyssa Sutton from South Walton High School's Magnet Innovations Center/STEAM School was recognized as the Career Technical Education Scholar Nominee for Walton County.  These two students will have the honor of being evaluated at the state level for a chance to be named as one of Florida's Presidential Scholars.  Up to 20 state nominees, 10 male and 10 female, will be chosen for the academic portion. Up to five state nominees will be chosen for the CTE portion. The state nominees will be invited to apply in mid-to-late January 2022 for the national program.

In addition to the above named Walton County nominees, congratulations to all school nominees especially to Haylee Hayes from Paxton School and Sophia Bock from South Walton High School who were selected, respectively, as the second and third Academic Scholars for Walton County.  Also, congratulations go to Emily Casey from Walton High School and Alexandria Grau from Freeport High School who were selected, respectively, as the second and third Career Technical Education Scholars for Walton County.


Additional information about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program and the Commission on Presidential Scholars is available at


Today was no walk on the beach for the Sandpipers, much to the contrary; there are learning and typing practice, Fall Art Creation, Language Lessons, and state Projects that keep the focus on what school has to include on a daily basis.  Better Together was on Full display with exceptional teachers, students, staff, and Administration.  A LOT going on but worth it all!  Shout out to parents when the Superintendent is reinforcing the appropriate and inspiring use of good manners.  Please, thanks, and you are welcome!  Soft skills remain a key component to student and adult success!  Respect, Respect, Respect….Go Sandpipers! 

Presentation of the Master Board Plaque to the Walton County School Board Members (Featured left to right; Jeri Michie, Kim Kirby, Tammy Smith, Jason Catalano, William (Bill) Eddins, Jr.)  and Superintendent A. Russell Hughes.  Presentation by Tina Pinkoson, Director of Leadership Services, Florida School Boards Association.

No Ordinary Joe Scholarships

November 2, 2021

Recognizing the community's "Extraordinary students who exhibit leadership with a strong sense of community and service.  

Click the link below for more details.  

Feliz Dia De Los Muertos from the Freeport Middle School Art Department and Mrs. Matias' Spanish class!  This collaboration involves the art students studying the art of Dia De Los Muertos to create an offrenda with calacas and calaveras paintings.  The Spanish class studied Hispanic heroes, a painter, writer, and an artist to write biographies.  Each year during the Dia De Los Muertos celebration,  families create an offrenda to celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed and welcome them to visit during the celebration.

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Last week the 6th grade seaperch students put their knowledge of simple machines to the work as they built and tested their wind lift machines. Competition was tight, but what great results!

1st place with 45+ pennies, Malaya Goldsmith

2nd place with 40 pennies, Carter Johnson

3rd place with 35 pennies Elijah Dahl

Now, on to Rube Goldberg machines!

South Walton High School - Seahawks Field Ribbon Cutting – 10/22/2021

Superintendent A. Russell Hughes has the honor of throwing out the first pitch at the new Seahawks Baseball Field. 

COVID Update October 29, 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. 

We are happy to report yesterday’s single day data at 0%.  As we continue our mitigation strategies below, we want to thank all of our stakeholders – parents, students, teachers, staff, administrators, and our school board – for working together to keep our schools safe. 


COVID-19 Statistics

Single Day Data


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

Overall Data to Date

(8/10/21 – 10/28/21)

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

Positive COVID-19 Cases

of School District Students and/or Employees






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






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






Schools Involved in Positive Cases and/or Exposure






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.

*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 appreciates all of our mentor volunteers.  Mentors play an important role in the lives of students by providing educational support and guidance toward future endeavors.  If you are interested in mentoring or volunteering in the District, please complete an application which can be found under the “Community” tab on our web page.  You may contact Lori Hughes with questions @ [email protected] or text your question using the Let’s Talk tab on the right side of our webpage.  Mentors we salute you!!