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Submitted by Linda Winthurst, Walton County School District

The South Walton High School Competitive Cheerleading Team were recognized at the School Board Meeting on March 15th as State Champions in Class 1-A Large Division Non-Tumbling Finals at the 2016 Florida High School Competitive Cheerleading State Competition.

Submitted by Michelle Doggett, Energy Specialist, WCSD

The Walton County School District was presented the Energy Pacesetter Award at the March 15, 2016 School Board meeting for “setting the pace” in energy savings for others.  The District has achieved a 33 percent cost avoidance savings totaling $4,178,309 in 49 months through its energy program with Cenergistic, an energy conservation company. We are gratified that Walton County School District has been recognized for its commitment to good budgetary and environmental stewardship.

 The energy program’s savings come from the cooperative efforts of each staff member at each of our facilities. Every person in every group — administrators, plant managers, custodial, maintenance and operations, food service, faculty and staff — has ownership of the energy he or she uses. We’ve found that as each person becomes aware of the positive effect conservation efforts can have, each one is doing what it takes to save energy. It’s very gratifying to see the level of cooperation continue to rise throughout our organization. We work diligently, day in and day out, through the year to reduce energy waste. Through our continued efforts our collective success is measured.

Success can be measured in many ways. While dollar savings are significant, the energy program’s environmental impact is worth noting. The resources saved by not generating the 112,399 MMBTUs we conserved in the 49 months are equivalent to removing 3,555 automobiles from the road or planting 437,498 pine trees. That’s wise conservation of natural resources for our future generations.

 All WCSD employees and students should be lauded for their conservation success as we continue to eliminate energy waste and preserve savings for classrooms and students throughout Walton County Schools.

Pictured Left to Right:  School Board Member Jason Catalano, Superintendent Anderson, Energy Specialist Michelle Doggett, Facilities & Maintenance Director Mark Gardner, and Cenergistic Regional President Gary Clark

Submitted by Christy English, Walton High School

Walton High students that met the requirements for the 25 Book Challenge for the third quarter were rewarded with a trip to Blast Arcade at Baytowne Wharf on March 17.  These students have read a minimum of 21 books this school year and were rewarded for this accomplishment with game cards, pizza, and ice cream.

Congratulations to these 19 students for their hard work, dedication, and achievement toward this year-long goal!

WHS Hosts Blood Drive

March 17, 2016

Submitted by Christy English, Walton High School

Walton High School hosted a blood drive on March 16, and it was a huge success! Over 50 students and several teachers donated to this worthwhile cause. We appreciate everyone's willingness to give... and help save lives.

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Submitted by Cindy Stewart, Bay Elementary School

Several leprechauns were caught at BES in Ms. Syndey Martin's kindergarten class. They are usually good natured kindergarteners but today they all turned into leprechauns! Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Submitted by Krisy Spence, Maude Saunders Elementary

MSE third graders discovered the creatures that live in the Choctawhatchee Bay during their March Grasses in Classes experience.


Submitted by Darlene Paul, West DeFuniak Elementary School

Third Grade Students at WDE performed surgery on word problems today.  Careful examination of each problem produced the RIGHT  answer! They learned to use the C.U.B.E.S. strategy efficiently on every case. 

Submitted by Pam Leavins, West DeFuniak Elementary School

West DeFuniak is proud to announce the March Students of the Month.

Front row left to right:  Maycee Ealum—Kindergarten, Journey Curry—1st Grade, Camden Zodrow—2nd Grade
Back row left to right:  Kristian Aguayo—3rd Grade,  Kristina Polanco—4th Grade,  Alionna Jones—5th Grade