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The Walton County School District would like to thank the Walton Education Foundation! Over the past year the Walton Education Foundation has awarded over $42,000 to 39 classrooms through its Classroom Grant program using matching funds from the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations.  In addition, the Foundation  has increased the number of students in Walton County’s Take Stock in Children program by 32 percent.  The Foundation has also  worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to host the very first Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers Event – AKA ECET2.  

A special thanks also goes out to following companies and their representatives for their very generous donations to the Walton Education Foundation. 

Kristina Mackenzie with Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa through United Way of Okaloosa & Walton – Over $11,000 for All Walton Education Foundation Programs

Janet Greeno with the St. Joe Community Foundation - $7,500 for Classroom Grant Program

Brian Gilbert, Kevin Campbell and Ashley Williams with CHELCO - $6,000 for Classroom Grant Program

Pictured:  Volunteer Walton Education Foundation Board Members  in attendance at a recent School Board Meeting: Megan Harrison, Lauren Justiss, Kelli Jo Kilberg, Melissa Pilcher, Linda Presenell, Wyndy Crozier.

Click here to see the list of mini-grant recipients.

WEF Receives a Donation

Pictured above: Walton Education Foundation Executive Director MH Carr (left) and Kristina Mackenzie with the Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort and Spa. 

Picture Courtesy of the DeFuniak Herald/Beach Breeze Newspaper

A big thank you to Grit & Grace for donating the book titled, "Wild Wild Walton" to each of the middle and high school libraries.  The book written by Mr. Ronnie McBrayer is based on Grit & Grace's 2015 production bearing the same name, "Wild Wild Walton."

The special donatation was made at the January 5th School Board meeting.  Grit & Grace board members in attendance were introduced at the meeting: Mark Douglass, Kim Kirby, Mac Carpenter, Voncille McLeod, and Rosemary Garner. The author Mr. McBrayer was also introduced at the meeting. 

School Representatives:

Mitch Jackson – Vice Principal - Paxton School
Jason Campbell – Principal - Walton Middle School
Russell Hughes – Principal - Walton High School
Tripp Hope – Principal - Freeport High School
Charlie Morse – Principal - Freeport Middle School
Youlanda Guice – Secretary - South Walton High School
Jeff Infinger – Principal - Emerald Coast Middle School


Congratulations Stingrays!

January 13, 2016

Saturday, January 9th the Emerald Coast Middle School Cheerleaders with Coach Whitney Cooley placed first at the Cheersport Biloxi Grand Championship in the Junior Level 5 Recreation division. Congratulations Stingrays!

Rediscovering Our WHY to Understand WHAT and HOW at WMS
Submitted by Kristen Rhodes, WMS

To embark on the second semester, teachers at Walton Middle School spent the January 5th professional day rediscovering their passion for the profession and gaining tools for enhancing student success.  Teachers began the first training of the new year by completing a group activity that required them to reflect on why they teach, reminding themselves which factors of students’ lives directly lie within their circle of influence and which do not.  After this collaborative activity, teachers participated in activities geared toward unlocking the Florida Standards, focusing on academic vocabulary and text-dependent questioning.  The day was broken into segments that allowed teachers to first learn new content, then discuss and plan relevant classroom applications with their PLCs.  After breakout sessions, teachers returned to the whole group to present their PLC’s game plan for communicating their new learning to students.  In the afternoon session, district literacy coach, Rian Lyday, shared engagement strategies with teachers, emphasizing the importance of moving beyond a classroom full of compliant students into one full of actively engaged learners, making meaningful connections between education and life.


Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Freeeport Elementary Educatational Support Professional of the Year, Charles Caldwell.

Congratualations to the 2015-2016 Freeport Elementary Teacher of the Year, Sherry Ford.