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Students in Mrs. Rodriguez’s Spanish III class made Valentine cards for kids in an orphanage in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico (near the Texas border).

Front row (L to R): Ally Woodard, Karis Ederer, Ellen Wright, Jessica Waites, Jessica Mitchell, Alex Page, Sarah Wright Back row (L to R): Rashida Chatani, Chris Bijou, Bryce Ritchie, Savanah Hiers, Max White, Jadorian Paul, Colin Chou, Blair Lockhart

Career Day @ FMS

February 17, 2015

Freeport Middle School hosted a Career Day on February 13,2015. Our PTO organized and executed an incredible day for our student and staff enrichment. Various local presenters shared their career experiences with students in grades 5-8. We would like to thank all of the individuals involved. Pictured is our AVID Tutor, Mrs. Angela Kennedy (retired Air Force)  along with her 8th grade AVID guide, Kelby Ragan.

Teachers at Butler led professional development around the theme “Why Are We Here?”

Teachers participated in a scavenger hunt for bonding and then enjoyed breakout sessions on Teacher Leadership, Kagan Strategies, and Technology. 

First grade teachers celebrate 101 Days of School at Van R. Butler Elementary.  Tuesday, February 03rd marks the 101 days of school for the year.  Where has the time gone?

Mrs. Page's 1st Grade VRB ClassNiki Page, Katelyn Schmidt, Callie Clark, and Kristen Ross as Cruella Deville

Photos:  101 days of school - Niki Page, Katelyn Schmidt, Callie Clark, and Kristen Ross as Cruella DeVille

 VRB 101 Days of School – Kristen Ross and class 

101 Days - Niki Page and class



MHS Students use Prezi to Present a Project on Air Pressure and Barometers


Students in Mrs. Blanton’s 3rd grade classroom used Prezi to create a presentation for their class on air pressure and barometers. Students worked during their enrichment group to research and create the Prezi. Using Prezi in this Digital Lead Classroom at Mossy Head School is one way students incorporate technology in their everyday learning.Mrs. Blanton's 3rd Grade Class


Pictured L to R:  Superintendent Carlene Anderson, ESP of the Year Carol Rothgeb, and Principal of Emerald Coast Technical College Mike Davis


Teacher/Support Professional of the Year honored

By Ron Kelley


   The Walton County Education Association (WCEA) and the Walton County School District (WCSD) gathered Thursday evening January 22, 2015 to honor the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year and Exceptional Support Professional of the Year. The event was held at the Walton High School Auditorium before a crowd of family and friends of the nominees.

   Tracy Nick and Dixie Burge, representing the WCEA, were joined by the WCSD to honor the site winners. They introduced the nominees, which had been chosen by the staff and faculty at each Walton County school and District office where the nominees are employed.

   Superintendent of Schools Carlene Anderson gave the keynote speech and encouraged the nominees to continue to “Be Awesome!” School Board members Jason Catalano, Bill Eddins Jr., Kim Kirby and Gail Smith also attended the ceremony.

   Teacher of the Year nominees were Erica Bolton, Lori Daniel, Drew Geoghagen, Carla Griffith, Stacy Leddon, Nate Moore, Vivian Moreira-Komando, Trecia Meadows, Erin Ray, Kristen Rhodes, Jeanna Meyer, Rhonda Messer, Laurel Sink, Lisa Trodd, Amy Wilson and Capri Zodrow.

   Exceptional Support Professional nominees were Lisa Crabtree, Gail Fannin, Andrew Farris, James Gentry, Johnny Goodman, Glenda Graham, Donna Ives, Martha Jackson, Barbara Moore, Mary Beth Nolan, Kimi Parken, Lisa Pitts, Johanna Price, Ann Sexton, Linda Slay, Barbara Truett, Cody Rothgeb and Jim Williams.

   And the winners are …

   The 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year is Carla Griffith of Freeport High School. The 2014-2015 Support Professional of the Year is Carol Rothgeb of the Emerald Coast Technical College (formerly Walton Career Development Center).

   Following the ceremony, a catered reception by McLain’s Family Steakhouse was held in the school cafeteria.

Carol Rothgeb was selected as the ESP of the year for Emerald Coast Technical College and her son, Cody Rothgeb, was selected as the ESP of the year for South Walton High School. Carol went on to win District Essential Support Personnel of the Year! After winning, she looked at Cody and said, "Now this is something I can hold over your head."