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Impressions in Clay

January 28, 2021

The Freeport Middle School Art Department has created another beautiful batch of "Impressions in Clay" tablets and wall hangings.  Students worked with clay and plants to make impressions in the clay.  They then learned how to make a tinted glaze to complete the look.  Way to go students!

High Expectations and Academic Language were on full display at Maude Saunders Elementary this morning.  After drop-off Superintendent Hughes perused through Kindergarten to hear, see, and watch students learn the difference between Whole Numbers that are made up of parts that give the sum of the numbers in a number bond!  The students connected trains, cats, and dogs to calculate the sum with fun content.  Kindergarten EPIC is equally amazing!

Freeport Wildcats are excited to announce our Teacher of the Year, Kristi Gantenbein and Educational Support Porfessional of the Year, Joanie Porter.

Kristi Gantenbein, kindergarten teacher extraordinaire, is in her 6th year teaching and her third year at FES.  Prior to FES, Mrs. Gantenbein taught first and second grade, and received  the "Rising Star" award in her first year. Mrs. G, as she is lovingly known throughout FES, says, " I always knew I would be a teacher; it's all I've ever wanted to do. I feel very blessed to have felt that calling and passion from such a young age. One of my favorite things about teaching is building relationships with my students. I love getting to celebrate my student's success with them and watch their confidence grow." When not at school, Mrs. Gantenbein enjoys spending time with her family, reading and taking bike rides. We, at FES, are very blessed to have Mrs. Kristi Gantenbein in our Wildcat family.

Walton High School and South Walton High School are proud to be recipients of CollegeBoard's Female Diversity Award for AP Computer Science Principles (APCSP). Schools receiving this award have expanded women’s participation in the course and closed the gender gap among students.  Research shows that female students who take APCSP in high school are more than 5x as likely to major in computer science in college.

Did you know that 93 out of 100 STEM occupations have wages above the national average and that STEM occupations have almost doubled the growth rate of non-STEM occupations?

STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. 

If you are interested in attending the Walton County School District’s STEAM School, the Magnet Innovation Center, for the 2021-2022 school year visit our website at to learn more. 

Applications are available for download on our website, at the Magnet Innovation Center, and South Walton High School. 

Additional details can be found on our website or you can contact us at 850.622.5020 ext. 5401.

Let's Talk

January 25, 2021

Welcome to Let’s Talk!

Walton County School District is committed to ensuring our students, staff, and community have a safe and productive learning environment that enables each student to reach his or her potential for learning.  Our “A+” school district achievements are a result of the collaborative efforts of students, parents, teachers, support staff, administrators, and the community.  
We invite you to send your questions, concerns, suggestions, and even compliments through our new Let’s Talk system.  After clicking on a link below, your submission will be routed to a school district employee that can best address your need or comment.

We look forward to your submission.  Thank you for your assistance in making 2020-21 an EPIC school year!

You may also text us at 850-204-9667.
In the event of an emergency, please call 911. 

Celebrate Literacy Week

January 25, 2021

We are very excited about our 2021 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! Our theme this year is Humanity tells a story: What’s YOUR chapter? The dates are January 25-29. We’re so excited to see how our students define their “chapter”.

Science and Robotics at WMS

January 22, 2021

Sixth Grade Seaperch Students Learn to Solder

WMS sixth graders take the first step toward building their underwater robots by learning how to solder.  They'll use their soldering skills to wire the control boxes that guide their bots through the treacherous underwater landscape of the practice pool.

Exploring Chemical Reactions in 8th Grade Science

Mrs. Greer Harvell works hard to make science come to life.  This week, eighth grade science students explored chemical reactions.  Hands-on experiences like these make learning memorable.

Not too early to learn in WCSD.  A great day at Bay School to share in the lessons learned in Pre-K like the difference with edible plants, seeds, etc.  Numbers counting and even the identification of excavators and bull dozers with one of the small groups where Superintendent Hughes had an opportunity to share that those machines are on some of our campuses as we are having to expand, build, and renovate.  Growth is happening academically and structurally in the WCSD.  Never too early to learn what it takes to Make School Happen and the joy of knowing this learning will be putto use by our students before our very eyes.  This is the Why!  EPIC is the Way.  Thanks Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Gray, Mrs. Green and the entire Bay Tram for the extraordinary work being done to give our students the Best Start Possible on this educational journey. 

There were smiles and tears in the South Walton High School Media Center this morning as Senior Pablo Robles was surprised to learn he has been awarded a “Leaders for Life Scholarship” from the “Take Stock in Children” program.  Pablo is one of only 6 high school seniors in the State of Florida to receive a scholarship worth at least $40,000.  Pictured (L to R) Principal Dr. Alexis Tibbetts, Pablo’s sister Veronica Robles, Pablo Robles, parents Ricardo and Adriana Robles and Superintendent A. Russell Hughes.