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Superintendent Hughes was at Paxton School early this morning to help with Student Drop Off and had the pleasure of taking a picture with Gavin styling his Cowboy Hat and Big Smile ready for a great day of learning in Bobcat country!

While at Paxton Superintendent Hughes dropped into Mrs. Chest’s class and witnessed group work that looks different in this 7th Grade Civics Class because of CDC Guidelines but the same great Teamwork  to make it happen!  #SocialDistanceorMask

Great Job students, parents, and teachers!

Superintendent Hughes joined ECTC today to receive a $3,000.00 check from Gulf Power.  This grant is in support of students working toward Electrical Certifications at ECTC.

Re-opening Update for Parents 9/11/20

We have now completed four weeks of school!  This week has been the smoothest yet - with very few COVID-19 cases and/or exposure.  Most of the cases that we have experienced during the first month have been community acquired, or occurred in non-school settings.  For example, a parent testing positive may cause his or her child to miss school due to exposure, or a teacher’s spouse testing positive may cause a teacher to miss work due to exposure.   

We believe school cases are not occurring a this time due to your tremendous support and vigilance regarding the self-monitoring of symptoms and the seriousness of which you are following school procedures and CDC protocols.  We want to thank you for being our partner during these uncharted times!  Thank you for screening your child at home, and thank you for keeping your child home when they are sick.  Screening has made a difference!  Please continue to screen, and if you are in need of a thermometer, please reach out to your school as we do have a limited supply for parents.  We appreciate all of our students and employees who continue to take safety precautions to heart, including social distancing and/or wearing of masks, as we believe it has been key to our success. 

As a reminder, if your child is exposed to a positive case at school, we will continue to work with the Florida Department of Health (DOH), and parents will be notified.  As the Florida Department of Education (DOE) instructs, we will continue to use surgical precision in the tracing of contact, which can include direct contact definitions, seating charts, and a timeline of symptoms.

We are excited to be moving forward, and we are excited to be back in school.  We want to again thank our schools, employees, students, parents, and communities for a strong start!  We cannot praise you enough! Let’s keep up the good work!

Fall sports have begun!  Students are excited about fall activities, and we know this gives them a semblance of normalcy!  To all of our student athletes, coaches, and spectators - please be safe, and thank you for following CDC protocols.  Spectators are encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines, water fountains will be turned off, random temperature checks will occur at all entrances, and all concession workers will be wearing gloves, masks, and/or face shields.  Please be aware that ticket sales are limited due to social distancing, and games may sell out.  Please plan ahead, and contact schools or visit school websites for more information.  Because attendance is limited, if you want to support your school in other ways, please reach out to them as well.

As the weeks continue, please know we will continue to make the necessary adjustments and best decisions for our students.  We want to continue to build upon our success with transparency.  We want our re-opening to be a positive experience for our community.

The Freeport Middle School Art Department created these art works to honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, a day we will never forget.  Thank you students for pouring your heart, your talent, and your patriotism into your art.  

FDOE Announcement to Parents

September 8, 2020


The United States Census occurs every ten years and has a powerful impact on the future of Florida communities and their voice in Congress. The United States Census Bureau has announced that they will complete counting throughout the United States on September 30th. It is critical that the Florida education community take this brief survey as it directly benefits Florida students and families and informs the amount of federal funding distributed to states for programs that impact schools, students, and families.

Data from the 2020 Census will impact federal funding for programs that supports students in low-income areas of the state, services for students with disabilities, career and technical education programs, adult education, and many other programs important to the education of students in Florida. Census data informs federal funding for sanitization and personal protection equipment (PPE), cleaning supplies and other materials needed to help combat COVID-19 in schools.

We hope you encourage your education families, neighbors, and communities to participate in the census by sharing this message.

To complete the census online, visit

To complete the census via phone:

English: 1-844-330-2020

Spanish (7 - days a week, 7am - 2am): 844-468-2020

Haitian-Creole (Monday – Friday, 8am -10pm): 844-477-2020


Thank you!

Commissioner Richard Corcoran

On Thursday, September 3, 2020 First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the theme for Hispanic Heritage Month would be “Celebrating Untold Stories and Contributions of Hispanic Americans in Florida.” Lady DeSantis also released information regarding student art and essay contests and Excellence in Education awards. Hispanic Heritage Month is recognized and celebrated in the United States from September 15 to October 15.

“For generations, Hispanic Americans have influenced and shaped our state with their vibrant culture, rich history and remarkable innovations,” said First Lady Casey DeSantis. “During Hispanic Heritage Month, the Governor and I look forward to celebrating and recognizing these individuals who have made our state, nation and world a better place including those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s theme encourages students to take a deeper look into the local leaders, innovators and community members who have contributed to Florida’s successful history and bright future.”

Students in grades K-3 are invited to participate in an art contest while students in grades 4-12 are invited to participate in an essay contest based on this year’s theme. Additionally, students, parents, teachers and principals are invited to nominate full-time educators of all student grades for the Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award.

Walton County is excited to encourage students to participate in celebrating the history and culture of Hispanic Americans by participating in the art or essay contest.  If students or parents are interested in submitting an entry for either competition, please contact the Fine Arts, Spanish or Social Studies Departments at your school for further information.   Please note however, that all entries must be received by 5pm on September 25, 2020.

Click Here to view the announcement.  

Mossy Head School celebrates during first House Meeting of the School Year! 

Students and Staff of MHS met for the first House Meeting of the Year. 5th grade, and students new to the school, practiced social distancing as they gathered in the cafeteria for the meeting. Other students joined the celebration with their teacher and class via Microsoft Teams. The whole school cheered on and welcomed the new students as they found out which House they would join. 

SWHS Culinary

September 3, 2020

Mrs. Herndl took time to share what the Culinary lab students were doing with sanitary, professional, and appropriate food preparation in the area of cutting practices with Dr. Hawthorne and Superintendent Hughes!  These students are headed for certification in Culinary Arts!  We are back Full Swing!

Superintendent Hughes stopped by FES to help with student drop off, met Kemrien who was admiring his shield and Superintendent likewise was admiring her Super cool shades!  He also stepped in to see amazing social distancing in Ms. Brassell’s PE class.  Accolades to our parent and students; easily 98% of students were wearing a mask when they exited their vehicles.  The “C” in EPIC stands for collaboration; this is the epitome of how we can continue doing well.  Thank for ALL STAKEHOLDERS who are making it happen!

House Reveal

September 3, 2020

Students new to MSE were surprised this week to find a colored bracelet taped beneath their chair, which indicated which HOUSE they would belong to! Everyone was excited to welcome them into their House Family, where they will remain until they leave Maude Saunders as a fifth grade graduate. The HOUSE of INTEGRITY finished off the 2019-2020 school year in first place. We are all ready to start earning points through excellent behavior, effort, and academic achievement!