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Cheerleaders dancing in lab coats and goggles to a remix of the "Bill Nye the Science Guy" theme song, flying jets through virtual reality, creating blood, hand and spine models, launching straw rockets,  driving robots, and taking photos with a FLIR thermal camera are only a few of the many epic STEM activities Paxton School students participated in during the fourth annual Science Night held last week.  Held each year in conjunction with a basketball game, Science Night is a hands-on immersion into STEM- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics for students of all ages with activities scattered throughout the gym and adjoining weight room. 
 
Students earn a ticket for each activity in which they participate and to culminate the event, winners are drawn from the tickets for lots of fun prizes during halftime of the final game. PHS would like to send out a special thank  you to the Northwest Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for their sponsorship of the grand prize, a Star Wars BB-9E sphero robot. 
 
Way to rock Science Night, Bobcats!
 
Science Night at Pax
Congratulations to Mrs. Andrea Schiller and Mr. Stanley Parker on being selected as WISE Center Programs Teacher of the Year and ESP of the Year.
Teacher of the Year, Andrea Schiller came to WISE as an ESE teacher in 2017. The following year, Mrs. Schiller transferred from ESE to math for students in grades 6-12. Mrs. Schiller dedicates her time to making math interesting and engaging for all students.  She has been successful at getting her students moving, creating and collaborating in new and exciting ways. She is supportive of her peers and is always willing to share knowledge and insight. In addition to her teaching duties, Mrs. Schiller sponsors the STEAM Club, meeting with students weekly after school and participating in  regional competitions. 
ESP of the Year, Mr. Stanley Parker joined the staff at WISE Center through the In"10"sity Program is August 2017, as an Instructional Aide. From the beginning, Mr. Parker was an invaluable member of the team. Not only does Mr. Parker meet student needs academically, he is also a mentor and voice of wisdom for students.  His ability to communicate with students in a kind, compassionate and professional manner has earned him respect and admiration from students, parents and co-workers.
Both Mrs. Schiller and Mr. Parker contribute to student achievement and growth on a daily basis, we are very fortunate to have them on our team.   
(Pictured L-R: Andrea Schiller, Jonathan D'Avignon, Stanley Parker)

Walton County School District hosted the National ALICE Train the trainer training at the Carlene Anderson Training Center today. We had a great day of active assailant response training for Walton County School District employees and surrounding agencies. 

ALICE Training

ALICE Training

ALICE Training

ALICE Training

ALICE Training

Mossy Head School would like to announce this year's Teacher of the Year, Mr. Buddy Goodman, and our ESP of the Year, Mrs. April Schanz. Mr. Goodman is cherished by the faculty, students, and parents of MHS. He is dedicated to providing learning to students through interaction and exposure to different musical experiences. Mrs. April has been dedicated to taking care of and supporting Mossy Head School for years. First, as a parent, then later when she joined the staff, all the way to her current position as custodian. 
MHS is so proud of our Teacher of the Year and our ESP of the year!
MHS TOY 2019-2020
MHS ESP of the Year 2019-2020
Dr. John Fay of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base kicked off the 8th grade space studies with a talk about his past work with NASA, emphasizing the intersection of science and math in the real world. Students were excited to check out the artifacts he shared including a heat shield and a multi-strand tether. Thank you Dr. Fay for giving back to our students! 
 Paxton students with Air Force Research Lab guest
Seahawk Junior Fisher Marks is congratulated by Principal Alexis Tibbetts and Assistant Principal Carrie Chavers for earning 1,500 points on the PSAT.  Fisher had a perfect score on the math questions.

On December 13th, members of the South Walton High School baseball team volunteered for Habitat for Humanity at the Restore on Hwy 393. Players loaded furniture into trailers , painted doors, helped cut and stack pallets of lumber that will be used to build houses. The team earned a sense of gratitude for giving back and helping our community.

SWHS Baseball Community Service Habitat for Humanity

SWHS Baseball Community Service Habitat for Humanity

Paxton students definitely BROUGHT their BEST to the District Tropicana Speech Competition:
(FROM LEFT TO RIGHT)
Rylee Braswell - Most Entertaining (6th grade)
Marley McClelland - Most Entertaining (5th grade)
Kaylee Yeakos - Honorable Mention (5th grade)
Cade Stewart - 3rd Place (4th grade)
Braylon Bradley - Most Entertaining (4th grade)
Way to go, boys and girls!
 

Courier Santa Visits WHS!

December 15, 2019

What an EPIC way to spread the holiday spirit!  Walton High had a surprise visit from Santa (aka Byron Lane) yesterday!  He was working hard to spread holiday cheer while making his (courier) deliveries.

Courier Santa at WHS

WHS Courier Santa Visit

Congratulations to the Paxton Middle School FFA Sub-District competitors. The results were as follows:

Opening and Closing Team - 1st place
Makalynn Cassady
Addison Cook
Kiley Edwards
Madison Falk
Clara Martin
Colten Phillips
Hydie Varnum

Extemporaneous Speaking - 1st place
Colten Phillips

Prepared Public Speaking - 1st place
Clara Martin

Creed Speaking - 3rd place
Hydie Varnum

Pictured: Front Row (L to R): Makalynn Cassady, Clara Martin, Haylee Hayes, Kiley Edwards, Macie Dell, Addie Cook, and Hydie Varnum. Back Row (L to R): Madison Falk, Rylee Sormrude, Colten Phillips, Cassie Varnum, Jordyn Bradley, Hailey Sexton, and Ashlyn Hall.