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This school year, ELA teachers at Walton Middle School have committed to turning the heavy lifting of learning over to their students, intentionally designing lessons that provide students opportunities to deeply think, write, and discuss their ideas. 

This week, sixth grade ELA teachers Rachel Jones and Brendon Murphy, with the support of instructional coach, Kristen Nelson, joined forces and introduced the fishbowl strategy to their students—a collaborative discussion protocol that allows students to meaningfully discuss texts they’ve been reading and studying.  Combining classes, the team first introduced the strategy’s steps to students, modeling how to have an interactive student-led discussion.  In the classroom fishbowl, students formed two circles.  Students in the center circle were in the fishbowl, leading and carrying on a text-dependent conversation about Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, a novel they’ve been reading.  These students were provided sample question stems to help them consider appropriate ways to voice their analysis, opinions, and questions about the text.  While the inner circle students conversed with each other, students in the outer circle observed the process, taking notes about insightful comments heard, text evidence offered, and personal connections made. 

At the end of the student-led conversation, each class debriefed about the process itself, considering “glows” (strengths of the activity) and “grows” (opportunities for improvement next time).  WMS teachers are committed to working together to help students become independent learners, thoughtfully providing them with opportunities to develop their own unique voices.  Yet again, the “we, not me” spirit thrives in classrooms at WMS.

girl sitting on bean bag WMS

students sitting in desks listening to teacher speak

students sitting in desks taking notes

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.

Walton High School’s culinary arts students prepared a holiday brunch on December 13 to show their appreciation for our outstanding faculty and staff members and the hard work they do every day to help students build their legacies and succeed.  The delicious meal served by students with smiling faces started our day off right!

 

We would like to thank Ms. Spice and her culinary students for all THEY do to make Walton High such a special place for our students, staff, and community members!

WHS Culinary Dept Students
WHS Culinary Dept Students
WHS Culinary Dept Students
WHS Culinary Dept Students
WHS Culinary Dept Students
Builder's Club members were able to stretch their creative muscles and get into the Christmas spirit by making Christmas ornaments at their last meeting.
Pictured (L to R): Zoe Orange, Gabriella Coon, Gracie York, Reagen Simmons, Kenzie Orange, Ava Claire Jones, and Beau Daughtry
Congratulations to our ESP and Teachers of the Year: Sasha Thomas (ESP of the Year), Kelli Adams (Elementary Teacher of the Year), and Brande Manning (Secondary Teacher of the Year). Our faculty and staff always BRING THEIR BEST!

MHS at the RCA!

December 13, 2019

Teachers from Mossy Head School made a trip to the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta for the RCA Experience. The RCA Experience is "an interactive, dynamic learning experience where educators observe live classes in action and attend workshops that focus on improving student engagement, academic rigor, and creating a climate and culture for success" (RCA.com). The teachers were able to observe and learn from some of the most innovative and progressive educators of our time including, Micheal Bonner, Kim Bearden, and Ron Clark. It was a truly once in a life time professional development experience.  

Teacher in front of male students           

Old building with arched gate RCA

classroom teachers and students standing on desks

3 adults taking selfie

6 women traveling together

Walton Middle School proudly recognizes its 2019-20 ESP of the Year, Mr. Josh Clemmons, and its Teacher of the Year, Miss Regina Messer.  Mr. Clemmons serves as a first year custodian at WMS and can always be found working hard around campus with a smile on his face.  Miss Messer teaches seventh grade civics, instilling a passion for our nation's founding principles in her students.  Walton Middle School considers it a tremendous honor to be represented by these two conscientious, compassionate professionals.  Congratulations, Mr. Clemmons and Miss Messer!

West DeFuniAk

December 11, 2019

West DeFuniak Elementary is proud to announce Mrs. Mandy Callahan as Teacher of the Year and Mrs. Dorothy Urban as Educational Support Person of the Year.
These ladies are invaluable members of the WDE family. A heartfelt congratulations to both.

Pictured (L to R) Darlene Paul - Principal, Mandy Callahan - Teacher of the Year, Dorothy Urban - Educational Support Person of the Year, Rodney Free - Assistant Principal