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Music in Pictures is an educational art initiative & art contest sponsored by Rosemary Beach Foundation in collaboration with professional musicians and music faculty at the Florida State University. The year-long program is open to all Walton County students, K-12th grades. Live instrumental performances by a variety of musicians were provided at each of the schools in the district, along with a meaningful professional development opportunity presented by Dr. Benjamin Sung, Florida State University, for the district art instructors. This year’s 9th Annual Music in Pictures celebrates the music of three American composers, and specifically designated pieces from each of their repertoires. Students from 18 Walton County Schools and Home Schools created paintings inspired by Butterfly's Day Out by Mark O'Connor; John Adams's Short Ride in a Fast Machine; and Banjo and Fiddle by William Kroll.

Since the COVID-19 stay-at-home order circumvented the final awards ceremony, Rosemary Beach Foundation has created a virtual awards ceremony for each school, in addition to multiple separate videos highlighting the artistic renderings of our Walton County Students. 

Walton County School District wishes to congratulate all the winners in the Rosemary Beach Foundation’s Music in Pictures art competition, and express our deepest thanks to the Rosemary Beach Foundation and partners, the performing musicians, and Dr. Benjamin Sung for this outstanding program that has had such a strong positive impact for our students, teachers, and community.

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Dune Lakes Elementary School

Emerald Coast Middle School

Freeport Elementary School

Freeport Middle School

Freeport High School

In10Sity Magnet School - WISE Center

Maude Saunders Elementary School

Mossy Head School

Paxton School

Seaside Neighborhood School

South Walton High School

Van R. Butler Elementary School

Walton Academy

Walton Middle School

Walton High School

West DeFuniak Elementary School

In each of the videos, individual student participants are named at about the 6 minute mark. You can also view some of the paintings and the school visits in the additional videos created by the Rosemary Beach Foundation at:

MIP Medalists

Young artist Eloise Medlin, Kindergartner at Van R. Butler Elementary, has a special message to all of us! "Wear your mask, and Stay Safe!"

Eloise created the picture herself at home, and added the mask to remind us all to take care of ourselves and follow safe health practices! 

#GreatPicture  #ArtinLife  #COVID19

Donations are currently being accepted for the victims of the wildfire that destroyed approximately 575 acres and over 30 homes in the Santa Rosa Beach area near Musset Bayou last night, Wednesday, May 6.  

Please see the items requested below.  Donations can be dropped off at Van R. Butler Elementary Bus Ramp on Friday, May 8 through Tuesday, May 12 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day.  Many of these families have lost everything they own.  Any and all help is deeply appreciated! 

Updated Fire Relief Donation flyer

Seacoast Collegiate High School students Reagan Wells, Sierra Smith, Mary Katherine Rookis, and Knoxye Grinstead placed 1st in a modified Florida History Day competition with their group performance entitled “Breaking News: The Story of the Women’s Army Corp”. 

Sponsored by the Museum of Florida History, Florida History Day is an annual, statewide activity that enhances the teaching and learning of history at middle and high school. This year, entrants submitted work digitally for judging due to COVID-19.

This marks two consecutive years that these ladies and Walton County have come out on top in the Senior Performance division. Their performance makes them eligible to return to represent Walton Conty and the state of Florida in the National History Day competition.

Seaside Team Places 1st at History Fair

History Fair      History Fair

Sharing a reminder to all about our new Walton County School District communication feature. Parents, students, and other stakeholders can text questions to 850-204-9667. Text submissions are immediate, and a staff member should respond to you quickly. With this new number, the district will be able to provide a quick response for any issues or concerns that may occur with virtual learning.

If you would like to recognize a Walton County School District employee or school who has gone above and beyond, please feel free to send a compliment via our text line at 850.204.9667. We will be sure to pass on your “shout-out” to your child’s school!

WCSD new text feature

Food distribution is being moved to Wednesdays in the month of May. Please plan to pick up food from our five locations, or receive food from one of our 70 bus stops on these Wednesdays in May - May 6, 13, 20, and 27.

Food sites will remain the same - Paxton, Mossy Head, Maude Saunders Elementary, Walton Middle, and Freeport High School. Times will remain the same for sites (9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.), and bus routes will also remain the same.

You may wish to check with the school your child attends for information on paper learning packet distribution.

They may have had to do it from home, but all of these third year aerospace students earned their industry certification this week! As members of the Gaetz Aerospace Institute, students have the opportunity to earn certifications from the Unmanned Safety Institute each year and we didn't want our students to miss this opportunity. Congrats Bobcats for persevering through tough circumstances to reach your goal!

PAX Industry certs COVID19

Mary Claire Brown, South Walton High School Art student, learned recently that her photograph, "Reflection," received one of 9 honorable mentions for the Mattie Kelly Environmental Institute's Amateur Photo Contest!   Congratulations to her for the recognition of her artistic photo! 

 Mattie Kelly Environmental Institute Photo Contest

MKEInstitute Honorable Mention