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West DeFuniak Elementary is pleased to announce Mrs. Mandy Callahan as Teacher of the Year and Mrs. Dorothy Urban as Educational Support Person of the Year.
 
Mrs. Callahan is a third grade teacher and has been teaching for seventeen years. She taught third, fifth, and sixth grades and worked at Paxton, Maude Suanders, and West DeFuniak. Her grandmother inspired her to become a teacher. Mrs. Callahan says that one of the things she enjoys the most about her job is planning. We all know that planning helps to make her classroom so successful. When asked about a memorable moment with her students, Mrs. Callahan shared that earlier this year she was able to trick her students into believing that she ate a candle. The purpose of the lesson was to make scientific observations, not assumptions. The students assumed it was a candle, but it actually was a cheese stick! Mrs. Callahan is married to Rickey and has two children, 4 stepchildren, 7 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren! Mrs. Callahan and her husband live in Bonifay and are currently fulfilling a lifelong dream of restoring a historical home!
 
Mrs. Urban is a fabulous custodian at West DeFuniak. This is her third year working at WDE. One of the things she likes the most about her job is being with the kids. Right before Thanksgiving one of the students gave her a picture and told her that she was her favorite custodian. She says that the kids make her enjoy coming to work every day. She is married to Gary. They have five children and eight grand children with one more on the way. One of her grandsons is a fifth grade student at WDE and she enjoys getting to see him. Mrs. Urban loves decorating for holidays – especially Christmas.
 
Congratulations to both of you! West DeFuniak is thankful to have you as part of our team!
 
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

WDE Science Fair Winners

December 6, 2019

Congratulations to all of the WDE Science Fair Winners!  They had some amazing projects!

3rd Grade

Honorable Mention: “ Ice, Ice Baby” (Hamlett) Ruby George

Biological:

3rd Place: “ White Rose Infusion” (Thomas) Evangelina Torres

2nd Place: “ Ant Snacks” (Thomas) Liam Adkinson

1st Place: “Grow, Grow, Gone” (Thomas) Katie Susenbach

Physical:

3rd place: “What Clear Liquid Dissolves Candy Canes Fastest” (Callahan) Finley Kelley

2d place: “A Baker’s Query” (Thomas) Gracie Lawson

1st place: “Anchor or Beam Bridges” (Carnley) Cole Hardee

4th Grade

Biological

3rd Place: “Plants!” (Adkinson) Lacey Alford

2nd Place: “Dog Breeds and Behaviors” (Adams) Savana Waggoner

1st Place: “Color vs Taste” (Daniel) Ashton Black

Physical:

3rd Place: “What Activator Will Make the Best Slime? (Adkinson) Josilynn Clenney

2nd Place: “Which Popcorn Brand Pops the Best” (Daniel) Raylee Gomillion

1st Place: “Skittles Color Science” (Daniel) Kinsleigh Nolen

5th Grade

Biological:

Honorable Mention:

“Cabbage Patch” (Dickey) Liam Holley

3rd Place: “Boys vs Girls” (Garrett) Mallory Masonbrink

2nd Place: “Which Handwashing Method Kills the Most Germs?” (Stafford) Lucy George

1st Place: “Could You Remember?” (Currid) Calie Brackin

5th Grade

Physical

Honorable Mention:

“Environmental Effects on Kinetic Energy” (Stafford) Collin Dunnigan

“How Far Will it Fly?” (Garrett)) Cole Mitchell

3rd Place: “Horrendous Humidity” (Dickey) Mason Shelton

2nd Place: “Planets Orbital Speed” (Stafford) Kadence Houser

1st Place: “A Cloud’s Dripping Point” (Currid) Isabella Adkinson

Principal’s Award:

“The Water Works” (Bush) Dylan Gill

The West DeFuniak Elementary, Kiwanis Kids Club recently sent snacks to soldiers stationed in Afghanistan. The Platoon Sergeant for these soldiers, SFC Cole,  just happens to be a local alumnus of Paxton High School.

This event not only helped these soldiers have some nice holiday snacks, it also helped students understand the benefits of helping those who are sacrificing to serve our great country!

In addition to sending snacks to soldiers, Families First Network informed that WDE Students and Staff were able to help 22 families in need with our Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.   

The Food Drive helped local families have a nice holiday meal, and it also helped students understand the benefits of helping the less fortunate.

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On Tuesday, November 19th, fourth and fifth grade classroom winners participated in the Schoolwide Tropicana Speaking Competition.  Parents, students, teachers, and judges were amazed by the well thought out speeches and the students' ability to present them to such a large group of people. Congratulations to each of these students!!!

Fourth Grade Winners

1st- Kyson Allen •••  The Tasmanian Devil

2nd- Makenna Anderson  •••  Addiction

3rd- Charles Allan Brooks  •••  Mad Scientists Throughout History

Fifth Grade Winners

1st- Annabel Hicks  •••  My Geographic Tongue

2nd- Carli Nowling •••  Sharks Anonymous

3rd- Calie Brackin  •••  Crocs

 

First and second place winners from our school competition will represent West DeFuniak at the District Tropicana Speaking Contest on December 12th at Freeport High School.

 

Literacy Nights at WDE

October 3, 2019

Literacy Night at WDE was a huge success! With visits from Cinderella and Cindy Ellen to learning about writing and how to access ebooks, students and parents gained valuable information. It takes a team effort between parents, teachers, and students in order to provide the best educational experience for students. Thank you to our teachers for their preparation and to the parents and students for their participation in this year's event. Learn more about how to access our ebooks at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s30uDP3DgDo&feature=youtu.be

        

Donuts with dad

October 1, 2019

Donuts with Dad was a huge success at WDE. Dads participated in a variety of STEM activities and some read books with their children. In addition, they enjoyed some tasty donuts. From increasing intellect, to boosting confidence, and giving a child someone to look up to, being an active dad is one of the most important things you can do for your child! We want to say a special word of thanks to the Kiwanis Club, local law enforcement, and Walton County Fire Rescue for being stand in dads for some of our students. Thank you ALL for such a great day!