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Come on out and join us on Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 11 am to 1 pm at the Wee Care Park in DeFuniak Springs, Fl for the Back to School Splash Bash! 

The Walton County School District is excited to collaborate with the Walton County Sheriff's Office on this event! 

Backpacks will be provided on a "first come-first served" basis.  If you have any questions or need further information about the event, please contact Lt. James Pittman, Walton County School Resource Deputy Program, at (850) 892-1100, ext 5248

Wee Care Park - 552 Walton Road, DeFuniak Springs, Fl  32433

Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/events/364155447623908/

School Times for WDE

July 9, 2019

WDE Parents and Students,

School times for the 2019-2020 school year are as follows:

7:20-7:45 Drop off and breakfast
7:20-4:00 School office open 
7:50 Instruction begins
7:50 Students arriving after this time will be considered tardy.
2:25 Dismissal for pick up and buses

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Enjoy the rest of your summer! We will see you all in August!

Bealls Outlet in DFS will be collecting school supplies to stuff backpacks for students in need at WDE.

Collection bins will be located in the store from July 5 through July 31st.  We are thankful for the support from our community and this local business.

Students at West DeFuniak have been reading all year long!  We had a total of 414 students receive an AR shirt this year. We are so proud of their reading achievements. We know that when students read that they learn new vocabulary words, improve their comprehension skills, and they develop their imaginations. Way to go, students and keep reading this summer!!!!!!

Students at WDE enjoyed a Safety and Career Fair today. Students learned about the fire department, the forestry division, Chelco, mosquito control, the health department, McGruff the Crime Dog from the Crime Prevention Unit, and the canine unit from the Walton County Sheriff's Department. What a fabulous opportunity for hands-on learning for our students!

    
Students at West DeFuniak Elementary are diving into summer with new books. This week our school received a grant from the Dugas Family Foundation that allowed every student in our school to receive two free books from the book fair! The students loved picking out their books and immediately got busy reading them. We hope these books will help students maintain their reading gains during the summer months. We are thankful for the Dugas Family Foundation and Scholastic for providing these great resources!    

West DeFuniak Elementary hosted the First LEGO League Jr. Expo at the WISE Center Gym in DeFuniak Springs. There were sixteen FLL Jr. teams present representing grades 1-5 from five different schools. West DeFuniak had 9 teams present. During the year students focused on the Mission Moon theme. Students researched what they would need in order to live on the moon, how they would breathe, and other problems related to living on the moon. Then students built a moon base using their LEGO set and showed how they would solve one of the problems with living on the moon. Students used iPads to program at least one piece of their base to move. Students created a Show Me poster to share what they had learned with others. At the Expo, reviewers talked with each team about their project and noted the amazing thinking from students. One of the reviewers shared that one team learned that when astronauts drill into the moon that oxygen is released. That team built a drill as part of their moon base. They problem solved some issues with their drill such as the height and weight of the drill. (Great engineering skills!) Another reviewer noted that one team was having difficulty with their iPad. Another student offered to share their team's iPad and to help program it. (Great teamwork skills!) The Expo was a high energy event where teams were able to come together to share what they've learned this season. Special thanks to Mr. Rick Soria and Doolittle Institute for their sponsorship of our LEGO teams this season.

     

Walton Middle School Summer Bridge Program

 

FOR:  Incoming sixth graders (current fifth graders)

 

PURPOSE:  To jumpstart the 2019-20 school year with targeted and fun literacy activities

 

WHEN:  July 8-11, July 15-18, July 22-24 (8:00-12:00)

 

WHERE:  Walton Middle School

 

Current fifth graders at WDE, MSE, and MHS will soon receive flyers with more information about a tentative summer bridge program at WMS.  Interested parents can complete the form and return it to their children's teachers.  WCSD will likely provide bus transportation and no-cost lunch each day.  Please contact Kristen Nelson (kristen.nelson@walton.k12.fl.us) at 850.892.1280, ext. 3487, if you have questions.  Interested students should reserve their spots byFriday, May 17th by returning their interest letter to their fifth grade teacher.

Ellis Island comes to life at WDE! From 1892 to 1954, over twelve million immigrants entered the United States through the portal of Ellis Island, a small island in New York Harbor. Second grade students at WDE had the unique opportunity to experience life as an immigrant. This included choosing a foreign country, new name, and reason for immigrating to America. Students experienced waiting in a long line to enter Ellis Island, going through a medical exam, and a questioning session with an Ellis Island official who determined whether or not they could enter the United States for a better life. Special thanks to Mrs. Jennifer Schovan for becoming the Statue of Liberty, and to Becky King who did a wonderful job taking pictures.

   

Walton County's own published author, McCaid Paul, visited 5th grade students at WDE the day before FSA Writing. He spoke to the students about the writing process and the importance of writing well. The students had many questions, and his visit sparked a genuine interest in writing for many. He was a huge encouragement for all of the students! WDE 5th grade thanks him for sharing his knowledge and experience with us.