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WDE Students of the Month

October 6, 2020

Congratulations to these Students of the Month!  



Kindergarten - Bryleight Stofila

1st Grade - Brynlin Monsen

2nd Grade - Reese Jones

3rd Grade - Dariel Clara Dominguez

4th Grade - Judd Ealum

5th Grade - Patricia Martin Alonzo



Kindergarten - Emily Burgess

1st Grade - Cameron Douglass

2nd Grade - Censlee Dickey

3rd Grade - Michaela Andres Juan

4th Grade - Roselyn Orozco

5th Grade Emily Castellanos

Gummy Bear Science at WDE

October 6, 2020

Fourth graders at West DeFuniak Elementary have been learning about physical and chemical changes. Through inquiry and observation, students learned that a physical change is when an object changes but does not turn into a new substance. They did this by placing a gummy bear in water overnight and seeing the result on the following day. Students observed that the gummy bear absorbed the water in the cup and almost doubled in size.  


SPICE Update for Parents

September 25, 2020

October 12th will be our first full day of the school year. Maude Saunders, Butler, and Freeport Elementary SPICE centers will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. FMS students may attend FES site, West DeFuniak, Mossy Head, and Paxton students may attend the Maude Saunders site, and Dune Lakes students may attend the Butler site.

Parents, we ask that you complete the student screening at home as you would on a regular school day.

Procedures for drop off and pickup at each site….will be to ring the bell and a staff member will assist you.

These procedures will apply to all full days for the 20/21 school year.

Please contact your child’s SPICE center coordinator if you have any further questions.

Thank you,

Walton County School District SPICE

Wyndy Crozier


(850) 892 1241

[email protected]

Make plans to join us for a Virtual Open House on Tuesday, September 29th from 5-7 PM.  Specific information will come from your child's teacher.  


The United States Census occurs every ten years and has a powerful impact on the future of Florida communities and their voice in Congress. The United States Census Bureau has announced that they will complete counting throughout the United States on September 30th. It is critical that the Florida education community take this brief survey as it directly benefits Florida students and families and informs the amount of federal funding distributed to states for programs that impact schools, students, and families.

Data from the 2020 Census will impact federal funding for programs that supports students in low-income areas of the state, services for students with disabilities, career and technical education programs, adult education, and many other programs important to the education of students in Florida. Census data informs federal funding for sanitization and personal protection equipment (PPE), cleaning supplies and other materials needed to help combat COVID-19 in schools.

We hope you encourage your education families, neighbors, and communities to participate in the census by sharing this message.

To complete the census online, visit

To complete the census via phone:

English: 1-844-330-2020

Spanish (7 - days a week, 7am - 2am): 844-468-2020

Haitian-Creole (Monday – Friday, 8am -10pm): 844-477-2020


Thank you!

Commissioner Richard Corcoran


The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended flexibility in school food service programs through the end of December, which means all school-age students at the eligible schools below will receive free meals (both breakfast and lunch) regardless if they qualify for benefits.

The USDA is federally funding this program, which is an extension of the Summer Feeding Program.  During the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, from March to May, Walton County distributed 236,982 meals to approximately 4,500 children a week during an eight-week period.  Now with the extension of this program, over 80,000 school sites have applied and been accepted, including Walton County.  The USDA hopes this unprecedented move will help ensure no matter what situation, children will have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic as parents may be affected with work interruptions and increased financial hardships.

Participating Schools:


Dune Lakes Elementary

Emerald Coast Middle                                   

Freeport Elementary

Freeport High

Freeport Middle              

Maude Saunders Elementary

Mossy Head


South Walton High

Van R. Butler Elementary             

Walton Academy

Walton High


Walton Middle

West DeFuniak Elementary                                             

Free meals begin for students Monday, September 21, 2020 for both brick and mortar schools and Innovative Learning Digital Academy (ILDA) students. For brick and mortar, students are required to scan lunch cards, or Point of Sale operators must enter student numbers at point of service.  Even though the meals are free, tracking meal service counts will allow us to file for claim reimbursements.  In addition to free breakfast and lunch, schools may still have a la carte items, such as ice cream, for a small fee.  ILDA students must reserve their food online by Friday to secure items for five breakfasts and five lunches per student for the following week.  Reservation forms are found on our district’s ILDA webpage.  ILDA students may have their packaged weekly meals picked up by parents at a school sites. 

It is still EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, and families MUST continue to apply for free or reduced-price meal benefits even though meals are free through December. Because these forms impact educational funding and because the program will end in December, having an application on file for the current school year will help our district and eliminate families’ benefit disruptions in January. If your child has a current positive balance, please know we will hold your balance until January as well.

The Walton County School District (WCSD) is very excited about this opportunity in providing such a great benefit to our children, and we encourage all students to participate!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your school or the district’s Food Service department at 850.892.1100 ext. 1361.

You Count!

September 23, 2020

WE MUST ACT NOW!  Our county, businesses and especially our children are counting on YOU to ensure we have the federal funds to meet their needs.  Let’s all be E.P.I.C. and self-report for the good of Walton County!  Getting a complete and accurate count in 2020 requires everyone’s help. Please, if you have not done so, complete your 2020 census; it only takes 5-10 minutes and means much needed dollars in federal funding for infrastructure, hospitals, headstart, public schools and more.  If you have family members that have not reported encourage them to do so; if they need assistance, help them!  This is important and means improvements to our community and each of our lives.


In addition, it is paramount that our students’ parents are informed and challenged to complete their census.  We will be getting information cards to help promote this challenge to each of your schools by tomorrow. The cards may be handed out at pick-up, front desk or other areas your parents frequent.  If possible, have someone available that will help them complete the form; or refer them to me, the community outreach coordinator.   Please assure parents the Census Bureau does not disclose any personal information or use the information for any type of reporting.  I am including the website address for the online application and telephone numbers for phone questionnaires. Bilingual questionnaires are available for Spanish speakers.


BE COUNTED TODAY!   The deadline for completing your census is September 30, 2020.

K-2 Orientation Schedule

August 11, 2020

K-2 Orientation Schedule 

August 14, 2020 


9:00 – 10:00 

Kindergarten:Timmons & Willoughby 

1st Grade:  Rockett & Durgin 

2nd Grade:Dickey 


10:30 – 11:30 

Kindergarten:Davis & Peak 

1st Grade:  Clark & Owens 

2nd Grade:Ealum & Fuentes 


12:00 – 1:00 


1st Grade:  Bailey & L. Collins 

2nd Grade:Childs & Bumpers 


1:30 – 2:30 


1st Grade:  Sconiers 

2nd Grade:Ellis/Buckelew 

Reopening Plan

August 10, 2020

Dear WDE Families,

We are so excited to see students returning on August 17th.   Though we are facing a truly unprecedented situation, we have been working diligently to address health and safety concerns regarding COVID-19.  We have provided links to the WDE Re-opening Plan, WCSD Affirmation form, and student screening document on the Back to School 2020-2021 page.  We sincerely appreciate your patience and continued support as we work through this process.  Please know that we are prepared to provide the same level of education you have come to expect over the years.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.


Darlene Paul