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Last week West DeFuniak Elementary celebrated Red Ribbon Week in order to educate students on the importance of saying “No!” to drugs. As a competition, each grade level created a display to go in the hallway to show their commitment to Red Ribbon Week and staying safe and healthy by staying away from drugs. First Grade won the display competition, by displaying an activity in which students gave examples of how they can be successful in life. First Graders learned that by working hard and making smart choices we can see those dreams of success come true!


Students pictured (L to R): Nyiana Robinson, Jamie Stafford, Tynleigh Simmons, Olivia Hicks, Abigail Simmons, and Aaron Grace Hicks

West DeFuniak Elementary had a fantastic time with Dr. Blake Brandes learning about Growth Mindset and Grit. 

Blake is a beatboxer, rapper and music producer.  He has presented to over 100,000 students, produced Top 40 radio songs and performed over 200 shows in Europe and the United States.  Blake has recently been asked to audition for America’s Got Talent for a second time. 

Student McKinzey King stated, "He taught us that the more you learn, the more your brain grows."  Avya Key said that she learned to never quit even when it is hard, and Maggie LeCroix learned that you might not be able to do something - YET, but keep trying.

Students experiences freestyle rap as Dr. Brandes asked them to name things they have had difficulty learning.  The freestyle included words such as reading, gymnastics, math, video games, soccer and basketball.  Through the influence of music and  hearing Blake’s story, students learned about having a growth mindset and the power of the word “yet”.

Every month, Mr. A. Russell Hughes, Walton County, Florida Superintendent of Schools, will share a video message with an update on the exciting things happening in the Walton County School District, Walton County, Florida. Check back often to stay informed on all the activities, events and accomplishments of teachers and students in the Walton County School District. 
This month's video was filmed at the Walton County Fairgrounds where the annual Fair will open on October 8-13, 2018. Superintendent Hughes discusses the importance of school attendance, the end of the first 9 weeks, and some important events during the month!

Mrs. Jessica Daniel’s fourth grade students at WDE observed the parts of a flower by dissecting tiger lilies. First, they separated the sepal to discover the protection it provides for the stamen and pistil. Then, they extracted pollen on their fingers from the stamen supporting the concept of pollination. Finally, they located the pistil of the flower in order to understand fertilization.   


Students pictured: Jordan Lucious, Dariyon Moore, Laney Garrett, Gabby Zemanick, and Noel Estrada.

Dads, Kids, and Academics

September 27, 2018

Students and teachers welcomed dads into their classrooms this week for Donuts with Dad.  They enjoyed a delicious glazed donut and participated in a fun learning activity with their dads.  Thanks, dads, for making education a priority in your child's life!  Your children LOVE having you visit them at school!!!! 


On Friday, August 31st, West DeFuniak Elementary students participated in a Positivity Project Pep Rally. Students made signs focusing on the character trait "Kindness," learned a kindness cheer, and heard from Mrs. Paul about this new initiative at WDE. The Positivity Project focuses on a different character trait each week. Students watch short videos and have daily discussions revolving around those traits. We look forward to seeing students exhibit this new learning in their actions as we learn that Other People Matter.

Science Rocks at WDE

September 7, 2018

SCIENCE ROCKS at West DeFuniak Elementary! Mrs. Katie Adams’ fourth grade studied the properties of matter, one being density. Groups created a density tower to showcase five layers of different liquids.  Students soon discovered liquids have different densities, therefore creating a layering effect with the heaviest liquid on the bottom. To further test density, students dropped various items into their density towers to compare the density of that item to the surrounding liquid. Through discovery, students were able to explain why some objects floated while others sank.

School is OPEN on Tuesday

September 3, 2018

Walton County schools will operate on a normal schedule tomorrow, Tuesday, September 4th.  The district is in contact with Emergency Management and is monitoring the situation with Tropical Storm Gordon.  If changes are necessary, we will update you as soon as possible.