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WDE Receives Grant

December 11, 2017

West DeFuniak Elementary is  pleased to announce that Tammy Goodman has been awarded a grant from the Emerald Coast Post of the Society of Amerian Military Engineers.  Ms. Traci DeWar, grant coordinator,  was on-hand to present the grant check.  Out of thirty-one applicants eleven grants were awarded.  Mrs. Goodman's grant titled "Taking Flight" revolves around inspiring students to learn more about the field of aerospace engineering. Students will be learning to fly unmanned aerial vehicles and challenged to extend their knowledge through STEM related books. 

Congratulations to our 5th grade Science Fair winners and to our Principal's Award winner - Ellie Clemmons!

5th grade Biological
1st place - Emma Lathinghouse "How Does Caffeine Affect Plant Growth?"
2nd place - Addie Ingle "Deer Treats"
3rd place - Kaylie Joyner "Does Sight Effect Taste Perception?"
Honorable Mention - Maya Abbott "What Molds First?"
Honorable Mention - Emmalee Alford "Natural vs. Artificial"

5th grade Physical
1st place - Jackson Davis "Signal Block"
2nd place - Lavaris Randle "What Helps Yeast Ferment the Best?"
3rd place - Libby Morris "What Should Humpty Dumpty Have Worn?"
Honorable Mention - Jake Furbee "What Type of Wood Lasts Longer?"
Honorable Mention - Maddox Flynt "Going the Distance"

Principal's Award - Ellie Clemmons "Which Shampoo Strips the Color Out of Dyed Hair?"

Congratulations to our 4th grade Science Fair winners!

4th Grade Biological
1st Place - Ava Susenbach "The Mold and the Beautiful"
2nd Place - Camden Zodrow "Which Bubble Gum Produces the Biggest Bubbles?"
3rd Place - Alyson Mars "Which Flavor of Gum Lasts Longest?"

4th Grade Physical
1st Place - Braedon Paul "Water Purification"
2nd Place - Gracie Daniel "Helium vs. Latex"
3rd Place - Riley Sheehan "Rethink your Drink" 
Honorable Mention - Tinsley Smith "Penny vs. Liquid"
Honorable Mention - Antonio DeRycke "How Far Will it Fly?"
Honorable Mention - Sean Stegall "Lego Ice"
Honorable Mention - Tessa Tucker "Slime, Slime, Slime"

Congratulations to our 3rd grade Science Fair winners!

3rd grade Biological
1st place - Liam Holley "A Deer's Choice"
2nd Place - Kari Hanscome "Taste Perception"
Honorable Mention - Lila Sharpston "Meal Time in the Forest"

3rd grade Physical
1st place - Jackson Howell "Simple Electric Motor"
2nd place - Danika Cottle "Is My Mascara Running?"
3rd place - Raegan Wright "Crystals"
Honorable Mention - Jeremiah Perrucci "Why Doesn't the Ocean Freeze?"

WDE students enjoyed Breakfast with Santa. Students wrote letters to Santa, ate breakfast, and spent some special time with St. Nick. Parents enjoyed the silent auction and watching their children interact with Santa. If you haven't seen the Teddy Bear Christmas tree in the atrium, stop by! It's a great place for a few pictures of your children.  We would like to thank the WDE PTO for making arrangements for Santa's visit during this busy season! 

The annual Fall Festival at West DeFuniak was a huge success.  Students, parents, family friends, and staff had a wonderful time.  From ring toss to hay rides and plinko, students enjoyed playing games and winning prizes.  With Mr. Hight's Famous Chili Dogs, pizza, boiled peanuts, and cotton candy, there was plenty of food to munch on.  Thank you for making this year's Fall Festival an enjoyable night for everyone!


Students at WDE participated in the "Change For Books" fundraiser.  Each grade level competed to see who could raise the most money for books.  The winning grade level was rewarded with the opportunity to dunk our assistant principal, Mr. Free, or our school resource officer, Deputy Key.  The winning grade level - 3rd grade - brought in $238.99 with a total of $883.26 being raised throughout the school.  Thank you for helping us - and a special thanks to those who were dunked!
This week Kindergarten students are writing thank you cards to send to veterans through Operation Gratitude while learning about Veteran’s Day. Each student decorated a heart-shaped flag card and wrote a thank you note on the back. Students from Mrs. Peak's class are pictured holding their thank you cards.  

The Summer Reading and Math Hall of Fame students enjoyed a fun trip to Hurricane Lanes in Destin today! These 37 students enjoyed bowling, games, pizza, and a behind the scenes tour of the bowling alley! Some of them even brought books with them to read today! Great job students!

Mrs. Timmons's kindergarten class at West DeFuniak Elementary enjoyed making Terrific Ties as they studied letter "T."   If you see any of these students, be sure to ask them what sound the letter "T" makes.