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All of us can also help prevent the spread of germs. Reminders can include:

* Wash hands often with soap and water

* Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available

* Appropriately cover coughs and sneezes

* Keep hands away from eyes, nose, and mouth

* Stay home if you are sick

The number and websites below provide additional information:

* State Hotline for Florida - 866-779-6121

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West DeFuniak Elementary School Hosts AVID Showcase
District personnel and faculty members from area schools were welcomed with open arms at the recent AVID Showcase. Approximately 35 adults were privileged to see AVID strategies implemented in WDE classrooms from Kindergarten to Fifth Grade. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination and helps to prepare students for college and career success through strategies such as Socratic Seminars, 4 corners, WICOR, organizational skills, and note taking. The visitors observed these strategies in multiple classrooms and were WOWED by deep thinking and accountable talk in each classroom. Students used collaboration to help them prove their answers, their point of view, or even to help clarify the information presented. Later, a panel of students and teachers met with the guests to answer questions.  Many of the visitors were looking for ways to improve the AVID programs at their own schools or considering the possibility of beginning an AVID program.  The real winners  were the students. Their level of success shows that they are making great strides in their academic achievement as they prepare for their future careers!  It was an EPIC day at WDE!  Congratulations to everyone at WDE for hosting a fabulous AVID Showcase!    

What an EPIC morning! These 54 students were awarded their AR shirts on the morning show. Last week we celebrated Literacy Week and many of these students were able to finally reach their goal. During this school year, we have seen 213 students receive AR shirts! We are incredibly proud to see our students reading so much. Readers truly are leaders!

Registrations for VPK are coming up soon.  

To be eligible for Summer VPK, you must be 4 years old by 9/1/2019 and ­not be previously enrolled in a VPK program or have attended Kindergarten.                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Site locations will be determined by enrollment numbers at each site.


WDE Teachers in Training

January 7, 2020

West DeFuniak Elementary teachers started off 2020 with preparation for their upcoming AVID Elementary Showcase. Primary teachers learned some hands-on AVID strategies such as “Team Huddle”, “4 Corners”, “Inside, Outside”, and “Quiz, Quiz, Trade” while teachers in grades 3-5 participated in their “LETRS PLC”. After lunch primary and intermediate teachers swapped out for more AVID strategies and LETRS PLC with district Literacy Coach, Shannon Seigler. Teachers in grades 3-5 learned about ways to incorporate “College & Career” into their lessons as well as ways to get their students in the mindset of goal setting for their futures.