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Education is SWEET at West DeFuniak Elementary! Recently, our observation hive was overflowing with honey! Staff members Katie Adams and Dawn Barone along with Principal - Darlene Paul, Assistant Principal -Rodney Free, and Barbara Cooper harvested the honey from a few of the frames in our hive. Our bees have been very productive. We will continue to use the hive to educate our students about the vital role that bees play in pollinating so much of our food supply and we will enjoy a sweet treat in the process!
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West DeFuniak Elementary held Farewell Drive-Thru celebrations this week. There were lots of mixed emotions - a little sadness mixed with excitement about the future. We wish all of you a safe and happy summer! We hope to see you soon!

  

Date Change

May 13, 2020

DATE CHANGE - We want to say goodbye to our students. In order to do that we've made some changes to allow all teachers for each grade level to be on campus on the same day. Please plan to pick up your child's belongings on the NEW dates. See the attached picture for more information! We look forward to seeing you all!

A special teacher was honored by her students with a drive by parade.  Mrs. Willcox, a Kindergarten teacher at West DeFuniak, was surprised by this sweet gesture by her students and their parents.  Mrs. Willcox's mom Charlotte Campbell, helped arrange the surprise.  This pandemic has made us all think "outside the box."  Thank you so much to these wonderful students for showing their love to Mrs. Willcox and especially during Teacher Appreciation Week.  

   

COVID-19 Update April 29, 2020

The Walton County School District would like to share three updates.

First, food distribution is being moved to Wednesdays in the month of May. Please plan to pick up food from our five locations or receive food from one of our 70 bus stops on these Wednesdays in May - May 6, 13, 20, and 27. Food sites will remain the same - Paxton, Mossy Head, Maude Saunders Elementary, Walton Middle, and Freeport High School. Times will remain the same for sites (9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.), and bus routes will also remain the same.

Next, Superintendent A. Russell Hughes has prepared an update for parents and students in the form of his monthly video. The video will be released later this week. Please look for it, and watch for details about academics, graduation, and more.

Finally, the Walton County School District has a new communication feature. Parents, students, and other stakeholders can text questions to 850-204-9667. Through this new number, the district will be able to provide a quick response for any issues or concerns that may occur with virtual learning. Text submissions are immediate, and a staff member should respond to you quickly.

WDE Important Dates

April 24, 2020

Parents - Please see the attached calendar for important dates to return student packets and complete all digital learning. We also have dates for pickup of student materials. Please know that we miss you all and appreciate the efforts of everyone to make this unusual time as successful as possible.

Earth Day is celebrated around the world every year on April 22nd to recognize support for environmental protection. Teachers and students celebrate the holiday in class each year, but many celebrated this year by simply taking time to be surrounded by nature or by attending digital events.

Kaylee Jimenez, a 5th grade student at WDE, celebrated by making an extraordinary and creative representation of Earth using natural materials. She also acknowledged items in her drawing that we can recycle throughout the year to do our part every day.

Kaylee’s creation reminds us all of the beauty of Earth and the importance of protecting it.

Pictured: Kaylee Jimenez

Submitted by:  Debbie Bush

Congratulations to 5th grade student Lucy George who recently surpassed a personal goal of 1000 AR points. Mrs. Paul proudly presented Lucy a Kindle for reaching this extraordinary accomplishment. Lucy is a student in Mr. Stafford's class and has worked all year to accomplish this goal.  Way to show that Positivity Project character of LEADERSHIP!  We are proud of you!

COVID 19 Update 4/18/2020

April 18, 2020

COVID-19 Update April 18, 2020

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference today, April 18, 2020, where he stated "Today I am also announcing that our K through 12 schools will continue with distance learning for the duration of the school year."

Upon receiving a formal statement from the Florida Department of Education, Superintendent A. Russell Hughes will release an update with more specific information.