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5th Grade AR Reward

March 14, 2016

WDE 5th graders celebrated reaching their 3rd nine weeks AR reading goal!  Congratulations to these students!


Third Grade Students at WDE performed surgery on Word Problems today.  Careful examination of each problem produced the RIGHT  answer! They learned to use the C.U.B.E.S. strategy efficiently on every case. 

Congratulations to the March Students of the Month!

K:  Jaycee Ealum

1st:  Journey Curry

2nd:  Camden Zodrow

3rd:  Kristian Aguayo

4th:  Kristina Polanco-Gonzalez

5th:  Alionna Jones

It was standing room only at West DeFuniak Elementary as students, parents, and entire families showed up for an exciting evening.  A total of 613 people signed in. Students and their families enjoyed pizza and sweet treats, hands-on science stations, hands-on math activities by grade level, an estimation station, and a photo booth.

Kindergarten and 1st grade celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday with The Cat in the Hat!  The students had a Seuss-tastic time listening to the story read aloud by one of the most famous Seuss characters.  

2nd Grade Word Surgery

March 3, 2016

2nd grade turned into a Hospital and all of the students became surgeons!  The students put words into surgery and put them back together as contractions. 

West DeFuniak students took part in ReadQuest, a nationwide reading event on Friday, February 26, 2016. They joined more than 12,000 educators and tens of thousands of students in Renaissance Learning’s annual one-day reading celebration that encouraged K–12 students to read and share their discoveries. 3,763,408 books were read nationwide!  

Students read books, nonfiction articles, and took Accelerated Reader comprehension quizzes on what they had read to contribute to the national reading effort. On the ReadQuest website, students were able to see their quizzes count toward the national books-read ticker, the top books and articles read in each state, prize winners, and user-submitted posts, tweets, and photos. 

Approximately 573 students from WDE took part in the shared effort and passed 2,247 quizzes in one day! 

A Chance to Save Now for their College Education

As part of our commitment to your child's education, we want to share with you information about the Florida Prepaid College Board's Open Enrollment Period that ends February 29. College might seem like a long way off, but before we know it, your child will be looking at college options.

Starting ta save now means that you can feel confident your child's tuition will be covered when they need it. Florida Prepaid Plans are guaranteed by the State of Florida. Your future grad will surely thank you for making such a smart decision and for giving them the chance to succeed and achieve their dreams.

We are also pleased to offer promo code, SUP1516, for a free gift pack for families that purchase a Florida Prepaid Tuition Plan before Open Enrollment ends February 29.

Open Enrollment only happens once a year and ends on February 29, so take advantage of affordable pricing today and start saving for your child's future. Find out more at!

Students in Third Grade at West DeFuniak Elementary have been learning about the deadliest animal on Earth, the mosquito.  They had the opportunity to hear from North Walton Mosquito Control on the mosquito’s life cycle, types of mosquitos in our area, ways they prevent illness from spreading, and ways to spot areas where mosquitos can lay their eggs.

West Defuniak Elementary facilitated their own teacher-led professional development on Friday, February 12th. Teachers were able to  choose from a variety of different sessions to attend, based on their needs.  These sessions included teacher collaboration, student engagement, and using technology in the classroom. They also had the opportunity to participate in EdCamp and network with colleagues who had similar interests or concerns.  Teachers left the professional development feeling inspired and truly excited!