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Students at West DeFuniak Elementary are diving into summer with new books. This week our school received a grant from the Dugas Family Foundation that allowed every student in our school to receive two free books from the book fair! The students loved picking out their books and immediately got busy reading them. We hope these books will help students maintain their reading gains during the summer months. We are thankful for the Dugas Family Foundation and Scholastic for providing these great resources!    

West DeFuniak Elementary hosted the First LEGO League Jr. Expo at the WISE Center Gym in DeFuniak Springs. There were sixteen FLL Jr. teams present representing grades 1-5 from five different schools. West DeFuniak had 9 teams present. During the year students focused on the Mission Moon theme. Students researched what they would need in order to live on the moon, how they would breathe, and other problems related to living on the moon. Then students built a moon base using their LEGO set and showed how they would solve one of the problems with living on the moon. Students used iPads to program at least one piece of their base to move. Students created a Show Me poster to share what they had learned with others. At the Expo, reviewers talked with each team about their project and noted the amazing thinking from students. One of the reviewers shared that one team learned that when astronauts drill into the moon that oxygen is released. That team built a drill as part of their moon base. They problem solved some issues with their drill such as the height and weight of the drill. (Great engineering skills!) Another reviewer noted that one team was having difficulty with their iPad. Another student offered to share their team's iPad and to help program it. (Great teamwork skills!) The Expo was a high energy event where teams were able to come together to share what they've learned this season. Special thanks to Mr. Rick Soria and Doolittle Institute for their sponsorship of our LEGO teams this season.


Walton Middle School Summer Bridge Program


FOR:  Incoming sixth graders (current fifth graders)


PURPOSE:  To jumpstart the 2019-20 school year with targeted and fun literacy activities


WHEN:  July 8-11, July 15-18, July 22-24 (8:00-12:00)


WHERE:  Walton Middle School


Current fifth graders at WDE, MSE, and MHS will soon receive flyers with more information about a tentative summer bridge program at WMS.  Interested parents can complete the form and return it to their children's teachers.  WCSD will likely provide bus transportation and no-cost lunch each day.  Please contact Kristen Nelson ([email protected]) at 850.892.1280, ext. 3487, if you have questions.  Interested students should reserve their spots byFriday, May 17th by returning their interest letter to their fifth grade teacher.

Ellis Island comes to life at WDE! From 1892 to 1954, over twelve million immigrants entered the United States through the portal of Ellis Island, a small island in New York Harbor. Second grade students at WDE had the unique opportunity to experience life as an immigrant. This included choosing a foreign country, new name, and reason for immigrating to America. Students experienced waiting in a long line to enter Ellis Island, going through a medical exam, and a questioning session with an Ellis Island official who determined whether or not they could enter the United States for a better life. Special thanks to Mrs. Jennifer Schovan for becoming the Statue of Liberty, and to Becky King who did a wonderful job taking pictures.


Walton County's own published author, McCaid Paul, visited 5th grade students at WDE the day before FSA Writing. He spoke to the students about the writing process and the importance of writing well. The students had many questions, and his visit sparked a genuine interest in writing for many. He was a huge encouragement for all of the students! WDE 5th grade thanks him for sharing his knowledge and experience with us.



Walton Middle School invites the families of next school year's sixth grade students to attend "Middle School Jump" on Thursday, May 2, 2019, from 6:00-8:00.  At this Title 1 parent training event, WMS administration, faculty, and even students will help incoming sixth graders get a jump-start on what it takes to be successful middle school students.  Free dinner and childcare will be provided.  WMS can't wait to meet the families of its new Warriors!

Mrs. Amanda Callahan’s 3rd grade class at WDE explored this week’s character trait - Love of Learning - by completing a STEM project about the strength of cylinders. The class asked the question, “How many books will one piece of paper hold, when it is rolled into a cylinder?” Students were amazed at how strong a paper cylinder could be! One group was able to stack 16 books!


Liam Lewis and Paislee Hannah from Mrs. Donna Timmons’ Kindergarten Class at West DeFuniak Elementary enjoyed working together on a STEM project to encourage building and balancing.  Students were asked to discover ways to make a “balance”.  The students had one cup, one popsicle stick and one box of candy to use to make their “balances”.  

Guest Teacher at West DeFuniak

February 27, 2019

Mrs. Shannon Seigler, a Walton County District Reading Coach, visited 5th grade classes at WDE to teach a short strategy lesson on summarizing using section shrinking. The students worked in groups using the strategy to determine two or more main ideas of the text "Are Phones Making Us Zombies?" and to then summarize. The students enjoyed having a guest teacher and learning the new strategy for summarizing. Thank you Mrs. Seigler!