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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!

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.

WDE Celebrates Donuts with Dad

September 27, 2017

West DeFuniak welcomed a huge number of dads this morning for Donuts with Dads.  This year the dads visted the classrooms with their students and participated in activities such as reading an Accelerated Reader Book, working on Math problems on the computer, or even visiting the library with their child.   It was great to see so many dads today!


Integrity - doing the right thing even when no one is looking! Fifth grade student, Grady Schley, showed great character and integrity when he recently found $200 at West DeFuniak Elementary and turned it in! Later, the person who had lost it came looking for it, and the school was able to return it to them! Thank you, Grady, for having integrity! We are proud of you! Officer Key is thrilled to recognize Grady for setting such a great example!

Bandanas for Mrs. Barone

September 12, 2017

The faculty and staff of West DeFuniak Elementary rallied around their co-worker, Dawn Barone, who is currently undergoing chemo therapy treatments. Mrs. Barone's treatments have resulted in her losing her hair. As the guidance counselor, Mrs. Barone often speaks with students about their character. Today, our faculty and staff were able to teach about compassion by wearing bandanas to support Mrs. Barone! We ??you, Dawn! We're all in this together! #TeamBarone

School Will Be Open

September 11, 2017

School will be open tomorrow, September 12th. West DeFuniak Elementary will also have our previously scheduled Open House tomorrow night, September 12th at 5:30 p.m. for grades K-2.

Governor Scott Closes Schools

September 7, 2017

Governor Scott Closes All K-12 Public Schools, State Colleges, State Universities and State Offices to Begin Preparations Immediately


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Today, Governor Rick Scott is directing all public K-12 schools, state colleges, state universities and state offices to close Friday, September 8 – Monday, September 11.


Governor Scott said, “Today, I am directing the closure of all public schools, state colleges, state universities and state offices for their normal activities effective Friday through Monday, to ensure we have every space available for sheltering and staging. Floridians are facing a life-threatening storm in Hurricane Irma, and every family must prepare to evacuate. Our state’s public schools serve a vital role in our communities as shelters for displaced residents and staging areas for hurricane recovery efforts. Closing public schools, state colleges, state universities and state offices will provide local and state emergency officials the flexibility necessary to support shelter and emergency response efforts.”  


For detailed shelter information, visit

Matter, Matter, Everywhere

August 28, 2017

It is a solid...No, it is liquid....Watch out! It is a gas! Second grade students at West DeFuniak Elementary have had a great time learning about the three states of matter!
“Where do maggots come from?” Just ask one of our 5th grade scientists at West DeFuniak! Throughout the week, they have been busy practicing the steps of the scientific method as they observed three types of rotting meat.