March 11, 2015
Second Grade students at West Defuniak Elementary, grew a winter garden with collards, broccoli, and cabbage. The lunchroom staff made coleslaw out of the cabbage for students to enjoy.
February 18, 2015
January 20, 2015
The Florida Department of Health reports that the 2014-2015 flu season is off to an early start and Floridians are urged to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others against the flu. Activity levels are highest in children but overall influenza activity is widely spread across the state. The Department is encouraging families to get their flu vaccine.
Additional steps to prevent flu include coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow, washing your hands frequently, and keeping your hands away from your face. Symptoms of the flu include headache, fever, severe cough, runny nose, or body aches. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, see your primary care provider immediately for guidance on treatment. Early treatment with antivirals is important and can help people get better more quikcly as well as help to prevent severe complications.
The best way to keep yourself and your family safe and healthy during flu season is to: 1) get vaccinated 2)Stay home if you are sick, and 3)See your doctor if experiencing flu-like symptoms.
For more information please visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/parents/index.htm
December 11, 2014
In November, second grade students from West DeFuniak Elementary enjoyed visiting the Indian Temple Mound Museum. The museum is located in the heart of historic downtown Ft. Walton Beach. The museum houses interpretative exhibits depicting 12,000 years of Native American occupation. Students also visited the Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum.
December 9, 2014
West DeFuniak Elementary is excited to share district winners in the Tropicana Speech Contest!
4th grade – MacKenzie Campbell – 1st place.
5th grade – McCaid Paul – 3rd place and Gaines Marshall – Most Entertaining Speech
December 5, 2014
“What Does Your Favorite Soda Do to Your Stomach?” Graison Dorr
3rd Place: “Spoiled Rotten” Makayla Hogg
2nd Place: “What’s That Fuzzy Stuff on My Bread?” Allie Saunders
1st Place: “Which Has the Most Grease?” Raleigh Reed
3rd place: “Are You Wasting Your Money on Batteries?” Addie Cook
2nd place: “Which Method Will Make the Most Realistic Volcanic Eruption?” Chris Laird
1st place: “The Wright Flight” Aaron Wilmoth
December 5, 2014
“What Food Causes the Most Mouth Bacteria?” Emma Wilkerson
3rd Place: “ How Long Would It Taste?” Cynthia Ramirez
2nd Place: “ Which Nutritional Supplement Do White Tail Deer Like Best?” Kaylee Campbell
1st Place: “Going Bananas” Ava Adkinson
“What’s the Best Temperature For Crystals to Form?” Laney Kelley
“Which Sponge Holds the Most Water?” Zachary Marsh
3rd Place: “Homemade –vs- Store Detergents Hannah Shoaf
2nd Place: “How Does Temperature of a Fluid Affect Its Viscosity” Cooper Douglass
1st Place: “ The SPF Challenge” Brantley Betts
December 5, 2014
“Weather” Lawrence Reichert
Next Row: Biological Winners
3rd Place: Tie “What Are You Drinking?” Hannah Dawkins
3rd Place: Tie “Bacteria Alert” McCaid Paul
2nd Place: “ Effect of Synthetic & Natural Fertilizer on Corn” Payden Ealum
1st Place: “Age –vs- Peripheral Vision” Gaines Marshall
3rd Row Honorable Mention:
“Superstition” Marisa Johnson
“What Kind of Bread Molds the Fastest?” Billie Hall
“Preventing Bread Mold” Fiona Robertson
Back Row: Honorable Mention Physical
“Big or Small Pieces” Evan McBroom
“The Power of Produce” Trent Hulion
“Soda and Mentos” McKinnon Campbell-Work
3rd Place: “Does Tire Pressure Affect Bicycle Performance?” Spence Johnson
2nd Place: “Which Fruits Stop Jello from Gelling?” Hannah King
1st Place: “Forget the Stain” Caylee Willcox
December 1, 2014
Congratulations to our 5th grade Tropicana Speech winners for the West DeFuniak school competition!
1st place Gaines Marshall
2nd place McCaid Paul
3rd place Billie Hall
Good luck to Gaines and McCaid as they represent West DeFuniak at the District competition.