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2014-2015 Flu Season

January 20, 2015

Dear Parents, 

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.  

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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. 


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

3rd Grade


Honorable Mention:

 “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

4th Grade          


Honorable Mention:

“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



Honorable Mention:

“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

5th Grade     

Front Row:

 Principal’s Award:

“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


Physical Winners:

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

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.  

4th Grade Tropicana Winners

December 1, 2014

The 4th grade Tropicana Winners for West DeFuniak's school competition are:  

1st place:  Mackenzie Campbell

2nd place:  Hannah Shoaf

3rd place:  Will Morris


Good luck to Mackenzie and Hannah as they represent West DeFuniak at the District competition on December 4!

3rd Grade AR Goals Met!

November 17, 2014

These Third Grade students at West DeFuniak Elementary met their AR goal this nine weeks. Each student had to earn 15 or more points and maintain an 85 average.  They were surprised with icecream and free time outside.  Way to go Third Graders!

Walton County Fair Art Awards

November 17, 2014

Three kindergarten students from Mrs. Timmons' Kindergarten class swept the awards at the Walton County Fair this year!  Special thanks to our WDE Art teacher, Mrs. D'Arensbourg.

1st place Yaretzi Ramirez, 2nd place Erika DeLa Cruz, and 3rd place Sophia Rodriguez