January 11, 2019
Students at West DeFuniak Elementary enjoyed a performance of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen” presented by the Atlantic Coast Theatre. Special thanks to the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation for making this experience possible. Submitted by Darlene Paul
January 11, 2019
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December 18, 2018
West DeFuniak Elementary would like to congratulate Ms. Teresa Macias for being chosen as Educational Support Person of the Year. Ms. Macias is a bilingual interpreter for our school where she has worked for the last eight years.
Prior to coming to WDE, Ms. Macias was an interpreter and translator in several settings in Mexico. One of her positions involved translating instruction manuals for electronic governors for a small industrial maintenance company.
Several of Ms. Macias’s family members work in the academic field. Her paternal grandmother was a teacher, her cousin is a college professor, and another family member is an advisor in a university in Mexico City. Her nephew has a school where adults prepare to obtain degrees and certifications in programs sponsored by their employers.
Ms. Macias enjoys assisting the hard-working teachers and students at WDE as well as facilitating the communication between parents and teachers. Ms. Macias says, “I am grateful because I continuously learn from all of them.”
Congratulations to Ms. Macias our Educational Support Person of the Year. Pictured with Ms. Macias is Mrs. Darlene Paul, Principal of West DeFuniak Elementary.
December 12, 2018
Congratulations to our Teacher of the Year!
Congratulations to Mrs. Carla Sconiers for being selected Teacher of the Year at West DeFuniak Elementary. This is her 7th year of teaching. She did her student teaching in first grade at WDE and has been in first grade ever since! Mrs. Sconiers helps students want to learn by getting to know them and their interests. Her goal is to also make learning as fun as it can be! She strives to build students up and support them on a daily basis! When Mrs. Sconiers was asked about her classroom she said, "The children bless me more than I could ever bless them! I hope that my students leave me each year knowing 'Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.'" It is our privilege to recognize Mrs. Sconiers as Teacher of the Year!
Pictured with Mrs. Carla Sconiers is Mrs. Darlene Paul, Principal of West DeFuniak Elementary.
On Wednesday, December 11th, fourth and fifth grade classroom winners participated in the Schoolwide Tropicana Speaking Competition. Parents, students, teachers, and judges were amazed by the well thought out speeches and the students' ability to present them to such a large group of people. Congratulations to each of these students!!!
1st place - Carli Nowling - My Annoying Niece and Nephew
2nd place - Isabella Adkinson - Being an Only Child, Kids' Tables Are Awful
3rd place - Kari Hanscome - The Man Walt Disney
1st place - Rhiannon Fountain - Remodel Gone Wrong
2nd place - Chandler Shoaf - How to Write a Tropicana Speech
3rd place - Gracelyn Daniel - Our Money Habits
First and second place winners from our school competition will represent West DeFuniak at the District Tropicana Speaking Contest on December 18th at Freeport High School.
December 6, 2018
Congratulations to all of our Science Fair Winners for 2018 – 2019 !!!
3rd Place: “ Bubblicious” (Fuentes) Taylor Hutchinson
2nd Place: “Music & Dogs” (Fuentes) Savannah Waggoner
1st Place: “Hand Soap & Hand Sanitizer” (Collins) Lacey Alford
3rd place: “Popcorn” (Adkinson)Ashton Black
2d place: “Skittles” (Byrd) Sheyla Morales
1st place: “Natural Sunlight vs Artificial” (Collins) Gracie Partridge
3rd Place: “Germs are everywhere!” (McLaney) Destiney Waggoner
2nd Place: “Daisies for Days” (McLaney) Carli Nowling
1st Place: “Everyone Needs Oxygen” (Hicks) Janki Patel
“Pucker Up” (McLaney) Raegan Wright
3rd Place: “Which Brand of Popcorn Pops? (Daniel) Coleman Ray)
2nd Place: “The Devastating Earthquake” (McLaney) Cole Mitchell
1st Place: “How to Turn Milk Into Plastic” (Hicks) Riley Mann
“Which Bail Catches the Most Fish?” (Allen) Wiley Adams
“ Camouflage” (Bush) Payton Conroy
3rd Place: “Effects of Sugar on Plant Growth (Currid) Spence Spires
2nd Place: “Is the Grass Always Greener?”(Allen) Rhiannon Fountain
*1st Place: “Music Affects” (Currid) Camden Zodrow
*1st Place: “Bacterial Culture Club” (Allen) Ava Susenbach
“The Mighty Protector”(Garrett)Chelsey Robertson
“Orbeez Grow in What?” (Garrett))Avionnah Padgett
“Freeze” (Currid) Ethan Floyd
“Gummy Bear Osmosis” (Tweedy) Truitt Wilbur
3rd Place: “Chemical Changes” (Currid) John Martin
2nd Place: “Apple Oxidation” (Allen ) Chloe Appel
1st Place: “Voltaic Batteries” (Stafford)Roger Coon
“What’s in Your Water?” (Currid) Kiley Brooks
November 13, 2018
November 5, 2018
November 5, 2018
WDE 5th Grade and Ghostly Hands
As an introductory experiment to the topic of matter, WDE 5th grade students mixed a solid (baking powder) and a liquid (vinegar) to make a gas. Students enjoyed seeing the reaction of the combined products which made their ghostly hand raise on its own. Students decorated the gloves beforehand, and this gave each of the ghostly hands a unique personality. This experiment was the opening introduction to their study on properties and states of matter, physical and chemical changes, and mixtures and solutions.
1st picture from left to right:
Giovanny Leon-Espinoza, Taylor Hutchison, Belinda Rodriguez, and Aiden Roberts
2nd picture from left to right:
Ava Susanbach and Onekia Robinson