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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”.  

Fourth and fifth grade students at WDE got to experience what it is like to be in an aquifer.  They visited the Water Ventures trailer with guides Carly Todd and Julianne Werts.  Students learned about Florida’s 900 springs, Florida’s ecosystems, all about the water cycle as well as experiencing hands on activities.  Students also learned about water conservation and how they can do their part to help save the Earth’s water supply and protect Florida’s natural resources.    

 

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!

Chautauqua Hosts Free Events

January 26, 2019

The Chautauqua Winter Assembly will have many free activities available in DeFuniak Springs, January 24 - 27, 2019.  For more information go www.floridachautauquaassembly.org.