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Five hundred pairs of pajamas were collected for Golson Elementary in Marianna. An additional $510.00 was also donated to help their students.

Students, staff members, and friends of Freeport Elementary, South Walton High, West DeFuniak, Maude Saunders, and Mossy Head helped with this special project. Carter's Children's Store at Silver Sands also donated pajamas.

Special thanks goes out to all who participate in this project! Submitted by Laurie Langford

Last weekend, ECMS band members auditioned for the Troy University Southeastern United States honor band, and all six were placed in the top band. The students rehearsed all day on Friday, and presented a concert Saturday alongside some of the top middle school musicians in the Southeast. 

The students who represent ECMS (pictured above) are Emma Knauer, Jonathan Levene, Michaela Bush, Zelda Ciko, Cameron Gray, and Maddie Brower.

Submitted by Darrin Lyon

5th grade students at WDE got to be electrical engineers during science class! They were given the materials needed to create an electric lighting system. The students had to first make a plan to design and build the circuit. Once the plan was in place, they were able to build the circuit, then trouble shoot and determine if any improvements were needed. 

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LtR – Ayden Hurst, Maddie Baur, Emily Anderson, Rolando Velasquez Andres

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LtR – Haiden Mosley, William Duggins

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LtR – Dominic Williams, Lee Parish

Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

WDE Circuit

WDE Circuit

South Walton High School’s auditorium was packed to witness five athletes sign letters of commitment to compete at the college level.

(L to R) Jake Peaden will play golf for Evangel University in Springfield Missouri; Gage Peaden will play football for Culver Stockton in Canton, Missouri; Jace Hughes will play baseball for Marian Military Institute in Marion, Alabama; Madi Daum will be playing beach volleyball for Florida International University; and Anthony Bryan will be competing in track and field at Abilene Christian in Texas.

Congratulations to our Seahawks!

Submitted by Barbara Stratton.

Superintendent Hughes met with senior student leaders from each public high school in Walton County School District to talk about various topics at the inaugural Superintendent’s Roundtable. The purpose of this exciting initiative was to hear from the students and learn from their experiences before they graduate from Walton County School District.

A few points of discussion were Safety & Security, changes that might help future students, and the level of rigor in their core classes. At the end of the meeting, students shared some final remarks about their thoughts from the day. A few of those statements included:

“It’s nice to realize that all the different schools in the county have similar experiences and problems.”

“For Superintendent Hughes to want to hear the students’ voices is amazing.”

“I feel honored because a lot of people have a lot of stuff to say and I get to be able to say what I have to say.”

“I think this was a really great experience getting to hear that everyone is doing something different in their school, but yet we’re all still working toward a common goal.”

Superintendent Hughes presented each student with a certificate to be included in their portfolios and resumes, as well as a special challenger coin and portable Bluetooth speaker as a token of appreciation for their participation and continued leadership. Superintendent Hughes looks forward to continuing this very special occasion each year as a benefit to both our students and district alike.”

Every month, Mr. A. Russell Hughes, Walton County, Florida Superintendent of Schools, will share a video message with an update on the exciting things happening in the Walton County School District, Walton County, Florida. Check back often to stay informed on all the activities, events and accomplishments of teachers and students in the Walton County School District. This month's video was filmed at the WCSD Board Meeting Room. This month Superintendent Hughes has important reminders for the end of first semester and an update concerning teacher negotiations.

December 2018 Video Link

Mrs. Amanda McKee's kindergarten class of West Defuniak Elementary had a blast figuring out which of Santa's Christmas cookies would float the longest. In this science experiment students tested to see if sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, or marshmallow cookies would float the longest. We discovered that marshmallow cookies float the longest because of their chocolate coating that keeps the cookie from absorbing the milk. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.