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Students at PHS loaded a school bus full of supplies for victims of Hurricane Michael, this past week. On Saturday, members of the PHS faculty and staff headed to Sneads in order to deliver supplies to the members of the community. The people of Sneads were so grateful for the supplies. Members of the Sneads High School volleyball team helped the PHS volunteers to pass out supplies and serve 155 barbecue plates. Way to demonstrate your PRIDEPASSION, and PURPOSE in EPIC proportions.  Submitted by Kalli McMillan

Thank you to everyone that helped us STUFF THE BUS for Hurricane Michael victims in Calhoun County! Coach Nichols made the first delivery Friday afternoon.

We are continuing to stuff the bus and will make deliveries as it gets full.  We wanted to remind everyone of suggested items that are needed:

- Hand sanitizer
- Blankets
- Baby supplies (formula, baby wipes, diapers, etc.)
- Hygiene items
- Bottled water
- Nonperishable food
- Batteries
- Flashlights
- Tarps
- Flip flops, t-shirts, pants
- Cleaning supplies
- Basic cooking supplies
- Kids' games, coloring books, crayons
- Tents
- Yard trash bags
- Work gloves

Items may be dropped off with Mrs. Hoppe in the front office, and we'll transfer them to the bus. We appreciate everyone's support!

Submitted by Christy English

The Curriculum and Instruction Department of Walton County School District is working diligently to support schools throughout our district as they rally to provide relief to victims of Hurricane Michael.

Supervisor, Kay Dailey, Student Services Director, Randy Stafford, and Coordinators Kim Stafford, Myca Chandler, Cathy Hall, Crystal Appel, Donna Honish, Keitha Bledsoe and their teams are joining efforts at our schools by participating in the special projects such as "Stuff the Bus", "Stack the Stage", "Pennies for the Panhandle", "Dollar for Hearts", and many other projects. They are also providing supplies, monetary donations, and assisting in delivery of items to area distribution stations to help those in need.

We are making sure that each school has the forms and documents needed to accommodate increased enrollment resulting from the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael, to include school residency forms. Once forms are submitted and students have been identify as displaced, efforts are made through the Curriculum and Instruction department to provide assistance with breakfast and lunch, clothing, school supplies, and connection with agencies that can provide additional support in areas of housing and feeding outside of the school environment.

Dr. Randy Stafford indicated that our guidance departments are currently undergoing special training called Youth - Mental Health First Aid designed to help recognize indicators of stress, anxiety, depression, and other symptoms that may develop and/or increase due to the effects of displacement and relocation. Dr. Stafford and his team are assessing need and have begun to formulate ideas on how to provide additional services to students and families who have been victims of the hurricane.

Youth - Mental Health First Aid workshop.  Front Row: far left, Dr. Randy Stafford.  Front Rpw: far right, School Safety Specialist, Charlie Morse.  

5th grade students at WDE celebrated great behavior for the 1st nine weeks team time at Hurricane Lanes. Students enjoyed a couple hours of bowling and lunch as reward for maintaining an E or S for behavior during the first nine weeks period. The students were having so much fun that a few of the teachers had to join in!  Submitted by Jessica Dawson

From left to right: Alayah Dalton, Layla Renteria, Belinda Rodriguez, Kristopher Brown, Briana Laird

 Kiley Brooks

Mr. Andy Stafford - 5th Grade Teacher

Van R. Butler's Lion League!

October 20, 2018

Butler’s Lion's League had their first meeting this week. The purpose is to engage students to be more intentional about including, understanding and accepting their peers with disabilities and differences. Submitted by Sherrie Binkowski

5th grade students at WDE celebrated great behavior for the 1st nine weeks team time at Hurricane Lanes. Students enjoyed a couple hours of bowling and lunch as reward for maintaining an E or S for behavior during the first nine weeks period. The students were having so much fun that a few of the teachers had to join in!  Submitted by Jessica Dawson

From left to right: Alayah Dalton, Layla Renteria, Belinda Rodriguez, Kristopher Brown, Briana Laird

 Kiley Brooks

Mr. Andy Stafford - 5th Grade Teacher

A habit of attendance is a school readiness skill: An important role of early education programs is helping children to develop important social-emotional skills, including forming a habit of attendance. Children who are chronically absent in preschool are far more likely to be chronically absent in later grades.  For more information on how to assist your child to improve his/her attendance, please visit https://www.attendanceworks.org/take-action/community-and-agency-partners/parents-and-parent-organizations/

Paxton High School’s Aerospace Career Academy students put their knowledge of air foils, or wings, to work this week with the help of Dr. John Fay, an aerospace engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base. Dr. Fay taught the students how to test different wing designs, including adjusting weight, balance, and angle of attack. A huge thank you to Dr. Fay for volunteering his time!  Submitted by Kalli McMillan and Heather Stewart

MSE’s third graders are participating in the "Grasses in Classes" program, which gives students a direct role in the restoration of Choctawhatchee Bay. These students are learning about brackish water, snodgrass, and water pollution in the bay. This is a year-long project that will culminate in the students planting the grass they have tended along the shore of Choctawhatchee Bay.  submitted by Krisy Spence