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Paxton students never miss a learning opportunity, even on the last day before Christmas break. Mrs. Heather Stewart’s 8th grade Science students took a new perspective when they created their Christmas cookies to look like the Solar System. This project was definitely a fun AND delicious take on space. Submitted by Kalli McMillan

Pictured (L to R): Haleigh Drake, Jocelyn Jones, Summer Pryor, Abby Murphy, Mara Aplin, Bailey Howell, and Anney-Kate Araneo.

January is National Mentoring Month! Mentoring guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research suggests that youth who have a mentor are more likely to attend and be more engaged in school, finish high school and continue on to post-secondary education, and form more positive social attitudes and relationships.

If you are interested in making a difference in the life of a child and changing the world for the better, Lori Hughes, the WCSD contact for our mentoring program, will be happy to assist! Contact her at (850) 892-1100 ext. 1443
or by email at hughesl@walton.k12.fl.us

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West DeFuniak Elementary teachers spent their professional day on January 4th learning about grading and reporting of student learning.  WDE teachers are making the progression of grading from “earning” to “learning”.  After reviewing four challenges to take our grading and reporting to the next level, WDE teachers participated in the AVID strategy of engagement using Philosophical Chairs to dig deeper into two types of grading:  Traditional grading practices vs Standards-Based grading practices. Teachers had to read two articles and take a stance on which type of grading they thought was the best.  Submitted by Darlene Paul

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

At the December 18th School Board meeting, Wade Wilmouth, Commander VFW Post 4437, presented the winners of the Voices of Democracy competition for high school students, the Patriot's Pen competition for middle school students and the VFW Teacher of the Year with their awards. 

Pictured are as follows: 

School Board Chair, Mr. William Eddins, Jr

Teacher of the Year 
Lance Climer.    South Walton High

Voice of Democracy
1st    Guadalupe Hernandez.  Freeport High
2nd   Makena R. Kimball.        South Walton High
3rd.  Alivia B. Campbell.         South Walton High

Patriots Pen.   (Paxton)
1st     Kaylee M. Aplin
2nd.  Gabriel I. Schofield
3rd.   Case L. Thompson
Superintendent Russell Hughes.

Congratulations to each of these students!

Butler Elementary K-2 students enjoyed Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen”  presented by the Atlantic Coast Theatre.  Thanks to the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation for providing our students with this wonderful experience! Submitted by Tammy Smith

Superintendent Hughes stopped into FHS and quietly sat in the back while Mr. Hope met with Seniors reminding them to stay focused, finish Strong and avoid being bitten by “Senioritous”! EPIC2 Fact that makes things POP in the WCSD:

All Secondary Principals meet with their students once per 9 Weeks! Results....Discipline Referrals reduced drastically, Expulsions Reduced by 80% so far this year and of Course District Graduation Rate has increased by 10% the past 2 years; Just to name a few! Thanks Mr. Hope and WCSD Principals for leading the way!

The faculty and staff at South Walton High School congratulated Mrs. Felicitas Asteinza on her retirement. Mrs. Asteinza has been a beloved member of the Foreign Language Department at SWHS since our school opened in August of 2002. We wish her and husband Jerry many happy years ahead. Muchas gracias and Dios te bendiga! Submitted by Barbara Stratton