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School Board Member Tammy Smith, School Board Member Kim Kirby, School Board Member Jeri Michie, Vice Chairperson Bill Eddins, Chairperson Jason Catalano and Superintendent of Walton County Schools, A. Russell Hughes.

The Master Board Program, governance team training for the School Board and Superintendent, is designed to strengthen the leadership team’s ability to work effectively, efficiently, and collectively as a governance body while maintaining a focus on student achievement and factors contributing to the success of schools.  Opportunities are provided for the team to discuss and improve or enhance those important interpersonal issues which are essential to team functioning.

This leadership curriculum is designed to offer meaningful learning sessions concentrating on student achievement through the five components of the FSBA Governance Model. Some of the skills, knowledge, processes, and concepts that are addressed in the leadership curriculum include: supporting student achievement, consensus building, developing trust, conflict resolution, leadership and communication styles, stages of team development, perspective –taking, roles and responsibilities, district culture, and problem-solving.

Community South Bank gave Mr. Joe Proffitt and the WMS ag department a $1500 grant to buy three new composting towers.  What an exciting way to kick off the new school year!  WMS is so thankful for its community partners who pour into the lives of students.

Parents, please make sure you register your child for school as soon as possible! Please register now if you have a new pre-kindergartner or kindergartner. You also need to register if you are returning to brick and mortar schools from Walton Virtual, home, or private school, and of course, please register if you are new to Walton County. We are ready to assist you and excited about the start of the 21-22 school year!

The Walton County School District prepares and plans to move forward into the 2021-22 school year in true EPIC fashion.  Schools, district staff, parents, and students are attending in person and via Microsoft Teams our annual Manufacturing Day.  Manufacturing Day was envisioned five years ago by Superintendent A. Russell Hughes as a time to “hear the buzz” and “feel the excitement” for the upcoming school year.   Superintendent Hughes began the day with excitement welcoming everyone and clarifying goals and expectations.  He also released the new 2021-22 theme carrying forward with what has become a statewide known term.  Last year as EPIC3 carried on the tradition and this year takes the next step with “EPIC 4wRd”, Recalibrated, Refocused, Ready, and Rocking.  Schools will spend the day planning with their School Improvement Teams with the Superintendent, full district staff, and all resources at the “Ready”!  We are excited looking forward to bringing in the 2021-22 School Year the Walton County Way. 

Summer Slide?!  Parents and educators often worry about  the "summer slide", where some students regress academically during the summer months. Students often lose some of the educational gains they've achieved throughout the school year, but not these students! They took advantage of our summer bridge program, where reading and math skills were reinforced, in a fun way.  And yes, on the last day of Summer Bridge, they enjoyed a different kind of SUMMER SLIDE!

On Tuesday, the EPIC Van stopped by the Early Head Start Program in DeFuniak Springs to provide socialization and learning experiences for DeFuniak’s tiniest learners!  Mr. Cashman, Mrs. McKee and Mrs. Lathinghouse spent time with the tiny tots making friends, teaching early learning skills and sharing trinkets to remember their experience.  Coach Wassman and Coach Smallwood share markers, smartboards and bubbles in Hammock Bay Wednesday afternoon.  Walton County School District advocates for excellence in learning for all student residents.  If you haven’t seen the van in your community, be sure to look at the schedule for dates, locations and times in the link below.  We hope to see you at the EPIC Van soon!