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In acknowledgement of former Walton County School District Superintendent Carlene H. Anderson's forty-one years of dedicated service to the WCSD, and her achievements and contributions during this time, the School Board of Walton County re-named the Training Center located at the Walton Initiative for Success in Education Center (WISE) in Defuniak Springs, Florida as the Carlene H. Anderson Training Center on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.  After a welcome greeting by School Board member, Kim Kirby, the Walton High School Chorus under the direction of Ashley Gay performed "Sing We Joy" by Henry Purcell.  During the ceremony,  Mr. Mark Gardner, WCSD Director of Facilities, explained the history of the building, and Mrs. Anderson's role in the transforming of the building from a school media center to a professional training facility.  Mr. Tom Blackshear, Facilities Planner, read the School Board Resolution naming the training after Mrs. Anderson, and Superintendent Russell Hughes spoke of her dedication and love for children as an educator, and her guidance and leadership as Superintendent of Walton County Schools for eleven years.

 

Mrs. Anderson thanked the School Board, and Superintendent Hughes for the very special honor, and spoke of her "commitment to train and continuously develop our professionals."  She shared, "...the one most impactful element in a student's education is the quality and skills of the person who stands in from of them every day...the teacher. So when you are perfecting a teacher, you're making the greatest impact on the largest number of students for decades to come."

 

A lovely reception  was held following the dedication, coordinated by Laura Smith, School Board secretary, and Joyce Gentry, Facilities Department secretary.  The Walton County School District is grateful to Mrs. Carlene Anderson for her contributions to the children and educators of Walton County. 

Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe.

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Mrs. Amanda Simmons’ 3rd Grade Class at West DeFuniak Elementary has been diligently preparing for their upcoming FSA tests. They have been learning about several Olympians and what makes them so special. The class discussed many characters traits that athletes must have to be Olympians. They then learned to be successful on FSA they must be hardworking, perseverant, attentive, confident, and efficient. 
 
Submitted by: Amanda Simmons/Jessica Dawkins
MHS students in grades 2-5, who made “A” or “A/B” honor roll for the third nine weeks, participated in a kickball game with faculty at Mossy Head School. Everyone has a great time and enjoyed the friendly competition. Submitted by Elizabeth Gaither.

Emerald Coast Middle School Stingrays joined in with many in Walton County School District on April 7, 2017, supporting the awareness of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Superintendent Russell Hughes invited all employees to "GOBLUE" and Mr. Jeff Infinger, Principal of ECMS extended the challenge to students. On any given Friday at ECMS you may find a sea of purple and teal, however on April 7, blue was the Stingray color for the day, demonstrating unified support for a meaningful cause. To check out what else is happening at ECMS, click on the link below for the latest Stingray Station Newsletter.

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Submitted by Angela Vance.

The Florida High School Athletic Association recognizes Freeport High School Boys Basketball Team as the 2017 1A Academic State Champions.  Submitted by Patty Woodard.

Just like Disney’s Carousel of Progress ride, Mrs. Lathinghouse’s students are rotating around the room, finding practice FSA questions to answer.  When they hear the carousel music, they move on to the next problem.  They are ready to show what they know! 

Submitted by Krisy Spence.

WDE 4th graders used technology to review for FSA in Mrs. Chastity McLaney's class. Students enjoyed using clickers to submit their answers to their FSA review. They are ready for FSA! Submitted by Chastity McLaney/Jessica Dawkins.

Emerald Coast Middle School Girls Golf Team came in second behind Baker, and beat Freeport, Lewis and Seaside in the Golf County Conference Championship.

The girls were led by Kinsey White who came in 6th.  Gracie O'Hare was 10th, Marie Brauer and Jessica Czarnecki tied for 11th, Courtney White tied for 14th and Grace Liles finished tied for 18th. Congratulations to the team and to Coach Griner for a season well played. 

Submitted by Angela Vance.

West DeFuniak Elementary 5th grade students attended Marvel of Flight at the DeFuniak Springs Airport. The TigerFlight Formation Flight Team had positive, motivational, and uplifting messages to deliver to the students while teaching them about the aircraft, letting them build rockets, and allowing them to explore the helicopters. The Tiger Flight Foundation is "Leading the Young to the Dream of Flight." Submitted by Debbie Bush/Jessica Dawkins.

Marvels of flight