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Thanks to the generosity of the Dugas Family Foundation, every child at Maude Saunders was allowed to select a book from the school’s Book Fair.  The Foundation teamed up with the school and Scholastic to ensure that no child left the book fair empty-handed.  The Dugas Family Foundation is committed to supporting literacy through their  “All for Books” program.  Submitted by Krisy Spence.

Last week, Freeport Middle School sixth-grade students went to Henderson Beach for Dunes in Schools and Coastal Clean Up. During the Dunes in Schools presentation, students learned about the importance of sand dunes on the coast as well as the vegetation that grows on them. Students also took time to clean the beach for Coastal Clean Up which is a nationwide program aiming to keep the coastlines clean. Submitted by Chelsea Ellison.

Walton Middle School, in its second year as a Title 1 school, hosted the first parent training of the school year on Tuesday, September 20th, from 6:00-8:00.  The event's theme was "Back to the Future of Learning" to symbolize the school's recent move back to its original location into a brand new facility with state-of-the-art, twenty-first century capabilities.  Parents, grandparents, and students who attended enjoyed a free dinner of pizza, desserts, and soft drinks, followed by the annual Title 1 parent meeting presentation and transitional demonstrations focused on organization, digital citizenship, and middle school survival techniques.  Though no one showed up in a time machine made out of a DeLorean, over 350 people did attend the event, tremendously enjoying their journey back to the future at WMS. Submitted by Kristen Rhodes.

During the Freeport High School girls volleyball game Sept 22, 2016 with Bozeman, a Bozeman player became short of breath.  FHS players rallied with Bozeman players to show their support of their ill teammate.  An article featuring this event can be found at http://www.newsherald.com/news/20160924/freeport-volleyball-team-puts-bozeman-player-first . Submitted by Patty Woodard.

Welcome to  Lowery’s Laboratory for Chocolate Science!

Maude Saunders third grade scholars were thinking like scientists as they applied their knowledge of the scientific method to research, make predictions, and test their theories about chocolate. They used their reading and listening strategies as they tested the tastiness of various types of chocolate and created bar graphs to visually display their results. Submitted by Krisy Spence.

Safety Patrol students at Van R. Butler are learning how to take the Florida flag and United States flag down, as well as up each day. These students work hard to show that they are ready for the extra responsibilities. Safety Patrol members are fourth grade students that are chosen by the PE department. These are students that have shown that they take initiative and always do the right thing. Other duties among this group include helping at Primary drop off in the morning to help the little ones get out of vehicles. They also help in the cafeteria at breakfast. In addition to all of these, the students learn how to raise and lower the flags each day and fold them correctly. This semester’s Safety Patrol includes Ana Flores, Karissa Garcia, JJ Karakorn, Caidyn Parnell, Beckett Rhea, Haleigh Roberson, Sara Smith, Spring Starkey, and Carlin Watson.  Submitted by Sherrie Binkowski.

Seahawk Baseball was the recipient of a $9,000.00 grant from the St. Joe Community Foundation.  The team will use the funds to purchase two pitching machines, some screens for the batting cage, and other equipment to help improve the baseball facility.  Accepting the donation are Athletic Director Phil Tisa, Adam Richards, Head Coach Nick Borthwick, Paul Stoppert, Hunter Crawley, Tyler Holland, Janet Greeno from St. Joe Community Foundation, Assistant Principal Jimmy Ross and Principal Dr. Alexis Tibbetts.  Thank you St. Joe! Submitted by Barb Stratton.