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Freeport Middle School's 8th grade SSTRIDE Students dissect cow eyes in Mr. Appel's class.

One way to figure out how something works is to look inside it. The cow eye is very similar to the eye of a human. By dissecting and examining the anatomy of a preserved cow eye, the students learn more about how their own eye works. 

SSTRIDE stands for: Science Students Together Reaching Instructional Diversity & Excellence.

SSTRIDE© is an outreach effort of the FSU College of Medicine with support from Florida's Area Health Education Centers.


SSTRIDE©'s Mission is to identify students who have a genuine interest in pursuing a career in science, engineering, mathematics, health, or medicine and to give those students the support services important for them to develop the sense of responsibility, focus and motivation necessary for success in their chosen fields.  Submitted by Chelsea Ellison.

Congratulations to Ms. Gwen Wright who was selected Teacher of the Year by her co-workers at Van R. Butler Elementary School!  Submitted by Tammy Smith.

South Walton High School chose Ms. Carrie Sneed and Mr. Brad Adams as our Teacher of the Year and ESP of the year.  Ms. Sneed teaches Psychology and Advanced Placement Psychology.  Mr. Adams is our Plant Manager.  He and his maintenance team work extremely hard to keep our school looking it’s best. Submitted by Barb Stratton.

Hooray for Socktober! In the month of October, Mossy Head School K-Kids celebrated Socktober. To prepare for the upcoming months of colder weather the students collected over 216 pairs of socks. These socks will be donated to children in need in our community. Their first service project of the year was a great success! Submitted by Elizabeth Gaither.

South Walton High School Girls Basketball player Savannah Slade signed a letter of commitment to play next year at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL.  Savannah is flanked by her parents, Britni and Kyle Manners.  Savannah is the first Seahawk Girls Basketball player to sign with a Division 1 school.  We are very proud of her! Submitted by Barb Stratton.

MSE 4th grade teachers Jessica Anderson and Cheryl Carroll wrote and submitted a grant on 7/11/16.  The grant is to help provide funding for tablets for 4th grade students at Maude Sanders Elementary.  The grant was approved and MSE 4th grade teachers were presented with a giant check at the November 1st board meeting by Janet Greeno, Executive Director of St. Joe's Community Foundation division.  Submitted by Wyndy Crozier/Laura Smith.
Last week Ms. Murray and Ms. Anderson were awarded by the NDIA Gulf Coast Chapter ACCELerator Grants Program. The focus of this program is to foster enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math in our local school children. The program seeks to accomplish this by offering grants up to $1000 to local school teachers and tax-exempt/non-profit organizations who successfully propose projects or programs which demonstrate creativity and innovation in teaching and encouraging an interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Congratulations to our teachers! Submitted by Jenna Brabham/FB.

The Marching Braves were represented well on Nov. 3, as several students were accepted into the first ever Baptist College of Florida Honor Band!  These students worked with some of the best musicians from schools in surrounding counties to put together an "All Star" band concert.  A DVD of the performance was created and will be sent to WHS soon. 

Our students rehearsed all morning and were then fed by BCF and had an opportunity to walk the campus before putting on a great performance.  Our students were the only representatives from Walton County, and they did a superb job. Submitted by Christy English.