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On Friday, January 12, 2018 In”10”sity Magnet Program held its first Open House/Title I Parent Involvement Night. Despite the holiday weekend and the steep drop in temperatures, many students and parents were in attendance. Principal, Jonathan D’Avignon spoke with parents about the program, the importance of parent involvement and student progress. Students were presented with medals and awards for their accomplishments during the first semester and the evening concluded with a cookout for everyone in attendance. The administration, faculty and staff felt that the event was a great success.

Submitted by Lisa Pitts

The Walton County School District was recently recognized by the Walton County Commissioners and Emergency Management Director, Jeff Goldberg, at a recent meeting of the Board of County Commissioners.  

A plaque was presented to Superintendent Russell Hughes and School Board Member Gail Smith acknowledging the district's  collaboration with Emergency Management of Walton County, and their effort "above and beyond the call of duty to help ensure that Walton County residents and visitors remained safe during Hurricane Irma in September of 2017."

Superintendent Hughes presented the plaque to the School Board members at their January 16th meeting at South Walton High School.  

Pictured from left to right: School Board Members Jason Catalano, Kim Kirby, Gail Smith, Marsha Winegarner, Bill Eddins, and Superintendent A. Russell Hughes. 

submitted by Laura Smith

Based on weather reports and communications with our local EOC, Superintendent A. Russell Hughes has closed Walton County Schools for Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

In addition, all out of county after school activities today, Tuesday, January 16, 2018, are cancelled. 

A decision concerning Thursday's school opening will be made by 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday.  Please stay tuned to our webpage, Facebook page and media outlets for additional information.

Update:

A message from Superintendent A. Russell Hughes: Based on weather reports and communication with local authorities, all Walton County Schools will reopen tomorrow, Thursday, January 18, 2018, with no outside activities. However, it will be extremely cold so please be sure your child is appropriately dressed. I ask parents to make every attempt to limit the amount of time students are at their bus stops.

What’s better than getting to play astronaut for the day? Nothing that these Paxton eighth graders can think of after a day at the Challenger Learning Center in Tallahassee where they got to carry out a space mission to Mars. Add to that an awe-inspiring behind-the-scenes tour of millions of dollars in wind tunnels, 3D printers, robots and more cool science tools at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, and it was a banner day. PHS sends a huge thank you to the American Society of Civil Engineers and Space Grant Consortium for their monetary support of this trip. Submitted by Kalli McMillan.

Paxton High School’s AP Psychology class was honored to have the Walton County K-9 unit visit and demonstrate how they use classical and operant conditioning to train their dogs. Students were able to see their vocabulary terms in the unit put into action through the demonstrations and explanations given by the officers. Thank you to Kristin Pond and Kayne, Steve Tector and Drago, and Damon Byrd and Jester for an incredible experience.  Submitted by Kalli McMillan.

Bay Elementary is proud to announce the Kiwanis Students of the Month for January. They are Jacob Oakes and Mallory Murphy. Ms. Susanne Martin, 4th grade teacher, says “both students are resourceful, stay on task, and always follow the rules. They are a great asset to our class.”

Congratulations Jacob and Mallory! Submitted by Cindy Stewart.

Freeport Middle School AVID 7th graders visited the University of West Florida in Pensacola.  Mrs. Kendra Peloquin, Mrs. Brenda Farris, and Mr. Steve Wassman led the AVID 7th graders on a college tour to educate them about the many aspects of college life.  FMS AVID students visit Northwest Florida State College in 6th grade, UWF Pensacola in 7th grade, and Florida State University in Tallahassee in 8th grade. Submitted by Kendra Peloquin.

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