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West DeFuniak Elementary had a fantastic time with Dr. Blake Brandes learning about Growth Mindset and Grit.

Blake is a beatboxer, rapper and music producer. He has presented to over 100,000 students, produced Top 40 radio songs and performed over 200 shows in Europe and the United States. Blake has recently been asked to audition for America’s Got Talent for a second time.

Students experienced freestyle rap as Dr. Brandes asked them to name things they have had difficulty learning. The freestyle included words such as reading, gymnastics, math, video games, soccer and basketball.  Through the influence of music and  hearing Blake’s story, students learned about having a growth mindset and the power of the word “yet”.  

The ECTC Trunk or Treat event held for the children of Cottondale following the devastation of Hurricane Michael was a HUGE success! The looks on the children's faces as well as those who helping to make it happen provides a tremendous statement about the power of compassion and giving! Thanks to all who helped support this event! Walton county residents donated over 10,000 pieces of candy, and ECTC students, staff and families came out to help bring some joy and smiles to the children and their teachers. Thanks to Deana Majors for the pictures!

         

        

        

    

Kindergarten students at West Defuniak Elementary enjoyed a fun filled day at the Rocking BAB Ranch. Students explored the farm and learned many new things about the animals.  Student pictured is Skylar Lawrence from Mrs. Amanda McKee's Class.

Submitted by Jessica Dawkins

Walton High School chorus welcomed visitors from Baptist College of Florida yesterday as they participated in an exchange concert/workshop at WHS! Dr. Buford Cox, Professor of Music, and Dr. Angela Glover, Professor of Piano, brought the BCF College Choir to sing and collaborate with the WHS Chorus, under the direction of Lona Robinson. The college students shared information about their academic journey, and talked about college life at BCU. It was a wonderful opportunity for the WHS singers to hear an advanced group, and experience some new repertoire!

Second grade students in Mrs. Jessica Dawkins’ class at WDE participated in a month long “Candy Corn Contest”. Students were encouraged to read and take AR tests throughout the month of October. Each time a student made an 80% or higher on an AR test, their name was added to the candy corn drawing for a chance to win. Mr. Rodney Free, assistant principal, drew the names of our lucky winners. Aiden Sanchez and Natalia Zemanick were thrilled to accept the tasty award! Submitted by Jessica Dawkins

We are a District and Community of passionate compassion for children and families! Just look at the items the staff, faculty, students and community have waiting for our displaced children as families come to Bay Elementary School due to Hurricane Michael!

A huge thank you goes to Jasmyn "Jazzy" Gomez for helping get donations of Halloween candy for Emerald Coast Technical College's Trunk or Treat tomorrow at Cottondale Elementary school. In the midst of destruction and tragedy, we hope to bring a little happiness and fun to the kids tomorrow! 

Jazzy is a student at Emerald Coast Middle School and the reigning Junior Miss Walton County.  Submitted by Trecia Meadows

Science comes to life at West DeFuniak Elementary School’s annual Vocabulary Parade on Friday, October 26, 2018.
Students completed the projected in phases throughout the month of October.
Words used for the science themed event were selected from grade level curriculum.
Each students spent time at home planning out their costume and creating a word sign.
Prior to the parade, students made special presentations to their class about the word they selected.
It was an exciting month of learning and fun that culminated into an amazing parade of words.
Special thanks to our WDE parents for helping their children make such fabulous costumes.
Submitted by Darlene Paul