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Superintendent Hughes gave special recognition to the Teacher of the Year and the Educational Support Professional selected by the District Offices.  Megan Dailey, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with the district, received the Teacher of the Year award.  Sue Brack, with 27 years as a bookkeeper in the district, received the Educational Support Professional of the Year award.

Mr. Hughes and all the staff at the District Offices wish their congratulations and appreciation to these two very important members of our team! Submitte by Keitha Bledsoe.

5th grade students at Maude Saunders Elementary presented their first Genius Hour projects. These students are provided time each day to research a topic they are passionate about. Students then create a presentation of their choice to present to their peers. Brooke Oxley created a volcano and demonstrated how volcanoes erupt. Submitted by Brianna Leavins.

Students in Mrs. Anderson's 4th grade class studied line plots using marshmallow math. Students tossed their marshmallows on a number line while one classmate recorded the distance each marshmallow traveled. Students then worked together to create line plots using the data. Submitted by Brianna Leavins.

Mr. Moni Boling presented a character re-enactment of the famous explorer, Captain Meriwether Lewis, at West DeFuniak Elementary school.  Mr. Boling brought with him a several replica artifacts of the period, to include a non-firing flint-lock long rifle and an assortment of medical supplies.    Mr. Boling took the students through an interactive adventure of the Lewis and Clark Expedition with the Corps of Discovery.  Students assumed the roles of different members of the expedition and learned about the trials and hardships during the journey.  Mr. Boling’s visit was sponsored by the Florida Chautauqua Association as part of their Winter Assembly educational activities.  Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe.

A walking, talking  BOOKWORM  inspires Maude Saunders students to devour books during Literacy Week!  Submitted by Krisy Spence.

Dr. Richard Thomas, D.D.S., presented a character re-enactment of the famous Wild West dentist/law-man “Doc” Holliday at Maude Saunders Elementary school and Paxton School.  The visit was sponsored by the Florida Chautauqua Association as part of their Winter Assembly educational activities.  Dr. Thomas brought with him several original artifacts from the life of James Henry “Doc” Holliday, to include period dental tools, and Holliday’s actual foot-powered pedal drill.  He also had with him Holliday's appointment "book," an ivory fan with one blade per day of the week on which appointments were penciled in. The book includes traces of Holliday's handwriting. Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe.

Emerald Coast Middle School Art and Music students, 6th-8th grades only, attended a concert sponsored by Sinfonia Gulf Coast on Friday, January 20th at Destiny Worship Center. The “Musical Time Travel” production was part of the Paint the Music interactive arts project, which aims to foster an appreciation for the visual arts and music, while also encouraging students to express their creativity. The concert included performances by Sinfonia Gulf Coast and special guest violinist Jennifer Koh. 2D art students also participated in an art exhibition displayed at the performance. In this post pictured top left-clockwise: Jorja Blumberg, Kaelyn Shelton, ECMS Artwork, Lily Gravlin. The students listed from left to right are Jorga, B, Lily G and Kaelyn S.  Submitted by Angela Vance.

At ECMS, Ms. Vance's Media Production Class was treated to a Dunkin Donuts morning to kick of Florida Literacy Week, 2017. Her class demonstrates consistent literacy leadership, talented teamwork and daily stellar performances filming the ECMS Stingray Station News show. 

For more information about Florida Literacy Week, 2017 see: http://www.fldoe.org/academics/standards/just-read-fl/celebrate-literacy-week/

Submitted by Angela Vance.