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The Curriculum and Instruction Department of Walton County School District is working diligently to support schools throughout our district as they rally to provide relief to victims of Hurricane Michael.

Supervisor, Kay Dailey, Student Services Director, Randy Stafford, and Coordinators Kim Stafford, Myca Chandler, Cathy Hall, Crystal Appel, Donna Honish, Keitha Bledsoe and their teams are joining efforts at our schools by participating in the special projects such as "Stuff the Bus", "Stack the Stage", "Pennies for the Panhandle", "Dollar for Hearts", and many other projects. They are also providing supplies, monetary donations, and assisting in delivery of items to area distribution stations to help those in need.

We are making sure that each school has the forms and documents needed to accommodate increased enrollment resulting from the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael, to include school residency forms. Once forms are submitted and students have been identify as displaced, efforts are made through the Curriculum and Instruction department to provide assistance with breakfast and lunch, clothing, school supplies, and connection with agencies that can provide additional support in areas of housing and feeding outside of the school environment.

Dr. Randy Stafford indicated that our guidance departments are currently undergoing special training called Youth - Mental Health First Aid designed to help recognize indicators of stress, anxiety, depression, and other symptoms that may develop and/or increase due to the effects of displacement and relocation. Dr. Stafford and his team are assessing need and have begun to formulate ideas on how to provide additional services to students and families who have been victims of the hurricane.

Youth - Mental Health First Aid workshop.  Front Row: far left, Dr. Randy Stafford.  Front Rpw: far right, School Safety Specialist, Charlie Morse.  

Walton County Teacher of the Year, Joan Kennett, has been collaborating with teachers throughout the district as part of a special program initiated by Superintendent Hughes that allows the TOY to serve as a resource person, working directly with colleagues to inspire innovative instruction, and improve student engagement.

Each week she visits different schools, sharing, collaborating, and participating in professional learning communities (PLC's). She will share pictures and descriptions of the experiences she encounters along her journey as Walton County TOY.

Ms. Kennett has spent some time recently at Walton Middle School with teachers Pam Rushing, Jackie Clemmons and Saundra Thorson, brainstorming and promoting science education.

Pictured: Pam Rushing and Joan Kennett

Left to Right - Pam Rushing, Joan Kennett, Jackie Clemmons, Saundra Thorson

Thank you to everyone that helped us STUFF THE BUS for Hurricane Michael victims in Calhoun County! Coach Nichols made the first delivery Friday afternoon.

We are continuing to stuff the bus and will make deliveries as it gets full.  We wanted to remind everyone of suggested items that are needed:

- Hand sanitizer
- Blankets
- Baby supplies (formula, baby wipes, diapers, etc.)
- Hygiene items
- Bottled water
- Nonperishable food
- Batteries
- Flashlights
- Tarps
- Flip flops, t-shirts, pants
- Cleaning supplies
- Basic cooking supplies
- Kids' games, coloring books, crayons
- Tents
- Yard trash bags
- Work gloves

Items may be dropped off with Mrs. Hoppe in the front office, and we'll transfer them to the bus. We appreciate everyone's support!

Submitted by Christy English

5th grade students at WDE celebrated great behavior for the 1st nine weeks team time at Hurricane Lanes. Students enjoyed a couple hours of bowling and lunch as reward for maintaining an E or S for behavior during the first nine weeks period. The students were having so much fun that a few of the teachers had to join in!  Submitted by Jessica Dawson

From left to right: Alayah Dalton, Layla Renteria, Belinda Rodriguez, Kristopher Brown, Briana Laird

 Kiley Brooks

Mr. Andy Stafford - 5th Grade Teacher

5th grade students at WDE celebrated great behavior for the 1st nine weeks team time at Hurricane Lanes. Students enjoyed a couple hours of bowling and lunch as reward for maintaining an E or S for behavior during the first nine weeks period. The students were having so much fun that a few of the teachers had to join in!  Submitted by Jessica Dawson

From left to right: Alayah Dalton, Layla Renteria, Belinda Rodriguez, Kristopher Brown, Briana Laird

 Kiley Brooks

Mr. Andy Stafford - 5th Grade Teacher

Butler’s Lion's League had their first meeting this week. The purpose is to engage students to be more intentional about including, understanding and accepting their peers with disabilities and differences. Submitted by Sherrie Binkowski

A habit of attendance is a school readiness skill: An important role of early education programs is helping children to develop important social-emotional skills, including forming a habit of attendance. Children who are chronically absent in preschool are far more likely to be chronically absent in later grades.  For more information on how to assist your child to improve his/her attendance, please visit https://www.attendanceworks.org/take-action/community-and-agency-partners/parents-and-parent-organizations/

Paxton High School’s Aerospace Career Academy students put their knowledge of air foils, or wings, to work this week with the help of Dr. John Fay, an aerospace engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base. Dr. Fay taught the students how to test different wing designs, including adjusting weight, balance, and angle of attack. A huge thank you to Dr. Fay for volunteering his time!  Submitted by Kalli McMillan and Heather Stewart

MSE’s third graders are participating in the "Grasses in Classes" program, which gives students a direct role in the restoration of Choctawhatchee Bay. These students are learning about brackish water, snodgrass, and water pollution in the bay. This is a year-long project that will culminate in the students planting the grass they have tended along the shore of Choctawhatchee Bay.  submitted by Krisy Spence