Forty–one fourth and fifth grade student leaders from Maude Saunders Elementary took a field trip to Walton High School to learn about the leadership opportunities they will have when they become Braves. Mr. Brown and Mr. Smith gave the students a school tour, and representatives from various clubs and organizations talked to the students about the many ways they can become involved in extra-curricular activities in high school. The highlight of the trip was a special Drone demonstration by the Embry Riddle Aerospace Program, and the opportunity to pose for this aerial photo of the group! Submitted by Krisy Spence.
Apr 24 2017
100% of Mrs. Jessica Dawkins’ WDE second grade students have earned their Accelerated Reader shirt! The school wide second grade goal is 50 points per student, which is approximately 100 books. Students must also maintain an 80% or higher average. This year nine students have exceeded the goal and earned over 100 points, which is about 200 books per student! All students have an A or B average. The class has passed a total of 3,769 tests. We are very proud of our students’ hard work! Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.
Apr 20 2017
First grade at WDE recently went on a field trip to Gulfarium in Ft. Walton Beach, FL. The students had a great time learning about different ocean animals! During our visit, students were able to watch a dolphin show and a sea lion show. They were also able to learn interesting facts at animal chats, led by the trainers. These sessions were mini-lessons that taught students about the animals’ feedings, environments and lifestyles. After spending the morning at the Gulfarium, lunch took place at a nearby state park and students enjoyed the beach view. It was a great time for all of the kids!
Pictured below is first grade student, Ava Shoaf, who had the privilege of meeting a Gulfarium dolphin trainer while on a field trip! Ava is holding a book that her class published about what they want to be when they grow up. She wrote about being a dolphin rider. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.
Apr 19 2017
Second graders at West DeFuniak Elementary school took a field trip to the Rocking B-A-B Ranch on April 14, 2017. Students were able to learn interesting facts about both common farm animals and exotic animals at the ranch. The students really enjoyed being able to pet the young animals and were excited about being able to play and eat their lunch in the “Big Barn” the ranch has on site. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.
Apr 19 2017
On April 17th, Freeport Middle School held their spring pep rally to recognize spring sport athletes and to motivate students for FSA. Four FMS teachers volunteered to play a light-hearted game of "Cheeto Head". Each teacher's head was covered with shaving cream and two students from each grade level had one minute to fill their teacher's head with as many cheese balls as possible. Each team worked incredibly hard, but in the end the fifth grade team consisting of Mrs. Nicole Pryor, Mayson Feller, and Adalyn McCormick won! The fifth grade team also won the pep rally with the most overall school spirit. Submitted by Chelsea Ellison.
Apr 19 2017
Apr 17 2017
Fourth grade students at Paxton School learned first-hand about the four forces of flight from former paper airplane world record holder Ken Blackburn. Blackburn, an engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base and former world record holder for the longest flying paper airplane, taught students about lift, thrust and drag and weight. He then helped students craft their own paper airplanes. Students competed with their airplanes, taking careful measurements of the distance each plane traveled and the number of seconds it maintained flight. Submitted by Kalli McMillan.
Ken Blackburn, an engineer with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base, recently spoke to ninth grade aerospace students at Paxton about how UAVs are developed and tested in the Air Force and how the technology is rapidly changing in the commercial sector. Submitted by Kalli McMillan.