Aug 14 2017
Teachers at West DeFuniak are placing an emphasis on grammar this year. In an effort to encourage students and staff to promote better punctuation and grammar, Principal Darlene Paul ordered new shirts for all of her staff. Shirts proudly proclaim Let's eat grandma. Let's eat, Grandma. Punctuation saves lives. Grandma probably prefers the second punctuation! Fifth grade teachers Debbie Bush, Olivia Garrett, Hope Allen, Jana Currid, and Andy Stafford are pictured sporting their new shirts. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.
MSE teachers had an EPIC day on August 2nd with our Twitter Selfie Challenge. Twitter was introduced to teachers as an innovative source for professional learning opportunities. Our staff collaborated in teams to complete their Twitter scavenger hunt. One task was to have a selfie with Superintendent Hughes.
Submitted by Pam Jones
Aug 11 2017
WDE second grade students in Mrs. Dawkins’ class enjoyed a team-building activity called “Newspaper Towers”. Students competed against each other by constructing towers using only newspapers and tape. This activity involves creativity, coordination, and teamwork! Working effectively in a team environment is crucial for an EPIC year! Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.
Aug 11 2017
Aug 10 2017
Aug 09 2017
Walton County's first Magnet School Program will open its doors to students on August 10, 2017 at 555 Walton Road, DeFuniak Springs, Fl. The program is dedicated to a new, responsive and deliberate educational environment for its students.
The focus is on the "whole student", with emphasis on 10 top attributes for success:
The curriculum focuses on the foundations of cognitive growth: Reading, Math, Science and Language. The student services include small class sizes, mixed-intelligence learning classrooms, relevant student effort, grades based on mastery and building a growth mindset community of learners.
The program will serve students in grades 6-9 initially, and expand as the need arises.
At Orientation on August 8th, a drawing was held and the student who was selected from the drawing had the opportunity to shave Principal Jonathan D'Avignon's head as a symbol that they were "letting go of the past, and starting new...with new growth...moving forward."
Congratulations to Walton In10sity School of Excellence, Principal D'Avignon, and the teachers and students of this new project as they embark on this new journey of success!
Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe