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MakerSpace students are learning computer programming skills using Sphero robotic balls. The students programmed Sphero to move in a square, change colors, and learned to put geometry skills into practice. The MakerSpace group is an afterschool club composed of about 60 students in 4th and 5th grade. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Under the direction of Mrs. Kristy West, students from Walton Middle School's Career class delivered Christmas cheer to Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center residents.  Beforehand, students donated items to fill over forty gift baskets.  On Thursday, December 15th, the class hand-delivered the baskets during the center's annual Christmas party.  The experience was a rewarding experience for both students and residents. Submitted by Kristen Rhodes.

Emerald Coast Middle School represented well at the WCSD Science Fair. We congratulate all participants and winners. We thank Mrs. Nancy Parker for her excellent support of these students. Also, we send gratitude to the Stingray families for their continued support as we continue to strive for academic excellence. 

Junior Physical

1st place: Feeling Salty, Grace Liles ECMS $100

1st Place: Formidable Frigid Magnet, Joseph Sills ECMS $100

3rd Place: Are You Blue?, Eden Kuykendall ECMS $75

3rd Place: Don’t Burst My Bubble, Pia Paval ECMS $75

Honorable Mention: Growing Greens, Keeley Mears ECMS $50

Junior Biological

1st Place: Bio Char, Barrett Waldrop ECMS $100

Honorable Mention: Back to School Bacteria, Cody Ryles-Endres ECMS $50

Junior Environmental

3rd Place: Disinfecting Contaminated H2O, Mackenzie Petty, ECMS $75

Honorable Mention: Water World H20 + Earth, Isabella Rose ECMS $50

Honorable Mention: Heating Up!, Jessie Miller ECMS $50

 

Carlene Anderson Emeritus Award (in honor of David Jeselnik) – Grace Liles $100

Choctawhatchee Hemerocallis Society Botanical Award – Barrett Waldrop $50

Submitted by Angela Vance.

4th grade students in Mrs. McLaney and Mrs. Adams’ classes participated in the Pirates Christmas program on December 13, 2016.  The play was about Santa and his Elves taking a well-deserved vacation from the North Pole to their “Island Christmas”. When out of nowhere Pirates come and surround them singing “Pirates All Are We”. These pirates know nothing about Christmas and end up hitching a ride with Santa to the North Pole to plunder his treasure only to find that Christmas is a time of giving, not taking. Once these pirates grasp the “true” meaning of Christmas they are able to participate in singing Blimey Carols and have A Pirates’ Christmas. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Nearly 200 students brought their parents to Math and Science Night at Maude Saunders December 1st.  The students had an opportunity to play math games and participate in hands-on Science activities throughout the evening.  Parents left with new strategies to help their children at home, and the students left feeling very excited about math and science! Submitted by Krisy Spence.

Our WCSD Science Fair Awards Ceremony was held on December 8th. Approximately 150 students from 6 schools participated in this year's Science Fair on December 6th. 

Congratulations to all of our Walton County Science Fair Award recipients!

Science Fair projects help develop analytical skills and independent thinking! Whether you are doing a science fair project, a classroom science activity, independent research, or any other hands-on science inquiry understanding the steps of the scientific method will help you focus your scientific question and work through your observations and data to answer the question as well as possible.

Sikes Wilson (pictured) from South Walton High School received the Superintendent Mr. Hughes Award for an outstanding project in the Biological Category, "How does the type of milk affect plant growth." Sikes also won 1st place in the Senior Biological category.

A special thank you to our participants and their families, our Science Teachers, Judges, the Choctawhatchee Hemerocallis Society and Darius Paul

We hope to see you next year! 

Additional pictures from the WCSD Science Fair may be found on the WCSD Facebook Page.  Submitted by Crystal Appel.