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 17 2017
Paxton students in Mrs. Cottle’s first grade class recently built their own motorized “Art Bot” and then used it to create masterpieces like this one. After building the art bot, students adjusted the markers to control the movement of the “bot” to create the desired effect in this STEAM- science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics- lesson. Submitted by Kalli McMillan.
Apr 17 2017
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.
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.
WCSD Youth Leadership Students Participate in Walton County Chamber of Commerce Shark Tank Experience
Apr 14 2017
On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, three area Walton County School District high schools participated in a Shark Tank experience with the assistance of the Walton County Chamber of Commerce. Each of the high schools developed a new business and business plan that was presented to members of the Walton County Chamber of Commerce for judging and feedback. Freeport High School participants; Martha Freeman, Ceanna Thomaston and Kathryn Dier presented a business plan for Sweet Buns on the Run. Walton High School participants; Melanie Nowell, Will Huff and Joey Wilkerson presented a business plan for the Country Side Cookery. South Walton High School participants; Ben Balfanz, Matt Garrett and Greg Garrett presented a business plan for the Beach Box. The presentations included a business description, marketing and industry analysis, sales and marketing strategies, management, and financials. Students were also judged on creativity, professionalism, grammar/spelling, and each member’s participation. The students gained valuable knowledge from the Chamber Members through the feedback they were provided at the end of the presentations. Special thanks to Megan Harrison, Chamber President/CEO and to Gabrielle Kilgore, Event Coordinator for organizing this worthwhile event for Walton County students to experience. Submitted by Donna Honish.
Main Article Picture includes left to right: Mrs. Kelley Stephenson - WHS Instructor, Matt Garrett, Mrs. Donna Honish - WCSD (back), Greg Garrett, Mrs. Shelly Hinojosa - SWHS Instructor (front), Ben Balfanz, Joey Wilkerson, Will Huff, Melanie Nowell, Martha Freeman, Mr. Jamey Goddin - FHS Instructor (back), Ceanna Thomaston, Kathryn Dier, Megan Dunaway, and Wendy McCormick.
Pictured above left to right: Greg Garrett (SWHS), Ben Balfanz (SWHS), Matt Garrett (SWHS), Martha Freeman (FHS), Ceanna Thomaston (FHS), Kathryn Dier (FHS), Melanie Nowell (WHS), Joey Wilkerson (WHS), and Will Huff (WHS)
SWHS Youth Leadership Students
WHS Youth Leadership Students
FHS Youth Leadership Students
Apr 14 2017
5th grade at WDE is pursuing student engagement with a Math EGGstravaganza! They even invited a local celebrity, the Easter Bunny! The kids looked for eggs filled with math challenges. Once they completed the challenge, they reported to their teacher to see if it was correct! All correct answers were rewarded with a treat.
Submitted by: Mr. Andrew Stafford/Jessica Dawkins
Apr 14 2017
Martha Freeman, Ceanna Thomaston and Kathryn Dier presented a business plan for Sweet Buns on the Run to Walton County Chamber of Commerce members on April 12, 2017. The presentation included a business description, marketing and industry analysis, sales and marketing strategies, management, and financials. Students were also judged on creativity, professionalism, grammar/spelling, and each member’s participation. The students gained valuable knowledge from the Chamber Members through the feedback they were provided at the end of the presentation. Congratulations to Freeport High School!
Pictured: Martha Freeman, Ceanna Thomaston, Kathryn Dier and Superintendent A. Russell Hughes.
Submitted by Donna Honish.