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Mrs. Gwen Wright’s first grade class had an exciting time doing a science experiment this week. The students enjoyed learning about matter, but more specifically a polymer. They also learned through making gak that a polymer may not be a solid or a liquid. Submitted by Sherrie Binkowski.

Walton Academy Charter School held its first Title I Parent Night on Tuesday, October 4.  Families and community members were invited to learn about Title I, hear from Emerald Coast Technical College about the programs they offer, and meet their child’s teachers.  Walton High School’s culinary program catered the event, and Ms. Betty Cruce won a $100 Visa Gift Card at the end of the evening.  Overall, it was a great success! Submitted by Jamie Mitchell.

MHS welcomed Dads to school on September 28th for “Dads Take Your Child to School” Day which is part of Florida’s State Initiative to get fathers more involved in their children’s academic life.  The intent of this initiative is to highlight the significant difference fathers and father figures can make by taking a more active role in their children’s educational experience. When fathers play a more active role in a child’s education, children perform better academically; have fewer discipline problems; and become more responsible adults. We were pleased that so many fathers took this opportunity to become more familiar with our school and staff. Submitted by Elizabeth Gaither.

Over 165 Maude Saunders students brought their Families to “Camp Read-A-Lot” last Tuesday night. They hiked down the halls to Campgrounds with names like Camp Super S’mores and Camp Evergreen to find a variety of reading activities.  While some students took flashlights into dark cavelike rooms to spot sightwords, others sat under the stars and listened to stories.  Campers could be seen sight word fishing, red word swatting, snacking on trail mix, and of course gathering around the many campfires.  Everyone had a lot of fun,  read a lot, and left a happy camper!  Submitted by Krisy Spence.

Thanks to the generosity of the Dugas Family Foundation, every child at Maude Saunders was allowed to select a book from the school’s Book Fair.  The Foundation teamed up with the school and Scholastic to ensure that no child left the book fair empty-handed.  The Dugas Family Foundation is committed to supporting literacy through their  “All for Books” program.  Submitted by Krisy Spence.

Last week, Freeport Middle School sixth-grade students went to Henderson Beach for Dunes in Schools and Coastal Clean Up. During the Dunes in Schools presentation, students learned about the importance of sand dunes on the coast as well as the vegetation that grows on them. Students also took time to clean the beach for Coastal Clean Up which is a nationwide program aiming to keep the coastlines clean. Submitted by Chelsea Ellison.

Walton Middle School, in its second year as a Title 1 school, hosted the first parent training of the school year on Tuesday, September 20th, from 6:00-8:00.  The event's theme was "Back to the Future of Learning" to symbolize the school's recent move back to its original location into a brand new facility with state-of-the-art, twenty-first century capabilities.  Parents, grandparents, and students who attended enjoyed a free dinner of pizza, desserts, and soft drinks, followed by the annual Title 1 parent meeting presentation and transitional demonstrations focused on organization, digital citizenship, and middle school survival techniques.  Though no one showed up in a time machine made out of a DeLorean, over 350 people did attend the event, tremendously enjoying their journey back to the future at WMS. Submitted by Kristen Rhodes.

Mossy Head School hosted their annual Title 1 meeting and Reading Night on September 22nd.  Parents visited activity stations with their children and were given different strategies to use at home to help their child reach their reading goals. Each student that attended received a free book to add to their home library.  Submitted by Elizabeth Gaither.

 

Seahawk Baseball was the recipient of a $9,000.00 grant from the St. Joe Community Foundation.  The team will use the funds to purchase two pitching machines, some screens for the batting cage, and other equipment to help improve the baseball facility.  Accepting the donation are Athletic Director Phil Tisa, Adam Richards, Head Coach Nick Borthwick, Paul Stoppert, Hunter Crawley, Tyler Holland, Janet Greeno from St. Joe Community Foundation, Assistant Principal Jimmy Ross and Principal Dr. Alexis Tibbetts.  Thank you St. Joe! Submitted by Barb Stratton.