Walton Middle School gym was filled with Veterans and their families Friday morning, November 8, as the WMS band kicked off the 47th Annual WMS Veterans Day Appreciation program with "Valor March" by Larry Clark. Following a Welcome and Invocation, the Walton High School AFJROTC presented the Colors and Service Flags.
Assistant Principal Scott Hulion read out the names of attending Veterans during a special "Roll Call", with representatives from every branch of U.S. military service. They were recognized and honored with resounding applause by the students, staff and familiy members present.
The WMS Chorus, directed by Lona Robinson, performed the National Anthem and "Thank You, Soldiers", soloist Pruedance Riversa, as a tribute to the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women, and their families. "To the soldiers who have traveled on to countries far and near, in peace and war you paid the price for the cause you hold so dear!"
The Walton High School Drill Team presented a Rifle exhibition demonstration, and band students Giavani Castiglione and Jala Thorne performed "Taps" with a moment of silence as a show of remembrance and respect for those who gave their lives for their country. Walton High School JROTC Cadets presented a flag folding ceremony with a narration explaining the significance and meaning of the ceremony.
The 8th Grade Symphonic WMS band, under the direction of Kamber Rafferty, shared a "The Legacy of Heroes", an awe-inspriing work that pays tribute to fallen military heroes by Michael Story.
Principal Jason Campbell introduced guest speaker MAJ Daniel Brown, 1-153 Cavalry Regiment, Florida Army National Guard, who spoke about the importance of remembering those who have given their all for our country. "There are so many brave men and women who have served in a branch of the military, and raised their right hand to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic. The honor of doing so should not be lost on us as Americans."
Following the ceremony and closing remarks by Mr. Campbell, and the retiring of the Colors by the WHS AFJROTC, the Veterans and their families were treated to a special reception hosted by the WMS faculty and students.
Student speakers Emma Lathinghouse, Joseph Gould, Daisy Proffitt, Zayla Wilson, Ellie Clemmons, Paige Allen, Trinity Collins and Cady Robinson did a wonderful job with instroductions, sharing poems and readings, presenting a special candle lighting ceremony, and with the opening invocation and closing benediction.
All in attendance appreciated the hard work and effort on the parts of those who planned and facilitated this very meaningful program!
Nov 08 2019
Mossy Head School and guests gathered together to celebrate and show appreciation for our wonderful Veterans. Mr. Goodman and the Headliners led students and guests in patriotic songs. Two fourth grade students gave excellent speeches about the history and importance of Veteran's Day.
Staff Sergeant Justin Day, a Combat Controller in the U.S. Air Force, was the guest speaker. His story was truly touching and motivating as he shared how he has overcome his near fatal injuries. He continues his work in the Air Force and is a true inspiration.
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Nov 08 2019
This morning, the cross country boys' team was sent off to the state meet in Paxton style. The rest of the student body, faculty/staff, and administration waved off Coach Gilbert, Coach Wilson, and the rest of the team as they danced down the front drive of the school. The entire Bobcat family would like to wish the team good luck and hope that you BRING YOUR BEST! (State Qualifying Team: Eugene Hall, Kage Wibbing, Philip Anderson, Connor Gaither, Nick Johnson, Nolan Morgan, and Lawson Geoghagan.)
The Bulldogs are Football Playoff Ready for tonight and Classroom-College-Career focused for a life time! Mrs. Williams was making it happen with her students. Also, meet Riley Craig, pictured with Superintendent Hughes and Principal Donna Simmons. Riley has been accepted to Full Sail University in Orlando. EPIC3 in Motion in the Dog House!!!!
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On Wednesday, November 6th, Walton Middle School AVID students in all three grade levels joined forces to strengthen their collaboration and inquiry skills. WMS believes in equipping students to be successful lifelong learners, and AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, supports this philosophy. AVID tutorials are small group tutoring sessions held during the AVID elective class. In these tutorials, trained tutors come into the AVID classroom and guide student-centered groups to answer questions about schoolwork. In the AVID model, students develop questions about things they are struggling with prior to the tutorial session. Students then lead one another in collaborative group discussions and questioning to determine the answers to the presenter's questions. Because AVID tutorials are a cornerstone of a successful AVID program, WMS AVID teachers teamed up to effectively model the process for students new to its format. Mrs. Gaby Brown's seventh grade AVID students led tutorials, while Mr. Dennie Smith's eighth graders paired with Mrs. Brown's sixth graders to help them understand the tutorial observation form. While some students actively participated in the tutorial sessions, others were guided to observe the process so they will know how to lead and participate properly in tutorials back in the classroom. These outstanding members of the Warrior tribe exemplified the school's "We, Not Me" spirit as they worked collaboratively to develop essential skills for future academic and, ultimately, career success.