Submitted by Angela Vance, Emerald Coast Middle School
Congratulations to Mrs. Pacheco’s 5th period class who are winners once again! They competed in and won Achieve3000’s “Read to Succeed 2” contest that took place between February 22 and March 18. If you recall, 5th period also won Achieve3000’s fall contest.
Students worked hard by reading nonfiction articles and answering questions. Each time a student scored 75% or higher they earned points for their class. Fifth period earned more points than any other class at ECMS. Acheive3000 awarded the class with a gift card to spend towards a party. Way to go 5th period!
Pictured: Back Row: Connor Campbell, Makenna Gailey, Isabella Blasbichler, Bennett Edson, Mitchael Hall, and Sam Vermillion. Front Row: Cinthia Castandeda, David Gonzalez, Darius McIntosh, Kaylee Michua (not pictured: Emmanuel Angeles, Sherry Lin, Mayra Lopez, and Cooper Richards)
Mar 22 2016
Mar 21 2016
Submitted by Kristen Rhodes, Walton Middle School
Students in Mrs. Katlyn Dorriety's sixth grade art classes at Walton Middle School have been learning about the history, elements, and techniques of the pop art movement. Students have studied the work of pop art greats, like Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and Wayne Thiebaud, among others. During the recent unit, students even decorated the campus outdoor walkways with legal chalk grafitti, with images supporting the school's sports teams. Every student becomes an artist under Mrs. Dorriety's inspiring and skilled direction.
Submitted by Linda Winthurst, Walton County School District
The South Walton High School Competitive Cheerleading Team were recognized at the School Board Meeting on March 15th as State Champions in Class 1-A Large Division Non-Tumbling Finals at the 2016 Florida High School Competitive Cheerleading State Competition.
Submitted by Michelle Doggett, Energy Specialist, WCSD
The Walton County School District was presented the Energy Pacesetter Award at the March 15, 2016 School Board meeting for “setting the pace” in energy savings for others. The District has achieved a 33 percent cost avoidance savings totaling $4,178,309 in 49 months through its energy program with Cenergistic, an energy conservation company. We are gratified that Walton County School District has been recognized for its commitment to good budgetary and environmental stewardship.
The energy program’s savings come from the cooperative efforts of each staff member at each of our facilities. Every person in every group — administrators, plant managers, custodial, maintenance and operations, food service, faculty and staff — has ownership of the energy he or she uses. We’ve found that as each person becomes aware of the positive effect conservation efforts can have, each one is doing what it takes to save energy. It’s very gratifying to see the level of cooperation continue to rise throughout our organization. We work diligently, day in and day out, through the year to reduce energy waste. Through our continued efforts our collective success is measured.
Success can be measured in many ways. While dollar savings are significant, the energy program’s environmental impact is worth noting. The resources saved by not generating the 112,399 MMBTUs we conserved in the 49 months are equivalent to removing 3,555 automobiles from the road or planting 437,498 pine trees. That’s wise conservation of natural resources for our future generations.
All WCSD employees and students should be lauded for their conservation success as we continue to eliminate energy waste and preserve savings for classrooms and students throughout Walton County Schools.
Pictured Left to Right: School Board Member Jason Catalano, Superintendent Anderson, Energy Specialist Michelle Doggett, Facilities & Maintenance Director Mark Gardner, and Cenergistic Regional President Gary Clark
Mar 18 2016
Submitted by Christy English, Walton High School
Walton High students that met the requirements for the 25 Book Challenge for the third quarter were rewarded with a trip to Blast Arcade at Baytowne Wharf on March 17. These students have read a minimum of 21 books this school year and were rewarded for this accomplishment with game cards, pizza, and ice cream.
Congratulations to these 19 students for their hard work, dedication, and achievement toward this year-long goal!