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Freeport Elementary School had a huge turnout for their Watch Dog Dads Program. Over 150 dads attended the Pizza Night for students, fathers, and father-figures and signed up to volunteer throughout our school! This is the 2nd year that FES has partnered with the program to bring positive male role models into the school.

"The WATCH D.O.G.S.® program was created by a group of parents and educators in a single school in 1998, and has since grown to one of the largest and most respected family and community engagement initiatives in the country.

Each year thousands of schools across the country utilize the WATCH D.O.G.S. ® program to reach out to the fathers and father-figures of their students and invite those men to take at least one full day off work during the school year and spend that entire day volunteering in their child’s school. Each year WATCH D.O.G.S. ® generates millions of in-school volunteer hours in support of our students and educators across the country.

Program benefits
• Students gain a positive male role model. Some students do not have a father-figure present in their home and the number of male teachers has been steadily declining in recent years. More positive male role models are needed in the school setting.
• Schools gain an extra set of eyes and ears. The presence of WatchDOGS (Dads Of Great Students) can increase a sense of security at the building for students and staff, and it helps create an environment conducive to learning.
• Fathers and father-figures can spend meaningful time with their students in the school setting and gain a greater awareness of the positive impact they can have on their student’s life, just by being a ‘dad’.
• When WatchDOGS invest a day at school, they can learn how better to partner with the school to meet the educational goals of students."

Freeport Elementary is excited to continue this program for their school and community!

FES Watchdog Dads

FES Watchdog Dads

Walton County Art teachers had the opportunity to participate in a professional development workshop as part of the Rosemary Beach Foundation’s 9th Annual Music in Pictures art initiative. Dr. Benjamin Sung, professor of music/violin at Florida State University, presented a violin mini-concert and a session on the music selected as the inspiration for the Music in Pictures artistic renderings. Malayne DeMars, Executive Director of the Rosemary Beach Foundation, and Winky Dowdle were the gracious hosts and organizers of the workshop. We are grateful for our collaboration with Rosemary Beach Foundation!

MIP Ben Sung

MIP Ben Sung

MIP SCAD

The St. Joe Foundation & Walton Education Foundation have funded a grant, written by Ms. Abadie, for 36 laptops & a cart to individualize practice for 7th grade math students at Emerald Coast Middle School! We are incredibly grateful! Way to go Ms. Abadie!! Submitted by Karen Wright
Paxton Seventh Graders Reach 100% Pass Rate on Certification Exam
Congratulations to the 7th grade students in Computer Applications! 100% of students passed the Cyber Security certification exam!
Pictured: Front Row (L to R) - Julia Maloy, Kameryn Sunday, Clara Martin, Phillip Bearden, Kinley Alford, Trey Smith, and Simon Nagy. Middle Row (L to R) - Bradley Garrett, Ashton Hunt, Javion Goldsmith, Nyles Morgan, and Eli Sconiers. Back Row (L to R) - Clete Moore, Alyssa Carson, Mason Cassidy, Braden Dell, Carson Leddon, Chloe Wyatt, Kayden Caruso, Lelan Watson, Stephen Phillips, Garrett Lowry, and Trevor Varnum.Submitted by Kalli McMillan

Mrs. Chest's Civics class has been studying the different forms of governments. In order to help them better understand, the class used gummy bears to represent the governments and then drew the representations in their interactive notebooks. What an EPIC way to learn!

Submitted by Kalli McMillan

WCSD Congratulates Aaron Wilmoth, 8th Grader, from Walton Middle School on his EPIC3 success! #BroadcomMasters

“Broadcom MASTERS® (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars), a program of Society for Science & the Public, is the premier middle school science and engineering fair competition, inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators who will solve the grand challenges of the 21st century and beyond.”

To be a Broadcom MASTERS, a student must be a 6th, 7th, or 8th grader with a project in the top 10% of all Broadcom affiliated Science Fairs in the Country. Walton Middle School’s own Aaron Wilmoth achieved the level of Broadcom MASTER this Spring, when his project, Squishy Robots: Testing Prosthetic Fingertip Gripping Strength was nominated at both Regional and State science fair level for Broadcom MASTERS awards.

This week, Aaron has climbed another ranking in Broadcom MASTERS. He and his project were just selected by “a nationally ranked panel of scientists, engineers and educators” as one of the Top 300 MASTERS. To earn this distinction, Aaron was selected from a pool of over 2,300 applicants. Being a Top 300 MASTER earned Aaron not only the title, but also earned Aaron and his teacher a nice bag of “goodies” from Broadcom MASTERS.

Aaron’s run at Broadcom MASTERS isn’t yet complete. On September 18, 2019, the Top 300 MASTERS will be selected down to 30. Should Aaron be one of these 30, he will get the chance to present his project and compete in hands on team STEM challenges in Washington DC where the top award is $25,000.

Walton Middle School, and the entire WCSD, is extremely proud of Aaron’s accomplishments with this project! Way to go Aaron – Broadcom MASTERS Top 300.

(all quotes are from the website http://broadcomfoundation.org/…/09/2019-Top-300-Book-FINAL.…)

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Mr. Michie helping student, Yulisa Garcia with her AP Human Geography in the hallway before school begins.  Dedication starts at the top! Submitted by Patty Woodard

Mr Michie FHS

FHS students Rylee Digges, Kobe Phillips, and Adele Strickland represented FHS in the Florida Farm Bureau Federation youth speech contest. Entrants from Walton County wrote essays regarding the effect of natural disasters like Hurricane Michael on agriculture and consumers. Phillips took home 1st place and Digges came in 2nd place overall. Congratulations to all three for their writing and work!

Fifth grade classes at WDE are studying comparing and ordering decimal numbers to the thousandths. The students had fun with a hands on decimal lesson in the library with Media Specialist, Mrs. Tammy Goodman. Non-fiction books are organized by decimal numbers, so groups of students used the numbering system to place all of the library books in order from least to greatest. This was a great activity for students to better understand decimals, how they are used in the real world, and to become better acquainted with the library.

 Top picture: Mrs. Tammy Goodman and Mrs. Debbie Bush’s class

WDE Media Center

Left: Pascual Pascual Andres

WDE Media Center

Left: Demonte’ Clark

Right: Zac Castillo

WDE Media Center

From left to right: Dylan Gill, Zachary Campbell, and Ryan Thompson

The Freeport Middle School Art Department practiced color mixing and the color wheel today using cake icing, vanilla wafers, and food coloring.  It was a delicious way to prepare for the upcoming painting projects we will be creating this year.  Submitted by FMS Art teacher, Kendra Estes

Delicious Art at FMS