On Friday, August 31st, West DeFuniak Elementary students participated in a Positivity Project Pep Rally. Students made signs focusing on the character trait "Kindness," learned a kindness cheer, and heard from Mrs. Paul about this new initiative at WDE. The Positivity Project focuses on a different character trait each week. Students watch short videos and have daily discussions revolving around those traits. We look forward to seeing students exhibit this new learning in their actions as we learn that Other People Matter. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins
Sep 07 2018
SCIENCE ROCKS at West DeFuniak Elementary! Mrs. Katie Adams’ fourth grade studied the properties of matter, one being density. Groups created a density tower to showcase five layers of different liquids. Students soon discovered liquids have different densities, therefore creating a layering effect with the heaviest liquid on the bottom. To further test density, students dropped various items into their density towers to compare the density of that item to the surrounding liquid. Through discovery, students were able to explain why different objects floated, while others sank.
Submitted by Jessica Dawkins
After running 3.1 miles in their first meet of the season at the University of West Florida, the PHS cross country team decided to spend the rest of the day displaying their Pride, Passion, and Purpose in EPIC proportions. The team spent the rest of the afternoon volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House nearby. They entertained children, cleaned the facilities, and spread love to all who were there. The Bobcat family are very proud of this team!
Pictured - Back Row (L to R): Brianna Wright, Holden Mitchell, Jacob Morgan, Caylor Dixon, Maddie Varnum, Philip Anderson, Landon Stanley, Zach Wilson, Emily Wilson, and Ragan Butts. Front Row (L to R): Gracie Geoghagan, Lyndsey Wright, Eugene Hall, Nick Johnson, Blaine Johnston, Lawson Geoghagan, Tristan Petty.
Submitted by Kalli McMillan
Sep 05 2018
On September 5, Mr. Bernard Johnson, on behalf of the Gulf Power Foundation, presented a $3,000 check to the Walton Education Foundation. This generous donation will be made to the Electricity Program at Emerald Coast Technical College as a result of a successful grant application made by Mr. Thomas Martin, the program instructor. The funds will be used to enhance the Electricity Program at Emerald Coast Technical College. This program began in August 2015 to meet the training needs of students who wish to enter into the field of electricity. Students are prepared to earn industry recognized credentials from The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) which assure national portability of skills to meet the common goal of developing a safe and productive workforce.
Emerald Coast Technical College is proud of its partnership with Gulf Power Company and the Walton Education Foundation to ensure a strong future workforce.
Pictured (l-r): Wyndy Crozier - Director Emerald Coast Technical College; MH Carr, Executive Director – Walton Education Foundation; and Bernard Johnson, Gulf Power’s Central District General Manager
Submitted by Cindy Anderson
Congratulations to Walton County Teacher of the Year, Joan Kennett, South Walton High School, who was recently one of 30 out of 74 applicants to join the ranks of the best teachers in the state as a member of the Florida Lead Teacher Network (FLTN) with the Florida Department of Education. Through the Florida Lead Teacher Network, FTLN, members are equipped with resources and training to become leaders in their schools and districts. Mrs. Kennett is looking forward to the opportunity as a way to sharpen her own teaching skills, as well as learn strategies to mentor her colleagues within the Walton County School District. Mrs. Kennett definitely exemplifies the EPIC - Walton County Way!
Pictured here with Florida Commissioner of Education, Pam Stewart