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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

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

Pictures with Soaking Wet students are a wonderful part of “Making Things POP” in the WCSD! We have research based programs that help us provide Healthy Academic Competition for our students. Congratulations students, teachers and staff at Mossy Head School for the great response heard from a student “This the Best Day Ever!” EPIC2!

Mr. Hughes stops and shows appreciation to Mrs. Lisa Crabtree and amazing lunch room staff while seeing the students at MHS. Love seeing my Kindergarteners recite their lunch numbers. Oh the Joy of Learning.....Things are “POPing” in EPIC2 Fashion in the WCSD.

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

What would a soundtrack of your life sound like? At Walton Middle School, Mrs. Kent’s sixth grade reading students were tasked with answering this question. Using music and lyrics, students explored the process of constructing personal narratives. After listening to some “old school” classics on a record player, students delved into analyzing their lives, researching songs appropriate to each life event, constructing a soundtrack, and presenting their work to their Warrior Tribe!

Picture 1: Mariah Leverette, Arnett Mallory, Kaydenn Ware

Picture 2: Malcolm Byrd

Submitted by Kristen Nelson


The Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative has recently made a generous donation on behalf of their members to the Walton County School District via the Walton Education Foundation.  The funds will be matched $1 for $1 from the State of Florida through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, and will be used for classroom grants.  The grant applications will be taken during the month of September, and awarded the first of November. 

WCSD is grateful for the partnership with CHELCO, and for their dedication to the families and children of Walton County.  This collaboration will enable our teachers the opportunity to provide experiences and instruction to our students in an EPIC way.   Special thanks is also extended to the Walton Education Foundation for the grant support they provide for our teachers and students.  

Pictured are MH Carr, Walton Education Foundation; Rumi Nielson-Green, Manager of Communications and Community Affairs, CHELCO; and Superintendent A. Russell Hughes