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Walton County School District


U.S. News and World Reports just released the 2018 Best High School rankings on Wednesday, evaluating more than 20,500 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Walton County School District is proud to announce that 100% of our traditional high schools are included in the ranks!!  

Freeport Senior High School ranked #124 out of 762 in Florida rankings, and #1629 in National rankings, receiving recognition as a Silver Medal school.

South Walton High School ranked #143 out of 762 in Florida rankings, and #1925 in National rankings, receiving recognition as a Silver Medal school.

Walton High School ranked #190 in Florida rankings, and was Nationally recognized as a Bronze Medal school. 

Paxton School was recognized as a Bronze Medal school in National rankings and State rankings. 

The U.S. News list aims to recognize schools doing the best jobs preparing students for college. To judge that, it considers graduation rates, success on required state exams and performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests, which can earn high school students college credit. 

Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe  

FMS welcomed guest speakers from a wide variety of career backgrounds.  Freeport Middle School’s PTO would like to thank the following Career-Day guests:


Dr. Jennifer Hawthorne/Specialist-Schools & Leadership Development

Florida House of Representative Brad Drake

Trey Nick/Nick’s Restaurant

Melanie Moore/Mattie Kelly Arts

Rick Hayes/Security Consultant

Leslie Harrison/Cyber Security

David Swanick and Mary Garner/Attorney and Paralegal

Theresa Devine/Farmer and baby goat Charlie

Sergeant Kristin Pond and her K-9 partner Kayne

Walton County Fire and Rescue Team

Bo Wilkerson/Historical Fiction Author

Mr. Hayard Dykes/Attorney

Register Family/Bee Keepers

Dylan Laird/Regional Utilities

Erika Zambello/Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance

Deputy Blake McCormick/Walton County

Jeffrey Powell/DeFuniak Herald


Thank you AVID students for serving our special guests!

Submitted by Chelsea Ellison

Students in Walton County have been working all year to prepare for their Algebra EOCs with the help of their teachers and utilizing a program called Math Nation. With their test dates just days away, “study experts” Darnell and Chelsea from Math Nation dropped by our secondary schools to encourage students to do their best. Students have been utilizing videos made by both Chelsea and Darnell in preparation for the EOCs. A visit from them truly brought their videos to life.

Building on the extraordinary success of Algebra Nation, the University of Florida Lastinger Center teamed with Study Edge, a local educational technology company in Gainesville, to create Math Nation.

Math Nation provides an effective, easy, and FREE way for teachers and students to prepare for the End-of-Course exams year-round.  MATH NATION has PreAlgebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 videos aligned with the Mathematics Florida Standards (with more courses coming soon).  There is also an adaptive On-Ramp to Algebra Tool, so students can review fundamental skills necessary for success in Algebra 1, like performing arithmetic with fractions.

Funded by the Florida Legislature, Math Nation is a comprehensive online teaching and learning system designed to help students improve their conceptual and procedural understandings of mathematics.  Developed with cutting-edge technology and supported by mathematics education research, Math Nation advances student learning through a series of interactive and informative web-based programs.  

At any time of day, Florida students have free, unlimited access to adaptive diagnostic assessments with individualized remediation pathways, research-based content and videos that are engaging and standards-aligned, and opportunities for collaboration with students and math experts across the state.

As a starting point in Math Nation, students in middle school grades and algebra courses can navigate at their own pace through the On-Ramp to Algebra Tool.  This adaptive diagnostic program provides support and remediation on concepts and skills that are foundational and critical for students’ success in Algebra 1.  Additionally, students in Geometry and Algebra 2 have any-time access to tutorial videos, study experts, peer support through the Math Walls, and assessments to prepare for the state End-of-Course exams.

Submitted by Lauren Moore/Keitha Bledsoe







The class of 2031, from WISE Pre-K, visited Maude Saunders today to get a preview of Kindergarten.  Current Kindergarten students assisted them as they completed their very first kindergarten assignment.   Submitted by Krisy Spence.


Congratulations to the members of the 2018 Freeport Concert Band for their outstanding performance at the State Concert Festival this year!  On Tuesday, May 1st, the Freeport High School Concert Band performed at the FBA Northwest State Concert Music Performance Assessment.  The Freeport Band earned Straight Excellent ratings for their concert performance.  The band’s concert selections were “Genius” (Harold Bennett), “Celtic Echoes” (Larry Clark), and “Farandole” (Bizet/Clark).  

The “Straight Excellent Rating” earned by the Freeport Concert Band this year is the highest score a Freeport Band has ever earned at a State Concert MPA!  Congratulations to the 2018 Freeport Concert Band for their outstanding performance!      

Submitted by Michael Miller


Walton High's 1st annual College Signing Day was held on Friday, May 4, 2018, and was a huge success!  Seniors that were accepted by a college/university/technical college or have enlisted in the military were recognized.   We are so proud of our Braves! Submitted by Christy English.

WHS Signing Day

WHS Signing Day

WHS Signing Day

WHS Signing Day

WHS Signing Day

WHS Signing Day

WHS Signing Day

WHS Signing Day

WHS Signing Day

WHS Signing Day

WHS Signing Day

FHS AP Human Geography take advantage of a beautiful day to make chalk drawings of the important models and theories in human geography. Students drew their models and then explained them to the class. Submitted by Patty Woodard.




FES is piloting a new program this spring and will fully implement it next year. WatchD.O.G. Dads (Dads of Great Students)is a program designed to get fathers involved in the school as another set of eyes and hands. Dads are encouraged to volunteer one day during the year to assist with activities and events and in the classroom to encourage education and to provide positive role models for the students. We look forward to fully implementing the program next year.

Pictured above is our first dad-Chris Moore with his son.

Submitted by Nancy Currie

Congratulations to WHS students JB Baker and Eyin Cole for their accomplishments in the 110-meter hurdles at the state track & field meet!  JB finished 13th overall, and Eyin finished 4th overall in the state competition.

Way to go, JB & Eyin!

Submitted by Christy English