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Every month, Superintendent A. Russell Hughes shares a video message with updates on the exciting things happening in the Walton County School District.  The December video was filmed at Van R. Butler Elementary school in Santa Rosa Beach. During the video, Mr. Hughes wishes everyone a safe and happy Christmas break, and shares important information about recent activities and upcoming events during the month of December '17/January '18 

https://youtu.be/7MNysiG9D0g

submitted by Keitha Bledsoe

Congratulations to Van R. Butler Elementary School Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Kelly Young, and Educational Support Person of the Year, Mr. Nick Whitehurst.  Submitted by Tammy Smith.

The Paxton Music Department would like to invite everyone to Bringing in the Holidays! on December 18th at 6 o'clock in the PHS Auditorium. There will be special performances by Sound of the Pride, Second Grade's 'Christmas in the OK Corral,' and the Paxton Band. Submitted by Kalli McMillan.

Paxton High School and Middle School Future Farmers of America Chapters competed in Sub-District Competitions in Chipley, FL on Tuesday, December 12th.

Paxton students receiving awards were as follows:

Opening and Closing Ceremonies: 1st Place - Jordyn Bradley, Sarah Thompson, Cassie Varnum, Ashlyn Hall, Haley Pickron, Haylee Hayes, Hailey Sexton

MS Prepared Public Speaking: 1st Place - Haley Pickron

MS Extemporaneous Speaking: 1st Place - Colten Phillips

Creed Speaking: 2nd Place - Hydie Varnum

HS Prepared Public Speaking: 3rd Place - Mary Bryan

Safe Tractor Operations: 3rd Place - Trenton Dell

Submitted by Nate Moore.

West DeFuniak Elementary is thrilled to spotlight our Educational Support Person of the Year - Tyler Hudson and our Teacher of the Year - Mrs. Emily Dickey.  Tyler has worked as a custodian at WDE for 2 1/2 years.  Tyler enjoys coming to work. When you pass him in the hallway, he always has a smile and a kind word to say.  He enjoys the people he works with and seeing the kids every day.  He says, "Well, I'm just a kid a heart."  Tyler's love for his job is evident.  We are glad to have him as part of our team.  Mrs. Dickey has been teaching for 9 years.  She taught Kindergarten for 6 years before coming to WDE three years ago where she now teaches 2nd grade.  Mrs. Dickey loves making the children feel at home in her classroom.  Building community is a key part of her classroom environment.  "I want the students to know that learning can be fun," Mrs. Dickey said.  She teaches her students mutual respect between students, teachers, and anyone else they come in contact with outside her class.  Stop by Mrs. Dickey's room and you'll probably find music playing.  Whether it is used as a timer or to help students with creating a song to help with Math, music fosters that love for learning.  WDE is excited to have such wonderful staff members at our school.  Congratulations to you both!!  Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

There were 62 applicants for this year’s Walton Education Foundation classroom grant project. Over $61,000 worth of items were requested. The Foundation selected 29 grants provided with private funds from CHELCO, Alys Beach Foundation, SunTrust Bank, Publix, and their annual Apple Classic 5K and 10K fundraiser, as well as matching funds from the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations.


We are excited to announce WHS teachers, Ms. Stephenson and Ms. Corales, were awarded one of these grants (for $1500), which allowed them to purchase 180 books for their classroom libraries.


Congratulations, Ms. Stephenson and Ms. Corales! We know your students are anxious to get their hands on these new books!

Submitted by Christy English.

WHS Books

WHS Books

Cats Against Cancer Schedule:

Friday (12/15)

5:00 (Girls) - Florala vs. Walton

6:15 (Boys) - Paxton vs. Walton

7:30 (Girls) - Paxton vs. South Walton

Saturday (12/16)

1:00 (Girls) - Walton vs. Marianna

2:15 (Boys) - Walton vs. Central

3:30 (Girls) - Central vs. Florala

4:45 (Boys) - Paxton vs. Navarre

6:00 (Girls) - Paxton vs. Graceville

Submitted by Kalli McMillan.

Bay Elementary is proud to announce the Kiwanis Students of the Month for December. Congratulations Sammy Souder and Meyshia Kennedy for being selected as the BES Kiwanis Students of the Month. Sammy and Meyshia will attend a breakfast sponsored by the Freeport Kiwanis Club to be recognized for this honor. Submitted by Cindy Stewart.