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Kicking off “Fine Arts in Education Month”, Walton County School District joined Okaloosa County with over 3100 students as guests of Sinfonia Gulf Coast for the Carnegie LinkUp Concert “The Orchestra Swings!” The students joined the Sinfonia Gulf Coast Orchestra and Jazz Band in an interactive performance, singing, dancing and playing recorders. The Emerald Coast Conference Center was filled with energy and excitement as the students performed with the orchestra on tunes that included “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Aint Got That Swing), “I Got Rhythm”, and “When the Saints Go Marching In!” 
The Carnegie Link Up program “The Orchestra Swings” explores elements of swing and jazz in a year long curriculum that includes hands-on activities, choreography, audio and video resources, concert repertoire, and exploration of musical elements of singing, playing recorder, rhythm and melody. 
Walton County students are grateful to the St Joe Community Foundation for a grant that provided the recorders for this curriculum, and to Sinfonia Gulf Coast for the opportunity to participate in this exciting event through their collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute! 
Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe

                  

Northwest Florida State College held its 31st Math Bowl on March 2, 2018.

Freeport High School's team consisting of Autumn Anderson, Jimmy Croxton, Malcolm Griffith, Sarah Jackson, and Brady Miller won 4th place in Class X.  Jimmy Croxton also received a 10th place individual award in Class X.

Congratulations to these great math students!!!

Submitted by Patty Woodard

This past weekend, Walton High's Anchor Club earned 1st place in three categories at the state convention.  Their Buddy Walk won Brain Related Disorders; Hometown Heroes won Patriotism; and the goodie basket placed at the Stanley House won Pick-Me-Ups.  The club is one of the smallest in their competition division, and they competed against clubs nearly twice their size (from Orlando, Jacksonville, and Miami).  We are SO PROUD of our Anchors!

Congratulations on these amazing accomplishments, Braves!

Submitted Christy English.

5th grade students at WDE constructed electromagnets . An electromagnet is a device in which current produces magnetism. Students observed that electricity can make a magnet, and a magnet can make electricity. Electricity and magnets are related, and one can produce the other. 

Main picture - Dawson Mosley, Emmalee Alford

Pictured below - Cade Eades, Casen Sullivan (L to R)

 WDE Electromagnetic

Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

The WCSD Facilities Department held a district-wide Custodial Training & Expo in January 2018 at the WISE Center for all custodians and plant managers.  Guest speakers, trainers, and janitorial supply vendors all participated to educate employees on topics such as health / job safety, proper cleaning techniques, and equipment use.  Four educational training sessions were held to deliver this information to employees.  After the training, lunch was provided for everyone and donated door prizes were given away.  Participants enjoyed the training and are looking forward to the next training event.

Submitted by Michelle Doggett

The WISE Center Pre-K students enjoyed celebrating Dr Seuss’s birthday with special visitors reading to each class. Thank you to Superintendent Russell Hughes, Principal Tracey Dickey and Robey Roberson for taking time out of your busy schedules to show your support.  Submitted by Debbie McBroom.

Thank you to everyone who made the 2017-18 Odyssey of the Mind season a success. This year's Emerald Coast Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament was held at Shoal River Middle School on March 3, 2018. Bay Elementary School, Freeport Elementary School, Van R. Butler Elementary School, Freeport Middle School, and Walton High School all particpated in the Regional Tournament.

Bay Elementary and Freeport Elementary won 4th place. Walton High School won 3rd place and has been invited to participate in the State competion.

A special thank you to our team members, coaches and parents.

To learn more about the program, visit the link below.

https://www.odysseyofthemind.com/?

Submitted by Crystal Appel.

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The sun didn't set without Stingrays representing us WELL at their meet this past Friday. Both boys and girls finished 2nd out of 25 teams at the Big Bend Showdown in Tallahassee. We are so proud to watch these students compete and work together as a team, supporting each other on and off campus, demonstrating that both academic and athletic success can go hand-in-hand! Stingray shout out and gratitude to our coaches, The Parkers! CONGRATULATIONS Stingrays!
Submitted by Angela Vance