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Kim Kirby on behalf of the board of directors of Grit and Grace, Inc. presented copies of the book, Down by the Riverside, written by Ronnie McBrayer and based on their 2017 production.
 
(Left to Right: Ronnie McBrayer, Kim Kirby and Superintendent Russell Hughes) Submitted by Laura Smith.

We take a moment here to recognize our ECMS bus drivers and thank them for the wonderful job they perform in safely transporting our ECMS students to and from school every day!  We are lucky to have such wonderful bus drivers at ECMS and appreciate them very much. 

Pictured from left to right: Marie Thornton, Charles Dodson, Sara Disler, Bob Fowler, Kathleen Corneliuson, James Harl, Cynthia Bickley, Jimmy Harrison, Elsie Powers-Coursey, Bruce Coursey, Candy Bodie (Assistant Principal)

Not Pictured:  Tom Mendez, Amelia Kirkland, Tammy Grigson, Angela Fields, Jack Cornelius  Submitted by Angela Vance.

Triangle Chevrolet-Buick, Inc. donated $1,200.00 to Emerald Coast Technical College for Automotive Service Technology Program student scholarships.
Pictured Left to RIght: Taylor Lathinghouse, Triangle Chevrolet-Buick, Inc., Gary Price, Automotive Service Technology Instructor and Charlie Morse, ECTC Director. Submitted by Laura Smith.

Parents and Wise Pre-K students enjoyed "Books and Breakfast" with Dr. Adams. After breakfast, Dr. Adams discussed the importance of reading daily to children and shared a fun book. Then students were allowed to choose a book to take home. Submitted by Debbie McBroom.

Elrod Vo recently won the distinction of being an Achieve3000 WorldWide winner in Mrs. Amy Bennett's eighth grade reading class.  He won the most points by completing reading texts and tasks and receiving points for passing scores.  Two years ago, Elrod won the most points nationwide when he was a sixth grader in Mrs. Bennett's class.  This year, Elrod entered the new school year determined to advance from being the nationwide to the worldwide level winner.  Remarkably, Elrod accomplished his goal before the end of the first semester.  Walton Middle School is very proud of Elrod's accomplishments. Submitted by Kristen Rhodes.

The Algebra Nation Math tutor Chelsea Jones came to visit Mrs. Meyer’s 7th period class at Freeport High School. They made videos and posters to thank Governor Scott for funding the program. Submitted by Patty Woodard.

Bay Elementary was honored to have author Julie Smith visit our school and read her newest book “ Bugs In My Breakfast”. Mrs. Smith was at the Sun Dog bookstore in Seaside Saturday, December 3rd from 1-4. Submitted by Cindy Stewart.

Bay Elementary would like to congratulate Avery Jones and Dexter Barefield for being chosen as the December Students of the Month. Both students will be honored at a special breakfast sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Freeport on December 14, at the Coastal Branch Library in Santa Rosa Beach. Submitted by Cindy Stewart.

FES- 4th Grade 4-H Tropicana Speech Contest Winners

Left to right:   1st Place- Savannah Smith

                     2nd Place- Hagen Marse

                     3rd Place-Destiny Toole

Submitted by Nancy Currie.

On December 2nd, Walton County Career and Technical Education teachers participated in a training to assist them in understanding the importance of creating career pathways for their students.  Walton County's middle schools, high schools and Emerald Coast Technical College participated in this training.  There were also representatives from UF/IFAS (Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences) Extension Office, Chelco, Walton County Sheriff's Office, Toy Box Child Care Center, and WMBB News Channel 13 on hand to talk about the skills necessary to be successful in the workplace. Maggie Solomon from WMBB News Channel 13 provided a story on this meeting which may be viewed at http://www.mypanhandle.com/news/walton-co-school-district-holds-cte-training. Pictured is Leslie Harrison from Emerald Coast Technical College presenting information to Walton County teachers on how to develop their own program advisory board.  This is the first of many community incorporated meetings that Walton County intends to hold in an attempt to make our CTE programs rigorous and relevant to current employer demands.  Submitted by Donna Honish.