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All third grade classes at Butler Elementary are participating in Grasses in Classes. Grasses in Classes is a hands-on, environmental education program that gives students a direct role the restoration of Choctawhatchee Bay. 

Grasses In Classes students tend salt marsh nurseries throughout the school year, and receive monthly education on local estuarine topics that meet our science standards from CBA (Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance) and CBA partners (e.g. AmeriCorps members). At the end of the school year, Grasses in Classes culminates with students planting their shoreline grasses at one of our salt marsh restoration sites along Choctawhatchee Bay. The program instills a love of local habitat, restores shoreline and inspires the next generation of watershed stewards. Submitted by Sherrie Binkowski.

8th grade technology students participated in a team challenge to "Sumo wrestle" basic robots. Liam and Michael came out victorious in the double elimination tournament. During the next round, students will be able to modify their basic robots to their own design based on how the robots performed initially. Submitted by Chelsea Ellison.

Congratulations to Kaley Norris, Bama DeRameus, Kasandra Bizek, and Colten Phillips who will have their art work displayed at the Biophilia Center.  From left to right:  Kaley Norris, Bama DeRameus, Kasandra Bizek, Colten Phillips.  Submitted by Kalli McMillan.

FES had “Bring Your Dad to School Day” on September 30 where we had over 300 dads participate in classroom activities with their students.  Submitted by Nancy Currie.

Over 165 Maude Saunders students brought their Families to “Camp Read-A-Lot” last Tuesday night. They hiked down the halls to Campgrounds with names like Camp Super S’mores and Camp Evergreen to find a variety of reading activities.  While some students took flashlights into dark cavelike rooms to spot sightwords, others sat under the stars and listened to stories.  Campers could be seen sight word fishing, red word swatting, snacking on trail mix, and of course gathering around the many campfires.  Everyone had a lot of fun,  read a lot, and left a happy camper!  Submitted by Krisy Spence.

MHS welcomed Dads to school on September 28th for “Dads Take Your Child to School” Day which is part of Florida’s State Initiative to get fathers more involved in their children’s academic life.  The intent of this initiative is to highlight the significant difference fathers and father figures can make by taking a more active role in their children’s educational experience. When fathers play a more active role in a child’s education, children perform better academically; have fewer discipline problems; and become more responsible adults. We were pleased that so many fathers took this opportunity to become more familiar with our school and staff. Submitted by Elizabeth Gaither.

Thanks to the generosity of the Dugas Family Foundation, every child at Maude Saunders was allowed to select a book from the school’s Book Fair.  The Foundation teamed up with the school and Scholastic to ensure that no child left the book fair empty-handed.  The Dugas Family Foundation is committed to supporting literacy through their  “All for Books” program.  Submitted by Krisy Spence.

Last week, Freeport Middle School sixth-grade students went to Henderson Beach for Dunes in Schools and Coastal Clean Up. During the Dunes in Schools presentation, students learned about the importance of sand dunes on the coast as well as the vegetation that grows on them. Students also took time to clean the beach for Coastal Clean Up which is a nationwide program aiming to keep the coastlines clean. Submitted by Chelsea Ellison.

Walton Middle School, in its second year as a Title 1 school, hosted the first parent training of the school year on Tuesday, September 20th, from 6:00-8:00.  The event's theme was "Back to the Future of Learning" to symbolize the school's recent move back to its original location into a brand new facility with state-of-the-art, twenty-first century capabilities.  Parents, grandparents, and students who attended enjoyed a free dinner of pizza, desserts, and soft drinks, followed by the annual Title 1 parent meeting presentation and transitional demonstrations focused on organization, digital citizenship, and middle school survival techniques.  Though no one showed up in a time machine made out of a DeLorean, over 350 people did attend the event, tremendously enjoying their journey back to the future at WMS. Submitted by Kristen Rhodes.