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Sandpiper Singers from Dune Lakes Elementary performed “Shiver and Shake,” “Red Bird,” “Santa What a Guy,” and “Oh Come All Ye Faithful.” The compilation was written and arranged by Teresa Jennings at the event, “Christmas at the Beach” in Gulf Place on Saturday, December 7.  Sandpiper Singers also combined with the Van R. Butler Orff Ensemble to perform “Christmas Time is Here,” “Jingle Bells,” “Silent Night,” and “Felíz Navidad!”

Dune Lakes Children Perform at Gulf Place

Every month, Mr. A. Russell Hughes, Walton County, Florida Superintendent of Schools, will share a video message with an update on the exciting things happening in the Walton County School District, Walton County, Florida. Check back often to stay informed on all the activities, events and accomplishments of teachers and students in the Walton County School District.

This month's video was filmed in the historic Walton County Heritage Museum in the former Louisville & Nashville Railroad Depot in DeFuniak Springs, Florida. Superintendent A. Russell Hughes shares important upcoming dates, and a brief overview of some exciting new projects and collaborations in the district. Special guest for this month is Mrs. Donna Simmons, our newly appointed principal at Freeport High School!

WHS Hosts Blood Drive

December 5, 2019

Walton High School hosted a blood drive on December 4, and it was a huge success!  There were 46 people that donated to this worthwhile cause.  We appreciate everyone's willingness to give... and help save lives.

WHS Blood Drive

WHS Blood Drive

WHS Blood Drive

The West DeFuniak Elementary, Kiwanis Kids Club recently sent snacks to soldiers stationed in Afghanistan. The Platoon Sergeant for these soldiers, SFC Cole,  just happens to be a local alumnus of Paxton High School.

This event not only helped these soldiers have some nice holiday snacks, it also helped students understand the benefits of helping those who are sacrificing to serve our great country!

In addition to sending snacks to soldiers, Families First Network informed that WDE Students and Staff were able to help 22 families in need with our Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.   

The Food Drive not only helped local families have a nice holiday meal, it also helped students understand the benefits of helping the less fortunate.

WDE Food Drive for Soldiers

Walton High School band recently hosted a visit from the Baptist College of Florida Guitar Ensemble! November 15, 2019, BCF Assistant Professor Jonathan Erp and the BCF Guitar Ensemble came to provide a clinic and perform for the guitar students at WHS. The interchange provided an opportunity for WHS guitar students to connect with a post-secondary guitar program, and learn more about college level options and expectations.

BCF Guitar

BCF Guitar

BCF Guitar

Congratulations to the Freeport Middle School 2019 Tropicana Speech Contest Winners!

5th Grade: (L-R)
3rd Place- Audrey Stallings
1st Place- Madeline Ptak
2nd Place- Ruby Stacy

WMS Tropicana 6th Grade

6th Grade: (L-R)
3rd Place- Kayleigh Byrd
1st Place- Niamh Barthel
2nd Place- Megan Weller

The Paxton High School art students recently visited the University of West Florida Art Department and Art Gallery.  They had an opportunity to meet and interact with the Art professors, and received a tour of the Fine Arts Department. Paxton Art teacher is Corinne Wilson. 

Maude Saunders is proud to announce the winners of our 2019 4-H/Tropicana Speech Contest.  Fourth grade winners are Ceaton Ealum (1st), Brinley Laird (2nd), and Conner Crews (3rd).  Fifth grade winners are Natalee Register (1st), Fallon Piper (2nd), and Bailey Cole (3rd).  The first and second place winners will compete in the District Speech Contest on December 12th.

MSE 5th Gd Tropicana 19-20