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The ECTC Trunk or Treat event held for the children of Cottondale following the devastation of Hurricane Michael was a HUGE success! The looks on the children's faces as well as those who helping to make it happen provides a tremendous statement about the power of compassion and giving! Thanks to all who helped support this event! Walton county residents donated over 10,000 pieces of candy, and ECTC students, staff and families came out to help bring some joy and smiles to the children and their teachers. Thanks to Deana Majors for the pictures!

         

        

        

    

During a recent visit, Superintendent Hughes shared that "students in Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Schubert's 2nd grade classes at Van R. Butler are making it POP in Social Studies and Science classes! Rigor Unprecedented!"

Kindergarten students at West Defuniak Elementary enjoyed a fun filled day at the Rocking BAB Ranch. Students explored the farm and learned many new things about the animals.  Student pictured is Skylar Lawrence from Mrs. Amanda McKee's Class.

Submitted by Jessica Dawkins

Second grade students in Mrs. Jessica Dawkins’ class at WDE participated in a month long “Candy Corn Contest”. Students were encouraged to read and take AR tests throughout the month of October. Each time a student made an 80% or higher on an AR test, their name was added to the candy corn drawing for a chance to win. Mr. Rodney Free, assistant principal, drew the names of our lucky winners. Aiden Sanchez and Natalia Zemanick were thrilled to accept the tasty award! Submitted by Jessica Dawkins

We are a District and Community of passionate compassion for children and families! Just look at the items the staff, faculty, students and community have waiting for our displaced children as families come to Bay Elementary School due to Hurricane Michael!

Walton High School chorus welcomed visitors from Baptist College of Florida yesterday as they participated in an exchange concert/workshop at WHS! Dr. Buford Cox, Professor of Music, and Dr. Angela Glover, Professor of Piano, brought the BCF College Choir to sing and collaborate with the WHS Chorus, under the direction of Lona Robinson. The college students shared information about their academic journey, and talked about college life at BCU. It was a wonderful opportunity for the WHS singers to hear an advanced group, and experience some new repertoire!

A huge thank you goes to Jasmyn "Jazzy" Gomez for helping get donations of Halloween candy for Emerald Coast Technical College's Trunk or Treat tomorrow at Cottondale Elementary school. In the midst of destruction and tragedy, we hope to bring a little happiness and fun to the kids tomorrow! 

Jazzy is a student at Emerald Coast Middle School and the reigning Junior Miss Walton County.  Submitted by Trecia Meadows

The 8th grade Advanced World Geography students created posters representing the 8 Traits of Culture. Students had to focus on their specific trait and show knowledge of how that trait was expressed globally. Submitted by Kalli McMillan

NASA recently allowed Paxton School's eighth grade science students to program a space camera onboard the International Space Station to take pictures of landforms on Earth as part of the EarthKam program. They were able to snap this photograph of the San Martin Lake, nestled in the snowy Andes in the southern region of Argentina. The San Martin is the deepest lake in the Americas at a depth of 836 meters. The unique finger shape of the lake is formed by a series of flooded valleys. Congratulations to the students for carefully examining the Space Station groundtracks and programming the camera to take this photograph as the Space Station flew by. 

Submitted by Heather Stewart and Kalli McMillan