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All school year, WMS seventh grade Civics teachers Mrs. Katie Williams and Ms. Regina Messer have worked hard to impart a strong civic education to their students. Throughout the year, students developed the following key understandings: the principles, functions and organization of government; the origins of the American political system; the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizens; and the methods for actively participating in our political system. To review all of these essential concepts at the end of the year, Mrs. Williams and Ms. Messer designed a variety of collaborative learning opportunities for students, allowing them to put their heads together to think deeply about real world applications of their learning. At the beginning of May, seventh grade Civics students demonstrated their knowledge and understanding on the Civics end-of-course exam (EOC). Thanks to their teachers’ dedicated preparation and the students’ hard work, WMS seventh graders were well equipped for success on not only the EOC but also for their futures as United States citizens.

Due to inclement weather the afternoon of STEM has been cancelled.  

An afternoon of STEM

(Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)

June 19th 2021

1 – 4 pm 

Watch robots and drones operate

Drive a robot through an obstacle course

Program a robot

Build and launch water rocket

Learn about STEM activities in your area

Click the link below for more information.  

Fun Day at WDE!

May 24, 2021

Superintendent Hughes stopped in at WDE to do the last drop-off of the 20-21 school year Friday.  Students were excited that there is three days left in school.  They were embarking on the beginning of Fun Day with games and competition with classmates and class spans!  Also, had a chance to say thanks to Ms. Debra Hill on her retirement after 30+ at WDE!  EPIC is the way even on FUN DAY!  2 more days!  #hungongainedon

Straw Rockets at WDE!

May 21, 2021

On Wednesday, May 19, the first-grade students at West DeFuniak Elementary school participated in building their own straw rockets in science class to connect to the standards that were being taught about space and space travel.  Students were excited to discuss how astronauts travel into space and how rockets work.  Once each student had completed the construction of their straw rocket, they went outside to launch test rockets using a straw rocket launcher.  All of the straw rockets were launched successfully, and the students enjoyed comparing the flights for each launched rocket.

WISE Class of 2034

May 21, 2021

It was a beautiful day for the class of the class of 2034! These sweet Pre-K graduates are on their way to Kindergarten next year, but they will be missed by their teachers, faculty and staff at WISE. Once part of the WISE family, always a part of the WISE family. Good luck little ones, you will all light up the world!  

 

The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center provides critical services for child abuse victim in our community.  They have two Centers. one located in Niceville, and the Pierce Family, located in DeFuniak Springs.  The Centers provide a child-friendly place where children can begin to heal from the trauma of abuse.   It’s a place where childhoods once lost to abuse are restored.   Staff and agency partners wrap services around the child and family while holding offenders accountable.  .Services include forensic interviews, medical exams and evaluations, counseling, and access to other community resources.    In 2017, the Center expanded It’s mission to include child abuse prevention education.      Intervention and prevention efforts working toward  making their vision a reality – Healing children.  Ending child abuse.

Presenting….. Audie Rowell, President, Julie Porterfield, CEO, Jasie Landeros, Community Outreach Manager

The Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center presented the First Super Hero Award to Superintendent Hughes tonight at the WCSD Board Meeting.  With COVID-19 the Superintendent got the students back to some normalcy this past school year and  the presenters thanked him for that and for being a Champion, so that their program, called Safety Matters, could go back into the schools.  The Superintendent kept the children first in trying to protect them.  Because of his leadership and his team, this year they served 10,151 students with their education program, delivering 380 sessions, and because he allowed them back into the schools there were a number of children that were kept safe.

What an excellent and amazing display of talent exhibited during the Spring Band Concert, Friday night!  New instruments, phenomenal musical talent, exciting and empowering atmosphere of success, musicianship, leadership, teamwork and support.  Attendees left the auditorium in awe of the exceptional work that Mr. Stuart is doing with our Paxton Music Program.  All the components of EPIC were on full display Friday Night!  Mrs. Rebecca Stuart joining in to assist with musical parts not yet developed, Ms. Saltsman accompanied with piano portions, Superintendent Hughes, Principal Brent Jones, and School Board Member Mrs. Jerri Michie were front row taking in the extraordinary melodious sounds and St. Joe presented a $25.000 check to help catapult our program to the next level.  Not sure it can get MORE EPIC THAN THIS!  #hungongainedon!!!!!

 Longleaf Writers Conference – “Writers in the Classroom”

During the second week of May the Longleaf Writers Conference gathers in Walton County with a clear vision:

1. To bring the Gulf Coast a unique opportunity for writers of all backgrounds to meet and learn and grow alongside contemporary literary masters of genre and form.

2. To provide financial aid for emerging writers and veterans and under-represented writers and to be a springboard for their careers.

3. To develop and sustain the “Writers in the Classroom” outreach program sending fellows and scholars to Walton County schools in order to reveal the value of literature and writing. 

4. To make this conference an exemplum of what a small conference should look like by creating a community of writers and poets without any sense of hierarchy or professional competition.

On May 13, 2021 seven fellows and scholars participated in the “Writers in the Classroom” outreach program. This year we had the privilege of working with South Walton High School, Freeport High School and Walton High School. Our fellows and scholars worked with each high school for over 90 minutes to develop an authentic writing work, ranging from poetry to prose. Each student group was given the opportunity to revise, re-draft and polish their original work with their fellow or scholar; culminating with the prospect of reading their work on the final day of the conference. This year three students read their original works on Sunday, at Seaside Assembly hall. Two students from Walton High School and one student from South Walton High School.

On May 14, 2021 three McBride scholarship students from the Colorado School of Mines, visited and spoke with students at the Magnet Innovation Center (MIC). The undergraduate students had an open forum to discuss topics ranging from the university admissions process for STEAM programs and time management within a rigorous college program such as organic chemistry, computer science and chemical engineering. Over 25 MIC students participated in the forum.

In 2013, Jonathan D’Avignon, principal at Walton In”10”sity School of Excellence, founded the Longleaf Writers Conference in collaboration with Dr. Seth Tucker, professor at Colorado School of Mines and Dr. Matt Bondurant, professor at University of Mississippi. Since 2013, the Longleaf Writers Conference has worked with over 1000 Walton County students. For more details please visit https://longleafwritersconference.com/

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