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Summer is popping in Walton County School District as administrators, teachers, guidance, data specialists, management information, transportation, school improvement chairpersons, and guests from Florida Department of Education are gathered to participate in Superintendent Hughes’ “Get it Right” initiative at the Carlene Anderson Training Center! Mr Hughes began the session today reiterating the impact of accurate data on student achievement and overall school improvement. 
The focuses of the day are to gather knowledge and skills to ensure accurate school data entry and reporting, improve early warning systems, and develop school improvement plans. 
Special thanks to Wallace Selph and Calvin Trombley from the FLDOE Bureau of School Improvement, Stephen Bowen; FLDOE Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Data Systems; and Kenneth Dukes FLDOE, FEFP Data Quality Manager for their assistance and participation today! 

Get it Right CIMS SIP 19

Get it Right CIMS SIP 19

Get it Right CIMS SIP 19

Get it Right CIMS SIP 19

Get it Right CIMS SIP 19

Hey, Walton Middle School Students! There is a NEW summer STEM camp for students entering 6th grade. This summer you can learn about engineering, coding and robotics. If you are interested in FIRST LEGO League competitions, then this camp is for you. The 4 -day camp will be offered FREE for up to 15 students per session (morning or afternoon) on July 15th-18th. On Thursday we will have a SHOW and TELL for students to show what they learned and to talk about the process with parents, friends and family.

To register please email the form below to Crystal Appel, [email protected].

Applications are due by June 17, 2019. Please email your completed forms to [email protected]. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.   

Click Here to view the application

Dates: July 15th -18th (no more than 15 students per session)

Session 1: 8am - 11am


Session 2: 12pm - 3pm

Place: Walton Middle School

605 Bruce Ave.

Defuniak Springs, Fl. 32433


Drop off session 1 -- 7:50 am Pick-up no later than 11:10

after session 1

Drop off session 2 -- 11:50 am Pick-up no later than 3:10 after session 2 ($20 fee for every 15 minutes late after late pick-up time listed)

Please bring a snack and/or drink to camp with you.

What students will learn.

Beginning LEGO Robotics Camp (students entering grades 6) This camp will allow the student to design and build a LEGO EV3 Robot and program the robot to complete certain tasks throughout the week. Students will learn about the programming structures as well as using sensors to detect distance and color. Each student will be able to program a robot for the week. Limit up to 15 students per session

The Walton County School District EPIC Van will be coming to your neighborhood this summer to provide enrichment for our students to avoid the "summer slide" of learning, increase communication and collaboration with parents and families, and provide ideas to help keep children physically active and safe! 

Please see the flyers below to learn when the Summer Mobile Van will be in your area.  We look forward to serving our students and community in the South Walton area; Freeport area; North Walton area; and DeFuniak area this summer! 

South Walton Summer Van Schedule 2nd edit

Freeport Summer Van Schedule 2nd edit

North Walton Summer Van Schedule 2nd edit

DeFuniak Summer Van Schedule 2nd Edit

We're so proud of these Walton High JROTC cadets, who recently honored the men and women that died serving our country in the Memorial Day Celebration at The Village of Baytowne Wharf!

Kadren Bach
Nicholas Fortin
Preston Pennington
Michael Scherder

Submitted by Christy English

Pictured with Mr Hughes are bus drivers (L-R) Judy Creech, Betty Hefted, and Mr Sosa. Special thanks to all our drivers for keeping our students safe!  Submitted by Meredith Spence

Superintendent Hughes with Bus Driver, Mr. Sosa, who is retiring this year. Today was his last day driving a bus for WCSD. Best of luck, Mr. Sosa!

Supt Hughes with Mr. Sosa

The Butler Elementary School Student Council recently made a contribution of $750.00 to Food For Thought.  Students earned money in a variety of ways this school year and wanted to assist the organization which provides backpacks of food to students in need. Submitted by Tammy Smith

Congratulations to Paxton's Gaetz Aerospace Career Academy students for completing the second year of the rigorous program, including earning six hours of university credit from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) and earning the Unmanned Safety Institute's Small Unmanned Aerial System Safety Certificate! Industry certificates are earned in addition to the required ERAU coursework, keeping these students working hard all year. We're super proud of you, aero kids! (Pictured - L to R: Kaylee Rawls, Zachary Wilson, Kaylee Murphy, Zachary Aplin, Ethan Burke, Tristan Shedd, Dylan Corbett, Mrs. Heather Stewart, and Holden Mitchell).  submitted by Kalli McMillan

Paxton's First Lego League, Jr. team would like to send a huge thank you out to former PHS teacher and astronomer, Dr. Wayne Wooten, for the generous gift of personal beginner scopes for each of our elementary team members. Dr. Wooten taught science at Paxton from 1970-74 and reached out to coach Sheryl Evans after he heard about the team's participation in the World Expo earlier this year. Thank you for your generosity and giving back Dr. Wooten!  Submitted by Kalli McMillan

MSE 5th graders celebrated their completion of elementary school on Friday with an awards program and fun-filled reception!  The faculty and staff have enjoyed teaching and knowing these Little Warriors and wish them the best of luck in Middle School! Submitted by Krisy Spence

MSE 5th Graders Celebrate

MSE 5th Graders Celebrate

The Summer Bridge program will take place at Walton Middle School the following dates:  July 8-11, July 15-18, July 22-25 (8:00-12:00 each day).  Free lunches and bus transportation to and from designated DeFuniak Springs neighborhoods will be provided.  More details coming soon!

Submitted by Kristen Nelson