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Mrs. Hurley's Kindergarten class at West DeFuniak Elementary enjoyed a visit from Superintendent Hughes.  Students were studying about Squanto, the Native American, who helped the Pilgrims after they first arrived in North America.  Students used graphic organizers to write and draw about the ways that Squanto helped the Pilgrims find food their first winter. Submitted by Darlene Paul.

Hughes visits WDE K

Freeport High School’s National Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony November 12 and welcomed new members. Congratulations!

Submitted by Patty Woodard

Students at Walton Academy recently experienced a PodCast with a student who is currently studying in Africa.

The student, Brittany Nobles, is the daughter of Serena Nobles, a teacher at the Walton Academy.

She has been attending Sacred Heart Catholic School in Dakar, Senegal, Africa and will return in June, 2019

Submitted by Charlotte Rodgers

Schools may be closed for the Thanksgiving break, but Superintendent A. Russell Hughes worked with many others this week to shoot video with the local non-profit Safe Water for Walton. The film will debut in early 2019. As they say… “Stay tuned!” The project is made possible by Gulf Power Company. Safe Water for Walton Gulf Power Company

Pictured with Superintendent Hughes is Carrie Chavers and Walt Hartley.  

McCaid Paul, a 15 year-old ninth grader at Walton High School in DeFuniak Springs, has just published his second novel, “Secret Trust.” It is the sequel to “The Forgotten Headline,” his first book which debuted last year. They are both available in paperback, hardcover, or ebook through 

“Secret Trust” is the second in a series of four books which takes place in a small, southern town known as Summersville. The sequel revolves around the main characters, Mick and Billie, who are each confronting their own family mysteries, uncovering hidden truths and decades old secrets. 

McCaid developed a love for reading and writing at a very early age. He credits his parents and teachers for encouraging and supporting his talents. His motivation also comes from wanting others to enjoy reading and writing as much as he does. Themotivation behind the Summersville Series was to gain students who haven’t developed a love for reading. 

With the help of his many beta readers, his editor, and formatter, his dreams of publishing continue to come from fruition. 

Walton County School District is so proud of this young author!!! 

To learn more about McCaid and his writing, check out his website,,, or locate him on Instagram and Twitter.

Congratulations to Chloe Appel, 5th grade student at West DeFuniak Elementary, for being selected by audition to represent Walton County School District as a member of the Florida Music Educators Association Elementary All State Chorus!!
Chloe was chosen as one of 200 of the top elementary musicians in the state who will travel to Tampa, Florida in January to rehearse together, and perform in concert with their clinician/conductor Dr. Kelly Miller from University of Central Florida.
Chloe is the student of Mr. Nathan Hight, music teacher at WDE.
Way to go Chloe!! WCSD is so proud of you! #youngmusician #AllStateChorus #MakingItPOP

Members of the Student Government Association at South Walton High School organized and led a wonderful Veterans’ Day program Friday, November 9, 2018. 


33 veterans from all branches of the military were honored by the Seahawk student body.