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Fifty chorus members from WHS and WMS recently joined other singers from across the district in the annual All County Choral Concert. Walton High vocalists Anna Graham and Morgan Hardesty were the featured soloists.

WHS WMS CHORUS at ALL-County

WHS WMS CHORUS at ALL-County

WHS WMS CHORUS at ALL-County

WHS WMS CHORUS at ALL-County

WHS WMS CHORUS at ALL-County

Mrs. Thorson's seventh grade science students collaborated to create a DNA model using toothpicks and gumdrops to strengthen their understanding that DNA is the genetic material for all living things.  In the model, gumdrops represented the four nitrogenous bases.  Students were given one side of the DNA ladder based on traits of individuals.  Students had to know how to code for the alternate side--higher order thinking at its finest.  When finished, students had to make their model twist into the double helix form of DNA.  Students also attempted to decode another group's DNA.  Students had a blast learning about the building blocks of life.

WMS Gumdrop DNA                   WMS Gumdrop DNA

WMS Gumdrop DNA

Pictured: Wyndy Crozier, ECTC Principal; Leslie Harrison, ECTC TOY for 2019-2020; Superintendent A. Russell Hughes

Emerald Coast Technical College is proud to recognize their 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year, Ms. Leslie Harrison.  Ms. Harrison was named one of the top three finalist in the District Teacher of the Year selection process.  

Ms. Harrison is in charge of the Information Technology Programs at ECTC, and is considered to be a highly valuable, dedicated and productive member of the ECTC team.  

Congratulations to Ms. Leslie Harrison, Emerald Coast Technical College!

ECTC TOY 2019-2020 w Supt Hughes

Shout-out to Mrs. Stephenson's leadership class for their recent participation in the Mock Trial competition held at the Walton County Courthouse! Through this competition, students learn critical thinking skills, legal reasoning, analysis, and professionalism, as well as the structure and function of the courts and the legal process.

The following students participated in the event:
Jackson Campbell
Michelle De La Rosa
Emily Hicks
Amber Kendrick (Best Prosecution Witness)
Lorenzo Miodus-Santini
Tyler Morse (Best Defense Witness)
John Pennington
Fiona Robinson
Cody Warren (Best Defense & Prosecution Attorney)

WHS Mock Trial
WHS Mock Trial
WHS Mock Trial

STEM Night at MSE

January 27, 2020

MSE students and families rotated through dozens of hands-on activities and experienced the wonders of the Night Sky inside a mobile planetarium at MSE’s STEM Night January 21st.    The engaging activities were created to inspire and grow interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. Each activity  exposed the students to basic scientific and mathematical principles, and reminded us all how much fun learning can be! We are especially thankful to community members, Paxton School,  Walton Middle School, Walton High School, and the STEAM school for contributing to  our successful event!

MSE STEM

STEM MSE

STEM MSE

Third Grade at WDE

January 27, 2020

Third grade students at WDE are learning about Canada, and recently had the opportunity to taste maple syrup candy! Canada is the world’s largest producer of maple syrup. Students learned about the importance of the Sugar Maple tree, and why the maple leaf is on the Canadian flag. Students had mixed reactions to the maple flavored candy, but the memory will last forever!

From left to right: William Holley, Dariyon Moore, Ethan Miles, Destiney Waggoner, and Saffire Lewis

Choosing a college and career path is not to be taken lightly. In the efforts to have our students begin thinking about college and careers, each 5th grade class was assigned a college to represent. Students conducted research on the universities to determine location, majors offered, requirements to attend, yearly cost, mascot, history of the college, and any major awards the school has received. Each student was also to consider a major offered at the assigned school that may interest him or her. Many of our students already have career goals in mind, and informing themselves of college requirements is allowing them to begin planning their individual paths of education. Mrs. Currid’s class – Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University, Mrs. Garrett’s class – Clemson University, Ms. Dickey’s class – Oklahoma State University, Mrs. Bush’s class – Southeastern Louisiana University, Mr. Stafford’s class – Emerald Coast Technical College

College Posters

College Posters

College Posters

College Posters

College Posters

 

STEM Symposium in Pensacola

January 27, 2020

It is an EPIC day at the STEM symposium in Pensacola.  Carrie Sneed, Christine Petersen, and Alecia Hogans attended the STEM Symposium in Pensacola. They are excited to bring some EPIC ideas back to Walton County teachers and students.

This two-day event hosted by Discovery Education and Santa Rosa County Public Schools focused on how to create a shared STEM vision, provide professional development to educators and administrators, and cultivate inquiry-based, transdisciplinary instruction to prepare students for their future.

Magnet Innovation Center!

January 26, 2020

Students at the Magnet Innovation Center are hard at work in their Principles of Engineering class designing, building and executing their latest projects. 
Sophia Roessler and Emily Sidrony are working on designing, Blake Stevenson, Tray Toups and Davis Cleveland are building and Dalton Robinson is executing his project in the world of virtual reality to see if all components in his design are working effectively so he can move into the building stage.
MIC students building
MIC student with VR headset