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Congratulations to Walton County Teacher of the Year, Joan Kennett, South Walton High School, who was recently one of 30 out of 74 applicants to join the ranks of the best teachers in the state as a member of the Florida Lead Teacher Network (FLTN) with the Florida Department of Education. Through the Florida Lead Teacher Network, FTLN, members are equipped with resources and training to become leaders in their schools and districts. Mrs. Kennett is looking forward to the opportunity as a way to sharpen her own teaching skills, as well as learn strategies to mentor her colleagues within the Walton County School District. Mrs. Kennett definitely exemplifies the EPIC - Walton County Way!


Pictured here with Florida Commissioner of Education, Pam Stewart

What would a soundtrack of your life sound like? At Walton Middle School, Mrs. Kent’s sixth grade reading students were tasked with answering this question. Using music and lyrics, students explored the process of constructing personal narratives. After listening to some “old school” classics on a record player, students delved into analyzing their lives, researching songs appropriate to each life event, constructing a soundtrack, and presenting their work to their Warrior Tribe!

Picture 1: Mariah Leverette, Arnett Mallory, Kaydenn Ware

Picture 2: Malcolm Byrd

Submitted by Kristen Nelson


On September 5, Mr. Bernard Johnson, on behalf of the Gulf Power Foundation, presented a $3,000 check to the Walton Education Foundation.  This generous donation will be made to the Electricity Program at Emerald Coast Technical College as a result of a successful grant application made by Mr. Thomas Martin, the program instructor.  The funds will be used to enhance  the Electricity Program at Emerald Coast Technical College.  This program began in August 2015 to meet the training needs of students who wish to enter into the field of electricity.  Students are prepared to earn industry recognized credentials from The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)  which assure national portability of skills to meet the common goal of developing a safe and productive workforce. 

Emerald Coast Technical College is proud of its partnership with Gulf Power Company and the Walton Education Foundation to ensure a strong future workforce.

Pictured (l-r):  Wyndy Crozier -  Director Emerald Coast Technical College; MH Carr, Executive Director – Walton Education Foundation; and Bernard Johnson, Gulf Power’s Central District General Manager

Submitted by Cindy Anderson

The Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative has recently made a generous donation on behalf of their members to the Walton County School District via the Walton Education Foundation.  The funds will be matched $1 for $1 from the State of Florida through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, and will be used for classroom grants.  The grant applications will be taken during the month of September, and awarded the first of November. 

WCSD is grateful for the partnership with CHELCO, and for their dedication to the families and children of Walton County.  This collaboration will enable our teachers the opportunity to provide experiences and instruction to our students in an EPIC way.   Special thanks is also extended to the Walton Education Foundation for the grant support they provide for our teachers and students.  

Pictured are MH Carr, Walton Education Foundation; Rumi Nielson-Green, Manager of Communications and Community Affairs, CHELCO; and Superintendent A. Russell Hughes

WMSE, the official morning show of Maude Saunders, is on target to be EPIC this year! Fifth grade students gather, write, and deliver the news, run the teleprompter, cameras, and sound system, and schedule guests and interviews, all before 7:55 each morning! Submitted by Krisy Spence

Every month, Mr. A. Russell Hughes, Walton County, Florida Superintendent of Schools, will share a video message with an update on the exciting things happening in the Walton County School District, Walton County, Florida. Check back often to stay informed on all the activities, events and accomplishments of teachers and students in the Walton County School District.
This month's video was filmed at South Walton High School, where construction on a 10-classroom addition is well underway! #ProgressOnPurpose. Making it POP in WCSD!

Mr. Hughes stopped by to help with pick-up at MSE and visited Ms.Corne's class for a pre-exercise activity prior to a POP'n lesson in Math!

Nine Youth Leadership and 1 Agriculture student came together on August 28, 2018, at Freeport High School to compete in the Florida Farm Bureau speech competition for Walton County.  Three students from Freeport High School, South Walton High School, Walton High School and One Agriculture student from Paxton High School competed in the competition.  The topic for this speech was "How has the introduction of agriculture mobile apps impacted the agriculture industry?"

First place went to Sarah Thompson of Paxton High School, second place went to Anne Sophie Grobe of South Walton High School and third place went to Gary Kelly of Freeport High School.  Sarah Thompson will move on to the Regional Competition on September 14, 2018.  Congratulations to these students and Good Luck to Sarah at Regionals as she represents Walton County.

Pictured left to right are Andrew Taylor (judge), Gary Kelly (FHS- 3rd place), Sarah Thompson (PHS-1st place), Anne Sophie Grobe (SWHS- 2nd place), and Michele Carter (judge).

A special thank you to all of the students who participated.  Submitted by Crystal Appel