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Submitted by Sherrie Binkowski, Van R. Butler Elementary School

Butler R.E.A.D. students celebrated their reading success with an end of year ceremony.  Since October, selected students in grades 1 and 2 have spent thirty minutes once a week reading to therapy dogs, Logan and Rosie.  Through the R.E.A.D. program students have gained confidence and comfort with their reading abilities.

 

Submitted by Darlene Paul, West DeFuniak Elementary School

WDE participated in our very first Senior Hall Walk.  Seniors from Walton High School walked the halls of WDE to be greeted with applause, high-fives, and chanting by WDE students seated along the hallways.  The walk served to congratulate the seniors on their accomplishments, as well as, encourage elementary students to graduate and aim for college.

Submitted by Christy English, Walton High School

The WHS Band traveled to Orlando to participate in the Music USA Festival at Universal Studios in an adjudicated parade performance over the weekend.  The band has never had a trip as extensive as this one, but they did an outstanding job and received a SUPERIOR rating for their final performance of the year.  They also got a chance to explore both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure during the 2-day trip.  Everyone involved, parents and students, represented the school with class while having a great time.

Submitted by Heather Stewart, Paxton School

Paxton High School’s Gaetz Institute Embry-Riddle Aeronautical students recently saw the Blue Angels in action during their visit to the Naval Flight Academy and National Naval Air Museum in Pensacola. Many thanks to Target for their support of this trip through their field trip grant program.

 Paxton Embry -Riddle Students Watch Blue Angels

Submitted by Krisy Spence, Maude Saunders Elementary School

Mr. Truett's fifth grade class at Maude Saunders Elementary School has received recognition on both the school and national level for their outstanding efforts in reading.  Their class won the Achieve 3000 Read to Succeed 1 & 2 school contests by completing the most Achieve 3000 lessons over a specified period of time.  Also, they have repeatedly won the school’s weekly Reading Trophy by earning the most Accelerated Reader Points on their grade level and throughout the school. Maude Saunders is proud to recognize these students, who have made remarkable reading gains throughout the school year.

Walton County received an award from the Broadband Communities magazine in recognition for collaboration between education and county agencies to have fiber run throughout the county.

Submitted by Krisy Spence, Maude Saunders Elementary School

Maude Saunders fifth graders welcomed special guest Judge Kelvin Wells last week.  Judge Wells spoke to the students as part of the Justice Teaching Program.