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The new addition at South Walton High School is near completion and will soon be ready for students to flourish academically in their new classrooms! 
A special ribbon cutting was held to mark the official unveiling of the new wing on Friday, January 25, with pre-ceremony comments from Dr. Alexis Tibbets, Principal at SWHS; Pablo Robles, Sophomore Class President; Ali Barrett, SWHS parent; Beth Hiers, community supporter; Rich Komano, technology instructor; Mark Gardner, Director of Facilities; Representatives from Culpepper Construction; and Superintendent A. Russell Hughes. School Board members Kim Kirby, Gail Smith, and Marsha Winegarner were also present to participate in the event, and were recognized for their continued support of the expansion project. 
Mark Gardner stated that teachers should be moving in to the 10 classroom expansion next weekend, and students will soon be thriving in an environment with the state-of-the-art technology and equipment. Innovative classroom design will include desks and tables with dry-erase tops for collaboration and brainstorming, and ergonomically designed chairs for optional seating positions. There are courtyard areas that will allow for outdoor classrooms, and an outdoor dining patio. Overlapping and removable dividers are installed in several classrooms to allow for an open concept in teaching. 
Congratulations to South Walton High School students, teachers and administration on this EPIC expansion!

    

The Florida Chautauqua Winter Assembly is here! It will take place January 25-27.

As Superintendent Hughes mentioned in his January Video Update, this event around Circle Lake in DeFuniak Springs and the Chatauqua Center of Northwest Florida State College is an educational experience based on the 4 pillars of Chautauqua: Education, Art, Religion and Recreation. 

Left to Right:

Glen Pope Jr., Leo Durham, Stan Schneider

Rose Randolph prepares at the library
Jacqueline Waggoner Florida Fish and Wildlife Station  Inside the Tent

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) announced his 2019 service academy nominations for Florida’s First Congressional District in two separate events at Niceville High School and Pace High School earlier today. During the events, Rep. Gaetz nominated the following students from Walton County School District to the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy: 

  • Brady Miller, Freeport High School - U.S. Military Academy
  • Jacob Beadle, Seacoast Collegiate High School - U.S. Naval Academy

Congratulations to these two outstanding students for their nomination to these prestigious military institutions.  We are beyond proud, and know they will represent us well as they train in the service of our country! 


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 22, 2019                                             

Contact: Jillian Lane Wyant,
Jillian.LaneWyant@mail.house.gov


Congressman Matt Gaetz Announces Service Academy Nominations for 2019

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) announced his 2019 service academy nominations for Florida’s First Congressional District in two separate events at Niceville High School and Pace High School earlier today. During the events, Rep. Gaetz nominated the following students to the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Air Force Academy:


UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY

·         Logan Martin, Choctaw High School

·         Cassidy Bassett, Fort Walton Beach High School

·         Hannah Suh, Rocky Bayou High School

·         Stefanie Markwardt, Niceville High School

·         Natalie Reece, Northwest Florida State Collage and Okaloosa Online

·         Connor Stibolt, Pensacola Christian Academy

·         Clint Hinrichs, Pensacola High School

·         Jeffrey Sutherland, Pensacola High School

UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY

·         Hunter Pruitt, Niceville High School

·         Alicyn Grete, Homeschool

·         Brady Miller, Freeport High School

·         Gabriella Murley, Holmes High School

·         Valerie Goodwin, Pace High School

·         Zachary Walden, Gulf Breeze High School

·         MacKenzie Schmidt, West Florida High School

UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY

·         Brian Son, Niceville High School

·         Isaac Kelly, Pace High School

·         Trevor Compton, Gulf Breeze High School

·         Caroline Opager, Santa Rosa Christian School

·         Luciana Combs, Navarre High School

·         Westen Key, Milton High School

·         Malcolm Rivers, Pensacola High School

·         Allison McGaugh, Pensacola High School

·         Jacob Beadle, Seacoast Collegiate High School

·         Noelle Matzinger, Pine Forest High School

UNITED STATES MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY

·         Paitin Davis, Fort Walton Beach

·         Samuel Scholl, Niceville High School

·         Christopher Loffler, Niceville High School

·         Hunter Ruddell, Niceville High School

·         Gavin Wilson, Niceville High School

**Six additional students were selected to receive service academy nominations; however, the students were not present at either event earlier today and will be informed and announced later this week.  

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 22, 2019                                             

Contact: Jillian Lane Wyant,
Jillian.LaneWyant@mail.house.gov


Congressman Matt Gaetz Announces Service Academy Nominations for 2019

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) announced his 2019 service academy nominations for Florida’s First Congressional District in two separate events at Niceville High School and Pace High School earlier today. During the events, Rep. Gaetz nominated the following students to the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Air Force Academy:


UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY

·         Logan Martin, Choctaw High School

·         Cassidy Bassett, Fort Walton Beach High School

·         Hannah Suh, Rocky Bayou High School

·         Stefanie Markwardt, Niceville High School

·         Natalie Reece, Northwest Florida State Collage and Okaloosa Online

·         Connor Stibolt, Pensacola Christian Academy

·         Clint Hinrichs, Pensacola High School

·         Jeffrey Sutherland, Pensacola High School

UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY

·         Hunter Pruitt, Niceville High School

·         Alicyn Grete, Homeschool

·         Brady Miller, Freeport High School

·         Gabriella Murley, Holmes High School

·         Valerie Goodwin, Pace High School

·         Zachary Walden, Gulf Breeze High School

·         MacKenzie Schmidt, West Florida High School

UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY

·         Brian Son, Niceville High School

·         Isaac Kelly, Pace High School

·         Trevor Compton, Gulf Breeze High School

·         Caroline Opager, Santa Rosa Christian School

·         Luciana Combs, Navarre High School

·         Westen Key, Milton High School

·         Malcolm Rivers, Pensacola High School

·         Allison McGaugh, Pensacola High School

·         Jacob Beadle, Seacoast Collegiate High School

·         Noelle Matzinger, Pine Forest High School

UNITED STATES MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY

·         Paitin Davis, Fort Walton Beach

·         Samuel Scholl, Niceville High School

·         Christopher Loffler, Niceville High School

·         Hunter Ruddell, Niceville High School

·         Gavin Wilson, Niceville High School

***PLEASE NOTE: Six additional students were selected to receive service academy nominations; however, the students were not present at either event earlier today and will be informed later this week. Until this point in time, our office will not be releasing their names.

MSE fifth graders are taking ownership of their learning by participating in student-led conferences with their parents.  These students are able to speak with confidence about what they know and how they learned it. They set goals, monitor their own progress, and reflect on their own strengths and areas for improvement.  submitted by Krisy Spence.  

 

Congratulations to Nicholas Binkowski, Junior at Walton High School. He was accepted to Samford Honor Band. While there, he tried out on both snare and mallets. After auditions he placed 3rd chair in the wind ensemble, which was the top high school band.

MSE Kicks off Literacy Week with guest readers! 
Maude Saunders kicked off Literacy Week with district personnel, city officials, and retired teachers serving as guest readers in our K-3 classrooms. The readers chose a favorite children’s book to read to the class. The children were excited to hear the stories and we appreciate everyone who took time to come read to our Little Warriors! Submitted by Krisy Spence

The Walton County Farm Bureau donates copies of children’s books to all of the Elementary School libraries in the Walton County School District. 

The Farm Bureau teamed up with the Walton County School District to encourage children to read and learn more about agriculture.
A special thank you to our local Farm Bureau Officers, Directors and Staff.

https://www.floridafarmbureau.org/counties/walton/
Pictured from Paxton School: Wendy Jones, Media Specialist and Cindy Neale, Principal
Please visit the site below for more information pertaining to Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in the WCSD. 

Congratulations to Tammy Douglass Smith, Principal at Van R. Butler Elementary, for receiving the Principal of the Year Award for Walton County School District! Mrs. Smith has served for 36 years in WCSD, and has been principal at at VRB since 2005. Under her leadership, Van R. Butler Elementary has been named an A+ school since the 2006-2007 school year. We are so proud of Mrs. Smith and all of her contributions to the lives of so many students through the years. VRB is currently the largest school in the district with over 1100 students. 
Mrs. Smith, you are EPIC in every sense of the word, and we are blessed to have you in the Walton County School District!

Congratulations to the 2019 Walton County Assistant Principal of the Year, Mr. James Ross, at South Walton High School! Mr. Ross has been at SWHS since 2011, serving 2 years as teacher on special assignment, and then Assistant Principal. Mr. Ross has seen SWHS grow from 541 students in 2011 to 894 students in 2019, and has been instrumental in helping the school maintain the status of A+ school consistently during this time period. 
We are proud to have Mr. James Ross as our Assistant Principal of the Year!