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Submitted by Cindy Stewart, Bay Elementary School

BES is proud to announce the BES Kiwanis Students of the Month for April!

They are Finn Wiggins and Sophia Simms.

Submitted by Krisy Spence, Maude Saunders Elementary

The Defuniak Springs Woman's Club recently donated $500.00 to the art program at Maude Saunders Elementary School.

Pictured left to right:  MSE Principal Mr. Dickey, Woman's Club Members Mrs. Morrison and Mrs. Doxey, MSE Art Teacher Ms. Harrah.

Submitted by Christy English

This was an incredible weekend for the Walton High Jazz Band and Winter Guard!

On Saturday, our Winter Guard finished up their season at Circuit Championships at Tate High School in Pensacola.  The Guard bounced around in placement from 2nd to 3rd and even 1st at some point throughout the season, but on Saturday they gave their BEST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR!  Their efforts did not go unnoticed as they placed FIRST IN THEIR CLASS!  This will serve us well as we are having open auditions for next year's Guard during the last week of April.

On Sunday, our Jazz Band performed at Pensacola Jazzfest and did GREAT!  They received compliments from many other jazz directors, audience members, and event coordinators.

You may view a 4-minute video from the Winter Guard Championships at

 WHS Winter Guard Accomplishments

Submitted by Chelsea Ellison, Freeport Middle School

Congratulations to Aidan Burnham, a seventh grader enrolled at Freeport Middle School, for his outstanding performance in the Duke Talent Identification Program.  As part of Duke TIP, Aidan took the ACT, scoring in one section, at or above 90% of high school juniors and seniors.  Aidan’s scores have qualified him for the Grand Recognition Ceremony held at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Submitted by Angela Vance, ECMS

Emerald Coast Middle School's Academic Team had another stellar year, defeating all other Walton county middle schools. Next they head to the Lewis Middle School Academic Invitational Tournament on April 9th, in Valparaiso, FL. The team is comprised of 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th graders. Members include: (l to r) Front - Dane Johnson, 2nd row - Ava Razavi, Cole Pettit , Santiago Botero,  Eric Plunk, Lily Jamison. Back row - Matthew Meadows, Elise Plunk, Nadia Bock, Sophia Bock, Luke Messer, Georgia Hunter.

Walton County School District Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program: 2016—2017

Participating Pre-K locations:  Mossy Head, Paxton, Wise Pre-K at Maude Saunders, Freeport and Van R. Butler Schools.

Parents MUST register students at the school the students will be attending from 8:30 –1:00  on the following dates:

April 11 - Freeport Elementary

April 12 - Van R. Butler Elementary

April 13 - Paxton School

April 14 - Mossy Head Elementary

April 15 - Maude Saunders Elementary

Click here to download the informational flyer.

Submitted by Sherrie Binkowski, Van R. Butler Elementary School

Van R. Butler students enjoyed Jump Rope for Heart, benefitting the American Heart Association. VRB received a plaque for last year’s donations, which totaled $17,897.14. This school year, students raised almost $13,000. The top fundraiser was Adler Nation, who raised $615. Way to go VRB students!

Rosemary Beach Foundation invites you to celebrate arts in education.  Please join us for our spring events:

·         Music in Pictures** Student Art Exhibition:  March 7 – April 20, 2016 (Amavida Coffee and Tea, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, and Coastal Branch Library)  Visual interpretations of classical music were created by talented artists (Kindergarten – 12th Grade) from 16 Walton County Schools.  372 images are displayed.  Stop by the exhibition locations and vote for your favorite painting. 

·         Music in Pictures Student Awards Ceremony:  Sunday, May 1st, Freeport High School, 2 pm  Festivities include student artwork screening (slideshow of 372 paintings inspired by classical music), awards presentation, classical music performances, instrumental petting zoo, and photographs. 


**Presented by Rosemary Beach Foundation, the Annual Music in Pictures is an educational art initiative and juried art contest open to ALL students in grade K-12 in the Walton County school system – both public and private. Created in collaboration with professional musicians and university faculty, Music in Pictures promotes creativity, encourages lifelong appreciation of symphonic music, enhances learning and provides educational enrichment. 


Music in Pictures also includes classroom presentation, live performances by Florida State University musicians, professional development workshops for teachers and an Awards Ceremony. 

Attachment:  Additional information on the 2015/2016 Music in Pictures program and contest winners


Our thanks to Walton County art teachers and students for participating in the 5th Annual Music in Pictures


Please contact me if you need additional information. 


Malayne DeMars

Rosemary Beach Foundation

PO Box 611306

Rosemary Beach, FL 32461



*ROSEMARY BEACH is a registered trademark owned by Rosemary Beach Holdings, LLC and is used with permission pursuant to a license from Rosemary Beach Holdings, LLC.


Submitted by Pam Leavins, West DeFuniak Elementary School

WDE 5th graders participated in a reading strategy called “Table Top Twitter.”  Students were able to read an excerpt form a passage with their group members and then “Tweet” their thoughts about what they read.  Students were able to read each other’s comments and respond back to each other.  Table Top Twitter is a great strategy for getting all students to interact with text and gives them a chance to share their thoughts about reading with each other.

 WDE Table Top Twitter Reading Strategy WDE Table Top Twitter Reading Strategy