May 15, 2020
Congratulation to Dr. Alexis Tibbetts, South Walton High School Principal, for being selected as a finalist for the Florida 2020 Principal of the Year! #WCSDProud! #EPIC
Paxton's science and aerospace students give a huge shout out to all of the professionals who gave of their time to inspire them via zoom teleconference during their time learning from home.
Top right, Nashville recording artist Casey Kearney kicked off the first week of at home learning with a live performance to celebrate a successful first week!
Bottom left, 2000 PHS graduate Thomas Andrews returned to his alma mater via zoom to share with students about how he has used his master’s degree in biotechnology to work in chemical engineering and pediatric cancer research.
Bottom right, Blast Research Engineer Trey Paul, of the Battelle Memorial Institute at Tyndall Air Force Base shows students how a window reacts during a blast test during his engineering talk.
Thank you to all of the guests who shared with our students to keep them energized and inspired!
May 13, 2020
Music in Pictures is an educational art initiative & art contest sponsored by Rosemary Beach Foundation in collaboration with professional musicians and music faculty at the Florida State University. The year-long program is open to all Walton County students, K-12th grades. Live instrumental performances by a variety of musicians were provided at each of the schools in the district, along with a meaningful professional development opportunity presented by Dr. Benjamin Sung, Florida State University, for the district art instructors. This year’s 9th Annual Music in Pictures celebrates the music of three American composers, and specifically designated pieces from each of their repertoires. Students from 18 Walton County Schools and Home Schools created paintings inspired by Butterfly's Day Out by Mark O'Connor; John Adams's Short Ride in a Fast Machine; and Banjo and Fiddle by William Kroll.
Since the COVID-19 stay-at-home order circumvented the final awards ceremony, Rosemary Beach Foundation has created a virtual awards ceremony for each school, in addition to multiple separate videos highlighting the artistic renderings of our Walton County Students.
Walton County School District wishes to congratulate all the winners in the Rosemary Beach Foundation’s Music in Pictures art competition, and express our deepest thanks to the Rosemary Beach Foundation and partners, the performing musicians, and Dr. Benjamin Sung for this outstanding program that has had such a strong positive impact for our students, teachers, and community.
2020 AWARDS CEREMONY
In each of the videos, individual student participants are named at about the 6 minute mark. You can also view some of the paintings and the school visits in the additional videos created by the Rosemary Beach Foundation at:
May 12, 2020
Young artist Eloise Medlin, Kindergartner at Van R. Butler Elementary, has a special message to all of us! "Wear your mask, and Stay Safe!"
Eloise created the picture herself at home, and added the mask to remind us all to take care of ourselves and follow safe health practices!
#GreatPicture #ArtinLife #COVID19
Come Launch into STEM this summer from the comfort of your own home! Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is hosting a virtual STEM camp for all students who’ve just finished grades 4-11. There will be over 90 EXCITING sessions, and you can attend as many as you wish! You can find out more about the program at https://www.paec.org/LaunchIntoSTEMFun/
May 11, 2020
May 7, 2020
Donations are currently being accepted for the victims of the wildfire that destroyed approximately 575 acres and over 30 homes in the Santa Rosa Beach area near Musset Bayou last night, Wednesday, May 6.
Please see the items requested below. Donations can be dropped off at Van R. Butler Elementary Bus Ramp on Friday, May 8 through Tuesday, May 12 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. Many of these families have lost everything they own. Any and all help is deeply appreciated!