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On January 22, WHS students in Ms. King's biology class learned how biotechnology is important in agriculture. Mr. Donnie Richardson shared how farming has changed over the years and how genetically-modified crops have allowed greater yields with less harm to the environment. Students also learned how technology has impacted the equipment used in farming. We thank Mr. Richardson for sharing so many details about an often-misunderstood topic!

Submitted by Christy English

MHS hosted our annual Title 1 meeting and “Souper” Reading Night on January 31. Families were served soup and sandwiches for dinner.  Parents then visited the classrooms with their children and were given different strategies to use at home to help their child reach their reading goals.

Submitted by Elizabeth Gaither

Congratulations to District 1 - 1A Champions: Paxton Ladycats! The Ladycats and their coaches have worked so hard thus far this season. The entire Paxton family would like to wish the girls good luck in the Regional Semifinals tonight!

Pictured: Back Row (L to R) - Bookkeeper Laurie Gilbert, Assist. Coach Kim Corbett, Cadence Perez, Olivia Carson, Mya Young, Maddie Varnum, Ashlyn Hall, Cassie Varnum, Jordyn Bradley, Megan Davis, Alyssa Carson, Head Coach Andy Norris, and Assist. Coach Sam Martin. Middle Row (L to R) - Hayley Simmons, Paiyton Perry, and Camryn Brazile. Front Row (L to R) - Mgr. Camden Norris, Mgr. Emma Sormrude, Mgr. Aubrey Norris, Capri McCormick, Sadie Varnum, Hailee Bryan, Mgr. Marley McClelland, Mgr. Kaley Norris, and Mgr. Lauren Norris.

Submitted by Kalli McMillan

Congratulations to WHS seniors Macy Danley and Haleigh Graham, who signed their official commitments on February 14 to play college basketball for Albany Tech in the fall.  We are so proud of you, Macy and Haleigh!

Submitted by Christy English

A huge thank you to the Butler PTO, the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, and Walton County School District for their continued support of the performing arts!

Our students at Butler now have better equipment to fuel their musicial creativity through the Orff and Koldály methods!
Submitted by Dan Browne

Recently, Paxton Athletics presented local charity, Cancer Freeze, with a $3000 donation. The money was raised during Paxton's annual Cats Against Cancer basketball tournament. The entire Paxton family was happy to pass over this donation to such a worthy cause. (Pictured L to R: Asisstant Pricipal Mitch Jackson, Coach Jeff Bradley, Jennifer Davidson, Officer Caleb Davidson, Principal Cindy Neale, and Coach Andy Norris.
Submitted by Kalli McMillan

Congratulations to the ten Freeport Middle School artists whose work was chosen to be entered in the Peter Vs. The Wolf "Picture the Music" art contest with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra.  Fifth grade classes will be attending the Peter Vs. the Wolf performance by the NFSO at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, where the art show will also be on display.  Way to go Addyson Barr, Carley Barron, Keori Bramlett, Jennifer Casteneda, Scarlett Dimaggio, Addison Jackson, Clayton Shelley, Adriaunna Simmons, Emily Simmons, and Megan Weller!

 

The 7th Grade Assessment for DNA asked students to CREATE a DNA molecule out of red licorice, toothpicks and marshmallows.  This model not only had to be correct in its base pairs, it also had to take the correct form!  Students were nervous about this not traditional assessment, but they all did AMAZING!  We are extremely proud of our students at WMS!

Submitted by Kristen Nelson 

Gavin Rhodes (blue shirt); Stephanie Mendez-Alvarez (gray shirt); Emily Moss (purple shirt)

             

Florida’s Director of Safe Schools,  Mr. Damien Kelly, recently toured Butler Elementary. School Administrators, Resource Deputies, and Walton County Safe Schools Coordinator, Mr. Charlie Morse, shared campus safety initiatives  with the Director and discussed ways to help keep Walton County students safe.

The Butler Elementary School office staff honored our school Guidance Counselor and Resource Deputies with a surprise luncheon!  These staff members help keep our school safe and happy. Pictured is Principal Tammy Smith, Deputy Jeff McIntosh, Guidance Counselor  Meghan Turner, and Assistant Principal Sherrie Binkowski. Deputy Jeremy Fisher is not pictured, but greatly appreciated as well!

Submitted by Tammy Smith