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Congratulations to Nicholas Binkowski, senior percussionist at Walton High School, for being accepted to the following Honor Bands: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Auburn University, Samford University, and The University of Alabama. To be accepted to each Honor Band, he had to complete an application and be recommended by the band director, Mr. Muller. Once at each Honor Band, he had to complete anaudition to earn a band and chair placement. At UAB Honor Band, he placed in the top band, third chair. He will be attending The University of Alabama Honor Band at the end of January. Nicholas has chosen to not attend Auburn and Samford Honor Bands so he can focus on his solo and ensemble repertoire. 

Nick Binkowski

Students from West DeFuniak Elementary School and Dune Lakes Elementary School were selected by audition to participate in the Florida Music Educators Association All-State Professional Development Conference in Tampa, Florida.  These students were among approximately 210 of the top elementary singers in the state of Floridato be selected for the Florida Elementary All-State Chorus!  The Chorus performed under the direction of Robyn Reeves Lana, Founder, Managing Artistic Director and Conductor of the award winning Cincinnati Children’s Choir (CCC), Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Under her leadership, CCC earned a gold medal in the 2012 World Choir Games coming in first in the US in their category.  She is also an adjunct professor at Xavier University where she directs the Women’s Chorus. 

The FMEA Elementary All State Chorus is a unique music education opportunity for Florida students. Elementary school students with unchanged voices in 4th and 5th grades are eligible to audition. 

The Walton County School District is so proud of the 4 WCSD students selected by audition for the Ch ensemble, and their directors! 

WDE All-State 2020

Pictured:

Back row, L to R - Alex Gartner, Accompanist; Robyn Lana, Conductor; Nathan Hight, WDE Music specialist
Front Row, L to R - Lucy George and Kinsley Craig, WDE Music students

DLE All-State Students and teacher

Pictured: 

Back Row, L to R - Corrie Sober, DLE Music specialist; Robyn Lana, Conductor; Alex Gartner, Accompanist
Front Row, L to R - Kayla Crider and Evangeline Brown, DLE Music students

FMEA All-State Elementary Chorus

On January 6th, the teachers at Freeport Middle School participated in Writing professional development. District Literacy Coach, Lynne Martin, presented “Building a Foundation” to teachers to support the school’s initiative to write not only in ELA classes, but across all curriculums on campus. 

Congratulations to the Butler Teacher of the Year and ESP of the year. Teacher of the year is Mrs. McCauley, who teaches kindergarten. Our ESP of the year is Kandy Bartlett, one of our custodians.
We are so proud of these ladies for all of the hard work that they do. They will represent Butler well at the district awards on Thursday, January 23 at 6:00 at Walton High School. 


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WCSD is excited to congratulate and wish all the best to the 5 students from our district to be selected for the Florida Elementary Music Educators Association All-State performing ensembles in collaboration with the 2020 Florida Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference in Tampa, Florida! These students will join other selected students from across the state to perform in concert at the conference, under the direction of nationally recognized conductors!

5th grader Carlee Adams from FMS will be performing in the FEMEA All-State Orff Ensemble! Her sponsoring director is Angela Saltsman.

Evangeline Brown and Kayla Crider from Dune Lakes Middle School, sponsoring director Corrie Sober; and Lucy George and Kinsley Craig from West DeFuniak Elementary, sponsoring director Nathan Hight, will all be performing in the FEMEA All-State Chorus!

We wish them safe travels, and a wonderful experience as they represent our district in the event. More pics to come!

FES student and teacher

Carlee Adams and sponsoring teacher, Angela Saltsman

DLE All-State Students and teacher

Evangeline Brown and Kayla Crider from Dune Lakes Middle School, sponsoring director Corrie Sober

WDE all-state students and teacher

 Lucy George and Kinsley Craig from West DeFuniak Elementary, sponsoring director Nathan Hight

Applications for admission to the Magnet Innovation Center at St. Joe, Watersound are available at: Magnet application student SWHS 20-21.pdf 

Applications must be completed and returned to Ms. Carrie Sneed at one of the following locations:  

  • South Walton High School, 645 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
  • Emerald Coast Middle School, 4019 Hwy 98 East, Santa Rosa Beach FL 32459
  • Magnet Innovation Center, 133 South Watersound Parkway, Inlet Beach, FL 32461

Please read carefully and complete all information as appropriate. Be sure that all required signatures are completed as well.

The deadline for submission is February 12, 2020.  

Thank you to everyone that donated in the Walton High School FBLA's canned food drive! Over 850 cans were collected - twice the amount collected last year!

Congratulations to Ms. Nelson’s 5th period class for collecting the most cans (217) and to Ms. Huff’s 5th period class for earning second place (with 199 cans).

We would also like to thank the FBLA members, baseball players, and AVID students that helped with the drive & delivering the cans to The Matrix. Coach Harless & Mrs. Harless are so proud of these students and their hard work in this project that will help people in our community.
#Givingback #BuildingCharacter

WHS Canned Food Drive

WHS Canned Food Drive

WHS Canned Food Drive

The Matrix Store Sign

WDE Special Luncheon

December 20, 2019

In a lovely gesture of appreciations, the staff at WDE was treated to a special lunch by the First Assembly of God Church in DeFuniak Springs.

WDE Special Luncheon

WDE Special Luncheon