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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has officially extended its summer meal waivers for the entire 2020-21 school year. 

The USDA waivers, which will now be in place through June 30, 2021, allow schools to waive meal pattern requirements and serve meals to all children under 18 at no charge. The waivers also enable meals to be served outside of the typically required group settings and meal times, and permit parents and guardians to pick up meals for their children. 

The previous extension of these waivers was originally set to expire at the end of December. Earlier this month, however, Congress passed a continuing resolution bill that granted authority and funding for further extensions, which was later signed into law.

The School Nutrition Association has been advocating for the waiver extensions, saying that they are vital for students and their families who may be struggling with food insecurity due to COVID-19.  

“These waiver extensions are great news for America’s students and the school nutrition professionals working so hard to support them throughout this pandemic," School Nutrition Association President Reggie Ross said in a statement. “Families struggling to make ends meet can be assured that their students will have access to healthy school meals, whether they are learning at home or in school. School meal programs can remain focused on safely meeting nutritional needs of children in their communities without having to worry about burdensome regulations.”  

SWHS Boys Golf

October 19, 2020

SWHS Boys Golf won their district championship over Pensacola Catholic.  The team advances to Regionals in Jacksonville on Monday.

Superintendent Hughes was Supercharged after another visit at The Magnet Innovation Center (WCSD’s 1st STEM School).  WOW!!!!!  The level of instruction, Instructional Instruments and resources being used to provide cutting edge Innovative Learning for students in the 21st Century.  A quick observation of what Mr. Kamando and Mrs. Dickerson was facilitating in Introduction to Engineering and Pre-AP ELA was phenomenal.  EPIC is truly The Way; Hang On and Gain On!!!!!

Dune Lakes Elementary Art Instructor, Kathleen Whaley and Media Instructor, Rachel Gonzalez blend their Kindergarten curriculum to bring alive the book, The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds.  

The Dot is rellistic fiction children’s book that explores overcoming self-doubt through the simplest of measures.  Vashti, the story’s main character is a reluctant learner who, through making a single dot on a page, learns that she can draw and ultimately be an inspiration to other new artists.  With the simple encouragement from her teacher “Just make a mark and see where it takes you!” Vashti is set on a path to explore something new with confidence. 

Dune Lakes Elementary Kindergarten students read The Dot in both art class and in their media class. In their art class, each student created two dots. Look where it took them – a beautiful collaborative installation between all Kindergarten classes and two special classes.

Dune Lakes is keeping it EPIC in special classes and Kindergarten! 

FHS Homecoming

October 19, 2020

Our FHS Bulldogs are ready to celebrate Homecoming tonight, 10-16-20 against Jay!  Let’s Go DOGS!  Coach Arntz, the Team, Band, Cheerleaders, community, and Superintendent has that Bulldog Spirit!  Congratulations to the VB Team for winning District last night!

This week, Mrs. Chest's Civics class used the AVID strategy Socratic Seminar to conduct a civil conversation on current issues. They were able to examine multiple perspectives on many different issues.

Moving and Learning in Civics at WMS

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October 12, 2020

Classrooms and schedules look very different this year as WMS has had to modify many of its tried and true practices to meet guidelines to keep students safe.  In one effort to social distance, WMS adopted a block schedule, meaning that classes last twice as long as they have in years past.  Though the new schedule has worked out well so far, students do get restless sitting for nearly two hours straight.  To combat seat fatigue, hardworking seventh grade civics teachers Mrs. Katie Williams and Ms. Regina Messer have put their heads together to create movement and engagement opportunities for students.  This week while reviewing symbolism, bias, and propaganda for nine weeks tests, the teachers got students out of their seats to get their blood flowing.  The teachers created a review game called “Name That Communication” that required students to show their answers by standing up and acting them out.  When a definition or example of bias appeared on the screen, students tapped their heads or pointed to their brains.  For symbolism, students made signs (like peace signs, hearts, or thumbs up ) or struck meaningful poses (like salutes) to represent the term.  And for propaganda, which always prompts people to take action, students had the most fun, either running in place or dancing behind their desks.  The learning activity took place after students had been sitting and learning for quite some time, so it was a welcome opportunity to stand up, stretch, move, and think.  Undoubtedly, 2020 has brought new challenges to education, but WMS teachers are rolling up their sleeves and creating fun solutions to keep minds engaged.