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This week, Walton Middle School seventh grade ELA teachers Ms. Tara Manson and Mrs. Chastity McLaney designed a lesson that afforded students the opportunity to engage in a lively academic discussion about a text they read in class.  After reading the essay "America the Not So Beautiful" by Andrew Rooney, students participated in a Socratic Seminar.  In a Socratic Seminar, students help one another understand the ideas, issues, and values reflected in a text through a group discussion format.  After tracing and evaluating the author's claim, students responsibly facilitated a group discussion around the question:  Does the author use sound reasoning and sufficient and relevant evidence for his argument?  Students must rely on the text's details as they articulate their ideas.  Through this type of discussion, students practice how to listen to one another, make meaning, and find common ground while participating in a conversation.  Through thoughtful lesson design, the teachers created a safe space in which students felt safe to collaborate and contribute.  Throughout the academic conversation, students were productively engaged and invested in their learning.
WMS Learn by Leading

Words can’t express what the House Experience at MSE was like today! Wow......The High Rigor accompanied by amazing Character Ed, Excitement, and Family Centered Atmosphere was infectious! Teachers, Students, ESP’s, and Volunteers were following the lead of Principal Cindy Neale. EPIC3 was fully in motion!

House Day MSE
House Day MSE
House Day MSE
House Day MSE
House Day MSE
House Day MSE
House Day MSE
House Day MSE
House Day MSE

South Walton High School Boys Golf Team is advancing to the Region championship after finishing 2nd in Districts. Hayes Gibson shot a 76 and finished 2nd overall, 1 stroke behind the winner.

 SWHS Golf

Pictured are (back row) Hayes Gibson, Coach Lance Climer, John Spring. (Front row) Cody Hill, Kyler Long and Trip Martin.

The South Walton High School Drama Department will present “As Chuck Would Have It” an original play written and directed by Theatre instructor, Don Goodrum, on 10/24, 25 & 26 at 7:30pm in the South Walton High School School Auditorium. Come on out and enjoy the show, and bring some friends!
Congratulations to these WHS golf team players for advancing to the regional tournament that will be held in Jacksonville next Tuesday, October 22! 

L to R: Tyler Burgess, Cole Dover, Curtis Earley, and Brantley Betts
(Not pictured: Stevie Collins)
Walton High School will continue with all Homecoming activities scheduled during the school day on Friday.  The pep rally will begin at 10:25 with early dismissal for all students at 11:25.  All activities occurring after student dismissal have been cancelled.  This includes the parade, football game, and Homecoming dance.  The football game against Chipley has been rescheduled on Monday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m.  The Homecoming Court will be recognized pregame beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by the crowning of our 2019 Homecoming King and Queen.  The Homecoming dance will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

This past week, Paxton's National Honor Society inducted its new members: Haylee Hayes, Jordyn Bradley, Zach Williams, Cassie Varnum, and Mya Young (NOT PICTURED: Holden Mitchell). During the ceremony, NHS officers (Sadie Varnum, Hailee Bryan, Caylor Dixon, and Zachary Wilson) spoke of the characteristics of an NHS member: service, character, leadership, and scholarship. These new inductees express these qualities everyday as they bring their best in school and their community.

Pax Nat Jr Hon Society Induction

This past week, Key Club, Builder's Club, and K-Kids hosted their annual Dinner and a Show. Along with a delicious pizza dinner, the club members, from elementary to high school, entertained the audience. From juggling to guitar playing to dancing, the show had acts of all types. Furthermore, as it was the 10th anniversay of Paxton's Key Club chapter, there was a special slide show commemorating past members of the club and all new members of the three clubs were recognized. A fun and entertaining time was had by all. 

Paxton Dinner and Show

Recently, the 8th graders pictured were recognized for scoring a level FIVE on the FSA-Grade 7-ELA. Special recognition was given to Collin Stewart, who received the highest score in the entire grade.
BACK ROW (L to R): Zoe Orange, Collin Stewart, and Hunter Lambert. FRONT ROW (L to R): Gracie Geoghagan and Addie Cook

In Mrs. Baxley’s Geometry class at Freeport Middle School, students are using appropriate mathematical tools to construct and measure angles. Each student constructed and measured each angle in their name then labeled it according to measure and type. Students are working hard to master the standards.
MAFS.912. G-CO.1.1 Know precise definitions of angle, circle, perpendicular line, parallel line, and line segment, based on the undefined notions of point, line, distance along a line, and distance around a circular arc.
Math at FMS