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WCSD 3rd in the State

July 6, 2022

Walton County School District

Increases Student Achievement As Measured By State Testing,

Now Ranks 3rd in the State

 

June 30, 2022

 

On Thursday, the Florida Department of Education released results from all state testing for the   2021-2022 school year. These results are based on Florida Standards Assessments (FSA), Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests (FCAT), and End of Course exams (EOC). FSA tests are the subjects of English/Language Arts (grades 3-10) and Math (grades 3-8). FCAT tests are the subjects of Science (grade 5 and 8), and EOC tests are in the subjects of Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, Civics, and US History.

 

During the 2020-2021 school year, Walton County ranked 6th of 67 Florida counties in overall proficiency levels on state tests. With test results released today, Walton County now ranks 3rd of 67 counties in overall proficiency levels for the 2021-2022 school year. The only two counties scoring higher than Walton are St. Johns and Nassau, which are located on the east coast of Florida. 

 

In an unprecedented year, Walton scored in the top 10 in 20 of the 21 tested items.  The results are as follows:

  • 10th in 3rd and 6th grade ELA
  • 9th in Civics and 7th and 8th grade ELA
  • 8th in 8th grade Science
  • 7th in 3rd grade Math and 5th grade Science
  • 6th in 5th grade ELA and 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th grade Math
  • 5th in 4th and 9th grade ELA
  • 3rd in Geometry, US History, and 10th grade ELA
  • 2nd in Algebra I and Biology

 

The one component below the top 10 in ranking was 7th grade Math, however in that specific area, Walton showed the greatest improvement from a 24th ranking in 2020-2021 to a 14th ranking in   2021-2022.

 

 

Walton County Schools scored above the state average in all areas of testing. The state average in ELA is 52% proficient; Walton is 60%, 8% higher. The state average in Math is 55%, with Algebra I and Geometry at 49%. Walton is at 64% proficient in Math, 9% higher; 73% in Algebra I, 24% higher; and 69% in Geometry, 20% higher. The state average in 5th and 8th grade Science is 48%; Walton is 58% (10% higher) in 5th grade and 57% (9% higher) in 8th grade. In Biology, the state average is 61%; Walton is 78%, 17% higher. In Civics, the state average is 69%; Walton is 76%, 7% higher. In US History, the state average is 65%; Walton is 78%, 13% higher.

 

Superintendent A. Russell Hughes was left speechless by the test results. With his voice full of emotion, he finally states, “We have a vision to be #1 – to be the best school district in the state of Florida, and I’m sure some thought we were crazy or would never get to that goal. But every year, we continue moving forward. It really is awe inspiring! I am amazed over and over again by our faculty and staff and their love of students and the value they have for education.” Superintendent Hughes continued, “But, in that same voice, let me also say this – results don’t just happen by chance! In Walton County, we are intentional, we are purposeful, and we never give up – not on students, not on ourselves, and not on our goals – no matter the circumstances. We are EPIC, and we are moving 4wRd; I am overjoyed!”

 

Deputy Superintendent Jennifer Hawthorne echoed the Superintendent’s sentiments and provided additional data. “When the Superintendent shared his vision in 2016, #1 sounded daunting.  But everyone went to work – moving our students from 8th to 6th and now 3rd!  It truly is what vision is all about. Everyone in Walton County is behind the Superintendent’s vision, and as you can see, the vision is becoming reality for our students – the most important part of our work.” 

 

Over the course of the next few days, the Walton County School District will enter state test scores into their district data system, FOCUS. Once that is complete, parents will be able to see student scores by logging into their child’s FOCUS account. Schools will be receiving the scores as well, as well as school grades in the coming months. 

 

For more information on the Walton County School District, please visit https://www.walton.k12.fl.us/.

 

 

 

Picture Day 2021

September 24, 2021

Picture Day for all students will be Wednesday, 9/29/2021.

On Monday, March 30th in regards to food distribution, please see the following change. Food pick up at our five sites (Paxton, Mossy Head, Maude Saunders Elementary, Walton Middle, and Freeport High School) will now be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

COVID-19 Update March 27, 2020

 

We hope you can watch our newly released video message.  Superintendent A. Russell Hughes, along with his district office staff, would like to dedicate this message to all Walton County School District students, parents, and employees.  The video serves as a special thank you to parents, who are the rock stars of our first ever At-Home Learning model.  We could not have done this week without you, and we appreciate you!  We also miss our students and employees dearly and all of you are in our hearts and minds as we navigate these uncharted waters TOGETHER.

Before we get to academics, we must give a big thank you to our extraordinary bus drivers and food service workers.  Because of you, along with district and school teams, the WCSD is feeding approximately 1,500 children, a total of 3,000 meals, on a daily basis.  Due to this response, we will continue to provide meals for children ages 1 to 18 at our five school sites and on bus routes throughout Walton County.  We also want to thank our partners, the Florida Department of Agriculture, Food for Thought, The Matrix, and numerous restaurants and organizations throughout Walton County. 

We do have two changes that are coming Monday, March 30th in regards to food distribution.  First, food pick up at our five sites (Paxton, Mossy Head, Maude Saunders Elementary, Walton Middle, and Freeport High School) will now be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Also, there has been small changes to our bus routes, which were posted yesterday.  These changes include lengthening stop times and adding additional stops. 

Looking at academics, we want to thank and recognize our parents who have started WCSD’s At-Home Learning plan.  We have heard from so many of you, and we appreciate your dedication to your children and your positive attitudes.  We can see our students logging on daily to Class Link and their success in our many online platforms, such as Compass Learning, Study Island, Khan Academy, and more, which we are now so grateful to have had in place.  

As we are transferring instruction back to schools, please visit your school’s website.  Each individual campus will post their own At-Home Learning Calendar for the week of March 30th.  Many of the schools’ plans may mirror our initial At-Home Learning Calendar as we are using parents’ feedback from this week.  Many of you have said you appreciate straight forward and clear directions as you embark on this new journey. 

Parents, we have mailed report cards home, so you can view your child’s grades for the third nine weeks, which reflects work prior to Spring Break.  Please expect report cards on Monday.  Teachers will also begin to reach out to you regarding how we will capture your child’s work during our At Home Learning model.

We also want to welcome back our teachers and staff at schools next week; however, as we continue to keep our employees safe, we may work in a variety of different settings and times in order to follow CDC guidelines.  Parents, as teachers return, you will start to see them reach out to you via phone or other technology.  When we reach out, please let us know any individual questions or concerns you may have.  This can include technology help, curriculum clarifications, and content questions.  Your school’s administration will also be available as school offices will be open Monday through Friday during your school’s typical hours.  Please contact your individual school for questions and concerns.  You can also submit a question via any school or district webpage.  We are here to help you and your child!

As a final note, we just want to say thank you again to students, parents, employees, and the entire Walton County community.  We have received well wishes and positive messages from so many groups and individuals, and it is appreciated more than you know.  We are so blessed to be a part of such a strong community that values education!  Please continue to stay safe, and thank you!

https://youtu.be/ksLW2znZj10

 

 

 

 

Attention New Bus Stops for COVID-19 Delivery!!

COVID-19 Update March 26, 2020

Please see our revised bus route list for food distribution and Paper Portfolios. Many bus stops have remained the same; however, some times have been changed and a few new stops have been added. These changes take place Friday, March 27th. We continue to work to make our food distribution routes as smooth as possible. Thank you!

Actualización de COVID-19 - 26 de marzo de 2020

Consulte nuestra nueva ruta de autobuses para la distribución de alimentos y las carpetas con materiales. Muchas paradas de autobús han permanecido igual; sin embargo, algunas se han cambiado y se han agregado algunas paradas nuevas. Estos cambios ocurrirán el viernes 27 de marzo. Continuamos trabajando para que nuestras rutas de distribución de alimentos sean lo más fluidas posible. ¡Gracias!

Route # Stop Location Stop Time Primary Secondary
11-10 Covid-19 Gaskin Park 9:30:00 AM Worley, Crystal Montalvo, Shellly
  Darlington Community Center 9:55:00 AM    
  Glendale Store 10:15:00 AM    
  New Harmony Baptist Church 10:55:00 AM    
         
Route # Stop Location Stop Time Primary Secondary
21-10 Covid-19 Dollar General 9:15:00 AM Bass, Susan Atlow, Carrie
  Whole 9 Yards 9:35:00 AM    
  Long Rd & Richardson Rd 9:50:00 AM    
  Richardson Rd & Holly Tree Ln 10:05:00 AM    
  Delaware Rd & Elmwood Rd 10:25:00 AM    
         
Route # Stop Location Stop Time Primary Secondary
31-10 Covid-19 McKinnon Bridge Rd & Red Hill Rd 9:00:00 AM Boyer, Myrna Helms, Robert
  Euchee Valley Presbyterian Church 9:30:00 AM    
  8292 CO HIGHWAY 183 S 10:00:00 AM    
  Pleasant Valley Baptist Church 10:30:00 AM    
         
Route # Stop Location Stop Time Primary Secondary
31-11 Covid-19 Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church 9:15:00 AM Montegomery, Brenda Smith, Patrishia
  Pleasant Ridge Arena 9:30:00 AM    
  Southwide Baptist Church 9:45:00 AM    
  Cope Center 10:00:00 AM    
  First Baptist Church - Woodlawn 10:15:00 AM    
         
Route # Stop Location Stop Time Primary Secondary
31-12 Covid-19 Bob Sikes Rd & Willie B Parker Rd 9:10:00 AM Williams, Jim Green, Beth
  Bear Head 9:25:00 AM    
  Watson Rd & US Highway 90 W 9:40:00 AM    
  US Highway 90 W & Girl Scout Rd 9:50:00 AM    
  Walden Rd & US Highway 90 W 10:20:00 AM    
  Caring & Sharing on US Highway 90 W 10:40:00 AM    
         
Route # Stop Location Stop Time Primary Secondary
31-13 Covid-19 Cluster Springs Baptist Church 9:15:00 AM Moore, Barbara Cordle, Stacey
  Old Liberty Fire Department on Kings Lake Rd 9:35:00 AM    
  Caswell Rd & Martin Rd 9:55:00 AM    
  Oakridge Rd & Beethoven Dr & Franck Dr 10:15:00 AM    
  Juniper Lake Rd & Red Eye Rd @ Park 10:30:00 AM    
  Juniper Lake Rd & Lake Rosemary Ct 10:45:00 AM    
         
Route # Stop Location Stop Time Primary Secondary
31-14 Covid-19 Riviera Apartments @ N Davis Ln 9:05:00 AM Goodson, Melinda Goodman, Genora
  Shelter Rd & US Highway 90 E 9:25:00 AM    
  Melhorn's 9:40:00 AM    
  Pleasant Grove Baptist Church 10:00:00 AM    
  Friendship Baptist Church 10:15:00 AM    
  Fannin's 10:35:00 AM    
         
Route # Stop Location Stop Time Primary Secondary
31-15 Covid-19 Piggly Wiggly 9:00:00 AM Baldwin, Marcus Santiago, Sharon
  Arbour Apartments 9:15:00 AM    
  Twin Trees Dr & N 20th St 9:35:00 AM    
  Apache Dr & Hedger St 9:50:00 AM    
  Heritage Apartments 10:00:00 AM    
  Old Tivoli Gym 10:15:00 AM    
  S Norwood Rd & Beech Ln 10:25:00 AM    
  German Club Rd & Old Landfill Rd 10:40:00 AM    
  Park @ Vann Ave 10:50:00 AM    
  Oakdale Apartments 11:05:00 AM    
         
Route # Stop Location Stop Time Primary Secondary
41-10 Covid-19 Memorial Ln & Creekside Dr 9:20:00 AM Blake, Tina Alessio, Michelle
  County Highway 3280 & Buck Bishop Rd 9:35:00 AM    
  Bruce Cafe 9:50:00 AM    
  Fire Department on J W Hollington Rd 10:05:00 AM    
  Black Creek General Store 10:30:00 AM    
  W Mallard Creek Dr & Old Jolly Bay Rd 10:50:00 AM    
         
Route # Stop Location Stop Time Primary Secondary
41-11 Covid-19 Magnolia St & Homestead St 9:25:00 AM Simmons, Naomi Isaac, Leah
  Choctaw Beach Community Center 9:45:00 AM    
  Industrial Park on State Highway 20 W 10:00:00 AM    
  Nick's 10:15:00 AM    
  Portland United Methodist Church 10:30:00 AM    
  Loop Trailer Park 10:45:00 AM    
  Heritage Church 10:55:00 AM    
  Hansen Rd & Beulah Dr E 11:10:00 AM    
  Freeport Middle School 11:20:00 AM    
         
Route # Stop Location Stop Time Primary Secondary
41-12 Covid-19 Rock Hill Rd & Ed Brown Field Rd 9:00:00 AM Burch, Donna Cooksey, Shanann
  High Lonesome Rd & Rock Hill Rd 9:15:00 AM    
  Rock Hill Rd & McKinnon Bridge Rd 9:30:00 AM    
  Rock Hill Rd & Walton Bridge Rd 9:45:00 AM    
  Red Bay Baptist Church 10:00:00 AM    
  Mount Olive Church @ 6280 State Highway 81 10:15:00 AM    
         
Route # Stop Location Stop Time Primary Secondary
61-10 Covid-19 Grady Brown Park 9:00:00 AM Disler, Sara Schmatolla, Vicki
  Emerald Coast Christian Center 9:30:00 AM    
  Indian Woman Rd & E Ann St 10:00:00 AM    
  E Nursery Rd & Indian Woman Rd 10:25:00 AM    
  Cessna Park 10:45:00 AM    

We are here for you!

March 23, 2020

We miss our student families and we know this is hard and confusing.  We are here to support you, and we want to give you some very important information.  Please watch the following video and contact us if you have any questions.

https://youtu.be/E86sTzZNWdU

COVID-19 Update 3/20/20 update!!

Updated Information

March 20, 2020

COVID-19 March 20

The WCSD has produced two items for you, a food distribution flyer and food distribution via bus route information.  As a reminder, food distribution will begin on Monday, March 23rd at five school sites, and on Wednesday, March 25th, food distribution will also occur using common bus stops as well.  Thank you for sharing our flyer! Please visit the WCSD website for more information at https://www.walton.k12.fl.us/covid-19

El Distrito Escolar del Condado de Walton ha producido dos nuevos materiales para usted, un folleto de distribución de alimentos y distribución de alimentos a través de la ruta del autobús. Como recordatorio, la distribución de alimentos comenzará el lunes 23 de marzo en cinco sitios escolares, y el miércoles 25 de marzo, la distribución de alimentos también se realizará mediante paradas de autobús.
¡Gracias por compartir nuestro folleto!

Click here for a copy of the  Food Distribution Flyer 

Click here for copy of Food Distribution Bus Stops

The March 2020 Monthly Update from Superintendent A. Russell Hughes is here!

This month's video was filmed at the District Office Tivoli Complex in DeFuniak Springs. Superintendent Hughes shares important end of the 9 weeks information, as well as Kindergarten registration, Arts in Education Month, Women in History Month, and accolades for recently received awards and successes,
Please "like" and share the great news about Walton County School District!

In honor of Read Across America week and Dr. Seuss' birthday, Kindergarten and First Grade students received a rare guest reader.  A visit from the Cat in the Hat!  Students enjoyed a story and some hand shakes from their special guest.

COVID-19 Update

The Walton County School Board continues to be proactive in the prevention of COVID-19.
On Tuesday night, Ms. Holt, from the Florida Department of Health in Walton County, presented the latest information regarding the virus and provided guidance on best school health practices. Superintendent A. Russell Hughes shared that the school district will continue to take precautionary measures including sanitizing schools and buses, ordering additional cleaning supplies, and posting updates for parents on social media.
The district also shared that state and community collaboration is taking place on a daily basis. Just this morning, Superintendent Hughes participated in a statewide conference call that included Florida Governor DeSantis, the Florida Surgeon General, and Florida Department of Education officials.
Communication will continue on a regular basis with the Florida Department of Health in Walton County.
For the most up to date information on COVID-19, please call the Florida hotline at 866-779-6121

Important Information Regarding COVID-19

The Walton County School District is staying up-to-date on COVID-19 through consistent communication with the Florida Department of Education and the Walton County Health Department.  The health and safety of our students is always our number one priority.  As always during the flu season, our schools are working hard to keep all school surfaces and furniture clean and sanitary, but we have extended our efforts in order to be as proactive as possible for our students and employees.

 

All of us can also help prevent the spread of germs.  Reminders can include:

 

* Wash hands often with soap and water

* Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available

* Appropriately cover coughs and sneezes

* Keep hands away from eyes, nose, and mouth

* Stay home if you are sick

 

The number and websites below provide additional information:

 

* State Hotline for Florida - 866-779-6121

* Florida Department of Health - floridahealth.gov

* Walton Department of Health - walton.floridahealth.gov

* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

The FES Odyssey of the Mind team has qualified for the state competition. The team of third and fourth grade students will travel to Orlando on April 10th and 11th to compete in the Florida Odyssey of the Mind.

The team competed on February 22nd in the Division 1 Competition at Shoal River Middle School in Crestview. They solved problem three, Effective Detective, without receiving any penalties or zeroes and scored the highest in the performance category.  They placed second by only three points. 

Team members include third graders Brylee Leavins, Alyssa Graham, Kase McCullers, Sophia Barrientos, Selena Vosper, and Madison Chun. They are led by their amazing coaches Teresa Tripp and Debbie Duncan. We are very proud of the 2020 FES Odyssey team!

Odyssey of the Mind is a program that has challenged students for over twenty-five years to think “beyond the box.” Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and world level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and about 25 other countries participate in the program.  For more information, visit https://www.floridaodysseyofthemind.com/.

FES Puts a Freeze on Cancer

February 6, 2020

Freeport Elementary students raised over $4000 for Cancer Freeze. Students donated money during their P.E. classes and earned rubber ducks from the coach’s duck pond. The students competed for the right to participate in a “Pie the Teacher” reward for the class raising the most money.

First grade students raised $1,091, and won the honor of “Pie the Teacher.” Ava Garrett and Aiden Hester were the top earners for the first grade and got to personally smoosh a pie.  Special pie recipients were coaches: Cortez Caldwell, Amy Brassell, Holly Martin, and Assistant Principal, Laurie Campbell.  The first grade students were very excited about the fundraiser and watching the pie presentation. Third grade students came in a very close 2nd place raising $1,055 and were invited to watch the presentation as runner up.

A check for $4044.46 was presented to Jennifer Davidson from Cancer Freeze, a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to chosen individual(s) from South Alabama or Northwest Florida who are battling cancer. Freeport Elementary wants to thank Cancer Freeze for their amazing work in helping our local residents; all students and families for their notable generosity; and Holly Martin and Amy Brassell for organizing this awesome fundraiser.

 

For more information on the Cancer Freeze organization, please visit www.cancerfreeze.org or their Facebook page by clicking here.