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FES Parent Survey 2020-2021

February 25, 2021


In an effort to improve system practices, Freeport Elementary School is conducting a Parent Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this 2020-2021 survey. In order to complete the survey, please go to:

 Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated. Thank you for your time! 

Teacher/ESP of the Year

January 25, 2021

Freeport Wildcats are excited to announce our Teacher of the Year, Kristi Gantenbein, and Educational Support Professional of the Year, Joanie Porter.

Kristi Gantenbein, kindergarten teacher extraordinaire, is in her 6th year teaching and her third year at FES.  Prior to FES, Mrs. Gantenbein taught first and second grade, and received  the "Rising Star" award in her first year. Mrs. G, as she is lovingly known throughout FES, says, " I always knew I would be a teacher; it's all I've ever wanted to do. I feel very blessed to have felt that calling and passion from such a young age. One of my favorite things about teaching is building relationships with my students. I love getting to celebrate my student's success with them and watch their confidence grow." When not at school, Mrs. Gantenbein enjoys spending time with her family, reading and taking bike rides. We, at FES, are very blessed to have Mrs. Kristi Gantenbein in our Wildcat family.

Joanie Porter, cafeteria connoisseur, joined the FES Wildcat family in 2017 as a custodian. Mrs. Porter transferred to the cafeteria in 2019 and truly loves being able to interact with the students, if even only for a few moments.  Mrs. Porter greets each student with a happy "Good Morning" and believes that positive interaction makes a difference in the students' day. Mrs. Porter always has a smile on her face and her positivity is infectious.  Joanie and her family are lifelong residents of Walton County and her daughters are both Paxton graduates.  Mrs. Porter and her husband will celebrate their 23rd anniversay this year. The FES family appreciates Mrs. Joanie Porter, and we are thankful she is a Wildcat.

Literacy Week

January 22, 2021

Next week is Literacy Week. Mrs. Jackson has worked very hard to come up with fun activities, dress up days, rewards, guest readers and great books. Monday is Bright and Colorful Day so remember to wear bright and colorful clothing to school.

Happy Staff Appreciation Day 2! Today we spotlight our cooler than cool 3rd, 4th, ESE and Special Area Teachers. They are unbelievable in their dedication to our FES Wildcats, and of course special thanks to Mrs. Saltsman for another great video.

Happy Nurse's day!

May 6, 2020

Please help us wish Nurse Debbie a very happy Nurse's Day! She is the kindest, most patient person on this planet. It doesn't matter if it's the sniffles, a band-aid or an emergency, she handles every child (and occasional teacher) with compassion, love and grace. We love you Nurse Debbie and we are sorry we can't honor you in person today.

Superintendent A. Russell Hughes shares his monthly video update for May, 2020!
In this video, Superintendent Hughes offers a message of thanks and encouragement for our district and community heroes who are all working tirelessly to do what is best for the students of Walton County School District during a challenging and uncertain time in the history of our country.
Mr. Hughes also addresses important issues of concern to parents, students and families at this time, and shares a special message for our graduating Seniors!

FES loves our teachers and staff. Today we want to thank and honor our Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade Teachers. We love you all! Thank you Mrs. Saltsman for these incredible videos

Please complete the survey found at the link below, to begin the registration process, or call the front office at 892-1211. If you have previously registered your child for kindergarten, you do not need to do so again.

We will contact you when we you can come in to complete official registration paperwork. At that time you will need to bring your child’s birth certificate, immunization record, health exam-within a year of the school start date, and proof of residence.

?COVID-19 Update April 29, 2020


The Walton County School District would like to share three updates.

First, food distribution is being moved to Wednesdays in the month of May. Please plan to pick up food from our five locations or receive food from one of our 70 bus stops on these Wednesdays in May - May 6, 13, 20, and 27. Food sites will remain the same - Paxton, Mossy Head, Maude Saunders Elementary, Walton Middle, and Freeport High School. Times will remain the same for sites (9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.), and bus routes will also remain the same.

Next, Superintendent A. Russell Hughes has prepared an update for parents and students in the form of his monthly video. The video will be released later this week. Please look for it, and watch for details about academics, graduation, and more.

Finally, the Walton County School District has a new communication feature. Parents, students, and other stakeholders can text questions to 850-204-9667. Through this new number, the district will be able to provide a quick response for any issues or concerns that may occur with virtual learning. Text submissions are immediate, and a staff member should respond to you quickly.


Cox Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

During this time of uncertainty and required in-home learning, Cox is helping get families in need connected to the internet through our Connect2Compete program.

For customers who sign-up between March 13 and May 15, 2020 we are providing:

  • Free Connect2Compete service until July 15, 2020, $9.95/month thereafter
  • Free phone and remote desktop support through Cox Complete Care until July 15, 2020 to provide peace of mind and ease for technology needs
  • Resources for discounted, refurbished equipment through our association with PCs for People
  • A Learn from Home toolkit for schools, including instructions on how to fast-track eligible students without internet access:

    Download toolkit - English

    Download toolkit - Spanish

Offer expires 5/15/2020 (C2C application must be received by 11:59pm ET). Cox Complete Care in-home support excluded. Program eligibility and other restrictions apply. Learn more at

To Qualify: Families with K-12 children who are eligible for the National School Lunch Program, SNAP, and/or TANF; who receive Tenant-Based Vouchers, Project-Based Vouchers or Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA); and/or who live in Public Housing

At Home Learning Paper Packets can now be dropped off at the school!

If you are doing the paper packets, please drop them off at the front of the school in the cardboard boxes labeled with each grade. They are sitting under the table.
*** Important**** Please make sure they have your student's name, teacher's name and grade level on every page of the packet just in case pages become loose.
The first three sets of packets ( 3/23- 4/3, 4/6-4/17, 4/20- 5/1) are due no later than May 5th.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference today, April 18, 2020, where he stated "Today I am also announcing that our K through 12 schools will continue with distance learning for the duration of the school year."

Upon receiving a formal statement from the Florida Department of Education, Superintendent A. Russell Hughes will release an update with more specific information.