July 2021 WCSD Superintendent of Schools Update

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Walton County School District looks forward to a new school year, returning to familiar learning environments and enjoyment of extracurricular activities. If you were in town for the summer months, you might have noticed the EPIC Van in your neighborhood. The EPIC Van made learning stops providing students with fun activities, educational games, and physical movement.  District teachers gave their summertime to offer this weekly enrichment program.  If your student hasn’t been a part of this EPIC opportunity, check the district web page for times and dates the van will be in your area.

Classroom educators and District personnel have been busy participating in common professional development preparing for students’ return. These continuing education professional development sessions focus on reviewing state curriculum guidelines, gathering instructional tools, updating instructional strategies, and preparing instructional materials. Walton County School District is proud of its work during the unexpected and unprecedented pandemic season. How fitting to find our educational world returning to normalcy when we celebrate our nation’s independence.  Education for all is part of the fundamental principles upon which our founding fathers established this nation.  Walton County continues this legacy by preparing every child for a life of success.  Community partners, parents, and student advocates help us to create this thriving atmosphere.

Walton County County Superintendent A. Russell Hughes and the Walton County School Board recognized one of these community partners at the July 6, 2021 school board meeting.  Mr. Joe Johnson, president of the Walton County Farm Bureau Federation, was awarded one of the ten finalists in the 2021 Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award competition.  Florida’s Commissioner of Education, Richard Corcoran, and the Florida Education Foundation sponsor this award yearly based on the nominations of Florida area school districts. The goal of the Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award competition is to recognize Florida’s business leaders and partners that have shown the most commitment in bringing positive change and implementing bold, innovative approaches to improve the academic performance of students in Florida’s education system. The Walton County Farm Bureau was Walton County’s nominee for this prestigious award.

Bureau programs support Agri-technology/STEM programs in our schools by providing space for rural and urban communities to connect.  Agrotechnology encompasses the study of environmental resource conservation and management, plant growth and reproduction, animal systems, and livestock management, along with mechanics and business, placing emphasis on applications to agriculture, food, and natural resource systems.  Consistent with this, Walton County Farm Bureau Federation has granted over $60,000 in the last few years to improve the Walton County Agri-business programs with equipment, livestock, crop and livestock supplies, hydroponic systems, and real estate.  Thank you, Mr. Johnson!

With schools out for the summer, Walton County School District is excited to announce our Summer Feeding Program.  Children 18 and under can pick up free meals from designated locations from June 2-July 22, 2021.  Be sure to visit our district website for more information regarding the summer feeding program, back-to-school “sneak peeks,” and school registration opportunities.  Have a safe and happy summer!

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