Applying a theme of “We, Not Me,” Walton Middle School in DeFuniak Springs welcomed its nearly 300 incoming 6th graders with an orientation a few days before school began.

Applying a theme of “We, Not Me,” Walton Middle School in DeFuniak Springs welcomed its nearly 300 incoming 6th graders with an orientation a few days before school began.

Principal Jason Campbell welcomed the students and their families to the A+ school.

The orientation gave students a chance to follow their schedules and meet their teachers.

The school also hosted a 7th  and 8th grade orientation.

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Eglin Elementary School, located on the Air Force base, extends a thank you to organizations and volunteers who made the first day of school a success.

The Emerald Coast Association of Realtors donated school supplies for the military families.

Brian Parker of Prime Lending donated car tags for the car riders and the AFOTEC/Det 2 under Lt. Col. Timothy Stephens brought a large group of volunteers to prepare the campus for Aug. 12.

The school’s staff were welcomed back by Col. Ivory Carter and Col. Bryan Hogan, representing the 96th Mission Support Group.

“Both recounted their time in school and how teachers had made a difference in their lives,” said Principal Dennis Samac.

Also welcoming the staff were Okaloosa School Superintendent Marcus Chambers and School Board member Dr. Diane Kelley, who provided encouragement and thanks to the teachers and staff for their dedication.

Eglin Elementary School holds its open house on Aug. 27, when the EES families may visit the school. Children must be accompanied by adults.

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Three Santa Rosa County educators joined more than 160 colleagues from around the world as they attended the 2019 DEN Summer Institute, an immersive five-day professional development experience.

Supported by Discover Education, Discovery Educator Network connects school systems through social media, virtual conferences and in-person events as a way to share ideas.

Woodlawn Beach Middle School in Gulf Breeze saw teacher Angela Fulton attend. Jay Elementary School was represented by Jennifer Hendricks. Instructional Technology Specialist Michael Knowlton represented the Office of Professional Learning.

For information about the DEN Summer Institute, visit www.den.discoveryeducation.com/participate/summerinstitutesfaq.

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