STEAM has taken off at South Walton High School, despite the yet-to-be completed facility specifically designed for science, technology, engineering and math. The school’s inaugural class has begun new courses.

Students in Richard Komando’s Introduction to Engineering Design course built a device or vehicle to move a small figure as far as possible across the room on a fishing cable. They applied basic engineering skills to their designs.

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Walton Middle School seventh-grade teacher Tara Manson has implemented the strategies she learned at the Walton School District EPIC Day, held for teachers before school began. Excellence, Professionalism, Innovation and Collaboration is a theme for Walton schools this academic year.

Manson introduced the seventh-grade writing expectations and led the students in a timed “honeycomb harvest,” in which the students link writing-related words. Students worked first in groups and then individually, evaluating how to create a well-written essay.

Manson facilitated the students through their exercises, which required them to write, inquire, collaborate and organize.

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Rocky Bayou Christian Academy in Niceville announces its Junior Classical League officers: Consul (president) Gideon Riches; Co-Consul (vice president) Hannah Lynch; Scriba (secretary) Maddy Mallick; Quaestor (treasurer) Ben Clark; Aedile (parliamentarian) Josh Pruitt; Pontifex (chaplain) Maddie Athearn; Ars Laureate (art liaison) Amanda Brannon; and Serva Summa (community service coordinator) Caroline Seeling.

Julie Mosley serves as faculty sponsor.

This school year, the students will serve children in the community, and in January the students participate in the regional forum. A yearly project is maintaining the community garden at the Heritage Museum in Valparaiso.

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Eglin Elementary School welcomes new teachers Jennifer Linder and Skyler McSheehy to the fourth-grade team, while Christina White joins the kindergarten team.

Donna Taylor is the new guidance counselor.

As a side note, Principal Dennis Samac said McSheehy comes from a family of educators, with “dad a teacher at Choctaw and mom at Kenwood, while her grandfather Wayne McSheehy, was a longtime educator and a principal at Lewis (School) for many years.”

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