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Music education is strong and thriving in Walton County, where two elementary school students have been accepted for participation in one of two All-State elementary music ensembles. Students selected attend Van R. Butler Elementary and Freeport Elementary Schools. These students will perform with the FMEA All-State Elementary Chorus or Orff Ensemble in Tampa, January 13, 2017 at the Tampa Convention Center.  These students were chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive audition process among over 875 elementary students from all across Florida.  Congratulations to Ella Ekenseair (Butler, 4th grade, Chorus) and Savannah Smith (Freeport, 4th grade, Orff Ensemble). The students’ teachers, Mrs. Rebecca Austin and Ms. Angela Saltsman, are members of the Florida Music Educators Association and the Florida Elementary Music Educators Association. 


Kindergarteners Make Bread

October 14, 2016

Kindergarten students in Mrs. Meyer's class read about The Little Red Hen. They created a list of ingredients and listed the steps for making bread by using letters and sounds. Then they helped make their own bread from scratch! The bread was delicious, and they had so much fun baking!

Donuts with Dad

October 5, 2016

Over 700 parents and students participated in the FES Donuts with Dad breakfast.
The Dugas Family Foundation contributed $3,280 designated to promote the "love of reading" in every student by providing books for school libraries, teacher libraries, and home libraries. FES is so apprecative for this generous gift.


May 13, 2016

FES staff, students, and families participated in a Cancer Freeze Event on May 6th to help raise funds for local cancer patients. It was a day of lwalking, PE challenges, dunking booth splashes, dancing, and lots of fun. When it was over, everyone had come together to raise over $2000.00 for a worthy cause!

FES Does the Zumba!

May 2, 2016

Tallahassee, Fla.— April 25-29 is Every Kid HealthyTM Week and the Florida Department of Health in Walton County is promoting Healthy physical activities at Walton County elementary schools in DeFuniak Springs to promote and celebrate their school’s wellness achievements. This week, local health offices statewide are partnering with schools to host events related to nutrition, physical activity and learning. 

Holly Holt, Health officer, DOH Walton stated “we are pleased that all elementary schools in Walton county are participating in a Zumbathon during their Physical Education classes this week. “ “Unhealthy weight puts children at risk for a variety of health complications and chronic diseases. Evidence shows students who eat right and are physically active in school learn healthy lifelong habits and are better equipped to succeed academically”, stated Ms. Holt.

Launched nationally by Action for Healthy Kids in 2013, Every Kid Healthy Week is an annual observance held in the last week of April that shines a spotlight on the great efforts schools are making to improve the health and wellness of their students. The observance also provides an opportunity for everyone in the country to get involved by supporting sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health-promoting programs in schools. 

The Department of Health in Walton County provided the Zumba DVD’s with several dances to choose from so they can be used the entire week.  All 7 elementary schools will be entered into a National Data Base and will be recognized for participation.

1st graders colloaboratively worked on STEM projects where they designed and recreated the Three Little Pigs' houses. The Big Bad Wolf (a hair dryer) came to try and blow their houses down! They weren't afraid of the Big Bad Wolf!