To learn more about ordering and comparing decimal numbers to the thousandths, the West DeFuniak Elementary School fifth graders in Debbie Bush’s and Andy Stafford’s classes worked with Media Specialist Tammy Goodman.

Goodman explained the decimal system used by libraries, which categorize the books for a specific order on the shelves.

Nonfiction books, organized by decimals, were placed in order by the students. They learned two lessons: one about decimals and one about finding books in a library.

At a younger level, the kindergarten students in Amanda McKee’s class learned about the letter “T” by covering an upper and lower case letter in colored tissue paper.

“This multi-sensory activity also helps students with their fine motors skills when they tear the tissue paper,” McKee said.

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Robotics teams from throughout the Okaloosa School District attended the FIRST Robotics Kick-Off at the Kennedy Space Center. Teams from Bob Sikes Elementary School, Davidson Middle School, Pryor Middle School, Shoal River Middle School and the STEMM Academy had the opportunity to participate in this engineering experience.

Students compete in For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) robotics by designing, building and programming a robot. Teams work within a specific time frame with a specific budget and by following criteria and constraints. This year’s theme is “Into Orbit.”

In addition to participating in the program, the students viewed exhibits and spacecraft on display at the space center.

The teams hold fundraisers to support their work, but this specific trip was possible through support of community business partners: Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council, American Elite Molding, BJ Mitchell, Air Force Association Hurlburt 398 & Eglin 365, American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Radioactive Roaches FRC Team No. 2556 and the Doolittle Institute.

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Eglin Air Force Base firefighter Brian Bonner recently visited career research classes at Walton High School. Bonner explained the day-to-day operations of being a firefighter.

WHS recognizes its September students of the month: freshman Mackinnon Campbell, sophomore Karla Perez, junior Jenna Adams and senior Yeshua Zavala.

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