Antioch Elementary School in Crestview welcomes new teachers and staff: Kelly Sligar, clinic health tech; Beth Bryant, bookkeeper; Steve Box, music; Mrs. Gideon, kindergarten; Brandi Baker, fourth-grade; and CBS teachers Jessica Carpenter, Savannah McLean and Randy Vinzant.

Antioch Elementary School in Crestview welcomes new teachers and staff: Kelly Sligar, clinic health tech; Beth Bryant, bookkeeper; Steve Box, music; Mrs. Gideon, kindergarten; Brandi Baker, fourth-grade; and CBS teachers Jessica Carpenter, Savannah McLean and Randy Vinzant.

At the school’s first faculty meeting of the academic year, Principal Kelli Sanders presented Dwight and Wanda Davis with a 20-year service award. As custodians, they have kept the school spotless and looking beautiful.

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Inspired by Congressman Matt Gaetz's challenge to students, Ruckel Middle School web design teacher Angela Marshall founded the school’s coding club.

The Gaetz challenge is a competition that encourages student participation in computer science, coding, cybersecurity and STEM education.

The club will focus on computer coding and plans to submit an entry into the competition.

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This week, Mary Esther Elementary School highlights third-grade teacher Jennifer Johnson.

“She is always willing to listen and help, always smiling and friendly, and she is positive and passionate for her kids,” said assistant Principal JulieAnn Smith.

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West DeFuniak Elementary School Counselor Dawn Barone visited some of the first-grade classrooms to read “We Don’t Eat Our Classmates.” Throughout the story, she discussed the plot and reminded students to be their best academically as well as to be the kindest friend possible.

In third-grade news, the teachers used a little trickery to teach their students the difference between making an inference and an observation. Students observed as their teacher presented what appeared to be a candle. The teacher also appeared to light the candle and blow out the flame. The students were asked to share what they observed; then the teacher took a bite out of the candle and ate it.  Each candle was a mozzarella cheese stick with a sliver of almond as the flame.  Students learned that observation is based on facts and evidence, while inference is based on personal reasoning and speculation.

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