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The Walton County School District installed interactive panels in every classroom at Bay Elementary School over the summer to engage student learning and enhance interactive learning in ALL classrooms.   Staff training was held on Friday and teachers immediately began practicing the programs they will use the most to bring learning to life for their students.  The photo above shows Bay's new music teacher, Corrie Sober, practicing use of the new digital devices.

Back to School is HERE!

August 5, 2017

Meet your teacher
Wednesday, Aug 9, 2017

Kindergarten 9:00-10:00

Grades 1&2 10:30-11:30

Grades 3&4 1:00-2:00

Thursday, Aug 10, 2017,  7:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m.

School supplies:

Point Washington

Historic Bay School was built in 1938 in the quaint 1800's  logging settlement known as Point Washington. Following is a little history about our small community nestled among the oaks.

During that time, the community boasted about having the largest house in South Walton County in the 1800’s which is now known as Eden State Gardens and the Wesley House.  The historically dedicated home and gardens were built by the Wesley family between 1895 and 1897. By 1953, the Wesley family died out and Lois Maxon had purchased the mansion. Upon her death she left the home and grounds to the State. Tours and a more in-depth history are available from the State Park ranger and preservation volunteers.

Point Washington experienced two small invasions during the Civil War. The first account was in early 1864, when Federal Captain James Galloway who was tasked with locating deserters, burned the town’s saw mill and attempted to capture the blockade runner-the schooner “Champion,” which operated out of Choctawhatchee Bay. The town was again enlisted as a camp and temporary Civil War headquarters for a rebel prisoner holding site for General Alexander Asboth who, in later 1864, set out from Pensacola to burn Marianna and invade and capture the surrounding territory. The quiet backwater town boasted a population of 350 citizens during its peak and had a school (a little red school house), two or three general stores, a post office, turpentine stills, and a total of six timber mills dotting the shores around Point Washington. The first known church was originally a United Methodist Church built in 1893. The Methodist Church was laid out using the timbers from another building built in the 1890s across the intercoastal waterway. The church was literally under an open air arbor with a fence built around it to keep the wild roaming hogs from entering the services. Music was provided by piano on the back of an old pick-up truck. The story book architecture is reminiscent of a small New England chapel. The Corner Stone Assembly Church was built in 1940. The 1938 school, located under the shade trees is a design straight out of the Norman Rockwell period. One walk through the hall and classrooms makes the saying “as American as apple pie” a real life experience.

Changes in Dress Code

July 11, 2017

Please keep the following changes in mind when shopping for back to school clothes.

Taken from page 10 of the Walton County School District Code of Conduct for 2017-18 


A student's wearing apparel and grooming shall be the responsibility of the individual student and his or her parents or guardian. Dress and grooming shall be clean, healthy and safe and shall not be permitted to disrupt the teaching/learning environment.

Schools may choose to encourage students to wear appropriate shirts of the school color(s) to foster a healthy school environment and team spirit. In schools where the Board has approved uniform dress policies specific to the school, such policies will include the following dress and grooming policy.

     For students, appropriate and acceptable dress includes:

 Elementary Only

a)    Pants, jeans, long slacks, or capris (below the knee)

b)    Shorts, skirts and dresses that are at the knee

c)     Shirts that cover the midriff, but no spaghetti straps, halters or backless shirts allowed

d)    All visible garments including layered garments, must be in accordance with the dress code.

e)    Shoes will be worn at all times.  No heels or platform shoes greater than one inch

f)     Sunglasses, hats and other sun-protective wear will be allowed to be worn outside only.

 Secondary Only 

a)    Pants, jeans, long slacks, or capris (below the knee)

b)    Shorts, skirts and dresses that are at the knee

c)     Approved shirts include crew neck T-shirts, polo shirts, or button-up shirts.  All shirts must have sleeves and cover the midriff.  No V-neck           shirts or zipper-front shirts are allowed.  When layered shirts are worn, the first layer must meet the approved shirt definition.

d)    All visible garments including layered garments must be in accordance with the dress code.

e)    Shoes will be worn at all times.

f)     Sunglasses, hats and other sun-protective wear will be allowed to be worn outside only.


 The following are NOT appropriate for the school environment and are NOT acceptable:

a)    Pants that drop below the waist

b)    Holes in garments above the knees which expose the flesh

c)    Heelies (shoes with wheels), shoes with cleats or bedroom shoes

d)    Hats in the school building

e)    Items that worn together are indicative of gang membership

f)      Garments containing a message that is obscene, racist, or promotes illegal activities, drugs, alcohol, or tobacco products

g)    Pajamas (pants or tops)

h)    Leggings, spandex, or tights are not permitted unless worn with an outer garment that complies with dress code requirements, and is at the knee.

i)      The wearing of any clothing that exposes underwear or body parts in an indecent or vulgar manner or that disrupts the orderly learning environment.

Students enrolled in special programs, such as on the job vocational training, or participating in school activities which require additional standards of dress or grooming shall comply with such additional standards.

FSA Parent Reports

July 11, 2017

2016-17 FSA Parent Reports for 3rd and 4th grade students will be available for parent pick up in the school office beginning July 12th.  Office is open weekly Monday-Wednesday 7:00-5:30 and Thursday 7:00-5:00.

Mr.Brandin Shost's Gifted class took a virtual tour of the Thai Royal Palace recently during a one hour broadcast via  Skype. Mr. Shost is in Thailand teaching English for three weeks. While there he is also giving his students at BES an up close and personal tour of Thailand, despite the 12 hour time difference. While  online students learned about  cultural differences, architectural design, various traditions and most of all the high regard this country holds for it's monarchy. Students that were able to participate were Jamie Sumpter, Ansley Mitchell, Zoe Modica and Lauren Norwood along with their family members. 

Thank you Mr. Shost for making learning exciting!

We are lucky to have you!

Congratulations Bay!

June 8, 2017

FSA Scores were released today and Bay did a GREAT job!  

Congratulations to Bay Elementary School for being among the top schools in the State of Florida based on 2016-17 FSA Scores.

English Language Arts
3rd Grade Scored 16th in the State of Florida
4th Grade Scored 17th in the State of Florida

3rd Grade Scored 13th in the State of Florida
4th Grade Scored 23rd in the State of Florida

Individual student reports have not arrived at this time.  We will send a notice to parents with individual student scores when it arrives.  

Tang Team

June 7, 2017

Bay's 4th grade team attend Greg Tang's math training in Tallahassee on Tuesday, June 6th.

"These ladies are committed to growing professionally and improving their craft in the classroom," said Meredith Spence, Bay Elementary School's Principal. "It's exciting to lead professionals who work well together and are eager to grow."

(Photo L-R) Brittney Ringler, Cathy Hackney, Greg Tang, Susanne Martin

BES 3rd & 4th graders perform School House Rock under the direction of Mr. Goodrum.

Great Job!

Congratulations to our 3rd graders! 
Congratulations to Bay's 3rd Graders who rank in the top 5.6% in the state of Florida on the 2017 Florida State Assessment English Language Arts Test!  WAY TO GO!!!!
The Florida Department of Education released Florida Standard Assessment English Language Art Scores for the 2016-17 school year this morning for third graders.  The state average of students scoring proficient as measured with a Level 3 or above is 58%.  The average for Walton County Schools is 68% and Bay Elementary School's average is 85% of students who scored a Level 3 or above.  This score puts our Third Graders FIRST in the District in ELA for 2016-17!  
"Our teachers and students have worked very hard this school year to ensure students mastered the standards," said Mrs. Meredith Spence Principal of Bay Elementary School.  "I'm very proud of our team and students."
3rd Grade FSA English Language Arts 2017
BAY Avg  85% of 3rd Graders scored a Level 3 or Above
STATE Avg  58% of 3rd Graders scored a Level 3 or Above
WALTON District Avg 68% of 3rd Graders scored a Level 3 or Above