A Message From Your Principal

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Dear Walton Community,

I am so excited for the 2017-2018 school year to begin. We have had a busy summer here at WMS. We hosted an awesome summer school with over 40 students (over 10% of our student body), which included rising 6th graders for the first time in many years and an Algebra Bridge Camp that helped gear students up for Algebra in the fall.

We also had a lot of learning for teachers as we had teachers working on P-Based (Project, Passion, Problem) Learning in ACPS’s annual Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction Institute. Teachers also attended summer in-house professional development where they worked on strategies and methods to leverage digital technologies for learning. Finally, we had teachers attend a couple national professional development institutes including the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Summer Institute in Philadelphia and the TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) in San Antonio.

In addition to learning, we have had lots of construction. Our transformation of the science classrooms into learning labs with collaborative and innovative spaces is underway. We are very excited to have these spaces to engage students in deep learning experiences. And we are thrilled that they have skylights and Solatubes incorporated to bring more natural light into the building.

I am honored to continue to serve the Walton community and its enthusiastic students and wonderful families. Our talented and dedicated staff look forward to continuing to put our students at the center of the learning process to prepare students for high school, college, and career success. I look forward to working with our whole community to protect and grow our most precious investment—the children we serve.

Have a safe and joyful rest of summer,

Josh Walton

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