Volume XIII

BCPS in Action|BCPS Proudly Earns Two National Designations




View and download Superintendent Robert W. Runcie's letter regarding BCPS earning Districtwide AdvancEd Accreditation and being named a Great District for Great Teachers.


The District Digest employee newsletter highlights events, activities and accomplishments across Broward County Public Schools (BCPS).   Click on the symbol below to go directly to the section you want to check out!

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Staff Stars| BCPS Staff Stars

Chief Portfolio Services Officer Leslie Brown Selected to Join Future Chiefs for Change 

Leslie-Brown.jpgCongratulations to Leslie Brown, the District's Chief Portfolio Services Officer, for being selected  to participate in the national Future Chiefs for Change program.  The Future Chiefs for Change program brings together bold and innovative education leaders from around the country to collaborate on complex problems and challenges facing urban school districts.

As part of the Future Chiefs for Change program, Brown will participate in a yearlong initiative with coaching, mentorship and collective learning with some of the nation's most successful education leaders.  

BCPS Director of Equity and Academic Achievement David Watkins Receives Special Honor

Congratulations to David L. Watkins, Director of the Equity and Academic Attainment Department, for being named Educator of the Year by A Child is Missing, an organization dedicated to the search and recovery of missing children and the elderly, as well as providing child safety educational and anti-bullying programs.  
Watkins was chosen for this honor based on his ongoing work with schools, communities, the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice to close achievement gaps and eliminate the school to prison pipeline. He will be recognized for being named Educator of the Year during  the organization's annual "OZ Jubilee," which takes place on April 20, 2017, at the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel.   

Dillard High School (6-12) Girls Basketball Coach Marcia Pinder Earns National Award

It’s a slam dunk for Dillard High School’s Marcia Pinder! She’s been named the 2017 winner of the Morgan Wootten Award for Lifetime Achievement in Coaching High School Girls Basketball by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  

Pinder, who is in her 40th year of coaching, has led her teams to more than 900 wins and nine state championships. Throughout her career, Pinder has also earned numerous awards and recognitions for her dedication to the sport and the positive impact she has on the lives of young athletes. 

To learn more about the prestigious Morgan Wootten Award, visit:

Bethune Elementary School Teacher Nerissa Street Selected as a 2017 Woman of Distinction

StreetHeadshot.jpgCongratulations to Nerissa Street, theater teacher at Bethune Elementary School of the Arts, for being a Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce 2017 Woman of Distinction.  Street is one of nine women awarded the honor, out of 150 nominees. 

 In September 2016, she was also selected as a Knight Foundation Knight Arts Challenge finalist for her innovative project, Girls Call The Shots™ Movie in a Month. Girls Call The Shots™ is a summer filmmaking lab that equips teen girls to be the next generation of leading storytellers in film and media by connecting the girls with professional mentors in their field. 
Last year, Street's students at Bethune Elementary performed scenes from the musical Shrek Jr. for movie star Cameron Diaz as part of the Turnaround Arts initiative. They went on to perform the full Shrek Jr. production at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. 

McArthur High School Teacher Receives the 2017 DuPont/ Pioneer Award

ScienceTeacher-(1).jpgVincent Newman, a science teacher at McArthur High School, was selected by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Awards and Recognitions Committee as the recipient of the 2017 DuPont/Pioneer Excellence in Agricultural Science Education Award.

This national award is a partnership between DuPont Pioneer and the National Science Teachers Association and recognizes excellence and innovation in the field of agricultural science education.

Newman will receive a $2,500 grant for his classroom, an opportunity to mentor with a DuPont Pioneer scientist, access to a science facility and classroom resources.

The award will be presented during the NSTA National Conference on Friday, March 31, 2017.

Oakridge Elementary School's Gabriela Kilianski chosen for
2017 Un Maestro Especial Award!

A special honor for Oakridge Elementary School Media Gabriela-Kilianski-Picture(1).jpgSpecialist Gabriela Kilianski.  She has been chosen by Univision 23 for the 2017 Un Maestro Especial Award!  

The Un Maestro Especial Award celebrates teachers who have shown exceptional leadership in their community and have made a positive impact in the lives of their students.  It also provides an opportunity for parents, students and colleagues to nominate whom they consider to have exemplified exceptional qualities as educators.

Kilianski will be recognized by Univisition 23 for this award during a luncheon on May 25, 2017, at Miami Lakes Educational Center.

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News Around BCPS| News Around BCPS

Congratulations to the District's Outstanding Caliber Awards Finalists!

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) congratulates this year's finalists for Teacher, Principal, Assistant Principal and School-Related/District Employee of the Year. The winner from each category is announced during the Caliber Awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. Networking is at 5 p.m.; the program begins at 6 p.m.

Teacher of the Year Finalists

  • Deborah Alexander, Pembroke Pines Elementary School
  • Kristin Baltazar, Henry D. Perry Education Center
  • Pamela Griffin, Monarch High School
  • Eleanna Hurst, Collins Elementary School
  • Michele Matias, Crystal Lake Middle School
  • Jeffrey Rose, Cypress Bay High School

Principal of the Year Finalists

  • Marc Charpentier, Sunset Lakes Elementary School
  • Dr. Lewis Jackson, Dania Elementary School
  • Christopher McGuire, Broward Virtual School
  • Keith Peters, Gator Run Elementary School
  • Elaine Saef, Panther Run Elementary School
  • Ty Thompson, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Assistant Principal of the Year Finalists

  • David Argent, Coral Springs Middle School
  • Patricia Brown, Coral Springs High School
  • Janet Calamaro, Nova Blanche Forman Elementary School
  • Patricia Genhold, Bair Middle School
  • Marie Hautigan, Fort Lauderdale High School
  • Sophia Myers, North Fork Elementary School

School-Related/District Employee of the Year Finalists 

  • Teresa Basilone, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
  • Terri Cianelli, Seminole Middle School
  • Oshekia Day, Student Support Initiatives
  • Denise Loglia, Atlantic West Elementary School
  • Tracy-Ann Smith, Lauderdale Lakes Middle School
  • Suzanne Specht, Plantation Park Elementary School
 Learn more about the upcoming Caliber Awards and this year's finalists at browardschools.com/Caliber-Awards.

Volunteers, Mentors and Partners Catch the Spirit at the 2017 Community Involvement Awards 

CIA-2017-(2).jpgThe District's Annual Community Involvement Awards Ceremony took place on Friday, February 17, 2017, at Bailey Hall, Broward College A. Hugh Adams Central Campus. More than 800 attendees gathered to celebrate the District’s outstanding volunteers, mentors, school-based and community partners, and family and community engagement initiatives.

Countdown to Summer Fun and Learning Opportunities!  

summer-programs.jpgSummer is right around the corner!  To help parents and guardians prepare for the summer break, the Public Information Office is excited to announce the launch of the 2017 Summer Programs Online Resource at browardschools.com.  

The Summer Programs Online Resource incluces a variety of exciting and challenging summer programs - designed to meet the interests and needs of our students and families, available for pre-K through 12th grade students.  There is something for everyone, including robotics, STEM activities, music, art, video games, sports, academic enrichment and acceleration, and much more.

We invite you to check out and share this valuable resource with your family, friends and communities.
If you or your school/department has not yet submitted your Summer Programs information, the Public Information Office continues to accept submissions. Contact Christine Hightower at 754-321-2300 or email christine.hightower@browardschools.com.

What BCPS Employees Should Know about Contracts and Student Privacy Rights

Presented by Todd Sussman, LMHC, LMFT, Privacy Officer and
Kathelyn Jacques-Adams, Esq., Assistant General Counsel

Privacy-(1).jpgThe Privacy Officer (Risk Management Department) is working with the Office of the General Counsel to aid all departments submitting contracts (with outside parties) for review of the District’s compliance with student privacy laws. 

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requires staff at schools and locations to obtain and maintain written parental consent prior to disclosing any student identifiable information to an outside party, unless the contract involves a FERPA-approved disclosure without consent.  Please be aware there are additional conditions and requirements when you make disclosures without consent. 

The District’s standard contract template contains a privacy clause designed to protect the privacy of student records.  You may contact the Privacy Officer for help with specifically tailoring the contract’s privacy clause based upon the unique underlying facts and circumstances of the contract.  

See Policy 5100.1, Student Records: Confidentiality and Family Educational Rights, for more information, or call Todd Sussman, Privacy Officer, 754-321-1914, if you have any questions.  

Let’s work together to protect student privacy rights!

Check Out the District's Refreshed Strategic Plan  

The District’s refreshed Strategic Plan is now available on the District’s website! The Strategic Plan, Moving Forward on the Right Path, provides information on the District’s three primary goals – High-Quality Instruction, Continuous Improvement and Effective Communication, as well as strategic areas of focus andaction steps.  

From the Strategic Plan website, you can select specific areas that you want to review, download the Strategic Plan and the Strategic Plan flyer,  view messages from School Board members, and much more.

Check out the refreshed Strategic Plan at browardschools.com/stratplan.  

BCPS is On the Right Track! 

On-the-Right-Track-V3-Image.pngBroward County Public Schools (BCPS) is excited to share Volume 3 of our On the Right Track publication.

Volume 3 focuses on recent District accomplishments/awards and how BCPS is prioritizing early learning and literacy, preparing students for college and careers, and much more.
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BCPS SMART: On Track and Moving Forward!

smartlogo230x230.pngBCPS is working hard to keep families, employees and community members updated on the progress of the $800 million SMART bond initiative.  

Each  month, the District, in partnership with the Facilities; Information & Technology; Applied Learning; Athletics and Student Activities; and Budget departments collaborate to provide an overview of the projects.  As of the end of February 2017, there were more than 928 school facilities projects in progress, approximately 79,230 new computers installed at schools, thousands of musical instruments purchased, and numerous athletic tracks and weight rooms renovations underway.  

To view the most recent SMART update or to get the latest information on SMART projects at individual schools, visit browardschools.com/smartfutures.

BCPS Departments Share their Good News and Information for Employees

bcps-NEWS-3.JPGThere is a lot of great work taking place across BCPS!  Check out the newsletters below for the scoop on BCPS department news.  


To request a BCPS department newsletter be included in the District Digest, visit the Public Information Office Marketing & Communication Center at browardschools.com/marcomm.  

Just fill out the online Request PIO Assistance Form, and enter details about your newsletter.  The Public information Office looks forward to helping share your good news!


Mark Your Calendars| Mark Your Calendars

  • Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 6 p.m. - BCPS Caliber Awards, Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center
  • Monday, May 22, 2017, 5:30 p.m. - SMART Bond Oversight Committee Meeting, Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center, Board Room


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