Welcome to Friday Focus

Friday Focus is a weekly roundup of BCPS news highlights by the Public Information Office. This weekly news summary includes a recap of BCPS news releases and news featured by our media partners. We hope you find this weekly news roundup a valuable resource for promoting and sharing the great things happening in BCPS.
 
This week’s Friday Focus congratulates the 2018 Caliber Award winners for Teacher of the Year, Principal of the Year, Assistant Principal of the Year and School-Related/District Employee of the Year. Liberty Elementary School students experience a “once in a lifetime” opportunity – thanks to the Florida Panthers and JetBlue, and students explore career options and discover new possibilities for their futures during the annual Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

 
This week’s Friday Focus celebrates the best of the best at the 2018 Caliber Awards and young artists at the annual Superintendent’s Advanced Placement Student Art Exhibition and All County Middle and High School Honor Bands Concert. Also, check out the latest SMART Update, and last call for the School Choice application window for the 2018/19 school year, which closes on Wednesday, February 7, 2018.
 
This week’s Friday Focus celebrates Literacy Week with the sixth annual “Real Men Read” at New River Middle School. Also, check out how high school juniors and seniors plan to make their next move at the annual College and Career Summit. And, finally the exciting announcements of top honors at the 2018 Caliber Awards on February 1, and the observance of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work on February 2.
 
This week’s Friday Focus celebrates Apollo Middle School on being named a National Demonstration School by Magnet Schools of America – one of only 10 schools in the nation to receive this prestigious recognition – and the Office of Family and Community Engagement on receiving a $25,000 grant award from the Florida Panthers Foundation’s Community Champions Grant Program for the launch of its new Community Connections initiative.

 
This week’s Friday Focus spotlights the Turnaround Arts students filming their performance of ‘Love Train” for the national Turnaround Arts Talent Show to debut at the Kennedy Center in March. Also, check out plans to celebrate Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day and the annual Caliber Awards Ceremony, and good news from the state that graduation rates for 2015/16 for innovative District high schools reached the highest level in six years, at 93.8 percent.
 
This week’s Friday Focus spotlights the 2018 Caliber Awards finalists. Meet the top school leaders and teachers who are a step closer to becoming Teacher of the Year, Principal of the Year and Assistant Principal of the Year. Also, the Superintendent shares his holiday video message and check out the Winter Break flyer, which provides families with an at-a-glance Winter Break schedule.
 
The week’s Friday Focus announces a $45,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Broward County, which supports the Career Technical Adult and Community Education (CTACE) Department’s Career Launch Pre-Apprenticeship Program. Also, check out the latest SMART Update for more on the 1,240 SMART projects making progress.

 
The week’s Friday Focus announces the 2018 Caliber Award finalists for Principal of the Year and Assistant Principal of the Year; the 2018/19 school year calendar – first day of school is Wednesday, August 14, 2018; and tentative contract agreements for three employee groups represented by the BTU. Also, check out BCPS On the Right Track, and more.
 
The week’s Friday Focus extends congratulations to newly elected School Board Chair Nora Rupert and Vice Chair Heather P. Brinkworth, and to the 2018 Caliber Award finalists for Teacher of the Year and School-Related/District Employee of the Year.  Also, announcing the School Choice application window for the 2018/19 school year, which opens December 1, 2017 – February 7, 2018, and the countdown to Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code – December 4-10, 2017.
 

This week’s Friday Focus highlights students honoring fallen heroes and veterans as part of a Districtwide celebration and recognition of military service members. Also, congratulations to Sheridan Technical College on celebrating 50 years of excellence in career and technical education, and much more.
 



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