Week Ending May 19, 2017

Autism in Flight “Takes Off” at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Taking family vacations with a child with autism can be stressful. Families facing this challenge had the opportunity to simulate the experience of commercial airline travel during the fifth annual Autism in Flight. Thanks to a District partnership with JetBlue Airways, Broward County Board of County Commissioners, Broward County Aviation Department and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, students and their families got a chance to walk through a full airport experience, including ticketing, security, boarding, taxiway ride on the tarmac, and even a water salute on their return to the gate. 

BCPS News Around the District

BCPS Podcast – Real Talk
Early literacy focuses on our youngest learners’ ability to read independently, write clearly and understand, and create information in different forms of communication. In this latest podcast, Superintendent Robert W. Runcie sits down with District leaders to discuss why early literacy is so critical to student success.  Listen to the Latest Superintendent Podcast

Graduation is Just Around the Corner
The graduation season for the Class of 2017 kicks off on June 1, 2017, for 47 high schools, centers and colleges. The familiar sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance” will soon fill the air for thousands of seniors as they prepare to walk across the stage to shake hands, smile for the camera and pick up their diplomas. 2017 Graduation Schedule 

Fifth Annual Autism in Flight at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Taking family vacations with a child with autism can be stressful. Families facing this challenge will have the opportunity to simulate the experience of commercial airline travel during the fifth annual Autism in Flight.

Congratulations to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High JROTC Cadet Named the 2016/17 Cadet of the Year!
Congratulations to Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (JROTC) Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Michael Cassell for being named the Broward County JROTC 2017 Cadet of the Year.

BCPS Holds Opportunity Event for Small Business Vendors
The District unveiled its new Supplier Diversity Outreach Program to share information on how local businesses can learn more about opportunities to provide products and services to Broward County Public Schools. Business owners got the chance to speak directly with key staff about upcoming business opportunities. Watch video.

BCPS in the News

From artificial limbs to fashion lines, Silver Knight winners have designs on excellenceMiami Herald
The winners of this year’s Silver Knight awards have accomplished more in 18 years, plus or minus a few months, than many people achieve in a lifetime.
And the Silver Knight Winners areMiami Herald

South Florida STEAM students learn about weather at Marlins ParkWPLG Local 10
Thousands of excited children were at Marlins Park on Wednesday, where they got to meet Local 10's weather authority crew and watch some cool science experiments unfold before their eyes.
Mentors, Students Learn From Each Other at Firewall CentersCBS 4
It’s Saturday morning at Gilda’s Club in Ft. Lauderdale. Emily Kilgore, 22, and Danny Perez, 17, are two of dozens of young volunteers helping clean and organize this special space. Gilda’s Club serves as a refuge for cancer patients and their loved ones.
Superheroes in Our Schools: Bruce KlasnerWSFL-CW
This week's Brandsmart U.S.A.'s super teacher leads the only FBI studies program in Broward County at Everglades High School.
Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie gives update at Neighborhood Watch meetingHollywood Gazette
Broward Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie receives a plaque for speaking at the Neighborhood Watch Annual Meeting at Hollywood City Hall.

NBC 6 Brag About Your School - Fort Lauderdale High SchoolNBC 6
NBC 6 is bragging about another South Florida school on Monday – this time, we’re at Fort Lauderdale High School!

SWAG on 6: Deerfield Beach High's Bendji FleuridorNBC 6
Imagine moving to the United States from Haiti and enrolling in high school in 10th grade. You’re a year behind the other kids already, and they don’t have to deal with all that intense culture shock. Not to mention this major handicap: you don’t speak a word of English.

Attucks Middle School students plant a butterfly garden in celebration of Arbor DayHollywood Gazette
Mya Leondas loves to work in a garden. A seventh-grade student at Attucks Middle School, Leondas got the perfect chance on Arbor Day when her class got to plant a butterfly garden in front of the school.

Hollywood resident Zak Meyers recognized for work in Haiti; awarded scholarshipHollywood Gazette
With a passion for preserving the environment and commitment to community service, South Broward High School graduate Zak Myers was recognized by the City of Hollywood on March 15 for his efforts to raise funds for solar panels in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Locals win Arts for the Future scholarshipsSun-Sentinel
Thirty seniors from 13 different Broward County Public Schools walked across the Amaturo Theater stage at the Broward Center of Performing arts last month.

Broward schools receive 24KSouth Florida Caribbean News
The PTA associations of 14 area elementary schools received a total of $24,000 during the 8th Annual Earth Day Open House fundraiser hosted by Waste Management at Monarch Hill Renewable Energy Park.

Broward’s Annual High School Voter Registration Drive Kicks Off May 15-19South Florida Caribbean News
The Supervisor of Elections for Broward County will kick off the annual High School Voter Registration (HSVR) Drive on the week of May 15-19, 2017.

Broward Schools Supplier Diversity Outreach Program, new policy unveilingWestside Gazette
Recently Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) offered a free business outreach event to present the “new” Supplier Diversity Outreach Program to a full house at the Urban League of Broward County.