Week Ending October 13, 2017

 
 
South Broward High School Teacher Receives National Recognition
Congratulations to South Broward High School teacher Justin Feller for being selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars. A role model to students, Feller was nominated by a student at South Broward High for his outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in education.
 

BCPS News Around the District

“Just Do It…I Did!” Student Awards Program Ceremony Takes Place on October 18, 2017
The “Just Do It…I Did!” Student Awards Program is a Districtwide celebration recognizing students with disabilities as part of the annual Disability and History and Awareness Weeks, which are the first two weeks of October. During the awards ceremony, 147 Broward County Public Schools students will be recognized for showing significant improvement or exemplary achievement in a variety of areas. The ceremony takes place on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, from 9 – 11 a.m., at Atlantic Technical College, Arthur Ashe Jr. Campus.
 
roward County Public Schools (BCPS), in partnership with the Broward County Government Cultural Division and Broward Center for the Performing Arts, presents the 2017 South Florida Gifted and Talented Symposium: Passport to Innovation – Personalized Learning for Gifted Students on Friday, October 27, 2017, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., at Pompano Beach High School, 600 NE 13th Avenue, Pompano Beach, FL 33060. To register and learn more about the South Florida Gifted and Talented Symposium, visit sfgtsymposium.com. Early registration, now through Friday, October 20, 2017, is $35 (includes breakfast and lunch).

Superintendent Robert W. Runcie Receives 2017 Community Leadership Award
Congratulations to Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Superintendent Robert W. Runcie for receiving the 2017 Community Leadership Award from the Hispanic Education Coalition of Palm Beach County (HEC), and The José Martí Foundation. The award, which recognizes Superintendent Runcie’s contributions and dedicated service toward promoting educational equity for Hispanic students, will be presented at the third annual Hispanic Leadership Awards Luncheon on October 27, from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the Hilton West Palm Beach, 600 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach.

BCPS Schools Recognized as Five Star Schools 25 Schools Honored for Exemplary Community Involvement
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is proud to announce 25 District schools earned the Five Star School Award for the 2016/17 school year from the Florida Department of Education. The award is presented to schools that are committed to incorporating family and community members into the school environment to enhance student learning. Statewide, nearly 700 schools earned the recognition. Congratulations to schools receiving the Five Star School Award.

Publix Donates $4,500 to Support Literacy and STEM at Charles R. Drew Elementary School
Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI), partnered with Publix Super Markets Inc. to support early literacy and STEM learning at Charles R. Drew Elementary School. A recent $4,500 donation by Publix enabled CLI to deliver to Charles R. Drew Elementary a literary collection of over 400 high-quality nonfiction and historical books, which address biological, earth, physical and general sciences, as well as global diversity, geography, history, economics and government.
 
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) joins the Sprint 1Million Project to provide 2,500 students with free devices and wireless service. 180 Deerfield Beach High School students will receive free devices and activate them onsite.
 

BCPS in the News

VIDEO: Students build robots, learn how to code at Mirror Lake Elementary School - Local 10

Super Heroes in Our Schools - The CW South FLorida 
This week’s super teacher is Diana Dworzan, who is the Science and Aeronautics instructor at Apollo Middle School. Her expert guidance helped her students reach the national competition.

Contract talks to begin for Broward Schools Superintendent Runcie - Sun-Sentinel
The Broward School Board is ready to begin contract talks with Superintendent Robert Runcie and a proposal could come as early as next month. Board members said Runcie, who makes $307,503, earns less than superintendents at Miami Dade and Palm Beach county schools.

BCPS Schools Recognized as Five Star Schools 25 Schools Honored for Exemplary Community Involvement - Fort Lauderdale Connex
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is proud to announce 25 District schools earned the Five Star School Award for the 2016/17 school year from the Florida Department of Education. The award is presented to schools that are committed to incorporating family and community members into the school environment to enhance student learning.

Broward Education Foundation announces Publix Super Markets Charities “2017 Hall of Fame” honorees - Westside Gazette
Each year, thousands of graduates from Broward County Public Schools move on to become teachers, entrepreneurs, business and civic leaders making significant contributions to the community.

Traditional schools hold ground amid growing choices - Sun-Sentinel
Improving school grades, aggressive marketing and a breadth of specialty programs helped South Florida’s traditional schools retain students this year amid a growing number of choices, district officials say.

Broward County Public Schools to Host 3rd Annual College Fair - Hollywood Gazette
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) hosts its third annual College Fair on Monday, October 9, 2017, from 6 – 9 p.m., at Nova Southeastern University Rick Case Arena at the Don Taft University Center, 3301 College Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314. The College Fair is free and open to the public.

Hurricanes force hundreds of kids to flee to South Florida for school - Sun-Sentinel
Some children are arriving without school supplies or English skills, some even without their parents. Hurricanes uprooted life as they know it and now South Florida schools must help them start over.

South Florida schools see influx of Puerto Rican students after hurricane - Local 10
As more and more families escape the misery in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, many are flying to South Florida, which is translating to a big influx of students to local schools.

Meet The Hollywood Hills Girl Who Made Football History - WLRN
Holly Neher is (unofficially) the first female in Florida history to start at quarterback on a high school football team. It's only unofficial because the Florida High School Athletic Association has not been able to confirm it.

Holly Neher leads Hollywood Hills to victory over Pompano Beach - Hollywood Gazette
Holly Neher is the first girl to start in a high school varsity tackle football game in Broward County and possibly the nation.

Oriole Elementary gets mural and more in makeover - Sun-Sentinel
Oriole Elementary School in Lauderdale Lakes got a makeover in September. The 50-year-old school's revamp was part of a community service project by insurer Appreciation Financial.

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) kicks off the second annual Next Gen Engage series of community conversations led by students - Fort Lauderdale Connex
The Next Gen Engage town hall series, launched last year, aims to ask for and listen to input from students about their future, and what they think school leaders should do to support and prepare them for success.

Mobile School Pantry to transform old school bus for food distribution to needy families - Hollywood Gazette
The Mobile School Pantry has acquired a school bus from Georgia to use in its mission to distribute food to needy families. The bus was recently on display at the organization’s Third Annual Just Say No to Hunger at Gallery 2014. Mobile School Pantry has been distributing food to families at Stirling and Orange Brook Elementary Schools since 2013.

Traditional schools hold ground amid growing choices - Sun-Sentinel
Improving school grades, aggressive marketing and a breadth of specialty programs helped South Florida’s traditional schools retain students this year amid a growing number of choices, district officials say.