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 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.

In observance of Veterans Day, this week’s Friday Focus honors Silver Ridge Elementary School first grade teacher and U.S. Army Captain Ana Swecker for her commitment and service to others, and highlights the sixth annual Ed Talk event attended by more than 400 students, parents, teachers, staff, business leaders, elected officials and community members.

This week’s Friday Focus shares a letter from Superintendent Robert W. Runcie, reflecting on the District's progress and accomplishments over the past six years. Also, Sprint 1Million Project launches at Deerfield Beach High School and for a second time, Northest High School is awarded a Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam $10,000 grant to create a mosquito breeding disruptor. Don't forget Ed Talk Ed on Saturday, November 4, 2017, networking breakfast at 8 a.m.  and program from 9 - noon, at Hollywood Hills High School. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.

This week’s Friday Focus highlights the “Just Do It…I Did!” Student Awards Ceremony celebrating the exemplary achievements of students with disabilities, Whiddon Rogers Education Center hosts its fourth annual Building Bridges to Educate, Empower and Elevate town hall-style forum, and students at Montessori magnet schools provide relief for families in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria. Also, don’t forget to register and make your voice count at Ed Talk 2017/18.


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