BCPS Shines

Great things are happening in Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), which makes BCPS shine - everyday. BCPS Shines spotlights our amazing students, phenomenal teachers, school leaders and support staff, and exciting academic programs throughout our District. Learn more about all of the things that make BCPS proud.

Pasadena Lakes Elementary School received a special visit from the Miami Marlins. 
 
Driftwood Middle School Academy of Health and Wellness celebrates Earth Week every year with a variety of different Earth-friendly activities. 
 
​Students in Ms. Mitchell-Eames Eco Stem class at Millennium Middle School, along with members of the South Florida Audubon Society, Whole Foods Market of Coral Springs, Naturescape Broward and Rare Fruit Tree council of Broward County, planted and dedicated 19 fruit trees on their campus.
 
Students from McNicol Middle School raised awareness for plastic pollution by creating a boat made up of more than 1,000 plastic bottles and plastic grocery bags connected to hold the bottles together.
 
Northeast High School alumni, Kiona Elliott from the Class of 2013, and Payton Kaar from the Class of 2014, participated in the 2016 White House Science Fair as All Stars on an alumni panel.
 
Stranahan High School senior Aida Siegel attended the NASDAQ Exchange in New York for her outstanding achievement in Mr. Steinlauf’s accounting class in Everfi’s Personal Financial Literacy module.
 
Plantation Elementary School aims to increase parent support through a new initiative Principal’s Chat and Parent Field Trips.
 
Eight high school and adult students from Atlantic Technical College competed in the SkillsUSA Florida State Leadership and Skills Conference with four students winning first place. These students will next compete at the SkillsUSA National Championship from June 21 – 24, 2016, in Louisville, KY.
 
​Broward Virtual School (BVS) hosted an open house on Friday, April 15, 2016, to inform parents and students about its online program.
 
Four Broward County Public Schools were honored at the annual “Take 5 to Stay Alive – Don’t Text and Drive” video contest. Cypress Bay High School won second place, Whiddon Rogers Education Center won third place, Piper High School won third place and Atlantic Technical High School won fifth place.

 
Six seniors from JP Taravella High School won first place in the first-ever Florida Virtual Enterprise Business Plan Competition. The students presented a plan for a firm called “Focal Point, Inc.” with 25 employees in the Virtual Enterprise International marketplace. These students will represent JP Taravella High at the Virtual Enterprise National Business Plan Competition in New York in April.
 
​Competing against 63 teams from around the world, the robotics team from McArthur High School won the Orlando Regional FIRST® Robotics Competition. The team will compete in Saint Louis, Missouri for the national championship in April 2016.
 
​Hollywood Hills High School hosted a “Crazy Kickball” game to help a fellow student, Michael Newnham, diagnosed with cancer. Juniors and seniors from Hollywood Hills High competed against faculty and staff members to raise funds and general awareness.
 
Derek Mejia, a student from Lauderhill 6-12 is helping students make healthy nutritional choices through a multi-level arcade-style game that he designed, Hungry Hannah.
 
​The new Stork’s Nest at Seagull Alternative School celebrated its official opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, February 29, 2016.
 
Students from Lake Forest Elementary School, Mary M. Bethune Elementary School and Walker Elementary School enjoyed a special performance from the South Florida Symphony Orchestra. These schools have been designated Turnaround Arts Program schools by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.
 
The Student Organization of Anatomy and Physiology (S.O.A.P) at West Broward High School raised $7,450 during its fifth annual DiaBEAT THIS! Staff and Student Basketball Tournament at the West Broward High gym. The tournament event raised funds and awareness of the epidemic of obesity and Diabetes benefit the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation.
 
Thirteen teachers, parents and students from Seagull Alternative School met with state legislators in Tallahassee to share the importance of the Adults with Disabilities Grant. This program helps to improve the quality of life for students with disabilities by teaching skills to increase their independence.
 

Students received examinations, cleanings, oral health education, preventive and restorative services at no cost. Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) teamed up with NSU and sent students and teachers from nine elementary schools in the county to receive the free dental care.

Aimee Sarajian, a teacher from Cypress Bay High School, was honored with the Gutterman Family Outstanding Holocaust Educator of the Year Award.
 
Students from Royal Palm STEM Museum Magnet School showcased their “Engineering is Elementary” curriculum during a Museum Exhibit Night.
 
Nova High School students participating in the Engineering Club are mentoring Nova Blanche Forman Elementary students.  The students are learning how to build both paper rockets and hydro rockets with guidance from the Nova High Engineering Club.
 
Students, staff, and volunteers spent their Saturday on January 30, 2016, improving the campus at Mirror Lake Elementary.  A community grant through Walmart along with supplies and volunteers from Lowes made it possible to add new plants, cover areas with decorative mulch and paint walls.
 
Students from Mary M. Bethune Elementary, a Turnaround Arts School selected by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, perform for members of the South Florida Symphony Orchestra.
 
More than 20 students from Lauderhill 6-12 participated “Global Game Jam,” an international online event where students collaborate to create video games based on a specific theme.
 
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