Week Ending December 19, 2014

This week's Friday Focus Video features highlights from Park Lakes Elementary School’s Flying Classroom initiative, a virtual learning expedition by Captain Barrington Irving, which takes students on a virtual expedition around the world; the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremonies celebrating the Confucius Institute at Cypress Bay High School; and the mobile school pantry helping families at Orange Brook Elementary School.


BCPS News Releases

“Everglades Legacy Choir” Invited to Perform At The Miami HEAT Christmas Day Game
“To honor America on this special holiday game, The Miami HEAT would like the Everglades High School “Legacy Choir” to perform the National Anthem prior to tip-off of the Cleveland Cavaliers vs Miami HEAT game on December 25, 2014.
Florida Department of Education Releases 2014 High School Grades and Graduation Rates
2014 high school grades and graduation rates were released today by the Florida Department of Education.  In the data released, more than 75% of Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) traditional high schools earned an A or B grade and achieved a graduation rate of 88%.
College Academy @ BC to Hold Open House Events
The College Academy @ BC (Broward College) will hold two informational Open House events for interested students at Bailey Hall, Broward College, Central Campus, 3501 SW Davie Road, Davie, on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at 7 p.m. (for students whose last names begin with A-L) and Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at 7 p.m. (for students whose last names begin with M-Z).
Media Advisory Roundup Broward County Public Schools Holiday Events and Activities
The following are exciting holiday events and activities taking place in schools across the District this week. Media are invited to cover these events.

BCPS News Headlines

A print or digital subscription may be required to view articles online. 

Groups Raising Money For Honor Flight
Students from many Broward high schools were captivated as World War II veteran Lt. Col. Leo Gray told stories of his time with the Tuskegee Airmen Red Tail Squadron.
Most Broward, Palm Beach High Schools Earn Top Grades
Palm Beach County's high schools received a record number of A's, while Broward couldn't maintain a banner performance from last year, according to school grades released by the state Thursday.
High School Grades Down Across Florida
There were no tears of joy this year at Miami Northwestern Senior High. There were no pompons and cheerleaders at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale.
Planetarium at Atlantic West Elementary
Instead of a night at the museum, Atlantic West Elementary (AWE) School will host a "blow-up" Planetarium in the cafeteria for STEM third graders studying the Solar System.
Broward School Board Reviews Employee Salaries
Broward County School officials on Tuesday discussed overhauling the way they set employee salaries amid concerns the current method is confusing, inconsistent and unfair to internal job candidates.
School Board Closer To Finalizing Bond Oversight Plan
The Broward school district is one step closer to finalizing the details of how a bond oversight committee will monitor spending and ensure an $800 million bond is used as promised.
Holocaust Survivors Inspire Students
Seventy Holocaust survivors inspired an estimated 1,000 high school students by sharing their personal traumatic events at the recent Broward County Student Awareness Day recognizing the importance of Holocaust education.
Broward County’s 29th Annual Arts Teacher
Congratulations to Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) outstanding arts educators who were named winners in the dance, music, theater and visual arts categories of Broward County's 29th Arts Education Ceremony, ArtsED Forever!
Students Breaking The Code In Education
This week is "Hour of Code" week, a national movement to encourage kids of all ages to learn computer programing, also called coding.
Students Rise To The Occasion
Sixth-graders from Nova Middle School not only got a lesson in making bread, but also in giving.
Laptop Donation Adds Fun To Tutoring Equation
Jaylynn Liu is preserving her status as a high-achieving math student at Deerfield Beach Elementary School by showing up twice a week to a church.
School Opens On-Campus Courtroom
There's a lot more order in the court at Nova Middle School in Davie. Law studies and debate teacher Christopher Relyea recently organized the first mock trial in its new on-campus courtroom.
City Kicks Off Holiday Season In Style
With thousands looking on, Cooper City Elementary School fifth-grader Zoe McClure counted down to help throw the switch with Mayor Greg Ross to illuminate Memorial Park during Light Up Cooper City.
Margate Student Awards At City Hall
The final students of the month for 2014 were recognized at City Hall on Wednesday to a packed house and thunderous applause.
Margate Teachers Honored At City Meeting
Wednesday night the City of Margate celebrated its teachers of the month to a full house of family, neighbors and friends.
Little Voices In Margate "Jingle All The Way"
Where else would Santa's elves sing about a GPS malfunction that could cripple holiday travel?  It happened Thursday night during the Margate Elementary School production of "Jingle All the Way".