Week Ending February 6, 2015

This week's Friday Focus Video highlights include the Annual Food Show hosted by Food and Nutrition Services, with 200 students from Ramblewood Elementary School and Ramblewood Middle School as taste testers for over 35 new food items being considered for next school year’s breakfast, lunch and supper programs; the School Board’s celebration of Black History Month, recognizing the contributions of Captain Barrington Irving, Jr. and Attorney Eugene Pettis; and the annual Broward County Science Fair at the Westfield Broward Mall with 800 students representing 68 schools.


BCPS News Releases

Seniors Named Candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program
Congratulations to four Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) seniors who are candidates for the prestigious 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
Six Finalists Vie for BCPS 2016 Teacher of the Year
One elementary school teacher, two middle school teachers, two high school teachers, and one pre-k – adult community school teacher round out the six finalists vying to become Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) 2016 Teacher of the Year.
BCPS Teacher Named White House Champion of Change
Congratulations to Linda Gancitano, physical education teacher at Driftwood Middle School Academy of Health and Wellness, on being named a White House Climate Education on Literacy Champion of Change.

BCPS News Headlines

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6 finalists chosen for Broward teacher of the year award
Six teachers have been named among the best in Broward County, vying for the coveted Teacher of the Year title.
South Florida twins to attend West Point
Like many sets of twins, Celine Gunderman and Whitney Gunderman are just inseparable.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Senior Selected as U.S. Presidential Scholars Candidate
This year, out of the 4,000 seniors that were selected as candidates for the prestigious 2015 U.S.
Students helping students
A partnership between Broward College and the Broward County School Board aims to narrow the achievement gap among minority males by pairing high school students with college mentors.
Surgeon general visits school
Milk does the body good, and so does reading. Florida Surgeon General John Armstrong recently visited Nova Eisenhower Elementary School in Davie to drive home this message, reading "SunnyBell's Florida Dairy Farm Adventure" to a class of second-graders and kindergartners.
Students clear out invasive plants
Students from South Plantation High School were the first group to collect more than 100 bags of invasive plants at Miramar Pineland Park as part of a program to honor Broward County's centennial celebration.
The J.P. Taravella drama department will perform “Ragtime” at the Florida Thespian Festival in Tampa
A meeting took place at J.P. Taravella High School. It was known at the J.P. Taravella zone.
51 J.P. Taravella students will go to state DECA Competition in OrlandoAmbalika Tirado-Kangal and Rachael Christopher love being a part of the DECA program at J.P. Taravella High School.
Memorial dedication at J.P. Taravella High School for Justin Flowers
J.P. Taravella High School students, parents, school leadership, teachers, staff, District staff, community members, local law enforcement and Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) will participate in a Memorial dedication for Justin Flowers on February 10 at 10:30 a.m.to 11:15 a.m. at the J.P. Taravella Memorial Garden.
Broward school employees, principals get 2.2 percent raise
Many Broward school district employees will see fatter paychecks at the end of the month after the School Board on Tuesday approved 2.2 percent salary increases for principals, assistant principals, secretaries, clerical workers, food service staff, office managers and administrators.
BECON-TV announces fifth season of School Duel—South Florida’s first academic quiz show
BECON-TV (Broward Education Communications Network) WBEC-TV a nonprofit, noncommercial television station owned and operated by the School Board of Broward County, announced the 20 participating teams and broadcast schedule for the fifth season of School Duel, presented by Chick-fil-A and BrightStar Credit Union.
National Signing Day: What to watch for
National Signing Day is when boys become men ... and men often turn into little boys based upon those decisions. South Florida, especially Broward County, has played host to some of Signing Day's most memorable moments.
Some Miramar prospects' futures on hold after signing day
Grades were again front and center for Miramar football players on Wednesday, as principal Maria Formoso called out the grade-point averages of Patriots prospects from the school auditorium stage.
Broward schools bursting with college signees
When Cypress Bay's Olivia Gott watched her sister, Maddie, sign with Columbia University for softball last year, she couldn't wait for her turn at plate.
Everglades High School Joins Global Community of Cambridge Schools
Broward County Public Schools is proud to announce that Everglades High School has been awarded Cambridge International School status by Cambridge International Examinations.
Commission honors student for anti-bully essay
Jakob Kelly has never been bullied in school, but he knows that bullying remains as serious an issue in schools within the county as those in other parts of the country.
Taravella High School Holds “Open Air Market” this Weekend
Come out and support JP Taravella’s band program when they hold their second annual “Open Air Market” on Sunday.
Broward Students Weigh In On Next Year’s Lunch Menu
The Broward County School District held a tasting Friday at Pompano Beach High School to help determine what will be on school menu’s next year.
HEAT Celebrates Black History Month Presented By Pepsi
The 2014-15 season marks the 12th year the Miami HEAT will pay tribute to Black History Month with a comprehensive campaign spanning multiple media platforms and outlets.
Coral Springs High School Cheerleading Squads Sweep States
Several Coral Springs high schools cheerleading squads won a trifecta at this weekend’s Florida High School Athletic Association State Championships.
Liberty Elementary Celebrates the Life of Jayden Young
Liberty Elementary School in Margate helped students appreciate the life of a friend in a joyous memorial Thursday.