Week Ending April 21, 2017


Parents Sample Cafeteria Menu Items at the First Parent Food Show
Parents participated in Broward County Schools Food and Nutrition Services' inaugural Parent Food Show on April 6, 2017, at Riverglades Elementary School. Parents got a chance to taste test breakfast and lunch food items, and vote for their favorites to appear on school cafeteria menus in the upcoming school year. Celebrity Chef Rudy Poindexter of the Food Network’s “Chopped” fame was on hand to demonstrate healthy and fun recipes.

BCPS News Around the District

Saluting Educational Excellence
This Sunday, April 23, 2017, be sure to look for an exciting special section feature inside the Sun-Sentinel called “Saluting to Educational Excellence” in Broward County Public Schools. This special section, sponsored by Broward College, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and the Sun-Sentinel, in collaboration with the District’s Public Information Office, highlights educational excellence in each of our high schools, along with the District’s distinctive academic achievements.

BCPS Celebrates the 17th Annual Kids of Character and Staff of Character Awards
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) celebrates the 17th Annual Kids of Character and Staff of Character Awards on Monday, April 24, 2017! The event, which is sponsored by the Sun-Sentinel and Publix, celebrates students and staff who were nominated by their schools for demonstrating outstanding character throughout the year, including cooperation, responsibility, citizenship, kindness, respect, honesty, self-control and tolerance.

411 Parent Engagement Conference Saturday, April 29, 2017
The Parent/Community Involvement Task Force and Office of Parent Engagement present this year's 411 Parent Engagement Conference, Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 8 a.m. Register now to attend the Spring 2017 Parent & Community Engagement Conference.

Experience Broward Teacher Job Fair – May 22, 2017
Broward County Public Schools will hold its annual Experience Broward Teacher Job Fair on The Job Fair offers site-based hiring by enabling candidates the opportunity to interview with school principals. The District seeks candidates who are committed to high-quality instruction, continuous improvement and ensuring the success of all students.

McArthur High School Wins Imagery Award at the FRC First Robotics Regional Competition
Congratulations to McArthur High School’s M3 Robotics team for winning the Imagery Award at the FRC First Robotics regional competition in Orlando, Florida. The M3 team beat 67 other teams on local, state and international levels.

2017 Summer Camps and Programs
Summer is right around the corner! Broward County Public Schools is pleased to announce the 2017 Summer Programs Online Resource. This valuable resource provides parents and guardians a robust summer guide to many amazing camps, programs and resources. There is something for everyone.

BCPS High School Teams Take Top Honors at FIRST® Robotics Competition 2017 South Florida Regional
With thousands of fans, families, educators and industry leaders cheering them on, student teams from McArthur High School, West Broward High School and Western High School competed and won in the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition.

BCPS in News Headlines

Superheroes in our Schools: Derek RiveraWSFL-CW
This week’s super teacher heads up the health and wellness program at Hallandale High School and serves as the school's Head Athletic Trainer. Some of his students assist him as athletic trainers and many of them are eligible for jobs straight out of high school, thanks to the certifications they earn as Mr. Rivera's students.

Parents may get new way to challenge school textbooksSun-Sentinel
Floridians who view school textbooks as too liberal and books in school libraries as inappropriate may get legislative help to more easily object to classroom materials they don’t like.

‘My Next Move’ job fair comes to South Broward High School  – Hollywood Gazette
Students from McArthur, South Broward and Hollywood Hills High School had the opportunity to meet with potential employees at a special job fair geared toward seniors about to graduate called My Next Move, held at South Broward High School.

Teacher uses pop culture icons to inspire conservationSun-Sentinel
Room 204 at Panther Run Elementary School is bursting at the seams with 90s nostalgia. Super Heroes and comic book art covers the walls, drawings of Super Mario line the bulletin board and the retro TV show, "Captain Planet" plays on a TV in the corner.

Online learning offers flexibility to high school studentsSun-Sentinel
Online learning used to mean sitting in front of a computer and click, click, clicking, page after mind-numbing page. But over the past few years, online classes for high school students have evolved into a highly interactive, flexible way to learn. There are also opportunities to engage in social activities, internships, clubs and community service.

Grant leads to school-wide recycling programSun-Sentinel
If Cheyanne Robinson learned one thing from being a Recycling Ranger, it was that recycling is hard.

Sheridan Park Elementary students invited to compete in FIRST LEGO League Open ChampionshipHollywood Gazette
A group of robotics students from Sheridan Park Elementary School have received an incredible opportunity to attend and compete in the FIRST LEGO League Open Championship at LEGOLAND California from May 19-21, 2017.

School cafeterias say goodbye to slop, hello to saladSun-Sentinel
School cafeterias are dishing out food today’s parents couldn’t have imagined back when they slogged through the lunch line. Gone are the days of meat loaf, chicken and gravy, and sloppy Joes in Broward.

BCPS Parents Sampled New Cafeteria Menu Items at the School District’s First Annual Parent Food Show at Riverglades Elementary SchoolCity Biz
On April 6, 2017, parents of Broward County Public School students participated in the School District’s first annual Parent Food Show at Riverglades Elementary School in Parkland, Florida.

Annual art showcase features Weston studentsSun-Sentinel
Eleven years ago, Cypress Bay High School art teacher, Bizzy Jenkins, wanted more for her students.

Arts For The Future Scholarships Awarded To Local StudentsCity Biz
Thirty seniors from 13 Broward County Public Schools received Arts for the Future Scholarships during the 18th annual Stars on Parade extravaganza at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Dillard jazz band heading to finals in NYCSun-Sentinel
Dillard High School's jazz band is once again ranked among the Top 15 in North America – and they aim to be the best.

These High School Students Had An Idea To Make School Board Meetings Better — Hold Them After School - WLRN
During the 2012-2013 school year, some high school students in Broward County started looking into public access to public meetings as part of a class project — “Democracy in Action” — that almost became state law.

Here’s Why Broward Superintendent Runcie Isn’t Too Worried About That Whole Trump/DeVos ThingFace of Education
The superintendent of the 6th largest school district in the nation is always on-message. But, parents want to know the real deal on Robert Runcie’s priorities for leading Broward Schools. In our interview he was frank, undistracted and forthcoming on his agenda.

Principals put to the test: Will schools improve if they ignore bureaucracy?Sun-Sentinel
What would happen if school principals, who know their teachers and students better than the bureaucrats, had the freedom to make their own decisions?

Families warn high school students about dangers of drunken, distracted drivingLocal 10
Two families torn apart after deadly wrong-way crashes came together Monday to show students at Monarch High School the consequences of drunken or distracted driving.