Week Ending April 28, 2017

Sandpiper Elementary School Celebrates How Low Can You Go Challenge
The students of Sandpiper Elementary School celebrate winning this year’s How Low Can You Go Annual Miami Heat Challenge with a pep rally sponsored by the Miami Heat and a special guest appearance by Miami Heat mascot Burnie. With help from student ambassadors, who reminded teachers and students to turn off lights and computers, the school lowered its electrical consumption to realize a savings of nearly $11,000.

BCPS News Around the District

BCPS and BTU Reach Tentative Contract Agreement
Today, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) and the Broward Teachers Union (BTU) held a joint news conference to announce a tentative agreement. The agreement was reached after approximately four months of bargaining between the parties. Watch news conference.  

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. There is still time to register 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.

Saluting Educational Excellence
In case you missed it, check out the Saluting Educational Excellence publication celebrating BCPS high schools and paths to graduation, which was published in the Sun-Sentinel. Thank you to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and Broward College for their support of this initiative. Saluting Educational Excellence.

High School Seniors Participate in “My Next Move” Job Fair Experience
Graduating seniors from Hallandale High School, Hollywood Hills High School, McArthur High School and South Broward High got the chance to meet one-on-one with potential employers at the “My Next Move,” career and work readiness job fair experience. Watch video.

Junior Achievement Spotlights Young Entrepreneurs in JA World Shark Tank
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) budding entrepreneurs recently completed Junior Achievement’s JA Fellows business and leadership program for high school students.

Student-Led Dialogue at Next Gen Engage Town Hall Series
The Next Gen Engage town hall series provides an opportunity for students to share their thoughts and ideas about what happens in their schools and classrooms.

Two Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Students, National Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners
Two Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students are named National Merit Scholarship recipients by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in its first group of winners announced in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

2017/18 School Choice Phase II Application Window Opens May 1, 2017
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is excited to announce that the School Choice Phase II application window for the 2017/18 school year takes place May 1, 2017 - September 1, 2017.

South Plantation High School Students Soar to New Heights With NASA
Congratulations to South Plantation High students, who are flying high after taking first place at the 2017 NASA Florida Student Astronaut Challenge 2017 State Competition.

BCPS in News Headlines

Most Broward teachers to get raises of 4 percent or higherSun-Sentinel
Broward teachers can expect to receive between 3 and 5 percent salary boosts, with the most experienced instructors slated to take home an extra $2,000 per year. Pay would be retroactive for the 2016 to 2017 school year if the School Board and teachers approve the deal.

Broward County public school teachers to receive raisesLocal 10
Teachers in Broward County celebrated a huge victory Wednesday as the school district announced that teachers will get raises. It took months of negotiations and some heated back and forth between the teachers union and the school district before the raises were approved.

Over half of Broward schoolteachers to receive 5-percent raiseWSVN 7
More than half of Broward County’s schoolteachers will be receiving what could be the highest raises for teachers in the state this year, officials said.

Fate of Hollywood school’s trees leads to lesson in democracyWSVN 7
They may not be old enough to vote, but fifth-graders at a South Florida school got a hands-on lesson on democracy as they prepare to cast their ballot on an important issue. The environment and politics are two subjects that came together for the fifth-grade students at Orange Brook Elementary School in Hollywood.