Week Ending December 1, 2017

Debate Students Showcase Skills at the Annual Debate Initiative Luncheon and Student Exhibition
The third annual Speaking for the Future Debate Initiative Luncheon was attended by a record 200 guests, making it the largest fundraising luncheon in support of more than 12,000 students Districtwide competing in speech and debate. The event showcased debate performances by students from Cypress Bay High School, Everglades High School, Flanagan High School, Walker Elementary School, Western High School and Pompano Youth Treatment Center.  Read more.
BCPS News Around the District

Congratulations to Newly Elected School Board Chair Nora Rupert and Vice Chair Heather P. Brinkworth
The School Board of Broward County, Florida, elected Nora Rupert as Chair and Heather P. Brinkworth as Vice Chair. The nominations and voting took place during the School Board’s Annual Organizational Meeting, on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.

Finalists Announced for BCPS Teacher of the Year and School-Related/District Employee of the Year
Congratulations to the Teacher of the Year Finalists: Stacey Brown, Pompano Beach Elementary School; Diana Escobar, Coral Cove Elementary School; Tammy Freeman, Monarch High School; Helen Kassim, Sunland Park Academy; and Frank Pizzo, Deerfield Beach High School.

Congratulations to the School-Related/District Employee of the Year Finalists: Mary Alvarez, Lyons Creek Middle School; Susan Costa, Deerfield Beach High School; Andrea Larkin, Bayview Elementary School; Tony Merrell, Park Ridge Elementary School; and Frinette Volquez, Hallandale High School.

The BCPS Teacher of the Year and School-Related/District Employee of the Year are named at the 2018 Caliber Awards Ceremony recognizing the District’s outstanding teachers, principals, assistant principals and school-related/District employees. The ceremony takes place on Thursday, February 1, 2018, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. For more information, contact Dr. Carolyn Stewart at 754-321-2300 or carolyn.stewart@browardschools.com.

BCPS School Choice Application Window Opens Today – December 1, 2017
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is excited to announce that the School Choice application window for the 2018/19 school year takes place December 1, 2017 - February 7, 2018. Parents and guardians are encouraged to explore all of the District’s School Choice options available for their families. Visit the School Choice website at browardschools.com/schoolchoice.

BCPS Gets Plugged into Computer Science Education Week!
The countdown is on for the start of Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code! The annual global movement, which takes place December 4-10, 2017, raises awareness about the importance of expanding computer science in schools and inspires students to complete at least one hour of computer coding during the weeklong celebration.

BCPS Selected for U.S. Department of Education Grant for Creating Career and Technical Educator Pathways
Broward County Public Schools is proud to be selected for an approximately $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education. The grant aims to increase career and technical education teacher certifications, preparation and support.

Orange Brook Elementary School is One of Six Florida Schools to Earn the Green Apple
Congratulations to Orange Brook Elementary School for being one of six schools in Florida to earn the Green Apple designation through the Florida Green School Designation Program. The recognition identifies Orange Brook Elementary as an environmental leader in Florida’s educational industry, and its commitment to conserve and protect Florida’s natural resources.

Broward School Counselor Association Honors BCPS Staff
The Broward School Counselor Association honored four Broward County Public Schools staff members for outstanding leadership in school counseling.

BCPS Students Attend Interactive Marine Science Camp
Students from Broward County Public Schools participated in an instructional camp at MarineLab in Key Largo, FL. The students, who are deaf or hard of hearing, had the opportunity to engage in marine science activities and perform experiments with the help of educational interpreters.

BCPS in the News

SWAG on 6: Student Calls for Change Through Debate - NBC 6
When Anh-thu Le delivers her interpretive speeches, people don't just listen, she captures on audience and doesn't let go. "I am just a lapdog under a bamboo ceiling," she says, launching into one of her signature pieces at the Broward County Public School debate showcase luncheon in Fort Lauderdale.

This basketball player’s athleticism will allow her to reach beyond the rim this year - Miami Herald
In a video that has gotten 111 ‘likes’ on Douglas junior Abigail Hsu’s Twitter account @abigailvhsu, Hsu jumps off one leg and grabs the front of a standard 10-foot rim. That feat would be impressive enough for any girl’s high school player 6-3 or taller.

The C-SPAN Bus Visits South Florida Schools - CBS Miami
Monday, C-SPAN’s all new, state-of-the-art bus stopped at several schools including Miami Jackson Senior High. “Kind of gives them that fly on the wall perspective about what’s going on in their government,” said Vanessa Torres, marketing specialist for C-SPAN. The bus is touring the country now, visiting state capitols, book fairs and schools along the way.

Miami Dolphins and Publix partner for 15th year to host 125 students at Kids and Fins shopping spree - Westside Gazette
The Miami Dolphins and Publix came together to take 125 students from four schools in the tri-county area shopping for Thanksgiving meals. Dolphins’ players, cheerleaders, mascot T.D. as well as Miami Dolphins Women’s Organization members and Fort Lauderdale Police walked up and down the Publix aisles with kids checking items off their Thanksgiving shopping lists…The students, from Henry D. Perry Center in Broward Countywere selected by their principals to participate in this event.

UNCF to Host South Florida Leader’s Luncheon Benefiting Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Their Deserving Students - NB Herard
UNCF (United Negro College Fund), the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization, is proud to announce that Broward County Mayor Beam Furr, will serve as the keynote speaker for UNCF’s 17th Annual South Florida Leader’s Luncheon on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017…the program will also include remarks from Robert Runcie, Superintendent of Broward County Public Schools.

Chamber of Commerce salutes business leadersSun-Sentinel
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce held its annual Salute to Business event with nearly 450 business leaders in attendance. The event at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 celebrated the accomplishments of some of top companies across South Florida… This year's honorees are Walker Elementary, Broward Partnership for the Homeless, ACR Electronics, The Restaurant People, JM Lexus, and The Castle Group.

New Florida Law Expected To Increase Textbook Challenges - CBS Miami
A parent in Florida is citing profanity and violence in trying to get the local school to ban Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” — itself a cautionary tale on the banning of books. Another wants to remove Walter Dean Myers’ “Bad Boy” for using the word “penis” and a homophobic slur. Elsewhere in Florida, some say global warming and evolution are a hoax and should not be taught in textbooks unopposed.

BCPS Selected for U.S. Dept. of Education Grant - South Florida Times
Recently, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) was selected for an approximately $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education. The grant aims to increase career and technical education teacher certifications, preparation and support.

They saw a need. Then these teens did something about it.Sun-Sentinel
For some South Florida students, giving is not confined to the holidays. All year long, they are brainstorming ways to raise money, find medical supplies, gather used clothing and rethink class science projects, all to help the needy, at home and abroad.

McArthur High Debate Team Excelling in Competitions at all Levels - Hollywood Gazette
The McArthur High School Debate Team is doing very well in local, state and national competitions, perhaps a direct result of a Broward County Public Schools initiative, strongly supported by Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie, to have competitive speech and debate programs in as many Broward schools as possible.

More students going to college before finishing high schoolSun-Sentinel
More South Florida students have decided to spend their high school years going to college. They are taking dual-enrollment classes, which allows them to earn college credits for free. By the time they graduate high school, many have already completed a year or more of college, saving them thousands of dollars and allowing them to start their careers sooner.

With sharing tables, schools turn to picky kids to help feed hungry classmatesSun-Sentinel
When it comes to sharing food, some South Florida schools treat every day like it's Thanksgiving. But instead of turkey and stuffing, these schools share milk, juice, cheese and apples. It works like this: Students who bought lunch put their unwanted, unopened food or drinks into one of two plastic bins in the cafeteria that sit on top of ice.

Students at this school used to hit teachers. Here’s how everything changed.Sun-Sentinel
There was a time when some students at Walker Elementary would get so violent they hit their teachers. The principal’s office disciplined students at the F-ranked Fort Lauderdale school at least four or five times a day. And 20 percent of kids missed at least 18 days in one school year.

Lucky's $5K gift supports students - Sun-Sentinel
The Broward Education Foundation received a donation of approximately $5,000 from Lucky's Markets in Plantation and Coral Springs. The markets' donation will support several of the foundation's initiatives in Broward County Public Schools.