Week Ending December 2, 2016


Immigrant Students Showcase Legislative Youth Agenda
Three hundred immigrant students, who attended Rally to the Tally to present their legislative agendas to state elected officials in Tallahassee, got the chance to share their policy recommendations to local officials at the Close Up – Broward Youth Policy Summit Expo. Video   


BCPS News Around the District

Sheridan Technical College Hosts 4th Annual Harvest Feast
Sheridan Technical College served a traditional Thanksgiving meal to families in their community as part its Harvest Feast. The annual free event is an opportunity for the community to come together and enjoy a holiday meal. Video

The 411 on Parent Engagement Conference
This year’s annual Parent Engagement Conference was hosted at Fort Lauderdale High School. The conference focused on supporting and enhancing parental involvement and connecting families with school and community resources. Video

School Board Celebrates Swearing in Ceremony
Four School Board members, all re-elected in the 2016 election, were sworn in during a ceremony held at the Dillard High School Center for the Performing Arts. Video

Plantation Middle School Students Join the Pomp and Circumstance for the U.S. Cricket Open
Plantation Middle School announced a new partnership with Cricket Council USA. The partnership introduces students to the second most popular sport in the world and provides the school’s newly formed cricket team with coaches, equipment and sponsorships.

2016 Walk to School Day 
Hundreds of students and parents joined Broward Metropolitan Management Organization (MPO) Board members and staff to participate in 2016 Walk to School Day at schools across Broward County. Due to Hurricane Matthew, the local event was rescheduled. In partnership with the Broward County Public Schools, MPO Board members and staff walked to school at six participating schools, including Cooper City Elementary School, Floranada Elementary School, Margate Elementary School, Norcrest Elementary School, Panther Run Elementary School and Sandpiper Elementary School. 

SMART Investments - Moving Forward and On Track
Did you know there are more than 700 school facilities projects in progress, and more than 100 schools have school choice enhancement projects underway as part of the SMART initiative? For the latest on SMART, check out the November 2016 Update.  

School Choice – Explore Your Options
Broward County Public Schools is proud to offer high-quality educational programs at each of our schools.  Our District is a national leader in providing innovative learning opportunities to help students reach their highest potential. ​Explore your options for School Choice 2017/18. 

Students Lead BCPS Next Gen Engage Town Hall Series Western High School, December 1, 2016
The Next Gen Engage town hall series builds on previous years’ Conversations With The District town hall series to engage students in sharing their experiences, opinions and ideas about what happens in their schools and classrooms. This is the second of seven Next Gen Engage events taking place throughout the District.

BCPS is Home to Two of the State’s Top 10 Culinary Arts Schools

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is home to two of the top 10 best culinary schools in Florida. Sheridan Technical College (#7) and McFatter Technical College (#9) are honored by Best Choice Schools, based on their reputation for excellence in the industry, high-quality program offerings, and real-world hands-on experiences.

School Choice Application Window for 2017/18 School Year Opens December 1, 2016

Broward County Public Schools is excited to announce that the School Choice application window for the 2017/18 school year takes place December 1, 2016 - February 8, 2017.

Broward County School Board Elects Chair and Vice Chair

The School Board of Broward County, Florida, unanimously elected Abby M. Freedman as Chair and Nora Rupert as Vice Chair. The nominations and voting took place during the School Board’s Annual Organizational Meeting, following a swearing-in ceremony for re-elected School Board members.

BCPS in News Headlines

Hope and Healing: Cops 4 KidsWSVN 7 
Some Fort Lauderdale Police Officers are doing very special things for students in Broward County. Craig Stevens has tonight’s special report: Hope and Healing. 

First responders visit local studentsSun-Sentinel
Hollywood police officers and firefighters joined volunteers across the county to promote early literacy. As part of Jumpstart's Read for the Record, 30 emergency responders visited students in 13 Hollywood schools.

NBC 6 Brag About Your School - McNicol Middle School – NBC 6
NBC 6 is bragging about another school Monday – this time, we’re heading to McNicol Middle School in Hollywood! Home of the Mighty Hawks, MMS’s magnet programs attract students from across the county. 

SWAG on 6: High School Senior Uses Disability to Educate Classmates on Acceptence NBC 6
A wheelchair and cerebral palsy can’t prevent Michael Hadler from being a big man on campus at Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines. His classmates just voted him one of their “Senior Superlatives.”

Superheroes in Our Schools: Coconut Creek High School’s Mrs. Camille EdwardsWSFL CW-TV
This week's Super Teacher is Mrs. Camille Edwards from Coconut Creek High School, where she teaches reading and serves as an academic coach.

Fourth-graders helping puppy become a service dogSun-Sentinel
Gunther was just a 10-week-old puppy when he showed up for the first day of elementary school.

Broward County Schools Spread Holiday Cheer by Giving Thanksgiving Meals to Families in NeedNBC 6 
Kids and adults across Broward County schools spent Tuesday helping to set a Thanksgiving table for families in need. Call it a “donation drive thru” as volunteers load each pausing car at Western High School in Davie with ten bags of groceries and a turkey.

More than 24,000 books collected during Local 10’s Big Book Drive WPLG Local 10
Students at Dillard Elementary School and Thurgood Mashall Elementary School receive books as part of WPLG Local 10’s Big Book Drive. 

Hollywood Hills Marching Band earns superior ratings in competition  Hollywood Gazette
The Hollywood Hills High School Marching Band recently participated in the Florida Bandmaster’s Association assessment at Coral Springs High School.

Broward's teacher bonus program has big pay-off for poor schoolsSun-Sentinel
The Broward school district for the last four years has been offering bonuses to attract and keep quality teachers at 28 of some of its poorest schools — and the incentives are paying off.

Broward school district seeks federal oversight on $800 million bond spendingSun-Sentinel 
The Broward County School Board is asking a federal agency to oversee its spending and is revising its contract policies as it begins making promised renovations under the $800 million bond program.