Week Ending December 22, 2017


‘Tis the Season of Giving
‘Tis the season of giving – and the students at Park Trails Elementary School are doing just that. Students spent time during class parties to wrap their gifts of toys and school supplies, and write notes to students at Walker Elementary School. Their motto, "Let's change the world with kindness.” The project, which started at the beginning of the year, is about creating a personal connection between the two schools and students learning from each other. The students at Park Trails Elementary sent their gifts and personal notes to the students at Walker Elementary to let them know that they care. The students have developed a bond and formed lasting friendships.

BCPS News Around the District

Season’s Greetings – Superintendent’s Holiday Video Message
Superintendent Robert W. Runcie shares a special holiday video message for students, families, staff and our Broward community.  Also, check out the District’s at-a-glance 2017/18 Winter Break flyer with important dates to remember.  Wishing all a happy, safe and healthy Winter Break!
Click here for the Superintendent’s holiday video message.
Click here for the District Winter Break flyer and schedule.

Top School Leaders Named Finalists for BCPS Principal of the Year and Assistant Principal of the Year 
Three principals and three assistant principals are now one step closer to being named Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) top school leaders – Principal of the Year and Assistant Principal of the Year. Each year, the District recognizes school leaders for their outstanding leadership and tireless efforts to establish environments that are conducive to the pursuit and achievement of academic excellence.

Five BCPS Teacher of the Year Finalists Go ‘Above and Beyond’
From coaching students in vital literacy knowledge to preparing them for real-world success with training in 21st century skills, five standout teachers are finalists for the Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Teacher of the Year.

BCPS School Choice Application Window Open – Now Through February 7, 2018
The School Choice application window for the 2018/19 school year is open now through 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.

2018 Graduation Schedule
Just in time for family planning during the winter break, Broward County Public Schools announces its 2018 graduation schedule. The graduation season kicks off on May 30, 2018, for 45 BCPS high schools, centers and colleges. Congratulations, Class of 2018!
Click here for 2018 Graduation Schedule

BCPS Students Enjoy "The Nutcracker" at the Miramar Cultural Center 
The Bilingual/ESOL Department provided a free opportunity for 300 newly arrived middle school students from across the District to experience one of the most fascinating productions, “The Nutcracker” at the Miramar Cultural Center on Friday December 15, 2017.

BCPS in the News

Apollo Middle School Students Taste-Test Future School Lunch Menu Items - Hollywood Gazette
Chicken eggrolls and vegetable chili were the winners when a group of Apollo Middle School students sampled about 30 items from food brokers and then rated them on a scale from awesome to gross. The food items selected will be pilot tested over the next few months in Broward County public schools.

Broward teachers to get raises after holidays - Sun-Sentinel
Most Broward County teachers will soon get hundreds of extra dollars to pay off those holiday bills. The Broward County School Board on Tuesday approved the new contract, which includes raises of at least 2.5 percent for most teachers. Those rated highly effective will receive raises of up to 3.6 percent.

Broward 8A-6A football offensive player of the year: Harrison Story, Western senior - Sun-Sentinel
After two weeks of regional playoffs, Western was the last team standing in Broward County in Class 8A – this coming from a school that had never won a playoff game before this year. At the epicenter of it all, leading clutch drive after clutch drive and accounting for 31 total touchdowns was a senior quarterback the Wildcats call "Iceman," Harrison Story, who is the Sun Sentinel’s All-Broward 8A-6A Offensive Player of the Year.

Brag About Your School: Parkway Middle School of the Arts - NBC6
It’s always fun to expose a hidden gem, like that great neighborhood restaurant or the boutique your friends don’t know about. Consider putting Parkway Middle School of the Arts in that category. “It’s a hidden treasure,” said the school’s principal, Bradford Mattair, in full agreement with our assessment.

Santa Surprises Cross Creek Students To End Holiday Toy Drive - HSBN
Monday afternoon Santa Claus arrived with a motorcycle escort and delivered toy gifts to students at Cross Creek School in Pompano Beach. Thanks to the generosity of the South Florida baseball community, dozens of children enjoyed Christmas gifts they never expected to receive.

Super Teachers: Leaha Perl - The CW South Florida
This week's super teacher is Leaha Perl, the Environmental STEM class instructor at Pines Middle school.  Her combination of traditional and progressive teaching methods allows her students to achieve personal growth while practicing conservation.

Artists Join Forces For School Mural Project At New Academy - South Florida Times
Keya Tama, a 19-year-old artist from South Africa, joined Broward County resident artist Ruben Ubiera to complete two walls surrounding a new school that will open next year for infants and parents to train together learning English as a second language on one campus. Parents will also receive jobs.

Middle school isn't working. Here's how South Florida is fixing it. - Sun-Sentinel
South Florida students may soon attend a new type of middle school, where they learn job skills, take more electives and get less homework. Middle school serves students in grades six to eight — the time when students are least engaged and parents are the least satisfied, school officials say. So, they are looking at a makeover.