Week Ending December 23, 2016


Superintendent’s Holiday Video Message
As we approach the winter break and holiday season, the Public Information Office is excited to share with you, in this holiday/winter break edition of Friday Focus, the Superintendent’s holiday video message. This year’s holiday video highlights Districtwide accomplishments and a special message from Superintendent Robert W. Runcie.


BCPS News Around the District

Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year!
During this time of year, we wish our families and community a safe and healthy holiday season, and a wonderful 2017! The Public Information Office is happy to share the District’s holiday flyer, which provides families with an at-a-glance winter break schedule and a snapshot of some Districtwide initiatives. Holiday flyer
Mark Your Calendar! The First Day of School is August 21, 2017, for the 2017/18 School Year
The School Board of Broward County, Florida, approved the 2017/18 school year calendar at its December 20, 2016, School Board meeting.

2017 Graduation Schedule 
In time for family planning during the winter break and holiday season, Broward County Public Schools announces its 2017 graduation schedule. The graduation season kicks off on June 1, 2017, and runs through June 8, 2017, for the Class of 2017 at 47 high schools, centers and colleges.

Manatee Bay Elementary School Student Council Helps Over 400 Families in Need in Haiti
Manatee Bay Elementary School’s student council collected and delivered much-needed goods and supplies for victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. Students and families donated more than 40 boxes filled with medicine, toiletries, toys, school supplies, food, water purifiers, along with clothes and shoes for men, women and children. 
Driftwood Middle School Teacher Linda Gancitano Participates in White House Champions of Change Event
Linda Gancitano, a physical education teacher at Driftwood Middle School's Academy of Health and Wellness, recently traveled to Washington, D.C., by invitation from the White House, to participate in the White House Champions of Change Reunion on December 5, 2016.

Whiddon Rogers Education Center Awarded $10,000 Grant for Instruction in Digital Design
Thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Florida Department of Education, students at Whiddon Rogers Education Center will have the opportunity to learn hands-on skills in digital design from certified instructors through a communications technology program.

BCPS Expands After-school Supper Program Over 100 Schools Now Offer Nutritious Meals in Aftercare Program Broward County Public Schools has expanded its Aftercare Supper Program to include six additional school sites, for a total of 104 schools serving nutritious meals to students.

BCPS Traditional High Schools Earn Highest Graduation Rate Since 2010/11
Broward County Public Schools traditional high schools achieved a graduation rate of 92.2 percent in the 2015/16 school year.

Mirror Lakes Elementary School’s Glenda “Gigi” McIntire Honored with 2016 Holocaust Educator Award Congratulations to Glenda ‘Gigi’ McIntire, an educator and counselor at Mirror Lake Elementary School, for being selected to receive the 2016 Gutterman Family Outstanding Holocaust Educator Award.

BCPS in News Headlines

More than 100 Broward schools now offer free supperSun-Sentinel
Six additional schools are participating in Broward County Public Schools Aftercare Supper Program, bringing the total number of schools in the program to 104.

Florida's high school graduation rate increases for 2015-16 school yearLocal 10
Florida's high school graduation rate increased by 2.8 percentage points over the last year, the Florida Department of Education announced Friday.

Hurricane Matthew's devastation lingers in Haiti; South Florida groups offer relief Sun-Sentinel
Hurricane Matthew is more than a memory in Haiti. It's part of everyday life. In a country still recovering from a cataclysmic earthquake in 2010, Matthew has left roads impassable, schools closed and food scarce more than two months later.

Taking stock in a dedicated and giving teenSun-Sentinel
Resilient, persevering and goal-oriented: Those are the qualities mentors use to describe Liz Parra, a senior at McArthur High School in Hollywood.

The ultimate civics lesson: Students cheer as their teacher becomes a U.S. citizenThe Miami Herald
Bernadette Davis has spent the past four years teaching a group of gifted students at Hollywood’s Apollo Middle School about the inner workings of government and the nature of democracy.

Hitting the Books Coconut Creek Life Magazine
For the principal of Monarch High School, the highlight of last school year actually happened during the summer break.

Raising the bar, one student at a time Sun-Sentinel
Just after 7 a.m., a tall boy in a white T-shirt and khakis enters the classroom adjacent to the gym and sets his book bag down next to a desk in the front row… There are dozens of boys in Shavonda Mitchum's R.A.I.S.E. The Bar class who meet before school at McNicol Middle School in Hollywood.

SWAG ON 6: Kaitlyn Coyne Helps Students Dress For SuccessNBC 6
When we met, Kaitlyn Coyne was folding dress pants and shorts, hanging them up on clothing racks. This junior at Coral Glades High School in Coral Springs doesn’t work in a boutique.

More than 100 Broward schools now serve free supper – Sun-Sentinel
Six additional schools are participating in Broward County Public Schools’ Aftercare Supper Program, bringing the total number of schools in the program to 104.

'Hour of Code' event looks to inspire students – Sun-Sentinel
Broward County Public Schools recently participated in Computer Science Education Week, a nationwide program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science.

Students moved by survivors' testimonies – Sun-Sentinel
900 high school students learned about the Holocaust through the testimony of many survivors as well as the screening of the 2005 documentary "I'm Still Here," based on the diaries of teens, many who perished in the Holocaust.

South Florida high school graduation rates hit recordSun-Sentinel
South Florida public schools are passing a key test as the rate of students graduating within four years hit a record last school year.