Week Ending February 10, 2017


BCPS and Broward Alliance Partner for Student Success
Thanks to collaboration between BCPS and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, approximately 1,500 students in the Career, Technical, Adult & Community Education program, recently got the opportunity to participate in a new career fair – the Claim Your Future Showcase. Students met representatives from 50 Alliance member companies at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. Watch video.

BCPS News Around the District

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) has been awarded Districtwide (or ‘full’) accreditation for five more years from AdvancEd, the non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of schools and school systems (pre-K – 12th grade).

2017 Community Involvement Awards
Broward County Public Schools is proud to honor the thousands of individuals who support our District through volunteerism, mentoring, business partnerships and family engagement initiatives at the 2017 Community Involvements Awards on Friday, February 17, 2017 – breakfast and networking at 9 a.m., program at 10 a.m. This year’s event takes place at Bailey Hall, Broward College Central Campus in Davie.

Watch Special Presentations for School Board Meeting
The School Board proudly recognizes District and school achievements, as well as Districtwide events and initiatives, during the Special Presentations segment at School Board meetings. Watch this week’s special presentations and recognitions, including Black History Month, National School Counseling Week and City of Pembroke Kindness Initiative. Watch video.

Six Finalists Vie for the Coveted BCPS Teacher of the Year Award
Congratulations to the six exemplary teachers named as finalists for the BCPS Teacher of the Year award. Two elementary school teachers, one middle school teacher, two high school teachers and one education center teacher round out the six finalists vying for the coveted Teacher of the Year award. Meet the Teacher of the Year Finalists.

Next Gen Engage Student-Led Series - February 23, 2017
The Next Gen Engage town hall series provides an opportunity for students to share their experiences, thoughts and ideas about what happens in their schools and classrooms. Next Gen Engage Revised Schedule of Events

Deerfield Beach High School Students Haiti Relief Project
Students, teachers and administrators at Deerfield Beach High School collected donations to help with Haiti Relief efforts. More than 30 boxes of donated items including clothing, shoes, food, baby supplies, water, blankets, towels, hygiene products and medicine will help the people of Haiti after being impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

McArthur High School Teacher Receives 2017 DuPont/Pioneer Award
Congratulations to McArthur High School science teacher Vincent Newman for being selected by the National Science Teachers Association Awards and Recognitions Committee as the recipient of the 2017 DuPont/Pioneer Excellence in Agricultural Science Education Award.

BCPS Partners With City of Pembroke Pines to Host Kindness Initiative Event
Families and the community are invited to pack a lunch, bring decorated blankets and baskets, and enjoy performances by students from local schools, who will share messages of kindness, compassion and forgiveness.

Bethune Elementary School Welcomes National Geographic’s Map of Florida
First grade students from Bethune Elementary School of the Arts were able to walk across the entire state of Florida with the National Geographic’s Traveling Map. The map, which measures 16 feet by 20 feet, on loan from the Florida Geographic Alliance at Florida State University, provides an opportunity for students to discover and explore the entire state.

BCPS in News Headlines

Celebrating Superheroes in Our SchoolsWSFL-CW
Jason Freedman is a video gaming instructor at Coral Springs High School, where he teaches computer modeling, 3-D animation, and 2-D and 3-D game design. With five consecutive state championships to prove it, his students are the best in the state at what they do.  Freedman is this week’s Super Teacher!

Teacher Shortage in South Florida – Education on 6 ReportNBC 6
We send our kids to school every day and just expect teachers to be there, but it’s not that simple. There aren’t enough teachers to go around. "We would anticipate that we’re gonna have about 1,500 vacancies to start off the school year,” said Susan Rockelman, the director of talent acquisition for Broward County Public Schools. NBC 6

Florida first lady Ann Scott helped kick off literacy week in Fort LauderdaleSun-Sentinel
Florida's first lady Ann Scott visited Fort Lauderdale High School to help crack open this year's Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!, which was Jan. 23 to 27. Local schools put on a "pretty powerful performance in celebration of literacy," said Lori Canning, Broward County Public Schools executive director of early learning and language acquisition.