Week Ending February 27, 2015

 
This week’s Friday Focus Something Special Video features highlights from Plantation High School’s 50th Anniversary celebration; BCPS Legislative Leadership Series at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School; Fort Lauderdale High School competing at the Miami HEAT Black History Month Challenge; and Discovering Your Way “Leadership Development Through the Arts,” hosted at the Miramar Culture Center.

 

BCPS News Releases

 
Whiddon Rogers Education Center “33311 Journeys Through Black History”
As Black History Month comes to a close, the “33311 Journeys Through Black History” introduces Whiddon Rogers Education Center students to prominent African-American community members who grew up in the 33311 ZIP code and have become renowned historical black figures to the community.  
BCPS to Hold Public Hearings on 2015/16 School Boundaries
The School Board will review and determine attendance areas and school usage recommendations for all elementary, middle, high and combination schools for the 2015/16 school year at two scheduled public hearing events.
Open Enrollment Window for BCPS Head Start/Early Head Start Programs Begins in March
The BCPS Head Start/Early Head Start Program serves three- and four-year-old children, and offers a full school day of educational enrichment activities with research proven curriculum focusing on the development of the whole child. 
BCPS Announces Aftercare Supper Program at Six New School Sites
Broward County Public Schools announces the sponsorship of six additional Afterschool Meals Program sites, a subcomponent of the Child Care Food Program, designed to provide nutritious snacks and meals to children in afterschool programs, at no charge to students.
Roundup of Broward County Public Schools Events and Activities
The following are exciting events and activities taking place in Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) this week. Media are invited to cover these events.
 



BCPS News Headlines

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Debate Team Competes At Harvard
The Miramar High School debate team recently competed at Harvard University, an impressive feat for a program that has swelled from five to nearly 200 members in the past few years. 
BCPS Announces Aftercare Supper Program At Six New School Sites
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) announces the sponsorship of six additional Afterschool Meals Program sites, a subcomponent of the Child Care Food Program, designed to provide nutritious snacks and meals to children in afterschool programs, at no charge to students. 
Margate Elementary Tackles Economics
Second graders at Margate Elementary learned some "not so elementary" concepts during a month-long exercise that teaches kids how to do business.
Art Makes Better Writers
Students at AWE got their art “swag” on Monday with spoken words on racism, emotive colors and music. Atlantic West Elementary School (AWE) in Margate capitalized on the “A” in STEAM during the schools musical theater project entitled "#Multi-Racial Allergy” -a production based on the collective experiences of students.
Raising Awareness Of Serious Issues
A group of 150 students, their families and supporters recently took a stand against child abuse and human trafficking by participating in a "Stop the Traffick" march.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Presents Twelfth Night Feb 26-28
The drama department from Marjory Stoneman Douglas presents Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. 
Robots Battle It Out At Broward County Convention Center
Hundreds of students from across Florida competed Thursday to see who has created the best robot.
Harbordale Boundary Proposal Gets First Approval
More than 100 parents spent hours Wednesday night wrangling over a divisive school boundary proposal that would give a group Fort Lauderdale students the option of attending a high-performing school instead of a failing one.
What Are Florida Superintendents Saying About Computerized Testing?
Florida's new computerized Florida Standards Assessments begin Monday. 
Florida Has Highest School Suspension Rate in Nation; Broward and Palm Beach Differ
A new report about school suspension rates finds that Florida suspends students at a higher rate than any other state in the nation. 
Caring For Our Community: Lauderhill 6-12
Caring For Our Community: Roxanne Vargas is at Lauderhill 6-12 where the students grow and prepare their own healthy food with the help of the NBC 6 South Florida team and special guest, celebrity chef Richard Ingraham.
Longtime Educator Broke School Board Color Barrier
 One of the groundbreaking members of Broward County's African American community, Kathleen Cooper Wright became the first black to win countywide elected office: a seat on the School Board.
School Administrator Wielded Influence For Blacks
Margaret Blake Roach came to Fort Lauderdale in the 1960s and quickly became devoted to her adopted community, wielding influence for African Americans through her association on various civic boards.
White House Education Tour Makes Stop At Broward Schools
A White House official visited two South Florida schools to highlight the importance of education equality. 
Coral Glades High School LEEO Program
Coral Glades High School offers a strong LEEO Program. Students are learning all about the real world of business by developing business plans and learning about international business.
West Broward High School Student Organization Hosts 4th Annual DiaBEAT THIS! Basketball Tournament Benefits the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation
The West Broward High School Student Organization of Anatomy and Physiology (S.O.A.P) hosts its 4th Annual DiaBEAT THIS! – students and staff basketball tournament –on Thursday, March 5, 2015, from 5:30 – 9 p.m., at West Broward High School, 500 NW 209th Avenue, Pembroke Pines. 
Finalists Announced For Top Broward Principal
Six Broward school principals and six assistant principals will compete for the district's top award this year that comes with a $1,000 prize.
BCPS 2015 Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year Finalists Announced
Charismatic, dedicated, committed, extraordinary leader, champion, innovative, insightful and passionate are just a few of the words used by their colleagues to describe this year’s top finalists for Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) 2015 Principal of the Year and 2015 Assistant Principal of the Year.
BCPS Teachers Awarded FPL Grants For Energy Projects
Congratulations to Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) educators who are recipients of grant awards from Florida Power & Light  (FPL) Company’s Teacher Grant Program. 
Black History Month Feature: Old Dillard Museum
Trina Robinson features South Florida's historic Dillard Museum during our Black History Month series.
HEAT to Host Sixth Annual Miami HEAT Black History Month Challenge Presented by Pepsi
The Miami HEAT announced today that students from North Miami Senior High School (Miami-Dade) and Ft. Lauderdale High School (Broward) will participate in the Sixth Annual Miami HEAT Black History Month Challenge presented by Pepsi, which will be held at the American Airlines Arena on Tuesday, February 24th at 10:30 a.m. 
South Florida Coaches Work For Players At College Fair
Whether it was at Christopher Columbus, where the football coaches from D2 and D3 schools flocked to early this week, or this past weekend’s events at Pompano/Coral Springs High – the objective was certainly the same. 
Bennett, Others Impress At College Fair Combine
As college coaches watched athletes file onto the field at Pompano Beach High School, each one was impressed with what hadn’t been picked up on National Signing Day or by FCS schools over the past three weeks. 
Dillard High's Jazz Band Back In The Bright Lights Of New York
A week ago, I wrote a column bemoaning the fact that a nationally renowned high school jazz band wasn't getting the support I thought it deserved from its hometown crowd. 
Students Win Education Grant
McArthur High School in Hollywood will soon have a new versatile outdoor learning area thanks to a group of students in William Wilson's LEEO tech class. 
Local High School Holds Color Run Fundraiser on March 8
Runners who enjoy being dusted with rainbow colors can register now for JP Taravella High School Color Run being held on March 8.
J.P. Taravella DECA Receives National Recognition
J.P. Taravella DECA was recognized by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) as the first high school in the nation to organize and run a 110-story stair climb to benefit the NFFF.
Margate Mentoring Program wins Award
A crew of red-shirted “Thumbs-Up” mentors walked the red carpet and cheered wildly as Pastor C.J. Walter accepted the award for best mentoring program on behalf of Cokesbury United Methodist Church in Margate.  
Susan Leon-Leigh, Principal of Coral Springs High School is Principal of the Year Finalist
Charismatic, dedicated, committed, extraordinary leader, champion, innovative, insightful and passionate are just a few of the words used by their colleagues to describe this year’s top finalists for Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) 2015 Principal of the Year and 2015 Assistant Principal of the Year.
A Starry Night at Tradewinds
Disguised as masterpiece Starry Night, the Arty Van Gogh bus arrived at Tradewinds Elementary School in Coconut Creek Friday for an art-filled field trip.