Week Ending February 5, 2016

This week’s Friday Focus Something Special Video features highlights of the 100th day of the school year observance celebrating Broward County Pubic School 100th anniversary; PNC Foundation’s Grow Up Great grant special presentation; Author Ty Allan visits students at Endeavour Primary Learning Center; the annual observance of Take Daughters and Sons to Work Day; and Centennial greetings.


BCPS News Releases

The deadline to submit a School Choice application for Magnet programs, Nova schools and school reassignments for the 2016/17 school year is February 10, 2016.
A Tasty Assignment for BCPS Students: Voting on New School Menu Items
A group of students from Oakland Park Elementary School and Westpine Middle School will serve as jurors deciding the fate of 35 new items the District is considering offering next school year as part of its School Break, National School Lunch and Supper Programs.
BCPS Disparity Study Work Group to Discuss Policy Options 
In an effort to remain committed to fair and equitable contracting opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses, BCPS has planned a series of Disparity Study Work Group meetings to review the Disparity Study Report findings and recommendations.
Lauderhill 6-12 Hosts Teen Dating Violence Awareness Rally 
Lauderhill 6-12 STEM-MED Students, Women in Distress, Lauderhill Police Department, Broward County Public Schools Staff, Volunteers and Business Partners.
Important Information Regarding The Use of BCPS Facilities for Non-School Purposes
The School Board of Broward County, Florida, recently adopted revisions to School Board Policy 1341, which governs the use of Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) facilities for non-school purposes.
BCPS to Offer the SAT Exam Free to All High School Juniors 
As part of its mission to increase students’ access to college and to encourage and support a college and career-going culture, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) offers all high school juniors the opportunity to take the SAT, at no cost to students, on SAT School Day – April 12, 2016.
Broward County Public Schools Joins the Green Schools Alliance District Collaborative
The Green Schools Alliance (GSA), an international organization of sustainable schools, announced that Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) will join the formation of the Green Schools Alliance District Collaborative, which harnesses the collective power of schools to support greener, more efficient solutions.
BCPS Spotlighted by The White House for Commitment to Increasing Computer Science in Schools
The White House is spotlighting Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) for its commitment to providing students with increased access to computer science. 
BCPS Awarded $1.2 Million Grant From the National Science Foundation
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is honored to be the recipient of a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a model for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and computer science in elementary schools.

BCPS News Headlines

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Parents asked to ensure kids in school next week
Broward County School District officials are urging parents to make sure their children are in school every day next week. 
Barry Manilow Brings Gift Of Music To Hollywood Hills High School
Legendary singer-songwriter Barry Manilow is leading the way with a generous donation helping to jump start a music instrument drive at a high school in Broward.
Cypress Bay, Broward schools burst with Signing Day talent
A total of nine Lightning tennis players made their commitments official in a National Signing Day ceremony at Cypress Bay High on Wednesday.
Hallandale success rewarded with biggest class of signees in school history on National Signing Day
Following a memorable two-year run for Hallandale, the Chargers celebrated several of their players officially starting their journey to college Wednesday during a record-breaking day for the program. 
Jaquwan Nelson makes Fort Lauderdale High history on National Signing Day along with Dallas Jeanty
For the first time under coach Richard Dunbar, Fort Lauderdale High School had two players in the same recruiting class sign with Football Bowl Subdivision schools.
On National Signing Day, Coconut Creek’s Trayvon Mullen announces he’s headed to Clemson
 When All-American cornerback Trayvon Mullen of Coconut Creek High made an unofficial trip to Louisville last weekend, it set off alarms for Cardinals fans who thought he might soon be joining his cousin, quarterback LamarJackson.
South Plantation High School Magnet Program Focuses on Environmental Science
Parents, your kids have options when it comes to which high school to attend. The proliferation of magnet programs and choice programs in South Florida's public schools has rendered the school boundary an anachronism of a bygone era. 
Urban League of Broward County presents College Ready Day
For high school students considering college, the road to that destination for them and their families can seem confusing. In order to help them make sense of the process, The Urban League of Broward County (ULBC) is offering College Ready Day to prepare the students for a successful higher education experience.
South Florida school districts make progress in class sizes 
South Florida school districts are on track to see little to no fines this year for class size violations, but some believe there are still too many students cramming into certain classes.