Week Ending January 12, 2018

Turnaround Arts Students Perform 'Love Train'
Students from Broward County Public Schools Turnaround Arts schools – Bethune Elementary School, Lake Forest Elementary School and Walker Elementary School – recently performed “Love Train,” singing and playing their violins with Tony award-winning actor and singer John Lloyd Young, and the classically trained duo Black Violin. The filmed performance, which include national artists performing from all around the country, will debut at the Kennedy Center’s annual Turnaround Arts Talent Show in March 2018.

BCPS News Around the District

2018 Caliber Awards
The 2018 Caliber Awards Ceremony, recognizing the District’s outstanding teachers, principals, assistant principals and school-related/District employees, takes place on Thursday, February 1, 2018, at 6 p.m., at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. Purchase your tickets now! Seats are limited. To meet the finalists vying for top honors and purchase tickets ($50), visit browardschools.com/caliber-awards.  

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day – February 2
Broward County Public Schools celebrates Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day (Groundhog Job Shadow Day) on Friday, February 2, 2018. Please note this date does not align with the national Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day date, which conflicts with state mandated testing. Students participating in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day must complete the student log and activity form. Click here for School Activity Packets.  

BCPS High School Graduation Rates Rise to Highest Level in Six Years
Today, January 10, 2018, the Florida Department of Education released graduation rates for the 2016/17 school year. Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is proud to announce that the results show graduation rates for innovative District high schools reached the highest level in six years, at 93.8 percent.

Dillard Center for the Arts Students Selected to Attend Prestigious GRAMMY Camp – Jazz Session
Congratulations to Broward County Public Schools Dillard Center for the Arts (DCA) students, Kieran Hitsman (Tamarac) and Summer Camargo (Hollywood), who are two of only 18 talented high school students from across the United States selected for the prestigious 2018 GRAMMY Camp – Jazz Session, January 23 – 29, 2018.

Finalists Announced for BCPS School-Related/District Employee of the Year
Dedicated, hard-working, creative, diligent and meticulous are words used to describe the five finalists for Broward County Public School School-Related/District Employee of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding educational support personnel for the significant contributions they make to BCPS and its students.  

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

Atlantic Technical College Staff and Students Make A Difference
Atlantic Technical College students and their instructor worked together to make a real difference. Kristy Bak, an employee of Atlantic Technical College, has a son who uses a wheelchair.

BCPS in the News

Role modeling takes 300 more steps - The Miami Times
The 5,000 Role Models of Excellence Project expanded its mentoring reach just up the road, and started it with a charge. At a tie-tying ceremony at Hallandale Senior High School, home of the Chargers, U.S. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson’s mentorship program inducted 300 young men, and for the first time in Broward County.

Parkland Leaders Named Finalists for Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year - Parkland Talk
A principal from Heron Heights Elementary School and an assistant principal from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have been selected by Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) as finalists for Principal of the Year and Assistant Principal of the Year.

Over 3K Students Attend “Above the Influence’ Rally - South Florida Times
More than 3,000 Broward students, representing various schools throughout the county, joined together for the Above the Influence (ATI) March and Rally at the City of Miramar Amphitheater on Saturday, Dec. 9.

Monarch High Teacher Nominated for 2018 Caliber Award - Coconut Creek News
From coaching students in vital literacy knowledge to preparing them for real-world 21st century success, Tammy Freeman of Monarch High School in Coconut Creek is a finalist for Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Teacher of the Year.