Week Ending January 20, 2017


Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Hosts 5th Annual Special Olympics
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School recently hosted over than 400 student athletes at its fifth annual Special Olympics event. In this week’s feature video story, students get the chance to show their personal best in track and field events with support and help from more than 300 volunteers, including their peers, parents and community members.


BCPS News Around the District

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is Thursday, February 2, 2017
Mark your calendar! Broward County Public Schools celebrates Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on Thursday, February 2, 2017. Help your child connect their classroom education to the real world. BCPS joins neighboring school districts Miami-Dade and Palm Beach, in observing Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on Thursday, February 2, 2017, instead of the national date in April, due to date conflicts with the state-mandated Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) testing period.

McArthur High School’s Wins Verizon Innovative App Challenge
Congratulations to McArthur High School’s Hunger Aid team for winning the 2016 Verizon Innovative app challenge Best in Region and Best in State. As a Best in State winner, the Hunger Aid team is eligible to enter the national Fan Favorite contest. The team with the most votes will receive additional prizes including $15,000 for the school, in-person app development training from MIT experts, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the TSA conference in Orlando in June 2017. The App Challenge Fan Favorite award will be given to the team that receives the most votes for its app concept. Voting is simple. Just text the team’s code HUNAID – t22333 using a mobile device. The voting period is now through February 14, 2017, at 11 p.m.

Broward College Host Free Application Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Workshops
Did you know BCPS high school students missed out on over $150 million in federal financial aid last year, because they didn’t complete a FAFSA? BCPS partners with Broward College to help students and families complete the FAFSA, through a series of free workshops. High school seniors are encouraged to apply for federal student aid as soon as possible due to a first-come, first-served availability of financial aid support. The Florida FAFSA deadline is May 15, 2017. Several upcoming workshops across three Broward College campuses will assist students and families with completing the FASFA. Schedule of FAFSA Workshops.

Pompano Beach High School to Host International Summit 
Pompano Beach High School will host its third International Summit, January 21 – 27, 2017. Over 80 visiting educators and students from Brazil, China, Egypt, France, Haiti, Ireland, Poland and Switzerland will participate in the summit. The event is designed to develop cultural awareness in the field of education, increase knowledge about the United States and visiting schools, and establish lasting ties among participants.

Deadline to Submit a School Choice Application is February 8, 2017
Parents and guardians have until February 8, 2017, to submit an application for their child to participate in a magnet program, enroll in a Nova school or apply for a school reassignment for the 2017/18 school year.

BCPS in News Headlines

Broward schools to get music equipment ahead of schedule - Sun Sentenial 
All Broward schools may get their promised new musical equipment by this summer, instead of having more than 70 schools wait for two more years

Broward high school students now can carry select over-the-counter meds - Sun Sentenial 
Broward high school students will now be allowed to bring certain over-the-counter medications without a doctor's note.

SWAG on 6: Broward High School Student Working to Help Classmates Deal With Life's Stresses - NBC 6 
From worrying about grades, their appearance, boyfriends and girlfriends, high school students navigate through stress mine fields every day. A student at one Broward high school started a club just to help his stressed-out classmates.

$800 million bond update: Computers arrive, but renovations still in planning mode -Sun Sentenial 
Schools are starting to see some concrete results from the $800 million bond that voters approved in 2014, but there still is no start date for the most desperately needed renovations.