Week Ending January 27, 2017



Florida First Lady Ann Scott Joined BCPS Students to Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!
Florida First Lady Ann Scott kicked off 2017 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! with students at  Fort Lauderdale High School and neighboring schools. “Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! is one of my favorite events because it brings together Florida students of many ages to recognize the invaluable role that literacy plays in every aspect of our lives,” said First Lady Scott. “I was impressed by Broward County’s talented students and their participation in today’s activities while we kicked off Celebrate Literary Week, Florida!” This week’s feature video story highlights the kick off program and student performances.


BCPS News Around the District

Listen to the Latest Superintendent Podcast Honoring Our Volunteers
At times, they're our unsung heroes. Putting aside their schedules to impact the lives of the next generation. Whether reading to students, helping in a classroom or mentoring, our volunteers are special to us. In this conversation, we discuss the scope, scale and impact of our amazing volunteers, and why we are so grateful. Honoring our Volunteers Podcast

Pompano Beach High School Hosts International Summit
More than 80 students and educators from eight countries, including Brazil, China, Egypt, France, Haiti, Ireland, Poland and Switzerland joined students, teachers, administrators and community leaders at Pompano Beach High School to kick off the third International 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 between all participants.

Congratulations to Broward County Public Schools Finalists for the 2017 Caliber Awards
The 2017 Caliber Awards Ceremony, recognizing BCPS outstanding teachers, principals, assistant principals and school-related/District employees, takes place on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. Congratulations to all of this year’s finalists.

Teacher of the Year
Deborah Alexander, Pembroke Pines Elementary School
Kristin Baltazar, Henry D. Perry Educational Center
Pamela Griffin, Monarch High School
Eleanna Hurst, Collins Elementary School
Michele Matias, Crystal Lake Middle School
Jeffrey Rose, Cypress Bay High School

Principal of the Year
Marc Charpentier, Sunset Lakes Elementary School
Dr. Lewis Jackson, Dania Elementary School
Christopher McGuire, Broward Virtual School
Keith Peters, Gator Run Elementary School
Elaine Saef, Panther Run Elementary School
Ty Thompson, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Assistant Principal of the Year
David Argent, Coral Springs Middle School
Patricia Brown, Coral Springs High School
Janet Calamaro, Nova Blanche Forman Elementary School
Patricia Genhold, Bair Middle School
Marie Hautigan, Fort Lauderdale High School
Sophia Myers, North Fork Elementary School

School-Related/District Employee of the Year!
Teresa Basilone, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Terri Cianelli, Seminole Middle School
Oshekia Day, Student Support Initiatives
Denise Loglia, Atlantic West Elementary School
Tracy-Ann Smith, Lauderdale Lakes Middle School
Suzanne Specht, Plantation Park Elementary School

Superintendent’s AP Studio Art Show Now Thru January 30, 2017
Broward County Public Schools is proud to present the 2016/17 Superintendent’s Advanced Placement Studio Art Exhibition. A panel of jurors comprised of a College Board consultant, a Florida International University professor and executive director of the Coral Springs Museum of Art, evaluated over 100 pieces from 20 high schools. Artist reception is scheduled for Monday, January 30, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. Coral Springs Museum of Art.

Equity Town Hall Meeting Focuses on Social Justice
The District’s Equity & Academic Attainment Department hosted a Policing and Disciplining Equity Town Hall at Hallandale High School to provide an opportunity for students and the community to engage in dialogue on important issues around social justice with community leaders, Hallandale Police Department staff and special guest Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

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.

Students from J.P. Taravella High School Promote Crisis Text Line to Help Fellow Students
Students participating in the DECA Club at J.P. Taravella High School are providing support for their peers through the Here 2 Help project.

Students Screen “Listen: It Only Takes a Moment” with Film Director and Producer Erahm Christopher
More than 250 students from 25 high schools with H.O.P.E. (Helping Overcome Problems Effectively) clubs, screened the film “Listen: It Only Takes a Moment,” along with the film’s director and producer Erahm Christopher.

Volunteers Make a Difference at Watkins Elementary School on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Volunteers give day of service on Monday, January 16, 2017, at Watkins Elementary School to beautify the school for students, teachers and the community.

Deerfield Beach Middle School Students Create Memorial Garden in Honor of Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Leo Gray
Students from Deerfield Beach Middle School, volunteers from the local community and members of local organizations created a special memorial garden in honor of the late Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Leo Gray.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Montessori Academy Students and Volunteers Celebrate with Day of Service
Students from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Montessori Academy, along with volunteers from the local community, made a difference in honor of the school’s namesake.


BCPS in News Headlines

Superheroes in our Schools: Mrs. Rine – WSFL-CW
Mrs. Kris Rine teaches art to over 200 students at Plantation High School! And she uses her platform to inspire the kids to embrace their uniqueness and creativity.

Schools closing the discipline gap District Administration Magazine
Suspension and expulsion give way to restorative justice and other equity initiatives in K12… Such an alternative model is what Robert Runcie followed when he took over as superintendent of Broward County Public Schools in the 2011-12 school year, when there were 1,000 school-related arrests, the highest number in Florida. Most of them involved nonviolent misdemeanors.

Boundary changes to come for several Broward schoolsSun-Sentinel
Families with young children in Parkland can expect possible school boundary changes to come over the next several years to make room for thousands of new families.

High school students pumped up over pig hearts Sun-Sentinel
They thought they were visiting Florida Medical Center to hear another boring lecture. So, when 30 high school students entered the hospital auditorium and eyed a collection of thick, slimy pig hearts, ready for them to touch, probe and cut up, their own hearts began to flutter.

United Way, Publix team up for school supply driveWSVN 7
A charitable effort involving local entities is providing tools for school to South Florida Students. The United Way of Broward County partnered with Publix Supermarkets and Suddath Relocation Systems for a supply drive in Deerfield Beach, Saturday afternoon.

FAU campus to host tri-county math competitionSun-Sentinel
The brightest student mathematicians in South Florida will be invading Florida Atlantic University this week. More than 850 student 'mathletes' will go head-to-head at FAU's Davie campus during the 20th annual Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Regional competition.

Young gardeners plant seeds for flower show Sun-Sentinel
Some of the area's youngest gardeners are greening their thumbs under the tutelage of the Fort Lauderdale Garden Club. The club's Youth Gardening Program reaches students from pre-school to senior high. Kids tackle hands-on projects that they'll enter in flower shows to earn a trip to nature camp.

Mentoring matters at Margate Middle SchoolWestside Gazette
There’s an old African Proverb that reads, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Arguably today more than ever this proverb is particularly significant given the present state of affairs regarding family structure and some significant issues which are having a negative impact on youth both near and far, throughout America.