Week Ending June 2, 2017


Margate Middle Tops National Vocabulary Competition Vocabulary.com
Congratulations to Margate Middle School for winning the 2016/17 Vocabulary Bowl, ranking number one across North America in the Middle School Championship, sponsored by Vocabulary.com. Margate Middle competed with over 38,000 schools in the United States and Canada, and mastered over 271,000 words to become the leading school in the Vocabulary.com challenge. Representatives from Vocabulary.com hosted a special awards ceremony to honor the school and students for this outstanding achievement with a championship trophy and banner. In addition, the top 100 students will be awarded individual medals celebrating their achievement.

BCPS News Around the District

Work 4. $ave More. Summer Work Days
As a result of the success of the Summer Work Days program in previous years, the District continues its Summer Work Days schedule for 2017. The four-day workweek begins the week of Monday, June 12 and ends on Friday, August 11. Schools and District offices will remain open Monday through Thursday with extended hours of operation, and closed on Fridays. Due to the July 4th holiday, the exception will be the week of July 3. Employees will work their traditional work hours during this week (including Friday) observing the Tuesday, July 4th national holiday. Summer Work Days 

Students at Northeast High Receive Visit from Samsung Executive and Scholarships from FIU
Ann Woo, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Samsung, made a special visit to speak one-on-one with students from Northeast High School. Last year, a team of students from Northeast High were selected as national finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Competition for creating a buoy system that was capable of detecting rip currents.  The students on the team were each awarded $10,000 scholarships from Florida International University.

Lake Forest Elementary Performs "The Little Mermaid" at the Broward Center
Students at Lake Forest Elementary School made their debut performance of "The Little Mermaid" at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Amaturo Theater. Lake Forest Elementary is a Turnaround Arts (TA) School and integrates a cohesive arts education model and standards throughout the curriculum. Opera singer Carla Dirlikov Canales is the TA artist that works directly with the students at Lake Forest Elementary and encourages students throughout the year to excel.  

Walker Elementary Students Perform "The Jungle Book" at the Broward Center
Students from Walker Elementary School performed "The Jungle Book" at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Amaturo Theater. Walker Elementary is a Turnaround Arts (TA) School and Tony Award-Winning Actor John Lloyd Young is the artist who coaches and inspires these young performers.

Bethune Elementary Students Sing “Hakuna Matata” During Performance of "The Lion King"
Students from Bethune Elementary School performed "The Lion King" with “Hakuna Matata” at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Amaturo Theater. Bethune Elementary is a Turnaround Arts School and integrates art education into the curriculum. In addition to coaching and support from their teachers, Bethune Elementary students received guidance from their Turnaround Artist American Idol Finalist Pia Toscano. 

Listen to the Latest Superintendent PodcastThe SMART Bond Program - Focus on Facilities
Listen to the #BCPSPodcast, which covers an important topic among our BCPS community – the Safety, Music, Arts and Technology (SMART) Bond Program - with a focus on facility improvements. To discuss this is our Superintendent Robert W. Runcie and our Chief Facilities Officer, Leo Bobadilla.

BCPS in the News

Margate school wins national vocabulary bowlSun-Sentinel
Comfortably in the lead for six months and with just a few weeks to go before the end of the competition, students and teachers at Lanier Middle School in Houston were feeling good about the school's chances of achieving a hat-trick of wins in Vocabulary Bowl, a competition in which schools nationwide vie to master the most words. They, however, hadn't reckoned with students at Margate Middle School.

Florida Legislature's education bill needs a rewrite | Opinion by Superintendent Robert RuncieSun-Sentinel
If a civics class student submitted a paper on the recent Florida legislative session, I would send it back for a rewrite. In my last Sun Sentinel op-ed, I explained my concerns regarding cuts in educational funding, especially to the Base Student Allocation, which will create a budget deficit for Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) of nearly $7 million. We thought the budget cuts couldn't get any worse.

SWAG on 6: Ruben MercadoNBC6
Ruben Mercado embodies the classic immigrant story. When he was a kid, his family bounced from one tiny apartment to the next, struggling but always happy just to be in the United States. Fast-forward to his senior year at Northeast High School in Oakland Park, and Ruben is a campus icon. Students are signing each other’s yearbooks, and Ruben is feeling gratified by the notes of appreciation he’s getting from his peers. 

Principal gets duct taped for a good cause - Sun-Sentinel
Instead of getting a wrapped gift for her birthday, Elaine Saef got wrapped in duct tape. The Panther Run Elementary School principal gave her students a challenge in February — raise funds for the American Heart Association and they could tape her to a wall.

ReadingPals Program Helping Kids Develop Reading Skills Through PracticeCBS4
From birth through third grade, children learn critical literacy skills; reading, writing and speaking. After third grade, children transition from learning to read to reading to learn. Reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success. 

Students' 'Thank You' gesture greatly appreciated | Letters - Sun-Sentinel
I want to thank the more than 100 students at Riverside Elementary School who helped put a smile on so many veterans' faces during the Memorial Day event in Coral Springs.