Week Ending March 10, 2017


Students Celebrate Read Across America Day
In celebration of Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday, students from Silver Trail Middle School collaborated with students at Northside Elementary on the literacy across levels initiative. Silver Trail Middle students collected more than 3,000 books to help students at Northside Elementary participate in the accelerated reader program and improve their reading skills. The students met recently during a field trip to Northside Elementary, where Silver Trail Middle students shared and stocked the collection of new books on the library shelves.

BCPS News Around the District

“Evening with the Arts Gala” Celebrating Turnaround Arts
An “Evening with the Arts Gala,” benefitting Turnaround Arts in Broward County Public Schools, was held on Friday, March 3, 2017, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Turnaround Arts artists Carla Dirlikov Canales, Pia Toscano, and John Lloyd Young joined in performances with students from Bethune Elementary School, Lake Forest Elementary School and Walker Elementary School. View photos from an “Evening with the Arts Gala.”  
American Idol Finalist Pia Toscano Visits Bethune Elementary School
American Idol finalist and Turnaround Arts artist Pia Toscano visits and rehearses with students at Bethune Elementary School in preparation for the “Evening with the Arts Gala” hosted by Innovative Programs at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on March 3, 2017. Watch video.

BCPS Named 'Great District for Great Teachers' By National Council on Teacher Quality
Broward County Public Schools is proud to announce that the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a national nonprofit organization committed to ensuring all children have effective teachers and every teacher has the opportunity to become effective, has named it a Great District for Great Teachers. Watch video #BCPSProud.

Letter from Superintendent Runcie on Two Recent National Designations
Broward County Public Schools is proud to have earned two recent national designations highlighting the District’s commitment to excellence in education: Districtwide accreditation for five more years from AdvancEd and distinction by the National Council of Teacher Quality as a ‘Great District for Great Teachers.’ Read letter from Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. 

Bethune Elementary School Teacher Selected as a 2017 Woman of Distinction
Congratulations to Nerissa Street, a theater teacher at Bethune Elementary School of the Arts, for being a Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce 2017 Woman of Distinction.  Street is one of nine women awarded the honor, out of 150 nominees.

Broward County Public Schools Hosts Florida’s First Latinos in Action Leadership Conference
Broward County Public Schools is proud to host the first Latinos in Action Leadership Conference, in Florida. The conference, in partnership with the nationwide organization, will include more than 1,000 Latinos in Action (LiA) students from 35 middle and high schools across Broward, Palm Beach and Orange Counties.

Broward County School Board to Hold Second Public Hearing on School Boundary Recommendations

During the second public hearing, the School Board will vote on the following Superintendent’s School Boundary Recommendations, which were amended and unanimously approved by the School Board during the first public hearing held on March 1, 2017.

Open Enrollment Window for BCPS Head Start/Early Head Start Programs Begins March 6, 2017
Parents and guardians can submit applications for Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Head Start/Early Head Start programs during the open enrollment window, which takes place March 6 – 31, 2017.

2017 Caliber Awards – April 5, 2017 
Mark your calendar for the 2017 Caliber Awards recognizing and celebrating BCPS outstanding teachers, principals, assistant principals and school-related/District employees, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 5 p.m. at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. Tickets go on sale beginning Monday, March 6, 2017. Caliber Awards

Seminole Middle School Students Participate in Mock-Trial
Students participating in the mock trial club at Seminole Middle School learn how to present opening and closing statements, counter arguments and analyze evidence.
McArthur Chorus Earns Superior Rating and Heads to State Competition
Chorus students from McArthur High School competed at the Florida Vocal Association District Music Performance Assessment and earned a superior rating.
Nob Hill Elementary School and FIU Host Fun Day
Nob Hill Elementary School and Florida International University (FIU) partnered for a very special event for the ESE Special Classes.
Students Celebrate Read Across America Day
In celebration of Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday, students from Silver Trail Middle School collaborated with students at Northside Elementary on the literacy across levels initiative.
Village Elementary School Students Celebrate Dr. Seuss with Canine Assisted Therapy Dogs
On Thursday, March 2, 2017, teachers and students at Village Elementary School celebrated the birthday of legendary children’s author Dr. Seuss with five Canine Assisted Therapy dogs: Brandy, Sebastian, Coral, Lexie and Scruffy. 

BCPS in News Headlines

Superheroes in Our Schools: Mr. Bryan Needle - SFLCW
This week's super teacher heads up the criminal justice operations program at J.P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs. He teaches his students the skills they need to pursue a career in law enforcement. He even gets active police officers to drop by and help out.

Spoken word club offers students creative platform Sun-Sentenial
With poetry, high school students are making a statement while honing important life skills. "It's a great medium to help them improve language, personal presence, confidence and presentation skills," said Sara Pierce, literacy coach at Hollywood Hills High School and sponsor of its spoken poetry club named Determination Over Adversity.
Broward Public Schools expands after-school supper program Caribbean National Weekly
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) has expanded its Aftercare Supper Program to include six additional school sites, for a total of 106 schools serving meals to students.
Broward vows to protect students amid deportations Sun-Sentenial 
A high school senior walked into class about a month ago and told his teacher that his family had been detained for deportation. Broward County school district employees rushed to help him, alerting teachers to look after him and calling nonprofits to get him housing and some cash.
Broward schools vote to protect students from immigration raids Miami Herald
Broward County schools will become a safe zone of sorts for immigrant students and their families under a resolution passed on Tuesday by the school board.

Broward County schools votes to make schools immigration safe zones Local 10
Broward County Public Schools voted Tuesday to make school grounds a safe zone from immigration enforcement. The new resolution covers all school-related activities and prohibits Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers from performing raids or inquiring about the immigration status of students on school grounds.

Broward School Board passes resolution protecting students from immigration enforcement NBC 6 
In the wake of President Donald Trump’s new immigration plans, a South Florida school district has voted in favor of a resolution that would ensure students remain safe on campus.
Broward School Board Approves Resolution to Protect Students From Immigration Enforcement CBS 4
Broward County School Board members unanimously approved a resolution to protect children of undocumented immigrants from immigration enforcement while they’re in school or participating in school-related activities.
Broward County Schools Adopt Measures to Protect Students from Immigration Raids - WLRN
The School Board of Broward County became the first district in South Florida to pass a resolution that makes school grounds and education-related activities, such as sports tournaments or even prom, safe zones for immigrant students and their families.