Week Ending March 31, 2017

Students Put Their Creativity to the Test at the SECME-STEM Olympiad
Approximately 1,000 students put their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills to the test in the daylong SECME-STEM Olympiad. Events included racing specially built racecars made out of mousetraps, launching water bottle rockets high into the sky and load testing custom-made wooden bridges.  Students also participated in bionic/robotic hand events, VEX robotic games, generator building events with FPL, team challenges sponsored by the Florida Panthers, an App Challenge sponsored by Magic Leap, poster contests and essay competitions.

BCPS News Around the District

BCPS Magnet Schools Receive 2017 National Merit Awards From The Magnet Schools of America
Magnet Schools of America, a national organization of magnet and theme-based schools, has announced 2017 National Merit Awards for Broward County Public Schools. Nine BCPS magnet schools received the Magnet Schools of Excellence Award and the Magnet Schools of Distinction Award.

Annual Caliber Awards Ceremony – April 5, 2017
Broward County Public Schools is celebrating its best teachers, school leaders and employees at the 2017 Caliber Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at 6 p.m., at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. Six finalists each for Teacher of the Year, Principal of the Year, Assistant Principal of the Year and School-Related/District Employee of the Year are vying for the top spots. The winners are announced at the annual Caliber Awards Ceremony. Meet the 2017 Caliber Awards Finalists.

BCPS Recognized for Exceeding Expectations
Congratulations to three Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), Discovery Elementary School, Forest Glen Middle School and Lyons Creek Middle School, for being selected as Exceeding Expectations Award Schools by the East Coast Technical Assistance Center (ECTAC).

Summer is Right Around the Corner!
BCPS is excited to announce the launch of the 2017 Summer Programs Online Resource. There are a variety of exciting summer programs and resources designed to meet the needs of our students and families. From pre-K through 12th grade, there is something for everyone including robotics, STEM activities, sports and recreation, music and art, academic enrichment and much more. We invite you to check out and share our robust summer guide to the many amazing camps, programs and resources at 2017 Summer Programs.

Dillard High School Students Learn from Instructors from the Pilobolus Dance Theater
Students from Dillard High School had an opportunity to participate in a master class with dancers from the Pilobolus Dance Theater. Visit Facebook photo gallery.

BCPS Celebrates 2017 Youth Arts Month
Broward County Public Schools will showcase student artwork and musical performances during its annual celebration for Youth Arts Month on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. at the Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center.

Broward County School Board Approves Superintendent’s School Boundary Recommendations for 2017/18
The School Board of Broward County, Florida, unanimously approved the 2017/18 School Boundary Recommendations during a School Boundary Public Hearing on March 22, 2017, at Plantation High School.

Deadline to Apply for BCPS Head Start/Early Head Start Programs is March 31, 2017
Parents and guardians can submit applications for Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Head Start/Early Head Start programs during the open enrollment window through Friday, March 31, 2017. The program serves three- and four-year-old children, and offers a full school day of educational enrichment activities with research proven curriculum focusing on the development of the whole child.

Students from Sheridan Park Elementary Compete in FIRST® LEGO League Open Championship in California Students from Sheridan Park Elementary School prepare to compete in the FIRST® LEGO League Open Championship at LEGOLAND® in California in May 2017. Sheridan Park Elementary won first place/Champion’s award at the first qualifier for local robotics teams.


BCPS in News Headlines

Dillard High School Jazz Ensemble aims to win Essentially Ellington competitionLocal 10
The Dillard High School Jazz Ensemble can bring the noise. That is jazz talk for "They are really good." "I am very proud of this group," said Christopher Dorsey, the band director. "They have worked really hard."

McArthur High School holds Hollywood’s Next Top Chef eventHollywood Gazette
McArthur High School recently held an event known as ‘Hollywood’s Next Top Chef,’ where Hollywood restaurants worked with special needs students to cook and learn about the restaurant business. A number of local education officials and community leaders including Mayor Josh Levy sampled and judged the food.

Broward finalists for Assistant Principal of the YearSun-Sentinel
These six assistant principals are finalists for BCPS Assistant Principal of the Year, which will be announced April 5, 2017.

Microsoft Encourages Girls to Study STEMU.S. News and World Report
"We need all hands-on deck right now." This statement, made by a girl in Microsoft's #MakeWhatsNext campaign, refers to how women will be included in the future processes of finding a cure for breast cancer, mitigating climate change and working toward a self-sustaining environment.

Superheroes in our Schools: Mr. Ed MartinWSFL-CW
This week's BrandsMart U.S.A's Super Teacher goes to Mr. Ed Martin. The former pilot teaches an aviation program at Miramar High School. This program is the only one in the county that offers a dual enrollment program with Embry-Riddle, a university that specializes in aviation and aerospace. Mr. Ed Martin is really preparing his students for new heights!

SWAG ON 6: High School Senior Overcomes Disability to Spread Positive AttitudeNBC 6
It’s not an exaggeration to say the entire student body at South Plantation High School knows Bob Woodruff. He’s almost larger than life, a commanding presence in the halls, the library, the classrooms, everywhere.

Coach, mentor and surrogate mom, Dillard's Pinder also becomes Basketball Hall of Fame honoreeSun-Sentinel Long before Marcia Pinder ever set foot on a court as a coach, she had faith she could conquer any challenge. Pinder, the longtime girls basketball coach at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, likes to think her determination dates to a childhood swimming pool visit.

Over 600 students’ artwork displayed for Winterfest Student Art contestWSVN 7
The artwork of over 600 students was put on display for the Winterfest Student Art contest, Thursday night. The artwork comes from third, fourth and fifth graders in Broward County Public Schools.

Impact with Jackie Nespral – March 26, 2017NBC 6
Superintendent Robert W. Runcie guest on NBC6 Impact with Jackie Nespral to talk about recent issues facing Broward County Public Schools.