Week Ending May 08, 2015

This week’s Friday Focus Something Special Video highlights El Día de los Niños, an international celebration of literacy at Harbordale Elementary School; the 2015 Kids of Character Awards honoring students, staff and schools for demonstrating outstanding character throughout the school year; and Silver Palms Elementary School’s visit by NASCAR driver Scott Lagasse, Jr. to celebrate safety patrol student Nicholas Alexander’s as winner of the Florida Department of Transportation’s 2015 “Bike to School” poster contest.


BCPS News Releases

New River Middle’s Marine Science Magnet Coordinator Will Board the “Nautilus” Exploration Vessel
Katherine O’Fallon, New River Middle School Marine Science Magnet coordinator, is gearing up for an incredible deep sea adventure.
Broward County Public Schools 2015/16 School Year Calendar
Mark your calendars! Students of Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) will start the 2015/16 school year on Monday, August 24, 2015.
Registration Window For 2015 BCPS Summer VPK is Now Open
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) offers a free, full day Summer Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) program from June through August 2015.
Seven BCPS Seniors Named 2015 National Merit Scholarship Winners
In its second round of announcing winners in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation named seven Broward County Public Schools seniors as National Merit Scholars.
BCPS Celebrates Perfect School Attendance at Annual Best-In-Class Awards Ceremony
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) will celebrate students who have achieved perfect attendance at its fourth annual Best-in-Class and Perfect Attendance Awards ceremony on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at 6:30 p.m., Plantation High School Auditorium, 6901 NW 16th Street, Plantation.
Congratulations to Hollywood Hills High School Military Academy JROTC Drill Team
The Hollywood Hills High School Military Academy JROTC Drill Team made Broward County history by competing in two major competitions on the same day, ranking among the best in the nation and state.
Roundup of Broward County Public Schools Events and Activities
The following are exciting events and activities taking place in Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) this week. Media are invited to cover these events. 

BCPS News Headlines

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Student translates love sonnets into Braille
After dismissal, South Plantation High School student Connor Grey can be found at the Braille Club, huddled in a cubicle over the Braille writer, so intent on transcribing poetry that the outside world is tuned out.
Weston resident with autism honored during game
For four years, senior Daniel Smith has been a staple of the Cypress Bay High School baseball program.
Students excel at auto skills contest
Two Cooper City High School students recently took home $18,000 in scholarships after placing second in the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition.
Man with cerebral palsy helps local students
Twice a week, Richard Downer rolls into Hollywood's McArthur High School with an infectious smile.
Coral Springs High School Student
Jason Ramadan, a Coral Springs High School senior received first place at the eMerge Teaching for Entrepreneurship contest.
Hollywood Hills High School Military Academy JROTC Drill Team Ranks Among the Best in the Nation and State
The Hollywood Hills High School Military Academy JROTC Drill Team made Broward County history by competing in two major competitions on the same day, ranking among the best in the nation and state.
Students of the Month Recognized
Margate's Students of the Month for May were recognized for outstanding character and performance at the Wednesday city meeting. 
Teachers of the Month Get Accolades
Margate recognized Teachers of the Month for the last time this school season. Margate Mayor, Joanne Simone, lauded teachers for their dedication and commitment at the May city meeting. 
Students, Schools Win Honors At High School Journalism Awards
Broward County high schools and students picked up more than 150 awards recently at the High School Journalism Awards ceremony presented by the Sun Sentinel, Forum Publishing and Teenlink South Florida.
JP Taravella DECA Club Places Top 10 in International Conference
The JP Taravella DECA Team returned from the International Conference in Orlando with several awards.  
Eden Skopp Of Stoneman Douglas Will Be Honored For Perfect Attendance
This year, three students who have not missed a single day of school since entering kindergarten 13 years ago, will be honored with the Best-in-Class Award for achieving perfect attendance. 
Broward Student’s Perfect Attendance Record Falls Short Of Award
 From the time Adam Werbin was 4, he knew his most important job was to go to school every day. 
Bosch Awards $50,000 For Four Grants In Broward And Miami-Dade Counties
Grants help establish robotics programs, increase exposure to STEM education and facilitate hands-on learning.
Wheelabrator Hosts 21st Annual Environmental Symposium
Demonstrating ways Baltimore residents can save energy and live more efficiently. 
Job Fair Saturday for Bus Drivers at Broward Public Schools
Earn $12.37 an hour - get a pension plus insurance - working 37 hours a week as a school bus driver for the Broward County Public School System.
Broward County Schools Reassignment Late Window Now Open
There is still time to reassign your child to another school for the 2015/2016 school year and because Broward County Public Schools allows for school choice, parents that are willing to drive can enroll their children anywhere in the County. As long as there is space.