Week Ending May 22, 2015

This week's Friday Focus Video highlights Tropical Elementary School art students presenting Superintendent Robert W. Runcie with a portrait mural; Cooper City Elementary School Peace Pole Ceremony to promote safe environments for students; third annual Autism in Flight event; and news conference announcing impact on students from legislative changes to state’s accountability system.


BCPS News Releases

Congratulations to Three BCPS Seniors Named 2015 Broward Silver Knight Award Winners
Congratulations to three Broward County Public Schools Class of 2015 seniors honored by the Miami Herald Silver Knight Awards as the best and brightest.  
BCPS Congratulates Class of 2015 Gates Millennium Scholars
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is proud to announce that eight students are members of the Class of 2015 Gates Millennium Scholars.
BCPS Reports Impact on Students from Legislative Changes to State’s Accountability System
Broward School Board members and Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Superintendent Robert W. Runcie held a news conference today, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, to provide students and families with information regarding the impact of legislative changes to the state’s accountability system on BCPS students.
Third Annual Autism in Flight Takes Place, May 20, 2015
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is proud to once again partner with JetBlue Airways, a leading carrier in Fort Lauderdale, and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, to host the third annual Autism in Flight event. 

BCPS News Headlines

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Meet the 2015 Broward Silver Knight Award winners
Three High Schoolers Notch Perfect Attendance Since Kindergarten
Three Broward high school seniors have pulled off a Cal Ripken-like feat. 
Children With Autism Given Chance To Fly With Ease
Children with autism have been known to experience certain levels of stress when flying on planes, which is why Broward County Schools teamed up with JetBlue and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in an annual event to give those children a way to practice the process of flying to ease the discomfort.
Trayvon Mullen Goes From Wrong Way Kid To Top 5 Cornerback Recruit In Nation
Trayvon Mullen was 6 years old when he made his football debut. Not yet abundantly clear on the rules, he would grab the ball and run back toward his own goal before circling around and scoring a touchdown as other kids gave chase. 
Coral Glades High School Program Does Well In Cappie Program
The Coral Glades High School Drama program did well in Cappie (Critics and Awards Program)
School Bus Driver, Helper Honored For Keeping Girl Safe From Stranger
Quick thinking by a school bus driver and her attendant kept a young girl safe from a suspicious person who was later arrested on lewd and lascivious charges, district officials said Tuesday. 
School Gardens Receive Awards
The two state award-winning school gardens in Broward County are both in the same city and within a few miles of each other. 
Runcie: One Test Will Not Determine Our Students' Fates
After weeks of taking new standardized tests and end-of-course exams, students can breathe easy — most of the scores won't count toward final class grades or determine whether third-graders will be promoted to the next level.
Students Compete In Sunrise Chess Tournament
Earlier this month, Sunrise held its fourth annua l"Champions of Chess" Tournament for elementary, middle and high school students. More than 80 students registered and participated in the event.
Drones Fly High During Statewide Student Competition In Boca
It wasn't just fun and games as students flew whizzing drones in a gymnasium at Florida Atlantic University on Saturday. It was competition. 
Program Uses Cooking To Spark School Success
Noah Joseph lugged a brand-new Crock-Pot out of Deerfield Park Elementary School last week like it was a World Cup trophy. 
JP Taravella Academy of Finance Holds Mock Interview Day
JP Taravella Academy of Finance hosted their annual Mock Interview Day on Thursday where twenty business partners, many of whom are members of the Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce, participated in the important event. 
Margate Students Recognized in Coconut Creek
Margate students from elementary to high school age were honored at Coconut Creek City Hall for exemplifying the finest in academics, character, and leadership this past school year. 
STEM Showcase Includes Art & Music
The turnout at Liberty Elementary’s Spring STEM Museum Showcase was so large that it took place over two nights. 
Parents Impressed with Curriculum Showcase
Parents in droves were dazzled by what their children learned at the Margate Elementary School Panther Pride Showcase Thursday. 
Peace Mural Comes to Life at Liberty
Art teacher, Amy Moskowitz, worked with Liberty Elementary’s inaugural Art Club to create an innovative mural for the school’s entryway.
Mentors Are Making A Positive Difference In Our Community
Mary Boast adores mentoring young people. A member of Kiwanis Club of Coral Springs, she sponsors five local high school Key Clubs. “It is essential that we share leadership skills to enhance our young people’s lives.