Week Ending May 26, 2017

Haitian Flag Day Celebration – We are Haiti, We are Proud
Seagull School Center students got the chance to showcase their diversity and pride for their home country Haiti, as part of the District’s observance and celebration of May as Haitian Heritage Month and Haitian Flag Day. The celebration at the Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center highlighted Haiti's cultural history through the ethnic sounds of Haitian music, dance and spoken word.

BCPS News Around the District

BCPS Selected for $35,000 Grant from Google to Support Computer Science Education
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is excited to be selected by Google for a CS4HS grant, which stands for computer science for high schools. The grant is a part of Google’s global effort to bring rigorous computer science professional development to computer science teachers around the world.

Career Days Give Pembroke Lakes Elementary School Students a Glimpse of the Real World
Students at Pembroke Lakes Elementary School got a chance to see and learn first hand about the many career options and opportunities available to them in the future, and to understand the importance of the subjects they are learning in school.

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

Broward County Public Schools Third Grade FSA English Language Arts Results Show Steady Increases
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) third grade students are making steady increases on the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) for English Language Arts. The Florida Department of Education released these results today. The full set of results from the spring 2017 administration of the FSA is expected to be released in the next several weeks.

Margate Middle Tops National Vocabulary Competition
Congratulations to Margate Middle School for winning the 2016/17 Vocabulary Bowl, ranking No. 1 across North America in the Middle School Championship, sponsored by Vocabulary.com. Representatives from Vocabulary.com hosted a special awards ceremony to honor the school and students for this outstanding achievement.

Northeast High Educator Recognized With Lemelson-MIT Excite Award
Congratulations to Northeast High School educator L. Clara Mabour for being awarded a Lemelson-MIT Excite Award to travel to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for invention education and professional development.

BCPS Teachers Receive ArtsEd Forever! Awards for Artistic Excellence in Education
Congratulations to four Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) teachers for being named winners for the 2017 ArtsEd Forever! Awards.

Pompano Beach Middle School Students Share the Importance of Applied Learning
In a special presentation by the District’s Applied Learning Department, Pompano Beach Middle School debate students got a chance to showcase their talents to members of the Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce Education Committee to raise awareness of the importance of electives. Watch video.

BCPS in the News

Miami Herald honors Huttenhoff with posthumous award  – Miami Herald
A few years back, Miramar played host to Hallandale in a preseason football game. It was a typical steamy August afternoon in South Florida, the sun beating down on the field, no shade or breeze to be found. On the sideline, Broward County athletic director Damian Huttenhoff stood in the heat, his face covered in sweat, his Broward County Athletic Association golf shirt soaked.

Veterans Honored by Students at Oakridge Elementary - NBC6
NBC 6's Julia Bagg shows us how these youngsters took time to honor those who fought for our freedom.

How Trump's Budget Cuts Impact Students - NBC6
Superintendent Robert Runcie Interview 

South Florida third graders improve on reading - Sun-Sentinel
South Florida’s third graders scored better on the state’s key reading exam this year than last, mirroring an increase seen across Florida, the state’s Department of Education announced Friday. 

Vets, Holocaust survivors meet students at Jewish American Heritage event - Sun-Sentinel
Students from Hallandale High School in Hallandale Beach and West Broward High School in Pembroke Pines met with Holocaust survivors and Jewish War Veterans for a Jewish American Heritage Month event at the Posnack Jewish Community Center in Davie. 

Broward releases construction dates for long-awaited school bond program - Sun-Sentinel
Two years after work was supposed to start, Broward school district officials say they are finally ready to fix their aging, decrepit schools. 

Will middle schools become a thing of the past? - Sun-Sentinel
Middle schools, once seen as a progressive replacement for junior highs, also appear to be on their way out. In their place: K-8 centers, which offer a gentler pre-teen transition into the world of class changes, multiple teachers, electives and academic responsibility. 

My Future My Choice: Big Book Drive delivers - Local 10
Local 10 News hands out books to students in South Florida.

Students Vets at West Broward High Celebrate Birth of Foal - NBC6
The veterinary program at West Broward High School has a new star. She’s 95 pounds of nock-kneed, fluffy equine charm, a foal named Wishes, who was born Tuesday morning. 

Margate Middle Tops National Vocabulary Competition - Margate News
Margate Middle School won the 2016/17 Vocabulary Bowl, ranking No. 1 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.