Week Ending May 29, 2015

This week’s Friday Focus Something Special Video highlights the Mentoring Tomorrow’s Leaders “Celebrating Five Years of Lasting Legacy” scholarship and awards banquet; the Robot Rodeo showcasing Bennett Elementary School and Pompano Beach High School students’ engineering skills; Piper High School’s Health Occupations Students of America participating in a National Chest Compression Week workshop; and White House and District officials announcing launch of “Latinos in Action” program at six high schools.


BCPS News Releases

Endeavour Primary Learning Center Students Meet Firefighter Reading Mentors
On Wednesday, May 27, 2015, kindergarten and first grade students at Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Endeavour Primary Learning Center had the chance to meet their online reading mentors in person for the first time.
Broward Virtual School Ambassadors of Hope
Broward Virtual School Ambassadors of Hope members and mentees recently participated in “A Day of Hope” at Plantation General Hospital to support the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
New River Middle School Marine ROV Club Heads to National Competition
Students in New River Middle School Marine Science Magnet Program’s Marine ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) Club are getting ready to take on their peers from around the country. 
Fort Lauderdale High School Celebrates its Centennial
Fort Lauderdale High School Celebrates its 100th Birthday
Miramar High School Wins “Closing the Gap” Award By College For Every Student
Congratulations to Miramar High School for being named a winner of the “Closing the Gap” award, sponsored by College For Every Student (CFES).
Dillard Elementary in Partnership With Ranger Good Works Unveils Student Mural
Dillard Elementary School unveils student mural during its arts awareness month in the Flagler Arts and Technology (FAT) Village Art District
Four BCPS Seniors Named 2015 College-Sponsored National Merit Scholars
Today, May 27, 2015, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced four Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) seniors as winners of National Merit Scholarships, which are financed by U.S. colleges and universities.
White House Officials Join BCPS In Announcing Launch of “Latinos In Action”
During a news conference, today, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Broward County School Board members, Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie, officials with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, the Executive Director of the national “Latinos in Action” program, and District staff announced the launch of the “Latinos in Action” pilot program at six high schools.  
White House Officials Join BCPS for News Conference Announcing “Latinos in Action”
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is proud to partner with the White House Initiative on Educational   Excellence for Hispanics to launch "Latinos in Action."  The launch showcases the commitment of BCPS towards increasing educational outcomes and opportunities for Hispanic students.
Manatee Bay Elementary Congratulates Student Winners at the National Elementary Science Olympiad
Manatee Bay Elementary School is proud to announce that one of our four teams competing at this year’s National Elementary Science Olympiad Competition held at Florida Atlantic University on May 2, 2015, came in first place over all with a second team placing fourth.

BCPS News Headlines

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Fort Lauderdale High celebrates 100th graduating class
The sleek, well-lit hallways at Fort Lauderdale High are nothing like the ones Dave Ready once walked through as a student in the late 1950s.
Local Students Named 2015 National Merit Scholarship Winners
Two local students have been named winners in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program, which chooses finalists with the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
Broward Schools Launches 'Latinos in Action'
It’s a college prep course, a cultural awareness seminar, and a leadership training class all rolled into one package called Latinos in Action. 
Firefighters Fire up Students With Online Tutoring Program
Students take part in Serve-A-Thon
More than 300 students and other volunteers from the seven Firewall Centers in Broward spent a recent Saturday making a difference in the community.
Eagle Scout project creates reading nook
Students at Coconut Palm Elementary School in Miramar now can enjoy a relaxing outdoor reading nook.
Karen Garza and Nathaniel Ma, Stoneman Douglas students, receive Merit Scholarships
Today, May 27, 2015, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced four Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) seniors as winners of National Merit Scholarships, which are financed by U.S. colleges and universities. 
Coral Springs High to offer new programs
Coral Springs High School will be offering some high quality academic and industry certification programs. It is offering the Advanced Placement Capstone (AP) program. 
Carlton B. Moore Freedom Foundation, Inc. awards first scholarships to three high school seniors
The Carlton B. Moore Freedom Foundation Inc. awarded three $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors in memory of the late Fort Lauderdale city commissioner and lifetime champion of African-American rights who passed away last year.
BCPS High School Students Participate in First Rally to the Tally for New Floridians
Approximately 300 foreign-born ninth and 10th grade students from 23 Broward County Public Schools high schools are taking part in the first Rally to the Tally for New Floridians. 
Another excellent year for Broward County with 25 state titles
St. Thomas Aquinas and American Heritage set the tone for another big season in the fall by winning football state championships. 
Miami Herald honors Broward’s best at annual high school athletic awards Following a season in which Broward County high schools won 25 state championships, there was plenty of athletic greatness to celebrate. 
Cappies honor high school theater productions
The Cappies, which is shorthand for the Critic's Awards Program, celebrated high school theater achievements of students from 23 private and public schools throughout Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Miramar boosts school criminal justice program
Miramar High School is moving closer to offering students a criminal justice program. 
School hosts Showcase of Success
Art, music and academics were on full display as Hollywood Hills Elementary School hosted its first-ever Showcase of Success. 
Piper High poet celebrated in documentary
Last week, Zoharian Williams, 18, walked the red carpet before the screening of a short documentary film featuring him as the main subject.
Plantation resident earns major college scholarship
….As a student at South Plantation High School, her son built robots and learned several computer programs, Linda Millar said. 
Taravella Jazz Band Holding Concert Fundraiser for New York Competition
The JP Taravella High School Jazz Band is dreaming of competing in New York City next year, but first they need to raise the funds to get there.