Week Ending November 17, 2017

Pompano Beach High School Holds Annual Fallen Heroes Ceremony
The Pompano Beach High School Army JROTC held the annual Fallen Heroes Ceremony as part of their Veterans Day observance and tribute to veterans, fallen heroes and their families. The special ceremony included a display of 6,902 flags on the campus lawn, representing service members lost since the beginning of the War on Terrorism. The four Special Forces recently killed in Niger were also remembered at this year’s ceremony. Veterans and current service members were recognized and honored during the ceremony.

BCPS News Around the District

Sheridan Technical College Celebrates 50 Years of Tradition and Excellence
Sheridan Technical College celebrated 50 years of excellence in career and technical education on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. To commemorate the occasion, a special ceremony took place at the main campus in Hollywood. The ceremony was marked with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque in recognition of 50 years of tradition and academic excellence 1967 – 2017.  Watch video.

Fox Trail Elementary School Students Honor Heroes
Students of Fox Trail Elementary School recently honored military service members and veterans, and shared letters of encouragement and gratitude written to troops serving overseas, thanking them for their service, support and sacrifice. One student read, “I am so proud of all of the veterans for serving my country. You are my hero.”  Watch video.‚Äč

Students from Cooper City High School Rededicate Peace Pole
Students from Cooper City High held a ceremony to rededicate the school's peace pole, which encourages students to think, speak and act in the spirit of peace and harmony.

Students from Cross Creek School Participated in a Literary Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest
Students from elementary classes at Cross Creek School participated in an annual tradition, a Literary Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest.

BCPS Debate Students to Showcase their Skills at the Annual Debate Initiative Fundraiser Luncheon
The third annual BCPS Debate Initiative Luncheon and Student Exhibition showcases students’ talents, with debate performances by students from Cypress Bay High School, Everglades High School, Flanagan High School, Walker Elementary School, Western High School and Pompano Youth Treatment Center.

BCPS in the News

Super Teacher: Randee Diech - The CW South Florida
This week’s Super Teacher comes to us from Lauderhill 6-12, STEM-MED Magnet School. Mr. Randee Deich brings technology to a whole new level as the older students mentor the younger students. See how they're coding, creating mobile apps, and making a change in their community.
Pompano Beach will open museum honoring educational pioneer Blanche Ely - Sun-Sentinel
Pompano Beach will open a museum memorializing one of the city’s educational pioneers. The former home of Blanche Ely, who taught children to rise above race in the age of segregation, is expected to be turned into a repository for yearbooks, photographs and other archives describing life at the time Ely and her husband were educators in the city.

Northeast High students earn MIT grant for mosquito breeding disruptor - Sun-Sentinel
A team of Oakland Park's Northeast High School students earned a $10,000 Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam grant to develop a mosquito breeding disruptor. The goal is to thwart insect vectored illnesses such as Zika.

Nova High Navy JROTC students help fold unserviceable flags - Sun-Sentinel
Students from the Nova High School spent their Sunday folding more than 100 American flags for proper disposal. Recently, the Nova Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps went to the Cooper City American Legion Memorial Post No. 321 to fold tattered and unserviceable American flags that had been collected.

Students battle for spot in Sunrise poetry slam - Sun-Sentinel
I am my ancestors' wildest dreams, which makes me my oppressors' worst nightmares to be. People that look like me learning how to read were never part of their plan, so I'll be damned if I don't spend every day finding a new way to prove them wrong." These are the words of Nyah Hardmon on the struggles she faces being accepted as a smart, black woman. Hardmon was one of 14 Broward County high school students that spoke their truth for a spot in Sunrise's ninth annual Word Up! Poetry Slam.

School Spirit Abounds at McArthur High School’s Mustang Fest - Hollywood Gazette
The McArthur High School community got together on October 27th to celebrate Mustang Fest. It was a fun event and many of the school’s clubs participated. They each had booths where they could meet with people and discuss their program offerings with students.

Broward Education Foundation inducts seven Broward County legends into 2017 Hall of Fame - Westside Gazette
Broward Education Foundation inducted seven community luminaries and champions in education to its Hall of Fame at the Publix Super Markets Charities “2017 Hall of Fame Breakfast” presented by Memorial Healthcare System. The Hall of Fame honors and recognizes distinguished alumni of Broward County Public Schools.

Tech groups encourage kids to code — especially girls - Miami Herald
HTML. JavaScript. CSS. Computer coding was a mysterious language to Emma Barragan when she was 10. “When I first started learning to code, I thought ‘What’s the secret?’ ”she said. Now at age 13, Emma, has cracked some of the main tech language. Even more, over the past three years, she has learned to turn computer science into a creative endeavor through a local nonprofit called CodeArt.

Track to be named after Coach Robert Green -Westside Gazette

From a shotgun house in Fort Myers to having a track named after him at Dillard, Coach Robert Green has come a long way. Not only has he coached track, but he also ran track at Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina. He was also the first runner from Allen to participate in the Penn relays, finishing second in the 100-meter dash to Art Bragg who was the 100-meter champion. Coach Green started working at Dillard High School in 1957, and has worked there for 35 years leaving his mark as a teacher, coach, department chair, and athletic director for 17 years. He was also the first African American coach to participate in a Broward County track and field clinic for coaches.

Longtime Stranahan High coach Keith Skinner dies at 54 - Sun-Sentinel
Coach Keith Skinner taught his basketball and football players to play to win. But win or lose, he taught them to do it with grace. Known as “Doc,” he graduated as a star athlete from Stranahan High in 1980 and then returned to coach the Mighty Dragons for the better part of three decades, making him one of three of Broward County’s longest-tenured and still active coaches. He was named assistant athletic director last year.