Week Ending November 3, 2017

 

Sprint 1Million Project Launches at Deerfield Beach High School
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is one of 118 school districts across the country participating in the Sprint 1Million Project to provide 2,500 BCPS students with free devices and wireless service. Starting at Deerfield Beach High School, 180 students received tablets or smartphones and internet activation.  This new program will help eliminate the “homework gap” that puts many students at a major disadvantage because they don’t have ready access to the internet needed for completing homework, communicating with teachers or applying for jobs, scholarships or college.
 

BCPS News Around the District

Letter from Superintendent Robert W. Runcie, Reflecting on the District’s Progress and Accomplishments Over the Past Six Years
“Whether you are a student, parent, District employee or community member, now more than ever it is important that we all work together to defend and support our public schools. I am extremely proud of the work we are doing across Broward County Public Schools to support our students.” Read the Superintendent’s letter.

Ed Talk 2017/18 – Saturday, November 4, 2017 – Making a Difference in Education
Make your voice count! Plan to attend Ed Talk 2017/18, a public forum designed to engage the community in discussing educational strategies and advancing the District's Strategic Plan, on Saturday, November 4, 2017, from 9 a.m. – noon, at Hollywood Hills High School, 5400 Stirling Road, Hollywood, FL 33021. Register Now!
 
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) presented the South Florida Gifted and Talented Symposium: Passport to Innovation – Personalized Learning for Gifted Students on Friday, October 27, 2017, at Pompano Beach High School.  Parents and educators got the opportunity to network and learn in a forum dedicated to strategies and practices that foster self-directed, motivated and independent learners in real-world learning environments.

Sprint 1Million Project Launches at Deerfield Beach High School
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is one of 118 school districts across the country participating in the Sprint 1Million Project to provide 2,500 BCPS students with free devices and wireless service. Starting at Deerfield Beach High School, 180 students received tablets or smartphones and internet activation.
 
Cross Creek School Students and Staff Appreciate Bus Drivers
Students and staff from Cross Creek School surprised their bus drivers with a special day of appreciation. On Thursday, October 19, 2017, bus drivers were greeted with a special thank you treat and this message of gratitude.
 
Northeast High Student Inventor Team Receives $10,000 Grant to Create a Mosquito Breeding Disruptor
Congratulations to Northeast High School for being awarded a Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam $10,000 grant to create a mosquito breeding disruptor – a device to deter mosquitoes from laying eggs in standing water.
 

BCPS in the News

Vote now for the Local 10 Eco-Hero! – Local 10
South Broward High School’s Kimberly Correia is one of five finalists from hundreds of South Florida students who entered for a chance to be named the Local 10 Eco-Hero. Each of the finalists show extraordinary passion to help the environment at home and all across the planet. Take a look at Kimberly’s profile and vote for her to be named Local 10 Eco-Hero. Voting ends Friday, November 10, so make sure and let your voice be heard! View Kimberly’s profile.

South Florida Students Paint Personal Gift for Refugees – NBC 6
 NBC 6 The photographs are striking because every one of them shows a child smiling. If every picture tells a story, these pictures would all tell happy tales of childhood, except that the kids in the photos are Syrians who have been displaced by that country’s brutal civil war. The children live in a refugee camp, and most are destitute.
 
Super Teacher: Kimberly Saunders – CW-WSFL
This week's super teacher is Kimberly Saunders, the Virtual Enterprise Institute instructor at Hollywood Hills High School.  Her students partake in a program where they can create a virtual business, run it online and then compete with it.
 
Chapel Trail third-grader helps Hurricane Irma victims – Sun-Sentinel
When Miley Morales sees others in need, she becomes motivated to help. Her most recent act of kindness was to collect goods for people affected by Hurricane Irma.
 
McArthur and Hollywood Hills Students participate in robotics competition – Hollywood Gazette
Students from McArthur and Hollywood Hills High Schools participated in the Mission Mayhem robotics competition at Dillard High School. They were among about 24 teams from schools throughout South Florida participating in an off-season competition.
 
Sprint program provides local student with new smartphones – Sun-Sentinel
Gabrielle Edouard caressed the slim, red box - her face puckered with disbelief. An International Baccalaureate student at Deerfield Beach High School, the ninth-grader faces hours of homework every night and "if I'm not at home," she said, indicating her generic smart phone, "the Wi-Fi sometimes doesn't work.”
 
Third-grader collects more than 1,000 books for schools hit by Hurricane Irma – Sun-Sentinel
While watching the news with her mom one morning in early October, 8-year-old Caitlin Underwood wondered what she could do to help people devastated by Hurricane Irma in the Florida Keys.