Week Ending October 21, 2016


The annual “Just Do It…I Did” student awards program celebrates students with disabilities as part of Disability History and Awareness Weeks observed during the first two weeks of October. Watch highlights of the event in the Friday Focus feature video above.

BCPS News Around the District

The 411 on Parent Engagement Conference
Save the Date, Saturday, November 19, 2016, for the 411 on Parent Engagement Conference presented by the Parent/Community Involvement Task Force and Office of Family and Community Engagement. The Parent Engagement Conference provides workshops and information on how parents can support their child’s education and access family support from the school and community resources.

Broward Education Foundation 4th Annual Hall of Fame Awards
The Broward Education Foundation inducted seven outstanding community and school leaders into its Distinguished Hall of Fame on Thursday, October 20, 2016. The award recognizes BCPS alumni for significant achievements in their fields and dedication to improving public education.  Congratulations to Plantation High School alumni Olayemi Awofadeju, principal at South Broward High School, and Western High School alumni Angel Gomez, principal of Piper High School, on being honored for dedicating their careers to public education. Video

Annual Debate Initiative Luncheon
Broward County Pubic Schools hosted its second annual Debate Initiative luncheon at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, October 16, 2016. The event provided an opportunity for students to showcase their debate skills on the public forum topic “Resolved: In the United States public K-12 schools, the probable cause standard ought to apply to searches of students.” Video 

Annual “Just Do It…I Did” Awards Ceremony
The annual “Just Do It…I Did” student awards program celebrates students with disabilities as part of Disability History and Awareness Weeks observed during the first two weeks of October. This year’s awards ceremony recognized 161 students for showing significant improvement or exemplary achievement in a variety of areas. Video

Register Now to Attend Ed Talk 2016/17
This year’s Ed Talk returns to the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center on Saturday, November 5, 2016, from 9 a.m. – noon. Plan now to be part of the community discussion on making a difference in education and advancing the District’s Strategic Plan.

BCPS Awarded $53.8 Million Grant from the U.S. Department of Education
Broward County Public Schools is honored to be the only school district in Florida – and the only large urban District in the nation – to receive a new Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant funding totals $53,808,909, and will be paid over five years.

BCPS Students Hear from French Film Actor and Writer Inspired by Holocaust Survivor
Ahmed Dramé, actor and writer of the docudrama Once in a Lifetime, traveled from France to South Florida to share his personal story with students at Cypress Bay High School, Everglades High School, Flanagan High School and Western High School, The visit was coordinated by Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education.

BCPS Recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Broward County Public Schools in partnership with Boca Raton Regional Hospital recognized Breast Cancer Awareness Month by reading the Breast Cancer Awareness Resolution during the October 5, 2016, School Board meeting.

Hispanic Scholars from the College Academy @ BC Rank Nationally
Congratulations to students from the College Academy @ BC that are in the top 2.5 percent of all Hispanic and Latino students who completed the PSAT last year. All 17students are eligible for scholarships, with many receiving full tuition at four-year institutions.

Monarch High School Principal 2016 Florida Principal Leadership Award Honoree
Congratulations to Monarch High School Principal James Neer for being one of nine honorees from across the state for the 2016 Principal Leadership Awards by Florida TaxWatch, which recognizes top-performing principals who exceed expected learning gains in high-risk schools. Bayview Elementary School Honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Bayview Elementary School students, teachers, administrators and staff will wear pink in remembrance of those who lost their fight, survived or continue to battle breast cancer.

2nd Annual Debate Initiative Luncheon
The Broward County Public Schools Debate Initiative held its second annual Debate Luncheon, highlighting the initiative with a special focus on how businesses can get involved with students and the BCPS debate program.

BCPS in News Headlines

SFL-TV, The CW Superheroes in our Schools
This week's super teacher is Ms. Carmen Pla, who teaches s kindergarten at Hollywood Park Elementary School. Ms Pla integrates nature into her classroom presentations to stimulate learning.

French student credits Holocaust survivor for changing his life
When Leon Zyguel visited a French classroom eight years ago to tell the story of how he survived Auschwitz and Buchenwald, he probably hoped the students would listen and remember.

South Broward High School’s Wind Symphony Band to play Carnegie Hall
58 members of South Broward High School’s Wind Symphony Band have been selected to travel to New York City to perform on stage at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in April of 2017.

Broward County organizations team up to highlight South Florida tech landscape
Broward County Public Schools and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance have announced a partnership to foster growth in the technology industry.

How Can Schools Counter Bias? Broward County Research Project Wants to Know
Nationwide, schools are suspending and expelling fewer students today than in years past—but the racial gaps in who gets disciplined still yawn. A new, community-wide research project in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., hopes to find ways to counter the unconscious perceptions that may be undermining reform attempts.