Week Ending September 1, 2017


Superintendent Kicks Off "Celebrating Excellence Tour"
During the first week of school, Superintendent Robert W. Runcie launched his “Celebrating Excellence Tour” by visiting several schools to congratulate teachers and staff on increasing their school’s grade by at least two letter grades. During his visit to the schools, Superintendent Runcie acknowledged administrators, teachers, bus drivers, custodians and food service workers alike. “I see the hard work and sacrifice that everyone puts into making this a great School District,” said Superintendent Runcie. “It takes teamwork to make a dream work, and it’s certainly happening here in Broward County.”

BCPS News Around the District

Boyd H. Anderson High Unveils Newly Renovated $2 Million Media Center With Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
On Friday, August 25, 2017, Boyd H. Anderson High School unveiled its new media center – a $2 million media center renovation as part of the District’s SMART program improvements.  Watch video.‚Äč

BCPS Supports Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts
Our thoughts are with the children and families in the Houston Independent School District, and our colleagues and friends affected by Hurricane Harvey. If you would like to help in hurricane and flood relief efforts, donations can be sent to any of the organizations provided by the Council of Great City Schools. Learn more.

2nd Annual Attendance Symposium – “Engagement = Attendance"
BCPS Student Services Department presents its 2nd annual Attendance Symposium – Engagement = Attendance. The free event takes place on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 8 a.m. – noon at Baily Hall, Broward College Central Campus, 3501 SW Davie Road, Davie, FL 33314. This year's attendance symposium, “Engagement = Attendance,” includes presentations highlighting the problems associated with chronic absenteeism, strategies that worked with middle schools in 2016/17, and how to engage families and students to promote better attendance. Registration is free.  

Questions About College? – BCPS 2017 College Fair has the Answers
The BCPS 2017 College Fair, takes place on Monday, October 9, 2017, 6 - 9 p.m., at the Rick Case Arena at the Don Taft University Center, 3301 College Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314. Attending the 2017 College Fair is the best way to gather information about colleges and universities. Students and parents can meet one-on-one with admission representatives from over 100 colleges and universities. The BCPS 2017 College Fair provides valuable resources, information and assistance for students and parents attempting to navigate the college admissions process. The 2017 College Fair is free and no registration is required to attend. To learn more about the 2017 College Fair, workshops, and participating colleges and universities, visit browardschools.com/collegefair.

South Florida Gifted and Talented Symposium
Broward County Public Schools, in partnership with the Broward County Government Cultural Division and Broward Center for the Performing Arts, is pleased to present the South Florida Gifted and Talented Symposium: Passport to Innovation - Personalized Learning for Gifted Students on Friday, October 27, 2017, from 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Pompano Beach High School. The symposium provides a unique opportunity for educators and parents 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 with without ceilings. For more about the symposium and early registration, visit sfgtsymposium.com.

Save the Dates!
The District’s Public Information Office announces dates for three annual District events – Ed Talk 2017/18, Saturday, November 4, 2017; 2018 Caliber Awards, Thursday, February 1, 2018; and 2018 Community Involvement Awards, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. For more information, contact Dr. Carolyn Stewart, District Community Relations Coordinator, at 754-321-2300.

BCPS in the News

Leaders line up to support 'Dreamers' and ask Trump to do the same - Miami Herald
With the future of a program that protects undocumented young people from deportation in question, leaders of Miami-Dade lined up Wednesday to voice their support for “Dreamers” and reassure scared kids that the community has their back... “We believe they’ve done nothing wrong, that they should have an opportunity to get a high-quality education,” said Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie, speaking Wednesday morning on a conference call organized by Chiefs for Change, a bipartisan coalition of state and district education leaders. “We’re in the education business, not deportation,” he added. “We have to educate kids no matter where they come from.”

Superintendent welcomes students back to school - Sun-Sentinel
On the first day of school, thousands of children 'bid adieu' to summer vacation and returned to local classrooms. For many, including Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie, the day started with an early morning ride on the iconic yellow buses.

School leaders urge Trump to uphold protections for 'dreamers' - Tampa Bay Times
Robert Runcie came to this country at age six from Jamaica, the son of parents with a third grade education. Today he's superintendent of the Broward County School District, a large system at the forefront of efforts to celebrate the cultural diversity of its students. On Wednesday, he added his voice to a chorus of educator pleas to protect young immigrant adults known as "dreamers."

Hollywood Hills High School Marching Band musicians look forward to playing this year - Hollywood Gazette
Sabrina Furio is a leader in Hollywood Hills High School’s marching band. She is the drum major in addition to playing the saxophone and bass clarinet.

Your South Florida Back-to-School 2017 – Superintendents - WPBT PBS
As South Florida students head back to school, we get some words of advice from Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie and Palm Beach County School District Superintendent Robert Avossa.

Robert Runcie visits students on first day of school in Broward - Hollywood Gazette
Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie visited some schools in Broward County.

Cross Country coach Cecil Mayers has taught at McArthur High School for over 25 years - Hollywood Gazette
The McArthur High School Cross Country team is anticipating a good season. Coach Cecil Mayers said the team is the best in the Hollywood area and that some of the team members could qualify for the regional and state meets.

Your South Florida Back-to-School 2017WPBT PBS
As South Florida students head back to school, we speak to Broward and Palm Beach’s education foundations on how their programs help lift the financial burden for the area’s most disadvantaged students, thanks to help from the community.

Broward schools to immigrant students: You're safe with usSun-Sentinel
Broward schools will launch strategies to support immigrant students this year as fear of deportation ripples through their communities. Board members will hash out details of the plan during a meeting today, which include staff training and new classroom lessons on culture, diversity and immigration.

Hollywood Hills female quarterback Holly Neher throws touchdown in debut – Sun-Sentinel

The girl playing quarterback at Hollywood Hills threw a touchdown pass in her first varsity tackle football game — and on her first pass.


Hollywood Hills quarterback tosses TD on first pass of her career – Miami Herald

Holly Neher’s debut as quarterback for Hollywood Hills won’t soon be forgotten. The 5-foot junior, in just her third snap from center in her high school tackle football career, launched a 42-yard scoring strike to Alexander Shelton late in the fourth quarter of a 21-7 loss to Hallandale Thursday night at Cooper City High. Though she wasn’t the first female to play quarterback in Broward County (South Plantation’s Erin Dimeglio did back in 2012), Neher was the first to throw a touchdown pass in a game.


South Florida high school QB throws TD pass in first game, and she's a girl – Local 10

A South Florida high school quarterback threw a touchdown pass in her -- that's right, her -- first varsity football game.


Hollywood Hills Quarterback Makes History After Throwing Touchdown on Her First Career Pass – NBC 6

A Hollywood Hills High School junior threw for a touchdown on the very first pass of her high school football career.