Week Ending September 30, 2016

 

Congratulations to McArthur High School teacher Margarita Sweeting on being elected a “Commander of the Classroom” by Walmart. Representatives from Walmart surprised Sweeting, a journalism teacher at McArthur High, with the honor and a  $490 gift card for classroom supplies. See additional video stories featured in BCPS News Around the District below.
 

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Broward Block Party for Education, October 18, 2016
The Fourth Annual Block Party for Higher Education, “Pathways to Success,” takes place on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, from 5 – 8 p.m. on Las Olas Boulevard between Andrews and NE Second Avenue in downtown Fort Lauderdale. This year, in addition to a showcase of higher educational opportunities offered by colleges and universities, BCPS Innovative Programs will also showcase the unique educational options available to K – 12 students Broward County Public Schools. Enjoy live entertainment on stage, music, dance, performance art and food trucks. The block party is free and open to the public.
 
Miami Dolphins Jarvis Landry Surprises Miramar High School Football Team
The Miramar High School football team recently got a big surprise from Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry. Landry dropped in on the team’s practice to talk to them about the importance of managing their money, as part of the Miami Dolphins partnership with BankUnited’s 4 Downs for Finance initiative to teach young athletes the importance of saving money and using it wisely. Video
 
7th Annual South Florida Gifted and Talented Symposium
 The annual South Florida Gifted and Talented Symposium, the largest gathering of gifted and talented teachers and administrators, and parents in the state of Florida, took place Friday, September 16, 2016, at Pompano Beach High School. The seventh annual event – “Super Powered – Changing the World One Gift at a Time” – brought national and local experts together to talk about how to meet the classroom needs of gifted and talented students. Video
 
McArthur High School Teacher Walmart’s “Commander of the Classroom”
Congratulations to McArthur High School teacher Margarita Sweeting on being elected a “Commander of the Classroom” by Walmart. Representatives from Walmart surprised Sweeting, a journalism teacher at McArthur High, with the honor and a  $490 gift card for classroom supplies. Video
 
Drum Café at Floranada Elementary School
Thanks to a visit by the Drum Café, students at Floranada Elementary School are marching to the beat of their own drums. Through an interactive drumming lesson by the Drum Café, students learned about teamwork, self-esteem and anti-bullying by pounding on the drumheads. Video
 
SMART Investments Lead to Smart Students
The SMART program remains on track to be completed within five to seven years, as originally promised. Check out the latest SMART Futures Update for September 2016. Highlights include 585 SMART facilities projects in progress, marking in investment of approximately $400 million, and SMART technology upgrades representing an investment of more than $47 million.

J.P. Taravella High School Students Hosts Exchange Students From France
Students from France and J.P. Taravella High School prepared and a multi-course dinner for School Board members, the Superintendent, District administrators and host families. As part of an exchange program, students from the Georges Freche school in southern France spent 10 days working with ProStart students at Taravella High. In January, students from Taravella High will visit France to study culinary arts and hospitality management.  Video


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Plantation Middle School students walk together to end violence WSVN 7
Plantation Middle School students came together for a peace walk, calling for an end to the violence affecting young people in their community. Over 100 students from Plantation Middle School walked from 70th Avenue to West Sunrise Boulevard in an initiative called “Stop the Violence Week.”

Mr. Runcie goes to Washington
On Monday, Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie was a guest at the White House in Washington DC where he was invited to participate in discussions on the importance of regional partnerships in Kindergarten to Grade 12 computer science education. He was accompanied to the discussions by Broward District’s STEM(Science Technology Engineering and Math) Science Supervisor Dr. Lisa Milenkovic and Office of School Performance and Accountability Director Christine Semisch.