Week Ending March 11, 2016


This week’s Friday Focus Something Special Video features: Shark tagging by New River Middle School marine science magnet students; celebrity chef visits culinary students at Monarch High School; and Centennial celebration greetings.

District Digest

Check out the Spring 2016 Edition of District Digest, BCPS Employee Newsletter. This edition features Caliber Awards finalists, BCPS in Action videos, news around the District and more. View online now at browardschools.com/districtdigest.

BCPS News Releases

Tony Award-Winning Actor and Int'l Opera Singer Visit Students and Film Video for White House  
Tony Award-Winning Actor John Lloyd Young and International Opera Singer Carla Dirlikov visit Lake Forest Elementary and Walker Elementary to meet with teachers and principals, visit classes, share music techniques with students and film a special talent show video for the White House.

Four Outstanding Students to be Surprised with $12,500 in Scholarships 
Four students from Atlantic Technical College and Technical High School will be surprised with scholarships of $3,125 each from the machining technology industry partner, Haas Automation, Inc.                                  

Health Literacy Event Celebrates Florida Health Literacy Month    
A health literacy event for the community will include health presentations, screenings, hands-on fitness demonstrations, storytime, relay races, face painting, a bounce house and much more.

Northeast High School Named National Finalist in Samsung “Solve for Tomorrow”
Northeast High was named the state’s first place winner in January, receiving $40,000 and becoming one of 51 schools (representing all 50 states and Washington, DC) chosen from 4,100 entries. 

It’s “Game On” for BCPS Students Participating in an Inaugural Minecraft: Minepocalypse Challenge   
It’s a fun, educational competition that takes students on a virtual adventure! On Saturday, March 12, 2016, approximately 150 Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) students from 47 District schools will take part in a Minecraft: Minepocalypse challenge at Lauderhill 6 – 12, 1901 NW 49 Avenue, Lauderhill, FL 33313. The event takes place from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

​BCPS and United Way Team Up for Above the Influence March and Rally  
This annual joint effort created by Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) and the United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse is designed to celebrate students in our community making the right decisions – to resist peer pressure and to avoid violence and drugs.

Six School Leaders Announced as Finalists for Broward County Public Schools  
Congratulations to six exceptional school leaders for being named finalists for Broward County Public Schools 2016 Assistant Principal of the Year. 

BCPS Students Raise $40,100 for Veterans to Visit Washington, DC Monuments  
Student members of the Broward County Association of Student Councils presented a check during the School Board meeting on March 1, 2016, to the South Florida Honor Flight organization for $40,100.

Registration Begins for BCPS Annual AP Exam Review    
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) will provide an opportunity for students to receive help from the best, highest qualified Advanced Placement (AP) teachers in the District. On Friday, April 1, 2016, and Saturday, April 2, 2016, at South Plantation High School, the annual AP Exam Review will offer critical test-taking tips and practice questions.  

First National Summit for Principal Supervisors to Feature Film Premiere and Book Signing with Co-Author Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie is proud to be the official host of the South Florida film premiere and book signing of “Most Likely to Succeed,” with co-author, filmmaker and Expert in Residence at Harvard University, Tony Wagner.

BCPS News Headlines

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Northeast High School Students Create Life-Saving Technology
An idea borne from tragedy is now catapulting a team of students into the national spotlight.

In some schools, computer science starts in kindergarten
Florida’s Broward County School District is starting young with computer science instruction, integrating it in math and science classes at the kindergarten level. 

A Better Response to Nonviolent Misdemeanors - David L. Watkins, Ed.S, Director, Equity & Academic Attainment, Broward County (FL) Public Schools 
The biggest cause of school-related arrests in Florida is non-violent misdemeanors. Examples of non-violent misdemeanors include: fighting that results in injury requiring medical attention, possession of an illegal substance, usually 5 grams or less of marijuana, and committing a major disruption in school such as cursing or yelling.

Broward schools superintendent Runcie evaluated, but without grades
Broward County School Board members have completed their interim evaluations of Superintendent Robert Runcie. 

Boundary change lets Hallandale Elementary, Gulfstream Middle merge
An elementary and a middle school will merge to create a kindergarten through eighth-grade school in Hallandale Beach after Broward County School Board members approved the boundary change Wednesday night.

Blanche Ely High School Overflowing With Tradition and Pride
When your school dates back to 1952, it's an understatement to say it has tradition.

Students take on challenge of chess
Lauderdale Lakes Middle School math teacher Robert McKenzie's love of chess made for an easy choice when his students were among those in Broward County invited to the monthly Mayors' Chess Challenge in Lauderhill.

Trailblazers’ memorial construction targets new unveiling date
The Trailblazers of Broward County have set a new date for the unveiling and presentation of its Memorial Legacy Project to the citizenry and others who have a vested interest in this endeavor.

Winners announced in black history month essay contest
Three winners were chosen for this year’s Black History Month Essay Competition at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) Chase Perrotta, 6th grade, Pioneer Middle School; Lotoya Willis, 7th grade, Lauderdale Lakes Middle School; and Ta’Daja Graham, 11th grade, Plantation High School were honored during a Feb. 22 ceremony, where they each received a Kindle Fire tablet and a $50 gift card from sponsor Best Buy in Davie.

Weekend preview: The sweet sound of harmony
That the Fort Lauderdale-based Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Ensemble is one of the most highly regarded high school jazz bands in the country may not be news to local music lovers. But the discipline and sacrifice that these students and their families invest to achieve such excellence may be.