Week Ending April 15, 2016


This week’s Friday Focus Something Special Video features: Grab ‘n’ Go Patio Breakfast Kickoff at Plantation Middle School; "Take 5 to Stay Alive" Competition at Sunrise Civic Center Theatre; SAT Day; and  Centennial Greetings. 

BCPS News Releases

School-Related Employee of the Year Named State Finalist
Congratulations to Kenyatta Medlock of Whiddon-Rogers Education Center on being selected as a 2016 School-Related Employee of the Year state finalist, announced by Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart.‚Äč

South Plantation High Advances to the Final Round of XQ: The Super School Project 

On Friday, April 8, 2016, South Plantation High School advanced to the final competition round of XQ: The Super School Project. This new educational challenge from the XQ Institute, with philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs, received more than 700 applications from 45 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.  More than 10,000 people participated in teams to submit the online application.
Broward SECME-STEM Olympiad Full STEaM Ahead!
Students from Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) will compete in the annual Broward SECME-STEM Olympiad on Saturday, April 16, 2016, from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Dillard High School, 2501 NW 11th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311.
Exclusive Screening of “Finding the Gold Within”
The Department of Equity and Academic Attainment is hosting a screening of “Finding the Gold Within,” a documentary following the lives of six young men through high school and their first year of college. 

BCPS News Headlines

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Super Teacher of the Week – Ms. Karin Cook
This week’s super teacher is Karin Cook, who’s taught language arts at JP Taravella High School in Coral Springs for 15 years. Today’s lesson plan: the count of Monte Cristo, and she's making the book come to life.

Brag About Cypress Bay High School
Walk onto campus at Cypress Bay High School in Weston and look around. It feels like a college, and with 4,600 students, it’s bigger than many institutions of higher learning. “It’s just what we call the whole enchilada here in Broward County Schools,” said principal Scott Neely.

Broward Schools Superintendent Responds To Sun Sentinel
WLRN - Broward School Superintendent Robert Runcie responds to a Sun-Sentinel report on Title 1 spending.

Identifying Gifted Black and Hispanic Students
Despite the importance of giftedness, public schools have been particularly remiss in identifying black and Hispanic students who fall into that category ("Why Talented Black and Hispanic Students Can Go Undiscovered," The New York Times, Apr. 10). Recognizing the error, Broward County, Fla. changed the way it determined the status in 2005.

Broward County’s first African American School Board member, the late Dr. Kathleen Cooper Wright, honored with statue unveiling ceremony
Dr. Kathleen Cooper Wright received a posthumous honor during the unveiling ceremony of a her very own statue on March 31, 2016, adjacent to the KC Wright Broward County School Board administrative offices, in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Fla., before proud family members and a host of community well wishers.

Why Talented Black and Hispanic Students Can Go Undiscovered
Public schools are increasingly filled with black and Hispanic students, but the children identified as “gifted” in those schools are overwhelmingly white and Asian. 

Broward Superintendent sets record straight about state audit report
I believe it is important that our families and community members receive complete, accurate information regarding our district's commitment to being good stewards of taxpayer funds.
This Week in South Florida: April 10

This Week in South Florida: April 10
Superintendent Runcie Interview with Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg