Week Ending April 22, 2016


This week’s Friday Focus Something Special Video features Celebrity Chef Rudy Poindexter training Food & Nutrition Services staff; Cypress Bay High School students presenting $41,000 check to UNICEF; and Centennial greetings. 

BCPS News Releases

Broward County Public Schools Announces National Merit Scholarship Recipients 
Today, National Merit Scholarship Corporation released the names of the first group of winners in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. More than 1,000 distinguished high school seniors have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations.

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Cypress Bay High students make major UNICEF donation
Cypress Bay High school students have made a major donation to UNICEF.  Over a three-year period, the students raised $74,000 for the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund. 

Spotlight on Truth Spittahz of Miramar High School
As trends go, high school poetry clubs are hot. Last weekend, 36 schools competed in the Louder Than a Bomb poetry competition at Nova Southeastern University, sponsored by Blue Apple Poetry and the Jason Taylor Foundation. 

8 South Florida high schools among top 100 in nation
Eight South Florida high schools landed among the top 100 nationwide in rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Two Broward County schools made the top 250: Weston's Cypress Bay High was No. 243 and Pompano Beach High was 250. Both were listed among the top 25 in Florida.

Broward school board weighs cafeteria repairs
Broward County School Board members grappled into the early morning hours Wednesday with how to make renovations to some of the oldest cafeterias in the district – and whether they should instead be rebuilt. 

Cerra to replace Huttenhoff as Broward Schools' athletics director
Long-time Taravella principal Shawn Cerra will replace outgoing Broward athletic director Damian Huttenhoff after receiving the school board's approval Tuesday.

Broward school district estimates $4 million budget shortfall next year
Broward school administrators are projecting a $4 million shortfall in the budget for the 2016/17 school year because of inflation, the switch by many high schools to new schedules and an increase in fringe benefits. 

Coral Springs High School grad seeks return to Olympics
Walter Dix is gunning for gold this summer. After a standout performance in the recent University of Miami Hurricanes Alumni Invitational Track and Field Meet, it appears that the 30-year-old Dix could be on the fast track to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August.

West Broward cadets take county title in ROTC drill meet
West Broward High School's Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) squad recently rose to the occasion with top honors at the 2016 Broward County Drill Meet at Fort Lauderdale High School. 

Learning takes flight in South Plantation High drone class
In one classroom at South Plantation High, students fly through the last period of the day. Literally. 

SWAG on 6: Chyanne Fletcher
The immigrant dream is alive and well, thanks to kids like Chyanne Fletcher. She's a petite junior at Hollywood Hills High School who moved to Florida from Pakistan in 2010.