Week Ending May 13, 2016


This week’s Friday Focus Something Special Video features: Florida Panthers Future Goals program at Driftwood Middle School; John Lennon Educational Tour Bus at Bethune Elementary School; Davie Police mock DUI fatality demonstration at Western High School; and Centennial greetings.


BCPS News Releases

“Evening Among the Stars” Honors Students for Outstanding Attendance
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) fifth annual Best In Class awards celebrates and recognizes students for outstanding attendance on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at 6:30 p.m., Plantation High School, 6901 NW 16th Street, Plantation. The “Evening Among the Stars” event honors students for stellar attendance and also recognizes parents for their role and support.


BCPS National Merit $2,500 Scholarship Winners Named
National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced five Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) high school seniors as National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners. The students are among the 2,500 Merit Scholar designees chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Over 400 Middle and High School Students Gather for the 10th Annual ESOL Academic Competition
Over 400 English Language Learners from Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Middle and High Schools.
New River Middle School Teacher Participates in Groundbreaking STEM Initiative
New River Middle School teacher Elizabeth Fahy is taking part in an exciting deep sea voyage, all in the name of science.  Fahy is now aboard the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus, after being selected as a 2016 Science Communication Fellow.  Fahy, along with the Corps of Exploration, set sail aboard the E/V Nautilus on May 10, 2016 and returns May 29, 2016. During the voyage, the E/V Nautilus is exploring the waters off of Victoria, Canada to restore the world’s largest undersea cable observatory with Ocean Networks Canada.

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West Broward senior awarded Dream Scholarship
Bryana Blanco is a West Broward senior known to excel academically in the hopes of going to a good college. With her family's financial struggles, the accomplished student often worried how she would pay for school. These fears were eased significantly after the 18-year-old was one of four nationwide chosen to receive the Sallie Mae Bridging the Dream Scholarship for $25,000.

Hollywood Hills Military Academy has its first graduation
Ashley Nau and her twin sister Courtney Nau are both hoping for careers as officers in the U.S. Navy. And they have made significant progress toward their goal by being among the first class to graduate from the Military Academy at Hollywood Hills High School. This fall they will attend Norwich University and will participate in the Navy ROTC program there.

Bethune Elementary students ‘give peace a chance’
Students at Bethune Elementary School for the Arts recently had the opportunity to learn about video production, courtesy of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. The visit was a part of the Turnaround Arts school program, which focuses on exposing students in academically struggling schools to the arts in order to encourage academic achievement.

Deerfield Beach boy who saved girl from drowning honored by city, school
Thursday was Angel Rivera Day in Deerfield Beach. About 400 classmates as well as teachers, the sheriff and city officials gathered in the cafeteria at Deerfield Beach Middle School to recognize the sixth-grader who last month lifted an unconscious schoolmate from the bottom of a swimming pool.

Teen Reunited With Boy Who Saved Her From Drowning
A teenager who nearly drowned in an apartment complex pool in Deerfield Beach was reunited with the 11-year-old boy who saved her. Mirielle Michelle and her family had plenty of hugs for Angel Rivera Wednesday.

Deerfield Beach boy receives honor for heroic rescue
An 11-year-old boy was honored, Thursday morning, after he saved a teen from nearly drowning in a Deerfield Beach pool last month. Angel Rivera was showered with recognition and gifts at Deerfield Beach Middle School after he courageously saved the life of a teenager twice his size

11-year-old boy honored for saving teen from drowning
A special ceremony was held Thursday for a middle school student who saved a 13-year-old girl from drowning at a Deerfield Beach pool.

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Super Teacher of the Week - Ms. Kristi Knapp
This week's Super Teacher is Kristi Knapp, who heads up Flanagan's urban teacher academy program, or UTAP.  It gives students opportunities to student-teach, while preparing them for potential careers as educators.

Panthers Street Cats visit Driftwood Middle School
The Florida Panthers, the National Hockey League (NHL), and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) are working to bring the EverFi Future Goals program to South Florida Schools. Bill Lindsay, a Florida Panther Alumni and the Panthers Street Cats initiative visited students at Driftwood Middle School as the school had the highest participation in the EverFi Future Goals program.

Hollywood residents plant trees for Arbor Day
Members of the Youth Environmental Alliance, the Johnson Street Business District, residents of Hollywood Gardens West, students from McArthur High School and Apollo Middle School and other Hollywood residents worked together to plant 15 trees in celebration of Arbor Day.

Laura Tanna: American Friends of Jamaica aiding education
In its 34-year history the American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ), a non-profit organization based in New York, has donated US $13 million to Jamaica. Over the past year, board members and volunteers in New York and South Florida raised more funds for health, education, and development in this country. One of the most successful fundraisers is Pat Falkenburg, who with her husband Ed, introduced a terrific idea.

400 at-risk students take Broward County by storm
On April 30, 2016, over 400 Firewall Centers’ students, their mentors, staff, and volunteers engaged in service projects throughout Broward County as a part of the agency’s third annual Serve-A-Thon presented by Regent Bank. This event not only impacts the community, but teaches Firewall students the value of serving others. Firewall Centers is a nonprofit organization based in Davie that runs daily after-school programs in eight Broward public middle and high schools. The program helps kids achieve academic success, build character and teaches them to be servant leaders.

After school program at Margate Middle teaches children why ‘School is Cool’
There is an African proverb that states, “It takes a village to raise a child.”  To some these words maybe just another catch phrase or a cliché which sounds good. However, there are some people and organizations in communities across the nation that doesn’t take these words lightly.

Gov. Scott honors 3 South Florida educators
Three South Florida school administrators were recognized by Gov. Rick Scott Tuesday for their contributions to education. Two work in the Broward County School District – Director of Coaching and Induction Angela Brown and Sheridan Technical College Assistant Principal Thomas A. Moncilovich.

Tamarac could see first high school in 2017
Having a high school in Tamarac has been on the city's wish list for decades. Now, big plans for opening one may finally be on the horizon, and it wouldn't be a typical education center. School officials are proposing to reconfigure Millennium Middle School to create a "collegiate academy" — a magnet school that would provide students an associate degree, allowing them to avoid paying two years of college tuition.

Broward debates awarding A+ grades to high school students
For Broward County high school students, A's are as good as it gets. At least for now. Some school board members want to begin awarding A+'s for work that goes above and beyond. They say it makes sense in a school system that gives out B+'s, C+'s and D+'s.