Welcome to Friday Focus

Friday Focus is a weekly roundup of BCPS news highlights by the Public Information Office. This weekly news summary includes a recap of BCPS news releases and news featured by our media partners. We hope you find this weekly news roundup a valuable resource for promoting and sharing the great things happening in BCPS.

In this week’s Friday Focus, students at Orange Brook Elementary School experience real-life lesson on democracy to save trees on their school’s campus, and students at Coral Springs High School host a dance marathon to raise over $10,000 for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Also, BCPS high schools are named among the nation’s “Best High Schools” and “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.”

In this week’s Friday Focus, students at The Quest Center create magic through music, drama and expressive art, and the District honors Kids and Staff of Character. Also, as a District, we celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week. Check out the #BCPSPodcast dedicated to the incredible teachers of Broward County Public Schools, and much more.

In this week’s Friday Focus, Broward County Public Schools and the Broward Teachers Union announce a tentative contract agreement for teacher salaries; Sandpiper Elementary School students celebrate winning this year’s How Low Can You Go Annual Miami Heat Challenge with a pep rally sponsored by the Miami Heat; and graduating seniors from Hallandale High School, Hollywood Hills High School, McArthur High School and South Broward High get the chance to meet one-on-one with potential employers at the “My Next Move,” career and work readiness job fair experience, and much more.

In this week’s Friday Focus, parents get a chance to taste test breakfast and lunch food items and vote for their favorites to appear on school cafeteria menus in the upcoming school year, and BCPS high school teams take top honors at the 2017 South Florida Regional Robotics Competition. Also, look for your chance to register for the upcoming 411 Parent Engagement Conference, and much more.

This week's Friday Focus celebrates Broward County Public Schools finest and best, honored at the 2017 Caliber Awards Ceremony. Congratulations to the District’s Teacher of the Year, Principal of the Year, Assistant Principal of the Year and School-Related Employee of the Year, as well as all of the outstanding finalists and nominees! Also, congratulations to students honored by the Cambridge International Examinations organization for their outstanding Cambridge Examination performance and SECME-STEM Olympiad winners.

This week’s Friday Focus congratulates eight BCPS magnet programs for receiving the Magnet Schools of Excellence and Magnet Schools of Distinction awards; three schools named Exceeding Expectations Award Schools; and all of the finalists vying to be named the best at the 2017 Caliber Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Also, BCPS is excited to announce the launch of the 2017 Summer Programs Online Resource at browardschools.com/summer-programs.

In this week’s Friday Focus, high school students get real-world trade show experience and chance to buy and sell their business products at the Virtual Enterprises International Trade Show; debate students win big at the state championship tournament; and Piper High School’s JROTC Academic Team earns top scores in worldwide competition. Also, meet the six outstanding assistant principals vying for 2017 Assistant Principal of the Year Award, and much more.

In this week’s Friday Focus, Tony award winning actor John Lloyd Young, best known for his role as Frankie Valli in the Broadway musical Jersey Boys, visits students at Walker Elementary School, students at Attucks Middle School get a lesson in fine dining, and Real Men Read from their favorite books and passages to students at New River Middle School. Also, meet the six outstanding principals named finalists for the 2017 Principal of the Year Award, and much more.

In this week’s Friday Focus, BCPS announces it has been named a ‘Great District for Great Teachers.' Read about this and a second national distinction on Districtwide accreditation in a letter from Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. Also, Turnaround Arts artists American Idol finalist Pia Toscano, opera singer Carla Dirlikov Canales, Tony award-winning actor John Lloyd Young showcased performances in a star studded gala with students from Turnaround Arts program participating schools Bethune Elementary School, Lake Forest Elementary School and Walker Elementary School.

In this week’s Friday Focus, the Singing Principals, also known as Goodwill Ambassadors for Broward County, find a place for their history at the Old Dillard Museum and learn more about the latest SMART Futures Update, with 879 school facilitates projects in progress. Also, congratulations to a Whiddon-Rogers Education Center student invited to New York City for an inspiring role in the National CARES Mentoring Movement video, “The Rising.”

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