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.
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Highlights of the Hour of Code as part of Computer Science Education Week; Turnaround Arts artist Autumn de Forest and performance painter David Garibaldi inspiring visits to Bethune Elementary School and Walker Elementary School; students celebrating World War II veterans on the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor with a Virtual Honor Flight; and lots more.
 
Highlights of immigrant students, who showcased their legislative agenda and policy recommendations to local elected officials; and highlights of Sheridan Technical College’s annual Harvest Feast; the 411 on Parent Engagement Conference; School Board members swearing-in ceremony; SMART Investments Update; School Choice Options for 2017/18; and much more.
 
Highlights of the Pompano Beach High School Army JROTC’s Veterans Day observance and Fallen Heroes Ceremony; Coral Springs High School students recognized by Coral Springs Commission for signaling potential danger; South Plantation High School autistic teen chosen homecoming king; and Coconut Creek High School brags about its technical magnet program in partnership with Atlantic Technical College.

 
Highlights of fifth annual Ed Talk where over 500 community members engaged in rich dialogue focused on helping students reach their full potential; WPLG Local 10 donates more than 300 books to students at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School; and students at Charles Drew Elementary School learn about conserving energy through theater performance.
 

Highlights of Manatee Bay Elementary School students getting out to vote; Florida Lieutenant Governor’s visit to Sheridan Technical High School; Inaugural Superintendent’s Dance Showcase at Dillard High School Center for the Arts; and hospitality and culinary arts students compete in ‘Chopped”-style challenge.

Highlights of Jumpstart’s annual Read for the Record; Bayview Elementary School Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness; Annual Block Party for Education; 4,000 Attend BCPS College Fair, and much more.

Highlights of the annual “Just Do It…I Did!” awards ceremony, Broward Education Foundation annual Hall of Fame Awards, BCPS awarded $53.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Superheroes in our Schools featuring Hollywood Park Elementary School kindergarten teacher Carmen Pla; South Broward High School’s Wind Symphony Band to play Carnegie Hall, upcoming 411 on Parent Engagement Conference, and much more.

Highlights of visit by educational hip hop artist GueroLoco encouraging Silver Lakes Middle School students to learn a second language; Attucks Middle School celebrates School is Cool kickoff; and environmental author shares experiences as an environmentalist with students at South Plantation High School.

Highlights of surprise visit by Miami Dolphins’ Jarvis Landry at Miramar High School; annual South Florida Gifted and Talented Symposium; Walmart surprises teacher at McArthur High School with “Commander of the Classroom,” reward; Drum CafĂ© at Floranada Elementary School; culinary arts students at J.P. Taravella High School host exchange program students from France; and invitation to Broward Block Party for Education. 

Highlights of the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at this week’s School Board meeting; announcement of U.S. Department of Education grant in support of early learning and literacy; and Choose Peace/Stop Violence Week celebrated at C.W. Thomas Park.



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