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.
Week Ending January 13, 2017 This edition of Friday Focus features the Florida Panthers Guest Chef competition at the BB&T Center; School Choice application for innovative and personalized learning programs; Broward Community School offers hundreds of classes for personal and professional enjoyment and enrichment.
This special holiday/winter break edition of Friday Focus features the Superintendent’s holiday video message to families and the community; the 2017 graduation schedule in time for family planning during the winter break and holiday; announcement of traditional high schools’ highest graduation rate since 2010/11 school year; after-school supper programs expand to over 100 participating school sites; and much more. Friday Focus will return following the winter break. Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year!
Highlights of students trying out new food options for school menu; Henry D. Perry Education Center’s official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony; Superintendent Runcie codes with students at Seminole Middle School for Hour of Code, and much more.
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.

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