District Digest Volume V
School Board Meeting Special Presentations

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BCPS Wellness Events for Employees

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Congratulations to the Community Involvement Awards Winners

The Community Involvement Awards honors Broward County Public Schools outstanding volunteers, mentors, business partners and parent involvement initiatives. This year's District-Level Partnership of the Year Award Winner is the Autism in Flight program, with partners JetBlue Airlines, Fort-Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and the Transportation Security Administration. To read more about all of this year's award winners and nominees, Click Here

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BCPS Honors District's Top Teacher, Principal, Assistant Principal and School-Related/District Employees at the 2015 Caliber Awards

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) honored its finest at the 2015 Caliber Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale. Each year, the Caliber Awards program recognizes the exceptional leadership, hard work and dedication of Broward’s outstanding teachers, principals, assistant principals and school-related/District employees. Congratulations to all of the award winners.

Watch a video of the Caliber Awards ceremony.

Teacher of the Year
Nicole Brown, Deerfield Beach Middle School


Nicole Brown has achieved National Board Certification, an advanced teaching credential recognizing effective and accomplished teachers, twice in her 22-year teaching career. To increase student achievement, an effective teacher is estimated to have two to three times the impact of any other school factor. Brown is not only an effective teacher, but also an exceptional teacher.

As head of the Reading Department, she has had a direct impact on improving student achievement, and increasing proficiency and learning gains. Brown believes that “every student can learn and grow.” Her winning formula: “I set high expectations for learning, value students’ opinions, help to strengthen their weaknesses and celebrate their successes.”

In her community, Brown serves as chairperson and mentor for Emerging Young Leaders, a program of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Mentoring Tomorrow’s Leaders, a program for middle school students in Broward County. She mentors and trains students to become leaders through their participation in leadership development, civic engagement and educational enrichment activities.

“Ms. Brown is a highly effective instructor. Her lessons are goal-oriented and her students are excited about learning,” said Deerfield Beach Middle School Principal Francine Baugh.
 
Principal of the Year
Angela Brown, Dillard Elementary School


Angela Brown makes a difference at Dillard Elementary School. Through developing relationships and programs, she increased enrollment from 461 students in 2011/12 to 824 students in 2014/15.

Brown created a range of exciting and interactive programs. She developed an iPad pilot program and one-of-a-kind PreK/VPK program. Another program offers fifth grade students the opportunity to tour major universities.  Many of these students will become the first in their families to graduate with a college degree. A new program has also been created for students in third and fourth grades to tour local colleges and universities. In addition, Brown created hands-on mentoring programs to ensure students have a positive influence in their lives.

Brown has a direct impact in the daily lives of the students at Dillard Elementary and their families. She is an inspiration to her students and to the entire community.

Assistant Principal of the Year
Thomas Moncilovich, Sheridan Technical College


Thomas Moncilovich has a philosophy: Facilitate student registration for Career and Technical Education programs and provide them with the best instruction and newest industry technology, so that students will have an advantage when entering the workforce.

Through Moncilovich’s leadership, Broward County Public Schools has realized several significant innovations for Sheridan Technical College. In 2014, Moncilovich launched a first in the nation idea. He oversaw the design and construction of a Mobile Auto Service Technician training lab. The NASCAR-type trailer houses all of the equipment necessary in a brick and mortar automotive classroom, but in a mobile trailer that can be taken to any remote campus or location for online automotive students, instructional lectures and competency demonstrations. The mobile lab makes it possible to offer online automotive service programs without the $100,000 cost of a traditional lab/classroom.

School-Related/District Employee of the Year
Kenyatta Medlock, Whiddon-Rogers Education Center


Kenyatta Medlock has a passion for working with students who may feel discouraged or undervalued. It’s her personal goal to have a positive impact on the lives of the students she influences everyday at Whiddon-Rogers Education Center. She has learned to wear many hats in an effort to achieve her goal.

For the past six years, Medlock has worked to really “know” students of Whiddon-Rogers Education Center. She has wowed her colleagues with her natural ability to build relationships with students and their parents. In fact, over the years, she went from being a mentor to 100 students, to providing opportunities to nearly 1,000. Medlock also uses her tireless energy to dream big for the benefit of students.

Medlock is doing what she set out to do, which is to be an agent for positive change. “Ms. Medlock is considered clerical personnel…however, in my eyes, she is a teacher, a counselor, a nurse, a social worker, a counselor and a child advocate all rolled into one,” said Whiddon-Rogers Education Center Intern Principal Elizabeth Tatum.

For additional information on this year’s award recipients and finalists, visit the District’s website at browardschools.com/caliberawards.

BCPS Employees Look Ahead to Summer Work Days

It may be hard for some to believe, but summer is right around the corner.  As a result of the success and financial savings generated from the Summer Work Days program in previous years, the District is continuing the implementation of a Summer Work Days schedule for 2015.

All employees will work Monday through Thursday, and all District offices will close on Fridays. The mandatory four-day workweek begins the week of Monday, June 8 and ends on Friday, August 14. Normal work hours will resume on Monday, August 17.

The exception to the Summer Work Hours will be the week of June 29. Employees will work their traditional work hours during this week, as the District will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015, in observance of the July 4th holiday, which falls on a Saturday.

All employees will be involved in the Summer Work Days schedule. This includes employees who work in departments and at school locations. Exceptions may apply to employees at technical centers, adult schools and other schools with year-round programs. To provide employees with flexibility during the extended four-day working schedule, and subject to operational needs and supervisory approval, employees may adjust the starting and ending times of their daily schedules within the 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. schedule.
 
The Office of Human Resources, which provides oversight for the Summer Work Days program, is providing an information packet, including guidelines, questions and answers, schedule options, and more.  For more information, call 754-321-1840. Information can also be found on the District’s website, browardschools.com, under the “Employees” tab.
 

Stay Informed About the 2015 Legislative Session

Presented by Sheela VanHoose, Director, Legislative Affairs

During the 2015 Regular Legislative Session, the Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Department of Legislative Affairs will be tracking over 130 bills—and counting—that could impact the school district.

These bills cover a wide variety of issues, such as assessments, charter school regulations, school safety, class size reduction, and funding. In particular, the Department of Legislative Affairs is following HB665 relating to Maximum Class Size. This bill, which is sponsored by Representative Moraitis (R- Fort Lauderdale), would revise the calculation currently used to determine class size. 

Outside of legislative bills, Broward County Public Schools will also monitor movement on the state budget. The Office of the Governor, the Florida Senate, and the Florida House of Representatives will all create budget proposals before agreeing upon a final budget toward the end of Session. The Department of Legislative Affairs will track any changes in budget proposals, offers, and line items that will impact education.

To access weekly legislative updates regarding the 2015 Regular Session and for more detailed information on bills affecting education that are being tracked by BCPS, please visit the BCPS Legislative Affairs website.

 

BCPS Welcomes Official from The White House

 Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Exceeding Goals, Sobrepasando Metas Tour took place on Thursday, February 12, 2015, with a special guest from the White House, Maribel Duran, Chief of Staff for The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, joined School Board members, Superintendent Robert W. Runcie and District staff as she visited Eagle Point Elementary School and McArthur High School.  The two schools are among those with the largest populations of English Language Learners in the District.
 
The Exceeding Goals, Sobrepasando Metas Tour highlighted the District’s focus on increasing educational opportunities and achievement for all students, including English Language Learners. During the school visits, Duran talked with students, parents and educators about the various initiatives, programs and services provided by the District’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Department.
 
Ensuring equity in education is a priority for the U.S. Department of Education and underlies nearly all of its initiatives. “Today’s Exceeding Goals, Sobrepasando Metas Tour is significant, as it paints a picture of the critical work being done within Broward County Public Schools ESOL Department to meet the needs of Hispanic students, as well as other English Language Learners and their families,” said Duran. 
 
“We appreciate the support from The White House with its Educational Excellence for Hispanics initiative. As a District, we recognize the need for culturally diverse academic programs,” said Superintendent Runcie. “We are continually working to expand the educational opportunities and resources available to our English Language Learners to support their academic success and prepare them for college and careers.” 
 
Watch a video of Duran's visit to BCPS.

BCPS Employees Shine During "Go Red for Women" Fashion Show

Ed Talk 2014Presented by the BCPS Benefits & Employment Services Department

February 20, 2015, was a remarkable evening for Broward County Public Schools, Broward Health, the American Heart Association, Walgreens, and Macy's Department Store.  For the very first time, these community partners combined their talents to deliver an electric fashion show that showcased seven District employees and their respective wellness success stories.  Friends and family members of the volunteer models, and even unsuspecting shoppers in the Westfield (Broward) Mall, witnessed an inspiring event that without a doubt, would encourage anyone to exercise, eat better, and reduce their caloric intake!

Although anyone could view the show, special VIP tickets were sold online and all of the funds raised were donated to the Broward Education Foundation.  Patricia Vazquez-Bello, Special Event Coordinator from Macy's said, "We are happy to partner with Broward County Public Schools especially when the students can ultimately benefit.  We are looking forward to doing this again next year!"

Additionally, students from McFatter Technical College provided blood pressure screenings to guests in the mall.  The American Heart Association and Walgreens also handed out informational materials and trinkets relating to wellness.

Tina Severance-Fonte, the District’s Wellness Coordinator commented, “Since heart disease is still the number one cause of death and disability among women, we are committed to shout the proactive message of prevention to all school board employees and to the community also.”

One of the District's models, Artavia Rivers, a teacher from Royal Palm Elementary School, said, "Thank you to all of our partners for giving us a platform to keep our stories of triumph alive."

Pictured left to right:  Ben Osborne, Custodial Grounds; Allyson Prosper, Floranada Elementary School; Cynthia Robinson-Medlock, Before and After School Care; Vicki Funkhouser, a recently retired teacher; Sherrie Marshall, teacher from Whiddon Rogers; and Artavia Rivers, teacher from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Montessori Academy.

The Employee Assistance Program is Here for You

Presented by Marie English-Arterberry, Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers assistance to permanent employees and their insurance dependent family members.  The assistance is beneficial for people who are directly or indirectly suffering from behavioral/medical problems that tend to jeopardize their physical or mental health, work satisfaction, and continued employment.
 

  • Behavioral/medical problems include, but are not limited to:
  • physical illness
  • marital/family distress and conflicts
  • emotional problems, e.g. depression, stress and anxiety
  • bereavement/grief and loss
  • eating disorders
  • parenting issues
  • interpersonal problems
  • work related problems
  • medical/pain management/coping with illness
  • relationship problems
  • alcohol and/or substance abuse or dependency
  • financial problems


The issue of confidentiality is of the highest importance to the EAP staff, as it allows them to be most effective in providing essential services.  Employee Assistance Program files are treated as medical/psychological files and are governed by the Federal Regulations on Confidentiality as described in 42 CFR Part 2.  Information can only be released when clients give written consent or when the law requires (e.g. issues of abuse, threats to harm self and others, criminal investigation).  
 
By calling the EAP office at 754-322-9900, you can access the services of the Employee Assistance Program and schedule an appointment.

BCPS Students and Employees Participate in the Above the Influence March and Rally

above_the_influence_230x230.jpgOn, March 13, 2015, more than 4,500 students, ranging from elementary through high school, united together to walk from Pompano Beach Middle School to Pompano Beach High School in the third annual Above the Influence March and Rally. The event started at Pompano Beach Middle where students gathered to support their decision to live above the influence, standing up to negative pressures, such as drug and alcohol usage, as well as other influences with negative impacts. 

The festivities included marching bands, cheerleaders, drill teams and other student organizations from across the District.

In addition, this year’s event included a balloon release. Students from local schools including Northeast High School, Mirror Lake Elementary School, Apollo Middle School and J.P. Taravella High School, selected the No Place for Hate message for the special project. Students set the balloons free as a symbol of their commitment to releasing all forms of hate.

Once reaching Pompano Beach High, students re-affirmed their decision as a symbol to make positive choices and enjoyed student performances.

Check out the Public Information Office Marketing & Communication Center

marcom_screenshot.jpgNeed help creating a school/department flier or PowerPoint presentation? Have you dealt with a school emergency situation and needed assistance with messaging to parents?  Are you looking for quick tips for marketing your school or help with sharing your "good news" with the media and community? 

The Public Information Office's newly refreshed Marketing & Communication Center provides resources and tools to assist schools and departments with a variety of communication needs. 


The Marketing & Communication Center (pictured right) has a new look that aligns with the BCPS brand and includes the addition of visual components to make it easier to locate the communication tools you need.  Among the many resources available:

  • Broward County Public Schools Communication Standards and Guidelines (downloadable pdf, interactive version and 2-page quick reference sheet)
  • Communication Toolkits on various topics
  • Template letters and ParentLink messages for school crisis situations (school lockdowns, teacher reassignment, school security, bomb threats, etc.)
  • Resources to assist schools with volunteers and community engagement
  • Easy-to-use online forms for sharing your good news story ideas directly with our team or for requesting help from our Graphics Department.
The  Marketing & Communication Center is available at web/communications.  It's updated frequently, so please bookmark the page and check back often!
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