The Public Information Office welcomes you to the District Digest, the BCPS Employee Newsletter. This newsletter highlights events, activities and accomplishments across Broward County Public Schools (BCPS).
Broward County Public Schools honors its 100th anniversary! On Tuesday, September 1, 2015, the District kicked off its Centennial Celebration with a special ceremony at the Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center, prior to the regular School Board meeting.
School Board members, Superintendent Robert W. Runcie, District staff, students and community members attended the event, which showcased the important role of our schools in the lives of past, present and future students.
To learn how schools and departments can "Centennialize" upcoming events, review the Centennial Toolkit, download the Centennial logo, watch Centennial Celebration videos and much more, visit browardschools.com/bcps100.
Pictured: School Board members, Superintendent Robert W. Runcie, BCPS employees and community members pose for a "selfie" during kickoff events for the Centennial Celebration.
BCPS Receives National Attention for School Discipline Reforms and Focus on Reducing Achievement Gaps
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) receives national attention for reforming school discipline practices and increasing positive outcomes for students.
Superintendent Robert W. Runcie recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend a luncheon with the National Press Club as a guest of U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. During the luncheon, Duncan recognized BCPS for its efforts to eliminate the schoolhouse to jailhouse pipeline. In addition, Runcie has participated in a panel regarding President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, and took part in a national discussion on Rethinking School Discipline at The White House, and shared the work of BCPS with representatives from federal Office of Civil Rights.
“It is a tremendous honor to share information on the historic and strategic work of our District to reform school discipline practices and increase positive outcomes for students, particularly our boys and young men of color,” said Superintendent Runcie. “Our District’s ongoing efforts have made us a model for the nation, moving away from zero tolerance policies to providing appropriate intervention strategies that put students on a path to success. It is exciting and encouraging to see the interest in what we have been able to accomplish and use that information to effect change around the country.”
Honoring the Privacy Rights of Students
Presented by Todd Sussman, LMHC, LMFT, Privacy Officer
Risk Management Department
As we embark on a new school year, the District is taking every measure to protect education records and honor the privacy rights of students and their families in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Here are some helpful materials and documents to assist in the process.
- New privacy information website
- New Guide to Privacy and Student Records brochure
- Updated Policy 5100.1, Student Records: Confidentiality and Family Educational Rights
You may access all of the above at: http://www.browardschools.com/privacyinformationwww.browardschools.com/privacyinformation.
Here’s to a successful school year.
For more information, contact Todd Sussman at 754-321-1914.
Connect, Curate and Create with Broward Digital Resources
Presented by Lynne Oakvik, Curriculum Supervisor, Library Media,
Innovative Learning & Arts Department
Literacy in the 21st century requires that we develop the habits of inquiry and the skills of expression needed to be critical thinkers, effective communicators and active citizens of the world. We must be able to analyze, synthesize, evaluate and effectively read and communicate large amounts of information across various mediums, print and digital.
Broward County Public Schools has many free digital resources available to help YOU connect with the most current information. Online academic databases provide access to thousands of newspaper, magazines, peer reviewed journals, images, videos and primary sources that are updated on a daily basis. For our youngest learners, TumbleBooks provides over 500 interactive eBooks to engage young readers.
To access these resources from any BCPS location, go to the BEEP student portal. Click on the yellow box, Doorway #2. Scroll through the digital resources that best support your needs.
View informational flier regarding Britannica School Resources.
For more information, contact Lynne Oakvik, Curriculum Supervisor, Library Media, Innovative Learning & Arts Department, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn the Grant Seeking Basics!
Presented by Stephanie Pollard, Director
Please join the Grants Administration Department in celebrating the successful completion of the first capacity building workshop for the 2015/16 school year. About 12 individuals participated in a two-hour session to learn grant seeking basics.
The group was actively engaged; committed to working collaboratively on several proposals to support the Mentoring Tomorrow's Leaders (MTL) program; and provided extremely positive feedback on their end of session evaluations.
The purpose of these workshops is to build capacity at schools to support grant seeking efforts aligned with the District's strategic plan goals.
For more information on these workshops, contact Adriana Ermoli-Miller, Manager, BCPS Grant Programs Oversight, at email@example.com. You can also check our our Grant Funding Newsletter.
Caliber Awards Application Process Now Open
Broward County Public Schools is excited to announce that the nomination and application process for the 2016 Caliber Awards is now open!
To download information and application packets for the Caliber Awards, visit browardschools.com/caliber-awards.
The 2016 Caliber Awards ceremony takes place on Friday, April 1, 2016, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.
For more information, contact Dr. Carolyn Stewart, District Community Relations Coordinator in the Public Information Office, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 754-321-2300.
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Westchester Elementary School Custodian and Artists Hits Homerun for Charities!
By day, he works as the head custodian at Westchester Elementary school. In his spare time, he is gaining national attention for his artistic talents and commitment to helping others.
Joseph Gormley is hoping to raise $1 million for charity by donating his artwork to local organizations and agencies, which in turn auction off the pieces during fundraisers. In the last two years, he has raised $170,000 toward his goal.
Among his recent projects, Gormley painted live on Fox Sports TV during the Marlins Fantasy Auction, where his painting of Giancarlo Stanton helped raise $25,000 for the Marlins Education Foundation. He has also raised money for the Conine Clubhouse, the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County, the Mario V. Chalmers Foundation, Broward Health and the Prestige Club. He is now working with the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital and hopes to have an art show in Naples next year with the proceeds benefiting the hospital. In addition to his Marlins artwork, Gormley has worked with singer/rapper Pitbull, basketball greats Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Shaquille O'Neal, and singer Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.
"This is an outlet for my heart and soul, to help others. When you deal in friendship, that's for life," said Gormley. "I've found a journey - or the journey found me. I'm so blessed that by just putting paint on a canvas, it can raise so much for others."
Since Gormley donates all the money from his paintings to charity, a GoFundMe account was established to help Gormley pay for his art supplies. To learn more about Gormley and his artwork for charity, visit josephgormley.com.
Pictured (Left to Right): Joseph Gormley, Miami Marlins Baseball Player Giancarlo Stanton and Erin Gormley.
BCPS Bus Operator and Attendant Receive State Award
Congratulations to Broward County Public Schools bus driver Gwendolyn Brinson and attendant Kathy Ritter for receiving the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Bus Operator of the Year award in September 2015.
The statewide award was presented to Brinson and Ritter for their actions to protect a student from a man accused of lewd behavior on April 30, 2015.
Brinson and Ritter were honored at the 2015 Florida Missing Children’s Day ceremony, where Governor Rick Scott, First Lady Ann Scott and Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingen were among the dignitaries.
Brinson and Ritter were also recognized by the District during the May 19, 2015, School Board meeting (pictured above).
Pembroke Lakes Elementary School Awarded $10,000 Grant from BJ's Wholesale Club and General Mills
Pembroke Lakes Elementary School is the only Florida school - and one of only five schools in the country - selected as $10,000 grant recipients by BJ’s Wholesale Club and General Mills. The grant project was spearheaded by Pembroke Lakes Elementary third grade team leader, Michelle Cruz and Micro-Tech, Charles Giangreco (pictured left with students).
Pembroke Lakes Elementary will use the grant funding to pay for a class set of computer laptops in third grade.
“We feel honored to have been selected for this prestigious grant and are certain that our students will benefit greatly as we transform their classrooms into one-to-one digital learning environments,” remarked Principal Sandra R. Shipman.
Way to go Pembroke Lakes Elementary!
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BCPS Staff Shout-Outs!
BCPS Bilingual/ESOL Director Honored
The South Florida Association of Latino Administrators (SF-ASLA) is honoring Vicky Saldala, the District's Director of Bilingual ESOL Department. SF-ASLA presented Saldala with its Wings of Inspiration Award on October 1, 2015, for Saldala's dedication to the success of students and families within the Latino community. (Pictured L-R) Osiris DeLosRios, Bilingual/ESOL; Blanca Guerra, Bilingual/ESOL; Vicky Saldala, Bilingual ESOL; Yvette Fernandez, Bilingual/ESOL)
Stranahan High School Teacher Receives Special Honor
Congratulations to Jennifer Hamilton for being one of eight alumni to be named a Broward College Hall of Distinction Honoree. The honorees were chosen for their contributions to their professions and service to the college or their community. Hamilton is a science teacher, athletic director and Freshman Academy Coordinator at Stranahan High School.
"Giving our students endless possibilities is what drives my passion and makes me the proudest," said Hamilton. "I am very humbled by this award... I am the first person in my immediate family to go to college, therefore I am eternally grateful for the opportunity Broward College gave me and extremely honored that they chose me as their Hall of Distinction Honoree."
West Broward High School Teacher Selected for Leadership in Education
Leadership Florida selected Horace Buddoo, mathematics teacher at West Broward High School, to participate in its Leadership in Education forum series. The 34-member statewide class includes teachers, principals, state education professionals, superintendents, school board members, business partners and other public officials. The group will attend four sessions focusing on critical education issues and challenges, with the goal of advancing K-12 outcomes in Florida and distinguishing Florida as a leader in education.
Congratulations Mr. Buddoo!
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- Benefits - Open Enrollment for 2016 is open now through October 30, 2015. Open enrollment must be completed through Employee Self Service (ESS). In addition, you can learn about upcoming Wellness events, organized by the District's Benefits Department, by clicking here.
- Don't miss the Broward County Public Schools College Fair, which takes place on October 20, 2015, from 5 - 8 p.m. The event is being held at Nova Southeastern University, the Arena at the Don Taft University Center, located at 3301 College Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314.
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