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Watch brief videos showcasing the incredible events and activities taking place across BCPS! 

Congratulations Community Involvement Awards Winners!

The District's Annual Community Involvement Awards Ceremony took place on Friday, February 26, 2016, at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale.  The event honors the District's outstanding volunteers, mentors, business partners and parent involvement initiatives.

Celebrating the Centennial 100th Day of School

Across BCPS, events and activities took place on February 5, 2016, celebrating the District's 100th day of school during the Centennial year.

A Tasty Assignment for BCPS Students

From chicken and waffle bites to brisket on a pita, students weighed in on their top choices for future school cafeteria menu items.

Broward County Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Students from across the District compete in the Broward County Regional Science and Engineering Fair, which was held at Westfield Mall.

A Peek Inside the Debate Program at Pompano Beach Middle School

BCPS offers one of the largest debate programs in the country, with debate programs at 100 percent of the District's high schools and expanding among middle schools, including Pompano Beach Middle School.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

BCPS celebrated Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on Tuesday, February 2, 2016. This year's theme was "Sparking AHA! Moments." Events and activities welcoming the children of BCPS employees took place across the District.

PNC Grow Up Great Grant

The PNC Foundation announced its Grow Up Great grant award to Broward County Public Schools. The grant will support Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) initiatives for pre-kindergarten students, their families and early childhood educators. As part of the kickoff event, Sesame Street's Elmo paid a surprise visit to students!
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News Around BCPS

Congratulations to the District's outstanding Caliber Awards Finalists!

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) congratulates this year's finalists for Teacher, Principal, Assistant Principal and School-Related/District Employee of the Year. The winner from each category is announced during the Centennial Caliber Awards ceremony on Friday, April 1, 2016, at 6 p.m., at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.


Teacher of the Year Finalists

  • Racquel House, 1st Grade Teacher, Hollywood Park Elementary School
  • Laurie Kraus, Literacy Coach, Hollywood Hills Elementary School
  • Kyle Jeter, 12th Grade Teacher, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
  • James Nance, 6th-8th Grade Teacher, Ramblewood Middle School
  • Lara Ruddy, 6th-8th Grade Teacher, McNicol Middle School
  • Donna Yard, 9th-12th Grade Teacher, West Broward High School
Principal of the Year Finalists
  • Dr. Jermaine Fleming, Nova Middle School
  • Dr. Lewis Jackson, Dania Elementary School
  • Dr. Karlton Johnson, Blanche Ely High School
  • Ernie Lozano, James S. Hunt Elementary School
  • Jon Marlow, Deerfield Beach High School
  • Elaine Saef, Panther Run Elementary School

Assistant Principal of the Year Finalists

  • Annette Johnson, Sheridan Technical College
  • Wendolynn Mola, West Broward High School
  • Andre' Ponder, Forest Glen Middle School
  • Monica Schlosser, Davie Elementary School
  • Jacqueline Smith, Hollywood Hills High School
  • Nichele Williams, Tradewinds Elementary School

School-Related/District Employee of the Year Finalists 

  • Mary Alvarez, Lyons Creek Middle School
  • Solange Dawson, Heron Heights Elementary School
  • Nikole Gray, Dillard Elementary School
  • Shilpa Parikh, Winston Park Elementary School
  • Jacqueline Sanchez, Griffin Elementary School
  • Nicole Sanchez, Coral Glades High School

Learn more about the upcoming Caliber Awards and this year's finalists at

Ed Talk Record Turnout
A record turnout of approximately 700 people, including parents, students, business leaders, elected officials and community members joined Broward County School Board members,  Superintendent Robert W. Runcie and District staff for Ed Talk 2015/16. The fourth annual event took place on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at the Signature Grand in Davie.

This year’s community forum engaged participants in discussions to develop and update the District’s educational strategies, and advance the three core components of the District’s Strategic Plan – high-quality instruction, continuous improvement and effective communication.

To learn more about Ed Talk 2015/16 and access the Ed Talk PowerPoint presentation, participant guide and video of the day's events, visit

BCPS Spotlighted by The White House for Focus on Computer Science

broward_codes_v2.pngThe White House is spotlighting BCPS for its commitment to providing students with increased access to computer science.  The District’s goal is for every student to participate in computer science courses and curriculum while in school.

The District’s ongoing computer science efforts support President Barack Obama’s broad call to action to expand computer science in K-12 classrooms, and for education leaders, federal agencies, companies, foundations, and non-profits to do more to make this critical subject available to students.

View the Computer Science Information from The White House.
Read more about the District's efforts to increase access to computer science in school.

BCPS Old Dillard Museum Celebrates 25th Anniversary!

Old-Dillard-Museum.JPG On February 20, 2016, the Old Dillard Museum celebrated its 25th anniversary of being listed on the National Register of Historic Places by honoring the people and organizations that helped preserve the site of Broward County’s first public school building for African Americans.

The celebration included the opening of a new exhibit of photographs of the buildings restoration efforts between 1988 and 1990, including pictures of the late Mary Laramore Smith, the woman noted for spearheading the research, legal filings and fundraising initiatives that led to the site becoming a museum and community center.

Learn more about the Old Dillard Museum, school tours and events.

Stay Informed About SMART:
Projects Moving Forward Across BCPS

Broward County Public Schools is proud of the progress of the SMART (Safety, Music & Art, Athletics, Renovation and Technology) initiative.  Highlights from the most recent SMART Update include:

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The District’s Office of Facilities, with the SMART Cost and Controls Manager and Owner’s Representative, is moving forward to implement the various components of the SMART Program.  Approximately 200 SMART projects are in progress, with more in planning.  Major SMART projects, with a combined cost of more than $50 million, are also in the procurement phase at Blanche Ely High School, Northeast High School and Stranahan High School.  In addition, 110 schools are working with Facilities staff for their School Choice Enhancement Projects.

SMART Futures Posters
Look for the new, specially designed SMART Futures posters at schools with SMART projects underway.  The posters allow schools to “check off” when SMART work is starting and when it is completed.  You can share your SMART photos on social media using #SMARTfutures.

SMART Technology Update
To date, nearly 33,000 computer devices have been delivered and installed at schools across the District.  In addition, technology upgrades (computer devices, network equipment, cabling and wireless access points) at 32 schools are now complete.

View the latest SMART Update.
Learn more at

Visit the District's Teacher Resource Store 

Presented by Gladys Sznajderman, BECON-TV Marketing Specialist          Teacher-Resource-Store.JPG

BECON Teacher’s Resource Store (TRS) has moved from Rock Island Professional Development Center to an e-commerce store!

Teachers can now visit, a one-stop shop for educational support materials and resources in the different curriculum areas. The TRS offers graphic organizers, posters, bookmarks, charts, bulleting cards and much more.  BECON's instructional videos will also be available.

TRS is a division of BCPS, and operates under the direction of BECON-TV. Our mission is to provide school-based instructional personnel with quality resources that foster improvement of instructional practices and educational environments for students. All products are designed in collaboration with specialists from the core curriculum departments.

Visit to create an account and place your order. Orders are sent directly to your school via pony. We accept budget transfers, credit cards, checks and money orders. 

To contact the TRS call 754-321-1034 or email                                           

Check Out the Benefits Department's Wellness Newsletter

The Benefits Department's latest Newsletter, Becoming a Healthy You, is now available. 

The newsletter has tips for being heart healthy this winter, eating healthy when eating out, and easy recipes.

Check It Out!

To view a listing of upcoming Wellness events organized by the District's Benefits Department through April 2016, click here.


Bair Middle School Spotlights its School on TeacherTube


There's lots to be excited about at Bair Middle School and the school wants its community to know it!  Check out the new promotional video the school created and posted to TeacherTube spotlighting everything from its advanced academic offerings and innovative programs to athletics and extracurricular activities. 

Watch Now


Get Ready for the Color Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk Benefiting the Broward Education Foundation

The Broward Education Foundation (BEF) is the benefiting Color-Dash-Flier-1.jpgcharity for the upcoming Color Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk, which takes place on March 27, 2016, at Westfield Broward, 8000 West Broward Boulevard, Plantation, FL 33388.  The family-friendly event welcomes participants of all ages and abilities. 

Through community involvement and fundraising, the BEF provides support for innovative teaching to increase student learning outcomes from pre-K to grade 12, educational materials for students at Title 1 schools and scholarships for qualified graduating high school seniors.

To register for the Color Dash visit To learn more about the BEF, visit

Learn About Grant Funding Opportunities!

Wellness-newsletter-image_Feb-2016.JPGGrants are a powerful tool for enhancing teaching and learning through the District.

 The Grants Administration and Government Programs (GAGP) Department can help you identify grant funding opportunities, as well as provide training and resources to get you started.

Learn more in the GAGP's latest newsletter.

 You can also visit GAGP's website, which is filled with important information on applying for a grant,, managing grants, and much more.

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Gator Run Principal Delivers TedX Talk
Keith Peters, principal of Gator Run Elementary School in Weston, gave a TedX talk at West Broward High School in November.  The topic: Why failure is an important part of learning.

Click here to watch the TedX talk on YouTube or copy and paste the following link:

Cypress Bay High School Teacher Receives Outstanding Holocaust Educator Award

Amiee Sarajian, a teacher from Cypress Bay High School, was honored with the Gutterman Family Outstanding Holocaust Educator of the Year Award.  The award, sponsored by Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education, was presented at the annual teacher appreciation event. Sarajian was recognized for making a positive impact in the field of Holocaust and human rights education.

Pictured (left to right):
Arthur Gutterman, benefactor of the award; Amiee Sarajian, award recipient; and Linda Medvin, Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education.


Eagle Point Elementary School ESOL Teacher Honored by Univision 

Univision.JPGAngelica Gutierrez, an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher at Eagle Point Elementary, is getting national attention.  She's the focus of a story on Univision's Primer Impacto program for its "Maestra de Impacto" segment. 

Gutierrez was featured  for her dedication to teaching English to her students.  Eagle Point Elementary currently has 380 ESOL students, one of the largest ESOL programs in the District.  Gutierrez was nominated for the Univision program by her principal.  In recognition of Gutierrez's willingness to do whatever is necessary for her students to succeed, Univision also donated five Macbook Air computer laptops to the school for its ESOL students!  To watch the Univision story, click here.

Pictured: Angelica Gutierrez (left) with students and Univision's Natalia Cruz.

BCPS Staff Shout-Outs

Superintendent Surprises Parkside Elementary Teacher to Thank Her for Her Dedication and Hard Work

Just before the start of Winter Break, Superintendent Robert W. Runcie surprised Parkside Elementary teacher Lakay Wilkerson with a special visit to her classroom during an evening exhibition of student projects as part of the COMPASS program, which is a technology based learning program.  The Superintendent thanked Wilkerson for going above and beyond each day to support the school's students.  Not only is she a dedicated teacher, but she also coordinates the school's before and after school childcare program.

Congratulations to Sean Russell, the District'sSean-Russell_2.jpg webmaster, for being chosen as the Employee of the month for February 2016, at the Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center. 

Russell was nominated for his ever present smile, positive attitude and willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.    


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  • 2016 Caliber Awards, Friday, April 1, 2016, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. Networking: 5 p.m. Program: 6 p.m. For more information, visit
  • Conversation with the District - Speaker registration begins at 6 p.m., event starts at 6:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, April 14, 2016, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

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