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Centennial Celebration - 100 Years and Beyond!
The closing ceremony for the District's Centennial Celebration took place on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. School Board members, Superintendent Robert W. Runcie, District leaders, students and community members participated. View a wrap-up of the ceremony.
Congratulations to Kids of Character Award Winners
Congratulations to all of the District's outstanding students selected to receive Kids of Character awards. District employees were also honored with Staff of Character awards. Watch highlights from the ceremony.
Highlights of the SECME STEM Competition at Dillard High School
Students from across the District participated in this year’s SECME-STEM Olympiad at Dillard High School. Students competed against their peers in several categories, while showcasing their skills in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. Students had an exciting time building rockets, generators, mousetrap cars and more. Special congratulations to Hollywood Hills High School students for winning first place overall!
Annual Celebration of “El dia de los niños/El dia de los libros” at Boulevard Heights Elementary School
Broward County Public Schools celebrated El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros with special guests reading to students across the District, including Superintendent Robert W. Runcie who read to students at Boulevard Heights Elementary School.
What's Cookin'? Celebrity Chef Trains Food & Nutrition Services Staff
Celebrity Chef Rudy Poindexter helps Food and Nutrition Services staff gear up for the upcoming school year, training staff on new recipes and menu items for students. Check out what's hot in the kitchen.
Now Boarding! BCPS Students and Families Benefit from Autism in Flight
From checking-in at the ticket counter to walking through security and boarding a JetBlue airliner, approximately 40 students with autism had the opportunity to navigate the airport experience firsthand in an effort to help reduce stress on an actual flight during the fourth annual Autism in Flight event.
On Thursday, May 19, 2016, the Florida Department of Education released third grade results for the Spring 2016 Florida Standards. Assessment (FSA) English Language Arts. These results represent the first round of scores to be released by the state.
Among the highlights for Broward County Public Schools (BCPS):
- 55% of BCPS third grade students scored at level 3 or above (grade level proficiency), an increase from 52% in 2015, which was the first year the new FSA was administered.
- BCPS third grade students scored above the state average (54%) for the percentage of students scoring at level 3 or above.
- BCPS third grade results for students scoring at level 3 or above are the highest among the five largest school districts in the state.
“These results represent the incredible work underway in our schools,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “We will continue to provide our teachers, administrators and staff with the support they need to help our students reach their highest potential.”
View the Results Released by the State.
2016 Summer Work Days
Work 4. Save More.
As a result of the success and financial savings generated from the Summer Work Days program in previous years, the District continues the Summer Work Days schedule for 2016. All employees will work Monday through Thursday, and all District offices will be closed on Fridays. The mandatory four-day workweek begins the week of Monday, June 13 and ends Friday, August 12. Employees will work their traditional hours during the week of July 4, with District offices closed Monday, July 4 in observance of the July 4th holiday. Normal work hours resume on Monday, August 15.
All employees are 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 colleges, adult schools and other schools with modified year-round programs.
The Office of Human Resources provides oversight for the Summer Work Days program. For additional information, instructions packet including guidelines, Q & A, schedule options and more, visit Summer Work Days or call 754-321-1840.
On Your Mark, Get Set, Go for Summer Reading!
Summer break is just around the corner and Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) and the Broward County Public Library are working together to promote summer reading.
This year, BCPS students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade have free access to over 5,000 eBooks through the District’s MyOn Summer Reading Program from now until the end of August.
Through the online program, students can access eBooks 24/7 from any device with internet access.
The eBooks can also be downloaded for offline reading. The program allows students to track their time spent reading and encourages students to read for enjoyment on topics of interest.
Broward Schools Student Log –In for MyOn Summer Reading K -8
Go to: MyOn.com
Select school from drop down menu
User Name: 10-digit student number
Congratulations BCPS Golden School and Silver School Award Winners
For the 2015/16 academic year, 118 Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) received Golden and Silver School Awards. The Florida Department of Education presents these annual awards to recognize exemplary programs at schools which promote parent and community involvement in education.
Special recognition was given to the following five schools who received the Golden School Awards for 35 consecutive years: Cresthaven Elementary School, Hollywood Hills Elementary School, Maplewood Elementary School, Nova Blanche Forman Elementary School and Nova Eisenhower Elementary School.
Click here for a complete list of BCPS Golden and Silver School Award recipients.
Check Out the SMART Futures May / June Update
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS). The District is committed to implementing the SMART Program with fidelity and quality.
Check out the latest SMART Futures Update for May/June 2016.
During the 2015/16 school year, the District continued tomove forward with projects at schools across
Saluting Educational Excellence
Check out the Saluting Educational Excellence
publication celebrating Broward County Public Schools high schools and paths to graduation, which was published in the Sun-Sentinel.
Thank you to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and Broward College for their support of this initiative.
View it now!
Visit the District's Teacher Resource Store
Presented by Gladys Sznajderman, BECON-TV Marketing Specialist
BECON-TV’s Teacher Resource Store is pleased to announce that duplications of its award winning educational productions are now available for purchase.
Broward County Teachers, please enter Promo Codes: “dubwhole,” when whole video series are in your shopping cart, and/or “dubsingle,” when single episodes are in your shopping cart to obtain discounted duplication prices only available to Broward County Public Schools staff.
Visit browardschools.com/trs to create an account and place your orders.
Take advantage of summer and back to school promotions on posters, graphic organizers, bulletin cards, flip books, and much more! We accept budget transfers from District schools, Visa and MasterCard. Checks and money orders should be made payable to Broward County Public Schools.
All products are designed in collaboration with specialists from the Instruction and Intervention Department.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call
Thank You BCPS School Volunteer Liaisons
Presented by Dr. Carolyn Stewart, Coordinator
District Community Relations, Public Information Office
Many thanks to the School Volunteer Liaisons (SVL) who provide invaluable support to Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) volunteers. SVLs are the vital link to our successful volunteer program. They coordinate and direct their school’s program and its many outstanding volunteer activities.
This year, the ongoing commitment of the SVLs extended to more than 24,000 active volunteers, who provided over 450,000 hours of service. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of the SVLs, BCPS outstanding volunteers successfully donated their time and talent in assisting our schools and students.
We appreciate the diligence and hard work of our SVLs in sustaining a dynamic and resourceful volunteer program.
BCPS School Volunteer Liaisons are priceless!
To learn more volunteer opportunities and resources available to support volunteer programs in our schools, visit browardschools.com/getinvolved/Volunteer-Services.
Check Out the Benefits Department's Latest
The Benefits Department's latest Newsletter is now available online. It features helpful articles for living healthy lifestyles, tasty and healthy recipes, and tips for learning to live without tobacco.
Victoria Saldala Receives National Award As Latino Administrator of the Year
Congratulations to Victoria Saldala, director of Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Bilingual/ESOL Department, for being named the Latino Administrator of the Year by the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS).
Saldala was honored for this national recognition during the second annual Leaders in Education Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. The event celebrates best practices in public education, particularly in serving Hispanic populations.
New River Middle School Teacher Elizabeth Fahy Sails Aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus
New River Middle School teacher Elizabeth Fahy is taking part in an exciting deep sea voyage, all in the name of science. Fahy is now aboard the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus, after being selected as a 2016 Science Communication Fellow. Fahy, along with the Corps of Exploration, set sail aboard the E/V Nautilus on May 10, 2016 and returns May 29, 2016. During the voyage, the E/V Nautilus is exploring the waters off of Victoria, Canada to restore the world’s largest undersea cable observatory with Ocean Networks Canada.
Fahy is one of 17 educators and 22 students from around the world selected from a competitive pool of applicants by the nonprofit Ocean Exploration Trust (OET), to participate in the 2016 Nautilus Exploration Program expedition. OET was founded in
2008 by Dr. Robert Ballard, who discovered the Titanic shipwreck.
Whiddon-Rogers Education Center's Kenyatta Medlock Recognized as Florida State School-Related Employee of the Year Finalist
Kenyatta Medlock of Whiddon-Rogers Education Center was selected as a 2016 School-Related Employee of the Year state finalist. The award recognizes outstanding education support personnel for the significant contributions they make to their schools and communities, and honors individuals who have demonstrated exceptional skill and dedication in the performance of their jobs.
Medlock, Broward County Public Schools School-Related Employee of the Year in 2015, serves as community liaison at Whiddon-Rogers Education Center, where she connects students who need a non-traditional educational setting with educational and support services.
Angela Brown and Thomas Moncilovich Receive Governor’s Shine Awards
Congratulations to Angela Brown (pictured fourth from left), Director of Coaching and Induction and former principal of Dillard Elementary School, and Thomas Moncilovich (pictured fourth from right), assistant principal of Sheridan Technical College and Technical High School, for receiving the Governor’s Shine Awards on May 10, 2016. The Shine Awards are presented to teachers and administrators in Florida who make significant contributions to the field of education. Brown was the District’s 2015 Principal of the Year and Moncilovich was the District’s 2015 Assistant Principal of the Year.
In November 2015, First Sergeant Manuel Valdez of Hollywood Hills High School was also awarded the Governor’s Shine Award.
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