Volume XIV

BCPS in Action|End of the Year Message from the Superintendent


View and download Superintendent Robert W. Runcie's end of the year video message for students, families and the community.


The District Digest employee newsletter highlights events, activities and accomplishments across Broward County Public Schools (BCPS).   Click on the symbol below to go directly to the section you want to check out!

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Congratulations 2017 Caliber Awards Winners 

BCPS honored its best at the 2017 Caliber Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale. The annual Caliber Awards recognizes and honors the exemplary leadership, hard work and dedication of the District’s outstanding teachers, principals, assistant principals and school-related/District employees. 

Congratulations to all of the 2017 Caliber Awards winners!

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Teacher of the Year
Eleanna Hurst

Collins Elementary School
Principal of the Year
Elaine Saef

Panther Run Elementary School
Assistant Principal of the Year
Patricia Brown

Coral Springs High School
School-Related/ District Employee of the Year
Terri Cianelli

Seminole Middle School
For a complete wrap-up of the Caliber Awards ceremony, visit browardschools.com/caliber.
BCPS Teachers Receive ArtsEd Forever! Award for Artistic Excellence in Education

Four Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) teachers are winners in the 2017 ArtsEd Forever! Awards. This distinction, in partnership with the Broward Cultural Division and title sponsor PNC Bank, honors artistic excellence in Broward County schools.  The awards ceremony took place on April 26, 2017 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. ArtsED Forever! winners received $3,000, and finalists received $500. Congratulations to the following BCPS ArtsEd Forever! winners:
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Enjoli Paul - 
Dillard High School, Performing Arts Center
Stephen Rivero - 
Flanagan High School
Nerissa Street -
Bethune Elementary School
Visual Arts
Kristen Rice - 
Plantation High School

In addition, congratulations to the following finalists representing BCPS:

  • Theater: Yonel Aris, Walker Elementary School
  • Music: Josue A. Rodriguez, Hollywood Park Elementary School
  • Visual Arts: Heather Mott, Sheridan Park Elementary School

For more information on the ArtsEd Forever! Program, visit: broward.org/Arts/ArtsEducation/Pages/ATOYapp.aspx

Northeast High School Educator Recognized with Lemelson-MIT Excite Award

Northeast-HS-Teacher.jpgCongratulations to Northeast High School educator L. Clara Mabour for being awarded a Lemelson-MIT Excite Award to travel to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for invention education and professional development. The award is given annually to a select group of educators across the country who have applied to receive an Emerson-MIT InvenTeam grant.

Award recipients participate in invention education learning opportunities as part of an all-expenses paid trip to MIT for the Lemelson-MIT Program’s annual EurekaFest, a multi-day invention celebration in mid-June. 

Five years ago, Northeast High received the $10,000 InvenTeam grant from Lemelson-MIT, when Mabour, then a student inventor on the school’s team, helped to create a portable water sanitation system that could be used after natural disasters. Two members of the Northeast High team were invited to attend the 2013 White House Science Fair, where they persuaded President Obama to ride the bicycle that powered their water filtration system. Mabour is now a science teacher at her alma mater Northeast High, and advises a new group of student inventors who will apply for the $10,000 Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam grant. 

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Teachers Recognized for Year-long Course on the Holocaust  

Marjory-Stoneman-Douglas-HS-Teachers.jpgMarjory Stoneman Douglas High School teachers Ivy Schamis (pictured left) and Donna Amelkin (pictured right) are gaining recognition for their efforts to provide students with a year-long Holocaust Studies program.  The elective course, which has been offered to 12th grade students at the school since 2014/15, will expand next year to also include 11th grade students.  

As part of the course, students learn about the Holocaust’s history and literature, and hear accounts of the Holocaust from numerous guest speakers, who are invited to the school to share their Holocaust experiences. 

The course culminates with an annual luncheon, which Schamis, Amelkin and their students organize for Holocaust survivors now living in Broward County.  The luncheon is made possible due to fundraising by the students and donations by the staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High and members of the community. With the help of Jewish Family Services, approximately 80-90 survivors attend the luncheon each year.  

Read a recent article in the Sun-Sentinel highlighting the teachers and students’ efforts:  


Watch Superheroes in Our Schools!
Superheroes-in-Our-Schools.JPGIn case you missed it, all throughout the school year, the CW South Florida television network features stories about BCPS classroom teachers who are making a difference in the lives of our students.  

Honorees in 2016/17 included:

  • Bruce Klasner, Everglades High School
  • Lori Fuller, Monarch High School
  • Derek Rivera, Hallandale High School
  • Sarah Amengual, Coral Glades High School
  • Ed Martin, Miramar High School
  • Bryan Needle, J.P. Taravella High School
  • Jason Freedman, Coral Springs High School
  • Kris Rine, Plantation High School​
  • Susie Ruder and Lauren Ruder, Griffin Elementary School
  • Camille Edwards, Coconut Creek High School
  • Callie Melton, Fort Lauderdale High School
  • Sarah Beauchamp, McArthur High School
  • Carmen Pla, Hollywood Park Elementary School
  • Nedra Veasy, Margate Middle School
  • Linda Gancitano, Driftwood Middle School

To view the Superheroes in Our Schools segments, visit:

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BCPS Summer Work Days: Work 4. Save More. 

Work-4-Save-More.pngAs a result of the success and financial savings generated from the Summer Work Days program in previous years, the District will continue the four-day Summer Work Days schedule for 2017. Employees will work Monday through Thursday, and all District offices will close on Fridays. Exceptions may apply to employees at technical centers, adult schools and other schools with year-round programs. 

The four-day workweek begins the week of Monday, June 12 and ends on Friday, August 11. Normal work hours resume on Monday, August 14. Due to the July 4th holiday, the exception will be the week of July 3. Employees will work their traditional work hours during this week (including Friday), with the exception of the July 4, when the District is closed in observance of the national holiday.  

The Office of Human Resources & Equity, which provides oversight for the Summer Work Days program, has made available information on the District’s website at browardschools.com under the “Employees” tab, click on Employee & Labor Relations (Programs & Services). The office can also be reached at 754-321-1840. 

Countdown to Summer Fun and Learning Opportunities!  

summer-programs.jpg Parents and guardians interested in enrolling their child in a summer camp or enrichment program, can check out the 2017 Summer Programs Online Resource at browardschools.com/summerprograms.  

The Summer Programs Online Resource includes a variety of exciting and challenging summer programs - designed to meet the interests and needs of our students and families, available for pre-K through 12th grade students.  There is something for everyone, including robotics, STEM activities, music, art, video games, sports, academic enrichment and acceleration, and much more.

We invite you to check out and share this valuable resource with your family, friends and communities.

BCPS Third Grade FSA English Language Arts Results Show Steady Increases

FSA-ELA-Third-Grade.pngBroward County Public Schools (BCPS) third grade students are making steady increases on the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) for English Language Arts. The Florida Department of Education released these results today. The full set of results from the spring 2017 administration of the FSA is expected to be released in the next several weeks.
Overall, BCPS results for third grade students on the FSA English Language Arts show continued improvements. Among the many highlights:

  • The percentage of students meeting or exceeding grade level proficiency (achievement levels 3-5), increased by two percentage points to 57 percent, compared to 55 percent in 2016, and are up five percentage points from 2015 (52 percent).
  • The percentage of students scoring at level one has consistently decreased over the past three years.  In 2017, 20 percent of students received a level 1, which is down three percentage points since 2016, and four percentage points since 2015.
  • Sixty percent of BCPS traditional elementary schools showed increases in the percent of third grade students meeting or exceeding grade level proficiency.
  • Twenty-four BCPS schools increased the percentage of students scoring at or above grade level proficiency by 10 or more percentage points. These schools include:



For more details on the FSA English Language Arts results released today, visit http://www.fldoe.org/accountability/assessments/k-12-student-assessment/results/2017.stml.


BCPS SMART: On Track and Moving Forward!
BCPS is working hard to keep families, employees and community members updated on the progress of the $800 million SMART bond initiative.  

As we wrap up another successful school year, the SMART bond program continues to move forward. From more than 900 school facilities projects and more than 83,000 new computers installed in schools – to new kilns to support art instruction and new athletic tracks and high school weight rooms. Get the latest information on SMART!

Visit: browardschools.com/smartfutures.

Thank You BCPS School Volunteer Liaisons
Presented by Dr. Carolyn Stewart
Public Information Office, District Community Relations 

Volunteer-1-(1).jpgThank you to our outstanding the School Volunteer Liaisons (SVLs) 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 many volunteer activities. 
This year, the ongoing commitment of the SVLs extended to more than 24,000 active volunteers, who provided over 466,000 hours of service. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of the SVLs, BCPS 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!


BCPS Departments Share their Good News and Information for Employees

bcps-NEWS-3.JPGThere is a lot of great work taking place across BCPS!  Check out the newsletters below for the scoop on BCPS department news.  


To request a BCPS department newsletter be included in the District Digest, visit the Public Information Office Marketing & Communication Center at browardschools.com/marcomm.  

Just fill out the online Request PIO Assistance Form, and enter details about your newsletter.  The Public information Office looks forward to helping share your good news!

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Congratulations BCPS Class of 2017!  

Graduation ceremonies are taking place across the District.  View the 2017 Graduation Schedule.  

The community can follow graduation ceremonies via social media on Twitter @browardschools and on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and share photos via #BCPSGrads.

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