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

Holiday Message from Superintendent Robert W. Runcie

  Watch Superintendent Robert W. Runcie's holiday message for BCPS

Stand Strong at Parkway Middle School

  Broward County Public Schools collaborated with Stand Strong USA, to host a powerful anti-bullying event at Parkway Middle School. The event featured celebrated worldwide motivational and inspirational keynote speaker Nick Vujicic from Australia.

International Opera Singer Carla Dirlikov Visits Students

  Internationally acclaimed opera singer Carla Dirlikov visits students at Lake Forest Elementary School– a Turnaround Arts School – as part of her commitment to work with students and teachers.

Hallandale Magnet High School Receives $75,000 Donation

  The Tibor & Sheila Hollo Foundation selected Hallandale Magnet High School as this year’s recipient of a $75,000 donation, which is being used to establish the HealthCorps program at the school The non-profit HealthCorps organization was founded by Daytime Emmy Award-winning television host Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife to help educate students on nutrition, fitness and mental resilience.

Former NFL Player Returns to Alma Mater

  NFL legend Isaac Bruce presented Dillard High School with a commemorative Golden Football as part of the Super Bowl’s 50th anniversary celebration.


"Flying Classroom" Captain Barrington Irving Visits Schools by Helicopter

  Students got a chance to meet Captain Barrington Irving to learn more about the adventures of his “Flying Classroom,” during his helicopter schools tour. The students, who are studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), have been following Captain Irving on his many expeditions around the world.

CSI Day at Miramar High School

  The Miramar Police Department hosted a CSI event at Miramar High School, giving approximately 400 students the opportunity to learn about police work.


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News Around BCPS

Superintendent Robert W. Runcie Named Florida's 2970.jpgSuperintendent of the Year

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) congratulates Superintendent Robert W. Runcie for being selected as Florida’s 2016 Superintendent of the Year by the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS).  

In February 2016, Runcie will represent all Florida superintendents at the AASA’s National Education Conference in Phoenix, Arizona where he will be recognized and honored for his public education service in Florida.

Read the District's News Release.


Across BCPS, 100 Percent of Schools Coded, Did You?

Nova Eisenhower Elementary School Wins $10,000 from

Check-Presentation_Nova-Eisenhower-and-Code-org.jpgAll across BCPS, students are learning computer coding!  As part of National Computer Science Education Week, December 7-13, 2015, 100 percent of the District’s schools, as well as 100 percent of the District’s elementary and middle school students, completed at least one hour of computer coding in honor of the District’s centennial anniversary.

In addition, Nova Eisenhower Elementary School was selected by as the Florida winner of a $10,000 award, which can be used to purchase a class-set of laptops or other technology.  A special check presentation took place during the Tuesday, December 8, 2015, School Board meeting.

BCPS is the first Florida school district to partner with to increase computer science courses, curriculum and resources in schools.
Learn more at

School Choice Application Window Now Open

school-choice-123-logo.pngAttention all Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) employees.  If you are interested in applying for a magnet program, Nova school or school reassignment for your child for the 2016/17 school year, the application window is open now through February 10, 2016. 
BCPS employees may apply for a reassignment for their child to a District school. However, new this year, full-time employees will only receive an assignment priority for schools within the Innovation Zone (IZone) of their work location.
Please note, not all schools are available for priority reassignment.  To submit an application or to learn more about school reassignments, as well as all of the School Choice options, visit the District’s website,, and click on the School Choice- It’s Easy as 1,2,3 icon.
For more information, contact the Demographics and Student Assignments Department at 754-321-2480.

Register Now for Ed Talk 2015/16

Make plans to attend Ed Talk 2015/16.  The free event takes place on Saturday, January 23, 2016, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Signature Grand in Davie.

The annual public forum is designed to engage the community in discussing educational strategies and advancing the District's Strategic Plan.  

Click here to register now.

BCPS Employees Reminded to "Turn It Off" for the Holidays  

Presented by Robert H. Jindracek
Manager, Environmental Conservation/Utility Management

Turn-it-Off-JPG-(3).JPGAs part of the District’s effort to reduce electrical consumption, the Environmental Conservation/Utility Management Department Reminds BCPS employees to "Turn It Off.”

Before leaving work for the holidays, please remember to complete your daily equiptment shutdown and also  turn off your computers, printers, fax machines, Promethean board and work area lights.

The collective efforts of employees to “Turn It Off” have proven successful. Over the past seven years, the District’s annual electrical costs have decreased from $58,750,090 (2008) to $49,949,994 (2015).

Additional Details for Custodians and Building Managers:
Please ensure your AC systems are in the AUTO position. They should not be in override.  Click here to view the  protocol regarding AC use in portables.  If you require a special event for weekend AC, please follow the established procedures and deadlines for submitting the After Hours AC Request Form to the EMS help desk.

For questions, comments or suggestions, contact the Environmental Conservation Utility Management Department at 754-321-4750.

For additional energy saving tips, visit



Check Out the Benefits Department's December Wellness Newsletter

Benefits-Department-December-Wellness-Newsletter.JPGThe Benefits Department's December Newsletter, Becoming a Healthy You, is now available. 

This month's newsletter focuses on Smoking Awareness Month, and also includes tips on healthy eating and exercise.

Check It Out!

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First Sergeant Manuel Valdez, Hollywood Hills High School, Awarded Governor's Shine Award

IMG_0996-(1).jpgCongratulations to First Sergeant Manuel Valdez for being awarded the Governor’s Shine Award on  November 10, 2015.  During a meeting of Florida’s Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott recognized seven outstanding educators with Governor’s Shine Awards. In honor of Veterans Day, all of the award recipients were active military or veterans. The Shine Award is presented to teachers and administrators in Florida who make significant contributions to the field of education.

Governor Rick Scott said, “These teachers bring valuable lessons from their military experiences to the classroom each day. As they prepare students for future success, these teachers offer students the opportunities to learn about leadership and service. I am proud to honor seven brave men and women today for their dedication to our country and to our students.”

Pictured: First Sergeant Manuel Valdez (pictured with medals next to Governor Scott and Cabinet members). Pictured to the right of Valdez is Hollywood Hills High School Principal Lourdes Gonzales and Assistant Principal Erin Pashley-Brown.

Food and Nutrition Services Department Employee Dorothy Raffa Honored for 50 Years of Service

Digest_Dorothy-Raffa-2.JPGOn Tuesday, December 8, 2015, the Broward County School Board recognized Food and Nutrition Services employee Dorothy Raffa for 50 years of service to Broward County Public Schools.  Raffa works at Oakland Park Elementary, 

Over the course of her half-century with BCPS, it is estimated she has helped serve more than 5 million meals, assisting approximately 30,000 students and hundreds of District employees!  BCPS thanks Dottie for her dedication to our students and schools and the contributions she has made to generations of students! 

Watch the School Board Special Recognition.



Bethune Elementary School of the Arts Drama Teacher
Nerissa Street Receives Special Honor

nerissa.jpgA special honor for Bethune Elementary School of the Arts drama teacher, Nerissa Street - she is one of four recipients  selected by the Florida Alliance for Arts Education for the Hermitage Artist Retreat's annual summer program, State Teacher Artist Residencies (STARs).

The STARs program is open each year to selected teachers of any artistic discipline.  Recipients receive a four-week residency at the Hermitage Artist Retreat's beachfront campus on Manasota Key in Englewood, Florida.

Last school year, Street directed 110 third, fourth and fifth grade students in a theatrical adaptation titled "Alice @ Wonderland," at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

"During my residency I'll be researching and writing about how the principles of storytelling and theater can transform environments - and with the environment, the people in them," said Street.  "Environment influences learning, and I want to give even my most impoverished students the power to change theirs." 


Two Driftwood Middle School Teachers Honored by the American Heart Association

AHA-Award-(2).jpgCongratulations to Linda Gancitano and Jennifer Hoover of Driftwood Middle School for being selected as the Heart-Healthy School Award recipients for the 2014/15 school year.

They are among only 12 people to receive a national American Heart Association (AHA) Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart (JRFH/HFH) Award.

Gancitano and Hoover were selected for going above and beyond to share SHAPE America and AHA’s mission throughout the entire school year. They organize Red Outs, Fuel Up to Play 60, Football For Heart, Gardening for Grades, Health Rocks, and JRFH/HFH to create a culture of both physical activity and giving in the school. The duo has also trained their seventh and eighth grade students in CPR through an AHA grant. Driftwood Middle is an AHA Fit-Friendly Company championing workplace wellness.  

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BCPS Staff Shout-Outs!

 Derek Davis, Curator of the BCPS Old Dillard Museum, Honored for Outstanding Service

Derek Davis, curator at Broward County Public Schools Old Dillard Museum, was one of four individuals honored with the Community Service and Distinguished Achievement award by  the Friends of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center. 

The award was presented in October 2015, during a ceremony at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale-Plantation Hotel. Davis was recognized for his decades of service to the Broward Community, particularly for his culural advocacy, spearheading initiatives and events that raise awareness about African-American Heritage and civic involvement. 

"I am so honored to have received this award.  It is humbling to be recognized for doing the things that are so close to my heart.  Sharing our culture and impact of African Americans on our community is a privilege," said Derek Davis.

Technology Specialist at Broward Virtual School Speaks at 2015 Pilates Method Alliance

Christopher Gates, Technology Specialist at Broward Virtual School, was a speaker at the 2015 Pilates Method Alliance Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado.
Gates shared his experiences with helping to launch a Pilates program in Broward County Public Schools in the spring of 2015.

Founded in 2001, the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) is the international, not-for-profit professional association and certifying agency for Pilates teachers. 


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  • Ed Talk - The free annual public forum takes place on January 23, 2016, at the Signature Grand, located at 6900 State Road 84, Davie, Florida 33317.  To register, visit
  • 2016 Community Involvement Awards, Friday, February 26, 2016, at the Parker Playhouse. Breakfast: 9 a.m. Program: 10 a.m. For more information, visit
  • 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

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