Welcome to Friday Focus

Friday Focus is a weekly roundup of BCPS news highlights by the Public Information Office. This weekly news summary includes a recap of BCPS news releases and news featured by our media partners. We hope you find this weekly news roundup a valuable resource for promoting and sharing the great things happening in BCPS.
The week’s Friday Focus announces a $45,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Broward County, which supports the Career Technical Adult and Community Education (CTACE) Department’s Career Launch Pre-Apprenticeship Program. Also, check out the latest SMART Update for more on the 1,240 SMART projects making progress.

The week’s Friday Focus announces the 2018 Caliber Award finalists for Principal of the Year and Assistant Principal of the Year; the 2018/19 school year calendar – first day of school is Wednesday, August 14, 2018; and tentative contract agreements for three employee groups represented by the BTU. Also, check out BCPS On the Right Track, and more.
The week’s Friday Focus extends congratulations to newly elected School Board Chair Nora Rupert and Vice Chair Heather P. Brinkworth, and to the 2018 Caliber Award finalists for Teacher of the Year and School-Related/District Employee of the Year.  Also, announcing the School Choice application window for the 2018/19 school year, which opens December 1, 2017 – February 7, 2018, and the countdown to Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code – December 4-10, 2017.

This week’s Friday Focus highlights students honoring fallen heroes and veterans as part of a Districtwide celebration and recognition of military service members. Also, congratulations to Sheridan Technical College on celebrating 50 years of excellence in career and technical education, and much more.

In observance of Veterans Day, this week’s Friday Focus honors Silver Ridge Elementary School first grade teacher and U.S. Army Captain Ana Swecker for her commitment and service to others, and highlights the sixth annual Ed Talk event attended by more than 400 students, parents, teachers, staff, business leaders, elected officials and community members.

This week’s Friday Focus shares a letter from Superintendent Robert W. Runcie, reflecting on the District's progress and accomplishments over the past six years. Also, Sprint 1Million Project launches at Deerfield Beach High School and for a second time, Northest High School is awarded a Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam $10,000 grant to create a mosquito breeding disruptor. Don't forget Ed Talk Ed on Saturday, November 4, 2017, networking breakfast at 8 a.m.  and program from 9 - noon, at Hollywood Hills High School. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.

This week’s Friday Focus highlights the “Just Do It…I Did!” Student Awards Ceremony celebrating the exemplary achievements of students with disabilities, Whiddon Rogers Education Center hosts its fourth annual Building Bridges to Educate, Empower and Elevate town hall-style forum, and students at Montessori magnet schools provide relief for families in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria. Also, don’t forget to register and make your voice count at Ed Talk 2017/18.


This week’s Friday Focus highlights the Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® and the District selected to be featured during the 2017 Computer Science for All (CSforAll) Summit for its strong commitment to computer science education and for increasing industry partnerships with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and South Florida TechGateway. Also mark your calendar, register and learn more about upcoming District initiatives – South Florida Gifted and Talented Symposium, Ed Talk and Next Gen Engage.


This week’s Friday Focus shines the spotlight on South Broward High School teacher Justin Feller for being named a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars; 25 District schools for earning the Five Star School Award for family and community involvement; and Publix Super Markets for donating $4,500 to support literacy and STEM at Charles R. Drew Elementary Schools, and much more.


This week’s Friday Focus highlights the amended 2017/18 school year calendar, which include School Board approved makeup days for Hurricane Irma. Also, in the coming week, Next Gen Engage kicks off the student-led conversation series about the future of education with a Coffee and Conversation with Superintendent segment. Mark your calendar and learn how you can register to attend Ed Talk 2017/18 at Hollywood Hills High School on Saturday, November 4, 2017.


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