Week Ending December 15, 2017

Thousands of Students Celebrate Making the Right Choices at the Annual Above the Influence March
On Saturday, December 9, 2017, thousands of students from across Broward County Public Schools came together for the 5th Annual Above the Influence March – at the City of Miramar Memorial Park and Amphitheater. Students celebrated their choice to live “Above the Influence” at the annual march and rally designed to bolster students’ confidence in standing up to negative pressures and influences, including drugs and alcohol, bullying and fighting, discrimination, or other destructive behaviors and attitudes. The festivities included marching bands, cheerleaders, drill teams, a special battle of the bands and youth performances.

BCPS News Around the District

Get the Latest Information on SMART!
Since the last update, 1,240 SMART projects have made progress and are currently in one of the six phases of the design and implementation process. The number represents 90 percent of all SMART facility projects and marks an investment of $882 million as of October 31, 2017. Check out the latest SMART update for more details.

BCPS Students Perform “Love Train” with Tony Award-Winning Actor John Lloyd Young and Black Violin for Kennedy Center Event
BCPS students will perform “Love Train” with Tony award-winning actor and singer John Lloyd Young and the classically trained duo Black Violin.

BCPS Partners With the Brinker Education Initiative to Host Hispanic STEM Empowerment Day
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), in partnership with the Brinker Education Initiative, presents Hispanic STEM Empowerment Day, on Saturday, December, 16, 2017, at Cooper City High School.

BCPS Awarded $45,000 Grant from Community Foundation of Broward County
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the proud recipient of a $45,000 YouthWORK grant from the Community Foundation of Broward County.

Immigrant Students Share Legislative Proposals at Close Up – Broward Youth Policy Summit Expo
On Friday, December 8, 2017, 300 Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) immigrant students shared proposals for legislative policies and ideas on how to improve their communities at this year’s Close Up – Broward Youth Policy Summit Expo.

BCPS in the News

Local Student Starts Letter Writing to Maria Victims - NBC 6
NBC 6's Sheli Muniz tells us the story of a Broward County child who was inspired to let those in Puerto Rico recovering from the storm that they are being thought about.

NBC 6, Telemundo 51 Bring Holiday Toys to Puerto Rico as Local Student Inspires Others to Remember Maria VictimsNBC 6
It’s been three months since Hurricane Maria struck, devastating the island of Puerto Rico as residents there continue the long road toward returning to some sense of normalcy.

Black Violin Musicians Adopt A Hollywood Elementary School - And Perform - NBC 6
The performance artists Kev Marcus and Will B were once two high schoolers in Fort Lauderdale who liked to play violin together. Now, they make up the successful performance group Black Violin. The duo came to Bethune Elementary School Tuesday to adopt the school through the national Turnaround Arts program.

SWAG On 6: South Broward High's Stephanie Posadas - NBC 6
Hour of Code week just ended in Broward County Public Schools. It’s a nationwide effort to emphasize the importance of teaching computer programming to kids of all ages, at all levels. Some students don’t need to be persuaded, they’re already cyber warriors. Stephanie Posadas, a junior at South Broward High School, would be a general in the student coding army.

Teens learn from Holocaust survivors during Student Awareness Days - Sun-Sentinel
Holocaust survivors urged local high school students to "speak up," and "not let people get away with bullying" while sharing their stories during roundtable discussions that took place during recent Student Awareness Days in South Florida.