Week Ending December 8, 2017

Gulfstream Early Learning Language Academy Selected for Project COAT Mural
Thanks to a PNC Bank sponsorship, the future Gulfstream Early Learning Language Academy was recently selected as one of 14 facilities in Broward and Miami-Dade to be part of the inaugural Project COAT Mural initiative, designed to elevate the community through the art of murals. The mural symbolizes the Academy becoming a true community center impacting early childhood throughout Broward County.
BCPS News Around the District

Finalists Announced for BCPS Principal of the Year and Assistant Principal of the Year
Congratulations to the Principal of the Year Finalists: Tammy Gilbert, Silver Lakes Elementary; Michelle Kefford, Charles W. Flanagan High School; and Kenneth King, Heron Heights Elementary School.
Congratulations to the Assistant Principal of the Year Finalists: Annette Johnson, Sheridan Technical College and High School; John Murray, Miramar High School; and Winfred Porter, Stoneman Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
BCPS in On the Right Track
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is excited to share On the Right Track, Volume 1 for the 2017/18 school year. This edition focuses on the District's commitment to excellence in education, special honors, community partnerships, the many educational options offered by our schools, and more. Check out On the Right Track!
Second Annual Superintendent’s Dance Showcase
Nine dance programs, representing the performing arts at elementary, middle and high schools throughout BCPS, recently got a chance to showcase their talents in various genres of dance at the second annual Superintendent’s Dance Showcase held at Dillard Center for the Arts. View video.

BCPS and Broward Teachers Union Announce Three Tentative Contract Agreements
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) and Broward Teachers Union (BTU) are excited to announce tentative contract agreements for three employee groups represented by the BTU.

BCPS Students Start the 2018/19 School Year on Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) students will start the 2018/19 school year on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. The new school year will begin earlier than usual, and start midweek – a change from the District’s traditional Monday start day.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Hosts Sixth Annual Special Olympics Event
More than 400 Special Olympics athletes from 17 schools and 300 volunteers will enjoy performances from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School drum line, color presentation by JROTC accompanied by the national anthem, cheerleaders and torch run.

Roles Reverse as Students Grade Their Own Test…With Their Taste Buds at Annual Student Food Show
From sourdough grilled cheese with turkey to roasted garlic quinoa burgers, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) students will put their taste buds to the test during the District’s Annual Student Food Show at Pompano Beach High School, on Friday, December 8, 2017.

BCPS 5th Annual Above the Influence March Expected to Draw Thousands
On Saturday, December 9, 2017, thousands of students from across Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) will come together for the 5th Annual Above the Influence March – at the City of Miramar Memorial Park and Amphitheater.

BCPS School Choice Application Window Open – Now Through February 7, 2018
The School Choice application window for the 2018/19 school year is open now through February 7, 2018. Parents and guardians are encouraged to explore all of the District’s School Choice options available for their families. Visit the School Choice website at browardschools.com/schoolchoice.

BCPS in the News

Miami Dolphins surprise Hollywood Hills football team with equipment, MNF invite - Sun-Sentinel
Most of the players on the Hollywood Hills football team were in the weight room on Tuesday morning thinking it was just an ordinary day at school. Suddenly, Miami Dolphins linebacker Raekwon McMillan storms in. He’s followed by receivers Isaiah Ford and Malcolm Lewis, offensive tackle Eric Smith and cheerleaders.

TV network bus tour stops at Pompano school - Sun-Sentinel
It's a giant bus that would make a rock star proud. Gleaming and loaded with state-of-the-art technology, the C-SPAN national tour bus is part of the public service network's 50 Capitals Tour. To some 250 Broward County middle school students on Tuesday, however, it was the most interesting part of the day.

It's official: Broward school year to start earlier, and on Wednesday - Sun-Sentinel
Sorry, kids. If you attend Broward County public schools, summer vacation will end early. The School Board on Tuesday approved its calendar for the 2018-19 school year, which will start Wednesday, Aug. 15 — six days earlier than last year. It’s also the first midweek start in recent years.

Broward teachers getting raises of up to 3.51 percent - Sun-Sentinel
Most Broward County teachers will receive raises this year ranging from 2.6 percent to 3.51 percent, under a tentative contract between the school district and the teachers’ union. A deal for the salary increases, which would be retroactive to July, was announced at a press conference Tuesday.

Brag About Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School - NBC6
Volumes could be written about the superlatives associated with Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School. Let's start with the marching band, the reigning state champions. The kids have earned the right to toot their own horns, and they've learned even more in the process.

What to look for in a magnet program - Sun-Sentinel
What do you want to be when you grow up?” may be one of the most common questions asked of children. Magnet programs have emerged as a popular way to help them figure it out. They offer in-depth study in specific subjects and operate like a school within a school.

Broward School Board to Vote on School Calendar With Earlier Start Date in 2018 - NBC6

Broward Students Get Some High-Tech Career Advice On TechGateway Day - WLRN
Students of six Broward County public schools got a taste of what it takes to have a successful career in technology in South Florida on Wednesday when members of Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and the South Florida TechGateway program hosted a "TechGateway Day."

How do you know if your child is gifted? - Sun-Sentinel
Is your child gifted? Many parents believe their kids learn quickly, demonstrate profound creativity and display intense curiosity. But to qualify for public school systems’ popular gifted programs, they will be expected to show an abundance of specific characteristics, as well as a high IQ.

BCPS, Broward Teachers Union announce 3 tentative contract agreements - Local 10
The agreements benefit three employee groups that are represented by the union, including educational professionals, such as teachers, media specialists, social workers and school counselors; education support professionals, such as classroom assistants, teacher assistants and program assistants; and technical support professionals, which positions vary across the school district.

Broward’s 2018 School Year To Start Earlier Than Usual - CBS 4
Broward County Public School students will head back to class a few days earlier next school year. Tuesday, the Broward School Board approved the 2018-2019 calendar and approved the start date to be Wednesday, August 15, instead of on a Monday.

Broward County Public Schools to start early in 2018 - 7 News
The Broward County School Board’s new calendar will have classes for the 2018-19 school year starting earlier than usual. The school board approved the new schedule in a vote Tuesday, which has first day of classes begin on Wednesday, Aug. 15, breaking the long-standing tradition of having classes start on a Monday.

Broward School Board Approves Earlier Start Date for School Calendar in 2018 - NBC6
A proposal to move up the start date for the 2018-19 school year in Broward County was approved by the school board on Tuesday afternoon. School board members voted 7-2 on the calendar for next school year, which would include starting the school year on Wednesday, August 15th.