Week Ending June 9, 2017


Superintendent Robert W. Runcie's 2017 End of Year Video Message
The countdown to summer is underway, and Broward County Public Schools is excited to share and celebrate the amazing achievements of our students and District during the 2016/17 school year. Superintendent Robert W. Runcie thanks students, teachers, administrators, staff, parents and community members for their hard work, support and strong focus on excellence in education, which continues to make BCPS a national leader. Watch the Superintendent's End of Year Video Message

BCPS News Around the District

Get the Latest Information on the SMART Program
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!

Manatee Bay Elementary School 2017 First in Math Online National Champs
Congratulations to Manatee Bay Elementary School fifth grade students, crowned national champions in the First in Math Online Program for the 2016/17 school year. This is the fifth year the school has emerged as the No. 1 First in Math school in the national competition, since joining the program in 2007. Students, parents, teachers and administrators celebrated the occasion with a special awards ceremony. Watch video.

BCPS Announces National Merit Scholarships Sponsored by U.S. Colleges and Universities
Congratulations to 23 Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) high school seniors, who are among the more than 3,200 students announced today by National Merit Scholarship Corporation winners of National Merit Scholarships, financed by U.S. colleges and universities.

Congratulations BCPS Golden and Silver School Award Winners
Broward County Public Schools is proud to announce that 120 of the District’s schools have earned the 2016/17 Golden and Silver School Awards from the Florida Department of Education.

National Association of School Business Officials Honors BCPS with Meritorious Budget Award
Broward County Public Schools has received the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials for excellence in budget presentation during the 2016/17 fiscal year.

Deerfield Beach High School Student Wins 2017 Princeton Prize in Race Relations
Congratulations to Deerfield Beach High School senior Desiree Daniel for being selected regional winner of the 2017 Princeton Prize in Race Relations by the South Florida Princeton Alumni Council.

BCPS in the News

Vals and Sals 2017: Top students from local high schoolsSun-Sentinel
Every year, the Sun Sentinel honors the top graduating seniors from South Florida high schools. Click through the gallery to meet this years valedictorians and salutatorians.
Miami Dolphins Help Student-Athletes Use Sports as Vehicle for ChangeCBS4
About 75 student-athletes, coaches and personnel from a South Florida school received a lesson in leadership with a little help from the Miami Dolphins. 

South Florida students improve on high-stakes state tests, new data show Sun-Sentinel
South Florida students appear to be getting more comfortable with the high-stakes Florida Standards Assessment. English and math scores improved in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami Dade counties overall.
Learning Programs For South Florida Students This Summer - NBC 6
School’s out for summer! We all know what that means, time for kids to have fun, go to camp, and hopefully, not become brain-dead zombies. Teachers will tell you, though, that a lot of students come back to school in the fall, having forgotten much of what they learned during the last school year. So is there a way to prevent the backsliding?
Local songwriter wins trip to L.A. Sun-Sentinel
 A budding young songwriter from Davie recently got the rock star experience with a trip to Los Angeles. Isabella Cring, an 18-year-old senior at Western High School, was among five winners that submitted to Constituting America's annual "We the Free" contest.

Google brings online safety program to middle schoolSun-Sentinel
On the same day, a Georgia newspaper reported the arrest of 15 in connection with a child predator ring that reached all the way to Oregon, a group from Internet giant Google arrived in Deerfield Beach to impress on Deerfield Beach Middle School students the importance of privacy.

Dog joins fourth grade class at Nova and 'turns school year right side up'Sun-Sentinel
It’s been a yearlong case of puppy love at Nova Eisenhower Elementary in Davie. Gunther the golden retriever joined teacher Suzy Shaw’s fourth grade class in August at just 10 weeks old. 
Parkland teacher recognized by county after returning from NASA missionLocal 10
A Parkland teacher was recognized Friday after she traveled to Greenland to participate in a mission for NASA. Adeena Teres was beaming as she accepted an award from Broward County Commissioner Michael Udine for extraordinary passion and dedication to science. 

No funding for classroom needs? Teachers get resourcefulSun-Sentinel
When a classroom needs more than a school can provide, teachers increasingly turn to strangers for help.