Week Ending March 3, 2017


The Singing Principals, also known as Goodwill Ambassadors of Broward County, were recently recognized with a reception and commemorative plaques in their honor. The group’s history dates back to 1959.

BCPS News Around the District

BCPS SMART Initiative is Moving Forward With Hundreds of Projects Districtwide
As part of the SMART Initiative, BCPS is proud to have 879 school facilities projects in progress, more than 72,800 new computers installed at schools, and over 7,200 new musical instruments and equipment purchased for schools. Learn more in the latest SMART Futures Update.

2017 Caliber Awards – April 5, 2017
Mark your calendar for the 2017 Caliber Awards recognizing and celebrating BCPS outstanding teachers, principals, assistant principals and school-related/District employees, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 5 p.m. at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. Tickets go on sale beginning Monday, March 6, 2017. Caliber Awards

Whiddon-Rogers Education Center Student Featured in National Mentoring Video
Congratulations to Talicia Gonzales, a Whiddon-Rogers Education Center student, for being invited to New York City to be part of the National CARES Mentoring Movement video, “The Rising: Elevating, Education, Expectations and Self Esteem.”
BCPS Students Participate in National Speech and Debate Education Day
National Speech and Debate Education Day is Friday, March 3, 2017.  Students across Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) are recognizing the day by participating in a variety of debate activities at school.
BCPS Hosts Second National Summit for Principal Supervisors
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is proud to host the second National Summit for Principal Supervisors at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 17- 19, 2017.

BCPS in News Headlines

SWAG On 6: Duran Cameron of J.P. Taravella High School - NBC6
They call him the face of Taravella High School in Coral Springs. Duran Cameron does the televised announcements every morning, and he’s one of those students everyone seems to go to for advice, or just a hug.

Broward School Board tentatively approves changes to Millennium grades, Parkland boundaries - Sun-Sentinel
Tamarac will likely get a new high school next school year. The Broward County School Board gave initial approval Wednesday to a plan to convert Millennium Middle into a school for sixth through 12th grades. A final vote is scheduled for March 22, 2017. 

South Broward High School’s Wind Symphony Band to play Carnegie Hall in April 2017 - Hollywood Gazette
The South Broward High School Wind Symphony Band will travel by train to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in April 2017. The band will leave early in the morning on April 12 and return April 17. Band members hope to raise $120,000 to pay for the costs of the trip.
FIU students surprise local elementary school - Sun-Sentinel
Students in the Exceptional Student Education program at Nob Hill Elementary got a special surprise this month.

South Florida schools vow to protect transgender students - Sun-Sentinel
South Florida’s transgender students will not notice a difference when they use restrooms or locker rooms at public schools, despite recent federal changes.

South Florida school districts say transgender students' rights will continue to be protected - Local 10
South Florida school leaders responded Thursday to the Trump administration's reversal of federal guidelines for transgender rights.

Broward schools supports transgender, and all diverse students says school superintendent - Caribbean National Weekly
Broward County Superintendent of Schools, Robert Runcie has reacted to a recent decision of the US Department of Justice and the US Department of Education. On Wednesday, the two federal departments reversed a decision made in May 2016 by the Obama administration to provide bathroom privileges to transgender students based on the gender they recognize.

Goodwill Ambassadors of Broward County are Recognized - Westside Gazette
The Broward County Elementary Singing Principals, also known as the Goodwill Ambassadors of Broward County, will be honored by a reception and the placement of commemorative plaques, History of the Singing Principals and Picture Collages on the walls of the Old Dillard Museum   on Feb. 22, 2017.

Open enrollment window for BCPS Head Start/Early Head Start Programs begins March 6 - Westside Gazette
Parents and guardians can submit applications for Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Head Start/Early Head Start programs during the open enrollment window, which takes place March 6 – 31, 2017.