Week Ending May 12, 2017

After learning about the possible removal of two trees, which block the view of the school’s marquee, Orange Brook Elementary School students began a “Save Our Trees” campaign. With support from the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office providing voting booths and counting machines along with mock voter-ID cards and “I Voted,” stickers, students took the issue to a vote. To learn more about the students’ real-life lesson on democracy and the future of the trees, watch the feature video.

BCPS News Around the District

Foster Love, Foster a Child
Ever thought about being a foster and/or adoptive parent? The District will host an informational session on Thursday, May 25, 2017, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the TSSC-Annex, 7770 West Oakland Park Blvd (located in the former Bank of America Building). Information regarding licensing requirements and summer classes will be provided. Representatives from ChildNet and local foster care agencies will be available to assist with the process and answer questions. Foster Love, Foster a Child Information Event

Experience Broward Teacher Job Fair – May 22, 2017
Broward County Public Schools will hold its annual Experience Broward Teacher Job Fair on Monday, May 22, 2017. The Job Fair offers site-based hiring by providing candidates the opportunity to interview with school principals. The District seeks candidates who are committed to high-quality instruction, continuous improvement and ensuring the success of all students. For additional information, visit browardschools.com/teacher.

25 BCPS High Schools Rank as “America’s Most Challenging High Schools”
Congratulations to Cypress Bay High School, Pompano Beach High School and Nova High School for earning top 500 placement on “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” 2017 list by The Washington Post. Cypress Bay High is ranked 174, Pompano Beach High is ranked 237, and Nova High is ranked 306. The calculation measures how successfully schools provide access to advanced college-level coursework and challenge their students academically.

U.S. News & World Report Announces the 2017 Best High Schools
Broward County Public Schools is home to 19 of the nation’s best high schools, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best High Schools national rankings. U.S. News evaluated data from more than 22,000 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. U.S. News recognizes high schools with gold, silver and bronze medals, with gold medals indicating the greatest level of college readiness. 2017 Best High Schools

Broward County Public Schools National Merit $2,500 Scholarship Winners Announced
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced seven BCPS high school seniors as National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners. The students are among the 2,500 Merit Scholar designees chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Coral Springs High School Students Host Dance Marathon for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
The Student Government Association at Coral Springs High School held a dance marathon to raise funds for the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. With over 500 in attendance, the students more than tripled their goal of $3,000, raising over $10,000 for the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

Three McArthur High School Students Selected to Prestigious Engineering Programs
Congratulations to three McArthur High School students for being selected to participate in prestigious engineering programs, though the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Check Out the Superintendent’s Corner
Visit the Superintendent’s Corner for recent important messages, letters and podcasts, video messages and more from BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. Superintendent’s Corner

BCPS in the News

Fort Lauderdale freshman, Cypress Bay sophomore are trail blazers on the track for adaptive athletesMiami Herald
Darrel Bouie Jr. was 6 years old when his mother lost control of her car in a rainstorm off Sunrise Boulevard and crashed into a concrete wall, killing herself and leaving her son heartbroken and paralyzed from the waist down. Bouie, now a 15-year-old freshman at Fort Lauderdale High, has had some rough times growing up. But this past weekend wasn’t one of them.

Broward Superintendent Pens Letter to Parents About Concern Over ‘13 Reasons Why’CBS 4
Some fear the Netflix show “13 Reasons Why” romanticizes suicide in the minds of teenagers. The worry was significant enough that the Broward superintendent sent an urgent letter to parents Monday. “As a parent I thought I had a responsibility to send a letter out to our parents, alerting them to this issue,” said Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie.

Florida students' education not a priority in proposed state budget | Opinion - Robert W. Runcie, SuperintendentSun-Sentinel
As a father, community member and superintendent of Florida's second largest public school system, which proudly serves more than 270,000 students, I am compelled to speak out about the proposed state budget and its potential negative impact on our students and dedicated employees.

Sheridan Park Elementary School students get ready for Lego League championship - Local 10
Some South Florida elementary school students are getting ready for a big competition. They are participating in the first Lego League open championship at Legoland in California.  Ten very bright fourth and fifth graders from Sheridan Park Elementary School will be participating in the competition.
Netflix series prompts letter to parents - Sun-Sentinel
The Netflix teen drama "13 Reasons Why," which is based around a high school student who commits suicide, came out over a month ago. But the series is still leaving school officials concerned. On Monday, Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie sent a letter home to parents of Broward County students.