Week Ending November 13, 2015

This week’s Friday Focus Something Special Video features: Dillard High School graduate and NFL legend Isaac Bruce presenting his alma mater with commemorative Golden Football in honor of the Super Bowl’s 50th anniversary celebration; renown pilot Captain Barringon Irving inspiring students at three elementary schools; and Centennial Celebration greetings. 


BCPS News Releases

BCPS “Conversation With The District” Town Hall Meeting Series 
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) “Conversation With The District” town hall meeting series is a community forum, providing an opportunity for parents, students, staff and community members to share input and thoughts with School Board members and the Superintendent about what the District is doing well or where improvements can be made.
BCPS Technical Colleges Invite Families to Discovery Fest!
Broward County Public Schools three technical colleges, Atlantic Technical College in Coconut Creek, McFatter Technical College in Davie and Sheridan Technical College in Hollywood, are each holding Discovery Fest on their campuses.
Business Luncheon to Support BCPS Debate Initiative
The BCPS debate initiative, a partnership between local businesses and high school debate programs, is holding an informative luncheon about the program and how businesses can get involved.
2015 “Infinite Scholars, The Possibilities are Infinite” 
Free Scholarship Fair with representatives from approximately 50 colleges/universities.
​First Sergeant Manuel Valdez, Hollywood Hills High Awarded Governor’s Shine Award
Congratulations to First Sergeant Manuel Valdez for being awarded the Governor’s Shine Award.
“Flying Classroom” Captain Barrington Irving to Visit Schools by Helicopter
Students will meet Captain Barrington Irving and learn about his adventures in his “Flying Classroom,” when he visits their schools by helicopter. 

BCPS News Headlines

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West Broward High's JROTC tops in Everglades competition
With four straight county championships at the Junior level of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps competition, the West Broward High School Raiders are on track for another title run this season.
Cooper City hosts monthly chess challenge
The Cooper City mayor and the Embassy Creek Elementary School fourth-grader squared off over the chessboard.
Scholarship fair for high school seniors set
A free scholarship fair for high school seniors within the Broward County Public Schools system is set for Nov. 12, 9 a.m. to noon, at E. Pat Larkins Community Center, 520 NW Third St., in Pompano Beach.
Broward School Board sets class limits to ease teacher burden
Teachers will get a break in the number of late enrolling students added to their course loads under new caps set Tuesday by the Broward County School Board.
First Sergeant Manuel Valdez, Hollywood Hills High School Awarded Governor’s Shine Award
First Sergeant Manuel Valdez was awarded the Governor’s Shine Award on November 10, 2015, during a meeting of Florida’s Cabinet. 
Saturday is Vital for High Schoolers Looking for a Career in the Trades. Adults Too
As jobs in the trades continue to take preference over college for more high school graduates, programs at Atlantic Technical High School and College offer an unprecedented opportunity to learn and pursue a career sooner than later.
Brag About Deerfield Beach High School
They call it Buck Pride, the feeling that permeates the student body at Deerfield Beach High School, the home of the Bucks. 
Forest Glen Middle School Holds their Annual Veteran’s Day Honor Concert
Every November, the Forest Glen Middle School Band and Chorus have been honoring our veterans with a performance in recognition of their service to our country and on Wednesday, they will be performing the fourth annual event of its kind.
Go, Slow, Whoa! Broward Schools Launch Healthy Food Initiative
Students attending Broward County Public Schools will soon benefit from an initiative aimed at improving nutrition for K-12 students in the district's 275 public school cafeterias.
Year later, progress slow on Broward school bond projects
A year after Broward County voters overwhelmingly approved an $800-million bond to fix aging schools, they're still waiting to see much of the work begin. 
Stoneman Douglas High School SECME students hold event to teach children about chemistry
A group of Stoneman Douglas High School SECME students got together at Barnes and Noble to provide chemistry activity with children.
J.P. Taravella offers Straight Outta High School
JP Taravella DECA  has created a school-wide event to inspire juniors and seniors to consider a variety of emerging career options that will enable them to earn a good living without having to attend college.
Monarch and Atlantic Tech High Schools Continue National Academy Membership
Using a federal Carl Perkins Secondary Grant Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) renewed membership over the next three years for Monarch and Atlantic Technical High Schools in the National Academy Foundation (NAF).
SMART Initiative Projects Moving Forward
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is making significant progress on the SMART initiative, and continues to move forward with critical work on numerous projects
Pilot brings inspiration-- and a helicopter - to 3 schools
When record-setting pilot Barrington Irving visited students at three elementary schools on Tuesday, he didn't come by car – he flew.
Hollywood school has four days of anti-drug events
Red Ribbon Week, aimed at preventing substance abuse, was recently observed at schools throughout the country. 
Piper High hosts Community Wellness Day
Sunrise's Piper High School used a recent day off to welcome students from neighboring schools to take part in its third annual Community Wellness Day.
Schools take part in global reading event
More than 50,000 Broward County children took part in the recent Jumpstart Read for the Record event, with more than 700 volunteers reading aloud from the book "Not Norman: A Goldfish Story."
Captain of 'flying classroom' teaches children about STEM programs
The captain of a "flying classroom" paid a visit to several Broward elementary schools to promote STEM programs, Thursday.
Captain Brings His ‘Flying Classroom’ To Broward
Captain Barrington Irving arrived at Royal Palm Elementary School in Lauderhill the only way he knows how – by air. 
Pilot brings inspiration-- and a helicopter - to 3 schools
When record-setting pilot Barrington Irving visited students at three elementary schools on Tuesday, he didn't come by car – he flew.