Week Ending November 20, 2015

This week’s Friday Focus Something Special Video features: children’s book author and illustrator Eric Velasquez reading his book “Los Discos de Mi Abuela” to students at Hallandale Elementary School; Under Armour Jersey All American Day at Flanagan High School; “Speaking for the Future” business leaders luncheon in support of the high school debate initiative; and Centennial Celebration greetings. 


BCPS News Releases

Internationally acclaimed opera singer Carla Dirlikov visits students at Lake Forest Elementary – a Turnaround Arts School – as part of her commitment to work with students and teachers.
Broward County Public Schools participates in the Child Care Food Program, a federally funded program, which provides healthy meals and snacks in the child care setting.
The FIRST® Tech Challenge pits teams of high school students, mentored by professional engineers, against each other for a shot at the state and national championships and scholarship dollars.
Over 300 immigrant students from high schools throughout Broward County will     
present their legislative policy proposals and recommendations to improve their     
communities at the Close Up – Broward Youth Policy Summit Expo. 
The School Board of Broward County, Florida, elected Dr. Rosalind Osgood as Chair and Abby M. Freedman as Vice Chair for the 2015/16 school year. The election took place during the School Board’s Annual Organization Meeting. 

BCPS News Headlines

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Update on school bond, and new facilities officer
Oscar Wilde, playwright and novelist, said, "The truth is rarely pure and never simple." Getting to the heart of the matter is even more challenging as we live in the era of tweets and media sound bites.
Mayor’s Chess Challenge Brings Out Local Clubs
It’s Saturday morning and children and teens are lining up at the Tamarac Community Center, not for a concert or magic show, but to play chess…. Also in attendance were students from various chess clubs in Coral Springs including Sawgrass Springs Middle School.
Local High School Artists Show Works at City Hall
Original works by North Broward Preparatory, Coconut Creek and Monarch High School students on display at the City Hall Thursday attracted artists, families and friends to gallery night.
World Famous Aviator Inspires Students at Atlantic West Elementary Known for his flight around the world at the age of 23, Captain Barrington Irving said while growing up he didn’t think he was smart enough to fly a plane. 
Uniform, backpack and clothing giveaways provide big boost for needy students
The little boy stood at the front door, reluctant to step into the store where racks of clothing and school uniforms stretched in a rainbow of colors.
7 public school alumni get Hall of Fame honor
Valerie Smith Wanza credits much of her professional and personal success to Broward County Public Schools.
Local nonprofit receives boots to aid youth gardening program
 State Farm Public Affairs Community Specialist, Jose Soto, addresses Liberty Elementary students before planting the school’s new garden.
'Turkey Trot and Paddle' offers fitness and fun before Thanksgiving dinner
Before sitting down to turkey and stuffing on Thanksgiving, burn some calories at the fifth annual "Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot and Paddle."
School Board elects Dr. Rosalind Osgood, Chair and Abby M. Freedman, Vice Chair
On Nov. 17, 2015, The School Board of Broward County, Florida, elected Dr. Rosalind Osgood as Chair and Abby M. Freedman as Vice Chair for the 2015/16 school year.
City Gets behind High School Drummer Headed for Macy’s Day Parade
City commissioners approved $250 from the city’s Student Involvement Fund to help Robbie Flory travel to New York next week and play in the Macy’s Great American Marching Band (GAMB) Drumline on Thanksgiving Day.
 Coconut Creek Proclaims November 19th Children's Grief Awareness Day
The City joined State of Florida House District 96 and the School Board of Broward County in proclaiming November 19, 2015 as “Children’s Grief Awareness Day.”