Week Ending October 20, 2017

Get Ready to Read! Jumpstart’s Read for the Record®
Superintendent Robert W. Runcie and the Florida Panthers Stanley were excited participants in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record®, joining millions of people across the nation by reading the book “Quackers” – about a cat who think he’s a duck – by author Liz Wong. This year, the District expanded activities and guest readings to take place all week, October 17 - 20, 2017. Through a partnership between BCPS, the Children's Services Council, and multiple Broward County early childhood stakeholders, a free copy of “Quackers” was given to each pre-kindergarten and kindergarten child in Broward County – 40,000 books for 40,000 children!

BCPS News Around the District

Register Now for the South Florida Gifted and Talented Symposium
Broward County Public Schools presents the South Florida Gifted and Talented Symposium: Passport to Innovation – Personalized Learning for Gifted Students on Friday, October 27, 2017, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., at Pompano Beach High School, 600 NE 13th Avenue, Pompano Beach, FL 33060. Participants can attend more than 40 workshop sessions with regionally and nationally recognized presenters, which focus on strategies and practices that are critical to teaching and parenting gifted and talented learners. All are welcome to register and attend the symposium. To register and learn more about the South Florida Gifted and Talented Symposium, visit sfgtsymposium.com.

Make Your Voice Count! Attend Ed Talk 2017/18
Registration is now open for the District’s annual Ed Talk event on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Ed Talk 2017/18, a public forum designed to engage the community in discussing educational strategies and advancing the District's Strategic Plan, will be held from 9 a.m. – noon with networking breakfast at 8 a.m., at Hollywood Hills High School, 5400 Stirling Road, Hollywood, Florida 33021. To register for this exciting and engaging event, visit browardschools.com/edtalk.

Mark Your Calendar for Next Gen Engage Student-Led Community Series
Mark your calendar and join School Board Member, Nora Rupert, (District 7), Superintendent Runcie, elected officials, and community partners on Thursday, December 7, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. for the Next Gen Engage student-led community event at Monarch High School, 5050 Wiles Road, Coconut Creek, FL 33073. For upcoming Next Gen Engage dates, visit browardschools.com/bcpsnextgen.

Old Dillard Museum Celebrates Bold, Brave & Black
For the 2017/18 school year, Old Dillard Museum’s theme is titled, Bold, Brave & Black: African Americans in Times of War. The theme is in celebration of the national 2018 Black History Theme, African Americans in Times of War, announced by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). Events and activities will incorporate literature, music, and cultural events highlighting enslaved freedom fighters and freeman in the military. Topics for the theme include, “Buffalo Soldiers,” Blacks in the Seminole Wars, Tuskegee Airmen, Black Pirates, and more. For a detailed calendar of events, visit OId Dillard Museum.

Get Ready to Read! BCPS is Excited to Join Jumpstart’s Read for the Record®
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is excited to participate in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® and join millions of people across the nation by reading the book “Quackers” by author Liz Wong.  The national event takes place on Thursday, October 19, 2017; however, this year BCPS is expanding activities and guest readings to take place between October 17 - 20, 2017. In addition, through a partnership between BCPS, the Children's Services Council, and multiple Broward County early childhood stakeholders, a free copy of  “Quackers” will be provided to each pre-kindergarten and kindergarten child in Broward County – 40,000 books for 40,000 children!

Hundreds of Students Put their Robots to the Test During “Mission Mayhem”
It’s a battle of the “bots” as student teams and their specially designed robots compete during the annual “Mission Mayhem” Robotics Competition. The “Mission Mayhem” competition, a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and FIRST Lego League off-season event, is organized by Dillard High School’s Emerging Technologies Magnet Program and includes robotics teams from schools across South Florida.

BCPS files lawsuit against HB 7069
The School Board of Broward County, Florida joined 12 other Florida school boards in filing a lawsuit challenging portions of House Bill (HB) 7069. Governor Rick Scott signed HB 7069 into law in June 2017. The legal challenge centers on whether the law oversteps the School Board’s constitutional authority to oversee its local district. It also addresses whether it is legal to force a district to share capital dollars with charter schools.

BCPS  Partnership with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and South Florida TechGateway Receives National Spotlight
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and South Florida TechGateway are among select school districts and organizations from across the nation featured during the 2017 Computer Science for All (CSforAll) Summit. The event, which was organized by the CSforAll Consortium, took place October 16-17, 2017, and included computer science educators, researchers and industry leaders dedicated to providing inclusive, rigorous and sustainable computer science education for all students.

BCPS in the News

Super Teachers: Sunrise Middle School - CW South Florida
This week's super teacher is Dan Goldman, the Introduction to Information Technology Instructor at Sunrise Middle School. His 8th grade students master Microsoft Office and receive adult level certifications.

Broward County dedicates day to state’s 1st female high school quarterback - 7 News
Broward County has named Oct. 17 Holly Neher Day in honor of the first female high school starting quarterback in state history. The teen was honored at the Broward County Governmental Center by Vice Mayor Beam Furr, Tuesday.

Broward Commissioners Honor Female Hollywood Hills QB Who Threw Historic TD Pass - CBS 4
Holly Neher is helping to break down barriers for female athletes nationwide. The Hollywood Hills High School junior made history when she became the first female to throw a touchdown pass in a Florida high school football game.

Celebrity Chef Michael Schwartz brings healthy food to Broward schools - Sun-Sentinel
James Beard Award Winning Chef Michael Schwartz, owner of such restaurants as Michael's Genuine Food & Drink and Harry's Pizzeria has partnered with the non-profit Wellness in the Schools to educate students at McNichol Middle about healthy eating.

Education Foundation announces 2017 honorees - Sun-Sentinel
The Broward Education Foundation has announced its 2017 Hall of Fame honorees. These individuals are distinguished alumni of Broward County Public Schools that have moved on to become teachers, entrepreneurs, and civic and business leaders, having made significant contributions to the community along the way.

Broward School Board Members Give Students A Chance To Ask For Changes - WLRN
It was an unusual night at South Plantation High School Thursday. Plenty of kids stayed late for football practice and club meetings, but some also stayed for the chance to ask their superintendent to make changes in their education.

Broward County files lawsuit opposing new law regarding charter schools - Local 10
The school district is joining a dozen school districts across the state that are participating in a lawsuit that seeks to challenge provisions, which they claim are unconstitutional, in the law that was passed on July 1.

Broward County, 12 Other Districts File Legal Challenge to New Charter School Law - WLRN
Broward County and a dozen other school districts filed a much-anticipated lawsuit targeting House Bill 7069 on Monday.