Week Ending October 27, 2017


"Just Do It...I Did!" Awards Ceremony Honors Students with Disabilities
The “Just Do It…I Did!” Student Awards Ceremony celebrated the achievements of students with disabilities as part of the annual Disability and History and Awareness Weeks – the first two weeks of October. During the awards ceremony, 147 students across the District were recognized for showing significant improvement or exemplary achievement in a variety of areas.  In addition, five students were honored as “Recognized Recipients” for earning the highest scores in their grade level category: preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school and adult (ages 19-22).

BCPS News Around the District

Whiddon Rogers Education Center Hosts 4th Annual Building Bridges to Educate, Empower and Elevate
At the fourth annual Building Bridges to Educate, Empower and Elevate town hall-style forum, students at Whiddon Rogers Education Center got the chance to hear from a community panel, including School Board Member Patricia Good, District 2; County Court Judge Florence Taylor-Barner, 17th Judicial Circuit and professional female boxer Chasity Martin, who spoke to the students about overcoming their own personal challenges to reach their goals. View video.

Ed Talk 2017/18 – Making a Difference in Education
Make your voice count! Plan to attend Ed Talk 2017/18, a public forum designed to engage the community in discussing educational strategies and advancing the District's Strategic Plan, on Saturday, November 4, 2017, from 9 a.m. – noon, at Hollywood Hills High School, 5400 Stirling Road, Hollywood, FL 33021. Register Now!

Montessori Magnet Schools Provided Relief to Families in Puerto Rico Affected by Hurricane Maria
Students in the Montessori magnet programs at Virginia Shuman Young Elementary School, Bair Middle School, Beachside Montessori Village and Sunrise Middle School collected food, water and personal items to assist children and families in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria.

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BCPS in the News

Broward County School Raises Passing Rate 21 Percentage Points in One Year on Florida’s Grade 5 Statewide Science Assessment After Implementing STEMscopes - Business Wire
At Horizon Elementary, a Title I school in Broward County Public Schools, the passing rate on the Florida Grade 5 Statewide Science Assessment jumped from 27 percent in 2016 to 48 percent in 2017.

Broward County Public Schools files lawsuit against HB 7069 - Westside Gazette
Today in Tallahassee, 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.

Broward proposes new school for gifted kids in grades 3-12 - Sun-Sentinel
Broward’s most gifted students may get a school designed only for them if the school board approves a proposal presented Tuesday.

Cooper City students organize breast cancer fundraiser - Sun-Sentinel
Before Lisa Mutzman even knew she had breast cancer, she loved Zumba. The Cooper City wife and mother of two would participate in breast cancer awareness events featuring the Latin inspired aerobics class and a lot of pink. "Once she was diagnosed, she wanted to put an event on and raise awareness for the disease," her older daughter, Madison, said.

Jason Taylor, Cliff Floyd head list of inductees into Broward County Sports Hall of Fame - Sun-Sentinel
…Burrows, the boys’ basketball coach at Dillard, won his state record-tying seventh state title last season, the most of any Broward school. His current overall record is 565 wins and 145 losses.

Middle school hopes farm program will feed community and grow enrollment - Sun-Sentinel
Plantation Middle School wants to provide students with more than meals — it wants them to grow their own food and then profit from it.

Speech and debate at McNicol Middle teaches valuable life skills - Hollywood Gazette
Keyala O’Neal loves to participate in debate competitions and is excelling in speech and debate at McNicol Middle School.

Apollo Middle School and McNicol Middle School recognized for exemplary community involvement - Hollywood Gazette
Broward County Public Schools recently announced that 25 district schools earned the Five Star School Award for the 2016/17 school year from the Florida Department of Education.

Broward County Public Schools sets up Welcome Center to assist displaced families from Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands - Hollywood Gazette
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) welcomes all students and families displaced due to recent natural disasters locally and abroad.

Orange Brook Elementary School establishes National Elementary Honor Society chapter - Hollywood Gazette
Fifth-grader Michael Cadet loves to help people and wants to be a leader. He is one of the first members of the National Elementary Honor Society at Orange Brook Elementary School.