Week Ending September 23, 2016


This week's Friday Focus Something Special Video features highlights of the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at this week’s School Board meeting; announcement of U.S. Department of Education grant in support of early learning and literacy; and Choose Peace/Stop Violence Week celebrated at C.W. Thomas Park.

BCPS News Around the District

Mark Your Calendar for the Inaugural BCPS Attendance Symposium
Broward County Public Schools recognizes September as Attendance Awareness Month. On September 30, 2016, the District will hold its inaugural Attendance Symposium at the Faith Center, 5555 NW 95th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33351, from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. The free community event includes valuable information on how school attendance impacts students.
BCPS 2016 College Fair
The BCPS 2016 College Fair will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, from 6 – 8 p.m. The BCPS College Fair is free and open to the public. The BCPS College Fair provides valuable resources for students and parents attempting to navigate the college admissions process.
Introducing the Latest BCPS Mobile App
New enhancements to the BCPS mobile app provide parents and guardians with secure, personalized access to student specific information, including course schedules, course grades, student assignments, daily attendance, library obligations, cafeteria account balances and much more.

BCPS Celebrates Choose Peace Week/Stop Violence Week
Broward County Public Schools celebrates Choose Peace/Stop Violence Week, September 19 – 24, 2016. The weeklong celebration, in partnership with the Children’s Services Council and United Way of Broward County, aims to spread message of peace, create environments hat are free from bullying and violence, and promote tolerance and positive change. This year’s theme is “Peace Through Kindness.”
BCPS Selected for National Partnership and Grant Funding to Support Early Learning and Literacy
Broward County Public Schools strategic focus on early learning and literacy is getting national support. On Wednesday, September 21, 2016, BCPS and the non-profit organization Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI) announced an exciting partnership and grant funding to support early literacy development in kindergarten through third grade students.
Blanche Ely High School Medical Magnet Students Attend Conference on AIDS
Blanche Ely High School medical magnet students attended the 20th annual United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) held at the Diplomat Resort, Hollywood, Florida, September 15 – 18, 2016. The students attended sessions on current issues such as importance of race in HIV services, biomedical HIV prevention, and women and violence.

Chiefs for Change Welcomes Four New Members
Chiefs for Change (CFC) CEO Michael Magee recently announced that four new education Chiefs have joined the organization. Mike Magee said CFC’s board unanimously approved all four new members, including Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie.

BCPS in News Headlines

SFL-TV Celebrates South Florida’s Superheroes in Our Schools – WSFL-TV CW
This week’s Super Teacher from Driftwood Middle School has been to the White House six times and even played on the first U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team!
Brag About Crystal Lake Middle School – NBC 6
It’s known as a STEM school, with an emphasis on science, so why did principal Sabine Phillips start a chorus program this year at Crystal Lake Middle School in Pompano Beach?
Hollywood Teacher Named 2016 Justice Teaching Teacher of the Year – Hollywood Gazette
At the recent Florida Bar Convention in Orlando, Sherri Moss, a veteran teacher who has been teaching at Bethune Elementary School in Hollywood for the past 26 years, was honored 2016 Justice Teaching Teacher of the Year.

Nine Schools Join Dual-Language Program – Sun-Sentinel Coral Springs Forum
Dual-language immersion programs continue to gain popularity in Broward County public schools. Nine new elementary schools joined on this year, bringing the total to 35.