Welcome to Friday Focus

Friday Focus is a weekly roundup of BCPS news highlights by the Public Information Office. This weekly news summary includes a recap of BCPS news releases and news featured by our media partners. We hope you find this weekly news roundup a valuable resource for promoting and sharing the great things happening in BCPS.

In observance of Veterans Day, this week’s Friday Focus honors Silver Ridge Elementary School first grade teacher and U.S. Army Captain Ana Swecker for her commitment and service to others, and highlights the sixth annual Ed Talk event attended by more than 400 students, parents, teachers, staff, business leaders, elected officials and community members.

This week’s Friday Focus shares a letter from Superintendent Robert W. Runcie, reflecting on the District's progress and accomplishments over the past six years. Also, Sprint 1Million Project launches at Deerfield Beach High School and for a second time, Northest High School is awarded a Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam $10,000 grant to create a mosquito breeding disruptor. Don't forget Ed Talk Ed on Saturday, November 4, 2017, networking breakfast at 8 a.m.  and program from 9 - noon, at Hollywood Hills High School. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.

This week’s Friday Focus highlights the “Just Do It…I Did!” Student Awards Ceremony celebrating the exemplary achievements of students with disabilities, Whiddon Rogers Education Center hosts its fourth annual Building Bridges to Educate, Empower and Elevate town hall-style forum, and students at Montessori magnet schools provide relief for families in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria. Also, don’t forget to register and make your voice count at Ed Talk 2017/18.


This week’s Friday Focus highlights the Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® and the District selected to be featured during the 2017 Computer Science for All (CSforAll) Summit for its strong commitment to computer science education and for increasing industry partnerships with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and South Florida TechGateway. Also mark your calendar, register and learn more about upcoming District initiatives – South Florida Gifted and Talented Symposium, Ed Talk and Next Gen Engage.


This week’s Friday Focus shines the spotlight on South Broward High School teacher Justin Feller for being named a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars; 25 District schools for earning the Five Star School Award for family and community involvement; and Publix Super Markets for donating $4,500 to support literacy and STEM at Charles R. Drew Elementary Schools, and much more.


This week’s Friday Focus highlights the amended 2017/18 school year calendar, which include School Board approved makeup days for Hurricane Irma. Also, in the coming week, Next Gen Engage kicks off the student-led conversation series about the future of education with a Coffee and Conversation with Superintendent segment. Mark your calendar and learn how you can register to attend Ed Talk 2017/18 at Hollywood Hills High School on Saturday, November 4, 2017.


This week’s Friday Focus takes a look at what’s on the menu in cafeterias across the District - from graham crackers and Despicable Me cheese, to hummus meals. Also, Google CS (computer science) First Roadshow makes a stop at McNicol Middle School with an interactive presentation on the importance of STEM education, and more on the third annual College Fair taking place on Monday, October 9, 2017.

This week’s Friday Focus highlights the District transitioning through recovery and reopening following Hurricane Irma. Also, congratulations to the 53 BCPS students named semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program, and learn more about the upcoming 3rd annual College Fair, the South Florida Gifted and Talented Symposium, and much more.

In this week’s Friday Focus, Superintendent Robert W. Runcie kicks off his “Celebrating Excellence Tour” visit to schools, and Boyd H. Anderson High School unveils its new media center – a $2 million media center as part of the District’s SMART program improvements. Also, learn how you can join Broward County Public Schools efforts to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, and mark your calendars for the upcoming Attendance Symposium, 2017 College Fair and Gifted and Talented Symposium.

Welcome to the first Friday Focus of the new school year! This week’s Friday Focus recaps news of an exciting first week of school. Highlights include preparations across the District for more than 270,000 students and 15,000 teachers returning to classrooms, and the successful launch of the 2017/18 school year. In case you missed it, check out What’s New in BCPS in 2017/18 and the Back to School online resource. 

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