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 this week’s Friday Focus, high school students get real-world trade show experience and chance to buy and sell their business products at the Virtual Enterprises International Trade Show; debate students win big at the state championship tournament; and Piper High School’s JROTC Academic Team earns top scores in worldwide competition. Also, meet the six outstanding assistant principals vying for 2017 Assistant Principal of the Year Award, and much more.

In this week’s Friday Focus, Tony award winning actor John Lloyd Young, best known for his role as Frankie Valli in the Broadway musical Jersey Boys, visits students at Walker Elementary School, students at Attucks Middle School get a lesson in fine dining, and Real Men Read from their favorite books and passages to students at New River Middle School. Also, meet the six outstanding principals named finalists for the 2017 Principal of the Year Award, and much more.

In this week’s Friday Focus, BCPS announces it has been named a ‘Great District for Great Teachers.' Read about this and a second national distinction on Districtwide accreditation in a letter from Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. Also, Turnaround Arts artists American Idol finalist Pia Toscano, opera singer Carla Dirlikov Canales, Tony award-winning actor John Lloyd Young showcased performances in a star studded gala with students from Turnaround Arts program participating schools Bethune Elementary School, Lake Forest Elementary School and Walker Elementary School.

In this week’s Friday Focus, the Singing Principals, also known as Goodwill Ambassadors for Broward County, find a place for their history at the Old Dillard Museum and learn more about the latest SMART Futures Update, with 879 school facilitates projects in progress. Also, congratulations to a Whiddon-Rogers Education Center student invited to New York City for an inspiring role in the National CARES Mentoring Movement video, “The Rising.”
In this week’s Friday Focus, the National Danish Performance Team bring their “We Move the World” dance and song world tour to Dania Elementary School; and Sunrise Middle School students participate in Nova Southeastern University’s Museum on the Move. Also, the annual Community Involvement Awards celebration honors individuals, businesses and organizations that have gone above and beyond in their commitment to BCPS students, families and community.

In this week’s Friday Focus, Florida International University fraternity, sorority and other student volunteers capture the hearts of students and teachers alike at the inaugural FIU Fun Day at Nob Hill Elementary School; and the Broward Education Foundation hosts its annual Innovative Teacher Idea Expo. Also, meet the six finalists honored as the best for the School-Related/District Employee of the Year. 
A BCPS and Broward Alliance partnership for student success – Claim Your Future Showcase – headlines this week’s edition of Friday Focus. Also, meet the six finalists vying to become BCPS Teacher of the Year; and Superhero Teacher of the Week, Coral Spring High School’s Jason Freedman.
This edition of Friday Focus features the students at Mirror Lake Elementary School as they celebrate the Chinese New Year with traditional Chinese performances, including a dragon dance and parade; and the students plant daffodil bulbs as part of a worldwide memorial to children killed in the Holocaust. Also, NBC 6 brags about Hallandale High School and showcases the marine science magnet program at New River Middle School in time for the School Choice application deadline.
This edition of Friday Focus highlights Florida First Lady Ann Scott with students at Fort Lauderdale High School and neighboring schools to kick off Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!; announcement of finalists for the 2017 Caliber Awards; Superintendent’s Advanced Placement Studio Exhibition and All County Honors Music Concerts, and more.
This edition of Friday Focus features over 400 student athletes showing their personal best at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s fifth annual Special Olympics; Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day celebrated on Thursday, February 2, 2017; and free workshops by BCPS and Broward College to help students and parents complete the FAFSA (Free Application Federal Student Aid).

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