Hello there McFatter Family,

    Is anyone else struggling with knowing what day of the week it is???

    I find the calendar on my laptop to be so helpful. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that we are at another complete week with a new one starting right up.

    As we are into our second month since school closed, there are still several unanswered questions, especially for seniors. I wanted to remind you that the browardschools.com/coronavirus page is the best place to get up to date information. As we get any significant updates, we will update our high school web page and send you an email.

    If you are a current student or parent of a McFatter student and have not received an email from me in the last month, please reach out and confirm that we have the correct information on file.

    Thank you so much for your patience and for help in this new space.

    Please see below for more information.

    Stay well,

    Ms. deCastro

    *************************************************************Important Dates:

    4/13 – 5/1: School Remains Closed, but Virtual Learning Continues

    4/22: Anticipated Date for Report Cards to be Issued

    5/1: Anticipated Date for Interim Reports to be Issued


    NEW Attachments:

    BC Summer Academy Flyer

    Brace Cadet Ideas

    CoVid-19 Self-Monitoring Information Sheet

    Financial Aid Information


    Recurring Attachments:

    Adapting to the New Normal

    CANVAS /Attendance Sign in Directions

    CDC Face Covering DIY

    DE Broward College Approved Course List

    DE Broward College PERT Testing_COVID 19

    Free Online Mental Health Support Counseling Flyer

    Social Media Use Guidelines

    Updated Office Hours Memo




    These tips come from Jordanna Egan, a Broward County Schools Elementary teacher. Her directions are easy to follow and may help you to help someone else.


    Want to make it easier to get notices and view classes on Canvas and get emails on a different account… this quick video breaks down how to change the view on the dashboard and how to add new e-mail address. https://www.loom.com/share/cc4f53fc6800458585f76bf51a4f3bc0


    Are you scanning in your child’s work, or taking a picture of it, e-mailing it to yourself and then uploading into Canvas? That’s way too much work!!!

    Here’s a quick video, less than two minutes, where another Broward Schools teacher shows you how to upload handwritten work by taking a picture and submitting it via the Canvas app. https://www.loom.com/share/5b99026ba1004ace8ee87c23310279ff


    Broward Schools Tech Support Hotline is 754-321-0569. They are there from Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm to help any parent or student with computer and software issues.





    Check out the Newsletter here for information on FAFSA, Scholarships and more: https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/f7089752-d352-49de-b7da-cc36a7782d75/downloads/april%20b2l%20buzz.pdf?ver=1586908358760






    High School Student Services is here for you. You can email at any time…


    School Counselors:

    Ms. Bluth: Deborah.bluth@browardschools.com

    Ms. Fussell: Tamika.fussell@browardschools.com

    Mrs. Olagbemi: Juliet-annolagbemi@browardschools.com


    BRACE Advisor:

    Ms. Lynn: Brigitte.lynn@browardschools.com


    ESE Specialist:

    Ms. Jackson: Andrea.jackson@browardschools.com


    Please make sure that you have subscribed to our Canvas Course by CLICKING HERE. Also Go into Naviance and update your email information, so that we can send you notifications of new scholarships and other Naviance updates.


    If you have not already done so, please subscribe to REMIND for text updates. To subscribe send a text to 81010 and put in the appropriate code:


    12th grade: @mths20

    11th grade: @dc3dhe

    10th grade: @mstfuss

    9th grade:

    (Last name beginning with A-F): @672db4d

    (Last name beginning with G-M): @9thgradegm

    (Last name beginning with N-Z): @MTHS23





    Being counted as present in school is still very important. Please be advised, in case you did not receive the information via email, text, Parent Link call, that the only way to be marked present as a high school student is to log into sso.browardshools.com and click into CANVAS daily. Every student should have at least once course. If you don’t, we have set up a VIRTUAL COUNSELING COURSE. See above for the link. This is the ONLY way to be PRESENT in school.

    Additionally, attendance on SCHOOL DAYS is required even if you do not have an assignment due on that day! Please help us to help you by logging in to CANVAS. For directions, see the attachment above.





    Navigate the Financial Aid Appeal Process with SwiftStudent

    Wednesday, April 22

    2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

    Register here.

    SwiftStudent is a new, free digital tool for requesting changes to college financial aid packages. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, we know many of the 18.8 million college students who receive financial aid now, or soon will, are experiencing changes to their economic circumstances. SwiftStudent carefully walks users through the financial aid appeal process and produces customized appeal letters. The site features 14 templates for specific types of appeals.

    The tool was created and refined in close collaboration with 18 leading higher education organizations including NCAN and NASFAA, and it is also designed to increase efficiency for student financial aid administrators. Abigail Seldin, CEO of the Seldin/Haring-Smith Foundation, will introduce, demonstrate, and discuss SwiftStudent with webinar participants.


    How to Have a Successful Cirtual College Visit

    Tuesday, April 28

    1:00-2:00 p.m. ET

    Register here.

    The YouVisit (YV) Foundation is determined to provide college access and holistic programs to millions of students. During this webinar, you will learn how to access and navigate virtual college tours. In all, the foundation has virtual tours available for more than 650 colleges and universities across the U.S. The YV Foundation will share additional ways to engage in virtual college experiences to help you support and empower your students.







    Attention Class of 2020,

    Once you are set on your COLLEGE PLANS, please log-on to NAVIANCE through your Canvas Account and complete the 2019-20 Broward Graduation Survey under the "About Me" tab.  You can also find the survey on the front page after you sign in under “Important To-Dos and Tasks”/2019-20 BCPS Grad Survey.  This survey is a district-wide mandate.  Every senior must complete this survey as part of their graduation requirements. 

    This Survey will generate your request for a FINAL TRANSCRIPT to be sent to the college you plan to attend.  The college you plan to attend must know that you have a Standard High School Diploma, if the coursework/grades reflected on your SAR were accurate, etc… You will have the option to send multiple final transcripts if you plan to attend two colleges after graduation…such as Tallahassee Community College in the Fall Term and Florida State University in the Spring Term.  Both need to know you have a Standard High School Diploma.

    In the Survey, other information will be asked from you as well.  Please take your time to enter any scholarship awards you know you will be receiving from the college you plan to attend.  Follow the instructions closely.    (i.e. - Do not include commas or decimal points.)  This data also creates the “Scattergrams” that will help assist future seniors as they go through the application process. The survey is open until you hit submit.  It will hold all of your information.  Once you hit submit, you will need to contact me to unlock your record if you need/want to make any additions or changes.  Therefore, do not hit submit until you have finalized everything.

    Other info...

    IF you are DUAL ENROLLED, you will also need to log onto your Broward College portal and request a Broward College OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT be sent to the college you plan to attend so they may matriculate any college credit into the program you are seeking.  Request it to go AFTER you complete 2nd semester at BC.

    Feel free to email Ms. Lynn with questions if you need help at Brigitte.lynn@browardschools.com.

    The BTC Foundation Scholarship deadline has been moved (from April 17) to May 15th, with notification on May 29th. 


    If needed, we will make changes to the process or extend the deadline, based on when Face-to-face education resumes. 





    Broward College is rolling out the application process for Fall 2020 in three Phases (Based on the student status in the process).

    1. Phase I – Continuing DE students (who already have test scores) – Forms Due May 1, 2020
    2. Phase II – New DE student (with test scores already available) – Forms Due May 22, 2020
    3. Phase III – New students who need to take the placement test – Forms Due – TBD


    DE Summer Registration Begins – June 12, 2020


    Please email or send a REMIND message to your McFatter School Counselor for more information and documents.


    Testing: Currently, BC is working diligently to create a way to carry out remote testing. Please stay tuned for more information… we need you to be patient. Thank you.





    This information came from the Broward Schools School Climate Discipline Department. If your family needs immediate cash assistance, please call 211, and they have access to numerous resources to assist. 211 will locate the nearest agency closed to your homes, but first, you would need to call.  For example, Hispanic Unity, The Urban League and Healthy Mother Healthy Babies are funded through United Way to provide cash assistance for people who lost their jobs due to COVID-19.  Whoever is applying will need an ID and a letter stating they lost their jobs due to COVID-19.  This aid is available to everyone regardless of immigration status.  And if they ask who sent them - they can say United Way. 


    Please see the link below for more information about resources.  It would also help to add this link to your school websites for everyone to see.  







    Students interested in a customer service position working from home may send their resume to: lpaul@nhflorida.com. Students must be 18!





    Based on the Broward County requirement to wear face covering, I am including a PDF DIY on making face coverings from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).


    The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.


    CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household

    items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.


    Per the CDC, Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.


    The attached PDF document has an option for any DIY level of skills.





    The Civic Engagement Team in the Applied Learning Department has some exciting resources and events to keep students engaged during this new era of digital learning! Our partners at Chess4Life are making LIVE virtual chess lessons available to all BCPS teachers, parents, and students! Join National Chess Master and founder of Chess4Life Elliott Neff along with some of his experienced team of coaches as they bring virtual lessons to a variety of skill levels. See the attached PDF for more information.


    This week's schedule and links to join are:


    Tuesday, April 14th - 11:30am: Bishop Level (Chess Strategies and Tactics) - Join at: https://tinyurl.com/april14chess4life 


    Wednesday, April 15th - 11:30am: Knight Level (for those that know how the pieces move and want to improve on chess tactics) - Join at:  https://tinyurl.com/april15chess4life


    Thursday, April 16th - 11:30am: Pawn Level (for those learning how the pieces move and essential starting strategies) - Join at: https://tinyurl.com/april16chess4life







    A combined 4 million students took the SAT and ACT during the 2018-19 academic year. Additionally, more than 2.8 million students took almost 5.1 million AP exams in 2019.

    So with COVID-19 adversely affecting millions of students’ ability to prepare for their college admission tests or AP exams, College Board and ACT have stepped up to provide a suite of free resources to help keep their college goals on track.

    Hyperlinks Included:

    AP Student Resources

    College Board recently surveyed more than 18,000 AP students to see if they still wanted a chance to take their exams this year, and the answer was a resounding yes. As a result, College Board has developed secure, online exams for each course.

    The resources now offered by College Board to AP students include free, live AP review lessons delivered by AP teachers from all over the U.S.

    College Board has rallied some of the top AP teachers in the country to provide AP lessons on a daily basis. These lessons are also being recorded because a lot of students who are registered for and taking AP courses may be providing childcare for younger siblings while they are at home and may not have the ability to watch live. Any students without access to the internet or a device are encouraged to fill out a form on College Board’s website to receive assistance by April 24.


    SAT Resources

    College Board has already canceled the SAT and SAT Subject Test administration scheduled for May 2 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. That followed the cancelation of scheduled exam dates in March and April.

    As of today the June date is still on the calendar.

    In the meantime, students can keep their college readiness skills sharp with help from College Board and Khan Academy, which are providing free online resources including personalized learning tools and full practice tests. You can also view SAT-related updates from College Board.


    ACT Resources

    ACT, the nonprofit organization that administers the test of the same name, is also offering free digital learning resources on its website.

    ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test to June 13.

    Among the resources offered by the nonprofit is ACT Academy, which provides free online learning for students seeking to improve their academic skills through individualized learning plans.

    ************************************************************* News from Ms. Lynn, BRACE Advisor: 


    Please email Brigitte.lynn@browardschools.com with any questions you may have regarding BRACE News. 


    Greetings and well wishes.


    Both myself and the district are trying to find ways to help our students in a virtual world.  We will probably hold/record webinars on various BRACE topics.  I will keep you posted of these as I learn more.  They will be adding a course on FAFSA to Canvas today.  Next week they will add a very informative lesson on "Understanding My Financial Aid Award Letter."  They are listed under College and Career Readiness.


    Many of the junior families have been asking about post-secondary conferences.  This is something that I enjoy doing.  However, I am not sure if/how I will be able to hold one-on-one conferences.  I will probably hold and record a general post-secondary conference.  I can then follow up with the individual families as needed.  Please be patient with me as I am not a techie and am learning this as I go.  


    New Business - Hot Off the Press

    Collegeboard has announced that they will be canceling SAT examinations for the rest of the 19-20 school year.  They will begin testing in August and intend to hold a test every month.  This should not cause any problems for the juniors as far as applying to colleges.  Many schools are going test optional for next year.  For the schools that do not go test optional, students will usually be asked when they tested or when they intend to test.  The applicants will then enter the dates of testing.  If the school can offer the student admission based on their current score they will, if not the school can pend judgement until the new scores come in.  The students do not and should not need to wait until after they have tested in order to apply.  


    Bright Future - To date, Bright Futures has not changed anything.  This concerns me as many students were planning on retesting to try to meet score requirements.  I will keep you posted if and when I hear anything.


    Community Service - Many students, especially seniors, are wondering how to earn community service from home.  Hands on Broward has some at home activities.  Check them out at:

    https://www.handsonbroward.org/at-home.  I have also attached a document that the district BRACE Cadets created.  Keep in mind that if you are under 18, you will need your parents permission before posting anything online.  Also you will need someone otherr than your parent to act as your supervisor.  It is probably best to get prior approval/permission from Ms. Dixson (cyd.dixson@browardschools.com) or your guidance counselor that your service would qualify.


    Transcripts - Students who need official hard copy transcripts can request them through the office of records retention, at: https://www.browardschools.com/Page/35524.  Unfortunately, there is a $3.00 fee that can not be waived.


    Broward College Honors is offering a summer program.  Check out attached brochure for details.


    Virtual Events:  Links will be sent later

    April 28th @ 1:30 pm - FAU Perspective Students - Target audience juniors

    May 12th @ 2:45 - 3:30 pm - Posse Scholars Information Session - Target audience juniors


    FSU has announced that they will continue remote learning through the Summer C session.  Check out their Frequently asked questions for their latest information.  https://news.fsu.edu/news/2020/04/15/frequently-asked-questions-for-undergraduate-students-starting-in-summer-2020/


    Congratulations to the following students who were offered admission to various colleges and universities.  Daniela Mujica - Macalester College, Gustavo Osorio - USF, NSU, & UF, and Logan Smith - NSU.  Seniors - I hope that you are completing your college applications and that you will notify me when you receive offers of admission.

    Old Business:

    Seniors - There are a couple end-of-year items that every senior must do (besides meeting graduation requirements).  One is that every complete the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA - Bright Futures Authorization).  (I have recently emailed the students who have not done so.)  Another item is that every senior must complete the Broward graduation survey in Naviance (2019-20 Broward Graduation Survey).  The survey opens up on April 3rd. It is best to complete the survey using a computer as opposed to a smart phone.  The survey can be done in multiple sittings.  You can answer questions and then come back to it.  Once you submit it, it is locked.  You would have to contact me in order to get it unlocked, if you want to make additions/changes.  Please list all scholarships that you have been offered.  Pay attention to the instructions (i.e. - no commas, etc.) for me to acknowledge them.  Final transcripts will be generated based on the information that you submit on the survey.


    Transcripts - I am currently able to send electronic transcripts to colleges and universities.  Students should make their requests through Naviance.  I am monitoring this system throughout the day, every day.   Due to FERPA (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), we are not allowed to email transcripts.   Students who need official hard copy transcripts can request them through the office of records retention, at: https://www.browardschools.com/Page/35524.  Unfortunately, there is a $3.00 fee that can not be waived.


    Financial Aid - Students who have been offered admission to a college/university and who have completed their FAFSA can expect to start getting financial aid award letters.  Very often the student will need to log in to their student portal at the perspective institution, in order to see their letter.  It is important to understand what the student is being offered.  Is it gift aid, earned aid, or borrowed aid?   Attached is a NyFF flyer which briefly explains about financial aid.  If you have questions regarding your child's financial aid award letter, please contact me.  (More often than not, I will need to see the letter in order to advise the student properly.)


    FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Time - See attached FAFSA Step by Step Worksheet

    It is not too late to apply.  The 2020-2021 FAFSA (for Aug. 1, 2020 - July 31, 2021) will open on Oct. 1st.  I encourage all seniors, and their families to complete a FAFSA and to do so ASAP.  There are certain forms of aid that are on a first come first served basis and they are small pools of money.  The earlier that you apply the better.  The 2020-2021 FAFSA is based on 2018 taxes.  The correct website is www.fafsa.ed.gov.  It is a free application!  It is best to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when possible.  This should alleviate the need for verification (student's needing to prove their income information). 

    • Students planning on starting college over the summer should complete a 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 FAFSA.  The 19-20 FAFSA covers the academic year from Aug. 1st, 2019-July 31st, 2020.

    Need help completing the FAFSA?  Here are a couple of opportunities for Virtual FAFSA workshops.  Following are the links.

    BC FAFSA Fridays - https://seahawkFAFSA.eventbrite.com

    B2L FAFSA Saturdays - https://b2lFAFSA.eventbrite.com 


    Bright Futures Review - Senior transcripts were sent to Tallahassee for the Bright Futures mid-year review.  Students can check their award status at: https://www.floridashines.org/go-to-college/pay-for-college.  There will be one more review after graduation (July/August).  Test scores through the June test dates will be considered for the second and final review.         


    Juniors -   Following is an opportunity specifically for juniors, that you should be aware of.  

    2020 Questbridge College Prep Scholars Program - Deadline extended until April 21st.  This program equips high-achieving juniors from low-income backgrounds with the knowledge, confidence, and resources to apply to top colleges.  College Prep Scholars Awards may include: full scholarship to a college summer program at a top college/university, scholarship money, invitation to Questbridge National College Admissions Conference, laptop, and many more benefits.  Details can be found at: https://www.questbridge.org/high-school-students/college-prep-scholars    



    Transcripts - All transcripts should be requested through your Naviance Student account.  For schools that have multiple ways to apply, be sure to list how you applied to the school (i.e. - directly to the institution, common app, coalition app, etc.) The students will use their Broward County single sign on.  The log on and password are similar to virtual counselor (Student ID # 06....and birth date for password (MM/DD/YYYY).


    Free and Reduced Lunch - There are many benefits to qualifying for free or reduced lunch, other than the meals themselves.  Students who qualify for free/reduced lunch are eligible to receive SAT and ACT fee waivers for both their junior and senior years (1 per test, per year).  Additionally, seniors who have taken a test using a fee waiver are able to receive college application fee waivers.  If a student were to take advantage of all the fee waiver offers, they could save over $500.  It is well worth the time to complete an application to see if you qualify.

    Fee Waivers for juniors are now available in the BRACE office for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch.  (I have these fee waivers at home.  Please contact me for your code.)


    Scholarships!!!! - All students, especially seniors, should be very familiar with the scholarship page on Naviance.  It is listed under the college tab.  There are multiple ways to search for scholarships.  Each scholarship has its own deadline.  I would make a scholarship search part of your weekly routine.   


    RaiseMe - Students (all grade levels) and parents, are you aware of Raise.me?  It is a way for students to earn micro-scholarships for things that they are already doing (i.e. - completing a FAFSA, taking AP courses, earning an A).  Raise/me has partnerships with many schools across the country.  I highly recommend that all students create and update a Raise.me account. https://www.raise.me/


    Scholarships:  One of the best resources available to our students is Naviance Student (formerly known as Family Connection).  In addition to great college and career resources, there is a wonderful scholarship section.  It is located at on the student's college page.  Click on the Colleges tab, then Scholarship Match or Scholarship List.  The "AAA Complete Easy to View Bulletin," through google docs, shows an easy to view, easy to sort list.  Check out these social media scholarship links.

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scholarshipmoneyforstudents/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scholarshipmoneyforstudents/?hl=en

    YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNeevUe8tLB8PdF0JwWK2ag

    Twitter:      https://twitter.com/scholarshipsusa



    Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Scholarship - Deadline: April 22nd - Award: $300

    Graduating Senior.  Female.  Majoring in Education.  Demonstrate a positive impact consistent with capacity and circumstances.  Will look at employment and community and school involvement.  Application attached.  


    Robert "Bob" Elmore Honors IRM's Scholar Award - Deadline: May 1st - Award: Broward College 60 credits 

    Graduating Senior.  Plans to attend Broward College. Minimum 3.5 unweighted GPA or 1250 SAT )650 EBRW and 590 Math) or 22 ACT (21 English, 21 Math, 22 Reading, or PERT (113 reading, 123 meth, 123 writing).  Students must meet one of the criteria listed above.  Application and details available at: https://www.broward.edu/academics/honors/Pages/default.aspx


    PB & J Scholarship - Deadline: May 31st - Award: $500 - $1,000

    The PB&J scholarship awards students who have experienced challenges in their life that may not have allowed them to perform well academically but still have the drive to succeed.

    From The Scholarship Director:

    When I attended Farrington High School in Hawai’i, my GPA and test scores were low, but I was determined to go to college. I managed to receive ten different scholarships, which helped me fulfill that dream. To give back to future students, I lived off PB&J sandwiches during my first year in college to save money to fund a scholarship for another student like me.

    Application available at: http://bit.ly/pbjscholars2020


    Southern Scholarship Foundation, Inc. - Deadline: Ongoing - Award: Low-cost housing

    Rent free housing for students admitted to FSU, UF, FAMU, or FGCU.~ Motivation demonstrated through awards and activities.~ Financial need.~ Minimum 3.0 GPA.~ Information and application available at: http://www.southernscholarship.org


    Interesting Websites:

    Following are a couple of free test prep websites.


    PERT prep - Go to Broward.edu.~ Click on Student Resources, then click Testing center.~ When you click the PERT link it opens up to offer you a PERT study guide and practice test.~ They also have links to YouTube tutorials.~ You can also register for a free 4 - week on line college foundations course.


    March2Success~ - www.march2success.com


    Website includes test prep for the ASVAB, SAT and ACT.~ They also offer help with high school math and verbal skills.~ There is a high school science hub to help with Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science.~~~ Additionally they offer a college readiness online course.~ There is a Spanish option for this website.~ 


    http://www.maldef.org ]www.maldef.org - MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) Scholarship List.~ This list is an informative resource for students, parents, and educators.~ MALDEF is not a direct provider of the scholarships on the list, with exception of the MALDEF Law School Scholarship Program. (This can be a good resource for students who have residency issues.)