School News

  • Fort Lauderdale Airport GuestsJune 1 – Whiddon-Rogers CTE students participated in our first Fort Lauderdale Airport Hospitality Day.  Airport staff from Guest Experience, Operations, Emergency Management, Accounting, and Planning met with our students face-to-face and via Teams to discuss careers at the Fort Lauderdale Airport and in the hospitality industry.  Our security students escorted the guests on campus, and our culinary arts students prepared lunch.  This event helped students learn about careers they can go into when they graduate high school.
     
    May 20 – Ms. Latoya Merone, Whiddon-Rogers Culinary Arts Teacher, won the Teacher-of-the-Year recognition from the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association!  Ms. Merone and her students have prepared meals for school staff, district staff, and community stakeholders.  She is highly respected by students, parents, staff, and the community.  Ms. Merone develops relationships with her students to ensure they get the support they need both at school and home, and she is deserving of this honor!
     
    May 18 – Whiddon-Rogers students and staff participated in our Alcohol Awareness presentation.  Everyone learned about how alcohol can harm your brain as well as the negative consequences before they reach the average age of first use.  Students had a chance to win prizes!  After the presentation, we had an essay competition based on the topic discussed. First, Second, and Third place winners received gift cards.
     
    Hatian Flag DayMay 18 – The students and staff of Whiddon-Rogers celebrated Haitian Flag Day.  Students learned about the history and significance of the flag.  Everyone listened to music, danced, and ate authentic Haitian foods during the lunches and had a great time!
     
    Staff and Kid of Character
     
    May 13 – Mr. Howard recognized our Staff of Character, Ms. Duval, and our Kid of Character, Ketsy Fuentes.  They were both nominated by Whiddon-Rogers, and are both District finalists!  Congratulations to both of them!
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Athletic AcademyMay 12 – The Athletic Academy held its first luncheon for student athletes and staff to celebrate a year of success. It began with the presentation of student of the month. Congrats Houston Griffin! During this ceremony, we had our very own Mr. Battle, Ms. Bell, and Mrs. Thompson's college kids speak about adversity, motivation, and college recruitment. To conclude, it ended impactfully with Mr. Howard sharing his sports' experiences and words of wisdom.
     
     

    TailgateMay 11 – Whiddon-Rogers Education Center hosted a Tailgate event for all students and staff!  We are so proud of our WREC Eagle Family for their hard work and dedication this school year and we wanted to end the school year with a bang!  We had food, games, and plenty of school resources available to keep all students informed and entertained. There were special appearances by Game Rollers, the US Army, and the National Guard.  Thank you to all leaders and departments that helped with the planning and implementation of this event!

     

    Silver Cord WinnersMay 6 – The Whiddon-Rogers Education Center Awards Ceremony was where student scholarship recipients were announced and celebrated for their achievements.  Our Silver Cord earners and CTE Industry Exam earners were also acknowledged and celebrated.  Seniors earned scholarships of $500 or more toward post-secondary studies.  Congratulations to the winners!
     
     
     
    May 3-7 – Whiddon-Rogers recognized our graduates with daily activities during Senior Week.  Students had a wonderful breakfast prepared by our Culinary Arts students.  They also participated in senior pictures, movie day, and a BBQ lunch.  Congratulations to our graduates!
     
    Facials
     
     
    April 21 – Women of Elegance met with "Sensational Faces" for facials. Participants bonded with each other and learned about skin care and the importance of self-care.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Women's HistoryMarch 16 – The ladies in Women of Elegance celebrated Women in History Month by participating in our "Moments of Mindfulness" seminar.  This seminar spotlighted historic women and their accomplishments, demonstrated individuals working towards challenges they may face, and featured guest panelists discussing woman role models.  The seminar provided best practices when dealing with stress, impactful conversations, and powerful inspirational stories.
     
     
     
     
     
    5000 Role Models InductionApril 30, 2021 – Whiddon-Rogers 5000 role models participated in the 5,000 Role Models of Excellence Tie Induction Ceremony.  The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project is a dropout prevention, mentoring program committed to closing the minority male achievement gap by guiding minority male students along a carefully charted path through grades K-12 and college or ensuring the attainment of other post-secondary credentials, and increasing their employability in higher wage, high skills jobs within high demand industries.
     
    The students and adult mentors wear a distinctive uniform consisting of black pants, a white dress shirt, and a 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project signature necktie. Custom-made 5000 Roles Models sneakers are awarded to program participants in recognition of academic excellence and induction into the brotherhood of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project.  All items are earned through benchmark accomplishments related to discipline and academics.
     
    Latinos in Action Leadership ConferenceApril 30, 2021 – Whiddon-Rogers students and staff participated in the annual Latinos in Action (LiA) Leadership Conference.  Latinos In Action offers an asset-based approach to bridging the graduation and opportunity gap for Latino students. Our program at Whiddon-Rogers operates as a year-long elective course taught by a highly qualified teacher with the goal of empowering Latino youth to lead, mentor and strengthen their communities through college and career readiness.  Our students visit Croissant Park Elementary school monthly to read with their students.  Both our students and the elementary students benefit from this connection.
     
    April 20, 2021 – All students and staff participated in our virtual CTE Showcase.  Students learned about the CTE program offerings at Whiddon-Rogers and job opportunities when they earn an industry certification.  This event helped students choose a career pathway and their courses for next school year.
     
    April 17, 2021 – Our girls participated in the 7th Annual Girls Teen Summit.  The purpose of this summit was to ensure girls are aware of the various opportunities open to them and begin to realize that many women are breaking the glass ceiling.
     
    Army National Guard
     
    April 13 and 29, 2021 – Our Criminal Justice teacher, Mr. Demoya, invited the Army National Guard to meet with our students via Teams and in-person.  Students learned the benefits of joining, which include college being paid for, and were able to take the pre-ASVAB exam.
     
     
     
     
     
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    April 2021 – Congratulations to Whiddon-Rogers Kid of Character, Ketsy Fuentes, and our Staff of Character, Tashua Duval! 
     
     
     
     
    March 30, 2021 – Whiddon-Rogers held our annual WREC Rally.  This rally was conducted via Teams and face-to face simultaneously so all students could participate.  Students received information regarding credit completion, graduation requirements, scholarships, and much more!  Students were encouraged to remain focused and finish the school year strong.
     
    March 18, 2021 – Our 5,000 Role Models participated in "Mindsets and Money".  Speakers Mr. Golson and Mr. Willie Dudley discussed growth mindset and financial literacy. Students also had the opportunity to ask questions and participate in a real-world simulation.
     
     
     
     
     
    5000 role models
    March 18, 2021 – Whiddon-Rogers 5,000 Role Models of Excellence participated in "Mindset and Money". 
     
     
     
     

    Remembrance Wall
    Whiddon-Rogers Day of Remembrance was held on February 12, 2021.  We dedicated a wall in remembrance of all our fallen eagles, including the 17 who lost their lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas and our 4 staff members.
     
     
     
    Claim Your Future Our CTE students participated in the Claim Your Future event on February 10.  Students learned about different careers and participated in mock interviews.
     

     

    Through our community partner Women in Distress of Broward County, our MSA students had 8 powerful sessions during January relating to TEEN DATING VIOLENCE, HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS and much more.  Through interactive virtual presentations, our students learned about jealousy, boundaries, abuse (physical, sexual, financial, emotional/verbal, digital, stalking), power, control and much more.  Through a pre-assessment and post-assessment quiz, our students grew in their knowledge and understanding. 

     

    Students participating in KAPOW – Kids And the Power Of Work learned helpful and impactful job skills, soft skills and much more from the H.R. Manager for the City of Fort Lauderdale in January .  This is an ongoing series allowing our students to get a real grasp of the work place, how to overcome biases and stereotypes, and much more.

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    December 16, 2020 Whiddon-Rogers Caravan of Joy – Whiddon-Rogers Education Center's School Social Workers collaborated with Officer Brown, Ms. Medlock, Mr. Johnson and the elite team of "Phi Beta Sigma", BSO, and Prevention Central Program to serve 79 students and their families boxes filled with dried goods, meat, and veggies for the holidays.  We are grateful for the opportunity to provide this service, ensuring the well-being of our students and their families during this holiday season.

     

     

     December 10, 2020 FAFSA Night: Haitian Creole Edition – Creole speaking students and families received assistance completing the FAFSA application.  They also learned how much financial aid they qualify for, and had the opportunity to ask personal questions.

    December 3, 2020FAFSA Night: Spanish Edition –  Spanish students and families received assistance completing the FAFSA application.  They also learned how much financial aid they qualify for, and had the opportunity to ask personal questions.

    November 19, 2020 Whiddon-Rogers participated in the annual Harvest Food Drive.  We received free turkeys, and our staff and students contributed canned and boxed foods.  Ms. Mendoza and Ms. Nelson coordinated our efforts, and they distributed the food to our families.  Thank you to everyone.

    November 18, 2020 Students participated in our College and Career Corner.  This Teams meeting's focus was on career and technical pathways.  Program descriptions, enrollment requirements, financial aid, and lots of other information was provided.

    November 17, 2020 ESOL Academy Kickoff Event – All Whiddon-Rogers' ELL students are invited to be members of our ESOL Academy.  This Academy was created to assist ELL students in learning the skills they need to be successful in school.  Whiddon-Rogers Education Center is committed to providing rigorous academics, promoting community involvement, and delivering quality services to English Language Learners, and multilingual families.

    November 17, 2020 Keiser University joined Ms. Bell and our students for BRACE Breakdown.  Students were able to learn about the programs offered that are offered at Keiser and financial aid available. 

    November 10, 2020 Broward College joined Ms. Bell and our students for BRACE Breakdown.  Students were able to learn about the programs offered at Broward College and financial aid available. 

    October 29, 2020  Project Safe Childhood’s middle school outreach program, is a 90-minute multi-media presentation.  The presentation provides students with the definition and consequences of bullying, cyberbullying, and sexting (sending inappropriate pictures). It also offers students different solutions on how to deal with bullies and cyberbullies and identifies the warning signs that students need to be aware of so that they do not become victims of electronic predation.  A Kahoot pre and posttest was done to measure understanding.

    October 28, 2020 KAPOW – Kids And the Power Of Work H.R. Manager for the city of Fort Lauderdale engaged MSA and interested 9th grade students the 2nd of 7 lessons – "What do you want to do when you grow up?"  Linking interest, academic knowledge and more, Mr. Roberts shared with the students the power of teamwork, resume building skills pre-employment (such as mowing a lawn or walking a neighbors dog) and how these look good to a potential employer when you don't have actual work experience, and much more.

    October 27, 2020 Whiddon-Rogers FAFSA Night – Students learned about how much money they are eligible to receive toward post-secondary education.  They were walked through how to complete each page of the application, section by section, in a live session.  In addition, students had the opportunity to ask questions and receive private help.

    October 22, 2020 Athletic Academy Kickoff Event – Students who attend Whiddon-Rogers and want to remain or obtain NCAA eligibility are invited to join the Whiddon-Rogers Athletic Academy.  The mission of the Athletic Academy is to provide a nationally recognized program for student athletes by providing opportunities for participation in collegial level sports and scholarships, with the purpose of inspiring, empowering and transforming them in the areas of academics, sportsmanship, and leadership.

    Today, October 1st, The United States Attorney’s Office held a virtual 60-minute “The Power of Words” assembly for our MSA students. The Power of Words is a juvenile prevention and intervention initiative of the United States Attorney’s Office. The Power of Words is a multimedia presentation/conversation designed for 6th through 8th grade students that focuses on how hurtful words can lead to threats and assaultive behavior. The presentation identifies common warning signs and proactive measures that can be used to identify potentially harmful and/or unhealthy interactions between students.  Students participated in a pre and post-test Kahoot activity and learned among other things that the adage "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can NEVER hurt me" is simply untrue.  Words CAN HURT AND DO HURT, sometimes for a lifetime.  Powerful presentation enjoyed by students and Teachers alike.

    Whiddon-Rogers students participated in our annual voter registration drive September 16-25.  We will continue to encourage our students to register to vote before the deadline.

    Whiddon-Rogers middle school students are participating in a mentoring program KAPOW (Kids and the Power of Work).  In this partnership, students have the opportunity to collaborate with a community leader.  Our partner is Mr.Anthony Roberts, HR Manager for the City of Fort Lauderdale.  The program consists of 7 sessions culminating with a field trip to a job site where students will experience the world of work.  Pre-session lessons are facilitated by our guidance counselor, Mr. Hale, and students receive grades for their participation. at Whiddon-Rogers on September 24.  He answered questions, discussed and expanded our students understanding of what it means to get and keep a job.  Mr. Roberts will return throughout the school year culminating in a field trip to an actual job site where students will get to see what really happens up close and personal in a place of employment.

    Students and staff at Whiddon-Rogers wore white on September 21 in honor of Choose Peace Week. In addition, teachers and students participated in several Canvas activities during class time.

    Students joined Teams meetings with Broward College on September 16 and with Atlantic Technical College on September 22.  Both of these events featured information about their programs, post-secondary planning, and career choices.  Programs included ATC's Career-in-a-Year and Apprenticeship programs.  Click on the links below to view the meetings:  BROWARD COLLEGE VIRTUAL VISIT:  https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/fe52d6fb-f246-44e6-afde-825ccac7836  ATLANTIC TECHNICAL COLLEGE VIRTUAL VISIT:https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/f494d08b-d0ac-4a71-bc43-023d7f4c59b

    Whiddon-Rogers Motivational Mondays began on September 14.  Students met with a former WREC graduate who is now a motivational speaker.  He discussed the value of mentors, branding, being a good mentee, and how to stay motivated to succeed.

    The Historical Black College and University (HBCU) Fair took place virtually on September 7-10.  Whiddon-Rogers students who participated learned about colleges and other post-secondary opportunities in Florida.

    The African American Research Library and Cultural Center facilitated 2 virtual events that Whiddon-Rogers participated in.  Our ELA teachers and students participated in a book discussion on September 9 via Teams, which was live-streamed by our guidance counselor Mr. Hale.  In addition, they visited with the author on September 10.  As part of the program, 50 complimentary copies of her book, Monday's Not Coming, were available for curbside pickup.

     

     

    Blazing a Path and Breaking Barriers

    Whiddon-Rogers Black History Month Program "Blazing a Path and Breaking Barriers: African-American Women" was held on February 27.  Speakers Undersheriff Nichole Anderson, Lieutenant Selina Hightower, and Sergeant Atina Johnson discussed black female empowerment with our female students.  Superintendent Robert Runcie, School Board Member Dr. Rosalind Osgood, OSPA Chief Valerie Wanza, OSPA Director Carletha Shaw-Rolle, Fort Lauderdale Vice Mayor Robert McKinzie, and several community leaders were honored guests.  Superintendent Runcie challenged students to take a one week break from social media.

     

     Basketball Game The Fort Lauderdale Police Department challenged Whiddon-Rogers Eagles to a basketball game, which was held on February 19.  Participating students, staff, and police officers enjoyed a barbeque lunch and a great game!

     

     

     Tree Planting Day of Service and Love Whiddon-Rogers Eagles honored our fellow Marjory Stoneman Douglas Eagles on February 14, 2020.  We dedicated a Tree of Remembrance, set 17 butterflies in the ground, and watched a video of "Shine" that was performed at March For Our Lives. Please click here for a clip of the ceremony.

     

     

     

     

    Latinos in action

    Latinos in Action at Whiddon-Rogers have been tutoring students at Croissant Park Elementary School.  When they were there on February 12, they made valentines together.  Our students have formed a bond with the elementary students that both groups have enjoyed!

     

     

     

    Middle school students at Whiddon-Rogers Education Center participated in a seminar "Anti-Marijuana, Vaping, and Wellness" on February 11.  Ms. LaQueda Lewis, Prevention Coordinator at the Hanley Foundation, discussed how parts of the brain are affected and misconceptions regarding marijuana use.  Students also had the opportunity to ask questions. 

    Sistrunk Parade On February 8, the Whiddon-Rogers Dance Team "Eagles with Rhythm" joined forces with other dance teams to participate in the Wynwood Clean-Up in Miami.  They also performed in the Black History Month parades in the City of Lauderdale Lakes and on Sistrunk.  All dancers, and their sponsor Officer Annica Brown, enjoyed giving back to the community and participating in Black History Month events.

     

    Spirit Week

    Students at Whiddon-Rogers participated in our bi-annual Spirit Week.  Activities included "Wacky Tacky Day", "College and Career Day", "You Think You Can Dance", and "CTE Connections Day".  Students and staff all participated in the daily activities, and one lucky student won a raffle each day.

     

     

    CTACE

    Whiddon-Rogers Career/Technical Program students had the opportunity to meet with District staff regarding their post-secondary options.  They discussed articulation to the technical colleges and community colleges.  In addition, they discussed how the industry certifications they earn at Whiddon-Rogers will enable them to enter the workforce upon receiving a high school diploma.

     

     Keeping It Real Students at Whiddon-Rogers Education Center participated in "Keeping it Real".  This event included members of the community sharing their life experiences with our Mentoring Youth Forward boys group.  The goal was to motivate students to graduate high school, participate in post-secondary programs, and become productive members of society.  School Board Member Dr. Rosalind Osgood and Director Dr. Carletha Shaw-Rolle were also in attendance.

     

    Dance Team

     

    The Whiddon-Rogers Education Center dance team performed in the Martin Luther King, Jr. parade.  This was their first public performance, and they enjoyed it!

     

     

    GovChat

    The Culinary Arts students at Whiddon-Rogers Education Center catered GovChat, which was held on January 29 at Fort Lauderdale City Hall.  Students and their families had the opportunity to meet local leaders, learn how policy is made, participate in discussions, and learning about issues.  Participating students received a certificate and community service hours.  Our culinary students prepared and served sandwiches and sides to participants and vendors.

     

     
    College and Career Fair
    Whiddon-Rogers Education Center's annual College and Career Fair was held on January 15.  Representatives from colleges, technical colleges, universities, and community organizations participated.  Students also had the opportunity to visit tables for our CTE programs and learn more about transitioning to post-secondary programs.
     
     
    Mentoring Youth Forward
     
    Whiddon-Rogers Education Center is proud of our boys mentoring program Mentoring Youth Forward, which is designed for male students who need additional social and emotional support.  Their first field trip was to CW Thomas Park where they served meals to the elderly.  We are proud of the community service work this group has participated in.
     
     
     
     Teacher of the Year and Employee of the Year Whiddon-Rogers Education Center is proud to recognize Mr. Broderick Henry, Teacher of the Year, and Ms. Kimberly Williams, Employee of the Year.  These two staff members go above and beyond to ensure our students have what they need.  Congratulations!
     
     
     
     
     
    Hispanic Heritage
     
    Whiddon-Rogers celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a breakfast, music, and dance.  Our Hispanic students performed for their parents and other stakeholders at our monthly School Advisory Council meeting.  The entertainment and food were wonderful!
     
     
     
     
     
    Barber School Hair Cuts
     
    Students at Whiddon-Rogers received free haircuts from the Barber College.  We hope to make this a monthly event on our campus.

     

     

     

    Latinos in Action
     Whiddon-Rogers Latinos in Action received donated books from the Broward County Main Library to give as holiday gifts to the students they mentor at Croissant Park Elementary.  Each elementary student received a stocking with books in English and Spanish.
     
     
     
     
     
    Culinary Arts and CARES Mentoring
     
    Whiddon-Rogers Culinary Arts students prepared and served lunch at the CARES Mentoring fundraiser on Saturday, December 7.  This was a great life experience!  Our students learned a lot and enjoyed it, too!
     
                                                        
     
     
     
     
     
    MSA Honor Roll
    Whiddon-Rogers Middle School Academy had our bi-annual Honor Roll Ceremony on December 16, 2019.  Students, parents, and staff wore sunglasses to signify their future is so bright.  Students and parents were also treated to a continental breakfast.

     

     

    Whiddon-Rogers is proud to recognize our Veterans and Education Support Personnel at our monthly SAC meeting on November 20.  We are proud of the contributions our Veterans have made for our country.  We also appreciate thwork our ESP staff does with our students. 

     

    FLAME Conference

    Whiddon-Rogers Education Center held their first annual Ladies Conference on November 13-14.  This conference was designed for all young ladies who attend the school and consisted of breakout sessions, brunch, and keynote speakers.  The LIT FLAMES (Leaders in Training: Fulfilled Ladies Aspiring to Manifest and Empower Success) learned a lot and will be supported to be successful.

     

    Living Your Best Life Forum  

    Whiddon-Rogers Education Center's "Living Your Best Life Forum" was held on November 6.  This event was a forum for girls to learn how to empower themselves.  Speakers included School Board Member Dr. Rosalind Osgood, FHP Trooper Chantale Jones, and OSPA Chief Dr. Valerie Wanza. 

     

     

     

     

     

    Breast Cancer Honor Wall

    In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the students of Whiddon-Rogers Education conducted a walk.  Students participated in a program with guest speakers who are survivors and learned a lot about prevention and cure.  In addition, a wall honoring survivors and victims was created

     

     

    Partnership Breakfast

    Whiddon-Rogers Education Center hosted their annual Partnership Breakfast on October 8, 2019.  Student representatives from each of the career pathways assisted in the program.  Culinary Arts students prepared a delicious breakfast, TV Production students filmed and took pictures, Criminal Justice students provided escorts, Music Technology students provided music, and Business Management students were tour guides.

    College Week1

     Whiddon-Rogers celebrated College Week during October 7-11.  Representatives from Broward College, Keiser College, and the technical colleges met with students to explain their programs and have students apply.  Students and staff wore their favorite college shirts and accessories.

     

     

     

    Take Stock in Children

    Two students in the Whiddon-Rogers Middle School Academy received scholarships from Take Stock in Children.  They will receive student advocacy services, mentoring, and college readiness preparation.  They will also receive a two-year college scholarship when they graduate high school.

     

     

     

    Peace Week

    Whiddon-Rogers recognized Peace Week on September 16-20 with several activities on campus.

     

     

     

     

     

    In accordance with Florida Law, we are providing our school financial report.  The figures in this report represent the revenues and expenditures allocated to the school, both in total and per FTE (full-time equivalent) student.  This data is compared to the rest of the schools in the district and the state.  The purpose of this report is to inform parents of the resources that were available to the school during the 2015-2016 school year.

    Click Here for the Financial Report

    Whiddon Rogers Education Center Awarded a Grant from the Florida Department of Education

    Ms. Ross

    Thanks to a S10,000  grant from the Florida  Department  of Education, students at Whiddon Rogers Education Center will have the opportunity to learn hands-on skills in digital design from certified instructors through a communications technology program. Students will be able to transfer these skills  to further their education at a technical college or start a new career. The  design  program will be offered to 75 male students at Whiddon Rogers and 25 percent of these students will have the opportunity to earn Adobe Premier  Pro  certification.  The program will also offer students employability skills and supportive services for underrepresented students to succeed academically and in the workforce.

     

    Guidance News

    The entire Guidance Department is working with our seniors to ensure all graduation requirements are met.  They are counseling each individual student on the following:

    Credits are earned and posted

    Community service hours are earned, submitted, and posted

    Standardized tests are passed and posted

    GPA is 2.0 or better

    Post-secondary options are chosen, including:

    College and financial aid applications are completed and submitted

    Technical college applications are completed

    Scholarships are applied for

    Job applications

    Mock interviews