• Hello McFatter Family,


    On January 27th, FAST, McFatter’s free tutoring program, will begin again. All students must complete a new sign-up for to participate. All 4th period classes received forms to take home to parents. This is not the same document that we used in the past, so make sure to only submit current forms. Students will not be permitted to stay on Monday without a complete form. Please email with any questions to alvin.ranzy@browardschools.com or ingrid.madoo@browardschools.com or call 754-321-8785. Thank you for your assistance in kicking off this new FAST Tutoring session.


    Report cards are due out to district schools on Wednesday, January 29th, but may be delayed to McFatter students because of the delay in reporting of EOC scores. Please be advised that we will distribute the TERM 7 report cards as soon as they become available to us from the district. Though all students did not take an EOC the entire school may be affected by this. Sorry for any inconvenience.


    Please remember that attendance is important for the learning process every day. If a student needs to be out, BCPS Policy requires that parents or guardians call in within 48 hours of the absence with the reason for the absence. For the list of reasons that will be excused, please go to https://www.browardschools.com/attendance. The phone number to call in an absence is 754-321-5702. We cannot go back and change old unexcused absences after the reporting deadline.


    Please see below for the calendar of events and other information.


    I wish you all a great week. 


    Take care, 


    Lillie de Castro

    Magnet Coordinator


    For any current attachments, see list below:

    American Muslim Alliance Scholarship

    BC Dual Enrollment Advisement Schedule Flyer

    Bezos Scholarship program

    Broward Futures Mentorship Program

    Broward Futures WOT

    Bright Futures Scholarship Information

    Class of 2022 T-shirt Sale Poster

    Financial Aid Presentation (Spanish)

    HSF Scholarship Requirements

    Navigating Your Financial Future Dec/Jan

    Nat Moore Scholarship

    Rebecca Kirtman Memorial Scholarship

    Sunrise Scholarship Application Supplement 

    Rotary HBA Notification

    Weekly Reminders January 2020 



    Recurring Attachments

    2019-2020 State University System Matrix (with Costs)

    2018-2019 State University System Matrix

    2019-2020 SAT/ACT Test Dates

    2020-2021 FAFSA Step by Step Worksheet

    Apply Yourself Florida: Student Guide to College Application Process

    BCPS_Phishing Information

    Class of 2022 T-Shirt Sale Flyer

    FAFSA Step-by-Step Worksheet

    Free Tutoring Opportunity (MECCA)

    Local FAFSA Workshops

    Lynn Full Tuition Scholarship

    Student Naviance Transcript Process


    USF Kosove Undergraduate Scholarship

    Wooler Scholarship FAQs






    January 27: FAST Tutoring begins

    January 28: Parent Seminar – 6:00-8:00pm (cafeteria)

    January 29: Report Cards (MAY be delayed)


    May 26: High School Graduation – 10am (McFatter gym)

    May 29: McFatter Graduation Ceremony – 2pm (Broward Center for Performing Arts)



    News from Ms. Lynn, BRACE Advisor (multiple attachments): 

    Please call (754)321-5805 with any questions you may have regarding BRACE News. 


    Career Opportunity - Are you interested in changing careers or starting a career in the aviation industry?  The FAA is now hiring Air Traffic Controllers.  The FAA is taking applications from the general public from Jan. 24th - 27th.  No degree needed. For application and details, go to: www.usajobs.gov. 


    Kids Of Character - Kindness

    Congratulations to the following students who were chosen as Kids of Character representing the character trait "Kindness."

    9th grade - Juan Olivera

    10th grade - Keyanah James

    11th grade - Liza Thomas

    12th grade - Zoe Ziegler

    I would also like to take a moment to recognize the following students who were nominated for and very deserving of recognition.  Sophie Inclan, Emily Rodriguez, Christian Lucas, Gabrielle Abrenaya, Kylie Castro, Kathy Luong, Samantha Espinosa, Leopoldo Quiroz, Melanie Quevado, Sarah Champagne, Kenya Reid, Faith Martinez, Jacqueline Hunt, Christian Ramierez, and Freddie Raymond.


    Congratulations to the following students who were offered admission to various colleges and universities.  Katie Figgis - Georgia Tech, St. Andrews, Kings College, London and University College, London, Kathryn Manarang - NSU, Arcadia University, and Fairleigh Dickinson University, Amalia Rodriguez - University of Pittsburgh, and Jacquelyn Rossiter - UCF. (Don't forget to stop by my office to place your flag pin.)  Seniors - I hope that you are completing your college applications and that you will notify me when you receive offers of admission.


    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 


    Broward Education Foundation - The Broward Education Foundation Scholarship Application is now open.  It is one simple application that allows to be reviewed for hundreds of scholarships.  I highly recommend that every senior complete the application.  There are other outside scholarships tied to this program. Be sure to check them out.  Apply at: https://browardedfoundation.org/apply/


    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 are two opportunities specifically for juniors, that you should be aware of.  

    2020 Questbridge College Prep Scholars Program - 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    


    The Young Scholars Program (YSP) - The YSP program is a six-week residential science and mathematics summer program held at Florida State University.  It is for high school juniors with significant potential for careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Applications and details are available from Jan. 15th - Feb. 15th at: https://www.bio.fsu/osta/.



    Transcripts - All transcripts should be requested through your Naviance Student (formerly known as Family Connection) 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 go to: student.naviance.com/wtmtc or log on using your 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).


    SAT & ACT Test schedules - Please see attached flyer for the 2019-2020 SAT and ACT test dates.  Pay attention to the registration deadlines.  

    Traditionally students take the SAT and or ACT for the first time during the spring of their junior year and a second time during the fall of their senior year.  Both tests are college entrance exams.  Schools will accept these tests equally.  It is recommended that students take both the SAT and ACT.  This way they will be able to determine if they have a strength on one test over the other.  Keep in mind that most schools look at the scores that are most favorable to the student.  At the time of registration, students can send their scores to 4 schools for free.  If students wait until after testing to send these scores, they will have to pay a minimum of $12.00 to have their scores sent.  It is the student’s responsibility to have their scores sent to the various schools.  Schools will only accept official score reports which are sent directly from these testing agencies. 


    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 are now available in the BRACE office for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch.


    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/


    On Campus Events:  College visits are open to juniors and seniors.~ All students must have a college visit pass to attend.~ The student must sign up through Eventbrite (http://www.eventbrite.com/o/brigitte-lynn-8407916290) to get a college visit pass/ticket. ~ Space is limited ~ Students must have their teacher's permission to attend. ~ It is between the teacher and the student whether it is appropriate for the student to miss class time to attend the college visit ~ Students should check Naviance and Eventbrite often as visits are constantly being added. 

    Feb. 3rd - Florida Polytechnic University @ 11:00 am

    Feb. 4th - ASVAB - Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Exam (open to 10th - 12th grade students)

    Feb. 11th - U.S. Air Force ROTC Program @ 11:00 am

    Feb. 18th - Spring College Fair @ 1:30 - 3:30 pm * See attached flyer for list of schools attending

    Feb, 19th - Student Appreciation Day - During Lunch

    Feb. 24th - Simmons University @ 9:30 am

    Feb. 25th - Broward College Jump Start Day 11:00 am or 1:10 pm

    Feb. 26th - University of Maine at Machias @ 9:30 am

    Feb. 26th - Wentworth Institute of Technology @ 11:00 am

    Mar. 4th - School Day SAT testing for Juniors

    May 18th - Senior Awards Ceremony @ Signature Grand - All seniors are invited.


    Off Campus Events:

    Feb. 6th - Barry University Open House

    When: 4:00 - 7:30 pm

    Where:  Barry University NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33161

    RSVP @ https://www.barry.edu/open-house/


    Feb. 8th - Bridge 2 Life - Black History Month Celebration

    Where: Middle River Terrace Park

    When: 3:00 - 8:00 pm

    See flyer for details

    RSVP @ https://b2lbhm.eventbrite.com



    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


    Broward Education Foundation - The Broward Education Foundation Scholarship Application is now open.  It is one simple application that allows to be reviewed for hundreds of scholarships.  I highly recommend that every senior complete the application.  There are other outside scholarships tied to this program. Be sure to check them out.  Apply at: https://browardedfoundation.org/apply/ 


    Princeton Prize for Race Relations - Deadline: Jan. 31st - Award: $1,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to a Symposium on Race

    High School Students doing important racial equity work within their schools or communities.  Application and details available at: https://pprize.princeton.edu/


    Bank of America Student Leaders - Deadline: Jan. 31st - Award: Paid Internship

    Juniors and seniors.  Leaders in their communities and beyond.  Application and details available at: bankofamerica.com/studentleaders.


    Emerald Society of Broward County - Deadline: Noon on Jan. 31st - Award: $1,000 - $2,500

    Broward County high school senior.  Essay Contest.  500 - 600 words.  Topic: The Fenian invasion, was it a folly or a true attempt at Irish independence?  Details available at: https://emeraldftl.org/scholarship


    Bezos Scholars Program - Deadline: Jan. 31st - Award:  All-expense paid trip to Aspen Ideas Festival

    Juniors.  Interested in becoming leaders.  Winners will attend the Aspen Ideas Festival June 27th - July 3rd.  During senior year, Bezos scholars will receive ongoing mentorship, leadership development and funding to launch their own community change project.  For information and application, go to: www.bezosscholars.org/idea


    Lynn University 14th Annual Drawing Competition - Deadline: Feb. 3rd - Award: Full-Tuition

    Seniors. Plans to attend Lynn University.  Scholarships for B.F.A in Computer Animation, Graphic Design, or Visual Art and Design.  See attached flyer or go to: lynn.edu/applynow


    Broward County Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 2020 Scholarship - Deadline: Feb. 9th - Award: varies 

    The Broward County Alumnae chapter has multiple scholarships available.  Each scholarship has different criteria.  All scholarships require students to be graduating seniors with intentions to matriculate to a four-year accredited college/university.  Applications and details are available at: www.BCADST.ORG  


    IT Women College Scholarship for Girls - Deadline: Feb 15th - Award: $2,000 per year x 4-years

    Female.  Graduating senior.  Intend to pursue a degree in IT and Engineering.  Application and details available at: htftps://itwomen.org/scholarships/


    Friends of Green Cay Nature Center Scholarship - Deadline: Feb. 21st - April 24th - Award: $4,000

    High School Senior.  Broward or Pam Beach resident.  Accepted to an accredited 4-year college/university.  Intentions of majoring in environmental sciences.  Application attached. 


    Ernest Wooler Memorial Scholarship - Deadline: Feb. 24th - Award: Varies (2-year)

    High school senior.  Broward County resident.  Minimum 2.0 cumulative unweighted GPA.  Minimum test scores.  Demonstrate financial need.  Plan to attend full-time at a two-year technical, trade, or vocational school.  Pursuing a trade or vocational degree or certificate.  Application online at: www.csascholars.org/wooler .


    Nat Moore Scholarship - Deadline: Feb. 28th - Award: $10,000 ($2,500 per year for 4 years)

    High School senior.  Graduating from Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach or Monroe County.  Demonstrate financial need.  Minimum 2.5 cumulative unweighted GPA.  See flyer for details.


    American Muslim Alliance of Florida, Inc. Scholarship - Deadline: March 4th - Award: $500 - $1,000

    This scholarship program is open to students of all faith and race.  Graduating senior.  Florida resident.  Entering college as a full-time student.  Minimum 3.0 GPA.  Letters of recommendation.  Application Attached.


    City of Sunrise Outstanding Citizenship Scholarship - Deadline: March 15th - Award; 2 year scholarship (60 credit hours)

    Senior.  Resident of the City of Sunrise.  Outstanding citizenship.  volunteer work.  Approved for free/reduced lunch.  Apply through the Broward Education Foundation Scholarship Program at: http://browardedfoundation.org/apply.


    Hallandale Scholarship Fund - Deadline: April 1st - Award: varies

    High school senior.  Resident of Hallandale/Hallandale Beach.  3 different scholarships (Cum Laude Scholarship, College Incentive, and Education Advancement).  See attached flyer for details.


    Hallandale Beach-Aventura Rotary Foundation, Inc. - Deadline: April 1st - Award: Varies

    Senior.  Resident of Hallandale or Aventura for more than 1 year at the time of application.  Financial Need.  Minimum 3.2 unweighted GPA.  Plans to attend 4-year college.  Significant community services (minimum 75 hours).  essay.  Application attached.  Details available at: rotaryhba,org


    Becca's Closet Scholarships - Deadline: April 1st - Award: Varies

    There are three types of non-renewable scholarships available.  Minimal criteria include: Graduating high school senior.  Minimum 2.0 cumulative unweighted GPA.  See attached for application and details.


    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.)




    For any referenced attachments, go to the top of this message for the links.