• Hello McFatter Family!


    Congratulations to the students who competed in Regional contests for SkillsUSA. Between the high school and post-secondary students, McFatter claimed 69 medals on February 5th and 6th. This coming week, McFatter has numerous students competing at the state level for Business Professionals of America. Please join me in cheering them along to a successful conference and competition.


    This week has many more events that will keep students busy… McFatter will hold their annual College Fair on campus. All students will have an opportunity to go and speak with college representatives. For more details see below. Also this week, we remember the community of Parkland and the members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas family. The school has asked that everyone commemorates the event with a day of service and love. Various McFatter clubs have planned service related projects. Check below and with individual clubs to see where and how you can serve.


    With the closing of the Broward College summer application window, interested students need to check with the grade level counselor for the fall 2019 dual enrollment information and timeline. Broward College has undergone several articulation agreement changes with Broward Schools, so it is very important to speak with your counselor to make academic decisions based on current rules.


    As a reminder, school ID Badges are to be worn from the moment that students get on school property and remain on the student (not in backpacks) until leaving school property. This includes on the Broward Schools buses. Any student who has misplaced their ID can receive a replacement for $8. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.


    Please check out below for a lot of additional information.


    Take care, 

    Lillie Henry

    Magnet Coordinator



    Important Dates:


    February 11: PTSA Meeting, Bistro, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

    February 12: McFatter College Fair (1:30-3:30 in the ARC)

    February 10-12: BPA State Leadership Conference, Orlando

    February 14: Day of Service and Love

    February 15: Junior Assembly, ARC, 3:00 p.m.


    February 18: School & Administrative Offices Closed

    February 20: Student Appreciation, Mall Area, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    February 21: Early Release Day, 2:15 p.m. Dismissal

    February 21: Class of 2019 Car Wash, West Lot, 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    February 22: Teacher Auction, East Mall Area, HS Lunch


    February 26: Broward College Senior Application Day

    February 27: McFatter Tech vs. Sheridan Tech Basketball Game, Atlantic Technical-Arthur Ashe Campus, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


    April 12th: Senior Grad Bash

    May 30th: McFatter Technical College and High School Graduation


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    PTSA Meeting:


    Please join us at our PTSA General Meeting this Monday at 6:30pm in the Bistro.


    Please remember to bring any items for the gift baskets for the upcoming Foundation Event. This event raises so much scholarship money for McFatter.  We hope you will support our school.


    Learn about the latest news and have your say about potential speakers.


    We look forward to seeing you on Monday.


    What:  PTSA General Meeting

    When:  Monday, February 11th, 2019

    Where:  The Bistro

    Time:  6:30 pm



    FEA Donation Drive:


    The FEA Club is have a Spring Rally March 6th and we have been asked to collect items for students in need who are heading off to college.  If you and your students would support this project, we would be eternally grateful. We are collecting NEW pillows, twin XL sheets/comforters, alarm clocks, towel/washcloth sets, detergent, hampers, school supplies/pen drives, etc.. Please bring donations to the high school office.



    On Campus College Fair:


    McFatter's Annual College Fair will be held next Tuesday, Feb. 12th from 1:30 - 3:30.  Please allow your students the opportunity to attend fair and meet with college admissions representatives.  Attached is a list of the schools and military branches who have registered to attend.  Look at the second page titled school name.  It is listed in alpha order.


    BTC Foundation Invitation:


    Please take a moment to look at the attachments for the updated invitation to BTC Foundation Event. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to have a great time while helping to raise scholarship money for McFatter students.





    On February 23rd from 8:30- 12, Museum of Discovery and Science and AutoNation IMAX 3d Theater are offering a wonderful free event for female high school students interested in engineering. For more information, click on the attachment titled MODS WIE SEMINAR and to register go to https://womeninengineering.brownpaperticket.com



    GRAD BASH 2019:


    Attention Seniors… Grad Bash 2019 will take place on April 12th. The cost is $167 online or $160 in person… See Mr. Benoit to pay in person or go online to https://osp.osmsinc.com/BrowardFL/BVModules/ProductTemplates/Bvc2013/Product.aspx?productid=B1291-192

    For more information check out the attachments.




    Mark your calendars!!! The 18th Annual Scholarship Foundation will be on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. We will be at a new location this year: The Charles Dodge City Center in Pembroke Pines.  This is a HUGE beautiful facility so share with your friends and come help us expand our scholarship opportunities for students!


    Registration is $50.00 person for cash and checks, online/credit card registration will be $52.00 per person. The online link is http://browardedfoundation.org/sunandsand/ . Please remember to designate McFatter as your school.


    Remember, EVERY penny raised goes toward student scholarships! 

    Help make students dreams come true!


    As a part of the way to raise money, baskets are donated by clubs, organizations, and individuals. We will be collecting baskets until March 1st, as they must be inventoried and added to the program by March 5th. Included in the attachments is a donation letter to help get goodies.


    We hope to increase our scholarship pool to be able to provide more scholarships this year. Thank you.



    Volunteer Opportunities (2 LISTED):


    On Sunday, February 24th, 2019, we will gather once again at Miramar Regional Park for the 10th Annual Tour de Broward benefitting Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.


    This year the COE of Memorial Regional Hospital and Executive Vice President of Memorial Healthcare System has created a team, Regional’s Walk n’ Rollers, and hope that you will join to fundraise and participate in the festivities. This years’ events include a 100K and 50K cycling tour, a 5K timed run, a 3K family walk, and a Power of Play Kids Zone. It is a great event to spend time with the family!


    Signing up is easy. Just follow these simple instructions:

    1. Visit www.tourdebroward.comand click on the “Register” tab.
    2. Select how you would like to participate, either RIDE, RUN, or WALK.
    3. Then click on “Join a Team”
    4. You must then register as a new participant or use your previous sign in from last time.
    5. You then go to “Join a team” and select “Regional’s Walk n’ Rollers”



    Annual Broward County Waterway Cleanup

    On Saturday, March 2nd, 2019, the 42nd Annual Broward County Waterway Cleanup will take place from 9 am to 1 pm at 38 sites throughout Broward County. All REGISTERED volunteers will get a T-shirt and invitation tot eh Trash Bash, the Waterway Cleanup after-party. Participants are welcome by land, boat, paddleboard, kayak or method of their choice! Groups are welcome.Click here to see a map of the sites and register!





    McFatter is participating in a new and exciting fundraiser taking place at the Miami Improv on Sunday, March 10th, 2019. Doors will open at 6pm and the show begins at 7. If you are interested in purchasing tickets to the comedy show, contact Mr. Benoit at billini.benoit@browardschools.com or Ms. Henry at lillie.henry@browardschools.com . Tickets are $20 and space is limited. Come laugh with us as we raise money for a cause.



    News from BRACE Advisor:


    Congratulations to the following students who were offered admission to various schools:  Duncan Coldwell - UCF, Alyssa Contarino - NSU, FIU, USF, & Barry, Shannon Craig - FSU, Maria Duran - Harriet L. WIlkes Honors College & USF, Alina Galletta USF  (Bio-Medical Program), Shirley Garcia - UCF & FSU, Dylan Kahn - FSU, Eric Lachman - FSU, Sergio Romero - FSU, USF, & Barry, Mikael Semexant - FIU, & ST. Johns, Carlos Sierra - UCF, Titus Thomas – FSU.  Great job!  Seniors - please make sure that you stop by my office to let me know of your college admissions and to put your flag pin on the University map.



    UF decisions are scheduled to be released on Feb. 8th. -  I wish everyone who applied by the November 1st deadline, the best of luck.  Please make sure that you notify me of your admissions decision.

    Juniors - Want to get a head start on your college applications?  The Common Application has released their essay prompts for 2019-2020.  See attached document for details.

    Sophomores - The Museum of Discovery and Science and the United Way of Broward County is accepting applications for their App-titude program.  It is a two-year internship for Broward County students.  The interns will: gain volunteer service hours, learn coding, develop App for android and Apple, explore engineering and computer science careers and receive stipends for completion of program.  See attached flyer for more details.

    MindWorks Is holding and SAT Prep Bootcamp.  There is a fee to their program.  However, they do offer scholarships.  Check out the attached flyer for details.  


    FAFSA - Pay attention to FAFSA deadlines.  Many schools have January dates for their FAFSA deadlines.  Keep in the mind the correct website for FAFSA is:  www.fafsa.ed.gov.


    Scholarships!!!! - 

    As a way to reach more students, my friend and fellow BRACE Advisor at Northeast High School, has created links to share scholarship information via social media.   She has an account on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.   Feel free to follow her.


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




    Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2258164621134751&id=2219019168382630


    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.   


    Raise.me & PSAT Scores - PSAT scores will be released next week.  Students can earn scholarship money by linking their PSAT scores to Khan Academy through their Naviance account.    

    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/


    Bright Futures Authorization - We now have 127 of our 141 seniors who have completed their Bright Futures authorization form.   For those of you who completed the FFAA without entering your social security number, now is the time to log back in to your account and change your pseudo-social (the number that they assigned to you) to your actual social.  You need to do this in order for your money to match with your file at the college level.  If you have trouble with this process you can call their toll-free number (888)827-2004.  


    It's FAFSA Season! -  All Broward County families are welcome to attend any of the FAFSA labs and workshops around the county.  See attached document for dates and locations.  To date we have 84 families who have completed their FAFSA.  


    SAT & ACT Test schedules - Please see attached flyer for the 2018-2019 SAT and ACT test dates.  Pay attention to the registration deadlines.  


    If you have not already taken the SAT and/or ACT, you need to register asap.  Attached is a list of the 2018-2019 test dates.  Most colleges and universities have their applications available.  All transcripts should be requested through your Naviance Student (formerly known as Family Connection) account.  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).


    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 of these 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 are able to 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 of 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.

    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. 12th - 2019 McFatter Annual Spring College Fair @ 1:30 - 3:30 (no appointment necessary)

    Feb. 26th - Broward College Jump Start Day #2 (9:30, 11:00, and/or 1:30)

    March 6th - SAT for all juniors - The Broward School District is paying for all juniors to take the SAT on March 6th.


    Off Campus Events:

    Feb. 16th  & 17th - Citizenship Clinic- Want to know how to become a legal citizen?

    When: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Where: Lauderhill Mall, 1267 S.R. 7, Lauderhill, FL 33313

    Who: Must be 19 years or older to apply.  Must be a Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) for at least 5 years or 3 years LPR and married to a US Citizen 

    Feb. 16th - Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) Open Ship

    When: 11:00 am or 1:00 pm 

    Where:  Port of Miami

    What: Tour the TS Kennedy and learn more about the MMA

    Registration required at: www.maritime.edu/openship

    Feb. 16th - University of Florida BSU & ABA Student Recruitment Conference

    What: Recruitment event for the Black Student Union and Association of Black Alumni

    When: 7:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Where: University of Florida, Emerson Alumni Hall

    Who: Students from 7th - 12th grade

    For registration, go to: UFSRC.EVENTBRITE.COM

    April 6th - FAU SeaTech Open House

    When: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Where: FAU's SeaTech Campus in Dania Beach

    What: An Ocena and Mechanical Engineering open house for interested students and their families to learn about FAU's Oceana Engineering undergraduate and graduate programs.  

    More information can be found at: www.ome.fau.edu

    RSVP at: http://s.fau.edu/STOHrsvp


    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.


    NFLPA Professional Athletes Foundation Scholarship - Deadline: Feb. 14th - Award: $2,500

    High School Senior.  Minimum 2.0 GPA.  Accepted into a 2-year or 4-year college or university.  Nominated by high school coach.  Participation in varsity level athletics for at least one year.  Application attached.


    Flavorful Futures Scholarship - Deadline: Feb 15th - Award: $5,000

    High School Seniors.  Planning their bright and colorful futures.  US Citizen or permanent legal resident of the US.  Minimum 2.5 unweighted GPA.  For application and details, go to: 



    The Florida State University Service Scholars Program - Deadline: Feb. 22nd - 

    High school graduating seniors with a distinguished record of community involvement and a strong desire to continue to learn through service are encouraged to apply. Competitive candidates have community involvement beyond the normal requirements for high school graduation or Florida Bright Futures scholarships, both in quantity and depth of service. A commitment that exhibits initiative and leadership will be given greater consideration.

    Applications close on Feb. 22 at 5 p.m. Applicants will be notified of their status in early April.

    Application and details available @ https://thecenter.fsu.edu/recognition/service-scholars

    2019 Jamaican Women of Florida Scholarship - Deadline: Feb. 23rd - Award: $1,250 

    First or second generation Jamaican American female high school student. 3.5 minimum GPA.  Essay, Community Service.  Letters of recommendation, Resume.  Photograph.  Application attached. 


    The Chrissy Weems Scholarship - Deadline: Feb. 28th - Award: $1,000

    High School senior who has been offered admission to a college or university or a current college student that is not in their final year.  500-word essay on the following topic: "Share an adversity in your life that you have fought to overcome and what you have learned from it."  Application and details available at: http://chrissyweemsscholarship.com/ 


    Zonta International Scholarship - Deadline: March 15th - Award:  $1,000

    Female Senior.  Going to College.  Maintained high academic average.  Active in school and after school programs.  Outstanding Community Service.  Application attached.


    Seminole Club of Broward County 2019 Scholarship - Deadline: March 19th - Award: Varies

    Broward county graduating senior.  Admitted to Florida State University.  Minimum 3.0 unweighted GPA.  Demonstrate financial need.  Application attached.

    Becca's Closet Rebecca Kirtman Memorial Scholarships - Deadline:  April 1st - Award: $1,000

    3 different scholarships

    1 - Becca's Closet Spirit of Generosity - Graduating high school senior in the U.S..  Minimum 2.0 unweighted GPA.  Demonstrate financial need.  Outstanding community service.  Will attend a regionally accredited post-secondary institution.  U.S. Citizen, legal resident or DACA-eligible.

    2 - Becca's Closet Involvement Scholarship for Becca's Closet Involvement - Graduating high school senior.  Minimum 2.0 unweighted GPA.  Demonstrate financial need.  Outstanding community service through the creation of or involvement in a Becca's Closet chapter.  Will attend a regionally accredited post-secondary institution.  U.S. Citizen, legal resident or DACA-eligible.  

    3 - Becca's Closet Drittel Family Scholarship for Becca's Closet Involvement - Graduating high school senior in Broward, Miami-Dade or Palm Beach Counties.  Minimum 2.0 unweighted GPA.  Demonstrate financial need.  Outstanding community service.  Will attend a regionally accredited post-secondary institution.  U.S. Citizen, legal resident or DACA-eligible.   Application attached.

    Johnson Scholarship Foundation - 2 scholarships

    #1 - to the children of UPS employees or retirees who live in Florida.  Application deadline: April 1st.  Questions should be directed to Scholarship Management Services @ 507-931-8217

    #2 - to students with disabilities who attend/will attend one of the twelve (12) State universities.  Application Deadline: April 15th.  Questions about the Johnson Scholarship Foundation program should be directed to the appropriate university campus contact listed on the last page of the application.

    Scholarship application and details can be found at: www.jsf.bz


    American Muslim Alliance of Florida, Inc. Scholarship - Deadline: April 1st - Award: $500 - $1000

    Open to students of all faith and race.  Graduating senior.  Minimum 3.0 GPA.  Plans to enter college as a full-time student.  Application attached or available in the BRACE office.


    Florida State Society Daughters of the American Revolution Women in the Trades Scholarship - Deadline: April 1st - Award: Varies

    Female pursuing a career in a non-traditional female trade vocation as defined by the US Department of Labor.  US citizen and a Florida Resident.  Application attached.


    Barry University Green Scholarship - Deadline: April 2nd - $15,625

    Broward or Miami Dade public high school graduate.  Education Major.  Full Time Student.  Minimum 3.0 GPA.  Minimum 1170 SAT and/or 26 ACT.  Minimum 75 hours of community service.  Financial Need.  Essay.  See attached document for details.  

    2019 Broward County Gator Club Scholarship - Deadline: April 17th - Award: $1,000 - $1,500

    Graduating Broward County high school senior.  Accepted and soon to be attending the University of Florida.  Must complete a Fillable PDF.  Handwritten applications will not be accepted.  Application available for download at:www.browardcountygatorclub.com/scholarships

    BPAA Scholarship Application - 2 scholarships - Deadline: April 17th - Award: $1,000

    #1 - BPAA Scholarship for Offspring of BPAA Members. Graduating seniors.  Son or daughter of a BPAA member.

    #2 - BPAA Scholarship for Prospective Educators.  Broward County graduating senior. Plans to pursue a career in the field of Education.  

    Applications attached.


    Friends of Green Cay Nature Center, Inc Scholarship - Deadline: April 26th - Award: $4,000

    Graduating high school senior from Broward or Palm Beach County.  Has been accepted to a 4-year college or university.  Pursu9ing a degree in environmental studies.  Application attached.

    The Robert "Bob" Elmore Honors College at Broward College - Deadline: May 5th - Award: 60 credits

    Broward County Graduating senior.  Minimum 3.5 unweighted GPA or minimum test scores: SAT - 1250 (minimum 650 EBRW and 590 Math), ACT - 22 (minimum 21 English, 21 Math, and 22 Reading), or PERT (113 reading, 123 math). 


    Chase Rubin Scholarship - Deadline: July 1st - Award: $1,200

    Seniors.  Accepted into an accredited college or university.  500-word essay on the following topic, "How do you think young adults benefit by furthering their education?"  Application and detail available at: http://chaserubinscholarship.com/


    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.)



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