Students With Autism Practice the Travel Experience at the 4th Annual Autism in Flight

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

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From checking-in at the ticket counter to walking through security and boarding a JetBlue airliner, approximately 40 students with autism have the opportunity to navigate the airport experience firsthand in an effort to help reduce stress on an actual flight. The fourth annual Autism in Flight event culminates a six-week classroom airport travel study and preparation. On the day of the event, students and family members pack their bags and meet at the airport for an opportunity to practice the travel experience in a realistic, relaxed setting, allowing families and children to be better prepared for future travel.

WHO:
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is proud to once again partner with JetBlue, a leading carrier in Fort Lauderdale, and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, to host the fourth annual Autism in Flight event. Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) from six BCPS elementary schools are participating: Coconut Palm Elementary School, Dania Elementary School, Floranada Elementary School, Norcrest Elementary School, Park Springs Elementary School and Silver Lakes Elementary School.

WHAT:
The Autism in Flight event will include:
Trained JetBlue crewmembers providing assistance throughout the process, which will include check-in, walking through security and boarding the plane at the gate.
Behavioral consultants from BCPS volunteering throughout the day to assist students with any issues that might arise.

The use of a stationary JetBlue aircraft for families to practice the boarding process, allowing students to experience sitting on a plane, as well as fastening a seatbelt and being served by in-flight crewmembers.
Pilots and flight attendants onboard to simulate the true onboard experience.
The opportunity to meet and interact with the pilots and in-flight crewmembers.

WHEN:
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
11 a.m. Students and families arrive
11:30 a.m. Opening remarks
Noon Check-in and ticketing (JetBlue Counter)
1 p.m. Security process/TSA check-in
2 p.m. Announcements in the gate area and boarding
3 p.m. Wrap up

WHERE:
JetBlue, Terminal 3 – Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (Baggage Area, Carousel 8)
*Media must RSVP to Tamara Young at JetBlue to obtain a gate pass (see contact info below).

WHY:
Taking a family vacation with a child with autism can be stressful. The purpose of the event is to stimulate the experience of commercial airline travel. Autism in Flight is part of JetBlue’s ongoing Blue Horizons for Autism platform. Air travel can be challenging for individuals affected by autism due to symptoms associated with the disorder, including hypersensitivity to large crowds, loud noises and communication difficulties. As a result, many families do not fly due to the fear of the response it could elicit from their children with autism, and subsequently fellow travelers and airline crewmembers. JetBlue offers autism programs throughout its 85-city network. The Autism in Flight program is made possible, thanks to JetBlue Airways, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Transportation Security Administration, Broward County Board of County Commissioners, Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Hudson Group.

VISUALS:
Families practicing the travel experience, going through TSA security
Families participating in the boarding process
Trained JetBlue crewmembers and Behavior Specialists from BCPS providing assistance throughout the process
Stationary JetBlue aircraft, as families practice the boarding process

CONTACTS:
Broward County Public Schools
Tracy Clark, 754-321-2616, tracy.clark@browardschools.com
Nadine Drew, 754-321-2300, nadine.drew@browardschools.com

JetBlue Airways
Tamara Young, 718-709-3537, 347-229-8601 Tamara.Young@JetBlue.com

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
Gregory Meyer, 954-359-6116, 954-336-2847 GMeyer@broward.org

MEDIA ARE INVITED TO COVER THIS EVENT.
Media Must RSVP to Tamara Young at JetBlue to obtain a gate pass. See contact info above.

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE – Established 1915
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest public school system in the United States and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has over 265,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 238 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 103 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population. Students are from 208 different countries and speak 181 different languages. For more information about BCPS and the Centennial Celebration, visit browardschools.com, follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools, like BCPS on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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Nob Hill Elementary School Celebrates America and its Servicemen with First Annual “Salute to America”

Friday, May 20, 2016

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WHO:
Students and Staff from Nob Hill Elementary School; Sunrise Mayor Michael Ryan; Military Personnel; First Responders

WHAT:
Nob Hill Elementary honors its veterans, active servicemen and first responders at its “Salute to America” ceremony. Students will perform patriotic presentations to honor their heroes.

WHEN:
Saturday, May 21, 2016, from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE:
Nob Hill Elementary School
2100 NW 104th Avenue
Sunrise, FL 33322

WHY:
Students at Nob Hill Elementary have been learning about the United States and its history through interdisciplinary units. This event is an opportunity for students to showcase their classroom learning experience.

MEDIA ARE INVITED TO COVER THIS EVENT.

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE – Est 1915
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest public school system in the United States and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has over 265,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 238 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 103 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population. Students are from 208 different countries and speak 181 different languages. For more information about BCPS and the Centennial Celebration, visit browardschools.com, follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools, like BCPS on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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Douglas secures long-sought state baseball championship

Monday, May 23, 2016

Stoneman Douglas baseball team MIAMI HERALD: After being presented their medals and trophy, the Eagles huddled in the outfield and cheered as their coaches ran and slid as if stealing a base right into the middle of the team’s celebratory semicircle. Hard to blame them for getting a little carried away.

After a quarter-century of coming close, Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School finally finished the job and secured the school’s first state championship with a 3-0 win over Miami Columbus in the Class 9A final at JetBlue Park.

It was the first meeting between Miami-Dade and Broward County schools in a state baseball final since 2010 and the fourth all time.

Douglas (27-2), ranked third nationally by MaxPreps, became only the fifth Broward public school to win a state title, joining Flanagan, Nova, Cypress Bay and Fort Lauderdale. The Eagles also completed a 3-for-3 sweep at state this season for Broward following Archbishop McCarthy’s and Calvary Christian’s triumphs earlier in the tournament.

“I felt like it was destined for us and we wouldn’t be denied,” Douglas shortstop Colton Welker said. “I love these guys and I love coach Fitz and this one was for him. This is the greatest thing in the world.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/high-school/article79107882.html#storylink=cpy

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Join us for the BCPS Centennial Closing Ceremony, “100 Years and Beyond” on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Monday, May 23, 2016

Pre-School Board Workshop Event

WHO:
Broward County School Board Members, Superintendent Robert W. Runcie, District Employees, Students, Elected Officials and Community Members

WHAT:
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Centennial Closing Ceremony, “100 Years and Beyond”

WHEN:
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 8 a.m.

WHERE:
Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center, School Board Room
600 SE Third Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

WHY:
BCPS concludes its 100th anniversary celebration with a special ceremony honoring the District’s commitment to educational excellence. The ceremony showcases District accomplishments and also takes a look at what’s to come. To watch a live stream, visit browardschools.com/bcps100.

Media are invited to cover the District’s Centennial Closing Ceremony.

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE – Est 1915
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest public school system in the United States and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has over 265,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 238 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 103 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population. Students are from 208 different countries and speak 181 different languages. For more information about BCPS and the Centennial Celebration, visit browardschools.com, follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools, like BCPS on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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Broward County School Board Regular Meeting, June 7, 2016, Rescheduled to June 15, 2016, 10:15 a.m.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The June 7, 2016, regular meeting of The School Board of Broward County, Florida has been rescheduled, to allow for attendance at high school graduation ceremonies. The School Board will now hold its regular meeting on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, beginning at 10:15 a.m., at the Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center, Board Room, 600 SE Third Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.

The School Board requires all individuals wishing to speak or make a presentation to the School Board to sign-up five days prior to the scheduled meeting, by contacting 754-321-2600.

For information on School Board meetings and agendas, visit browardschools.com. School Board regular meetings and workshops are streamed live at browardschools.com. The public is invited to attend.

MEDIA ARE INVITED TO COVER SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS AND WORKSHOPS.

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE – Established 1915
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest public school system in the United States and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has over 265,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 238 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 103 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population. Students are from 208 different countries and speak 181 different languages. For more information about BCPS and the Centennial Celebration, visit browardschools.com, follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools, like BCPS on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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Dillard Elementary School Showcases Future Career Opportunities for Students through an Interactive

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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WHO:
Students and Staff from Dillard Elementary School; Victoria Ranger, Ranger Good Works; Local Businesses

WHAT:
More than 70 local businesses will share potential careers with students from Dillard Elementary. Students will walk through an interactive city to learn about different professions and local industries. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions about potential future careers and learn about specific professions directly from industry leaders.

WHEN:
Wednesday, May 25, 2016, from 7:30 a.m. – noon

WHERE:
Dillard Elementary School
2330 NW 12th Court
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

WHY:
This Career City offers students at Dillard Elementary the chance to interact with business and community leaders to learn about numerous professions and increase their understanding of careers available to them.

MEDIA ARE INVITED TO COVER THIS EVENT.

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE – Est 1915
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest public school system in the United States and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has over 265,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 238 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 103 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population. Students are from 208 different countries and speak 181 different languages. For more information about BCPS and the Centennial Celebration, visit browardschools.com, follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools, like BCPS on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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BCPS Sunshine State Scholars Honored by the Florida Department of Education

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) congratulates Benjamin Goldstein of Cooper City High School and Jalen Jiang of Cypress Bay High School for being named the District’s 2016 Sunshine State Scholars.

The Sunshine State Scholars program recognizes the state’s top 11th grade students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and encourages them to pursue their postsecondary education and future careers in Florida. Goldstein and Jiang were honored by the Florida Department of Education, along with Sunshine State Scholars from across the state, during the annual Sunshine State Scholars program in Orlando, Florida, May 19-20, 2016.

During the two-day program, the scholars:
Received recognition for their achievements
Met with STEM industry leaders and learned about the latest innovations, discoveries and careers available in Florida
Talked with representatives from Florida’s colleges and universities about special programs of study and industry internship opportunities
The Sunshine State Scholars were invited to attend the program with their parents and a teacher of their choice.

Learn more about the Sunshine State Scholars program, visit fldoe.org/academics/sunscholars.

2016 Sunshine State Scholars

Pictured above and attached (left to right): Benjamin Goldstein, Cooper City High School, and Jalen Jiang, Cypress Bay High School

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE – Established 1915
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest public school system in the United States and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has nearly 270,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 238 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 103 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population. Students are from 208 different countries and speak 181 different languages. For more information about BCPS and the Centennial Celebration, visit browardschools.com, follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools, like BCPS on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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Third Grade FSA Results for English Language Arts Released By State

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Today, the Florida Department of Education released third grade results for the Spring 2016 Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) English Language Arts. These results represent the first round of scores to be released by the state. Among the highlights for Broward County Public Schools (BCPS): 

  • 55% of BCPS third grade students scored at level 3 or above (grade level proficiency), an increase from 52% in 2015, which was the first year the new FSA was administered.
  • BCPS third grade students scored above the state average (54%) for the percentage of students scoring at level 3 or above.
  • BCPS third grade results for students scoring at level 3 or above are the highest among the five largest school districts in the state.

“These results represent the incredible work underway in our schools,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “We will continue to provide our teachers, administrators and staff with the support they need to help our students reach their highest potential.”

District staff is reviewing the data released today by the state. An updated news release will be provided as additional details become available. To review the results released by the state, visit:
http://www.fldoe.org/accountability/assessments/k-12-student-assessment/results/2016.stml

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE – Established 1915
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest public school system in the United States and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has nearly 270,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 238 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 103 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population. Students are from 208 different countries and speak 181 different languages. For more information about BCPS and the Centennial Celebration, visit browardschools.com, follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools, like BCPS on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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BCPS Announces National Merit Scholarships Sponsored by Colleges and Universities

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Today, National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced approximately 3,000 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.

Congratulations to Broward County Public Schools college-sponsored National Merit Scholarship winners:

Johnathan D. Libier, College Academy at Broward College National Merit University of Miami Scholarship

Jonathon Rafilovich, College Academy at Broward College National Merit University of Florida Scholarship

Jennifer M. Schell, College Academy at Broward College National Merit University of Central Florida Scholarship

Ashley N. Lupariello, Coral Glades High School National Merit University of Central Florida Scholarship

Jessica Curbelo, Coral Springs High School National Merit University of Florida Scholarship

Kendra S. Blandon, Cypress Bay High School National Merit University of Florida Scholarship

Rachel C. Godskind, Deerfield Beach High School National Merit University of Florida Scholarship

Matthew Barta, Flanagan High School National Merit University of Florida Scholarship

Max Baron, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School National Merit University of Florida Scholarship

Drew B. Fletcher, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School National Merit University of Florida Scholarship

Chitra Banarjee, Miramar High School National Merit University of Miami Scholarship

Ari P. Heyd, West Broward High School National Merit University of Florida Scholarship

Hunter J. Ramo, West Broward High School National Merit University of Southern California Scholarship

“We are extremely proud of our student scholars for their hard work and dedication,” said Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “We congratulate them and their families on this outstanding accomplishment.”

College-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners announced today are a part of the distinguished group of about 7,500 high school seniors who will receive National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth approximately $33 million. Earlier this spring, National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced winners of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and National Merit $2,500 Scholarships. Additional recipients of college-sponsored awards will be announced on July 18, 2016, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2016 competition to approximately 4,000.

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE – Established 1915
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest public school system in the United States and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has nearly 270,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 238 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 103 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population. Students are from 208 different countries and speak 181 different languages. For more information about BCPS and the Centennial Celebration, visit browardschools.com, follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools, like BCPS on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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26 BCPS High Schools Rank as “America’s Most Challenging High Schools”

Friday, June 03, 2016

Congratulations to Fort Lauderdale High School for earning top 100 placement on “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” 2016 list by The Washington Post. Fort Lauderdale High ranks 57 nationally and 13 in the state, due to their success on providing access to advanced coursework to all students.

In all, 26 Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) high schools earned placement on “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” list of nearly 2,300, which annually evaluates all 23,000 U.S. public high schools based on the number of graduating seniors taking Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge tests before graduation. See BCPS high schools national and state rankings below:

America most challenging high schools
“Our high schools have raised the bar by providing opportunities for all of our students to enroll in advanced classes,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “If you challenge students, students will meet the challenge. We’re seeing this happen throughout our District, and this national recognition validates the work of our high schools and students.”

The list evaluates schools on how widely they provide access to Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced International Certificate of Education classes (AICE). “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” ranks schools through an index formula that’s a ratio of the number of AP, IB and AICE tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year.

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE – Established 1915
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest public school system in the United States and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has over 265,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 238 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 103 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population. Students are from 208 different countries and speak 181 different languages. For more information about BCPS and the Centennial Celebration, visit browardschools.com, follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools, like BCPS on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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