Wilton Manors Elementary School Named Nationally Certified Magnet School for its International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme

August 31, 2018

Congratulations to Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Wilton Manors Nationally Certified Magnet School Elementary School for being named a nationally certified magnet school by Magnet Schools of America (MSA), the national association for magnet and theme-based schools. Wilton Manors Elementary, the only authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme in BCPS, joins a select group of schools nationwide that adhere to rigorous magnet school standards of excellence. 

“The certification process recognizes the highest quality schools in public education. Nationally certified magnet schools illustrate and emulate rigorous theme-based curriculum, ensure diverse settings in which students thrive and are prepared for college and career,” said Kelly Bucherie, director for magnet school leadership, Magnet Schools of America. 

The national certification process is based on the standards of excellence and the five pillars of magnet schools: diversity, innovative curriculum and professional development, academic excellence, high-quality instructional systems, and family and community partnerships. Together, these qualities define the common elements of exemplary magnet programs. 

“It has always been our mission to provide a high quality and innovative program that promotes academic excellence and core ethical values,” said Wilton Manors Elementary Principal Melissa Holtz. “We are honored to be recognized for our efforts.” 

Wilton Manors will be recognized at the Magnet Schools of America’s 37th National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland on April 10 – 13, 2019. To learn more about Wilton Manors Elementary School, visit browardschools.com/wiltonmanors.

 

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth-largest school district in the nation and the second-largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has more than 271,500 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 234 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 88 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 204 different countries and 191 different languages. Connect with BCPS: visit the website at browardschools.com, follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.

 

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Thank You for Supporting the Secure the Next Generation ½ Mill Referendum

News Conference on Approval of Secure the Next Generation ½ Mill Referendum

Today, Wednesday, August 29, 2018, Broward County School Board members, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Superintendent Robert W. Runcie and the Broward Teachers Union (BTU) held a news conference to thank the Broward community for its support of the Secure the Next Generation Referendum. 

The Secure the Next Generation ½ mill Referendum was approved by Broward voters during the August 28 primary election. The funds generated from the referendum will be available to the District beginning in the 2019/20 school year, and will provide:

  • Increased compensation for teachers and school-related staff
  • Additional school security staff at schools
  • Essential programs for students, such as guidance counselors and behavior specialists  

“Thank you to all of our parents, students, teachers, staff and community members for supporting the Secure the Next Generation ½ mill referendum,” said Superintendent Runcie. “Following last year’s tragedy, we remain focused on our shared recovery and healing. The approval of the referendum is a testament to our community’s commitment to ensuring our schools are safe, our teachers and school-related staff receive better compensation, and our commitment to doing everything we can to support the well-being of our students.”   

To watch the news conference, visit https://eduvision.tv/l?eAygty.

To learn more about the Secure the Next Generation ½ Mill Referendum, visit browardschools.com/secure.

 

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth-largest school district in the nation and the second-largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has more than 271,500 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 234 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 88 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 204 different countries and 191 different languages. Connect with BCPS: visit the website at browardschools.com, follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app. Source

News Conference on Approval of Secure the Next Generation ½ Mill Referendum

August 29, 2018

WHO:        
Broward County School Board Members, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Superintendent Robert W. Runcie,
Broward Teachers Union (BTU) President Anna Fusco and BTU members 

 WHAT:      
News conference regarding Broward County voters support for the Secure the Next Generation initiative ½ mill referendum during yesterday’s August 28 primary election
 
WHEN:      
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
3 p.m.                                              

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

  

MEDIA ARE INVITED TO COVER THE NEWS CONFERENCE.

 

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth-largest school district in the nation and the second-largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has more than 271,500 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 234 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 88 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 204 different countries and 191 different languages. Connect with BCPS: visit the website at browardschools.com, follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.

 

ABOUT BROWARD TEACHERS UNION
The Broward Teachers Union is a labor union, which represents Broward County Public Schools teachers, paraprofessionals, technical service professionals and Pembroke Pines Charter School employees. BTU is an affiliate of the Florida Education Association, National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers and AFL-CIO.

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BCPS Students Participate in Shark Tank-Style Competition For $10,000 to Start Their Own Businesses

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Five Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) students are getting ready to make a major pitch for their futures. They are participating in an Investment Panel competition that could earn them up to $10,000 in start-up funds for their own businesses. The event is sponsored by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), a global nonprofit organization focused on increasing entrepreneurial opportunities and business skills for students.
  
The competition, which is a Shark Tank-style event, takes place at the Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center on Thursday, August 30, 2018, from 5 – 8 p.m. The free event is open to the public.
 
The students qualified for the Investment Panel event after being named the top five finalists during NFTE’s Entrepreneurship Startup Summer camp. As part of the free summer camp, students received innovative, hands-on training, coaching and mentorship from NFTE and other corporate sponsors, aimed at helping them develop their own businesses. The five student finalists and their businesses include:
 
Dayana Gelin, Deerfield Beach High School – Crowned Waffles is a home-based business selling Belgian Liege waffle pops that are customizable and convenient to eat.
 
Joseph Jean, Piper High School – Bambii is a social media platform for comedians.
 
James Murray, Nova High School – The Guardian Helper is an app created to make sure no more children are left in hot cars.
 
Jeremy Perez, Hallandale High School – Swap is an app that allows users to safely buy, sell and trade.
 
Jade Restrepo, Crystal Lake Middle School – Bracelets for Benefit provides bracelets that represent different medical conditions to help raise awareness of a variety of illnesses. 
 
Media are invited to cover the Investment Panel competition.
 
                                                                 

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth-largest school district in the nation and the second-largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has more than 271,500 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 234 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 88 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 204 different countries and 191 different languages. Connect with BCPS: visit the website at browardschools.com, follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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The first Miss Black America pageant takes place

Year
1968
Month Day
August 17

At nearly three in the morning, Saundra Williams walked across a stage with a cream rhinestone cape around her shoulders, a sash across her torso and a scepter in her hand, ready to be crowned as pageant royalty. Though it was the same night as the Miss America pageant, Williams’ crowning wasn’t just about beauty. It was about protest.

She was the first Miss Black America, and her message was clear: Black is beautiful, too. 

A year before Williams took the stage, J. Morris Anderson, a Philadelphia entrepreneur, asked his two young daughters what they wanted to be when they grew up. They gave an answer that most girls at the time would: they wanted to be Miss America. But he knew that the racist standards would keep them from even being considered for the crown. It was then that he decided to do something—to show his girls they could be Miss America, too.

Phillip H. Savage, then director of the Tri-State NAACP, helped the groundbreaking—but then taboo—pageant get national coverage. They decided to hold it the same night, and in the same city, as the Miss America pageant. They chose to start their so-called “positive protest” at midnight, in hopes that newsmen would drop by when they left Convention Hall after the conclusion of the other pageant.

The 19-year-old winner from Philadelphia grew up in a middle class home and said she never experienced racism until she went to college at Maryland State College. For the first time, she walked into a restaurant and was refused service. That’s when she became an activist in the Black Awareness Movement, leading a silent protest march to attempt to integrate that very same restaurant.

For talent, Williams performed a traditional African dance and, during the Question and Answer segment, she shocked the crowd by saying men and women should do equal housework because she thought “the male is getting awfully lazy.”

The men in the audience booed, but it wasn’t enough to cost her the crown, a trip to Puerto Rico, a modeling contract and a trophy.

Williams said being ordained with this crown was even better than winning Miss America. She wanted this to be the first of many positive messages to Black women.

“There is a need to keep saying this over and over because for so long none of us believed it,” she said. “But now we’re finally coming around.”

Sixteen years later, Vanessa Williams would be crowned Miss America. She was the first Black woman to win the honor. The Miss Black America pageant continues to this day.

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Protesters disrupt the Miss America Pageant

Year
1968
Month Day
September 07

On September 7, 1968, 50 women—one representing each state of the United States—prepared to be judged on their beauty by millions of eyes across the country, in the 41st annual Miss America pageant. But this year would be different.

As the contestants walked across the stage, protesters unfurled a bed sheet turned political statement from the rafters that read “Women’s Liberation” in large letters. The women shouted “No More Miss America!” over the crowd in the first ever protest against Miss America. While they didn’t get caught on camera, their words hit print in the next day’s newspapers, dragging the second wave of feminism into the mainstream.

As the protesters shouted from the rafters inside the show, outside hundreds of women took over the Atlantic City Boardwalk, carrying signs that said “Can make-up hide the wounds of our oppression?” and “All Women Are Beautiful.” One woman holding pots and pans and a baby mopped the boardwalk while another another chained herself to a puppet giant puppet of Miss America to symbolize how women are imprisoned by beauty standards. The protesters even crowned a sheep to symbolize how the pageant treated women like livestock at a county fair competition to a crowd of laughing and grimacing spectators.

READ MORE: I Was There: The 1968 Miss America Pageant Protest

The protesters dumped feminine items they deemed symbols of oppression including “bras, girdles, curlers, false eyelashes, wigs, and representative issues of Cosmopolitan, Ladies’ Home Journal, Family Circle, etc.” into a giant “freedom trash can” that they intended to set on fire.Though they weren’t allowed to light a fire on top of the flammable boardwalk, the bra burners myth was born later, in a New York Post story on the protest.

The protest was inspired at a meeting of the New York Radical Women. The group of activists discussed a film about the role beauty standards play in women’s oppression. The movie used the swimsuit competition as an example. That’s when feminist activist, Carol Hanisch, decided taking on the nearly 50-year-old iconic pageant might be the perfect way force this conversation around beauty into the public eye.

In the months before the pageant, the protesters advertised their demonstration as a change to stand up to “an image that oppresses women in every area in which it purports to represent us.” They also issued a press release that included 10 reasons for their hatred of the pageant, as an open invitation to women in August.

The group condemned the consumerism around sponsoring the program and how it valued women’s beauty before her personality. They felt the contest reinforced “the degrading Mindless-Boob-Girlie Symbol.” Also drawing their ire were the pageant’s racist standards that kept women of color from wearing the crown. The protesters also rejected the double standard that demanded that the women be “sexy and wholesome, delicate but able to cope, demure yet titillatingly bitchy.” Worst of all, they felt the pageant stripped the contestants of their voices, pushing women to be “inoffensive” and “bland.”

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BCPS and Broward Sheriff’s Office Hosting Career Fair to Recruit and Hire Law Enforcement Officers, Safety and Security Personnel

August 20, 2018

WHAT:
Career Fair to recruit and hire law enforcement officers, and safety and security personnel

WHO:
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Staff, Broward Sheriff’s Office Representatives and City of Lauderdale Lakes Representatives

WHEN:
Thursday, August 23, 2018, 4 – 7 p.m.

WHERE:
Lauderdale Lakes Library Educational and Cultural Center
3580 W Oakland Park Blvd.
Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33311

WHY:
To protect schools and ensure ongoing compliance with the new state law (Coach Aaron Feis School Guardian Program), which requires a school resource officer or safe school officer at each school, BCPS has partnered with BSO to hold a career fair. Qualified candidates are encouraged to attend.

Resumes will also be accepted for other job opportunities and selected positions. Human resources staff from BCPS, BSO, city of Lauderdale Lakes and other participating agencies will be at the career fair to share job opportunities, review qualifications and answer questions related to the hiring process. No registration is required for the job fair. Interested candidates are asked to bring their resumes.


MEDIA ARE INVITED TO COVER THIS EVENT.

 

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth-largest school district in the nation and the second-largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has more than 271,500 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 234 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 88 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 204 different countries and 191 different languages. Connect with BCPS: visit the website at browardschools.com, follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook/browardschools. and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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BCPS Awarded Second Consecutive $64,000 Grant to Provide Opportunities for Youth In Juvenile Justice Programs

For a second consecutive year, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) has received a $64,000 grant from the Florida Department of Education to increase high school diplomas awarded and ensure post-release employability for youth placed in Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) custody. The grant, implemented by the District’s Department of Equity & Academic Attainment, provides services to youth at the Broward Youth Treatment Center (BYTC) facility in Pembroke Pines through the Teaching, Redirecting and Advancing Individuals of the Next Generation program (TRAIN).

TRAIN is aligned with the educational objectives of the DJJ and designed to ensure that youth in the juvenile justice system obtain measurable academic improvement and acquire career technical skills. The program aims to help youth find employment following their release and increase opportunities for them to earn industry-recognized certifications.

In partnership with the Broward Technical College Career Technical Assistance Program, students prepare for jobs in culinary arts. Students are able to participate in courses in commercial food and culinary arts provided by an industry certified instructor. Students are also able to articulate to any Florida Technical College with occupational completion points and/or industry certifications, qualifying the youth to enter occupations linked to food preparation and service careers.

“Thanks to the collaborative efforts of community partners and the District, the Perkins Grant for Culinary Arts helps us to continue the work of preparing this fragile population with obtaining valuable industry certification, job skills and life skills,” said David Watkins, director of BCPS Equity & Academic Attainment. “This program goes a long way toward our goal of ensuring that every student graduate with the competencies required to succeed in the workforce.”

 
The TRAIN program was developed to support the education, career training, support services and job placement of juveniles placed in BYTC custody. BCPS currently provides a full range of educational services at the Broward Youth Treatment Center, including evidenced-based curriculum, structured behavior management systems, substance abuse treatment and individual/group counseling and family therapy.

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth-largest school district in the nation and the second-largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has more than 271,500 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 234 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 88 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 204 different countries and 191 different languages. Connect with BCPS: visit the website at browardschools.com, follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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Sea Castle Elementary School Unveils Media Center Makeover Courtesy of the Orange Bowl Committee

WHO:
Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie; Sean Pittman, President & Chair, Orange Bowl Committee, Inc.; Britton Banowsky, Executive Director, College Football Playoff Foundation; Michael A. Yorio, President, SSI Guardian of School Specialty; and Sea Castle Elementry School Principle Roqueime Rodriguez Students, Teachers and Staff.

WHAT:
Sea Castle Elementary will unveil its updated state-of-the art media center makeover, thanks to the Orange Bowl Media Center Makeover Project sponsored by the Orange Bowl Committee.

WHEN: Thursday, August 16, 2018, 11 a.m.

WHERE:
Sea Castle Elementary School
9600 Miramar Blvd.
Miramar, FL 33025

WHY:
Sea Castle Elementary is one of three schools in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties to receive a makeover of its media center by the Orange Bowl Committee. The winning schools received a fully-funded Media Center Makeover, including new equipment, furniture, supplies, technology and more. Schools were asked to provide a compelling written statement demonstrating why their school should be selected to receive a media center makeover.

MEDIA ARE INVITED TO COVER THIS EVENT.

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth-largest school district in the nation and the second-largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has more than 271,500 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 234 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 88 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 204 different countries and 191 different languages. Connect with BCPS: visit the website at browardschools.com, follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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School Board Members, Superintendent and Staff Welcome Students and Families

Today, Wednesday, August 15, 2018, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) welcomed students to the 2018/19 school year. Broward County School Board members and BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie spent the first day visiting many schools across the District, greeting students, families and staff. Throughout the day, the focus for schools was on safety and security, and ensuring a smooth start to the new school year.

“It was great seeing and speaking with our students and staff today. Our school employees are excited to welcome everyone and we’re looking forward to starting the new school year,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “While our shared healing and recovery from the tragedy earlier this year continues, we are committed to coming together and healing as a community. Our mission remains doing everything in our power to provide students and staff with safe and secure learning and working environments.”

BCPS has taken numerous steps regarding enhancing safety and security. Among these actions, the District has:

  • Developed, with tremendous support from the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) and our municipal partners, plans to ensure every

    District school had a certified law enforcement officer or armed guardian assigned for the first day of school.

  • Upgraded real-time surveillance camera systems at all District schools and expedited Single Point of Entry projects

    Districtwide, which use fencing and door systems to limit campus access for visitors to one entrance.

  • Engaged an external security firm to complete a risk assessment of all schools, which will ultimately include recommendations

    for additional security enhancements. The first phase is completed.

  • Reinforced with all schools safety and security protocols, including diligently monitoring and enforcing safety operations, such as locking exterior doors, classroom doors and gates throughout the day.

School Board members and Superintendent Runcie wrapped up first day activities with a news conference at the Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center. To watch the news conference, visit https://eduvision.tv/l?eALAmD.

In addition, to watch a video wrap-up of first day highlights, visit https://eduvision.tv/l?eALRDD.

Below is more BCPS First Day of School information – by the numbers.

2018/19 First Day of School – by the Numbers

Enrollment:

  • District (Pre-K -12 & Centers) 225,904***
  • Charter 45,340*** 
  • Total 271,244***  

School Buses:

  • Students Riding Buses 72,000**
  • Bus Routes 1,011 
  • Bus Drivers 971
  • Total Active Buses 1,324 

Cafeteria Meals Served

  • Breakfast 27,500*
  • Lunch 99,000* 
  • Supper Program Meals 6,000*

Number of Teachers

Number of Schools 

  • Elementary 136
  • Middle 37
  • High 33
  • Combination 8
  • Centers 17 
  • Colleges 3
  • Charter 88

Total: 322 

*Numbers are approximate **Approximate number of eligible students assigned to bus routes for the opening of the
2018/19 school year.

***This number subject to change.

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth-largest school district in the nation and the second-largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has more than 271,500 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 234 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 88 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 204 different countries and 191 different languages. Connect with BCPS: visit the website at browardschools.com, follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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