2019 Summer Work Days

2019 Summer Work Days As a result of the success and savings generated from the Summer Work Days program in previous years, the District continues the Summer Work Days schedule for 2019.

The 2019 Summer Work Days schedule begins Monday, June 10 – August 2, 2019 (except the week of July 1 – 5). Schools and District offices will operate normal hours during the week of July 1 and close on Thursday, July 4 in observance of the July 4th holiday.

The extended hours of operation will be in effect during the Summer Work Days schedule from Monday – Thursday. All schools and District offices will operate on the Summer Work Days schedule and determine the extended hours of operation. Exceptions may apply to technical colleges and adult schools.

The District will resume its normal schedule of work hours on Monday, August 5, 2019.

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Autism in Flight Takes Off at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

Autism in Flight Takes Off at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

The annual Autism in Flight is the culminating event of several weeks of classroom lessons focused on airport travel. On the day of the event, students with an autism spectrum disorder and their families met at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport for an opportunity to practice the travel experience.

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Panther Run Elementary School Partners With Make-A-Wish Southern Florida to Surprise Local Student

May 22, 2019

Make-A-Wish Southern Florida

WHO:         
Students, Staff, District Leadership, Local Dignitaries and Representatives from the Make-A-Wish Southern Florida
 

WHAT:       
Panther Run Elementary School students will surprise Charlotte Nathanson with her wish (to learn to surf in Hawaii) during an elaborate reveal at the school.  
 

WHEN:         
Friday, May 24, 2019
8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

WHERE:     
Panther Run Elementary School
801 NW 172nd Avenue
Pembroke Pines, FL 33029   
 

WHY:          
Charlotte, an eight-year-old Plantation resident who has been battling leukemia, thinks the reason she’s been invited to Panther       Run Elementary is to give a speech about cancer and what she’s wishes for from Make-A-Wish. What she doesn’t know is the

students she’ll be speaking to are ones that have raised more than $5,000 through the “Kids for Wish Kids” program – enough to underwrite the cost of Charlotte’s Hawaiian dream.

Once the third grade student is finished sharing perspective on her struggle and what she hopes to do in Hawaii, she will be surprised with news that her wish will be granted in just a few days, on June 1. This will happen as more than 600 students, faculty, administration and local dignitaries reveal Hawaiian leis and themed decorations to celebrate meeting the recipient of their ‘pay it forward’ efforts (#PantherRunGrantsWishes). 

 

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.

 

About Make-A-Wish Southern Florida

Make-A-Wish Southern Florida has granted more than 12,000 life-changing wishes since 1983 for children who have critical illnesses. It aims to grant a wish for every medically-eligible child in its territory and understands wishes aren’t just nice, they’re necessary for kids and families at some of the most difficult times in their lives. Wish kids most often ‘wish to be’ (something), ‘wish to meet’ (someone), ‘wish to go’ (somewhere), ‘wish to have’ (something), or ‘wish to give’ (to a cause) and the nonprofit organization makes this happen for the child and his/her entire family at no cost or obligation. The Southern Florida chapter’s territory includes 22 counties/four regions in southeast and southwest Florida, Tampa Bay, and the Suncoast (Sarasota area). It also includes the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

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Congratulations to Cadet Colonel Gabriella Lopez from West Broward High School for Being Named Broward County Cadet of the Year

May 29, 2019

Cadet Colonel Gabriella Lopez Congratulations to Cadet Colonel Gabriella Lopez, from West Broward High School, for being named the Broward County Cadet of the Year for 2018/19. The remaining top six finishers were Cadets Albert Gonzalez, Boyd Anderson High School; Sarah Seng, Cooper City High School; Michael Levanthal, Western High School; Laylonny Sanchez, McArthur High School; Maxence Sutton, Cypress Bay High School; and Royce Bolano, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. In all, the top seven finishers received scholarships in a value of almost $10,000. Watch a video about Cadet Colonel Lopez.

The Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (JROTC) partnership between the United States Department of Defense and the Broward County School Board is completing its 46th year and has included more than 100,000 JROTC cadets. This school year, cadet enrollment in exceeded 7,000 students in JROTC programs sponsored by all four branches of the military. The District’s JROTC program is the largest in the nation, with JROTC in every traditional high school.

This year’s ceremony recognized 30 cadets who competed for the designation of Broward County JROTC Cadet of the Year. These “best of the best” cadets received the prestigious Superintendent’s Award-of-Excellence. The cadets were evaluated on their academic performance, demonstrated leadership, community service, school involvement, as well as their JROTC participation.

The National Middle School Cadet Corps (NMSC) also participated in the ceremony. Broward County Public Schools NMSC programs provide middle school students with the opportunity to develop academically, while building valuable leadership skills as well. Cadets Ty Sell Johnson, representing Pines Middle School; Seth Neptune, Ramblewood Middle School, and Alexandra Bruno, Sawgrass Springs Middle School, were recognized and honored.

Pictured: 2019 Cadet of the Year Winner Cadet Colonel Gabriella Lopez with instructors 1SG Earnest Sosa, 1SG David Torres, Principal Brad Fatout, Director of Athletics and Student Activities Shawn Cerra, Superintendent Robert W. Runcie and School Board Chair Heather P. Brinkworth.

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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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Internationally Acclaimed Opera Singer Carla Canales Visits Lake Forest Elementary School on Wednesday, May 29

May 28, 2019

 

Internationally Acclaimed Opera Singer Carla Canales
Opera Singer Carla Canales

WHO:              
Students from Lake Forest Elementary School and Opera Singer Carla Canales.
 

WHAT:            
Students at Lake Forest Elementary School will have a special visit from internationally acclaimed opera singer Carla Canales.  During the school’s Grade Level Award Ceremony, Canales will speak with students about the importance of the arts and the positive impact it can make in a life. Canales will also visit several classes, participate in a question and answer session, and share personal and motivational stories.
 

WHERE:          
Lake Forest Elementary School
3550 SW 48th Avenue
Pembroke Park, Florida 33023

WHEN:            
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
9 – 9:45 a.m. Grade Level Award Ceremony
9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Visit Art Ambassadors Classrooms (K-2) 
11 a.m.– noon Visit Art Ambassadors Classrooms (3-5)

WHY:              
Lake Forest Elementary School is one of three Broward County Public Schools elementary schools selected – and participating – as a Turnaround Arts School for the past four years. Turnaround Arts, a national program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, provides resources to schools to increase student achievement, student attendance, and parent and community involvement.  In addition, Turnaround Arts provides arts supplies, licensing rights, kits for school musicals, and high-profile Turnaround Arts Artists who work with students and teachers.  Carla Canales is the Turnaround Arts Artist for Lake Forest Elementary School and visits the school on an annual basis.

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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BCPS 2019 Third Grade FSA English Language Arts Results Show Improvement

Overall Results Are Above State Average and  Tied for Highest Among Florida’s Five Largest School Districts 

Today, the Florida Department of Education released the third-grade results from the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) for English Language Arts (ELA). The results show Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) third grade students continue to improve on the annual assessment. Overall, the percentage of BCPS third grade students meeting or exceeding satisfactory performance is above the state average and tied for the highest among the state’s five largest school districts.

More highlights:

  • In 2018/19, 60 percent of third grade students met or exceeded grade level satisfactory performance, achieving a Level 3 or higher on the ELA assessment, up one percentage point from 59 percent in 2017/18. The state average is 58 percent.
  • Over the last four years, BCPS had the largest increase in the percentage of third grade students scoring at Level 3 or higher on the ELA assessment among the five largest Florida school districts, up eight percentage points since 2014/15.
  • In 2018/19, 18 percent of third grade students scored at Level 1, down one percentage point from 19 percent in 2017/18. The state average is 20 percent.
  • Over the last four years, BCPS had the largest decrease in the percentage of third grade students scoring at Level 1 on the ELA assessment among the five largest Florida school districts, down six percentage points since 2014/15.
  • Twelve traditional schools had an increase of 10 percentage points or greater for students achieving a Level 3 or higher on the ELA assessment:• Pasadena Lakes (16 points)
    • Westwood Heights (15 points)
    • Oakland Park (14 points)
    • Croissant Park (13 points)
    • North Andrews Gardens (13 points)
    • Coral Park (12 points)
    • Sawgrass (12 points)
    • Griffin (11 points)
    • Charles Drew (10 points)
    • Atlantic West (10 points)
    • Bennett (10 points)
    • Liberty (10 points)

“Our strategic focus on early literacy continues to have a positive impact on student achievement,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie.  “Our trends of increasing overall proficiency and reducing the number of students scoring in the lowest performance level is the result of our teachers and school leaders continued dedication. I thank them and our students for the hard work they do every day. Our strong commitment to literacy will not end until all of Broward’s students are strong independent readers.”

 

For more information on the 2018/19 third grade FSA-ELA, visit fldoe.org.

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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 atfacebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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BCPS Provides Update on Partnership with SaferWatch Media Briefing on Tuesday, May 28

 

WHO:    School Board Members; Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Superintendent Robert W. Runcie; Brian Katz, BCPS Chief of Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness; and Geno Roefaro, SaferWatch President 

WHAT:      BCPS provides an update on the partnership with SaferWatch, which allows the District to receive reports of suspicious activity in real time. Superintendent Runcie and District leadership will share information on the partnership as part of the District’s focus on school safety and ensuring families and community members have as many options as possible for reporting concerns. 

 

WHEN:      Tuesday, May 28, 2019

                 10:45 a.m.

 

WHERE:   Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center, Second Floor

600 SE Third Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

Media must check-in at the First Floor Security Desk

                

 

MEDIA ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEDIA BRIEFING.

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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 atfacebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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Ship carrying 937 Jewish refugees, fleeing Nazi Germany, is turned away in Cuba

Year
1939
Month Day
May 27

A boat carrying 937 Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution is turned away from Havana, Cuba, on May 27, 1939. Only 28 immigrants are admitted into the country. After appeals to the United States and Canada for entry are denied, the rest are forced to sail back to Europe, where they’re distributed among several countries including Great Britain and France.

READ MORE: A Ship of Jewish Refugees Was Refused US Landing in 1939. This Was Their Fate

On May 13, the S.S. St. Louis sailed from Hamburg, Germany to Havana, Cuba. Most of the passengers—many of them children—were German Jews escaping increasing persecution under the Third Reich. Six months earlier, 91 people were killed and Jewish homes, businesses, and synagogues were destroyed in what became known as the Kristallnacht pogrom. It was becoming increasing clear the Nazis were accelerating their efforts to exterminate Jews by arresting them and placing them in concentration camps. World War II and the formal implementation of The Final Solution were just months from beginning. 

The refugees had applied for U.S. visas, and planned to stay in Cuba until they could enter the United States legally. Even before they set sail, their impending arrival was greeted with hostility in Cuba. On May 8, there was a massive anti-Semitic demonstration in Havana. Right-wing newspapers claimed that the incoming immigrants were Communists.

The St. Louis arrived in Havana on May 27. Roughly 28 people onboard had valid visas or travel documents and were allowed to disembark. The Cuban government refused to admit the nearly 900 others. For seven days, the ship’s captain attempted to negotiate with Cuban officials, but they refused to comply.

The ship sailed closer to Florida, hoping to disembark there, but it was not permitted to dock. Some passengers attempted to cable President Franklin D. Roosevelt asking for refuge, but he never responded. A State Department telegram stated that the asylum-seekers must “await their turns on the waiting list and qualify for and obtain immigration visas before they may be admissible into the United States.”

As a last resort, the St. Louis continued north to Canada, but it was rejected there, too. “No country could open its doors wide enough to take in the hundreds of thousands of Jewish people who want to leave Europe: the line must be drawn somewhere,” Frederick Blair, Canada’s director of immigration, said at the time.

Faced with no other options, the ship returned to Europe. It docked in Antwerp, Belgium on June 17. By then, several Jewish organizations had secured entry visas for the refugees in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Great Britain. The majority who had traveled on the ship survived the Holocaust; 254 later died as the Nazis swept through the continent. 

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BCPS Announces Recommendation for Michelle Kefford as the new Principal at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

May 13, 2019

Michelle Kefford Today, Superintendent Robert W. Runcie announced his recommendation for Michelle Kefford to be the new principal at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, pending School Board approval. The new role would begin July 1, 2019.  

In March, the Florida State Board of Education named Kefford the 2019 Florida Principal of the Year, and last school year Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) named Kefford the 2018 Broward Schools Principal of the Year. 

Kefford, an educator for nearly 20 years, has served as the principal at Charles W. Flanagan High School since 2011. Under her leadership, Flanagan High earned its first ever “A” and has received an “A” for six out of the seven years she served as principal. During her tenure, she initiated several programs, including “Kefford’s Kids,” a mentoring program, and “Falcon Flyers,” an initiative that enables middle school students to earn high school credits at Flanagan High.

Kefford began her career as a biology teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High (1999 – 2005), before becoming an assistant principal at Western High School (2005 – 2010), followed by assistant principal at Boyd Anderson High School (2010 – 2011). Her leadership skills and experience led her to being named principal at Flanagan High (2011 – 2019).  

As a passionate educator and BCPS graduate, she has held various positions on District committees; volunteers on several city and county committees; and works continuously to build school pride and staff morale. For Kefford, high-quality education is a family tradition, as she is the proud daughter of retired teachers.

To view today’s media briefing, click here.

 

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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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Superintendent Robert W. Runcie to Hold Media Briefing Announcing New Principal for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

May 13, 2019

WHO:          
School Board Members, Superintendent Robert W. Runcie and District Leadership

WHAT:     
Superintendent Runcie to announce the new principal of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
 

WHEN:     
Today, Monday, May 13, 2019
2:45 p.m.

WHERE:  
Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center, Pre-Function 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.

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