School Board Approves Minor Revisions to the 2020/21 School Calendar

On Tuesday, December 15, 2020, the School Board approved minor revisions to the current 2020/21 School Calendar for pre-K – 12 schools. Following are the calendar revision highlights:

Final Early Release Day of the 2nd Semester is Tuesday, January 12, 2021 (previously Thursday, January 7, 2021)

End of the 2nd Semester is Tuesday, January 12, 2021 (previously Friday, January 8, 2021)

The 3nd Semester starts on Wednesday, January 13, 2021

There are no changes to the Broward Technical Colleges calendar

To view the 2020/21 School Calendar Synopsis, click here: https://bit.ly/2KCSP1z

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Broward County School Board Approves 2021/22 School Calendar

The First Day of School is Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Wednesday, August 18 is the first day of school for the 2021/22 school year

Mark your calendar! The first day of school for the 2021/22 school year is Wednesday, August 18, 2021. The School Board of Broward County, Florida voted to approve the 2021/22 school calendar at its Tuesday, December 15, School Board meeting. The first day for teachers’ planning is Wednesday, August 11. The last day of school is Thursday, June 9, 2022. 

The 2021/22 school calendar mirrors the current 2020/21 school calendar with a midweek start and a weeklong Thanksgiving break. Key calendar dates include:   

First Day of School – Wednesday, August 18, 2021  

Thanksgiving Break – Monday, November 22 – Friday, November 26, 2021, Schools Closed  

Winter Break – Monday, December 20 – Friday, December 31, 2021, Schools Closed 

Spring Break – Monday, March 21 – Friday, March 25, 2022, Schools Closed 

Last Day of School – Thursday, June 9, 2022 

The approved calendar also includes 10 teacher planning days, six early release days and days designated for interim report cards, report cards, holidays and contingencies for up to six hurricane makeup days, if needed. To view the 2021/22 school calendar synopsis, visit browardschools.com/calendars

 

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Basketball star Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash

On January 26, 2020, a helicopter carrying former pro basketball player Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others crashes in Calabasas, California, roughly 30 miles north of Los Angeles; everyone onboard dies. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves through the American sporting world.

Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1996 until 2016, winning five NBA Championships and the 2008 Most Valuable Player award while making the All-Star team in 15 of his 20 seasons. By his mid-career, Bryant had established himself as one of the greatest players in NBA history, known for his clutch shooting, capable defending, work ethic, and longevity. He was accused of sexual assault in 2003, a charge which he settled out of court—the episode cost him some of his most lucrative sponsorship deals, but he retained his status as one of the wealthiest and most beloved American athletes. In addition to his long playing career, Bryant was known for his philanthropy and several business ventures and film projects (he wrote the 2017 short film Dear Basketball, which won an Academy Award).

Bryant and his daughter, along with the other passengers, were headed to Gianna’s basketball game at the his Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California. Not long after takeoff, the helicopter crashed in foggy conditions. The accident shocked sports fans across America and around the world. Bryant had been set to host the Grammy Awards that very evening, and the ceremony became one of the first of countless tributes to him and his daughter. The Los Angeles Airport, the Empire State Building and the Burj Khalifa were all lit in purple and yellow, the Lakers’ colors, in tribute to Bryant. Shaquille O’Neal, Bryant’s longtime teammate, sometime rival, and another of the era’s greatest players, said he had “no words to express the pain” he felt at Bryant’s death, and fellow NBA legend Michael Jordan called Bryant “one of the greats of the game and a creative force.”

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Ready, Set… Code! Computer Science Education Week is December 7–13

December 4, 202

#BrowardCodes

Superintendent to Code with Students During a Virtual Session on Wednesday, December 9

The countdown is on for the start of Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code! The annual global movement, which takes place December 7 –13, 2020, raises awareness about the importance of expanding computer science (CS) in schools and inspires students to complete at least one hour of computer coding during the weeklong celebration.

Throughout the week, Hour of Code activities for students take place at all District schools. This year’s theme is #CSforGood, which focuses on harnessing CS to help build the society in which we want to live. Key themes are:

  • We learn CS to detect problems: Building a society we want to live in begins with understanding the problems we need to address.
  • We learn CS to find creative solutions: Learning computer science provides a foundation to finding solutions. It is our creativity that enables us – in every industry and aspect of life – to design solutions built upon those foundations.
  • We learn CS to connect with each other: People have built technical innovations that have kept us connected through a global pandemic. 
  • We learn CS to ensure equity and inclusion: Everyone must have the opportunity to learn CS to have a part in building an inclusive future.

 

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is proud to be a national leader and model for computer science in schools, with courses, curriculum and activities at every level and every school.

As part of Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code activities, BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie will code with students during a virtual session on Wednesday, December 9. The event begins at 1:30 p.m.  To watch the live stream, visit https://bit.ly/BCPS2020HoCwithSuptRuncie.

To learn more about CS in BCPS or for additional information about scheduled CS week activities, 

contact Dr. Lisa Milenkovic, BCPS Applied Learning Department, at 754-321-2623 or visit browardschools.com/browardcodes.

 

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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. The District is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962 and has nearly 261,000 pre-K-12th grade students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers, and technical colleges, and 92 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, representing 170 different countries and 147 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app. 

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BCPS Teacher of the Year Finalists Announced

December 9, 2020 

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) announces the 2021 Caliber Awards Teacher of the Year finalists. The five finalists are recognized for their exemplary service in education and dedication to their students. A distinguished panel of educators, business and community members selected the finalists from a field of 225 teachers named Teacher of the Year for their respective schools.  

This year, four elementary school teachers and one combination 6-12 school teacher are vying for the coveted Teacher of the Year award. The 2021 Caliber Awards Teacher of the Year will be named at the Caliber Awards Ceremony, which recognizes the District’s outstanding teachers, principals, assistant principals and school-related employees.  

Congratulations to the 2021 Caliber Awards Teacher of the Year finalists: 

Alicia Gaines-Holligan is a 10-year veteran educator, who has committed the last five years teaching fifth grade at Park Lakes Elementary School. “My students inspire me as an educator,” said Holligan. “My goal is to ignite the fire that inspires by modeling for my students how to be kind, caring, empathetic and passionate about what they believe.”  

Park Lakes Elementary School Principal Rhonda Parris says, “Mrs. Holligan is a born leader who understands the importance of education. She takes educating students to a different level and shows it in everything she does. She has been a pillar of faith and dedication, and we are fortunate to have her at Park Lakes Elementary School.”  

Marc Horowitz is an instructional coach at Flamingo Elementary School. With the goal of making a difference in the lives of young people, Horowitz embarked on his journey to become an educator 23 years ago. Inspired to be a champion for students, Horowitz said, “I am determined to lead by example and ensure my students receive my unwavering dedication and support.” 

“The respect and dignity that Mr. Horowitz demonstrates toward others, coupled with the genuine care he has for those whom he serves, is modeled daily,” said Flamingo Elementary School Principal Philip Bullock. “He is clearly one of the best educators I have had the pleasure of knowing in my career.” 

Sheldon McLean teaches band, music and performing arts at Dillard 6-12 School, where he has taught the last seven of nine years.  McLean believes, “The development of the next generation is equally as salient as economic trade, technological advancement, health and medical discoveries, and every other industry that sustains and advances in life.” 

“Mr. McLean’s approach to his career is like his approach to life: strive for success, be humble, open-minded and serve others,” said Dillard 6-12 Principal Casandra Robinson. “He leads by example.” 

Monika Moorman, a 23-year veteran educator who has taught first through fifth grades, spent the last three years teaching fourth grade at Central Park Elementary School. Moorman says she teaches to leave an imprint on the world to make a better place. “I wake up every morning thinking about ways I can be a more effective educator than I was the day before.”  

Central Park Elementary School Principal Cherise Coleman says, “Mrs. Moorman is an exceptionally skilled educator who takes great pride in seeing her students succeed both in and out of the classroom. She transcends education in the classroom.”   

Allison Unger-Fink has spent her three years as an educator, teaching fourth grade at Hawkes Bluff Elementary School. “Technology is more important now than ever,” Fink said. “However, the greatest tool a teacher can lead with is the heart. Whether in a brick-and-mortar classroom or through a computer screen, students know when teachers care.”   

Hawkes Bluff Elementary School Principal Melinda Cunningham said, “Fink’s enthusiasm, love and passion for teaching is astounding. She inspires her students, as well as all who meet her, to reach beyond what they think is possible. She goes above and beyond to demonstrate to her students that they are all capable of learning and achieving excellence.” 

The Caliber Awards presenting sponsor is BrightStar Credit Union. Supporting Caliber Awards sponsors include Aetna, Broward Principals’ and Assistants’ Association (BPAA), Broward Teachers Union, Herff Jones, JetBlue, Nova Southeastern University – Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice, and Sunshine After School Child Care, Inc. 

For more information about the 2021 Caliber Awards, visit browardschools.com/caliber-awards

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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. The District is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962 and has nearly 261,000 pre-K-12th grade students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers, and technical colleges, and 92 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, representing 170 different countries and 147 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app. 

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Broward Technical Colleges No. 1 in the State for Industry Certifications Earned

December 7, 2020 

Atlantic Technical College Students in Auto Collision Technology Technicians program

BCPS students outperform their state counterparts for the 5th consecutive year

For the fifth consecutive year, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) career and technical education students at Broward Technical Colleges – Atlantic Technical College, McFatter Technical College and Sheridan Technical College – are No. 1 in the state, earning the highest number of industry certifications for the 2019/20 school year. Students outperformed their counterparts in the state by earning 595 credentials. 

The achievement of the technical college students in earning industry certifications qualifies the District for $595,000 from the state, as part of the Florida Department of Education’s postsecondary Florida Career and Professional Education Act, also known as CAPE. Beginning in 2014, the legislature agreed to fund nationally recognized industry certifications earned by postsecondary students in 28 occupational programs. Since its inception, BCPS technical college students have earned more than 4,600 credentials and more than $4 million in additional funding for the three technical colleges. 

“We are extremely proud of the outstanding work by our technical college students this year in spite of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “We are pleased to offer students of all ages high-quality career and technical education opportunities that prepare them to contribute to our local and state economy, and to their own financial independence.” 

Broward Technical Colleges offer more than 70 certificate programs for careers in architecture and construction; arts, A/V technology and communications; business management and administration; education and training; health science; hospitality and tourism; human services; information technology; law, public safety and security; manufacturing; marketing, sales and service; and transportation, distribution, and logistics. To learn more about Broward Technical Colleges, visit browardtechnicalcolleges.com

 

Photo caption: Atlantic Technical College students participate in the Auto Collision Technology Technician program. 

 

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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. The District is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962 and has nearly 261,000 pre-K-12th grade students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers, and technical colleges, and 92 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, representing 170 different countries and 147 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app. 

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BCPS Hosts Ed Talk 2020/21 Community Forum Virtual Event Takes Place Saturday, December 5, 2020

December 4, 2020

WHO:
Broward County School Board Members, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Superintendent, District and School Leaders, Teachers, Staff, Students, Parents, Business Leaders, Elected Officials and Community Members

WHAT:
BCPS Ed Talk is an annual community forum designed to engage Ed Talk stakeholders in discussing educational strategies and next steps.

WHEN:
Saturday, December 5, 2020
9 a.m. – noon

WHY:
This year, Ed Talk is being held virtually. The event has drawn more than 1,000 registered participants who will engage in conversations with BCPS leadership about the District’s 2024 Strategic Plan and eLearning, as well as participate in a Town Hall Q&A session. To register for the event, visit browardschools.com/edtalk.

Media is invited to cover Ed Talk by registering at browardschools.com/edtalk. For additional information, see the attached program agenda.

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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. The District is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962 and has nearly 261,000 pre-K-12th grade students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers, and technical colleges, and 92 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, representing 170 different countries and 147 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app. 

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Explore BCPS Magnet Programs During Virtual Open House Events 2021/22 School Choice Application Window Now Open

December 3, 2020

School Choice  

Parents/guardians and students are invited to attend virtual open house events for elementary, middle and high school magnet programs offered across Broward County Public Schools (BCPS). The online events take place now through January 2021 and showcase all the unique opportunities offered by the District’s magnet programs.

Whether students are interested in Performing and Visual Arts, International Baccalaureate, STEM, Pre-Law, Pre-Med, Aviation, Montessori, Cambridge or any of the District’s 81 magnet programs, there is something for all learners. A schedule of virtual open house events is available at browardschools.com/MagnetEvents

Families can apply for the District’s magnet programs, Nova schools and school reassignments for the 2021/22 school year during the School Choice application window, which is open now through February 8, 2021. More information on School Choice, including the online application, is available at browardschools.com/schoolchoice.

 

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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. The District is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962 and has nearly 261,000 pre-K-12th grade students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers, and technical colleges, and 92 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, representing 170 different countries and 147 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app. 

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First issue of “Vogue” is published

On December 17, 1892, Arthur Baldwin Turnure first publishes a new magazine, dedicated to “the ceremonial side of life” and targeted at “the sage as well as the debutante, men of affairs as well as the belle.” A product of the Gilded Age, Vogue has chronicled and influenced high society, fashion and culture ever since.

By the late 19th Century, the Industrial Revolution and the rise of the corporation had bestowed previously unimaginable levels of wealth upon a tiny but high-profile fraction of American society. Families like the Vanderbilts and Astors had the time and the means to build opulent homes, throw glamorous parties, and purchase the finest clothing. As such, their social activities became subjects of great interest for their peers as well as the less-wealthy but aspirational middle classes. Seeing “endless opportunities for running comment and occasional rebuke,” Turnure decided to create a magazine dedicated to this lifestyle, calling it “a magnetic wielding force.” The first issue featured a black-and-white drawing of a debutante on its cover, and early issues of Vogue extensively chronicled “the 400,” a set of elite socialites named for the alleged capacity of the Astors’ ballroom.

Publisher Condé Nast purchased Vogue in 1905, changing it to focus almost entirely on women and fashion and creating the first of its international editions (there are now over 20). The magazine has remained popular and relevant ever since, regularly featuring the work of world-famous models, photographers and writers.

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First episode of “60 Minutes” airs

On September 24, 1968, CBS airs the first episode of 60 Minutes, a show that would become a staple of the American media landscape. A pioneer of the “newsmagazine” format, 60 Minutes is the longest-running primetime show in American television history.

The show was similar in tone and style to W5, a Canadian current affairs program considered one of the first newsmagazine shows. 60 Minutes intentionally portrayed itself as a magazine, with “cover” graphics and a variety of content that ranged from straightforward investigative reporting to editorials to more lighthearted commentary. Its first episode, aired on September 24, 1968, featured coverage of the Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey presidential campaigns, commentary from various writers and journalists, an interview with the Attorney General, part of an Oscar-winning short film, and even a high-minded discussion between the hosts on the nature of reality. 

Over its run, 60 Minutes has been known primarily for investigative journalism—termed “gotcha” journalism by some critics—including exposés on the Vietnam War, the Watergate Scandal, the Abu Ghraib torture revelations and other corporate and political scandals. The “Point/Counterpoint,” segment, which featured two commentators giving the liberal and conservative sides of various arguments, was a 60 Minutes innovation that launched a slew of imitators and spoofs.

While the show has received criticism throughout its history for segments that contained incomplete or false reporting, it has remained the premier newsmagazine program in the country. A number of famous journalists and pundits, including Mike Wallace, Dan Rather, Diane Sawyer, Leslie Stahl, Walter Cronkite and Christiane Amanpour have contributed to the show, which has won over a hundred Emmy Awards and 20 Peabodys.

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