*Updated Schedule* Meet and Chat with Interim Superintendent Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright Hosted by Broward County School Board Members

*Updated Schedule* 

Parents, students, teachers, administrators, staff and community members are invited to Meet and Chat with Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Interim Superintendent Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright, a series of events hosted by Broward County School Board members which kicked off on Tuesday, October 26.

The list of Meet and Chat dates and locations (also see attached flyer) has been updated to include a change in the date for District 2, which now takes place on Wednesday, November 3 (see information in red below). For all events, attendees can submit questions starting at 5:30 p.m. and the events take place from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Each event is live-streamed at becon.tv/MeetandChat.

 

Tuesday, October 26, 2021      

Sarah Leonardi, School Board Member, District 3 Northeast High School Auditorium               

700 N.E. 56th Street, Oakland Park, FL 33334

Monday, November 29, 2021

Dr. Rosalind Osgood, Chair, School Board Member, District 5

Plantation High School Auditorium              

6901 N.W. 16th Street, Plantation, FL 33313

NEW DATE – Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Patricia Good, School Board Member, District 2

Charles W. Flanagan High School Auditorium

12800 Taft Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028

Monday, December 13, 2021

Lori Alhadeff, School Board Member, District 4

J.P. Taravella High School Auditorium      

10600 Riverside Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33071

Monday, November 8, 2021

Nora Rupert, School Board Member, District 7

Monarch High School Auditorium                 

5050 Wiles Road, Coconut Creek, FL 33073

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Ann Murray, School Board Member, District 1

Hollywood Hills High School Auditorium      

5400 Stirling Road, Hollywood, FL 33021

Monday, November 15, 2021

Laurie Rich Levinson, Vice Chair, School Board Member, District 6

South Plantation High School Auditorium  

1300 S.W. 54th Avenue (Paladin Way) Plantation, FL 33317

Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole and ASL interpreters will be available at each event.

Countywide At-Large School Board Members

Donna Korn, District 8

Debra Hixon, District 9

 

For additional details, contact Broward County Public Schools Legislative Affairs Department at 754-321-2608.

 

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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 nearly 261,500 students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 93 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 170 different countries and 147 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools.com and download the free BCPS mobile app.

 

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BCPS Responds to Criticism of School Field Trip

In response to criticism about a Wilton Manors Elementary School field trip, please see the following statement:

Wilton Manors Elementary School offers a Unit of Inquiry called, “How we organize ourselves.” In the unit, students learn about neighborhood safety, community helpers, the importance of being a community member, what it takes for a community to be successful, different jobs in a community, and social skills when interacting with others.

They also visit a local restaurant, Rosie’s Bar and Grill, which is within walking distance from the school and opens early for the students. The bar and restaurant was not open to the general public while students were present inside. When the business opened, students transitioned to a separate, outside location to order and eat their meals. The students order their meals from a student-friendly paper menu that has three child-friendly choices (see attached student menu). They learn about the types of jobs involved in operating a restaurant, how to pay for their meal, and how to leave a tip for the service they receive. In addition, as part of the field trip, the Wilton Manors Police Department provides traffic assistance for the students so they can see and learn about the different ways police officers support the community.

 

 

 

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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 93 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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Englishman wins the first US Open golf tournament

On October 4, 1895, 21-year-old Englishman Horace Rawlins wins the first U.S. Open golf tournament, edging Willie Dunn and others with a 36-hole total of 173 at the Newport (Rhode Island) Golf Club, an oceanside course.

Rawlins worked at the Newport Golf Club as an assistant to his instructor, William Davis. As the Chicago Chronicle put it, Rawlins’ win “was a surprise to everybody, as he was not expected to make a showing with such men as Davis, Dunn and [Willie] Campbell, but he played superb golf.”

But the New York Times was less charitable: “Rawlins’ game was well-balanced, strong in all it elements, yet brilliant in none.”

The U.S. Open was completed in a day, with 18 holes played in the morning and 18 in the afternoon. The modern tournament consists of four 18-hole rounds over four days. 

Rawlins trailed after 18 holes, shooting a 45 followed by a 46. He was clutch down the stretch, however, shooting consecutive nine-hole totals of 41  to finish the tournament two strokes ahead of Dunn, who finished with a 175. Rawlins finished five strokes ahead of his instructor, Davis, who finished with back-to-back rounds of 42. Of the 11 golfers who entered the event, only eight finished. 

Organizers reportedly deducted $50 from Rawlins’ $200 prize to offset the cost of the gold medal he was given. 

Though he played in the U.S. Open 13 more times, Rawlins was unable to replicate the magic he had in the 1895 tournament. He did, however, have an impressive runner-up finish to James Foulis in 1896 in a field that had expanded from 11 to 35 golfers. 

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Join Cooper City Elementary School Celebrating the Grand Opening of Newly Renovated Media Center

Ribbon-Cutting, Thursday, October 28, at 10:45 a.m.

WHO:  Laurie Rich Levinson, Vice Chair, School Board of Broward County, District 6; Howard Meltzer, Commissioner, City of Cooper City, District 2; District Leadership; School Administration; Business and Community Leaders

WHAT:   Students’ faces will light up when they step into their newly renovated media center – complete with new furnishings and décor – during the grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony. This renovation is part of $967,000 primary improvements taking place at the school as part of the District’s SMART bond projects.

WHEN: Thursday, October 28, 2021 10:45 a.m.

WHERE: Cooper City Elementary School 5080 S.W. 92 Ave. Cooper City, FL 33328

Media must check in with the school’s front office upon arrival on campus. A mask or face covering is required.

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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 nearly 261,500 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 93 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 170 different countries and 147 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools.com and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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School Board Approves Changes to Face Covering Requirements and Upholds Current COVID-19 Quarantine Protocols

 

The safety of students and staff are the highest priorities of Broward County Public Schools (BCPS). The District remains vigilant in monitoring local COVID-19 data and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and local public health experts to inform the District’s COVID-19 mitigation strategies.

Based on changes in local COVID-19 conditions, on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, The School Board of Broward County, Florida revisited its Face Covering Policy and approved the following starting Monday, November 1.

  • High schools and technical colleges: The use of face coverings will be strongly encouraged for students, staff, visitors and vendors. A formal opt out process is not required.
  • Elementary schools, middle schools, K-6 schools and/or centers, pre-K–8 schools and/or centers, and pre-K–12 schools and/or centers: The current Face Covering Policy requirements mandating masks for students, staff, visitors and vendors remains in effect – unless students have a medical exception per the current Face Covering Policy.
  • Pre-K programs located on high school/alternative high school campuses: Facial coverings are required for students and staff participating in the program – unless students have a medical exception based on the current Face Covering Policy.
  • District sites (employees who are not school-based): Facial coverings are strongly encouraged. When any District employee visits a school and/or center, the individual must follow the facial covering requirements of that campus.

In addition, the School Board approved maintaining its current COVID-19 quarantine protocols.

 

Following the School Board’s decisions, School Board Chair Dr. Rosalind Osgood and BCPS Interim Superintendent Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright discussed the changes. Watch the video at https://www.eduvision.tv/l?eAAAADy.

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Get Ready to Read! BCPS is Excited to Join Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® with 40,000 Free Books for Students

October 22, 2021

Get Ready to ReadBroward County Public Schools (BCPS) is excited to participate in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® on October 28, 2021, joining millions of readers across the nation to read the book, Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon.  

In addition, through a partnership between BCPS, the Children’s Services Council of Broward County and multiple Broward County early childhood stakeholders, a free copy of Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon will be provided to each pre-kindergarten and kindergarten child in Broward County. That’s 40,000 books for 40,000 children!

Media are invited to cover the following Read for the Record® events:

BCPS Interim Superintendent Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright is getting a “jumpstart” on this year’s Read for the Record,

reading to students at the following schools:

  • Monday, October 25, at 10.a.m – Oakridge Elementary School, 1507 North 28th Avenue, Hollywood, FL 33020. Elected officials and representatives from the Children’s Services Council of Broward County will also be reading to students.
  • Tuesday, October 26, at 8:30 a.m. – Peters Elementary School, 851 N.W. 68th Avenue, Plantation, FL 33317

Guest readers across the District will also Read for the Record on October 28, including Broward County School Board members and elected officials representing Broward County, as well as representatives from sports teams, local businesses, organizations, libraries and more. Below are three events open to the media.

School

Address

Events for Thursday, October 28

Times listed below.

Community Guest(s) or

Special Activity

Banyan Elementary School

8800 N.W. 50th Street

Sunrise, FL 33351

8:30 a.m.

Florida Panthers

Broward Estates Elementary School

441 N.W. 35th Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

8:30 a.m.

Lawyers for Literacy

Thurgood Marshall Elementary School

800 NW 13th Street

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

9 a.m.

Broward County

State Attorney’s Office

The community can follow the District’s Read for the Record® activities via social media on Twitter @browardschools and on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and share photos using #BrowardReads and #ReadForTheRecord.

For additional information, including how local companies or organizations can get involved, contact BCPS Executive Director of Early Learning Language Acquisition Dr. Lori Canning, at 754-321-1953 or via email at lori.canning@browardschools.com.

To register as a guest reader, visit www.handsonbroward.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 nearly 261,500 students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 93 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 170 different countries and 147 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools.com and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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Carter homers to win World Series

On October 23, 1993, Toronto Blue Jay Joe Carter does what every kid dreams of—he wins the World Series for his team by whacking a ninth-inning home run over the SkyDome’s left-field wall. It was the first time the World Series had ended with a home run since Pittsburgh’s Bill Mazeroski homered to break a 9-9 tie with the Yankees in the seventh game of the 1960 series, and it was the first time in baseball history that a team won the championship with a come-from-behind home run.

The Blue Jays were leading the series three games to two, but thanks to a five-run seventh inning (punctuated by a three-run blast from outfielder Lenny Dykstra), the Philadelphia Phillies were ahead 6-5 in the ninth. It looked like the Phils would tie the series and force a seventh game—but then they brought reliever Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams out of the bullpen. Though Williams had saved an impressive 45 games that season, he’d earned his nickname by throwing wild pitches when his team was in a tight spot, and he’d already blown a 14-9 lead for the Phillies in Game 4.

Williams did just what the Blue Jays were hoping he’d do. First he walked leadoff batter Rickey Henderson in four straight pitches. Then, after Devon White finally popped out to left field after nine pitches, Williams gave up a single to Series MVP Paul Molitor. With Henderson on second and Molitor on first, Joe Carter stepped up to the plate.

Carter took two balls, then two strikes. Then he cracked a low slider hard toward the left-field pole. “Ninety-nine times out of a hundred,” he said later, “I hook that pitch way foul.” But this time, he didn’t. The ball swerved right and disappeared over the wall.

“It was the ultimate sports fantasy,” Carter said. His memorable homer won the game and the series, the highest-scoring in history (81 runs in all) and the Blue Jays’ second championship in a row. And it put Carter alongside celebrated hitters like Bobby Thomson, whose immortal “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” won the 1951 National League pennant for the New York Giants.

On that same day the next year, the French sailor Isabelle Autissier set a record in the first phase of the famous BOC round-the-world yacht race: She made it to Cape Town from Charleston in 35 days, 8 hours and 52 minutes. The second-place yacht was 1,200 miles behind her. Later in the race, a huge wave overturned Autissier’s yacht when she was nearly 1,000 miles off the coast of Australia. She was stranded in the ocean for four days until an Australian Navy helicopter rescued her from the deck of her damaged ship.

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Meet and Chat with Interim Superintendent Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright Hosted by Broward County School Board Members

October 21, 2021

Parents, students, teachers, administrators, staff and community members are invited to Meet and Chat with Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Interim Superintendent Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright. A series of events hosted by Broward County School Board members kicks off on Tuesday, October 26. Each event will be live-streamed at becon.tv/MeetandChat.

Below are the Meet and Chat dates and locations (also see attached flyer). For all events, speaker registration starts at 5:30 p.m. and the events take place from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

 

Tuesday, October 26, 2021           

Sarah Leonardi, School Board Member, District 3 Northeast High School Auditorium                

700 N.E. 56th Street, Oakland Park, FL 33334

Monday, November 29, 2021

Dr. Rosalind Osgood, Chair, School Board Member, District 5

Plantation High School Auditorium              

6901 N.W. 16th Street, Plantation, FL 33313

Monday, November 8, 2021

Nora Rupert, School Board Member, District 7

Monarch High School Auditorium                 

5050 Wiles Road, Coconut Creek, FL 33073

Monday, December 13, 2021

Lori Alhadeff, School Board Member, District 4

J.P. Taravella High School Auditorium      

10600 Riverside Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33071

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Patricia Good, School Board Member, District 2

Charles W. Flanagan High School Auditorium

12800 Taft Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Ann Murray, School Board Member, District 1

Hollywood Hills High School Auditorium      

5400 Stirling Road, Hollywood, FL 33021

Monday, November 15, 2021

Laurie Rich Levinson, Vice Chair, School Board Member, District 6

South Plantation High School Auditorium  

1300 S.W. 54th Avenue (Paladin Way) Plantation, FL 33317

Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole and ASL interpreters will be available at each event.

Countywide At-Large School Board Members

Donna Korn, District 8

Debra Hixon, District 9

 

For additional details, contact BCPS Legislative Affairs Department at 754-321-2608.

 

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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 nearly 261,500 students and approximately 110,000 adult students in 241 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 93 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 170 different countries and 147 different languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools.com and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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New Parent University Webinar Addresses the Dangers of Social Media

October 21, 2021

One Night Only – Monday, October 25, at 6:30 p.m. 

With the increasing number of social media apps students use to communicate with their peers and the increasing popularity of social media challenges, the Parent Community Involvement Task Force and Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) present a new Parent University webinar to make families aware of concerning trends and the potential consequences students can face through the misuse of social media.

In this seventh installment of Parent University, titled Dangers of Social Media, families will hear from representatives with the Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Broward State Attorney’s Office, social media experts and BCPS staff as they discuss the risks associated with improper use of social media platforms. Additionally, experts will share tips on what parents should look for on their child’s social media, what behaviors should be cause for concern, and how to talk to their child about appropriate and inappropriate social media activities.

To access the live webinar on Monday, October 25, at 6:30 p.m., visit https://bit.ly/2YQ5s0v or  browardschools.com/parentuniversity. The session will be available in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian-Creole, Arabic, Chinese and Vietnamese through closed captioning.

For more information about Parent University, including links to previously recorded sessions, visit browardschools.com/parentuniversity.

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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 93 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 National League baseball game played

On April 22, 1876, the Boston Red Caps beat the Philadelphia Athletics, 6-5, in the first official National League baseball game.  The game, which lasts a little more than two hours, is played in “favorable” weather before 3,000 fans at the Athletics’ grounds at 25th and Jefferson streets. “Great interest was manifested in the result,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “as it really was the first game of importance played this season.”

 “The Athletics should have won the game,” the newspaper added, “but their fielding was poor.” Betting on the game was “about even,” according to the Inquirer.

While this was the first official National League game, the teams were not the first in professional baseball—the first pro team was the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings. Nor was the NL the first major professional baseball league—the first league was the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players, formed in 1871.

However, the National Association was loosely configured and had no central leadership or authority to govern its teams. Therefore, corruption, gambling, drunkenness and other malpractices became commonplace by 1875 and the league folded. That allowed William Hubert, an Illinois businessman and owner of the Chicago White Stockings, to emerge as the founder of the much more stable National League.

Hubert took the six strongest clubs from the National Association—the Boston Red Stockings (which became the Red Caps), Philadelphia Athletics, Hartford Dark Blues, St. Louis Brown Stockings, Chicago White Stockings and New York Mutuals—and the Louisville Grays and Cincinnati Reds to form the National League.

Hubert put new rules in place that gave the new league a better chance for success than its predecessor. It was an invite-only league and teams had to pay substantial league dues and were subject to league discipline for misbehavior.

In 1876, the pitching mound was 45 feet from home plate instead of today’s 60 feet, six inches. Pitches were supposed to be delivered underhanded, but pitchers “violated that rule with impunity,” says John Thorn, Major League Baseball’s official historian. Nine errant balls walked a batter instead of four in the modern game. Before an at-bat, a batter could specify a high strike zone (waist to shoulders) or low one {waist to shin).

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