VIDEO: Brevard Public Schools ‘News In A Minute’

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Cambridge Students Win 1st Place in Literacy Week PSA

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BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – At a culminating ceremony for the 2015 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!, held at the Kennedy Space Center on January 29, First Lady Ann Scott announced Cambridge Elementary as the first place winner in the elementary school category for the statewide PSA contest.

To compete in the contest, students created a short video focused on this year’s theme for literacy week.

Winners were chosen at elementary, middle and high school levels, with the winning schools awarded prizes sponsored by the Florida Education Foundation – $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $250 for third place.

The Cambridge students recognized for their hard work include Zechariah Albright, Christian Corado, Brooke Kelly, Josephine Moran and Carminda Pineda-Zecena.

The teachers who sponsored the project include Patricia Bond, Kathy Burrier and Lyn Rosewall. The winning PSAs will be featured on the Department of Education’s website and social media pages.

For more information, please contact Patricia Bond, at 321-412-2721 or

ABOVE VIDEO: Six teams met for the Commissioner’s Academic Challenge in December to determine the winner of the district tournament and to establish the Brevard All-Star team.

Elementary to Employment Transition Fair

VIERA, FLA. – BPS invites families of students in exceptional education programs in Brevard County to attend an Elementary to Employment Transition Fair, hosted by the Interagency Council of Brevard (ICB), on February 12 at the Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High Media Center from 4 – 6 p.m.

The Transition Fair will include time for families (K-12) to meet with and ask questions of the various local agencies that support students with disabilities.

For more information, please contact Lynda Schuchert at


Satellite High to Bring the 1980’s Back on Decades Day

SATELLITE BEACH, FLA. – Satellite High School will celebrate their annual “Decades Day” by recreating the 1980’s on February 27 from 6 – 9 p.m.

“Decades Day” was designed as a multidisciplinary, experiential opportunity for school-wide collaboration in an effort toward recreating key periods in history with the intention of providing a holistic learning experience for everyone.

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The 1980’s Decades Day will have specific exhibits including a Berlin Wall expo, a video arcade, The Chernobyl nuclear accident, homage to the Shuttle Program, a fashion show and many individual and group projects that reflect the political, economic and social events of the decade of the eighties.

Concessions with hot dogs, hamburgers and various treats will be available. The event cost is $5.00 for all adults, and free for students/kids.

For more information, please contact Linda Anderson, activities coordinator, at 321-779-2000 ext. 4009

Edgewood Jr./Sr. Art Student Receives Scholastic Award

MERRITT ISLAND, FLA. – Edgewood Jr./Sr. High senior Annie Gormaley won one gold and two silver keys for her artwork in the prestigious Scholastic Art and Writing competition.

The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers presents the awards, and industry leaders judge and evaluate student work of over 90,000 students from around the country who submit art and writing pieces.

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The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers’ Executive Director, Virginia McEnerney, states, “Scholastic’s commitment to fostering creativity in America is unprecedented. We are honored to build on the program’s incredible legacy to provide inspiration and resources for creative teens and the teachers who guide and support them.”

For more information, please contact Marisa Flint, art teacher, at 321-454-1030 ext. 4001

Heritage HOSA Students Win Big at Regional Competition

PALM BAY, FLA. – Eleven Heritage High HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) students competed in different event topics including public health, sports medicine, research persuasive speaking, forensic medicine, nutrition, and human growth and development at the HOSA regional competition held in Deltona, FL from Jan 31 – Feb 1.

HOSA is a Certified Technical Education student organization that supplies students enrolled in the Sports Medicine Academy with experiences and opportunities that help prepare students for future health professions. Nine out of the 11 Heritage students will advance to The HOSA State Leadership Conference, to be held in March in Orlando, Florida.

For more information, please contact Colin Turey, director of the Sports Medicine Academy, at 321-722-4178 ext. 29006 or

Jupiter Elementary to Hold myON Reading Family Night

PALM BAY, FLA. – Jupiter Elementary invites students and families to attend their “myON Reading Family Night” event on February 12 at 6 p.m.

During the event, teachers and administration members will show families how to use the myON website with their students.

myON is the world’s largest interactive digital library with over 4,000 books geared for pre-K through 12th grade. Students have 24/7 unlimited, anytime, anywhere access, available on desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices.

To help promote and excite the students about reading, teachers will even be performing a rendition of a popular tune to support their advocacy of reading: “All About Those Books.”

For more information, please contact Jenifer Lopez, literacy coach, at 321-952-5990

Manatee Kindergarteners Celebrate 100th Day of School

VIERA, FLA. – As they geared up for their annual 100th Day Celebration of school, kindergarten students and teachers dressed as if they were 99 years old.

Students and teachers did not disappoint as they arrived in button down shirts, bowties, suspenders, shawls, floral print dresses, glasses, and were seen sporting lots of gray hair.

Throughout the day, students participated in a number of hands on activities, created 99-year-old self-portraits, and completed a writing assignment titled “The Day Before My 100th Birthday.”

Students enjoyed their last day of double-digit numbers on the eve of the 100th day.

In recognition of the event, kindergarten teacher, Joele Jones stated, “100 is such a big number to a kindergartener. 100th day celebrations happen from VPK-2nd grade, so it was fun to get them excited about the number that comes before that magical 1-0-0.”

For more information, please contact Denise Crouchley, kindergarten teacher, at 321-433-0050

Lockheed Martin Engineer Presents at WMSS STEM Assembly

WEST MELBOURNE, FLA. – Herbert Yamada, an engineer from Lockheed Martin, recently held a STEM assembly on the NASA program for West Melbourne School for Science (WMSS) sixth graders.

During the assembly, Yamada discussed many different aspects of STEM in relation to his previous experiences. He touched on subjects ranging from materials used to make the space shuttles to what air molecules are in association with a helicopter’s flights. Since STEM is an important component of student learning, having county stakeholders, like Yamada, contribute to its importance in the community is huge. WMSS thanks him for his dedication!

For more information, please contact Dawn Berger, science coordinator, at 321-596-5040

Sheriff Ivey Kicks Off Literacy Week at Pinewood Elementary

MIMS, FLA. – Sheriff Wayne Ivey shared his love of reading by kicking off Pinewood Elementary’s Literacy Week during a read aloud of Stephanie’s Ponytail, written by Robert Munsch, to all third grade classes.

The story stresses the importance of being yourself and having your own identity. Sheriff Ivey hosted a question and answer session for the students after the reading to address any thoughts they had on the subject.

This unique opportunity provided students with some great advice.

Other literacy week activities at Pinewood included a Mystery Reader contest, and daily guest readers in each classroom comprised of members from administration, parents, community members and staff.

For more information, please contact Kathie Vaughan, literacy coach, at 321-269-4530 ext. 4006

Gemini Media Center Receives Donation from Local Rotary

MELBOURNE BEACH, FLA. – The Melbourne Beach Rotary presented Gemini Elementary with a $5,000.00 check to fund the Accelerated Reader Program (AR) facilitated by media specialist, Caryn Good.

In a recent presentation to the Melbourne Beach Rotary Club, Good expressed how her first – sixth grade students have made incredible reading gains in their reading comprehension and vocabulary skills, because of the Accelerated Reader Program.

Inspired by what they heard, club members rallied together to donate to the cause.

In response the school’s need for AR, Good stated, “The Accelerated Reader Program has been an essential tool for our students here at Gemini and we are excited to have the opportunity to continue with this valuable program.”

For more information, please contact Good at 321-727-3090 ext. 3006 or

Tropical TK Students Invite Locals to Green Eggs & Ham Day

MERRITT ISLAND, FLA. – As part of a service-learning project, TK (transitioning kindergarten) students will host a Read Across America/Green Eggs and Ham Day on March 2.

As part of their project, TK students sent invitations to all the kindergarten classes and invited them to a special read aloud event hosted by the TK students supported by a community member and/or a business partner, who supplied their support and sponsorship of materials. The project includes writing, reading, problem-solving, designing and utilizing life skills as well as meeting Common Core standards, and will promote reading encouragement for the younger students.

For more information, please contact Samantha Alison, principal, at 321-454-1080 ext. 210

MILA Implements R.E.A.C.H. Student of the Month Program

MERRITT ISLAND, FLA. – As part of the school wide expectations Positive Behavior Support Program, MILA Elementary initiated the R.E.A.C.H Student of the Month program to boost student morale.

The program asks teachers to select one student per class to represent their classroom’s R.E.A.C.H. student of the month. Teachers select students based on the qualities of each letter that makes up the acronym of R.E.A.CH. This month, students who exhibited the “R” (Respect for People and Property) were invited, along with their families, to attend a recognition reception hosted by Mrs. Dufresne, principal, and Mrs. Back assistant principal. During the reception, administrators distributed certificates and read short descriptions written by the students’ teachers about their superlative qualities.

For more information, please contact Monica Weber at 321-454-1070 ext. 3981

Riverview School Hosts “Donuts for Dads” Event

TITUSVILLE, FLA. – Fifty parents, mostly dads, attended Donuts for Dads, an event designed to foster literacy and family involvement on January 28.

Parents were greeted with an inspirational and lively message delivered by instructional assistant, Mr. Donald Dorsey, who shared the importance of the presence of a strong male role model in the lives of young children. Dorsey encouraged dads to explore a variety of opportunities to maintain active involvement in the daily experiences of their children. Each attendee received a children’s book and information about enhancing literacy development.

For more information, please contact Barbara Martin, assistant principal, at 321-269-2326

Stone Magnet Hosts Orlando Science Center Family Night

MELBOURNE, FLA. – The Orlando Science Center (OSC) hosted a Family STEM Science Night where students and their parents had the opportunity to experience hands-on science, math, and technology.

Over 100 people attended this free, educational event. Among many of the exciting and messy scientific expos, the earthquake simulation and the hair-raising Van de Graff generator exhibit were the biggest hits of the evening. Stone looks forward to participating in future learning opportunities

For more information, please contact Shannon Lynch, coordinating teacher MSAP Grant, at 321-723-0741 ext. 5901 or

Ocean Breeze to Host 50th School Anniversary Celebration

INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH, FLA. – Ocean Breeze Elementary invites its students, staff and alumni members to attend their 50th school anniversary celebration, “A 50 Year Tradition of Excellence,” which will be held at the school on February 27, beginning at 8:45 a.m.

During the event current students, alumni, local dignitaries, and school district administrators will be on site to celebrate Ocean Breeze’s achievements in their 50 years of service to the students, parents and the community.

If members of the IHB community have photos and/or memorabilia they are willing to let the school borrow for this event, please drop those items by the office. Please label the item(s) with a contact name and number so that it may returned after the event.

For more information, please contact Laurie Hering, principal, at 321-779-2040

2014-15 BPS Parent Survey Available in March

BREVARD COUNTY, FLA. – Parents are invited to participate in the annual BPS parent survey available March 9 – 22.

Available in English, Spanish and Haitian-Creole, the parent survey provides schools with information that will help identify areas of strengths and areas in need of additional attention. Ultimately, the survey provides information that will guide both individual school and district efforts to improve the level of service to students, parents, and the community through School Improvement Plans and the District Strategic Improvement Plan.

The survey will be available online and in a paper version. If you do not have access to an electronic device, you may take the survey on any BPS campus. Paper surveys will be available upon request from the front office.

For more information, please contact Dianna Hetzel, parent involvement resource teacher, at 321-633-1000 ext. 564 or

BPS-TV is Moving Channels: 198 to 496

BREVARD COUNTY, FLA. – Effective March 2, 2015, Bright House Networks will be standardizing the channel lineup for Public, Education and Government programming across Central Florida. Due to this alignment, BPS-TV’s channel will be moving from channel 198 to channel 496.

For more information about this new alignment, please contact Bright House at 321-259-3762.

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