May 19, 2023

IN THE NEWS            


In This Issue

Millage Payments to BPS Employees Begin August 31

West Shore Jr./Sr. High Student Receives Two National Community Service Awards

Golfview Elementary FUSE Studio

2023 BPS Rookie and Emerging Teachers of the Year

2023 BPS Social Studies Teachers of the Year

Millage Payments to BPS Employees Begin August 31

In November, Brevard County voters showed their support for Brevard Public Schools by approving a millage increase with the revenue being used to increase employee compensation, student programs, and technology.


On May 9, during the Work Session meeting, the School Board heard an update on the district’s timeline to disperse the revenue to employees among other items.


BPS employees will see the first millage payment in their August 31 paychecks. The millage will last for four years unless extended by voters, with 80% set aside for employee compensation, 16% set aside for student programs, and 4% set aside for technology.


Click here to watch the millage news conference with Board Chair Matt Susin and Acting Superintendent Sue Hann.


The Brevard Schools Foundation and the School Board are looking for applicants for the Independent Citizen Committee for Millage Oversight (ICCMO). The purpose of the ICCMO is to provide oversight and ensure proper fiscal stewardship of the funds received from the ad valorem millage approved by Brevard County voters on November 8, 2022.


For more information, visit the ICCMO web page at this link: https://tinyurl.com/mpnx7ru8


If you are interested in applying for the ICCMO, you can do so here.


Applications are being accepted through June 9, 2023.

 

Millage supplement payments will begin for all employees on the August 31, 2023 paycheck and will continue for a total of 20 pay periods over the 2023-2024 school year. At this time, the exact amount an employee may receive cannot be determined until information from the county tax records has been received. The information on the BPS website provides an estimate of an employee’s potential earnings based on current years of service and estimated tax revenue. 


Please note that the millage amount will be recalculated each school year, over the next four years, based on tax revenue and employee years of service and will be variable.

West Shore Jr./Sr. High Student Receives Two National Community Service Awards

Madhumita Subbiah, a junior at West Shore Jr./Sr. High School, is a recipient of the National Community Service Ambassador Award and Blue Zero Hunger Award presented by InnerView, a leading national youth platform that helps students, groups, and schools highlight community service impact, passion for causes, and connect local efforts to the UN Global Goals.


She is the founder and president of Brevard STEM Outreach, a youth organization with the aim of increasing access to STEM education in Brevard County. Having attended an elementary school where STEM was highly encouraged, she was fortunate enough to explore the full potential of STEM. She now seek to provide opportunities for those who may not be as fortunate to explore the wonders of STEM. To achieve this goal, she has organized and conducted free STEM days at elementary school aftercare programs and raises funds for free summer camps that will introduce students to STEM and educate them on the prospects of a career in STEM.


Additionally, she has dedicated more than 100 hours of service to Club Esteem, a non-profit organization that encourages youth excellence. As a mentor, she worked with numerous students, helping them with school assignments and homework. This summer, through Brevard STEM Outreach, she will be conducting a free summer camp at Club Esteem, teaching students all about STEM through fun and engaging activities.


Working towards the cause of ending hunger, Madhumita volunteered with the non-profit organization Daily Bread through West Shore’s Culinary Club. Along with other club members, she organized and helped cook, serve, and clean up after a weekend lunch serving. 


Learn more about Madhumita's impact here.


Congratulations Madhumita for giving your all for such a noble cause!

Golfview Elementary FUSE Studio

Did you know that Golfview Elementary Magnet School has a FUSE studio?


Golfview's FUSE program is an interest-driven, STEAM exploration lab that engages students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design, and Math through challenging activities in areas such as robotics, coding, circuitry, graphic and architectural design, and 3-D printing.


Recently, Golfview enhanced the program to include a study of aeronautics through drones and an aviation simulation lab. They also added virtual reality goggles to provide students with an immersive, engaging, and inclusive learning experience. Through this VR experience, students traveled the world, explored the impossible, and delved deep into complex concepts taught in the classroom.


If you would like to see more photos, click here.

2023 BPS Rookie and Emerging Teachers of the Year

Congratulations to our BPS Rookie and Emerging Teachers of the Year!  


District Rookie Teachers of the Year (first-year teachers):

  • Elementary School - Joshua Katz of Croton Elementary School
  • Middle School - Amanda Taylor of Southwest Middle School
  • High School - Brooke Haid of Rockledge High School


District Emerging Teacher of the Year (second-year teachers):

  • Elementary School - Alexis Henriquez of Longleaf Elementary School
  • Middle School - Rachael Moore of Stone Magnet Middle School
  • High School - Sophia Wixted of West Shore Jr./Sr. High School


Each year, school administrators nominate outstanding teachers in their first and second years of teaching. Nominees must complete an application, which is scored by a panel of judges, to be considered for these district titles.


The winners will be honored at next year’s annual ABC Awards, invited to join the Teacher Leadership Council, and have the opportunity to represent the district through speaking engagements and other leadership roles.

2023 BPS Social Studies Teachers of the Year

Elementary and Secondary Leading and Learning are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 Brevard Public Schools Social Studies Teachers of the Year.


  • Elementary School - Lisa Burke of Lewis Carroll Elementary School
  • Middle School - Emily Jensen of Kennedy Middle School
  • High School - Megan Terseck of Palm Bay Magnet High School


Every year, elementary and secondary schools nominate one social studies teacher for this award. Nominated teachers complete a rigorous application including their administrator's recommendation.


After district winners are selected by a committee, teachers are honored at a state conference hosted by the Florida Council for the Social Studies in October 2023. District winners will also be eligible to compete at the state level for the 2023 Florida Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award.


We are so proud of our teachers this year!

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Heart of Brevard

Gabrielle Ash is the Heart of Brevard


The Heart of Brevard is a person who puts their heart and soul into teaching, inspiring, and supporting our children in whatever role they play in BPS.


If you know of a BPS staff member or community partner who is the “Heart of Brevard,” nominate them HERE!

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT   

Rushil Shah of West Shore Jr./Sr. High School

Rushil Shah of West Shore Jr./Sr. High School, did a presentation on financial literacy for teens at the first-ever TEDx event held in Cape Canaveral.


Currently, Rushil is in Dallas, Texas competing in the International Science and Engineering Fair in the Behavioral Sciences category.


Congratulations, Rushil, on this amazing accomplishment! You make BPS proud! 


Check out the full story here.

CAREER CORNER  

Virtual Summer Teacher Fair

Brevard Public Schools is seeking teachers for the 2023-2024 school year! Join us for our Virtual Summer Teacher Fair on June 7th from 3pm to 6pm. Qualified candidates will have the opportunity to browse participating schools and their openings and schedule up to three interviews with hiring principals. 


Pre-register here: https://forms.gle/Kp3VK5RTxdARto8i7

Summer Recruitment Events

The Brevard Schools Recruitment Team is coming to a location near you! Save the dates for one of our Support Staff Job Fairs this summer.


6/13 BPS Central Transportation Depot, Cocoa (hiring bus drivers only)

6/28 Saturn Elementary School, Cocoa

7/11 Bayside High School, Palm Bay

7/12 Coquina Elementary School, Titusville

7/13 Eau Gallie High School, Melbourne


Hiring for all support staff positions for the 2023-2024 school year including cafeteria staff, custodians, instructional assistants, bus drivers, and more!


Visit www.JoinTeamBPS.com for more information or contact huss.victoria@brevardschools.org. 

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Karyle Green

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