January 31, 2019
Brevard Schools Announces
2019 Teacher & Employee of the Year
The ABC (Applauding Brevard’s Champions) Awards ceremony, presented by Community Credit Union and hosted by Brevard Schools Foundation, was held on January 23, 2019. During the gala celebration, Brevard Public Schools announced the winners from various categories including: Administrators of the Year, Volunteers of the Year, Foundation Awards of Distinction, Employee of the Year, and the Teacher of the Year. 
Shannon Kraeling, ceramics teacher and department chair for the fine arts program at Eau Gallie High School, is Brevard Schools 2019 Teacher of the Year.
Heather Spinneweber, school secretary at Rockledge High School, was named Brevard Schools 2019 Employee of the Year.
Celebrating Literacy Week Across the District
All across Brevard County, schools have found fun and creative ways to participate in the Florida Department of Education’s Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! (January 28- February 1), with the goal of encouraging and helping to spread the love of reading and promote the importance of literacy. From story times with special guests, to dressing up (or decorating potatoes) as a favorite book character, and even creating submissions for a YouTube video contest, Brevard Schools know how to make reading FUN! Check out our Facebook page for more Literacy Week activities.
Cocoa Wal-Mart Makes Holiday Wishes Come True for Clearlake B.L.A.S.T. Students
Students from the Clearlake B.L.A.S.T. ( Brevard Learners Achieving Successful Transition) program were the recipients of an incredible holiday surprise, compliments of the Cocoa Wal-Mart.

Store managers fulfilled the wish lists of all 23 students, providing everything from electronics to books and bicycles, crafting materials and clothing. The Wal-Mart team joined with Cocoa Fire and Police Departments to provide a motorcade for Santa to deliver the gifts to the Clearlake facility.

The partnership between the Cocoa Wal-Mart and Clearlake B.L.A.S.T. began in November. The B.L.A.S.T. students regularly shop at Wal-Mart as a part of their independent living program. They purchase groceries and cooking items needed for creating their meals. Wal-Mart managers Will Hudson and Alex Delhagen approached the B.L.A.S.T. instructors and asked for information about their program and how Wal-Mart could lend their support.

In addition to the holiday surprise, the managers and several staff members provided a Thanksgiving feast for the students, and generously donate their time and money toward enhancing the lives of our young adults with disabilities.
University Park Blankets Brevard in LOVE
Love INC of Brevard was blessed by the donation of beautiful afghan blankets made by Principal Ana Diaz, and teachers from University Park Elementary. The donated blankets were used as #GivingTuesday raffle prizes to help raise funds for the non-profit that unites local churches to help people in need and serve the community through a movement aptly named LOVEBrevard. University Park and Love INC became community partners last summer when LOVEBrevard served the school by painting 32 classrooms, improving campus landscaping and renovating the teacher’s lounge.   
Cocoa High School ROTC on
Campus Clean Up Patrol
Cocoa High School's JROTC held its "Operation Tiger Pride" volunteer service event to help give the school grounds a face-lift and help make Cocoa High School a much cleaner and healthier place to learn.

Operation Tiger Pride started as an idea last school year and is now an annual event and JROTC's annual inspection service learning project for the school year. Some 75 Cocoa High JROTC cadet students, teachers and chaperones participated in the event. Keep Brevard Beautiful provided supplies to aid in the clean up including gloves, trash bags and trash grabbers. For attending the event, cadets received community service hours, a ribbon, and a certificate for giving back to the school and the community.
Stone Magnet Middle School Students
Take a Turn at Science Fair Judging

Stone Magnet Middle School Science Research students spent the first half of their day on Thursday, January 24, volunteering as judges at the Port Malabar Elementary Science Fair. Stone Science Fair students have been serving as judges for Port Malabar for more than 20 years. Elementary students tend to be more comfortable presenting to the younger judges. In turn, student judges can provide first-hand pointers and suggestions, while understanding the level of stress that comes with the process. The Stone students had a lot of fun working with their younger counterparts. 
Parent University to Cover Important
Issues Facing Students Today

Join us for a panel discussion on some of today's hottest topics involving students. We will take a closer look at:
- social media & gaming
- substance abuse
- anxiety
- and more

Door open at 6 p.m., Panel begins at 6:30 p.m. Please register prior to the event here.

*BPS teachers may register in ProGOE to receive in-service credit*
Project Prom Queen to Outfit Deserving Seniors

Project Prom Queen is an annual charity drive sponsored by Hilton Cocoa Beach-Oceanfront that raises funds to provide deserving students prom attire. Since its start six years ago, the Project has donated more than 800 dresses to students across Brevard County. Most of the time, students not only receive a dress or suit but matching shoes and jewelry as well. Project Prom Queen also receives monetary donations that can assist in the cost of the prom tickets for these students.

Donations are being accepted until March 9 at the locations indicated on the adjacent event flyer.
Heritage HS Students Get "Tied Together"

Local real estate developer and community partner, Glenn Outlaw and his group of mentors, called “Tied Together Space Coast,” visited Heritage High School and addressed the entire male student body.

The assembly was divided up by grade level in order to provide each student with a more one on one opportunity with their mentors. Mr. Outlaw and a group of volunteer mentors demonstrated to each male student important career development, leadership, and social communication skills to prepare them for the workplace and future career endeavors. In doing so, each student also learned how to properly don a neck tie, and went home with a brand new tie.

Heritage High School students, along with their fathers and guardians, eagerly participated and enjoyed learning how to develop these important skills, while bonding with male role models in their lives and community. Seniors Matt Fremont and Cameron Chambers attended the event and said their favorite part was “…learning the right way to shake hands when meeting a prospective employer for an interview…” and said he learned a lot of useful strategies that he never knew about before.  
Ever wonder where that extra half-cent surtax goes? BPS Facilities Services is keeping track of every dollar that is spent! To learn more about our surtax projects, visit Brevard Schools' Capital Projects or check out our Facility Services' Facebook page.
Spotlight on Benefits
 Spotlight on Benefits, an Office of Employee Benefits and Risk Management publication, provides information and reminders about the many benefit options and features within the BPS employee benefits program to help participants get the “biggest bang for their benefit buck.”

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