December 4, 2018
"Fill a Capsule for Christmas" Campaign to
Benefit Space Coast's Struggling Families
As NASA took another giant step for mankind with the landing of the I-Sight craft on Mars, several Brevard County schools are hoping to take a similar leap for humankind, by creating Mission to Mars “capsules” to collect basic necessities for families in need this holiday season.

The “Mission GTG-ITL 2018 - Fill A Capsule for Christmas” campaign is a collaboration between the Sharing Center of Brevard, Special Olympics FL, and Brevard Public Schools. Capsule creations will be on display in various locations throughout the county. You can support the effort by dropping donations of hygiene and first aid items in capsules through December 13.
The capsule with the most donations will win unrestricted funds (up to $1000) for their school, to be awarded at the “Fill a Capsule for Christmas” Giving Fest on December 16.
Family friendly games, resources, raffles and food will be available at the ‘Fest’. Experience virtual reality, S.T.E.A.M. activities and see all of the capsules on display. Live holiday performances will be taking place throughout the event.
WHAT:           “Mission GTG-ITL 2018 - Fill A Capsule for Christmas” Giving Fest
WHEN:           Saturday, December 16, 2018
                       2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
WHERE:         Riverside Park, Cocoa Village
                       Cocoa, FL
Participating schools and their capsule locations include:
  • Enterprise Elementary, Space Florida
  • Oak Park Elementary, Space X
  • Rockledge High School, Sharing Center Thrift Store, Merritt Island
  • South Lake Elementary, Knights Enterprises
  • Tropical Elementary, Merritt Square Mall (in front of JCPenney)
  • Rising Stars Academy, Melbourne Square Mall (in front of Salon Professional Academy) 
To view photos of the capsules and for more information, check out Fill a Capsule for Christmas on Facebook.
Brevard Schools Foundation Seeks Sponsors for 8th Annual ABC Awards
Brevard Schools Foundation is seeking sponsors for the upcoming 8 th Annual ABC Awards to be held on January 23, 2019. Each year, Brevard Schools Foundation Applauds Brevard’s Champions at the biggest educational event of the year – The ABC Awards. The Foundation, in partnership with Brevard Public Schools, showcases the outstanding contributions of those who help strengthen the quality of public education in Brevard County including Teacher of the Year, Employee of the Year, Volunteers of the Year, Business Partners of Distinction, and Administrators of the Year. Sponsorships support these special recognitions and provide a way to say thank you to those in service to our children. 

Community Credit Union has supported the event as the top sponsor from the beginning, however many other sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information visit: or by contacting Katherine Allen, Brevard Schools Foundation at 321-633-1000 ext. 474 or
Edgewood Future Health Professionals Celebrate Seniors with a Day at the Fair
Members of Edgewood Junior/Senior High School’s HOSA-Future Health Professionals Club joined HOSA students from other area high schools at the Space Coast Fair. Students were partnered with residents from Island Health and Rehabilitation Center and spent the day in their company as part of the Fair's Senior Day.

The day began with introductions, talking with each other, and a craft activity. Then, students and their partners were treated to circus acts, shark and wolf educational presentations, a magic show and lunch. 
BPS Grant Patrol Surprises Deserving
Teachers with $32K in Awards
Publishing Clearinghouse has nothing on our BPS Grant Patrol!

Brevard Schools Foundation had some serious fun surprising deserving teachers who earned grants for their incredible projects.

Nearly $32,000 in grant money was awarded to the following teachers:

Ms. King, Discovery Elementary: Ms. Lancaster, Saturn Elementary: Ms. Rice, Saturn Elementary; Ms. Latraverse, Hoover Middle School; Mr. Shupe, Stone Magnet Middle School; Ms. Cox, Gemini Elementary; Mr. Widmeier, McNair Magnet Middle School; Ms. Brandenburg, Fairglen Elementary; Ms. O'Connor, RL Stevenson Elementary; Ms. Campbell, Meadowlane Primary; Ms. Whitacre, West Shore Jr./Sr. High School; Ms. Armstrong, Eau Gallie High School; Ms. Casabianca, Eau Gallie High School; Ms. Wilcox, Tropical Elementary; Ms. Caldwell, Palm Bay Magnet High School; Ms. Allen, Palm Bay Magnet High School; Ms. Rutkowski, Riviera Elementary; Ms. Bergendahl, Sabal Elementary; Ms. Lucarotti, Sabal Elementary; Mr. Jordan, Southwest Middle School; Ms. Golinello, Southwest Middle School; Ms. Woodbrey, Hoover Middle School; Ms. Barnhouse, Roy Allen Elementary; Ms. McKinney, Westside Elementary; Ms. Crab, Turner Elementary; Ms. Lett, Turner Elementary; Ms. Fink, Johnson Middle School; Ms. Hirsche, Endeavour Elementary; and Ms. Brown, Suntree Elementary.

To see the BPS Grant Patrol in action, click here: BPS Grant Patrol 2018
Strengthening Community Ties One
Three-Pointer at a Time

Titusville police officers and students from Andrew Jackson Middle School teamed up for a "Kids vs. Kops" community basketball game as part of the department’s ongoing efforts to connect with Titusville youth. 

It was hard fought battle, but the Titusville officers prevailed and won the game. This event is one of Jackson Middle School’s favored activities as it goes a long way in helping to bolster the relationship between the police and the community.
Pinewood Elementary Turns 50!
Pinewood Elementary celebrated its 50th Anniversary on November 9th with the coming together of current staff and students and Pinewood families; past administrators, teachers and students; BPS and school board leadership; and even Pinewood teachers who were once students at "the Pine." Current students and staff were all in attendance and put on performances to mark this major milestone.
Eau Gallie HS Aviation Students Soar at MLB
Students from Eau Gallie High School's aviation program visited the Orlando Melbourne International Airport and were treated to exclusive tours of the airport's tower facilities, MRO hangar, main runway and an FBO operation. The action-packed day concluded with the announcement that EGHS's aviation program will be one of this year’s Brevard Corporate 5K beneficiaries.

MLB Director of Operations and EGHS graduate Cliff Graham said, "we’re  #MLBproud  to support and inspire the next generation of aviation superstars."
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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