February 17, 2023

IN THE NEWS            

In This Issue

HBCU Fair Recap

Middle School Groundbreaking


Melbourne High Orchestra

2nd Annual HBCU Information Session & Fair

With over 1,000 attendees, BPS’ Historically Black Colleges & University (HBCU) Information Session and Fair was a success for the second year in a row. The Fair, which took place at Viera High School, brought great excitement for future Brevard graduates and members of our community.


Since the 1800s, HBCUs have served a vital role in providing post-secondary educational opportunities for African Americans and have grown into prestigious institutions for students of all backgrounds and ethnicities. 


Starting in 2022, this event supports Secondary Leading & Learning’s commitment to promoting college and career readiness and access; elevates participation in accelerated programs for underrepresented students; and serves as a special district-wide observance of Black History Month. 


Students and families were able to connect with HBCU college reps, alumni, and current HBCU students who were excited to share the possibilities and importance of college and career pathways. Sixteen HBCUs were represented, including Florida A&M University, Bethune Cookman College, Howard University, Florida Memorial University, and more. 

Special presentations and on-site assistance from BPS Departments were available for FAFSA, Scholarships, Career & Technical Education, Accelerated Programs, Parental Choice Options, ESOL, Head Start, Brevard Foundation, Adult & Community Education, and more.

The event also included edutainment with performances from Heritage High School’s Marching Band, Palm Bay High School’s Diva Dancing Team, Poetic Sole Step Team, and two local chapters of the Black Greek Fraternity Step Team. Students and parents were also eligible to receive great prizes for simply attending. With the support of volunteers, local sponsorships, and community support, the HBCU Information Session and Fair continues to be one of Brevard County’s most anticipated events.


Highlights from the fair can be found on the event page, along with information about upcoming events available. To learn more about the district’s Black History Month 2023 observance communication and highlights, visit BPS Embraces Diversity: Black History Month 2023.

BPS Breaks Ground on New Middle School

On Wednesday, February 1st, BPS celebrated the Groundbreaking Ceremony of our newest school, joined by local officials, school board members, the Viera Elementary School Chorus, and Viera High Cheer and Band.


This new middle school, located in Viera, will be opening in August 2024. To keep up with the progress of the New Middle School, take a look at our Project Progress page here.


Thank you to all of our partners, especially our General Contractor, Wharton-Smith Construction Group, for making this an exceptional event for our community. Enjoy event photos here.

Nation's First GeoBus Debuts at BPS

On February 2nd, the University of Central Florida debuted the nation's first GeoBus at University Park Elementary. The GeoBus is presented by Citizen Science GIS at UCF. 


A total of 18 Title I schools have been scheduled for visits by the GeoBus, where 5th-grade students have the opportunity to have immersive learning experiences with coding, augmented reality, geography, renewable energy, virtual reality, drones, and more. The Title I office has covered the $15 per student cost for all participants. 



GeoBus is a mobile geospatial technology learning lab powered by the sun on a 40-foot repurposed city bus that visits Florida K-12 schools. Students participate in team science through interactive, hands-on learning stations inside/outside of GeoBus during a school visit. All activities are connected to Florida Education and National Geographic Content Standards.


To learn more about the GeoBus, click here.  

Heart of Brevard

Tami Lanterman 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!


Mel High Chamber Orchestra to Perform at National Orchestra Festival

The Melbourne High School Chamber Orchestra is performing at the American String Teachers Association National Conference for the National Orchestra Festival on March 16, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, FL. The students have been preparing for months and are excited to showcase their hard work. MHS is the only group from Florida performing this year.

There will be a local ASTA NOF preview performance on Friday, March 3, 2023, at Eau Gallie High School at 7:30 pm. It is free and open to the public! Donations are accepted. The Orchestra will perform works by Felix Mendelssohn, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Aaron Copland.

You can find out more about the ASTA NOF here and the MHS Orchestra here.


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