May 26, 2023

IN THE NEWS            

In This Issue

Schools Recognized for Raising FOCUS Participation

Brevard Brings Home Four International Science & Engineering Fair Wins

Central Middle Art Garden

Audubon Elementary Students Honor America’s Fallen

Schools Recognized for Raising FOCUS Participation

On Tuesday, May 23, the BPS Educational Technology and District Communications teams recognized the top seven schools in the district that raised their FOCUS parent participation for the 2022-2023 school year. During the surprise visits, schools were celebrated for “keeping their focus on families.”

At BPS, we prioritize parent involvement, and FOCUS is one tool we use to engage our families. FOCUS is used to communicate to a student’s home by providing easy access to announcements, reports, grades, assignments, attendance, and now, enrollment!

Congratulations to the following schools:

  • Harbor City Elementary increased participation by 24.11%
  • Enterprise Elementary increased participation by 24.59%
  • Indialantic Elementary increased participation by 24.7%
  • Cambridge Elementary increased participation by 29.08%
  • Westside Elementary increased participation by 29.15 %
  • Manatee Elementary increased participation by 33.65%
  • Lockmar Elementary increased participation by 36.75%

To learn more about FOCUS & stay involved in your child’s learning, visit our website here:

Brevard Brings Home Four International Science & Engineering Fair Wins

From May 13-19, 11 BPS students participated in the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair in Dallas, Texas. This international competition had more than 1,600 participants compete in various science, technology, engineering, computer science, and mathematics categories.

All 11 students either won Best of Show at a Brevard Regional Fair, received an ISEF bid at the Regional Runoff Competition, or won a bid at the State Science and Engineering Fair. Brevard had four winners at the International Science and Engineering Fair:

Third Award of $1000

Environmental Engineering

Sharanya Natarajan, Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School

An Engineered Hub & Spoke System to Seek & Destroy HABs (Year 4)

Fourth Award of $500

Environmental Engineering

Robert Zrallack, Titusville High School

Engineering a Completely Biodegradable Water Treatment System To Reverse Eutrophication in Leachate Canals That Lead Into the Indian River

Plant Sciences

Samantha Cohen-Pinsky, Satellite High School

Targeted Mutagenesis of the Arabidopsis deoxyhypusine Synthase Gene via CRISPR/Cas9 Enzyme Engineering Generating an Increase in Carbon Sequestration and Photosynthetic Rate

Florida Institute of Technology Full Tuition Presidential Scholarship

Pranav Ponnusamy, West Shore Jr./Sr. High School

3rd-Eye: A Novel Embedded System for Driver Attentiveness Monitoring Using Data Fusion and Machine Learning (Year 2)

Congratulations to each of these students on their big wins! 

Central Middle Art Garden

Central Middle School students along with visual art teachers, Tracey Asby and Amy Jones, painted a stunning mural outside their classrooms. Thank you to the Brevard Cultural Alliance, Elite Pavers, and the school's TSA class for assisting with the project.

The mural and the surrounding area were decorated with clay flowers, and further improvements will be made soon, including the addition of a picket fence and furniture. 

Audubon Elementary Students Honor America’s Fallen

In honor of Memorial Day, students and staff at Audubon Elementary School painted beautiful displays of artwork for the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center.

The goal of the project was to teach the youth about veterans, the cost of freedom, and the VMC mission.

The artwork will be on display at the VMC from May 24-31.

Heart of Brevard

Patti Williams 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!

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Chi Nguyen of Central Middle School

Chi Nguyen of Central Middle School received an Award of Excellence ribbon at the 2023 Statewide Student Surrealist Art Exhibit. Chi’s art piece “Crossing of the Soup” was also selected for the Dali Art Museum. 

Chi spoke about what inspired her painting:

"I dreamt about a crew of organic food going to war with humans and junk food. Everyone present fought, as beads of blood, sweat, and tears paint the sea of tomato soup. My team was victorious, and the disfigured junk food sank into the vast sea of soup. Some of the humans were still moving, and they were so injured and deformed they were unrecognizable. Captain broccoli ordered the fruits and vegetables to eat the humans," Chi said.


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:

Bus Driver Job Fair

Our kids need you! Consider joining our transportation team for the 2023-2024 school year.

$15/hr. starting pay & up to $1,500 in bonuses | CDL License provided at no cost | Paid Training & Holidays | Eligible for BPS benefits

Tuesday, June 13 from 9:00am to 11:30am

Central Area Transportation 

2091 West King Street, Cocoa 32923

Steps to Teacher Certification Virtual Meeting

Interested in teaching but no education background? Great news! - You can become a certified teacher in the state of Florida with any bachelor’s degree! Join us for a virtual meeting to learn about the different certification pathways for teachers here in the sunshine state. 

Thursday, June 15th at 3:30PM.

Pre-register here: or contact [email protected].



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