BPS News in a Minute

January 18, 2013

Brevard schools and departments will be closed on Monday, January 21, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.



 West Melbourne Elementary School for Science

An  informational  meeting  for  parents  interested  applying  to  attend  West Melbourne Elementary School for Science for the 2013-2014 school year will  be  held  on  Jan. 22  and Jan. 29 at  5:30  p.m. in the school cafeteria.  Two dates have been scheduled to provide more than one opportunity for parents that may experience a conflict with only one date.  The two meetings will cover the same information, so attendance is only necessary at one informational meeting.  General  information about the school will  be  provided,  as  well  as  an explanation  of  the  lottery  process. If you need further details, please contact Patricia Wadsworth, office clerk, at 321-956-5040 or wadsworth.patrica@brevardschools.org.

R. L. Stevenson Elementary School of the Arts

Stevenson will be hosting parent informational meetings about the school, curriculum, applications, and enrollment procedures on Mon., Jan. 28, at 5:00 p.m., and Feb. 1, at 9:00 a.m. in the Media Center.   Stevenson is located at 1450 Martin Blvd., Merritt Island.  General information will be provided about the school, as well as an explanation of the lottery process.  Interested parents are welcome and encouraged to attend one of these meetings.  Please notify the school so that they may prepare for your visit. Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on Mar. 1. If applications exceed available space, there will be a lottery for acceptance.  For more details, please call (321) 454-3550.

Cocoa High

Cocoa High School will have an informational night to let parents know about the school's accelerated and choice programs and the value-added diploma options.
It will take place Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. in the school's Fine Arts Auditorium.
Cocoa High School offers the Collegiate High School, Cocoa Academy of Technology, Sports Science Training Academy, Auto Body Collision and Repair, Culinary Arts, Dual Enrollment and Advanced Placement classes. Anyone with questions can contact Assistant Principal John Johnson at 321-632-5300 or johnson.John@BrevardSchools.org.



PALM BAY, FLA. - Breanna Powell, a sophomore at Heritage High School, was recently selected as the Youth Art Month Flag Design winner for the state of Florida. Powell’s artwork was selected from over 250 entries from students in grades K-12. She is the student of art teacher Leslie Raulerson. Powell’s winning design will be made into a 3’x5’ flag and flown at the annual NAEA Convention, March 7-10, in Ft. Worth, TX. To see Powell’s winning flag design visit www.faea.org.  For more information or for photos, please contact Bridget Geiger, art resource teacher for the District at geiger.bridget@brevardschools.org.



TITUSVILLE, FLA. - On Jan. 22 at 8:30 a.m., a Sheriff’s helicopter will be landing at Imperial Estates for a presentation where students will be given a question and answer session with the pilot.  This will be the culmination of a project based inquiry unit that fourth through sixth grade students in Megan Keen’s and Teresa Rowe’s classes have been participating called “Forces and Changes in Motion.” This assignment challenged students to create paper airplanes in cooperative groups and discuss among themselves the effects of push, pull, friction, gravity, and magnetic force.  Students were tasked with completing a mock simulation using paper airplanes, and students will receive a real world application of forces and motion by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit. Students will have an opportunity to go beyond the normal hands-on science experiences conducted in a classroom, through observation of an actual aircraft landing at the school. For more information or to make arrangements to cover this event, please contact Keen at 321-267-1773 or keen.megan@brevardschools.org.



Michelle Chin, a senior at West Shore Jr./Sr. High School has been named a semifinalist in the 72nd annual Intel Science Talent Search. Semifinalists were selected from more than 1,700 entrants and come from 190 high schools in more than 30 states and one American high school overseas.  On Jan. 23, 40 of the 300 semifinalists will be named as finalists. The winner will be announced in Mar. at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.  As a semifinalist, Chin will receive a $1,000 award from the Intel Foundation with an additional $1,000 going to West Shore. For more information about Chin, or the award, please contact West Shore Principal, Rick Fleming at 321-242-4730 or fleming.rick@brevardschools.org.



MELBOURNE, FLA. – The Brevard Public Schools South Area Student Art Show is going on at the Melbourne Square Mall from January 13-26. The event invites 49 south area Brevard schools to display over 500 pieces of outstanding artwork from students in grades Kindergarten through 12th. The show is not a judged exhibit, but art teachers from each school select artwork from various levels that represent student creativity, quality, and expression that reflect the Florida Sunshine State Standards for the Arts of critical thinking, reflection, skills, techniques, organizational structure, historical & global connections, and innovation.  For more information, contact Karen Reichert, Director of Marketing and Business Development at (321) 727-8062.