BPS News in a Minute

February 1, 2013



VIERA, FLA. - Forums to gain input from community members regarding the proposed revenue enhancements and budget cuts will be held at 6:30 – 8:00 pm for the below dates and locations:

Astronaut High School Auditorium

February 18, 2013

Bayside High School Auditorium

February 19, 2013

Hoover Middle School Media Center

February 21, 2013

Viera High School Auditorium

February 25, 2013




TITUSVILLE, FLA. –Titusville high school’s student government association is helping those in need with a shoe drive to benefit soles4souls® inc, February 1 – 28, 2013. Brevard county residents are invited to recycle their 'gently worn' shoes in an effort to help distribute shoes to people in need by bringing the shoes to the school. For more information please contact SGA sponsors, Jaqueline Viera, at viera.jacqueline@brevardschools.org or 321-264-3100 ext. 5106 or Mary Kate Roberts at roberts.marykate@brevardschools.org or 321-264-3100 ext. 2004.




SATELLITE BEACH, FLA. – Olga Peraza, a Spanish teacher from Satellite High School, was among fourteen outstanding educators from across the country to be a 2013 Master Teacher Mentor and Consultant by SECME, Inc.  For over thirty years a major focus of SECME, Inc. (a national nonprofit formerly the Southeastern Consortium of Minorities in Engineering) has been teacher professional development focused on K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). SECME’s capstone event for the professional renewal and revitalization is the Annual Summer Institute, hosted each year by one of its 42 member engineering universities. This year the 37th Annual SECME Summer Institute will be hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, June 16-23, 2013. This intense eight-day residential STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) professional development opportunity, presented by member university faculty, partner industry and government experts, and SECME Master Teachers, provides educators with curriculum activities aligned to National Standards, cutting-edge content knowledge, and a framework for implementing a SECME program. For more information, please contact Lynda Byrne, SECME National Education Program Manager, at lynda.byrne@coe.gatech.edu.




VIERA, FLA. - Forty-three teachers across the state of Florida are recipients of a combined $47,000 in grants from Florida Power & Light Company's 2013 Teacher Grant program to support innovative, teacher-designed classroom projects. Teachers from more than 40 schools received grants ranging from $500 to $2,500 to fund projects including wind turbine generators, solar car and golf cart races, and cooking with the power of the sun. All projects adhere to the Florida State Board of Education's Sunshine State Standards. Teachers submitted proposals to be judged and selected according to stated goals, energy curriculum content, creativity, and plans for budget and evaluation.

The winning teachers from Brevard are:

  • Apollo Elementary School – Elizabeth Faulkner

  • Bayside High School – Naim Torlak

  • Brevard Virtual School – Teresa Arrouet

  • Heritage High School – Somer Y. Sutton

  • Heritage High School – W. Randy Lyons

  • Jupiter Elementary School – Sherry Love

  • Jupiter Elementary School – Tonya Doughty and Christine Gayle

  • Merritt Island High School/DaVinci Academy of Aerospace Technology – Joseph Harvey

  • Ocean Breeze Elementary School – Holly Mentillo

  • R.L. Stevenson School of the Arts – Stacey O'Connor and Tom Englert




VIERA, FLA. - Matt Frey, Brevard Public Schools’ Educational Technology Training and Customer Support Manager, was inducted as President of the Florida Council of Instructional Technology Leaders (FCITL) this week during a brief ceremony in Orlando.

“In the hands of skilled teachers, technology has shown itself to be a catalyst ingredient that leads to all kinds of promising instructional outcomes,” says Frey.  “I’m excited to represent Brevard Public Schools as an advocate for instructional technology that aids teaching and learning.  The next few years are going to mark an exciting shift in the way curriculum will be delivered across our state.”

FCITL, an affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), is a state-wide organization comprised of instructional technology representatives from Florida school districts, colleges, universities, and the Department of Education.  The Council promotes cooperation and communication among the district and state leaders who impact technology use in Florida schools.  It also seeks to positively influence legislation and policies that have far-reaching effects on students’ access to digital tools and resources.

For more information, please contact Frey at frey.matt@brevardschools.org.