BPS News in a Minute

November 9, 2012


Based on last year’s student participation data, Brevard Public Schools has distinguished itself as a Top Ten District in the nation for giving students an opportunity to share their viewpoints about key educational issues. The only Florida district to make the cut, Brevard joins school systems from Texas, Virginia, Alabama, Maryland and California for this noteworthy distinction. Students from our district collectively submitted more than 9100 surveys in 2011 as part of the Annual Speak Up National Research Project, an initiative that provides participating schools, districts and non-profit organizations a suite of online surveys aimed at collecting authentic feedback from students, educators and parents.

While the national findings are reported to education and policy leaders in Washington DC each year, our district is also able to examine locally submitted data. In turn, those quantified viewpoints are among others used to inform several of our planning efforts, particularly in the area of Educational Technology.

For more information, please contact Matt Frey from the Office of Educational Technology at 321-633-1000 ext. 730 or frey.matt@brevardschools.org.



MELBOURNE, FLA. – Kylie Tumiatti, a junior at Melbourne High has been named one of four honorees from around the country in the TeenNick HALO Awards. Recognizing real-life teens who are “Helping and Leading Others” (HALO), the fourth annual awards show pairs each honoree with a mega-celebrity who shares their commitment to service. The TeenNick HALO Awards will be taped live from the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 17 and premiere Monday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nick at Nite.

“Each year we continue to be inspired by young people giving of themselves and we are honored to give back to them,” said Nick Cannon. “We applaud these HALO honorees and their outstanding commitment to service on a local and national level.”

Each TeenNick HALO Award honoree was surprised by a visit from Cannon, awarded a grant for their organization and given an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and connect with a celebrity who shares a similar passion for their cause

Tumiatti developed a passion for giving back to the community early on, after watching her younger sister struggle with learning English. She decided to help others who faced similar obstacles and partnered with Operation Hope Florida, a non-profit facility that provides prekindergarten classes to children of migrant workers. Together they implemented a literacy program that enhances the language skills of young children while simultaneously instilling a love of stories and books. Tumiatti’s HALO match, Justin Bieber, is big supporter of Pencils of Promise, which works to build schools and increase educational opportunities in the developing world.


School Happening 


Roosevelt Elementary in Cocoa Beach will be hosting a Local Hero’s Breakfast on Tues., Nov. 13 at 7:25 a.m. in the cafeteria.  Local hero, and parent, Staff Sergeant James Burnside will be welcomed as part of the celebration. For more information, please contact Michelle Sirounis at 321-868-6660 or sirounis.michelle@brevardschools.org.


Edgewood Jr./Sr. High in Merritt Island will be hosting an information meeting for about its Choice Program on Tues., Nov.13 at 6:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Parents and students interested in knowing more about the Choice Program should plan to attend. A second opportunity to visit the school is scheduled for Tues., Dec. 11. 

For more information, please contact Edgewood principal, Dr. Kenneth Winn at 321-454-1030 or winn.ken@brevardschools.org.


In honor and recognition of Veteran’s Day the War Eagle Battalion will support the Veterans 5K event starting at Sand Point Park and going over the Max Brewer Bridge on Sat., Nov. 10.  All proceeds from the run go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

For more information, please contact Terry Humphrey, principal, at 321-264-3000 or Humphrey.terry@brevardschools.org.


At the drop of a hat November 7th, Hoover Middle School students donned their crazy headgear to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy victims on Staten Island.  Hoover Social Studies teacher, Rosanne Merola, who recently moved back to Brevard from the New York City borough, was personally affected as her family struggled with the devastation from the storm in her hometown.  Hoover seventh and eighth grade students paid one dollar a head to wear their hats all day. Teachers also joined in the effort by giving a donation in exchange for wearing jeans.  Proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated directly to local recovery efforts on Staten Island.

For more information, please contact Hoover principal, Mollie Vega at 321-727-1611 or vega.mollie@brevardschools.org.

Eau Gallie High

Eau Gallie High will be hosting an information meeting for about its Choice Program on Thur., Nov.15 at 5:00 p.m. in the school auditorium. Eighth grade parents and students interested in knowing more about the Choice Program should plan to attend. For more information, please contact Cathy Poulous, Cambridge AICE Program Coordinator at 321-242-6400 or poulos.cathy@brevardschools.org.