BPS News in a Minute

December 19, 2012



VIERA, FLA. – Parents, we want to know what your child thinks about Brevard Public Schools so that we may better serve all students. All BPS students in grades 3-12 will be taking an anonymous computer-based survey during the month of January.  The survey questions were developed by Brevard County educators and focus on curriculum, instruction, bullying, and school safety.

The survey is completely anonymous and there is no personally identifiable information in the survey. If you have questions or wish to see a copy of the survey please contact the school. The results of this survey will help us to better serve all Brevard Public School students.  Thank you.




VIERA, FLA. – Employees at the Educational Services Facilities (ESF) recently completed the now annual Giving from the Heart Campaign.  Through the generosity of ESF employees, 26 families with over 60 children were assisted with presents for the holidays as well as gift cards for the purchase of food items, gas, etc.

Over $6,000 was raised through internal fundraisers, sponsored by various departments, such as bake sales, ice-cream socials, purse, tie and jewelry sales as well as a silent auction.  All items for the fundraisers were donated and collected by ESF staff.  Additionally, departments “adopted” families and purchased requested items on the children’s wish lists such as toys and clothing. 

The mission of the campaign is to help make the holidays a little bit brighter for some folks who might be struggling to make ends meet.

For more information about this initiative, please contact Ginny Gleason at 321- 633-1000 ext. 389.




District 11 which includes Brevard, Indian River and Osceola counties recently announced their 2012 Theatre of the Year recipients.  Jenora Duprey, Theatre teacher at Merritt Island High School, was chosen as the 2012 Brevard Theatre Teacher of the Year.  This award is voted on by all high school theatre teachers in Brevard County.  Rodney Savickis, Theatre teacher at Melbourne High School, received the honor of 2012 District 11 Theatre Teacher of the Year.  This award is voted on by all high school theatre teachers in District 11.

For more information, please contact Duprey at dupery.jenora@brevardschools.org or Savickis at savickis.rodney@brevardschools.org.  


School Happenings

Enterprise Elementary

Following a 6th grade lesson on thankfulness and gratitude, the 6th grade students of Enterprise Elementary organized a school wide food drive that took place over two weeks to assist in resupplying the local food bank at First United Methodist Church in Port St. John.

Jobie Woltman, school counselor at Enterprise, said, “While our original goal was 1,000 pounds of food to help our community, the school community once again exceeded expectations.” She concluded, “Over 2,000 pounds of food were donated to ensure the families of Port St. John had the food needed to make this holiday season   bright.”


Indialantic Elementary

            The staff and students at Indialantic Elementary school recently completed “Operation Fill the Truck.”  This was a philanthropic effort in which they “adopted” Monmouth Beach Elementary School located on the New Jersey Shore.  This little town suffered major devastation during Hurricane Sandy.  The NJ school is closed for repairs and many of the families are living in shelters. Hundreds of children have lost everything from their homes and school.

            The Indialantic school community wanted to help make the holiday a bit brighter by sending care packages to them made up of new hats, mittens, scarves, socks, sweaters, warm PJs, small blankets and fun pillows (characters, animals, etc.).

            A truck will be delivering the donations on December 20. For more information, please contact, Richard Dunkel, school principal, at 321-723-2811 or dunkel.richard@brevardschools.org


Freedom 7 Elementary

Freedom 7 Elementary recently concluded its annual Thanksgiving food drive.  The collection of food items began November 5th and ended on November 19th.  The school collected four thousand four hundred and seven pounds (4,407) of canned goods, frozen turkeys and fresh produce.  These items were distributed to the Central Brevard Sharing Center, Helping Hands (Rockledge) and the St. Vincent DePaul Society’s Food Bank at Our Savior’s in Cocoa Beach.

For more information, please contact Principal Dorine Zimmerman at 321-868-6610 or zimmerman.dorine@brevardschool.org.


Rockledge High and Space Coast Jr./Sr. High

Both schools were chosen out of 25 schools from Brevard, Osceola, and Indian River Counties for their superior performances in District One-Act and Individual Events Assessment Competitions.  They will now compete at the state level in March.  For more information, please contact RHS drama teacher, Kelly Rose at 321-636-3711 or rose.kelly@brevardschools.org.


West Shore Jr./Sr. High

            Senior, Michelle Chin is invited to speak at University of Florida’s 2013 Science 4 Life – CASE (Collaboration of the Arts and Sciences) event on January 26, 2013, and she was also accepted into the 50th Annual Junior Science, and Engineering and Humanities Symposium on January 27-29, 2013, where she will present her research and compete in the Student STEM Research Speaker Competition for scholarship awards.

            “Michelle is an amazing student whose gifts in science and mathematics have her highly recognized by many top universities,” said principal, Rick Fleming.

            For more information, please contact Paula Ladd at 321-242-4749 or ladd.paula@brevardschools.org.



Photo of West Shore celebration of their National Blue Ribbon School Award on December 13, 2012.

     West Shore science teacher, Amy McCormick, and her team of scientists will have an experiment they designed carried out aboard the International Space Station this spring that could help advance the understanding of Lou Gehrig’s disease.  The team earned the spot in the NCESSE/SSEP/Teachers in Space competition.

            The title of the project is: A Study of How Microgravity Affects the Activity of Enzymes in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Using the Model of Papain and Gelatin.  Students on the team are: Robert Edmiston, Jaclyn Martin, Luke Redito, Harshit Saini, Sanju Vardhan, Rashad Abdulla, Caleb Bryant, Olivia Escandell, Dave Foster, Anuj Mehindru, Kranal Patel,  and Carissa Sage.

            For more information, please contact McCormick at 321-242-4730 or mccormick.amy@brevardschools.org.