Parent Engagement Conference

Greetings Parents:

The Office of Parent Engagement, in collaboration with the Parent/Community Involvement Task Force, will convene a Parent Engagement Conference this Saturday, April 11, 2015, from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm at Piper High School. This event, The 411 on Parent Engagement, will feature valuable information and resources, as well as a Non-Profit Fair to connect principals and other school leaders with organizations and businesses eager to support schools, students, and their families. Please see the attached letter and flyer for more detailed information pertaining to this event.

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Parkway Players Take Nationals By Storm!

I am thrilled to tell you that the Parkway Players had an AMAZING showing at the National Jr Thespian Festival in Nashville, TN! Four of our five entries scored the highest possible rating (We call it Superior in Florida; They call it Accomplished at the national level). TWO of our pieces were selected for the CLOSING SHOWCASE as BEST in their respective categories: Savannah Dawson-Hamilton for Costume Design and the large group musical from AIDA. My favorite critiques from the judges:

“I can’t believe this is a middle school!” – Jacob Brent, professional actor (his resume includes the Broadway, London, and television productions of Cats)

“Total pros! Beautiful ensemble work! I was moved to tears.” – Hunter Bell, professional actor and Tony-nominated playwright (nominated for his original musical [title of show]).



Testing for students Grades 5-8 begins April 13th. The end of the testing window is May 20th.  It is extremely important that your students are here ON TIME each day they are testing. Students will not be admitted to testing locations after 8:05am each day. They will remain in the Cafeteria with Ms. Baker until testing ends and have to do makeup testing.  Parent letters regarding testing went home before Spring Break. The parent letters and a copy of the Spring Testing Schedule is listed below. Please review the information.  Do not schedule appointments or sign out your student until after noon on the days they are testing.  Students cannot take the second day or second session without completing the first session.  Therefore, we are asking that you make sure your child is here for testing.

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Testing Schedule 2015
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March Gifted Advisory Council Meeting

Is your child in a Gifted Program? Or do you want to know more about Broward County Schools’ Gifted Programming?

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 @ 7:00 PM

McArthur High School

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If you have been accepted into the Performing and Visual Arts Magnet Program, please come in between the hours of 7:30am and 2:00pm to register.  The deadline for registration is March 20, 2015.  If you have not registered by then, your child’s seat will be given to the next student on the waiting list.  If your child is already enrolled in a Broward County Public School, you will only need to bring in 2 proofs of Broward County residence, such as a driver’s license or any bill.  If your child is not enrolled in a Broward County Public School, you will also need to bring the child’s birth certificate and immunization record.  We are looking forward to an exciting and adventurous year.  If you have any questions, please call 754-322-4060.

Dancing with the Stars!

Dance students under the direction of Ms. Nancy Nussbaum and Ms. Denyse Murguia were hosted at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts for a special master class with of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. Students worked for hours with one of the members of the Company to refine techniques and skills, primarily in modern dance.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance. The Ailey company has gone on to perform for an estimated 25 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents — as well as millions more through television broadcasts.dancers and alvin ailey dancers exercise


Congratulations to Haley Leakey, Hayley Meagher and Maria Ganon for placing third, in the group website division, for history fair. This year’s theme was on leadership and legacy. These young ladies chose to do their research on something which they are passionate about, women’s rights. Please feel free to check out their website on Alice Paul: Leading the Movement for Equal Rights.

History fair winners