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Change. It's such a funny thing when you stop to think about it.
The Year at a Glance (YAAG) is meant to serve as your "Start here" guide for the 2019-2020 school year. The YAAG gives you the chance to easily explore the NBPS opportunities available, save the dates for this year's events, and access the people who have the information you need. (If you want more in-depth information on any particular subject, please visit nbps.org .) As this year commences, I hope you stay open to change, taking advantage of opportunities and embracing the new. Better yet, I hope you seize the moment today to create your own change. It can be hard, yes, but it is what brings joy to the journey.
Change is hard. We've said goodbye to some pretty incredible students, faculty members and administrators over the years. While we will miss them, we won't forget that they are what has shaped NBPS into what it is today. Change is wonderful. When I look back over the last 15 years, it's hard to believe the amount of positive change I've seen at NBPS. From people to assets, we have gained so much. Our culture is stronger, and our community, more vibrant. Change is invigorating. I've taught everything from pre-history to current events, but my favorite section of history to teach is pre-revolutionary American history. Why? There are so many misconceptions floating around about this time, and this chance to change students' understanding to become more accurate is enjoyable to say the least. The start of the new school year automatically comes with its fair share of change. Faculty and staff, myself included, undertake new roles. Students enter the next phase of their lives. Teachers update curriculum. Parents utilize new opportunities. There is, however, one thing that won't change: NBPS has been and will continue to be a school concerned about people. We believe it is our charge to provide opportunities that will help our community prepare to meet future challenges, strengthen relationships, forge new connections, and grow intellectually, socially and spiritually.
Bruce Fawcett Head of School
HOW WONDERFUL IT IS THAT NOBODY NEED WAIT A SINGLE MOMENT BEFORE STARTING TO IMPROVE THE WORLD. -ANNE FRANK
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FOR SUCCESS North Broward Prep is a proud member of the Nord Anglia Education family, an interconnected network of 63 exemplary schools in 29 countries. To empower everyone in our community to strive for their personal best, we have a unifying philosophy: Be Ambitious. Because we are a Nord Angila school, students and faculty at NBPS have unparalleled opportunities: Collaborations We collaborate with premier learning institutions—such as MIT and The Juilliard School—to enrich our curriculum and develop a schoolwide culture of thinking and learning. Expeditions Expeditions to destinations such as Tanzania and Switzerland enable students to experience shared leadership opportunities and common service learning with their contemporaries from sister schools around the world. Virtual Communities The virtual communities of Global Campus and Nord Anglia University allow students and faculty to learn from and with our international cadre of friends and colleagues—all from the comfort of home. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IN YOUR DREAMS, ENCOURAGE YOUR IDEAS, SUPPORT YOUR AMBITIONS, AND BRING OUT THE BEST IN YOU. - ROY T. BENNETT
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copies of the handbooks can be found at nbps.org/ studentparenthandbooks . Parents and students are encouraged to review these handbooks annually. Skyward and Canvas Our student information system, Skyward, provides data relating to demographics, attendance, schedules, assignments, grades and report cards. You can access Skyward at nbps.org/skyward . Please email tech-cc@ nbps.org if you need any assistance. Students and parents can access assignments, grades and more through Canvas, our learning management system. Access Canvas by going to nbps.org/canvas . Skylert Emergency Notification System In the event of school closure and other unforeseen circumstances, we use Skylert to send important messages to parents and guardians via telephone and email. Skylert Attendance Notification Skylert is also our attendance notification system. If a child is absent, parents will receive notification via phone call.
Staying connected with the NBPS community is easy with the variety of media channels available. In addition to our bi-weekly electronic newsletter, we ensure that all important alerts are sent immediately via email. NB also maintains an active social media presence across the major social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Feel free to reach out and tag us online, or pick up a phone and call us! We’d love to hear from you. Website Our website is a great place to begin looking for information and connecting with the community. Head over to nbps.org to take a look at the wide range of information provided. NBPS App NBPS has mobile apps available on both the Apple and Google platforms. Simply search “North Broward Preparatory” in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to find the app and install it. You can opt to receive push notifications about upcoming activities, search an interactive staff directory and browse our events calendar. Our students have also created the Get Involved app, which serves as an easy way for Upper School students to get involved with the school and various activities. This app, which is only available for Apple devices, is installed on all school-issued iPads. To sign up using your own Apple device, use NB code 7600. Email Want to email personnel directly? It’s easy. Faculty and staff member email protocol is first name, period, last name, @ nbps.org. (Example: Jane.Smith@nbps.org ) Google Apps We are a Google Apps school, meaning that our students, staff and faculty have access to all Google features, including the ability to share documents across our community. School Calendar Feed Add our school calendar to your smart phone or computer at nbps.org/calendarfeed . Parent/Student Handbook Both the Lower and Upper Schools provide Parent/ Student handbooks that outline the policies, procedures and expectations that help NBPS meet the needs of the members of the community. Digital
QUESTIONS? We’re here for you. If you’ve got questions or need other assistance, you’re welcome to contact us at the numbers below. If you happen to have a more detailed question for specific personnel, please refer to the department pages in the YAAG.
Main Office 954.247.0011
Lighthouse Point Academy 954.247.0011 ext. 380
Lower School 954.941.4816
Fine Arts 954.247.0011 ext. 389
Middle School 954.247.0011 ext. 301
Athletics 954.247.0011 ext. 364
High School 954.247.0011 ext. 372
Technology 954.247.0011 ext. 377
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TWITTER NBPS @NBPSEagles NBPS PSTA @NB_PSTA NBPS STEAM @STEAMatNBPS NBPS Lower School @NBPSLower
NBPS Athletics @NBPSAthletics Fine Arts @NBFineArts High School Student Government @NBPS_SG High School Online Newszine “Brainwash” @BWNBPS FACEBOOK NBPS facebook.com/ NorthBrowardPreparatorySchool NBPS PSTA facebook.com/nbpsta INSTAGRAM NBPS NBPSEagles
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AMBASSADOR PROGRAM Nicole Salamon PTSA VP of New Family Relations firstname.lastname@example.org 954.663.2448
SUCCESS ACADEMY Stacey Amelchenko
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Director of Student Services Stacey.Amelchenko@nbps.org 954.247.0011, ext. 207
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iPads All students in the Upper School will have an iPad assigned to them after participating in a mandatory training. (A parent must attend the training as well.) For Middle School or High School students who are coming to NB for the first time or who are starting sixth or ninth grade, please schedule your appointment with Alex Podchaski through nbps.org/ipadtraining . New Parent Welcome Breakfast As our way to welcome new NB parents into the family, the PSTA hosts a breakfast immediately prior to the start of the school year. This annual event gives the newest members of our community the opportunity to meet the NB leadership team and the PSTA Executive Board, as well as several Parent Ambassadors. The Upper School New Parent Welcome Breakfast will be Thursday, August 22 at 8:30 a.m. in the High School Student Union building. The Lower School New Parent Welcome Breakfast will be Friday, August 23 at 8 a.m. in the High School Student Union building. LS New Family Welcome and Back-to-School Orientation Families new to the Lower School are invited to attend the Lower School Orientation on Friday, August 23 beginning with breakfast at 8:45 a.m. (Registration begins at 8 a.m.) in the HSSU. Classroom visits and teacher welcome session for new families begin at 10 a.m. in Lower School classrooms. Returning families and students will join classroom visits from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Ambassador Programs A new school brings with it a fresh start, but it can also be the source of anxiety. Students worry about making friends, keeping up with their coursework, and even finding their classrooms. And us parents have our own worries too! The PSTA is committed to helping ease the transition to NB for both students and their parents. The Parent Ambassador Program brings new NB parents together with returning parents from the same division. The Parent Ambassadors answer questions, provide helpful hints and other pearls of wisdom to the incoming families. If you are new to NBPS and have not yet been contacted by your Parent Ambassador, please feel free to get the ball rolling by contacting the PSTA Vice President of New Family Relations, Nicole Salamon, at 954.663.2448 or email@example.com .
We are always thrilled to welcome new students and their parents into the North Broward community! As such, we’ve compiled a list of resources that will help new families thrive at NBPS. Middle School Success Academy Middle School Success Academy is a fun and informative experience designed to break the ice and introduce students to the school and one another in creative ways. This is a mandatory orientation for all students new to the Middle School, including current NB students entering sixth grade. The Success Academy introduces students to a variety of topics that are essential to their success at NB. In addition to meeting their teachers and current MS students, students will become familiar with educational technology used to support learning in the Upper School. Please keep in mind that students are required to wear their school uniforms for Success Academy. This year’s Middle School Success Academy will take place Friday, August 23 from 8:25 a.m. to 3:35 p.m . It will start in the Lecture Hall located in the Lakeside building. High School Link Crew Orientation High School Link Crew Orientation is in place to help new students feel more comfortable and find success in their first year at North Broward’s High School. This is a mandatory orientation for all students new to the High School, including current NB students entering ninth grade. Link Crew Orientation serves as an opportunity for students to meet and get to know their Link Leaders and their Link Crew. Students will also have the chance to learn their schedules and make new friends so they are prepared for the start of school that Monday. Please note that students are encouraged to wear comfortable, school-appropriate clothes for the day and to leave their backpacks at home. Also, students will not be allowed to use cell phones during the Link Crew Orientation. This year’s High School Link Crew Orientation will take place Friday, August 23 from 8 a.m. to 3:35 p.m . It will start in the GWC Gym. For additional questions regarding Success Academy, please contact: Stacey Amelchenko Director of Student Services firstname.lastname@example.org 954.247.0011 ext. 207
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SAFETY AND SECURITY The safety of our students is our No. 1 priority at NBPS. For this reason, we have security measures in place for students, employees and visitors. Please read through this section to become familiar with our safety procedures and resources.
STUDENT AND EMPLOYEE IDS All students and employees are required to wear their NBPS-issued identification card on the provided lanyard during the school day. These cards can be obtained from the Dean’s office prior to the first day of school or during the first week of school. VISITORS BADGES Visitors to campus (including parents and vendors) will be required to present valid identification at the security booth to receive a visitor sticker. The visitor sticker must be visibly worn while on campus. CAR DECALS AND PLACARDS Parents will be issued two car decals, which will allow their vehicle to enter campus without being stopped during the normal drop-off and pick-up times each school day. Additional decals and placards are available through nbps. org/parkingdecals .
SECURE BUILDINGS In an effort to increase campus security, exterior doors to buildings will be locked. Students and employees will use their IDs to access buildings, while visitors will be required to access buildings with a security escort. RESOURCE OFFICER Officer Tim Cooke is our Student Resource Officer. He is present during the school day between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. ALICE TRAINING As a school, NBPS uses the ALICE training protocols to guide our response to significant security challenges. All students and faculty members are trained on an annual basis and participate in regular practice training sessions during the academic year. All members of the community are alerted in advance when practice is scheduled. SECURITY CONTACT NUMBER In the event that you need to contact campus security, please call 954.275.9739.
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TRANSIT We all want to keep the NBPS community safe and running smoothly, but we need your help! Please familiarize yourself with the NB transportation policies, including the arrival and dismissal protocols. We’re counting on you to help us stay safe and efficient!
SCHOOL SAFETY Please help us provide a safe and secure environment on campus by following these guidelines: • Exercise caution and be courteous at all times. • Refrain from cell phone use during arrival and dismissal. • Complete all emergency contact and health forms online prior to the start of school, and keep contact information updated in Skyward throughout the year. • Display your NBPS car decal on your windshield at all times. You will receive two decals at your current listed address. Additional decals/placards can be requested at nbps.org/parkingdecals . • Obtain a visitor’s pass from the LS, MS or HS office if conducting business on campus during drop-off or pick- up times. • Stop at the Security Booth between 8:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. for a visitor ID, which must be visibly worn at all times while on campus. • Enter and exit through the main entrance after 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURES LOWER SCHOOL ARRIVAL PROCEDURE Morning Extended Care Program (7-7:45 a.m.) To take advantage of our morning care program, which is available from 7 to 7:45 a.m., parents must walk their children into the cafeteria and sign them in. (There is no charge for this service.) Morning Drop-Off (7:40-8 a.m.) Lower School drop-off begins at 7:40 a.m. and ends promptly at 8 a.m. Please drive carefully in the drop-off area and move up as far as possible before unloading your car. Parents should remain in their vehicles at all times; faculty and staff will assist students during the drop-off procedure. Late Arrival (After 8 a.m.) After 8 a.m., parents must use the east parking lot entrance to park and escort their children into the main office to sign them in. Any student arriving after 8 a.m. is considered tardy and must be escorted to class by a staff member.
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INCLEMENT WEATHER Please review the following information carefully to ensure the safety of our community members: Inclement weather may affect pick-up and drop-off procedures. If there is a threat of lightning, arrival and dismissal are temporarily suspended until the weather clears. This will be indicated to parents by a red flag posted on the guard house and through an email alert. During these times, Lower School parents may escort students through the main or west entrances, and Middle School students can be dropped off and picked up from the east end of the 400 building under the blue awnings. High School students can be dropped off and picked up at the Global Wellness Center.
LOWER SCHOOL DISMISSAL PROCEDURE Pick-up times vary by grade and day (since every Wednesday is early dismissal). Pick-Up Times PK and K: 2:45 p.m. (M/T/TH/F) 1:45 p.m. (Wednesday) 11:45 a.m. (Half-Day Schedule) Grades 1-5: 3 p.m. (M/T/TH/F) 2 p.m. (Wednesday) Noon (Half-Day Schedule) Bus Dismissal Times: Parents should arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before the designated pick- up time. Parents must pull up to the front-most spot in the car line while displaying the dashboard placard. You must remain in your vehicle during the dismissal process; a member of the NB staff will help your child get into the car. Authorization of Alternate Transportation Students may not leave school without appropriate authorization. Students may only be released to a parent or other adult listed on the Emergency Release portion of the Student Information Form. Any requested changes must be made through Mrs. Lenkowsky (954.941.4816 or justine. email@example.com ) no less than 90 minutes prior to the start of dismissal. Early Pick-Up (one or more hours before the end of the school day) A parent/guardian wishing to arrange early dismissal for a student (or students) must submit the Student Early Dismissal Form that can be found at nbps.org/earlyrelease . This formmay be submitted up to five days in advance, but should be submitted no later than 8:15 a.m. on the day of requested early pick-up. In the event of an emergency that requires a student be picked up on short notice, please contact Mrs. Lenkowsky (954.941.4816 or firstname.lastname@example.org ). Afternoon Extended Care At the end of the regular school day, all students who are still at school but not in an extracurricular activity will be signed into the Afternoon Extended Care Program that takes place in the cafeteria or on the playground. Parents should enter through the main doors to sign their children out. The Extended Care Program ends promptly at 5:30 p.m. and is billed at an hourly rate of $8.85. Any parent who picks up their child after closing time will be charged at the overtime rate of $120 per hour, billed in 10-minute increments. Parents who choose to prepay for the full year of Afternoon Extended Care will receive a substantially discounted rate of $2,250. To take advantage of this offer, please indicate your choice to do so on the Extended Care Form that is emailed out from the LS office. 3 p.m. for all grades (M/T/TH/F) 2 p.m. for all grades (Wednesday) Car Line
UPPER SCHOOL ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURES Upper School parents are encouraged to arrive after 8 a.m. to avoid Lower School drop-off traffic and after 3:20 p.m. to avoid Lower School pick-up traffic. School Hours: 8:25 a.m.-3:35 p.m. (M/T/TH/F) 8:25 a.m.-2:25 p.m. (Wednesday) 8:25 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Half-Day Schedule) Drop-Off and Pick-Up Locations: Middle School students should be dropped off and picked up at the MS Circle. High School students should be dropped off and picked up at Upper School students arriving to school after 8:25 a.m. are considered late and must check in at the security gate upon their arrival. They will be logged in and issued a pass for admittance to class. UPPER SCHOOL EARLY DISMISSAL A parent/guardian wishing to arrange early dismissal for a student (or students) must submit the Student Early Dismissal Form that can be found at nbps.org/earlyrelease . This form may be submitted up to five days in advance. In the event that an emergency arises and a student must be picked up, please coordinate the dismissal of the student through the division- specific location. Middle School: Early dismissal for Middle School students is coordinated through the MS office. the HS Circle. Late Arrival:
If a parent/guardian is picking up a student for early dismissal: • The administrative assistant will call the student out of class upon arrival of the parent or other authorized person at the Middle School office. • The authorized person will then sign the student out on the dismissal log, and a dismissal pass will be issued. • The pass issued must be presented at the security gate for dismissal. If the parent requests that the student be released to a person who is not on their pick-up list: • That person must present proper ID. • That person must sign the “Early Dismissal” log in the office with the proper information. • A dismissal pass will be issued and must be shown at the gate for security purposes upon departure. High School: Early dismissal for High School students is coordinated through the Dean’s office in the 300 Building. If a student driver is leaving school early: • The student must pick up their pass at the Dean’s office just prior to dismissal time. • The student must present the pass at the security gate when leaving campus. If a parent/guardian is picking up a student for early dismissal: • The Dean’s office administrative assistant will call the student out of class upon arrival of the parent or other authorized person to the Dean’s office. • The authorized person will then sign the student out on the dismissal log, and a dismissal pass will be issued. • The pass issued must be presented at the security gate for dismissal.
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PARENT PICKUP PLACARD (THE 3P) The Parent Pick-Up Placard is issued to Lower and Middle school parents to help smooth the traffic flow and add an additional level of safety for students. It will include your student’s name and other relevant information. Your placard should be displayed on the dashboard during pickup for identification purposes. This also allows school staff to alert the dismissal team that you have arrived to pick up your child.
If a parent is having someone not on the pick-up list come to get the student early, in addition to the protocol above, this person must present proper ID at the Dean’s office before the student can be released. NOTE: NBPS is not authorized to release students to people not on the pick-up list based on a phone call, fax or email. STUDENT PARKING AND PARKING PERMITS The ability to park on campus is available to eligible licensed NBPS students who comply with school parking rules. These include paying a fee and affixing the assigned parking decal to their windshield, as well as possessing and maintaining a safe driving record. On-campus parking is a privilege that can be revoked if students commit repeated parking violations or park on campus without permission. If a vehicle is towed, it will be at the owner’s expense. Just remember to be respectful and follow the rules so the parking system can work for everyone. Student Parking decals are obtained through an application process available online only. To apply, go to nbps.org/studentparkingdecals .
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UNIFORMS The uniforms at North Broward are more than just a dress code. They signal to the world that we are unified as a school, that we are professional, self-respecting and willing to learn. After all, each one of us is here to grow and better ourselves. While we know our uniform policy is important, we also recognize the importance of individuality, hence our ever-popular “dress down” days!
MANDATORY DRESS CODE REGULATIONS To be in compliance with the school uniform policy, students must follow the mandatory dress code regulations: • The 2019-20 dress code only includes the current logo. • Pants must be a proper fit and worn at the waist. • Girls’ skirts and skorts must be no shorter than finger- length with their arms resting at their sides. • Girls’ skorts must be 7 ½” long. • Lanyards with ID must be worn for students in grades 6-12. Uniforms are required for PE and on compulsory dress uniform days. Lower School Uniforms All Lower School students also need the yellow field trip shirt, as well as a blue uniform polo and khaki bottoms for Fine Arts performances and dress field trips.
GENERAL UNIFORM INFORMATION The NB school dress code contributes to a school-wide identity while still allowing students to make some choices when it comes to their clothing. Our uniforms are available in a variety of styles and colors that can be combined for a number of different looks. As students move through Lower, Middle and High School, they will change uniforms, giving each school its own distinct look. For more details, contact the school’s official uniform supplier, Dennis Uniforms. Dennis Uniform: 7602 NW 6th Avenue | Boca Raton 561.226.9803 dennisuniform.com Store Hours: Mon.- Thurs. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. (Call for special summer hours)
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Middle School Uniforms On dress uniform days, boys should wear their uniform khaki pants with the white long-sleeved NB Oxford and tie. For girls, dress uniform days require the khaki pants, shorts, skorts or skirts worn with the white Oxford long-sleeved shirt and navy sweater vest. For PE, students should wear the ash NB t-shirt with navy mesh shorts. Girls may also wear NB jersey shorts. High School Uniforms The HS boys’ mandatory dress uniform includes a navy NB blazer and/or sweater vest worn with NB khaki pants, a white Oxford long-sleeved shirt and a tie. Girls’ mandatory dress uniforms includes their NB blazer and/or sweater with a white Oxford and either NB khaki pants or their NB skirt. For PE, both boys and girls should wear the ash NB t-shirt with navy mesh shorts. DRESS DOWN DAY ATTIRE Dress down days are a fun break, but they’re not “anything goes” days! Attire on these days still needs to be appropriate for school. Jeans are permitted, as are shorts of acceptable length. Shoes need to be closed-toed for safety purposes. Please check nbps.org/studentparenthandbooks for specific policy details. EXTREME COLDWEATHER DRESS CODE POLICY While students are expected to wear approved uniform clothing unless given permission otherwise, extreme weather calls for extreme measures. During extreme cold weather, students are allowed to make some additions to their typical uniform attire. When the temperature is predicted to be 45 degrees or below, students may add solid black, brown or blue leggings under their uniforms. They may also wear an additional non-NB jacket. For more information, please refer to nbps.org/ studentparenthandbooks . USED UNIFORM INFORMATION If your kids are growing like weeds, you’ll be happy to know that the PSTA operates the PSTA Uniform Connection. The Uniform Connection provides gently used uniforms and spirit attire for students in all divisions. The suggested donation is $2 for blazers, $10 for sweatshirts/sweaters and $5 for everything else. (The proceeds from these sales help fund PSTA-sponsored programs and events.) The Uniform Connection restocks its shelves thanks to the generosity of the NB community. If you would like to donate your child’s gently used uniforms, you can leave them in
any of the three division offices year-round or you may take them directly to the Uniform Connection during normal operating hours. The Uniform Connection is located in Kipling House, which is the first house in the gravel lot just past the southern security gate, across from Brown Hall. We recommend parking in the Lower School Circle. During the school year, the Uniform Connection is open from 8 to 8:45 a.m. on Mondays (when school is in session) and on all Upper School Dress Uniform Days. Appointments can also be made by contacting Abby Elmúdesi at email@example.com or 561.235.6301, or by contacting Joy Rabbini at firstname.lastname@example.org or 954.482.1072. The PSTA Uniform Connection will be open prior to the start of the school year with the following hours:
Monday, August 12: 8:30–11 a.m. Wednesday, August 14: 4–6:30 p.m. Saturday, August 17: Noon–2:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 20: 8:30–11 a.m. Thursday, August 22: 4–6:30 p.m. Friday, August 23: 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
SPIRIT DAY FRIDAY We’re excited to continue our tradition of Friday Spirit Day! Each Friday (unless otherwise noted) students are encouraged to show their Eagle pride by wearing NBPS spirit t-shirts or club/ athletic shirts. T-shirts need to be worn with NBPS bottoms and may not be cut or modified. (Those who elect not to participate in Friday Spirit Day must wear the daily uniform dress.)
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GET INVOLVED NBPS is a step above the rest when it comes to education and atmosphere, but the thing that really makes our school shine is the dedication and service of our committed volunteers. From grandparents assisting in the art room to parents in the media center to all kinds of enthusiastic folks carrying out wonderful events year-round, our volunteers’ incredible efforts are on display everywhere you turn. We are grateful when parents take this chance to get involved as volunteers, and we would love to have you on board too! With so many opportunities available, you’re sure to find one that fits your interests, schedule and energy level. You can find more information on how to get involved by visiting nbps.org/psta or by downloading the NBPS app. (Simply go to the Apple or Google store and search for “North Broward Preparatory” to download.) If you have specific questions or comments, please reach out to Joy Rabbini, the PSTA VP of Volunteers, at email@example.com.
Come be a part of our school experience! THE NB-PSTA
JOIN THE NB-ABC As its name implies, the NB-ABC (Athletic Booster Club) supports all things athletic at NBPS. When you become a member of this group, you not only help to fund great events—including NBPSPYS, the Middle School Athletic Awards Celebration and the Eagle Olympics—but also earn some pretty cool swag! Learn more at nbps.org/nb-abc .
The PSTA is an invaluable part of the NB community. Made up of fabulous parents, grandparents, faculty and staff, this volunteer organization plans a variety of enriching opportunities for our school community. Beginning this school year, all NB parents and guardians are members of the PSTA.
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THE NORTH BROWARD
North Broward isn’t just a school; it’s an experience that prepares students to excel in college and in life. Our international community is committed to helping each student reach his or her full potential—in both academic achievement and personal growth. We achieve this by fostering critical thinking skills, providing opportunities for students to discover interests and instilling the virtue of civic responsibility. The wide variety of academic and extracurricular opportunities available at NBPS enables our students to tailor their education to meet their individual needs and passions. As our student body represents more than 20 nations, diversity is in no short supply, but it precisely that—our differences—that makes NBPS such an incredible place to be. The skills, interests and backgrounds of each faculty member, staff member, parent and student make it possible for us to come together and create this exceptional experience.
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LOWER SCHOOL: A COMMUNITY OF THINKERS
Welcome to the Lower School, a community of thinkers and learners! Rich learning experiences presented in a supportive and nurturing environment allow our youngest students to grow and thrive. Together, our teachers and students build a school-wide culture of thinking, learning and caring. Through academic studies, STEAM experiences, fine arts, athletics and more, Lower School students explore, investigate and connect, setting the tone for their learning journey at NBPS.
LOWER SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS School Supplies
some quality time as a family. This year we can look forward to autumn-inspired fun at the Fall Harvest Hoedown, as well as some inspired thinking with art and technology experiences at Arts and Innovation Night. In addition to these LS events, our students and families are also invited to join a number of school-wide events like War of the Wings and the Homecoming Tailgate Party! Jump Rope for Heart In support of heart health and the American Heart Association, the NBPS Lower School takes part in an annual Kids Heart Challenge fundraiser. With a long-standing tradition of service at NBPS, our school has been ranked as the No. 1 fundraising school in Florida for the past three years and as one of the top three fundraising schools in the entire nation! Through their PE classes, students learn about heart health and fitness, while learning various jump roping and exercise skills to increase their cardio fitness level and
Good news! All LS student supplies are provided by NBPS, so you don’t have to go school supply shopping! Classrooms will be fully stocked with supplies when students report for the first day of school in August. Monthly Assemblies Lower School assemblies provide students, faculty and parents the opportunity to recognize achievements and spend time together as a community. Assemblies include grade and group performances (and they are a joy to experience). LS assemblies are typically held during the last week of the month in September, October, December, February, April and May. The October assembly is always held on Halloween and begins with the annual parade of costumes. The December assemblies include Fine Arts winter concert performances. Family Fun Nights Co-hosted by the Lower School and the PSTA, Family Fun Nights are a great way to get out of the house and spend
raise funds for the benefit of others. Winter & Spring Concert Series
Every winter and spring, the Lower School Fine Arts Team presents music and dance concerts to showcase the growth, creativity and musicality of our student groups.
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TELL ME AND I FORGET. TEACH ME AND I REMEMBER. INVOLVE ME AND I LEARN. - BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
LOWER SCHOOL CONTACT INFO Lower School Office 954.941.4816 Principal Kathleen Malanowski Kathleen.Malanowski@nbps.org 954.247.0011 ext. 906
Assistant Principal Sarah Evans Sarah.Evans@nbps.org 954.247.0011 ext. 907 Guidance Counselor Sarah Damson Sarah.Damson@nbps.org 954.247.0011 ext. 908 Administrative Assistant Justine Lenkowsky Justine.Lenkowsky@nbps.org 954.941.4816 Director of LPA James Standefer James.Standefer@nbps.org 954.247.0011 ext. 380 Nurse Kathy McBrien Kathy.McBrien@nbps.org 954.247.0011 ext. 914 Enrichment Programs Licia Campbell Licia.Campbell@nbps.org
PK and K musicians, First- through third-grade strings students, fourth- and fifth-grade Orchestra and Band students, and dance groups all perform their select pieces. The performances are always impressive and heart-warming. Winter concerts take place in the Global Wellness Center during December assemblies, and spring concerts take place in April at the Township Center for the Performing Arts. Academic Showcases Academic showcases give Lower School students the chance to display pride and ownership of their learning in ways that also develop their speaking and presentation skills. Open to parents and families, these events include such highlights as the Kindergarten Author’s Tea, First Grade Ultimate Animal Showcase, Second Grade I-Bios, Third Grade State Fair, Fourth Grade Garden Fair, and Fifth Grade Life History Fair. Most grades host at least two showcase events each year. At the showcases, students get to share their work with a live audience, and parents get to learn while supporting their child’s academic work.
LOWER SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES September Assembly Friday, September 27
Grades 1-5 Winter Concert and Assembly GWC | Friday, December 20
October Assembly Thursday, October 31
February Assembly Friday, February 28
PK and K Winter Concert and Assembly GWC | Thursday, December 19
April Assembly Friday, April 24
May Assembly Friday, May 22
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MS DIRECTORY MIDDLE SCHOOL OFFICE 954.247.0011 ext. 301 Principal Alex Birchenall Alexander.Birchenall@nbps.org 954.247.0011 ext. 391
MIDDLE SCHOOL: LEADING BY LEARNING
Assistant Principal Kerri Diaz Kerri.Diaz@nbps.org 954.247.0011 ext. 234
Guidance Counselor Michele Mizrachy Michele.Mizrachy@nbps.org 954.247.0011 ext. 313 Administrative Assistant Carmen Mendez Carmen.Mendez@nbps.org 954.247.0011 ext. 301 Director of LPA James Standefer James.Standefer@nbps.org 954.247.0011 ext. 380 Athletic Director Brian Campbell Brian.Campbell@nbps.org 954. 247.0011 ext. 202 Director of Educational & IT Alex Podchaski Alex.Podchaski@nbps.org 954.247.0011 ext. 223 Dean of Students Derrick Mays Derrick.Mays@nbps.org 954.247.0011 ext. 379 Assistant Dean of Students Damon Watts Damon.Watts@nbps.org 954.247.0011 ext. 337 Deans Administrative Assistant Cortney Flores Cortney.Flores@nbps.org 954.247.0011 ext. 366
Our Middle School students can be leaders now and in the future. The Middle School at North Broward encourages this leadership by offering engaging and authentic learning experiences that foster real-world skills and contributions. We challenge our students to discover their passions and grow into capable, responsible young people, and we offer the chance to do so through our strong academic program and wide array of elective, extracurricular and travel opportunities.
Dress Down Days September 12 October 31
IMPORTANT DATES US Dress Uniform Days September 26 October 21 October 24 (Photo retakes on;y) February 24 March 27
November 12 December 10 December 20 January 22 February 13 March 25
April 22 May 28
April 28 May 26
Nurse Sandra Topal Sandra.Topal@nbps.org 954.247.0011 ext. 310
Registrar Sevil Dalton
Sevil.Dalton@nbps.org 954.247.0011 ext. 329
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their families, school and community. Students will spend time learning about different careers, taking part in a panel discussion with non-profit organizations and participating in service initiatives. In previous years, this annual event has brought in a former Senator, a celebrity chef and famous athletes, and students packed boxes for Harvest Drive, learned about mindfulness and listened to talented professionals discuss their careers. This spring, NBPS seventh graders will spend three days soaking up the history of Boston, and by extension, America! The city provides a wonderful environment to support our seventh graders’ curriculum. In addition to touring many famous sites, students will also have the opportunity to visit Harvard University for a first-hand look at one of America’s most elite college campuses. 6TH GRADE TRIP TO CIRCLE F DUDE RANCH Wednesday through Friday, May 6-8 | Lake Wales, Florida The sixth-grade trip is designed as an immersive experience to help students experience personal growth and rely on their developing interpersonal skills. During this annual three-day adventure at a 500-acre camp in Lake Wales, students are expected to hone their collaboration and problem solving skills with a variety of physical, mental and social challenges. 7TH GRADE TRIP TO BOSTON Wednesday through Friday, May 6-8
MIDDLE SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS TEAM BUILDING DAY Friday, November 1 Take part in competitions and activities that encourage creative problem-solving, collaboration and relationship building. Show your NBPS school spirit while having fun with friends! THE GLOBAL GAMES Tuesday through Friday, December 3-6 | Windermere More than 600 Middle School students from our sister schools around the world converge to compete in this Olympic-type athletic competition at Windermere Prep. During the evenings, however, rivalries are put aside as students from different cultures become friends while engaging in fun activities such as visiting the Disney theme parks. Each spring, our eighth graders embark on a journey to our nation’s capital where they are able to experience some of the most famous and historically significant buildings, sculptures, and works of art in U.S. history. Students will also visit Georgetown University during their four-day adventure in Washington D.C. 8TH GRADE TRIP TO WASHINGTON, D.C. Tuesday through Friday, March 17-20 SCHOOL SUPPLIES Good news! All MS student supplies are provided by NBPS, so you don’t have to go school supply shopping! Classrooms will be fully stocked with supplies when students report for the first day of school in August. IPADS All Middle School students receive a school- issued iPad for the year! Each student, accompanied by a parent, must attend a training session in order to take possession of their tablet for the year. New students, as well as those starting the sixth grade, need to schedule an iPad appointment at nbps.org/ ipadtraining .
LEADERSHIP AND LEARNING ARE INDISPENSABLE TO EACH OTHER.
- JOHN F. KENNEDY
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MIDDLE SCHOOL LEADERSHIP DAY Friday, April 17 | NBPS Campus
Middle School Leadership Day inspires students to lead and teaches them that they can make a difference in
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HIGH SCHOOL: A CULTURE OF GROWTH
The NB High School is dedicated to providing students the academic, social and extracurricular opportunities they need to reach their true potential. To accomplish this, our educators encourage students to discover their interests and pursue those passions, as well as explore others, through our numerous clubs and societies on campus. As a natural result of the curriculum and experiences NB offers, students come to understand that they are global citizens with civic responsibilities and the ability to make the world a better place.
WE CAN'T BECOME WHAT WE NEED TO BE BY REMAINING WHAT WE ARE.
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HS DIRECTORY HIGH SCHOOL OFFICE 954.247.0011 ext. 372
IPADS AND COMPUTERS All High School students receive a school-issued iPad for the year! Students who are new to NB or who are entering the ninth grade must attend a training session with a parent in order to take possession of their tablet. Please schedule your iPad appointment at nbps.org/ipadtraining . In addition to iPads, our High School students will be using laptops. They are only mandatory for certain classes in photography, computer science, art and the Fab Lab; however, they are strongly recommended for all HS students at NB. HIGHLIGHTS NB HIGH SCHOOL 101 / PARENT COFFEE Tuesday, September 24 (All you need to know about NBPS HS) Tuesday, February 4 (Course Recommendations and Elective Selections) 8:30 a.m. | Lakeside Hall Parents who are new to the High School—including ninth-grade parents—will want to attend these very informative meetings.
Principal Tanya Lynch
Tanya.Lynch@nbps.org 954.247.0011 ext. 341
Assistant Principal Marge Dougherty Marjorie.Dougherty@nbps.org 954.247.0011 ext. 348 Assistant Principal Tammy Wolpowitz Tamara.Wolpowitz@nbps.org 954.247.0011 ext. 230 Student Services Coordinator Ronnie Glines Ronnie.Glines@nbps.org 954.247.0011 ext. 396 IB Coordinator Tammy Wolpowitz Tamara.Wolpowitz@nbps.org 954.247.0011 ext. 230 Director of Student Life Stacey Amelchenko Stacey.Amelchenko@nbps.org 954.247.0011 ext. 207 Guidance Counselor Kimberly Blow Kim.Blow@nbps.org 954.247.0011 ext. 356 Administrative Assistant Janet Singer Janet.Singer@nbps.org 954.247.0011 ext. 372 Dean of Students Derrick Mays Derrick.Mays@nbps.org 954.247.0011 ext. 379 Assistant Dean of Students Damon Watts Damon.Watts@nbps.org 954.247.0011 ext. 337
SENIOR UNITY DAY Friday, September 20
A beloved tradition, Senior Unity Day brings our students and faculty together in more ways than one. Throughout the event, they will work together on a variety of games that require teamwork, creativity, problem solving and leadership.
SPIRIT WEEK October 28-November 1
There’s nothing that quite compares to the exuberance of Spirit Week! Each day of Spirit Week is based on a theme, with NB community members taking part to show support for their own classes and our NB teams. Give it all you've got as you engage in this entertaining week where you are not required to be in uniform if you dress up!
HOMECOMING DANCE Saturday, November 2 7 p.m. | HSSU
What better way to wrap up a school spirit-filled week of football and performances than with the Homecoming Dance? Organized almost entirely by the Student Government, the event brings with it good friends, good food and good fun!
IB INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS Seasonal
Informational meetings hosted in the fall, winter and spring help parents get to know more about the IB program at North Broward. Each meeting will have a different focus and will be announced throughout the school year.
Mr. NB Thursday, February 20 7 p.m. | Lecture Hall
A perennial favorite, this fundraiser is entirely student driven! The school community loves to come together each year as some of our most outgoing Senior guys put on a show for a paying audience. Students and parents alike will find themselves in awe (and fits of laughter) alongside a panel of teacher-judges who must evaluate each performance and name the newest Mr. NB.
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Dean Administrative Assistant Cortney Flores Cortney.Flores@nbps.org 954.247.0011 ext. 366 Director of LPA James Standefer James.Standefer@nbps.org 954.247.0011 ext. 380
MULTICULTURAL WEEK April 6-9
North Broward is a proudly diverse school, and Multicultural Week is just one of the ways we celebrate the things that make our world so interesting. The week is an on-campus multicultural adventure with many fun activities to choose from. Watch movies from different countries, participate in a festive cultural parade, taste flavors frommultiple regions, see students wearing traditional clothing from their home countries, and embrace many cultural traditions.
Director of Educational & Information Technology Alex Podchaski Alex.Podchaski@nbps.org 954.247.0011 ext. 223
PROM Saturday, May 16 7 p.m. | Boca Pointe Country Club
Prom is one of the most anticipated events of the year for many High School students. This year’s dance promises to be a beautiful one as it will be held at the Boca Pointe Country Club. So, get fancy, meet up with your favorite people, and have an incredible night. And don’t forget to thank the Student Government Junior Class Officers for all the hard work they put in to make the event happen!
Nurse Sandra Topal Sandra.Topal@nbps.org 954.247.0011 ext. 310
Registrar Sevil Dalton
AWARDS CEREMONY Thursday, May 28 8:30 a.m. | GWC
Sevil.Dalton@nbps.org 954.247.0011 ext. 329
At the end of the school year, we honor the excellent work of our high schoolers at our annual awards ceremony. Parents, teachers, department heads and the North Broward community come together to celebrate the hard work and achievements of our students.
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HIGH SCHOOL EVENTS Salute to America September 11 at 6:30 p.m. | GWC
No School - Veteran’s Day November 11
Prom May 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. | Boca Pointe Country Club
Upper School Early Dismissal November 22 at 12:30 p.m.
Senior Exams May 18-20
PSAT Now What? Parent Information Meeting December 12 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. | Lakeside Hall
Senior Dinner May 21 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. | Heron Bay Marriott
Club and Activity Fair September 12 at noon | HSSU
High School 101 / Parent Coffee Grades 9-11 January 14 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. | Lakeside Hall
Senior Graduation May 22 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. | FAU Auditorium
High School Club and Activity Fair September 12 at 5:30 p.m. | GWC Gym
IB Information Meeting for Parents January 27 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. | Lakeside Hall
No School - Memorial Day May 25
High School Back-to-School Night September 12 at 6:30 p.m. | GWC
IB Information Meeting for Parents January 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. | Lakeside Hall
High School Awards Ceremony Grades 9-11 May 28 at 8:30 a.m. | GWC
War of the Wings September 13 at 5:30 p.m. | Le Cafe
Upper School Parent-Teacher Conferences; No School January 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. | HSSU
Upper School Final Exams May 29-June 3
Senior Unity Day September 20 | GWC
Early Dismissal May 29-June 3 at noon
High School 101 / Parent Coffee September 24 at 8:30 a.m. | Lakeside Hall
No School - Teacher Work Day January 31
Last Day of School June 3
Picture Day (Dress Uniform) September 26
High School Class War Week February 18-21
NOTE: Please check the main monthly calendars for a more complete list of school events and No School days.
No School - Rosh Hashanah September 30
Mr. NB February 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. | Lakeside Hall
No School - Yom Kippur October 9
NHS Induction Ceremony March 3 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Gym
IMPORTANT DATES US Dress Uniform Days September 26 October 21 October 24 (Photo retakes on;y) February 24 March 27
PSAT (Grades 9-11) October 16
Upper School Early Dismissal March 6 at 12:30 p.m.
Upper School Parent-Teacher Conferences; No School October 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. | HSSU
Career Day March 27
No School - Good Friday April 10
No School - Teacher Work Day October 18
April 22 May 28
Multicultural Week April 6-9
Picture Retake Day October 24
High School Government Elections April 16
High School Homecoming Week October 28-November 2
Dress Down Days September 12 October 31
Junior Class Ceremony April 22 at 10 a.m. | GWC
Homecoming Parade November 1 at 2:15 p.m.
November 12 December 10 December 20 January 22 February 13 March 25
Senior Send-off Parade and Lunch April 29 from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
PSTA Tailgate Party November 1 at 5 p.m.
AP Exams May 4-15
Homecoming Game November 1 at 7 p.m.
IB Exams May 4-22
Homecoming Dance November 2 at 7 p.m. | HSSU
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