View Special Support Initiatives at Each School

Name School Contact Description
ADMIU Silver Lakes Middle Jonathan Thomas Boys Mentoring Club
Adopt-a-Student (School-Based Mentoring Program) Dandy, William Middle Marc Larose Our school-based mentoring program provides guidance and support to students in need. It is an innovative supplement to the traditional learning that takes place at William Dandy Middle School, providing our students with another avenue through which they might feel more confident about their schoolwork, improve their attitudes and commitment to learning, and develop more fully as a person. The program is aligned to our School Wide Positive Behavior Plan and it has been implemented and monitored for the past 5 years by Mr. Marc Larose (Intern Principal).
Amanda's Place Dave Thoams Education - West Campus Manoucheka Dolcine An interactive parenting program offering "Mommy & Me" and "Daddy & Me" classes for age's birth to 36 months.
Angeline H. Flowers Drew, Charles Elementary Principal's Pals: Peer Mentoring Program
ASD CLuster Oakland Park Elementary Jennifer Gans Autism Cluster for K/1
ASD Cluster Cypress Elementary Heather Oken Autism Cluster for K-3
ASD Cluster Larkdale Elementary Nicole Grosvenor ASD classes for grades K-1
ASD Programs Sandpiper Elementary Ruthanne Newell Sandpiper has ASD classes K-5
BEST BUDDIES Dandy, William Middle Shanel Kates-Brown Our "Best Buddies" promotes one-on-one friendships between students with intellectual and developmental disabilities and those without a disability, within the school. This program tries to break social barriers at a difficult time in a teenager's life.The program's main purpose is to allow volunteers to be paired up with a buddy with a disability and provide them with a friend or a mentor.
Best Buddies Glades Middle Jennifer Moser Student-centered program that pairs Peer Counselors with our SVE students to provide support and guidance.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Sawgrass Springs Middle School Sharon Murray Big Brother and Big Sisters (BBBS) mentoring Group is designed work with students who require leadership, social and academic skills. BBBS works closely with local universities as well as Coral Glades High School. BBBS provides mentors from the community to serve as positive role models in their pursuit of making career choices.
Boys 2 Men Banyan Elementary LaShawn Smith-Settles To empower selected boys by increasing positive self esteem as well as academic success.
Cambridge South Plantation High School Cindy O'Brien
CEA (Community Engagement Association) Dandy, William Middle Marsha Grandison-Taylor The Community Engagement Association is an initiative that allows us to partner with certain churches and local organizations to offer mentoring services to our students.
CHAMPS Larkdale Elementary Althea Davis School-wide management program to keep students focused, engaged in learning, and responsible and accountable for their own actions.
CHAMPS (Conversation, Help, Activity, Movement, Participation, Success) Central Park Elementary Susanna Deutsch This schoolwide classroom management system is to develop an instructional structure in which students are responsible, motivated, and highly engaged in the specific task at hand.
Character Education/Social Emotional Learning Discovery Elementary Valerie Harley-Gardner
Character Education/Social Emotional Learning Contact Ramblewood Middle Stephanie Lipnack Responsible for sharing monthly activities and nomination Kids of Character awards.
Clubs Sandpiper Elementary Melissa Hernandez Sandpiper has a variety of clubs including Chess, Dance, Chorus, Debate, Art and Men of Tomorrow.
Clubs at Floranada Floranada Elementary Lisa Leider / Mary Flower We host 16 clubs at Floranada Elementary school. It is our goal to make sure that every child leaves our school prepared both academically and socially for the next level. Our 16 clubs are available beginning as early as kindergarten and a few are reserved only for upper grades as developmentally appropriate.
College Summit Peer Forward Blanche Ely High Buffie Phillips Peer mentoring program to increase College Career focus for Blanche High School Student Body.
Collegiate Academy Millennium 6-12 Collegiate Academy Dr. Cheryl Cendan Students have the opportunity to participate in Millenniums high school program where they will earn an Associate degree along with their high school diploma.
Daniel Linado Drew, Charles Elementary Men of DREW Mentoring Program
Digital 3, 4, and 5 Cypress Elementary Arnold Palenzuela Digital 3, 4, & 5 is used in all Grades 3, 4, and 5 classrooms. Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade Students and their teachers utilize laptops, digital resources, online instructional materials and other learning tools to maximize student learning. Each student is assigned a laptop which is used in the classroom.
Digital 3-5 Larkdale Elementary Sabrina Singletary One-to-one technology for students in grades 3-5, where students utilize laptops, digital resources, online instructional materials and other learning tools to maximize student learning.
Digital 5 Coconut Palm Elementary Linda Gehman
Doughnuts for Dads Banyan Elementary Bree Condee An initiative to increase Dads participation in school.
Dual Language Oakland Park Elementary Michelle Garcia Dual Language Program in Spanish
Dual Language Program Silver Palms Elementary Polett Williams Dual Language (English/Spanish) Program
Dual Language Program Cypress Elementary Fabiana Spiteri Dual Language Spanish program in grades K-5
ECO Patrol Griffin Elementary Jacque Sanchez Student recycle and also work in the environmental center to learn the importance of keeping the earth clean for future generations.
Environmental Science Magnet Program South Plantation High School JoAnn Cantlupe
ESE Pre-K Programs Park Springs Elementary Molly Abitbol We have the following Pre-K Programs at Park Springs: AM/PM Speech and Language, Specialized and Intensive Classes
ESE Pre-K Programs Sandpiper Elementary Camille LaChance Sandpiper has Pre-k Intensive and Pre-K Specialized classes.
F.A.S.T Croissant Park Elementary Suzan DeMeo The Fort Lauderdale Police Department will be partnering with the elementary schools in the Ft. Lauderdale area to create a relationship between our schools, the communities, and law enforcement. FLPD will be working with 3rd grade students in a variety of ways in order to be positive role models, and to help change the perception that many students have of law enforcement.
Faith-Based Partnership Dandy, William Middle Marsha Grandison-Taylor Our WDMS Leadership Team and WDMS Teachers visit our Faith-Based Partners quarterly to increase parental engagement, to promote our excellent Magnet Program, mentoring and volunteering. Here is a "List of our Faith-Based Partners": Harris Chapel 2351 NW 26 Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 Pentecostal Temple Revival Center 2050 NW 27 Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 Lighthouse Worship 2201 NW 24 Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 Gateway Christian (2 blocks east of WDMS on 26 St) 2130 NW 26 Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 Praise Tabernacle International (Northwest Corner of Sunrise Blvd & 441) 1050 NW 43rd Ave, Plantation, FL 33313
First Priority Dave Thoams Education - West Campus Mr. Bosk First Priority is a student club designed to create student leaders who influence the culture of faith within the school. Students meet to discuss ways to increase their knowledge in faith as well as the knowledge of their fellow classmates. They club meets regularly throughout the school year.
Florida Educators of America ( FEA) Dandy, William Middle Marsha Grandison-Taylor Dr. Taylor meets with the FEA students once a week to discuss what it means to be an educator and the necessary steps to take to make it a reality.
Future Successful Adults of America (FSAA) Atlantic Technical College And Technical High School Kimberly Jackson FSAA is an on-campus college and career-focused student-run organization. FSAA is an educational club that provides information about preparation for life after high school including college and career preparation, post-secondary planning, and financial literacy. FSAA organizes on-campus events and fundraisers such as Party with the Professionals and Pop to the Top. Monthly meetings include innovative group discussions, guest speakers, and college tours. All elected officers must maintain a 2.5 GPA and have satisfactory behavior.
Gessy Sainvilus Drew, Charles Elementary Men of Drew Mentoring Program
Grandparents Program Larkdale Elementary Francine Mitchell Grandparents volunteer in the classrooms working hands-on with students and teachers.
GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) Dave Thoams Education - West Campus Mr. Antonio Wright/Mr. Rashad Gunthrop GSA is a student-led or community-based organization that is intended to provide a safe and supportive environment for our middle and high school students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) children, teenagers, and youth as well as their heterosexual allies.
Helping Hands Dave Thoams Education - West Campus Stacy Brown This initiative was developed to monitor and encourage our seniors to full their graduation requirements. Our non-instructional and instructional staff members all pitch in to ensure our seniors graduate. Staff members check in weekly or sometimes daily depending on the need of the student to monitor their academic, social and emotional well being. As a result, 2018-2019 Dave Thomas and Charles Drew Family Resource Center graduated 250 students.
Homeroom / Advisory Period Silver Lakes Middle Sophonie Gaspard All students will have a homeroom teacher for mentoring, data chats, social-emotion learning activities and ELO opportunities.
Hope Sunshine Club Dandy, William Middle Ana Gabriela Joseph Helping Overcome Problems Effectively The main goal for the Hope Sunshine Club is to provide students with a safe place in which they can develop skills to reduce feelings of helplessness and hopelessness that often lead to suicide while fostering a sense of community. The club meets weekly for 60 minutes throughout the school year.
Inclusive Classes Floranada Elementary Lauren Ryan / Lauren Gordon In grades 1-5 our children with disabilities are given a supportive class room. This means that those students will be in class with a dual certified teacher and an Education Support Professional all day. This has effectively closed the achievement gap for our students with disabilities.
Jacques R. Moise Drew, Charles Elementary Men of Drew Mentoring Program
K-5 Autism Special Program Park Springs Elementary Meghan Gavagni We have an Autism Spectrum Disorder Special Program at Park Springs for grades K-5.
L612 Uniform Bank Lauderhill 6-12 Kristian Holmes Students will be able to access donated uniform tops or bottoms on an as needed basis.
Lady Braves Banyan Elementary LaShawn Smith-Settles A trained volunteer comes in weekly to provide resources and positive reinforcement to selected girls in Grades 4-5.
Latinos in Action Riverside Elementary Sherry Rosen
Latinos in Action Banyan Elementary Bree Condee Their mission is to empower latino students to lead and strenghten their communities through college and career readiness. Their emphasis is to focus on other latino youth to provide positive reinforcement and academic success.
Listeners Riverside Elementary Kitti Magill
Mache Thompson Drew, Charles Elementary DREW COOL GIRLS Mentoring Program
MECCA Tutoring Program Dave Thoams Education - West Campus Manoushka Saintil MECCA provides tutoring services for students K-12.
Mentoring Dania Elementary
Mentoring Program Glades Middle Craig Kocis Designed to provide additional support to students by pairing them up with an adult on campus they can confide in on a regular basis.
Mentoring Tomorrows Leaders Larkdale Elementary Pierre Ceinor Mentoring program for intermediate boys.
Muffins for Mom Banyan Elementary Bree Condee An initiative to increase parental involvement.
Parent University Nights Banyan Elementary Veronica Jackson, Bree Condee, Chelsea Smith Assist Parents with understanding the Academic Curriculum
PASL Blanche Ely High Dr. Rocie S. Clark Personalization for academic and social learning (PASL). Blanche Ely PASL program actively encourages students to develop a sense of belonging to the school as a whole, as well as meaningful, positive connections with teachers, staff, and their peers.
PBL Grant Silver Lakes Middle Timothy Gore / Thomas Howard Project Based Learning grant for implementation through STEM, social studies and science departments.
Peer Counseling South Broward High Valerie Kelly
Peer Counseling Advisor Ramblewood Middle Christina Zabko Develop and enhance the health, safety and well being of our youth by focusing on peer education.
PINK Silver Lakes Middle Sophonie Gaspard Girls Mentoring Club
PREP Dandy, William Middle Jamalyn Fitzpatrick PREP stands for Pretty Responsible Educated & Proud! It is s a school-based mentoring group that teaches, expands and explores opportunities for young ladies that may not have the resources to do so.
Prevention Liaison Ramblewood Middle Christina Zabko Responsible for being the "conduit" between school and the supportive work of Diversity, Prevention & Intervention.
Principal's Book Club Dandy, William Middle Shernette Grant Our Principal, Ms. Shernette, meets with a group of students on a weekly basis to talk about an interesting book that has been selected by the students. The students visit Barnes and Nobles as well to explore tons of books that will turn them into strategic readers.
RTI Support Service Blanche Ely High Rocie S. Clark Facilitate efffectiveness of the RTI Process.
Saturday FSA Camp Griffin Elementary Miladys Perez Academic assistance prior to standardized testing. All 3-5 grade students welcome.
School Counseling Services Park Springs Elementary Nicole Tufo Our School Guidance Counselor provides counseling services in the areas of grief, family changes, academic, self confidence, and social skills. She works with many students on a weekly basis to support their social and emotional growth.
School Support Sunshine Elementary Sigried Palau Our department support schools and communities, promoting academic achievement by removing social and emotional barriers to success.
Science Contact Flamingo Elementary Elisa Paniagua Science contact for school
SEL Grant Silver Lakes Middle Sophonie Gaspard School wide social emotional learning Initiatives / schedule
SEL Initiative Mirror Lake Elementary Gigi McIntire District wide SEL initiative for the 2016-2017 school year.
SEL Liaison Indian Ridge Middle Shannon Rosado Social and Emotional Learning Liaison
SEL Liaison Whispering Pines Karen Kriger
Social Emotional Learning Blanche Ely High Blanche Ely Administrators and School Counselors To provide teachers with Social Emotional Learning strategies to assist students with behavior indicators.
South Florida Cares Mentoring Movement Dave Thoams Education - West Campus Mr. John Wells The mission of South FL Cares is to secure and transform the lives of Black children by inspiring, recruiting, training and mobilizing masses of caring adults to mentor and nourish them.
SPARKS Program Larkdale Elementary Karen Edwards Specialized Personnel Advancing Resources, Knowledge, and Skills
Start with Hello McNab Elementary Courtney Casella Start with Hello is a violence prevention program from Sandy Hook Promise designed to teach children how to reach out to peers that appear isolated to help these students feel like they are a part of the community.
STEM Innovative District School Lloyd Estates Elementary Josianne Gourdet The STEM Academy is designed to promote higher learning in elementary school students. We feel that it is important to expose high achieving students to a program that will further challenge their abilities and prepare them to be college and career ready for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Sun-Sentinel Character Education Central Park Elementary Gilia Martinez The District has focused instruction on the eight character traits: responsibility, citizenship, kindness, respect, honesty, self-control, tolerance and cooperation. A different character trait is highlighted each month and a nationally recognized curriculum has been developed. The teaching of character education is fundamental in preparing students for their future opportunities.
Unplug & Reconnect Atlantic Technical College And Technical High School Unplug & Reconnect is an initiative established in 2016 which provides high school students an opportunity to engage with their peers in a creative, social, and supervised environment. Unplug & Reconnect is an on-campus activity during lunch where students unplug from their technology and electronic devices and connect with their peers through interactive board games, team building activities, and conversation starters. Students are allowed to chat-n-chew while enhancing their social skills and establishing positive peer relationships in a positive, fun, engaging, and interactive environment.
Urban League Volunteers Dave Thoams Education - West Campus Cynthia Hicks Urban League provide opportunities for citizens to get involved in their community
Watch D.O.G (Dad's of Great Students) Rock Island Elementary Genevieve Stephenson Watch DOG is a national initiative aimed at increasing the involvement of fathers and father figures within our school. Fathers and father figures volunteer on a daily, weekly, monthly or quarterly basis and provide support in a variety of areas.
Women of Tomorrow Dave Thoams Education - West Campus Ms. Andayaie Pierre The Women of Tomorrow mission is to inspire, motivate and empower at-risk young women to live up to their full potential through a unique group mentoring program with highly accomplished professional women and scholarship opportunities.
YMCA Piper High Matt Dearen and Ken Walton The YMCA, in partnership with the Children's Service Council, provides after school services to complement school curricula, by offering additional learning opportunities for personal growth and social enrichment.
YMCA Dave Thoams Education - West Campus Sparkle Edwards The YMCA provides aftercare services for Head Start students.