PARKLAND, FL- Westglades Middle and Heron Heights Elementary Schools were 2 of 29 Broward County Public School District schools that earned the Five Star School Award for the 2018/19 school year. The Florida Department of Education awarded schools that are committed to incorporating family and community members into the school environment to enhance student learning.

The Five Star School Award recognizes the importance of community involvement to student success. To qualify for the award, schools must have active business partnerships, family engagement and volunteer services programs and School Advisory Councils. Schools must also have an improvement rating of “maintaining or improving” or a grade of “C” or above for the 2018/19 school year.

Principals at Westglades and Heron Heights were proud of their schools' accomplishment. 

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"The outpouring of volunteerism from the community makes Westglades Middle School a very special place.  The community involvement and volunteer support allows our school to enhance academic and social and emotional programs for our children," said Matthew Bianchi, Westglades Principal. 
"We are proud to be recognized as a Five Star School. It is a truly a reflection of the hard work and support of the entire school community. We thank our teachers, students, parents and community members for their commitment to education," said Merideth Weiss Schnur, Heron Heights Principal.
“Parent, family and community involvement – there’s no better partnership to assure a high-quality education for our students,” said BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “The positive impact of community support and resources is evidenced by student achievement and school success. When families, businesses, communities and schools work together, students are more successful and the entire community benefits.”
Below is the complete list of Broward County Public Schools that received the Five Star School Award:
  • Apollo Middle School 
  • Bayview Elementary School 
  • Coconut Creek Elementary School 
  • Cypress Bay High School 
  • Discovery Elementary School 
  • Embassy Creek Elementary School 
  • Falcon Cove Middle School 
  • Floranada Elementary School 
  • Harbordale Elementary School 
  • Heron Heights Elementary School 
  • Hollywood Hills Elementary School 
  • Indian Trace Elementary School 
  • Manatee Bay Elementary School 
  • Maplewood Elementary School 
  • Margate Elementary School 
  • Margate STEM Magnet Middle School 
  • McNicol Middle Magnet & STEM School 
  • Oakland Park Elementary School 
  • Park Lakes Elementary School 
  • Pembroke Lakes Elementary School 
  • Pembroke Pines Elementary School 
  • Pioneer Middle School 
  • Pompano Beach Middle School 
  • Ramblewood Elementary School 
  • Riverside Elementary School 
  • Sandpiper Elementary School 
  • Silver Palms Elementary School 
  • Virginia S. Young Elementary School 
  • Westglades Middle School