May 6, 2021 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Teacher Appreciation Week

There's no question, we have a lot of amazing teachers here in Battle Ground Public Schools. During Teacher Appreciation Week, we wanted to take time to highlight just a few of the many incredible men and women shaping the lives of our young people each and every day.

This year presented challenges that no teacher ever thought they would have to overcome. Still, our educators have faced it all head on, learning new methods of teaching and mastering new technologies, all while putting in long hours every day in an effort to keep students engaged and moving forward. We're grateful to each and every one of you for stepping up and doing your part to help our young people succeed. 

Be sure to head over to the Battle Ground Public Schools Facebook page to see if your favorite teacher was featured, and share your own favorites using the hashtag #BGPSteachers.

Celebrating our school lunch heroes

Friday, May 7 is School Lunch Hero Day, and there's no doubt the folks who make sure our young people stay well fed have put in an incredible amount of extra effort over the last year-plus. James Capen, director of Nutrition Services for Battle Ground Public Schools, says they've served more than a half million meals (255,000 lunches and over 235,000 breakfasts) through the end of April. 

"Our team members have been serving meals since the first day of the pandemic back in March 2020," Capen said. "They have worked through summer, spring breaks, and even winter breaks. They have endured the heat of the summer, the rains of the fall, and the cold snowy days of the winter. They are truly our heroes."

Washington governor Jay Inslee has recognized Child Nutrition providers across the state with the Extra Mile award this year, which honors public servants who have gone above and beyond. Be sure to say "thank you!" to our child nutrition heroes this week (and every week).

Chief Umtuch Middle Drive-in Movie fundraiser featured on KGW

The Chief Umtuch DREAM Team drive-in movie rescheduled for this Friday recently got some recognition from KGW News. The event, which is being put on in cooperation with Prevent Together: Battle Ground Prevention Alliance and the Chief Umtuch PTO, is helping to raise money for the American Heart Association, as well as to raise awareness about the dangers of vaping for young people. 

6th grader Abby Caldwell told KGW that they chose the Disney/Pixar movie "Inside Out" because it hits home with students who were stuck learning from home during much of the pandemic. 

"It ties in with prevention because one of the reasons that people use these harmful substances is because they don't understand, or they can't figure out how they're feeling, or why they're feeling it," Caldwell said. "So showing a movie like this kind of helps people distinguish their emotions."

The students also created their own film about why they don't use vaping products, which will be shown before the movie. 

Community Education Summer Camp registrations now open

Families interested in signing up for summer activities through Battle Ground Community Education can now do so online. Summer camp offerings currently include volleyball skills camp, basketball camp, soccer, and even a soccer and basketball combo camp. Kids can also take advantage of summer games and circuit training fitness camps, dance camps, martial arts, and more.

River HomeLink teacher presents at WATAP spring conference

River HomeLink teacher Ryan Anderson was featured during the May 2 Washington State Teacher Advisory Council (WATAC) spring conference, put on by the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Position (CSTP). The conference features a list of award-winning educators from across the country.

Anderson gave a one-hour presentation entitled "What happens when students own their learning in an ELA course," focusing on River HomeLink's evolving strategy of involving students and parents in the educational process, including self-assessment, cross-collaboration, and gaining feedback on the process.

Great job, Ryan!

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including a K-12 Occupational Therapist and a Psychologist. Several coaching positions remain open, including head coach for girls soccer at Battle Ground High School, and swimming for both Prairie and Battle Ground high schools. The district is also looking for Assistant Coaches for football and swimming at Prairie High School. A Graduation Success Coach (Work Based) is also being sought for Battle Ground High School. We're also seeking a Licensed Practical Nurse and a Para-Educator, as well as a number of special education assistant positions for numerous schools. Certificated and classified substitutes positions are also available throughout the district. At the district office, a Lead Fiscal Accountant is being sought. Visit the district's Jobs web page to see our openings and apply.
BGPS' transportation provider, Cascade Student Transportation, is also in need of bus drivers. Visit to apply. 
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