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March 15, 2019 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Superintendent Ross: Grateful to school board 


When I became superintendent of the Battle Ground Public Schools in July 2017, I appreciated many things about the district that were already in place. First was the amazingly hard working people employed in the district office. From the front office staff to human resources, the Business Office and the Teaching and Learning Department, it truly was and is today a group of individuals who care deeply for students and go above and beyond the call of duty to make Battle Ground a great place to work.

I also greatly appreciated that this “can do” spirit and concern for the welfare of students extended to not only building teachers and staff but most importantly for me to a group of individuals I work very closely with, the Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors. I was very fortunate as a new superintendent to inherit a veteran school board with members who had served the district for many years. Read more on The Reflector's website

Focus on Social-Emotional Learning

Tukes Valley first graders tackle their emotions, reduce inappropriate behaviors

Tukes Valley Go to any of the first grade classrooms at Tukes Valley Primary, and you’ll find a “calming corner” set up to help students get in control of their emotions. Each calming corner has a basket with a coloring book, a stuffed animal, a visual timer, and a copy of “Sometimes I’m Bombaloo,” a book about a young student who learns to get in control of her negative emotions.

The first graders at Tukes have been tackling some pretty big life lessons this school year, discussing ways to help students who struggle with managing their emotions and become disruptive to the learning environment. Perhaps most impressively, the kids took ownership of the calming corner project and put in the effort to make it work, and now their grade has seen a drop in defiant behaviors among first graders.

Read more on the district website.
BGPS’ Board of Directors conducted a regular board meeting on Monday, March 11. Highlights from the meeting are in this week's BG Board, Briefly. A special meeting will be held on Monday, March 18 at 4 p.m. on the Lewisville campus. The next regular board meeting will be held on Monday, March 25 at 6 p.m. on the Lewisville campus.

HOSA Club 

Battle Ground High School's Health Occupations Student Association is celebrating a successful State Leadership Conference in Spokane. Students took a multitude of classes, from suturing and stopping bleeding to pathology and rare diseases. 

Students also competed in several events, and BGHS senior Montzerrat Pantoja won fourth place in the Extemporaneous Health Poster competition, which covered the 6/18 initiative from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Congratulations students!

Pi Day 3.14

March 11-15 is Education Support Professionals Week 

This week is Education Support Professionals Week, a tradition started in 1975 by Public School Employees (PSE) of Washington to recognize the contributions of Education Support Professionals in the public school system. Education support professionals are involved in nearly every aspect of education: maintaining buildings and grounds, preparing and serving meals, keeping school facilities clean and orderly, providing more than 60 percent of all instructional hours to special education, providing information technology and media services, administrative support functions, safe transportation, a secure and healthy environment, and many other specialized services.

These dedicated individuals deserve recognition and thanks for the outstanding work they do. By supporting the learning environment, education support professionals are crucial partners with teachers, parents, administrators, and school boards. So thank you for all you do for our kids and our community! We visited some of these team members at our schools to take their photos (Facebook).
Join the BGPS Team! Many positions are available now, including a primary school principal, a middle school instructional coach, basic education assistants, a community education facilitator, a gym recreation facilitator, a student specific special education assistant, assistant coaches for football (two positions currently open), golf, and softball; head coaches for girls basketball and cross country and various certificated and classified substitutes. 

Visit the district's Jobs web page to see our openings and apply.
Registration is open for an unlimited amount of fun! Battle Ground Community Education offers classes and camps on music, sports, art, cooking, theater, dance, science, coding, fitness and so much more. Check out the many upcoming classes on the Community Education website.

Upcoming Classes and Activities Call Battle Ground Community Education at (360) 885-6584 for more information.
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The Community Events page is designed to share community functions that have been approved for school district use. These events are not sponsored or endorsed by the district, but are a part of the greater Battle Ground Public Schools community.
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