May 20, 2021 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Battle Ground educators earn National Board Certification

Two more Battle Ground Public Schools educators have completed the rigorous National Board Certification process through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. This makes 48 National Board Certified educators in the district. This year's additions are Allison Brown (right) and Jolyn deBra.

Brown, a seventh grade teacher at Chief Umtuch Middle School, is in her 8th year. Maple Grove Primary first grade teacher deBra is completing her 17th year. Both educators say the process of becoming board certified was both difficult and rewarding, giving them a greater appreciation for the craft and how to keep students engaged and enthusiastic.

“A National Board certification shows a real commitment to improving as an educator,” said Deputy Superintendent Denny Waters. “The effort helps our teachers grow as people and professionals and our students benefit from educators who care deeply about their craft and have a desire for continued improvement.”

Congrats to Allison and Jolyn on this major accomplishment!

Battle Ground students do well at State History Day contest

(Pleasant Valley Middle School students Kristina Goldinov and Abby Dubinskiy pose in front of their History Day exhibit)

Participants from Battle Ground Public Schools did well in the Washington State History Day competition earlier this month.

Four out of the seven projects from Pleasant Valley Primary finished in fourth place or higher, including two third place finishes. Amelia DeMoss and Kira Wilson took third in the Junior Group Performance category for "Clarity, Quantity, Focus: Key to understanding how the Federalist Papers convinced the states to ratify the Constitution." Lilly Roman-Myers and Kaylie O'Lear came in third in the Junior Group Exhibit category with "Cesar Chavez: Strikes, Fasts and Boycotts to Empower the Powerless." Abigail Dubinskiy, Alissa Huynh, Kristina Goldonov and Layla Segovia took fourth place out of more than 20 entries in the Group Exhibit category for their entry on the March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Eighth grader Judah Bullock won the E Clampus Vitas Outstanding local history award in the Junior Individual Exhibit category for his display entitled "Miscommunication in Word and Deed: Key to understanding the Nez Perce Tribe's century of loss."

Chief Umtuch Middle School students Tova Orth and Ava Dhanens also did well, finishing sixth in the Junior Group Documentary category for their project, "Radium Advertising and Industry in the 1900s."

A big shout out to all our amazing students who worked so hard during an especially difficult year.

BGSD financial leaders honored by their peers

Battle Ground Public School's new Chief Financial Officer Michelle Scott has just started with the district and she's already winning awards. Scott was recently recognized with the Circle of Excellence Award for Distinguished Business Official of the Year at the Washington Association of School Business Professionals (WASBO) conference earlier this month. Scott helped spearhead a budget advisory committee during her time with Hockinson School District, focusing on transparency in budgeting and financial matters. She was recognized for her hard work and attention to detail.

Also taking home the hardware was Mitch Thompson, the district's Director of Business Operations and Risk Management. Thompson received the 2021 Award of Merit, which honors a WASBO member who has gone above and beyond to help others and serve within the WASBO organization. Mitch served as the Legislative Affairs Committee Chair this past year and sits on the WASBO SEBB Advisory Committee.

Battle Ground High School seeks tech industry volunteer for team-teaching role

Both Battle Ground High School and Prairie High School will be introducing Advanced Placement Computer Science A programs for Career and Technical Education students in the 2021-22 school year. Battle Ground High School is looking for a volunteer from the technology industry to help team-teach the class.

BGHS is partnering with Microsoft Philanthropies Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) to offer the course through grant funding. One aspect of its program that TEALS attributes to student success is its requirement to pair passionate volunteers from the technology industry with teachers to team-teach computer science. Volunteers should be familiar with Java and able to help out during first semester. If you work in tech and would be interested in making a difference in our students’ future success, please contact BGHS volunteer coordinator Scott Yingling or apply at

Comment on the academic recovery plan

In response to impacts caused by the pandemic, each public school district in Washington State is required by the state Legislature and Congress to create and submit an Academic and Student Well-being Recovery Plan by June 1, 2021. The goal of the plan is to identify which students and student groups need additional academic and well-being support, define how those supports will be provided, and plan for recovery and acceleration of student learning and well-being over the summer, into the fall, and beyond.

We are inviting staff, parents and community members to comment on the district's Academic and Student Well-being Recovery Plan. You can read the plan, review the district's OSPI survey responses, and comment on the plan from the district website.

Final USDA food box distribution is May 22

This Saturday marks the final day of the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box distribution at the Lewisville campus. Over the last nine months dozens of committed volunteers have handed out hundreds of boxes each Saturday to families in need, providing food staples such as milk, butter, cheese, potatoes, onions and meat. Former Battle Ground Public Schools teacher Scott Keller helped organize the weekly event with help from the Battle Ground Education Foundation and support from the district. Keller was named Battle Ground's 2020 Citizen of the Year for his efforts. The USDA  announced earlier this year that the Farmers to Families Food Box program would end on May 31. The program helped to distribute more than 160 million boxes of food throughout the pandemic.

When: Saturday, May 22nd
Time: 10 A.M. until boxes are gone
Where: Lewisville Campus
406 NW 5th Ave
Battle Ground, WA

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now. Amboy Middle School and Daybreak Primary are both seeking Assistant Principal candidates. The district is also looking for a K-12 Occupational Therapist and a Psychologist. Summit View High School is seeking a teacher for Family and Consumer Science. 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 and Lead Assistant Coach for the Cheer Team at Battle Ground 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, as well as swing shift custodians at Battle Ground High School and the Lewisville campus.  At the district office, Business Services is seeking a Technician in Accounts Payable. 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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