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January 7, 2021 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Keeping us connected: Levy dollars deliver technology for students

Now more than ever, technology plays a critical role in education. Whether it’s providing access to computers and hardware, educational software and online curricula, or installing infrastructure upgrades within our school buildings, technology services are instrumental in delivering an equitable, quality education to Battle Ground Public Schools’ nearly 13,000 students.

Thanks to funding collected from the local schools levy, the district is able to provide every student in grades 3-12 with their own computer through the one-to-one computing initiative and has upgraded several technology systems in recent years, including district-wide Wi-Fi networks, servers, security and intercom systems. Read more on the district blog
 

Sharing our appreciation for the BGPS community

As we transition to a hybrid learning model, we want to take this opportunity to applaud the BGPS community. This past year has been a challenge for everyone, but we are SO PROUD of our students, families, and staff for the resilience and adaptability they've shown! Please watch this 2-minute video and join us in sharing our appreciation. Watch the 2-minute video on our YouTube channel.

K-4 will begin hybrid learning Feb. 1


In light of the new metrics for in-person learning announced by the state, we are looking forward to phasing in hybrid learning in our schools. As of Jan. 5, Clark County is in the moderate level of COVID-19 activity (calculated by Clark County Public Health as the number of new cases per 100,000 residents in the county over 14 days).

Battle Ground Public Schools wants to give parents time to prepare and needs time itself to make the transition. Now that we have a definitive date for a primary start, the district will be adjusting staffing to accommodate families’ preferred learning model, recalling support staff and training them on safety protocols, working with our transportation provider to recall staff and build bus routes based on families’ preferred learning model, and partnering with our nutrition services provider to recall and train staff and increase supplies for student meals. Read more on the district website.

BGHS alumni help line the streets with Tiger Pride 


Thanks to the generosity of Battle Ground High School alumni, Battle Ground's Tiger Pride is on full display! Cathy Dunning and the Class of 1970 led the effort, but many generations of graduates chipped in to pay for the 80+ banners adorning the downtown corridor. You can read more about how the project came about in The Reflector.

GHP kindergartners get an expert handwashing lesson 

Glenwood Heights Primary School Nurse Koppes provided a handwashing lesson for in-person kindergarten students and then read them a book! School nurses like Ms. Koppes are key staff members for supporting the health and wellbeing of our students.

Did you know that the state only provides enough funding for BGPS to hire 1.7 school nurses in our entire district? Thanks to levy funding, BGPS has 11 full-time nurses and 1 part-time nurse to serve the needs of our nearly 13,000 students. More info is on our website at www.battlegroundps.org/levy.

Prairie High School sophomore’s heart beats for kids in need

by Meg Wochnick, The Columbian

Madeline’s Helpful Heart has collected, distributed 2,500 donated toys in five years

Each holiday season, Madeline McMillen’s big heart for helping others grows even larger.

“I want children to have good Christmases and make sure they’re still loved,” the Prairie High School sophomore said.

Having a passion for people is what Madeline is all about. Read more on the Columbian's website

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including 2 basic education assistants, a COVID isolation room attendant, a day shift custodian, a swing shift custodian, 2 graduation success coaches, 4 special education assistants, a prevention/intervention specialist, a transportation router, 2 assistant coaches for girls basketball, assistant coaches for swimming and the dance team; a head coach for boys tennis, and various certificated and classified substitutes.

Visit the district's Jobs web page to see our openings and apply.
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