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January 16, 2020 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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District office gets a partial upgrade over Winter Break

Shoutout to the maintenance and operations crew who worked so hard over break to replace the (very old and worn down) carpet at the district office! It was a huge undertaking, as they had to dismantle and move office furniture before pulling up the old carpet and installing the new. There was only enough time to replace half the carpet in the building, so phase two of the project is planned for Spring Break, or possibly even the summer. The new carpet looks great, and we appreciate the hard work of the crew members! 

Focus on science education

Maple Grove 3rd graders test the waters of scientific data collection

Patricia Harmon’s third grade students at Maple Grove Primary School take their roles as scientists very seriously. Donning protective goggles, a group of students are seated around a picnic table testing water samples, carefully recording the data they collect along the way. Nearby, another group of four students is huddled over a small plastic tub filled with water and a few aquatic plants, using pipettes and plastic spoons to check for tiny critters. Suddenly there’s a breakthrough, as an excited voice exclaims “Ms. Harmon, I found a stonefly!”

These young scientists are just some of the more than 3,000 Clark County students who make up the Student Watershed Monitoring Network (SWMN). Supported by both the City of Vancouver and Clark County’s Clean Water Division, the project trains teachers and students in grades kindergarten through high school to monitor water quality and habitat in a local stream, lake, river or wetlands.

Read more on the district blog
BGPS’ Board of Directors conducted a work session and a regular board meeting on Monday, January 13. Highlights from these meetings are in this week's BG Board, Briefly. The next regular board meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. on the Lewisville campus.

BGHS Jazz Combo selected to perform at Charles Mingus Jazz Festival


Congratulations to the Battle Ground High School Jazz Combo on being one of just three combos selected nationwide to perform at the annual Charles Mingus Jazz Festival! Students in BGHS' Jazz Combo band are Emily Brooks, percussion; Dallon Goodwin, upright bass; Ashton Hemming, tenor and soprano sax; Matthew Hughey, piano; Ian McHenry, baritone and tenor sax; Mallory Meyer, trombone; and Jacob Williams, trombone. 

The 12th Annual Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival takes place February 14-17 in New York City. This year’s Festival includes a film showcase, student jams, a full day of instrumental clinics exploring the music of Charles Mingus, performances by the Mingus Big Band, and the nationwide Competition showcasing young jazz talent from high schools across the country.  Outstanding Soloists have an opportunity to perform with the Mingus Big Band on Sunday night!

Chief Umtuch Middle School presents ‘Annie Jr.’


Chief Umtuch Middle School is pleased to present three performances of the renowned musical “Annie Jr.” Feb. 6-8. Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Annie Jr. features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure.

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. View a flyer with more information, including all performance dates and times. 

BGHS Tigers, PHS Falcons honored at annual awards banquet


On Wednesday, several district football players and coaches attended the National Football Foundation of Clark County's annual awards banquet. BGHS Tigers Brody Smith and Steven Hancock (pictured top center with coaches Mike Kesler, Bryan Levesque and several teammates) received awards for individual excellence.

PHS Falcons Connor French and Treyce Teague (pictured in the center of the photo on the bottom) also received individual recognition, while Prairie head coach Mike Peck received the Gary Boggs coaches award.  

Congratulations to all of these deserving recipients!

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including a school psychologist, a speech/language pathologist, 3 assistant secretaries/assessment coordinators, a primary school assistant secretary, a basic education assistant (bus duty), a swing shift custodian, a community education facilitator, a gym recreation facilitator, a tutoring para-educator, 5 special education assistants (3 baseload and 2 student specific), a career guidance technician, assistant coaches for gymnastics, track, and girls tennis, a game manager at PHS, 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, 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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