November 15, 2018 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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National School Psychology Awareness Week: Unlock Potential

This week we are celebrating National School Psychology Awareness Week to highlight the important work that school psychologists and other educators do to help students thrive. This year's theme is "Unlock Potential. Find Your Password!"  The goal is to highlight how thinking about specific skills, assets, or characteristics as "passwords" can lead to positive growth. School psychologists are particularly skilled at assisting students and staff in unlocking the resources, proactive and preventive skills, and positive connections necessary to unlock one's full potential to thrive in school and life. Thank you to our school psychologists for the important work you do every day to help students grow and learn!

Focus on Freedom

Battle Ground Public Schools honors veterans

Battle Ground Public Schools honors veterans and the sacrifices they’ve made for our freedom every year during events at all of our schools. Enjoy these pictures from some of the assemblies, performances, breakfasts and guest speakers from this year's events! Thank you veterans for your service!

Visit our Facebook gallery to see more photos.

Prairie soccer reaches 3A state semifinals

Falcons beat Mercer Island on penalty kicks
by Jeff Klein, The Columbian

For a team that started the season 0-4-2, still standing among the state’s final four in 3A is impressive. That is exactly what the Prairie girls soccer team has accomplished. The Falcons outlasted Mercer Island in a penalty kick shootout after playing to a 1-1 tie Saturday to win the state quarterfinal match and advance to next weekend’s semifinals at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

Next up is a semifinal against Holy Names Academy (15-6-1) of Seattle at 4 p.m. Friday. Gig Harbor (8-0-0) and Kamiakin (11-1-1) play the first semifinal at 2 p.m. The championship match is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Nov. 17 and the third place match at 10 a.m.

Read the full story on The Columbian's website

PHS' Annette Weeks selected for National Leadership Fellowsip Program

Prairie High School Agriculture teacher Annette Weeks is one of 21 selected to participate in the Association for Career and Technical Education’s (ACTE) National Leadership Fellowship Program. The program helps educators enhance their leadership skills and involvement in professional organizations by identifying, training, and motivating a cadre of leaders who will advance efforts that support an educated, prepared, adaptable and competitive workforce.

The Fellowship Program is a one-year commitment from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2019. The fellows are required to complete several activities throughout the year, including conducting an in-person visit with a local, state and federal legislator, writing blog posts, attending at least two required events and submitting a final summary of their accomplishments to ACTE’s Board of Directors. For more information, please visit the ACTE Fellowship Program page. Congratulations Mrs. Weeks!

River HomeLink honored as 2018 School of Distinction

River HomeLink is just one of 91 schools in Washington identified as 2018 School of Distinction winners. The award recognizes sustained improvement over a five-year period in English language arts (ELA), math and graduation rates. The recipients are among the top five percent of schools for improvement. This is the third time that River HomeLink has been recognized with the distinction.

“This honor is reflective of the incredibly hard work and dedication of staff and students,” said ESD 112 Superintendent Tim Merlino. “These schools are proof that through dedication and perseverance, we can overcome barriers to dramatically improve outcomes for all students,” he added. Merlino will present the award to River HomeLink at the Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors meeting on Nov. 26 at Lewisville.

The School of Distinction Award is sponsored by the Center for Educational Effectiveness in partnership with the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD), the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP), Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) and the Washington State Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (WSASCD). This award is the only one of its kind in the state that recognizes schools for sustained growth and improvement over time.
Join the BGPS Team! Many positions are now available, including 3 basic education assistants (lunch/recess supervisors), 3 swing shift custodians, a community education facilitator, gym recreation referee and facilitator, 6 student specific special education assistants, assistant coach for baseball, certificated substitutes (including for JROTC), and classified substitutes (including crossing guards and custodians). 

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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