October 24, 2019 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Local nurse shares her inspiring story with Laurin Middle 7th graders

On Wednesday, 7th graders at Laurin Middle School attended an assembly featuring Emily LeFrancq, a local 22-year-old nurse who has been in the news recently after having her stomach surgically removed due to cancer. The middle school students have been studying the digestive system, and LeFrancq talked to the kids about her life before and after her surgery, about what it's like to live without a stomach, and about the different biological and environmental causes of cancer.

After her presentation, the students asked questions related to their recent classroom studies. As a token of thanks, the student presented LeFrancq with a bouquet of flowers and a poster they had all signed thanking her for visiting their campus. It was a very engaging presentation, and Emily is a very remarkable young woman with an inspiring story to tell!

You can read more about Emily and watch Fox 12's coverage here, and also be sure to stay tuned for a story about this event that will be coming from ESD 112's newsroom soon! 

Focus on problem-based learning

River HomeLink students take on the challenge of bird strikes

A group of 7th and 8th grade students at River HomeLink have been working since the beginning of the school year to help tackle a big question in the airline industry: how to keep the skies safe for passengers, planes and birds. The students are exploring solutions as part of teacher Kent Graham’s Problem-Based Learning (PBL) course, a class that has students working both online and in the classroom at River HomeLink, Battle Ground Public Schools' parent-partnered homeschool. Read more on the district blog

This year's Clark County Latino Youth Conference sees a record turnout 

A record 365 students (including 38 BGPS students) from Southwest Washington attended the annual Latino Youth Conference at Washington State University-Vancouver last Friday.

This conference is open to Latino middle and high school students from Clark County. The event's mission is "to instill in our youth the value of education, which nurtures mind, body and spirit in order to develop a social consciousness that empowers them as leaders for social justice and civic responsibility in the greater community." You can see more photos from this year's conference here

CPR and First Aid courses available this weekend

This Saturday. Oct. 26, Battle Ground High School's HOSA (Future Health Professionals) students are hosting a First Aid and CPR class. The class costs $40 and is open to all members of the public age 12 and up. The class is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Portable Building 7 on the Battle Ground High School campus.

The HOSA students help teach the class, which is one of the club's main fundraisers throughout the year. Come learn what to do in an emergency and support some awesome students! What you learn may even save someone's life. 

If you're a BGPS teacher, you'll receive clock hours for attending the class Teachers and staff wishing to receive clock hours for attending can sign up through the ProDev system. If you can't make it this weekend, another class is schedule for November 16.

PHS Drama Club's presentation of 'Curtains' opens Nov. 1 

Prairie High School Drama presents the musical comedy whodunit “Curtains” beginning Nov. 1. It’s the brassy, bright, and promising year of 1959. Boston’s Colonial Theatre is host to the opening night performance of a new musical. When the leading lady mysteriously dies on stage, the entire cast and crew are suspects. Enter a local detective, who just happens to be a musical theatre fan!

Packed with glorious tunes and a witty, charming script filled with delightful characters, “Curtains” is a hilarious journey for both performers and the audience. The Broadway production garnered 8 nominations at the 2007 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Performances will be at Prairie High School, 11311 NE 119th St., Vancouver. Tickets can be purchased online at and cost $5 for students, $10 for senior citizens, and $12 for adults.

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including a Science Resource Center technician, 8 basic education assistants (a crossing guard, 4 lunch/recess supervisors, 2 recess supervisors, and a middle school assistant), a community education facilitator, a gym recreation facilitator, a licensed practical nurse, a tutoring para-educator, a purchasing/warehouse secretary, 11 special education assistants, a high school transition coach, assistant coaches for boys and girls basketball and track, 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, 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.
  • BGPS Board of Directors Regular Meeting, Monday, Oct. 28, 6:00 p.m. at the Lewisville campus
  • K-4 Early Release for Parent/Teacher Conferences, Monday, Oct. 28
  • K-8 Early for Release Parent/Teacher Conferences, Tues. and Wed., Oct. 29 and 30
  • K-12 Early Release for Parent/Teacher Conferences, Thurs., Oct. 31 and Fri., Nov. 1
District & Community Events

The Community Events page is designed to share community functions submitted by non-profit organizations. 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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