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April 23, 2020 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Three Battle Ground schools recognized by state

Three schools in the Battle Ground Public Schools district have earned awards as State Recognized Schools for the 2018-19 school year, ranking them among the highest performing schools in the state in terms of growth and achievement.

Amboy Middle School was recognized for growth for students identifying as Hispanic; Tukes Valley Middle School was recognized for Growth for students identifying with Two or More Races; and CAM Academy, which also received recognition last year, was recognized for Achievement for ELA, Math, Graduation, Regular Attendance, and 9th Grade On-Track. Read more on the district blog

Students, staff work to complete a year(book) like no other

Prairie High School teacher Leah Zika always keeps a watchful eye on the myriad deadlines that she and her students face as they work each year to complete the school’s yearbook. Not only does the project require hard work and vigilance to get the book completed in time for the end of school, but the yearbook publisher also imposes penalties for missed deadlines, so there’s a lot of pressure to stay on target. 

As the seriousness of the COVID-19 crisis was becoming increasingly apparent in early March, Zika had a hunch that she and the 17 students in her yearbook class had better start making plans to complete the final 36 pages of the 248-page book even earlier than their deadlines required. Read more on the district blog

Laurin Middle School students process COVID-19 crisis through art

"In these uncertain times, one thing I am 100% sure of is the honest and raw talent of my Laurin artists.  Please enjoy their ‘middle school interpretation’ of how COVID-19 has disrupted their lives and changed the way they view the world. Thank you to all who submitted and created art with ‘whatever they had’ at home."

~ Tanya Bachman, fine arts teacher at LMS 

View the student artwork on the Laurin Middle School blog.

Drug take back event scheduled for April 25 cancelled

In light of social distancing measures still in place, ESD 112’s Prevent Coalition WILL NOT be hosting its prescription Drug Take Back event this Saturday, April 25.

The Prevent Coalition urges individuals to implement alternative methods for preventing opioid misuse in their community, such as locking up medications or finding safe locations to dispose of unused or expired meds.

While the April 25 Drug Take Back event has been canceled, there are still several locations across Southwest Washington to drop off unused medications for free and safe disposal, which are listed on the ESD's website

Battle Ground, Prairie high schools hold online plant sales

Battle Ground and Prairie high schools will be offering flowering and vegetable plants for sale online only this year beginning April 29. Watch for a link to the online sales site early next week.

Sales at each school will be limited to a few hundred transactions so that the programs can safely accommodate pickup while observing social distancing requirements. People who purchase the plants will need to sign up for a pickup time between May 5 and 9.

The plants are grown in Battle Ground Public Schools’ greenhouses by students in the district's Career and Technical Education programs. Money raised from the online sales will support the district's horticulture and FFA programs. 

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including a primary school principal; a high school math teacher; a K-12 occupational therapist; a kindergarten teacher; two 7th/8th grade teachers; 3 special education teachers; 3 basic education assistants (2 crossing guards and 1 student specific); a reading para-educator; 5 special education assistants (student specific); 2 prevention/intervention specialists; a gym recreation facilitator; a community education Launch program facilitator; community education referee/support staff; assistant coaches for dance, volleyball, and swimming; a head coach for the dance team, and various certificated and classified substitutes.

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