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Oct. 28, 2021 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Middle School Sports launch relies on levy funding


Nearly 40 years since a double levy failure forced Battle Ground Public Schools to eliminate middle school sports, the district is ready to re-launch them, thanks to an investment made by the Board of Directors in 2019. The pandemic delayed the launch, but boys and girls basketball seasons are set to begin in the winter. However, all coaches and athletic advisors in the district are paid for entirely through levy funding, along with most student transportation. If a replacement levy on the Nov. 2 ballot fails to pass, the district would be forced to further delay the launch of middle school sports indefinitely. In our latest "Know the Facts" video about the replacement levy, we learn about the importance of sports to students and middle school communities. For more information on the replacement levy, visit the district's Levy page online.

Remember to VOTE by Nov. 2


If you haven't already, please remember to fill out and return your ballot by Tuesday, Nov. 2. If you haven't received a ballot, or it was lost or damaged, you can contact the Clark County Elections Department for a replacement by calling 564-397-2345 or visiting them online. Registering to vote or changing your voter registration information is still available by visiting the Clark County Elections office in person at 1408 Franklin St. in Vancouver until 8 p.m. on election night.

Ballots can be returned by mail, no postage required, as long as they are postmarked on election day. They can also be returned to a number of drop boxes around the county. The Clark County Elections website has a map with a list of drop box locations. Thank you for voting!

BGPS’ Board of Directors conducted a work session and a regular board meeting on Oct. 25. Highlights are in this week's BG Board, Briefly. Archived video of board meetings is available on the district website. The next regular board meeting will be held on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. 

Prairie High School Slowpitch Softball wins 3A Academic State Title

 A big shout out to the Prairie High School Varsity Slowpitch Softball girls, winners of the 2021 WIAA/Gesa Credit Union Scholastic Awards Program Fall Team Academic 3A State Champions. The 14 students on the team, coached by Michelle Bergeron, maintained a combined GPA of 3.58 to win the award, which recognizes scholastic excellence in high school athletics. Way to go ladies!

Prairie's Manny Melo wins statewide recognition

October is National Principals Month, and we know all of our building administrators deserve to win awards. Last week, Prairie High School assistant principal and athletic director Manny Melo was recognized by the Association of Washington School Principals as one of the top administrators in the state, in his first year as an assistant principal. Prairie Principal Susannah Woehr said Melo implemented a wildly successful participation punch card program for athletics and activities, encouraging students to show up to events and support each other. "Coming back from online learning has been tough for some students to adjust to," Woehr said, "but the community-building efforts Mr. Melo is leading is why we are incredibly lucky to have him as our AD/AP!"

Battle Ground School Board recognized as WSSDA Board of Distinction

The Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA) has recognized the Battle Ground Schools Board of Directors as one of 34 Boards of Distinction for 2021, and the only large school district (9,001+ students) in Clark County to receive the honor. 

"The boards that are being honored developed unique approaches that reflected the needs of their students and families and relied on careful analysis of data that indicated those needs," said WSSDA Director of Leadership Development Tricia Lubach. “Despite historic challenges this year, school boards displayed tremendous leadership in bringing students back to in-person learning safely and creatively."

Battle Ground's Board of Directors, in cooperation with district leadership, helped keep students connected with wi-fi hotspots, buses as internet hubs, school meals, and much more. All 34 boards will be honored on Nov. 19 during the WSSDA Annual Conference.

Yacolt Primary students enjoy on-campus pumpkin patch

Kindergarten students at Yacolt Primary School couldn't get to a pumpkin patch this year, so their teachers and the Yacolt PTO brought the pumpkin patch to them! Thistle Creek Farm offered up pumpkins at a steep discount and even delivered them. The PTO then stepped up to pay for the pumpkins and volunteered to help with activities including pumpkin bowling, a photo booth, and more. Fire District 13 also showed up with a fire engine for the kids to check out.  Thanks to everyone who stepped up to make this a special event for our Yacolt kindergartners.

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including:
  • Teacher (Special Education, Family and Consumer Science, Online Learning)
  • Basic Education Assistants (Automotive/welding, student specific, lunch/recess, supervision, etc.)
  • Special Education Assistants (Student specific and baseload)
  • Paraeducator SEL Center Support (Daybreak Middle)
  • Paraeducator (SSIA) (Yacolt Primary, Laurin Middle)
  • Certificated Substitutes (District wide)
  • Classified Substitutes (District wide)
  • Graduation Success Coach - Work Based (BGHS, PHS)
  • Testing Coordinator Assistant (Daybreak Primary, Maple Grove Primary)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Psychologist (K-12)
  • Maintenance (HVAC Specialist)
  • Head Coach (BGHS Special Olympics Unified Team Basketball)
  • Assistant Coach (BGHS Boys' Basketball, BGHS Special Olympics Unified Team, PHS Wrestling and Slow-pitch softball)
  • Community Education - Referee/Support StaffGym Facilitators
View full job listings and apply online at the district website.

Bus Drivers
BGPS' new transportation provider, First Student, is also in need of bus drivers
. For more details on First Student driving careers, including sign-on bonuses starting at $1,500, visit https://bit.ly/2SAWfqi.  

Cafeteria Workers
Sodexo
, the district's food service provider, is looking for employees in a number of specialties. Most positions provide on-the-job training and start at over $14/hr. More information: https://bit.ly/3Fzd8VM

Right At School
The district's new before/after school care provider, Right At School, is looking for Program Managers and Educators. Learn more at https://www.rightatschool.com/careers or email your resume to darcie.torres@rightatschool.com.
District
  • Wednesday, Nov. 3: One-hour late start
  • Monday, Nov. 8: Regular Board Meeting, 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 11: Veterans Day - No school
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