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Dec. 9, 2021 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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School food drives feed student's holiday spirit

Students throughout Battle Ground Public Schools are currently collecting donations for area food banks, and the generosity of our families has been nothing short of amazing. As mentioned last week, Daybreak Middle School brought in over 5,700 pounds of food for the Clark County Food Bank. Glenwood Heights Primary students hoped to collect 500 cans of food for the North County Food Bank by the end of this week. As of today, they had collected nearly 2,400 cans of food, with one more day to go. Wow! 

Prairie High School will hold their annual Falcon Forest food drive event on Friday, Dec. 10. The community is invited to drive through the staff parking lot from 4:00-5:30 p.m. Bring nonperishable food items to vote for your favorite decorated Christmas tree. Thank you to our community for your incredible generosity during this holiday season!

FCRC goes on a $1,000 shopping spree, thanks to iQ Credit Union

Thanks to a $1,000 gift from iQ Credit Union to the Battle Ground Education Foundation, the district's Family and Community Resource Center was able to stock up on high demand items like toilet paper, wet wipes, dish soap, and laundry detergent. Battle Ground Fred Meyer hosted a shopping spree for FCRC employees on Dec. 3, including providing a 10% discount on the entire purchase. In the end, they filled eight shopping carts full. The donations will help families throughout the district who are facing housing instability. Thank you to iQ Credit Union and Fred Meyer for your generosity! Be sure to read more about the work of the FCRC, and watch a fun video of the shopping spree on the district website.

District surplus sale set for Saturday, Dec. 11

Battle Ground Public Schools is holding a surplus sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11 at the Lewisville campus. Items will be sold at depreciated cost or fair market value, whichever is greater. No pre-sales or holds allowed. This year, you'll find furnishings like tables, chairs, stools and desks, musical instruments, speakers and amps, athletic equipment, small kitchen appliances, sewing machines, vacuums, dolls and much more. Participants must follow COVID-19 requirements at the sale, including wearing face coverings and maintaining physical distancing. Details are available on the district website.

CASEE No-waste November recognized by Clark County Green Schools

Each November, educators, staff, and students at Battle Ground Public Schools' Center for Agriculture, Science, and Environmental Education (CASEE) set out on a month-long exploration into the principles of waste reduction. Since 2019, CASEE has used No-Waste November to engage students in a range of sustainability projects in an effort to demonstrate the impact that our actions have on the environment, and how we can reduce that impact. Students learn from experts about the journey our waste takes, and brainstorm ways to reuse, recycle or compost trash. This year, their work was recognized by Clark County Green Schools, which has an article all about the incredible work students and teachers at CASEE are doing.

Federal grant helps Battle Ground students stay connected

Battle Ground Public Schools will make substantial upgrades to student technology and connectivity thanks to a nearly $1.4 million grant from the Federal Communication Commission’s E-Rate program. This year, additional funding was made available through the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF), as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The grant funding will allow the district to purchase 1,900 new Chromebooks and increase access to Wi-Fi hotspots for students with difficulty accessing the internet at home. Battle Ground Public Schools maintains approximately 12,000 Chromebooks and 1,300 hotspots as part of its 1:1 initiative, allowing students in grades 6-12 to take a device home, while most other students have access to a Chromebook at school. More information about the district's ongoing efforts to connect students to technology that will help them grow and succeed is available online.

Battle Ground High School AFJORTC students earn Flight Academy scholarship

Battle Ground High School sophomore Rheanne Harpe (left) has received a scholarship to attend an accredited aviation university participating in a Private Pilot Certificate training program next summer. Senior Madeline Withee is on an alternate list for the prestigious program. Both AFJROTC cadets were among 200 worldwide chosen from a pool of 1,300 applicants. The scholarship is valued at $22,500 and covers transportation, room and board, academics and flight hours. Harpe and Withee become the tenth BGHS cadets selected for the scholarship since its inception in 2018.

The Air Force Junior ROTC Flight Academy Scholarship Program is an Air Force-level initiative in collaboration with the commercial aviation industry to address the national civilian and military pilot shortage. Participants earn a college transcript but do not incur a military commitment. 

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including:
  • Middle School Sports Coaches! (Head and assistant coaches for boys and girls basketball)
  • Teacher (PVP and PVM - Special Education)
  • Basic Education Assistants (Automotive/welding, supervision, lunch/recess, supervision, etc.)
  • Special Education Assistants (Student specific and baseload)
  • Certificated Substitutes (District wide)
  • Classified Substitutes (District wide)
  • Psychologist (K-12)
  • Speech/Language Pathologist (K-12)
  • Grant Secretary (2) (District wide)
  • Testing Coordinator Assistant (Daybreak Primary and Middle, Maple Grove Primary)
  • Career Guidance Transition Facilitator (CASEE A)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Maintenance (HVAC Specialist)
  • Custodian (Swing shift - BGHS)
  • Head Coach - (PHS - Slow-pitch Softball, JV Fastpitch)
  • Assistant Coach (PHS - Cheer Team BGHS/PHS - Swimming, Gymnastics BGHS - Wrestling)
  • Community Education - Referee/Support Staff and Gym 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
  • Monday, Dec. 13: Board of Directors Meeting
    • (Work session at 4:00 p.m. and Regular meeting at 6:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 15: One-hour late start, all schools
  • Dec. 20 - 31: Winter break - no school
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