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July 30, 2020 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Battle Ground school board selects Jackie Maddux as new District 5 director

The Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors has selected Jackie Maddux to fill the District 5 director position left vacant when board member Tina Lambert resigned earlier this year. Maddux was one of five candidates the board interviewed and considered. Maddux was sworn in at the Battle Ground school board meeting on Monday, June 22.

Maddux has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Warner Pacific College and is an Accounting Manager for Clark Public Utilities, overseeing accounts payable and billing. She and her family have lived in the Battle Ground Public Schools district since 2008, and all four of her children attended BGPS schools and graduated from Prairie High School. Read more on the district website

BGPS’ Board of Directors conducted a regular board meeting on July 27, and a special meeting on July 28. Highlights from these meetings are in this week's BG Board, Briefly. The next regular board meeting will be held on Monday, Aug. 10 at 6 p.m.

Pleasant Valley Middle student wins silver medal at National History Day Finals

Pleasant Valley Middle School eighth grader Colton McCall came away from the 2020 National History Day Finals this summer with a silver medal. He placed second out of 100 national finalists competing in the Junior Individual Performance category, which also came with a  $500 prize.

McCall incorporated the voices of indigenous people in his silver medal-winning performance, “Breaking Barriers to Restore 1855 Fishing Rights.” McCall’s research project creatively showed how the 1855 Yakama Treaty guaranteed the Yakama, Warm Springs, Umatilla, and Nez Perce tribes land and fishing rights. After a century of conflict, Native Americans’ rights were restored thanks to two landmark court cases: the Belloni Decision in 1969, and the Boldt Decision in 1974.  Read more on the district website

Battle Ground Education Foundation donates $20,000 for Chromebooks

The Battle Ground Education Foundation (BGeF) has donated $20,000 to Battle Ground Public Schools for the purchase of Chromebook computers and software licenses. Chromebooks are a type of laptop computer that are easy to manage, cost-effective, and compatible with the Google suite of education apps that the district has used since 2012. Battle Ground Schools provides a Chromebook to every student through its one-to-one computing initiative.

The $20,000 donation was made possible thanks to a grant from the Honorable Frank L. and Arlene G. Price Foundation. The mission of the Price Foundation is to improve education, health and historic preservation in Clark and Cowlitz counties by recognizing unfulfilled needs and funding projects that make a difference. 

BGeF, which has a sole mission of supporting Battle Ground Public Schools, has also donated to literacy programs, the Family and Community Resource Center, unified sports programs, and more. Thank you BGeF and its contributors!

Reminder: application deadline for backpacks is July 31

Our Family and Community Resource Center (FCRC) and the Battle Ground Education Foundation are pleased to be able to help families whose students have qualified for free and reduced meals with backpacks and school supplies for 2020-21. You can apply online here! Please be sure to complete the form for each student requesting supplies. The application deadline is Friday, July 31

If your student(s) did not qualify for free and reduced meals last year, but your situation has changed due to the current economic conditions and you need help with supplies, please contact the FCRC after August 1, 2020 at 360-885-5434.

School supplies included are only basic supplies based on donations and will not include everything your student might need. Battle Ground Public Schools provides students in grades K-4 with the basic school supplies needed to complete in-class assignments. However, additional supplies might be needed. School supply lists for 2020-21 are posted on the district website: https://www.battlegroundps.org/school-supply-lists/.

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including a transportation router, 2 school nurses, a speech language pathologist, a gym recreation facilitator, a community education Launch program facilitator, community education referee/support staff, a head coach for girls basketball, assistant coaches for swimming, cheer, and girls basketball, and various certificated and classified substitutes.

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