April 18, 2019 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Yacolt Primary's Sally Washington nominated for teaching award

Yacolt Primary kindergarten teacher Sally Washington has been nominated for The Reflector's 2019 People’s Choice Teacher Award! Washington comes from a family of educators who have served Battle Ground for generations. Her father was a P.E. teacher at Battle Ground High School, and her mother was a third grade teacher at Yacolt Primary. Washington’s sister and husband are also both teachers at Chief Umtuch Middle School.

Washington attended BGPS schools herself before earning her B.A. in elementary education from WSU-Vancouver and her master's in elementary reading and math from Walden University. Washington said she returned to teach here because she wanted to have a positive influence on children where she grew up. “I love the Yacolt community and teaching in a rural setting,” Washington said. “People here are very supportive, and the staff at Yacolt Primary is so friendly.” 

Click here to cast your vote for The Reflector's Readers' Choice 2019 Awards by Tuesday, April 23.

Focus on Horticulture

Battle Ground Public Schools hosts annual plant and greenhouse sales

A variety of annual and perennial bedding and flowering plants, as well as vegetable starts and hanging baskets grown by high school students in Battle Ground Public Schools’ greenhouses, will be available for purchase at upcoming public sales. Money raised from these sales supports the district’s horticulture and FFA programs and welding teams.

Students from Battle Ground High School; Prairie High School; the Center for Agriculture, Science, and Environmental Education (CASEE); and the FFA program grow tens of thousands of plants each year. Some of these plants are used in landscaping projects on school campuses, while the rest are sold at annual public sales.

Community members are encouraged to arrive early for the best selection and bring boxes to carry purchased plants. Read more on the district blog

Laurin Middle School 7th graders 

The seventh graders in Cameron Chilcote's science class presented their Human Body Systems projects this week. The students have been learning about all 10 systems of the human body (circulatory, digestive, excretory, endocrine, immune, integumentary, muscular, nervous, respiratory and skeletal) and their functions.

In addition to their presentations, each student group also created either a 3-D model or a detailed poster covering all the major organs in one system of the body.

Check out our Facebook post to see more photos of these students' awesome presentations, including a model of the digestive system made out of cake!

Laurin Middle School Drama presents 'The Big Bad Musical'

The Laurin Middle School Drama Club has been hard at work preparing for its production of "The Big Bad Musical," a howlingly funny courtroom comedy in which the notorious Big Bad Wolf is being slapped with a class-action lawsuit by quirky characters (including Little Red Riding Hood, her Grandmother, the Three Little Pigs and the Shepherd in charge of the Boy Who Cried Wolf) who want to get even. The students held several performances for their LMS peers today, but the public has the chance to attend next Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Laurin Middle School gym.  

Amboy Middle School assembly focuses on patience & accepting others 

At each of Amboy Middle School's monthly assemblies, Principal Nick Krause and Assistant Principal April Vonderharr present a theme to their students to think about and apply in their daily lives to make them better students and citizens. Past themes from this year have included the importance of kindness, giving thanks, generosity, self awareness, initiative, and discretion/friendship. This month's theme was acceptance, self-control, and patience. 

After the message was delivered, each grade level (5-8) was represented by a team of students who completed an obstacle course relay race. You can see more photos from the assembly on our Facebook page
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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.
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