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March 4, 2020 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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The health of our children is important to all of us. As the coronavirus has become an emergent health issue in Washington state, Battle Ground Public Schools wants to assure families that it is closely monitoring the situation and working directly with Clark County Public Health and the Washington State Department of Health as it does for all matters concerning public health. 

Currently, these agencies have advised the district that the risk to the general public is still relatively low in southwest Washington, and that the district should follow its standard procedures for preventing the spread of viruses such as the flu. Currently there are no cases of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Clark County.

Should the situation change, Battle Ground Public Schools would follow the direction of Clark County Public Health and the state Department of Health in regards to school closures or dismissals during public health situations.

The district website has more information and links to helpful resources

Focus on athletics

Battle Ground gears up for return of middle school sports 
 

Middle school sports will return to Battle Ground Public Schools next year after a 38-year absence. The district is preparing to introduce cross country, basketball, and soccer; with other sports to be added in future years.

Next year, 7th and 8th grade students will have an opportunity to participate in non-competitive play for the first few weeks of the basketball and soccer seasons, and then can try out for competitive teams. Each team will participate in eight to 10 games versus the other middle schools in the Battle Ground district. Practices and games will be held after middle schools release at 2:40 p.m.

The Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors worked to bring back middle school sports in response to requests from parents and community members on district surveys. A few years ago, the district began conducting ThoughtExchange surveys that brought priorities such as middle school sports to the top of the list of what the community wants for our students. Other priorities the community identified include safety and security, facilities maintenance, and support for the social emotional well-being of students.

Battle Ground Public Schools last provided middle school sports in 1982. Read more on the district website

Daybreak Middle School hosts vaping information night for parents March 5  

The Prevent Together Coalition and Battle Ground Public Schools are teaming up to host a parents-only event that will provide critical information and awareness about youth vaping and substance use. “Vape 101: What Every Parent Should Know” will be held on Thursday, March 5 at Daybreak Middle School and includes an interactive exhibit, an expert presentation about vaping, and a panel discussion with an audience question and answer session. 

Beginning at 6 p.m., parents and adults are invited to walk through a mock adolescent bedroom to try and spot the signs of vaping and other substance use. This interactive “Right Before Your Eyes” exhibit is open for 30 minutes before the presentation begins, and again at the conclusion of the presentation and Q & A session.

Kathy Deschner from the Prevention Alliance will give the keynote presentation from 6:30 to 7:10 p.m. Following the presentation is a panel discussion on current substance abuse trends and concerns featuring Deschner, Daybreak Middle School Principal Kevin Palena, Prevention Intervention Specialist Crystal Wallace, and BGPS employees and parents Josie Calderon and Tracey Horton-St. Clair. RSVP for the event on Facebook here

Lewis River Rotary Club donates $3,000 to BGHS Drama Club

Members of the Lewis River Rotary Club in Battle Ground presented a $3,000 check to the Battle Ground High School Drama Club last month. The money will be used to help fund the drama club’s trip to Edinburgh, Scotland, for the American High School Theatre Festival in August. Approximately 13 students from Battle Ground plan to attend the festival. 

This is a prestigious honor, as only 40 schools in the United States and Canada are invited to perform at the Fringe, which is the world’s largest performing arts festival. According to drama teacher Stephen “Cash” Henry, “to be invited back for a second time is a huge honor, and is a testament to how well we were received at the 2017 Festival Fringe and a positive representation of our community.”

Read Across America Day: A splendiferous Seussian celebration!

Dr. Seuss' birthday was March 2nd, and to honor his legacy, the date has been designated as "National Read Across America Day."

Our primary schools have been celebrating since last week with a variety of reading events and specially-themed Dr. Seuss activities. Check out some of our favorite photos from kindergarten and first grade classes at Tukes Valley Primary, Pleasant Valley Primary, and Glenwood Heights Primary schools on our Facebook page

Thank you to the Battle Ground Kiwanis Club, Battle Ground Education Foundation, iQ Credit Union and all the volunteers who work together to make this happen every year for every first grade class in the district! 

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including an assistant principal for online learning, a school nurse, a Highly Capable Program teacher, two basic education assistants (crossing guards), two swing shift custodians, a licensed practical nurse, a tutoring para-educator, 7 special education assistants (1 baseload and 6 student specific), a prevention/intervention specialist, an online learning specialist/technician, a gym recreation facilitator, a community education Launch program facilitator, community education referee/support staff, an assistant gymnastics coach, and various certificated and classified substitutes.

Visit the district's Jobs web page to see our openings and apply.
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, 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.
District
  • BGPS Board of Directors Regular Meeting, Monday, March 9, 6:00 p.m. at the Lewisville campus
  • One Hour Late Start, Wednesday, March 11
  • Snow makeup day for North Schools, March 16 (non-attendance day for South Schools)
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The Community Events page is designed to share community functions submitted by non-profit organizations. These events are not sponsored or endorsed by the district, but are a part of the greater Battle Ground Public Schools community.
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