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May 13, 2021 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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K-12 enrolling now for next school year


Parents planning to change their students’ learning program for the 2021-22 school year should make the decision soon. Starting next fall, remote learning options will not be offered at Battle Ground Public Schools' comprehensive buildings. Students currently learning remotely through their neighborhood school will be automatically enrolled in full-time in-person learning next fall. Students wishing to remain in a remote learning model are encouraged to take advantage of the district’s alternative learning programs that offer remote and hybrid options, including River HomeLink, River Online Learning, and Summit View High School

Committing now to a school or program helps the district ensure it will have sufficient staffing to support students at each school and grade level, as the vast majority of teaching staff are hired in the spring. 

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine approved for children as young as 12



Starting today, anyone 12 and older is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Washington state (Pfizer only. 18 and older for the Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines). People who are fully vaccinated do not have to quarantine if they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for the virus, as long as the vaccinated person does not have symptoms. The Tower Mall vaccination site, run by Clark County Public Health and the city of Vancouver, is open for drive-thru vaccinations with no appointment necessary, and most major pharmacies and hospitals are providing appointments or allowing walk-in vaccinations. Visit the Clark County Public Health COVID-19 vaccine webpage to find a location and get more information.

Work-based learning offers BGPS high schoolers a potential career pathway




Work-based Learning available through Battle Ground Public Schools' Career and Technical Education program offers high school students in the district an opportunity to earn some income, gain credits towards graduation, as well as the potential for full employment shortly after graduation. 

The program is made possible through partnership with local employers such as Tapani, Inc., Prairie Electric, IQ Credit Union and more, who work with the district to provide high school students opportunities for on-the-job training that counts toward their graduation requirements. Students must maintain good grades in order to continue participating in the program.

For more details on the Work-based Learning program, check out this video.

Students and parents wanting to know if an apprenticeship program might be right for them can find valuable information during an upcoming webinar. On Thursday, May 20 from 4-5 p.m., presenters will share their own journeys through apprenticeship programs. In most cases students can work part time while going to school, earning a paycheck and gaining relevant work experience, related classroom instruction and national credentials that employers value.

Battle Ground Public Schools celebrates School Nurse Day

May 12 was National School Nurse Day. We're always grateful for the amazing nurses and health room staff who help to keep our students safe and able to learn. This year, especially, these remarkable professionals have stepped up to plan and prepare for the return of our students, care for medically fragile children and heal bumps and bruises. Even in a normal year that takes a lot of time and effort, but this year our health and safety staff have also been instrumental in helping to track cases of COVID-19 and keep our families up to date with the latest information. 

A huge "THANK YOU!" to our amazing school nurses for all that you do. We very much appreciate every single one of you!

Two BGHS Air Force Junior ROTC cadets win scholarships


(left to right): SGT Dennis Parker (USMC recruiter), LtCol (ret) Andy Woodrow (AFJROTC Instructor), Wyatt Moody, Lane Landas, Cindy Arnold (BG CTE Director), Matt Stanfill (AP, BGHS)

Battle Ground High School seniors Lane Landas and Wyatt Moody are the latest cadets to receive scholarships to post-secondary education.  Cadet/Captain Moody secured an AFROTC scholarship valued at over $68,000 to attend a university and is planning to attend WSU-Pullman beginning in the fall.  Cadet/Lieutenant Colonel Landas received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, a placement valued at over $250,000.  Once completed, these cadets along with Senior Brooke Kirby, who received her scholarship last month, will be commissioned in their respective services.

Congrats to our amazing AFJROTC cadets!

 

BGPS’ Board of Directors conducted a regular board meeting on May 10. Highlights from this meeting is in this week's BG Board, Briefly. The next regular board meeting will be held on Monday, May 24 at 6 p.m. 

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including several head coaching positions, including girls soccer at Battle Ground High School, and swimming for both Prairie and Battle Ground high schools. Assistant coaches are also being sought for football at Battle Ground High School, as well as football and swimming at Prairie High School. We are also looking for a K-12 occupational therapist and a psychologist, along with a district-wide Para-Educator for tutoring.  An opening for a Licensed Practical Nurse remains open, as well as a COVID isolation room attendant. Battle Ground High School is also seeking a graduation success coach, and a number of special education assistants are needed throughout the district. There are also several basic education assistant positions available, as well as certificated and classified substitutes positions are also available throughout the district. At the administrative office, a lead fiscal accountant is being sought. Visit the district's Jobs web page to see our openings and apply.
 
BGPS' transportation provider, Cascade Student Transportation, is also in need of bus drivers. Visit https://sticareers.com/ to apply. 
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