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April 10, 2020 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Information about remote learning 

Governor Inslee announced on Monday, April 6 that all Washington schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019–20 school year. Remote Learning will continue through the remainder of the school year, which will end on June 19. You can read the district's Remote Learning Plan here (PDF).

Battle Ground teachers and staff reached out this week to begin remote learning. Many of our schools have created webpages to support online learning and provide a central location for resources. Please visit your school's website for more information. Schools will contact families about providing paper learning packets to students who do not have internet access at home, and packet pickup is already available at many BGPS schools. 

Focus on technology

Battle Ground equips K-12 students for remote learning


Thanks to the financial support of the community, Battle Ground Public Schools has enough Chromebooks to provide every one of its K-12 students who need one with a computing device. The district distributed devices this week to middle and high school students who didn’t already have one, and will distribute Chromebooks next week to primary students.

Over the last four years, Battle Ground Public Schools has used levy funds to roll out its 1:1 computing initiative, expanding Chromebook distribution to additional grades each year. 

Read more on the district website.

Go to the Chromebook distribution schedule.

Tukes Valley educator named history teacher of the year

Tukes Valley Middle School fifth grade teacher Linda Korum has been selected as the top middle school history teacher in the U.S. by the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). The local Fort Vancouver Chapter of the organization nominated her for the national award after bestowing on her the 2020 Dr. Tom and Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award. The award recognizes educators who distinguish themselves in teaching the history of the American Revolution.

“I feel that it’s my duty to not just teach history, but to teach students about what it means to be an American, and what the American spirit is all about,” Korum said. “My job is to show students how the past shapes our present, and how what happens in the present is shaping our future.” Read more on Tukes Valley Middle School's blog

Grab and go lunch and breakfast for children ages 0–18

Similar to our summer meal program, children can pick up a free and nutritious sack lunch and breakfast items each weekday between 11 a.m. and noon at all of our primary schools, Amboy Middle School, and Battle Ground and Prairie high schools.

Families are strongly encouraged to pick up meals at one of the 10 BGPS locations that are set up to distribute sack lunches/breakfasts. However, families that are absolutely unable to get to schools to pick up meals in person can request meal delivery to your child’s bus stop. To request meal delivery, please complete the online request form to get started. If you are unable to complete the form online, you may call the Meal Delivery Request Line at (360) 885-6614. However, please note that completing the online request form is the most efficient method of requesting meal delivery.

In case you missed it: Superintendent's message

Dear families of Battle Ground Public Schools,

As you may be aware, Governor Inslee announced today that all Washington schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019–20 school year. We recognize that school closures play an important role in preventing the spread of the coronavirus and keeping our family, friends and community healthy and safe.

Certainly, though, this news brings up a lot of emotions. For our seniors, it means an absence of the traditional activity and pageantry that surrounds what is supposed to be one of the most exciting times of your lives. For everyone, it means not being able to connect personally with each other. We will do our best to fill these voids. If not now, then as soon as we can make it happen. Seniors, we especially understand how difficult this year has been for you, and we are committed to working with senior student leaders and building administrators to make it the best senior year possible under these circumstances.

We also understand that the school closure raises several questions and presents many challenges for our students and families. We want you to know that we are here to support you, and will work to answer your questions and continue our students' education remotely. Our teachers and school staff are committed to ensuring that our students progress and develop the skills they need to advance to the next grade level—or the next phase in their lives.

Some questions we can answer now:

Remote Learning will continue through the remainder of the school year, which will end on June 19. You can read the district's Remote Learning Plan, attached to this email. Battle Ground teachers and staff will be reaching out this week to students at all levels to further their progress at home. Many of our schools also have created webpages to support online learning and provide a central location for resources. Please visit your school's website for more information. Schools will contact families about providing paper learning packets to students who do not have internet access at home.

Chromebook checkout continues this week for students in grades 5-12. We are reassessing what devices are available for primary students and will let families know soon.

Lunch and breakfast distribution will continue 11 a.m.–noon weekdays at all of our primary schools, Amboy Middle and BGHS and PHS.

The district will continue to provide child care for children of first responders, health care workers and grocery store employees through June 19.

High school seniors, we have created a Seniors webpage and FAQ to answer your questions.  Please reach out to your school counselor if you need support with graduation requirements or credits. We will work with student leaders to develop alternatives to traditional senior events and graduation ceremonies. In some cases, special events may be postponed until summer. We will keep students and families updated on these decisions.

All sports and school activities are canceled during the extended school closure. 

Looking ahead, we request your patience as we make the monumental shift from the traditional classroom instruction that Battle Ground has successfully delivered for over 100 years, to a model that embraces distance education and delivers it to the homes of 13,000 students.

Remote learning will not replace the quality of in-person instruction that our students normally receive, but we will do the very best we can to meet the academic and non-academic needs of all of our students during this public health crisis. I know that you are doing the very best you can, too, and together we will do great things for our students.

Sincerely, 

Mark Ross, Superintendent
Battle Ground Public Schools

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including 2 third grade teachers; a fourth grade teacher; a fifth grade teacher; a high school math teacher; and a high school drafting, design, electric, plumbing, & HVAC teacher; 3 basic education assistants (2 crossing guards and 1 student specific); a reading para-educator; 5 special education assistants (student specific); 2 prevention/intervention specialists; a gym recreation facilitator; a community education Launch program facilitator; community education referee/support staff; assistant coaches for dance, volleyball, and swimming; and various certificated and classified substitutes.

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