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April 29, 2021 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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All schools back to full five-day in-person learning


(Students at Daybreak Primary school got to see some of their classmates in person for the first time this year)

There were plenty of happy faces (VIDEO) this week as our schools welcomed back students for five-day in-person learning for the first time in over a year. Plenty of hard work has gone into successfully transitioning to our third learning model this year, including rearranging furniture, moving some band practice to gyms or other open spaces and making sure students can maintain six feet of physical distance while eating lunch (while guidelines allow for three feet of distance in class, the district must retain the six foot requirement outside of the classroom). 

With twice as many students in buildings each day, attestation is streamlined with temperature checks no longer being done at the school. Parents are urged to complete daily attestation via the Qualtrics app emailed or texted each day in order to make sure classes can start on time.

Parents should have already received communication with schedules for their student's school(s), as well as bus route information and updated schedules for free meal pick-ups. If you haven't, all of that information is available on the district website.

COVID-19 vaccines now available for anyone over 16



As a reminder, anyone over the age of 16 is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Washington state (Pfizer only. 18 and older for the Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines). The Tower Mall vaccination site, run by Clark County Public Health and the city of Vancouver, is now open for drive-thru vaccinations with no appointment necessary. Visit the Clark County Public Health COVID-19 vaccine webpage to find a location and get more information.

CASEE student's amphibian study revealing population changes


(CASEE student Michlin Swanson holds up a salamander for fellow student Adalie Smithline to measure before it is released)

On an overcast Friday morning, students and teachers at the Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education (CASEE) take a short walk to a pond on the 80-acre campus.

It's part of a long-term population study started by CASEE teacher Irene Catlin, which allows students to learn about a local ecosystem in much the same way as actual scientists in the field.

“They’re learning, essentially, what a scientist does,” said Catlin. “They’re learning field skills, they’re learning how to work together. They learn so much about the natural world in the process.”

The study, which you can read more about on the district website, tracks population trends, and impacts from the invasive American Bullfrog. Catlin said they've seen many amphibians returning to the pond earlier each year. Students get to contribute to a long-running study, and learn more about the world around them.

“It helps you understand a lot about your environment when you’re able to look at the data,” said Emma Young, a sophomore at CASEE. “It’s definitely really cool that our data matters."

Learn more about student apprenticeship programs



Students and parents looking to figure out 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.

Skilled trade positions in fields such as construction, electrical, welding and much more are in high demand. A number of employers such as Tapani, Inc. and Prairie Electric provide work-based learning for students in grades 7-12, many of whom go on to apprenticeships and careers in their chosen field.

Be sure to sign up in advance. Door prizes will be handed out during the hour-long presentation.
 

Best of BG Talent Show and Fundraiser April 29 and 30



Enjoy some of the amazing talent on display from our Battle Ground High School seniors this week, and help out a good cause in the process. The Best of BG contest, formerly known as "Mr. BG," features eight talented contestants and eight committee members, all helping to raise money for someone in need. This year's beneficiary is Izabella Lewandowski, a former BGHS American Sign Language teacher and member of the deaf community who is now fighting a battle against breast cancer.

This year’s show is a virtual pageant that will premiere both days on BGTV27’s youtube channel. Please join us in watching!

  • Thursday, April 29 – 7 p.m. (Part 1)
  • Friday, April 30 – 7 p.m. (Part 2)

You can donate AND cast your vote for the “People’s Choice” winner through our BGHS ASB office using THIS LINK. Click HERE for instructions on how to donate. Donation instructions will also be included in the pageant videos. The contestant that has the most funds donated in their name will be crowned the People’s Choice winner of ‘Best of BG’!

 

BGPS’ Board of Directors conducted a regular board meeting on April 26. Highlights from this meeting is in this week's BG Board, Briefly. The next regular board meeting will be held on Monday, May 10 at 6 p.m. 

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including principal positions at Prairie High School and Daybreak Primary. Several coaching positions are also open, including football and girls soccer at Battle Ground High School, and swimming for both Prairie and Battle Ground high schools. There's also an opening for a Licensed Practical Nurse. The district is seeking a number of basic education assistants for several schools, as well as a number of special education assistant positions. 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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