November 12, 2020 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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November 9-13 is National School Psychology week!

This year's theme for National School Psychology Week is "The Power of Possibility," representing hope, growth, resilience and renewal. The theme is a reminder that even something as small as a seed can grow into something magnificent. When we focus on what is possible, we have hope that students will grow, thrive and bloom!

Battle Ground Public Schools employs 18 full-time school psychologists, plus an intern. School psychologists are considered the “case manager” at their buildings, serving both general and special education students. The services they provide include counseling, group work, and guiding the multidisciplinary special education team processes.

We asked our school psychologists to share their thoughts on two questions:
  1. If there was one thing that you would like the world to know about school psychology, what would it be? and
  2. What about school psychology makes you get up and do it again every day?
You can read their answers on our blog! Thank you to all of our dedicated, caring, and talented school psychologists! You truly make a difference, and you are appreciated!

Welcome, kindergartners! You're off to great places, today is your day! 

We are pleased to welcome kindergartners to the classroom! Monday was the first day of in-person kindergarten, and these young learners did a fantastic job of listening and following directions. We are so excited to think about "Oh, the places they'll go!"

See more photos from the big day on our Facebook page
BGPS’ Board of Directors conducted a work session and regular board meeting on Nov. 9. Highlights from these meetings are in this week's BG Board, Briefly. The next regular board meeting will be held on Monday, Nov. 23 at 6 p.m.

BGPS schools celebrate Veterans Day with virtual assemblies

Traditionally, Battle Ground schools serve as hosts to a full schedule of school-wide assemblies, guest speakers, musical performances, and more to celebrate Veterans Day. While these in-person celebrations aren’t possible this year, students and staff got creative and hosted these events virtually. Visit our blog for links to view some of the events that happened at district schools

ICYMI: High School will stay remote for first semester

As you know, Clark County's COVID-19 activity levels have increased over the last several weeks. For this reason, and due to the complexity of high school scheduling, we have decided that high school students will continue to learn remotely at least through the end of the first semester, which concludes Jan. 29, 2021.

The decision was not an easy one to make. At this point, however, assuming Clark County would drop back down to a moderate level of COVID-19 activity and sustain it for six weeks, the soonest that hybrid learning could begin for high school students is Jan. 4, 2021. (See our Hybrid Learning webpage for more information.) To be in the moderate level, Clark County must have fewer than 75 cases per 100,000 population over a 14-day period. As of Nov. 9, Clark County's COVID-19 activity level was 171.55 cases. 

Additionally, high school scheduling is complex. Some subjects, like those that are required, have multiple sections; but other topics, like AP and some CTE courses, have just one class. It would be challenging—and a huge disruption to both students and teachers—to adjust schedules to accommodate those who want to participate in hybrid learning and those who want to stay remote. And then, with less than a month remaining in the semester after the adjustment, students would have to change classes again for the second semester.

Instead, our school teams are preparing now for the possibility of a transition during the second semester. Staff are using families' responses on the Learning Model Choice survey to build a second-semester schedule that will allow for a smooth transition and accommodate the needs of those who would like hybrid learning and those who would stay remote.

We appreciate the understanding of our families. Our staff are working to provide support, such as Internet Cafes and parent liaisons, to families who need additional assistance during remote learning. If you would like to explore these options, please contact your child's school.

As the second semester approaches, we will continue to work with Public Health and monitor Clark County's COVID-19 activity levels. We look forward to when Clark County reaches the level of metrics that will permit us to begin the transition to hybrid learning. You can help our community reach this goal by wearing a face covering, physical distancing, and washing your hands often.

Maple Grove is grateful for completion of covered play structure

Prairie HS basketball coach back on the court after battling rare neurological disorder

by Nick Krupke, Fox 12 Oregon
A long-tenured boys basketball coach from Prairie High School missed out on most of last season with a major health event, but now Coach Kyle Brooks is back with hopes that hoops will also return.

Eleven months since last putting his coaching sneakers on the court, Brooks began his 21st season at Prairie High School as the masked Falcon leader of men in pods of six.

It's a blessing too for the beloved head coach who started 2020 fighting for his life.

"It's just hard to get back on your feet," Brooks said. Watch the video and/or read the rest of the article on Fox 12's website.

USDA Farmers to Families food box program returns

Battle Ground Public Schools has partnered with the Battle Ground Education Foundation to distribute USDA Farmers to Families Food Box kits at the Lewisville campus on Wednesdays through the end of December (Nov. 18 and 25; Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30).

Families can come by the Lewisville campus to pick up a food box. Distribution will start at 1:30 p.m. and last until the boxes are gone. A typical kit contains fresh produce, dairy products, fluid milk and meat products. Limit one food kit per car.

Please enter Lewisville via NW 5th Ave. (between the Post Office and Dick's Point S) off of West Main Street.
Volunteers are needed! Sign up online to volunteer and help distribute the food boxes! Thank you BGeF and volunteers.

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including 

a speech language pathologist, 6 basic education assistants (recess supervision), a COVID isolation room attendant, a day shift custodian, two swing shift custodians, a day shift head custodian, a licensed practical nurse, a tutoring para-educator, a school health room assistant, a human resources specialist, a transportation router, assistant coaches for girls basketball; cheer team; swimming; dance team; and boys and girls soccer; and various certificated and classified substitutes.

Visit the district's Jobs web page to see our openings and apply.
  • BGPS Board of Directors Regular Meeting, Monday, November 23, 6:00 p.m. 
  • Thanksgiving Break, Wednesday, Nov. 25 through Friday, Nov. 27: No school and district buildings are closed in observance of the holiday. Grab and go meals will not be available on these dates. 
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