June 27, 2019 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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'Cowboy Ninja' hails from Battle Ground

by Cameron Kast/The Reflector
The Battle Ground area has raised a few sports stars in its lifetime: former Major League Baseball slugger and first baseman Richie Sexson graduated from Prairie High School and lives in the area and former MLB pitcher Gerry Staley went to Battle Ground High School. But only one of Battle Ground’s top athletes has ever earned the title of “Cowboy Ninja.” 

Lance Pekus and his family moved to Battle Ground from Utah when he was in the sixth grade. “My family always kinda liked to live in smaller towns,” he said. “So Battle Ground kind of fit the bill for us.” 

Throughout Pekus’ high school experience, which included wrestling and playing football for the Tigers, he liked the town and thought Battle Ground had “a lot of good people.” Now, Pekus lives in the small town of Salmon, Idaho and competes on NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior.” Read more on The Reflector's website, and if you missed the episode featuring Lance on Monday, you can stream the episode on NBC's website

BGPS’ Board of Directors conducted a regular board meeting on June 24. Highlights from these meetings are in this week's BG Board, Briefly. The next regular board meeting will be held on Monday, July 22 at 6 p.m. in the Battle Ground High School Media Center. 

BGPS warehouse busy sorting & prepping new math curriculum materials

Summer is a very busy time of year for our hard-working warehouse staff! Currently, workers are sorting and preparing all the new math curriculum materials that will be coming to a district classroom near you next year. If you missed the story when it first ran in April, you can read about the curriculum adoption process on our blog. The story breaks down the entire process of selecting new learning materials for the district, and as you can see from the above photos, the work continues! 

You can also read Superintendent Ross' thoughts about the importance and benefits of adopting new curriculum here

BGEF hosting a fireworks stand, other upcoming events

While the school year is now over, there are still plenty of opportunities to support BGeF in the coming months! They are in need of sponsors, volunteers, and patrons for several upcoming events including:
  • A fireworks stand to support the Family and Community Resource Center, June 27-July 4
  • 'Stuff the Bus' school supply drive, Friday, August 16
  • Give More 24, Thursday, September 19
  • School Days Auction and Dinner, Saturday, September 28
Details about all of the events and more are available on the BGeF's website and Facebook page

Reminder: summer meals available for children up to age 18

Children and teens up to 18 years old can enjoy a free lunch this summer through the Simplified Summer Food Program (SSFP) for children. The program provides lunches Monday through Friday at two Battle Ground locations, and addresses the need for nutritious meals during the summer months when school is not in session. It is funded through a grant from the Department of Agriculture. and sponsored by Battle Ground Public Schools. Children do not need to attend a Battle Ground school to participate; all children and teens are welcome.

Meals will be served at:

Kiwanis Park, 422 SW 2nd Avenue in Battle Ground, June 24 to August 16 (no lunch service July 4), 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

Maple Grove Cafeteria, 610 SW Eaton Blvd. in Battle Ground, July 22 to August 18 (no meal service on Fridays), 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday
Join the BGPS team! Many positions are available now, including a telecommunications technician, a special education teacher, 3 basic education assistants (2 crossing guards and a lunch/recess supervisor), a swing shift custodian, assistant coaches for boys basketball and tennis, a head coach for girls tennis, and classified substitute custodians. 

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, coding, 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.
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The Community Events page is designed to share community functions that have been approved for school district use. 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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