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Oct. 14, 2021 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Levy funding helps prepare students to learn


Battle Ground Public Schools believes every student should have a chance to succeed. Accomplishing that requires investing in not only the academic needs of our students, but also their physical, mental and emotional needs.

"A key part of providing our young people with a good education is making sure they are ready to learn,” said Superintendent Denny Waters. “The investment we’ve made in these programs is part of the district’s commitment to giving all students a chance to succeed, both at school and in life.”

The local levy helps the district provide more counselors, psychologists, nurses, special education teachers and assistants, and other critical student support staff than state funding covers. These professionals are critical in addressing the growing mental and emotional needs of today's young people. Be sure to read more about how levy funding helps to ensure every student can be prepared to learn.

VIDEO: Arts, music and drama keep students connected to learning


In our latest "Know the Facts" video about the upcoming replacement levy on the Nov. 2 ballot, we talk with students and teachers involved in music, art and drama classes offered by Battle Ground Public Schools. Some describe the experience as "life-changing," while others say it's what gets them up in the morning. To learn more about these programs and how they could be impacted if the district's replacement levy fails to pass in November, be sure to read our full story on the district website.

VIDEO: Superintendent Denny Waters on the replacement levy


If you were unable to attend one of our three informational meetings about the replacement levy, we have posted a full video of a remote meeting held via Zoom on Oct. 6. Superintendent Denny Waters walks through a presentation on what the local levy helps to fund and what challenges the district will face if it fails to pass on Nov. 2. More information about the levy is available on the district website.

BGPS’ Board of Directors conducted a work session and a regular board meeting on Oct. 11. Highlights are in this week's BG Board, Briefly. Archived video of board meetings is available on the district website. The next regular board meeting will be held on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. 

River HomeLink's Becky Broyles wins WAEA Secondary Art Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to art teacher Becky Broyles of River HomeLink on winning the Washington Art Education Association's Secondary Art Teacher of the Year award for 2021! Broyles has been with Battle Ground Public Schools for 12 years. She helped to develop a student-choice art program, modeled as a working design studio, that allows student artists the freedom to choose their creative pathway for learning. Her students have won numerous awards and had their work published while working as artists and designers. Becky also currently facilitates the WAEA monthly Virtual Workshops and leads the Crafts Department at the American School in Japan summer day camp in Tokyo.

Becky becomes the fifth BGPS art educator in the last seven years to be recognized as an educator of the year by the WAEA. Two others won at the primary level, and two at the middle school level. 

BGHS Culinary Arts teacher Gene Fritz is all about making mistakes

Amongst other things, Battle Ground High School culinary arts teacher Gene Fritz has been an executive chef, a cook in the U.S. Army and an educator at both Colorado State University and Washington State University. Fritz was recently featured on an episode of the podcast "The Ultimate Dish," hosted by Kirk Bachmann of the Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. 

"It was super fun to reflect on why I am a teacher and why it is so important to inspire our students as both engaged learners and the future of our regional workforce," said Fritz, who told Bachmann his motto is "burning is learning."

The entire episode is available for free on the Ultimate Dish podcast website.

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including:
  • Teacher (Special Education)
  • Basic Education Assistants (Automotive/welding, student specific, lunch/recess, supervision, etc.)
  • Special Education Assistants (Student specific and baseload)
  • Paraeducator SEL Center Support (Daybreak Middle)
  • Paraeducator (SSIA) (Yacolt Primary)
  • Certificated Substitutes (District wide)
  • Classified Substitutes (District wide)
  • Testing Coordinator Assistant (Daybreak Primary, Maple Grove Primary, Tukes Valley Middle)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Psychologist (K-12)
  • Maintenance (HVAC Specialist)
  • Assistant Coach (BGHS Boys' Basketball, BGHS Special Olympics Unified Team, PHS Wrestling)
  • Community Education - Referee/Support StaffGym Facilitators, Game Managers
View full job listings and apply online at the district website.

Bus Drivers
BGPS' new transportation provider, First Student, is also in need of bus drivers
. For more details on First Student driving careers, including sign-on bonuses starting at $1,500, visit https://bit.ly/2SAWfqi.  

Cafeteria Workers
Sodexo
, the district's food service provider, is looking for employees in a number of specialties. Most positions provide on-the-job training and start at over $14/hr. More information: https://bit.ly/3Fzd8VM

Right At School
The district's new before/after school care provider, Right At School, is looking for Program Managers and Educators. Learn more at https://www.rightatschool.com/careers or email your resume to darcie.torres@rightatschool.com.
District
  • Wednesday, Oct. 20: One-hour late start
  • Mon-Fri, Oct. 25-29: Parent-Teacher Conferences. 3-hour early release for *ALL SCHOOLS*
  • Monday, Oct. 25: Regular Board Meeting, 6 p.m.
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