May 16, 2019 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Captain Strong's crossing guards surprised with gesture of appreciation

Community member Dawn Harper wanted to show her appreciation for the work the crossing guards at Captain Strong Primary School do to keep kids and families safe. With the help of her adorable granddaughter and BGPS' Security Supervisor Mike Kesler, Dawn surprised the school's crossing guards last week with gift bags!

Thank you to crossing guards Melony Brown, Erika Carey, Sam Duncan, Richard Grzymko, Brandon Haag, Jean Haley, James Hawkins, Nancy Marshall, Julie Messer, Paula Raya, Jesus Pecoraro, Samatha Sherer,Sherri Williams, and all of the other crossing guards across the district for the work you do.

And thank you to Dutch Bros Coffee for generously donating gift cards to include in the bags! See more photos from the recognition on our Facebook page

Focus on the arts

BGPS Announces the winners of the 2019 District Art Show 

Battle Ground Public Schools recognized the winners of its 60th annual District Art Show on Monday during a school board meeting held at Captain Strong Primary. Former district art teachers selected winning pieces from each grade level. Superintendent Mark Ross also chose a piece for the annual Superintendent’s Award. The Bob Peck Award honors the late Bob Peck, a former Battle Ground High School teacher and the founder of the District Art Show.

You can see the more than 800 pieces of art created by K-12th graders on display from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 17 at Captain Strong Primary School, 1002 NW 6th Ave., Battle Ground. The public is invited to view the art free of charge . Visit our website for a complete list of winners, and you can also watch an online slideshow featuring the art of the first place winners here.
BGPS’ Board of Directors conducted a regular board meeting on Monday, May 13. Highlights from this meeting are in this week's BG Board, Briefly. The next regular board meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 28 at 6 p.m. on the Lewisville campus. Please note the change in day due to the Memorial Day holiday.

One weekend only: Prairie High School's Student Drama Showcase!

This weekend only, you can see PHS Advanced Drama students take on all creative aspects of production in their final work of the year. Playing casting directors, they chose material that suits them well. Playing directors and choreographers, they staged, choreographed and coached themselves and each other and created design concepts. Playing designers, they designed and chose their production values. All of their work supports a theme of their choosing.  

Show times are May 16, 17, and 18 at 7 p.m. The suggested donation price for tickets is $5 for students and $10 for adults. All tickets will be sold at the door and seating is general admission.

BG Battery: Senior catcher helps sophomore pitcher come into her own

by Tim Martinez, The Columbian

photo credit: Nathan Howard/The Columbian

As a senior catcher on a young Battle Ground softball team, Grace Stillman can be counted on to say the right thing when her young pitcher gets into a jam. A word of encouragement. A suggested adjustment. A line from her favorite sitcom. “Most of the time, I just try to make her laugh a little,” Stillman said of sophomore pitcher Mallory Meyer. “Drop a line from ‘The Office’ or something. But then I’ll just remind her she’s a great pitcher. One batter got a hit, but forget about it, and let’s get the next one. And then she does.”

The success of a softball team often depends heavily on the success of its pitcher. And the success of a pitcher often hinges on contributions of her catcher. And that is what happened with Meyer, who grew from an inconsistent freshman into the 4A Greater St. Helens League pitcher of the year, helping the Tigers to the league championship. Read more on the Columbian's website

Cascadia Tech Academy recognizes outstanding BGPS graduates

Four BGPS students have been recognized by Cascadia Tech Academy for their exceptional work. CTA's Distinguished Graduate Award (DGA) highlights the student in each program area that exemplifies the technical, academic, 21st Century and employability skills at the highest level, and the GAC Scholarship is intended for students who have post-secondary plans and exemplify the very best of their program.

The DGA recipients are:
  • Maya Wood of River HomeLink for Administrative Office Professional
  • Jackson Newberg of River HomeLink for Construction Technology
  • Rylee Petersen of Battle Ground High School for Fire Science
The GAC Scholarship winner is:
  • Joshua Potts of River HomeLink for Pre-Engineering Design Technology
Scholarships can be used to purchase tools, pay for books or tuition in order to support students as they go to colleges, universities, technical schools or enter an apprenticeship program.

Congratulations to all four of these impressive graduates! 

We're hiring an ASB and General Accounting Technician!
 This position provides an array of fiscal services related to Battle Ground Public Schools and Associated Student Body accounts. Responsibilities include ensuring that fiscal practices are followed and disbursement of funds is within proper and legal guidelines, contract administration, and maintaining detailed records of all activities and transactions. If you have relevant work experience in accounting and records management, we'd love to hear from you! Visit our jobs page, select the box next to the Classified Technician ASB/General Accounting Position, and click "Apply for Selected Position(s)" to get started.  

Many other positions are also available now, including a K-12 speech/language pathologist, 10 special education teachers, 5 basic education assistants (2 crossing guards and a lunch/recess supervisor), a community education facilitator, a gym recreation facilitator, a maintenance worker/painter, 2 student specific special education assistants, assistant coaching positions for cheer, football, and both boys and girls basketball, head coaching positions for cheer and golf, and various certificated and classified substitutes.

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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