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June 10, 2021 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Celebrating our high school graduates



CAM Academy kicked off graduation season on Wednesday when 43 graduating seniors walked across the stage at District Stadium. Nearly 980 seniors in Battle Ground Public Schools will graduate this year during in-person ceremonies on the football field next to Battle Ground High School. Hundreds of chairs have been set up on the field and around the running track, and the district was able to recently put levy dollars to work to fully replace seats on both the home and visitors sides of the stadium. 

With seating capacity limited due to COVID-19 event restrictions, the district has provided livestreams of each school's ceremony on the BGTV 27 YouTube channel. Recordings of each event will be available (at the same links) after the ceremonies are finished.

CAM Academy – Wednesday, June 9 @ 7 p.m.
https://youtu.be/nVGZzdlyEoI

Prairie High School – Thursday, June 10 @ 7 p.m.
https://youtu.be/jrP0W-VIHA0

Battle Ground High School – Friday, June 11 @ 7 p.m.
https://youtu.be/W8wiqJXwrh4

River HomeLink – Monday, June 14 @ 7 p.m.
https://youtu.be/7je65mhdzY0

Summit View High School – Tuesday, June 15 @ 7 p.m.
https://youtu.be/rLLC8FdyiEA

Drive-thru graduation nights a hit



Even with live, in-person graduation ceremonies happening at District Stadium, many families enjoyed the drive-thru events from last year and wanted to keep the tradition alive. Plenty of staff, family, and friends showed up for events at both Battle Ground and Prairie high schools this week to wish graduating seniors well. Families had the chance to deck out cars, trucks, boats, and even motorcycles and drive through the parking lots of each school to cheers, honks, laughter, and music. 

Thanks to everyone who showed up to give our seniors a great send off!
 

Tukes Valley Middle Schoolers resume mock congressional hearings


(Fifth grade students in Linda Korum's history class at Tukes Valley Middle School respond to questions about civics)

Students in Linda Korum's fifth-grade history class at Tukes Valley Middle School had the chance to share what they've learned about the United States government and answer questions during a mock congressional hearing on Thursday. Korum and fellow fifth grade teacher Maria Antos started the We the People program at Tukes Valley in 2016 to teach students about the Constitution and our unique form of government. The culmination is a mock congressional hearing in which students take what they've learned and present it in front of a panel of judges who ask follow up questions. This year, the panel included Battle Ground Public Schools Superintendent Mark Ross, Tukes Valley Middle School Principal Heather Ichimura, Jeff Lightburn from the Sons of the American Revolution, and Commander John Horch with the Clark County Sheriff's Office. 

The mock congressional hearings were canceled after school buildings closed last year, so this year Korum said she started planning early to make sure they could do it safely. Students came in five at a time, with the rest observing remotely in another room. "To have community members take time out of their day to help us always has a huge impact on students," Korum said. "The learning we do for the hearing is important because it gives students a foundation of how our country is run and why it's run that way. Civics is a topic that can't be brushed off or ignored. Every citizen needs to know their rights and responsibilities, even fifth graders, so we can have a nation of educated, critical thinkers to help run our country."

Daybreak Primary students have a Field Day


(Daybreak Primary students enjoy an afternoon of fun and discovery known as Field Day)

Specialists in Physical Education, Arts, Music, and Health worked together this week to allow students at Daybreak Primary School to enjoy the annual Field Day event, even if it was slightly modified from previous years. Rather than being a full-day, specialists held 40-minute events during their usual class times, giving students the chance to enjoy a water relay race, bin toss, sidewalk chalk station, and a game of touchless tag. Despite the lack of parents or spectators, students and staff greatly enjoyed the event, and the Otter Pops that were handed out as a reward at the end.

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including assistant principal at Daybreak Middle School. Both Prairie and Battle Ground high schools are seeking a new head coach for boys basketball and swimming as well as assistant coaches for football, soccer and swimming. The Battle Ground High School cheer team is seeking a lead assistant coach. SEL Center Support Paraeducators are needed at schools across the district, as well para-educators for summer school instruction at Glenwood Heights Primary, River HomeLink and Yacolt Primary School. The district is also seeking an occupational therapist, a psychologist, and a speech/language pathologist.  Two Licensed Practical Nurse openings remain, as well as a graduation success coach at Battle Ground High School. Yacolt Primary is looking for a new head secretary, while Battle Ground High School is in need of an attendance secretary There are also certificated and classified substitute positions still available.  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. 
District
  • Graduations at District Stadium (all start at 7 p.m.)
    • CAM Academy - Wednesday, June 9
    • Prairie High School - Thursday, June 10
    • Battle Ground High School - Friday, June 11
    • River HomeLink - Monday, June 14
    • Summit View High School - Tuesday, June 15
  • 3-Hour Early release Monday and Tuesday, June 14 and 15
  • Last day of school, Tuesday, June 15 (Wednesday, June 16 for Amboy and Yacolt)
  • Board of Directors meeting, Monday, June 14 at 4 p.m.
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