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January 25, 2019 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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January is School Board Recognition Month, and we're extending a BIG THANK YOU to our board members! Thank you Monty Anderson, Ken Root,Troy McCoy, Mavis Nickels, and Tina Lambert for everything you do for our students, staff, and the entire Battle Ground community. Your service and dedication is recognized and very much appreciated.

Focus on peer relationships

Daybreak Middle’s Peer Mentoring program seen as smashing success 

It’s nearing the end of third period in sixth grade teacher Tracey Pennington’s class at Daybreak Middle School, and the excitement in the room is palpable. The students are practically bouncing in their seats waiting for the bell to ring. As soon as it does, the classroom empties in a flash as the students quickly line up before heading on their way downstairs to take part in the school’s peer mentoring program.

Today, this group of mentors is helping prepare and make pancakes alongside their “buddies” in special education teacher Kristina Heikes’ class. Other days, the mentors might be helping their buddies with school work, creating arts and crafts, playing games, or just socializing and having fun getting to know more about each other.     

This is the first year of Daybreak’s Peer Mentoring program, and Pennington says the early results have been a smashing success.

“The peer mentorship program has grown quickly and is already reaching out way past our initial expectations," Pennington said. “Mindsets are changing, lives are being impacted, and better humans are developing thanks to this program.” Read more on the district website
BGPS’ Board of Directors conducted a regular board meeting on Monday, Jan. 14. Highlights from the meeting are in this week's BG Board, Briefly. The next regular board meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. on the Lewisville campus.

Amboy 6th grader wins VFW's 'Patriot's Pen' essay contest

Amboy Middle School 6th grader Kevin Sarkinen placed first in the BGPS district and 4th overall in the state in the VFW’s annual “Patriot’s Pen” essay contest! Each year, more than 132,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the contest, which encourages young minds to examine America’s history and their own experiences in modern American society by drafting a 300-400 word essay expressing their views on an annual theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. This year’s theme was “Why I Honor the American Flag.” Congratulations Kevin! 

Daybreak Primary students to perform 'Peter and Wendy' Sat., Jan. 26  

Daybreak students have been hard at work with the Missoula Children's Theater to put on their production of "Peter and Wendy" this weekend.  

There will be two performances this Saturday, January 26 in the Daybreak cafeteria (inside the Commons building) at 1900 NW 20th Ave. in Battle Ground.  The first performance is at 3:00 p.m., and the second begins at 5:30 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime, and all seats are general admission.

Tickets cost just $4 for students age 5-14, $6 for anyone 15 and older, and admission is free for children up to four years old. Concessions will be available from the Daybreak Booster club. We hope to see you there! 

Fun grows from STEM in Community for Women in Engineering Club 

Each month, the Community for Women in Engineering (CWE) Club gathers at Chief Umtuch Middle School. Facilitated by a group of female students from WSU-Vancouver’s engineering program, the CWE Club provides the middle schoolers with a pizza luncheon while the college students give a short presentation, and then lead the group in fun and engaging engineering activities.
 
Typically, 80 students participate each month. It is an exceptional club that seeks to get girls excited about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), and perhaps lead to more female students taking courses and eventually seeking careers in the STEM fields.  
Join the BGPS Team! Many positions are now available, including a high school guidance counselor, 2 assistant secretaries/assessment coordinators, 4 basic education assistants, a community education facilitator, a gym recreation facilitator, 9 special education assistants (1 baseload, 1 overload, and 7 student specific), a warehouse purchasing technician, assistant coaches for football, golf, softball, and track, 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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