May 30, 2019 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Battle Ground senior gets $5K scholarship

by Wyatt Stayner, The Columbian

Montzerrat Pantoja can be a little bit of a pest when it comes to her family’s diet. Pantoja, a senior at Battle Ground High School, has a heavy interest in food science and nutrition, which has intersected with her family’s relationship to food.

“My family, I kind of drive them crazy with, ‘Oh this is not healthy. Where’s our side of vegetables?’ I kind of get on their nerves,” Pantoja said. “It’s because I love them. I want them to be healthy.”

While Pantoja might slightly irritate her family with healthy suggestions, the 18-year-old’s fascination with nutrition recently paid off in a big way. She was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from Kaiser Permanente that was created with the intent of diversifying the health care workforce. Since the scholarship’s inception in 2009, more than $4 million have been awarded to students. Read more on The Columbian's website

Focus on district leadership

Two long-time BGPS teachers, administrators set to retire 

Two Battle Ground educators who have served the district for a combined total of 53 years are retiring in June. Linda Allen and Laurie Sundby both started out as substitutes with Battle Ground Public Schools in the early 1990s, and both advanced in their roles over the past three decades as they served students and provided steady leadership. 

BGPS also has many more administrative changes to announce ahead of the 2019-20 school year. Visit our website to see all the changes coming to Battle Ground Schools next year
BGPS’ Board of Directors conducted a regular board meeting on Tuesday, May 28. Highlights from this meeting are in this week's BG Board, Briefly. A special board meeting will be held at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 1 at District Stadium in conjunction with the AFJROTC Pass-in-Review ceremony. The next regular board meeting will be held on Monday, June 10 at 4 p.m. in the Battle Ground High School Media Center. 

Battle Ground Education Foundation makes pair of generous donations 

Thank you to the Battle Ground Education Foundation for their continued generous support of Battle Ground Public Schools! At this week's board meeting, BGeF President Colleen O'Neal and board member Linda Gellings presented the district with two donations valued at more than $14,000. The first donation was for 40 potentially life-saving "Stop the Bleed" kits that will be put in every AED box in the district, with additional kits in school front offices. The second donation was for $12,024 that will go toward supporting our middle school libraries and arts programs. The school donations are the first phase of a three-year plan supporting the libraries and arts programs in all schools. 

Daybreak Middle students welcome new classmates with open arms

On Tuesday, students at Daybreak Middle School welcomed their peers from Maple Grove and Pleasant Valley who will be moving from Maple Grove to Daybreak in the fall. Tukes Valley did the same for their peers from Maple Grove. Daybreak students held up signs and cheered as the kids from Maple Grove exited the bus before everyone split up into smaller groups for an in-depth guided tour of their future school. Tukes Valley's band met students as they arrived and prepared for their tour.

Earlier this year, the BGPS Board of Directors approved boundary changes for Fall 2019 that will alleviate overcrowding in the district by shifting students to schools with empty classrooms. Today's tour is just one of the events planned around the district to help students get to know their new campuses and administrators before changing schools in the fall.

This weekend only: The Prairie High School greenhouse discount sale! 

The Prairie High School greenhouse is hosting an end-of-year discount sale this Friday and Saturday! There are more than 100 baskets available to choose from, plus much, much more. Stop by on Friday, May 31 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. or on Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to noon. Discounted prices are as follows:
  • All veggies: $1 each
  • 4" pots (not veggies): $0.75
  • 6" flowers (originally $3): $2
  • 6" flowers (originally $2): $1
  • Baskets: $15
Join the BGPS team! Many positions are available now, including two K-12 speech/language pathologists, 8 special education teachers, 3 basic education assistants (2 crossing guards and a lunch/recess supervisor), custodians for the carpet cleaning and moving crews, a community education facilitator, a gym recreation facilitator, a Russian language parent outreach liaison, a high school health assistant, 2 special education assistants (1 baseload and 1 student specific), an assistant boys basketball coach, 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.
  • One Hour Late Start, Wednesday, June 5
  • Early Release (K-8) for Parent-Teacher Conferences, Thursday June 6
  • River HomeLink Graduation, Thursday, June 6, 7 p.m. at Prairie High School
  • Early Release (K-8) for Parent-Teacher Conferences, Friday June 7
  • Summit View High School Graduation, Friday, June 7, 7 p.m. at Prairie High School 
  • BGPS Board of Directors Regular Meeting, Monday, June 10, 4:00 p.m. at the BGHS Media Center
  • Battle Ground High School Graduation, Monday, June 10, 7 p.m. at BGHS
  • Prairie High School Graduation, Tuesday, June 11, 7 p.m. at Battle Ground High School
  • CAM Academy Graduation, Wednesday, June 12, 7 p.m. at Prairie High School
District & Community Events

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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