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April 26, 2019 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Students in ESD 112: Art can change lives

by ESD 112
Daniel Kolomiyets, a 2015 graduate of Summit View High School, found his passion in fashion photography. As a student, he won countless awards at the Southwest Washington Art Show - one year taking home seven awards! Read more about Daniel and how he discovered his future career path through high school art courses on the ESD 112's website

Focus on civic education

River HomeLink student finds voice in Olympia 

With the Washington State Legislature’s session quickly drawing to a close, all eyes are on Olympia as our elected leaders attempt to finalize the state’s budget. In addition to hammering out the fiscal details that have the potential to have a huge impact on school funding in the coming years, legislators have also proposed changes that will impact families, such as Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver’s bill to limit personal exemptions when it comes to vaccines. While most of us can only follow along by watching and reading the news, River HomeLink tenth grader Jenny Drygas-Miller recently got an up close and personal look at the legislative process.

Drygas-Miller is no stranger to being in a leadership position. Now in her fourth consecutive year of serving as an ASB representative for her school, it’s safe to say that she has more experience as an elected leader than the vast majority of her 16-year-old peers. And after serving a one-week term in the Washington State House of Representatives’ page program for Rep. Harris, Drygas-Miller has gained even more insight into what it means to be an effective elected leader. Read more on the district blog.
BGPS’ Board of Directors conducted a regular board meeting on Monday, April 22. Highlights from this meeting are in this week's BG Board, Briefly. The next regular board meeting will be held on Monday, May 13 at 6 p.m. at Captain Strong Primary school in conjunction with the District Art Show.

Daybreak Primary 3rd graders celebrate Earth Day with 'TICCIT' program 

Each year on or around Earth Day, representatives from Graphic Packaging, LLC visit local grade schools to give a short presentation about how the company utilizes environmentally responsible techniques and technologies to create packaging for thousands of products. The company visited Daybreak Primary 3rd graders earlier this week for the "Trees Into Cartons, Cartons Into Trees" program. Known as the TICCIT program, the annual event is intended to raise awareness about sustainable forestry practices and encourage the planting of trees.

After the presentation, the kids gathered outside to prepare Douglas Fir seedlings for planting. Each student was given a seedling in a carton to fill up with potting soil. The students can then take their seedlings home, and with their parents' permission, can plant their trees somewhere with enough space for the potentially giant trees. See more photos on our Facebook page

Chief Middle teacher authors curriculum for PBS documentary


Image credit: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)

Chief Umtuch Middle School history and social studies teacher Beth Doughty has developed a discussion guide and complete set of lesson plans for the PBS documentary "Cyberwork and the American Dream." The documentary examines the history of technology and future of work. From Luddites at the start of the Industrial Revolution to the present, people have feared being replaced by machines. Dystopian predictions about technology fascinate and frighten us even though science-based free enterprise has improved personal comfort, prolonged lives, and promoted democracy. From Frankenstein to The Hunger Games, popular media have exploited and heightened these anxieties. 

CyberWork seeks to begin a better conversation. Preparing for the future is hard, but fear only makes it harder. This film provides students and other audiences a historical framework for understanding the process of “creative destruction” that defined the steam, electrical, and computer revolutions, sparking both turmoil and reform. The documentary brings together scientists, tech entrepreneurs, and scholars in a balanced debate among experts on action needed now or soon to prepare for the next wave of disruption prompted by Artificial Intelligence.

You can stream the documentary on PBS now here. If you are interested in Doughty's Discussion Guide and Lesson Plans, you can find the PDF here

BGHS Drama Club hosts Spring Bazaar fundraiser


This Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can help support the Battle Ground High School Drama Club's trip to Scotland to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival by attending their ASB fundraising Spring Bazaar.

More than 50 vendors will be in The Lair at Battle Ground High School selling products such as candles, home decor, hair bling, clothing, bird baths, jewelry, bath products, and so much more. Steakburger and Kona Ice food trucks will also be there and will donate portions of their proceeds back to the Drama Club.  

 
Join the BGPS Team! Many positions are available now, including a high school dean of students, 7 special education teachers, a primary school teacher-librarian, 5 basic education assistants (2 crossing guards, 2 lunch/recess supervisors, and 1 student specific), a community education facilitator, a gym recreation facilitator, a maintenance worker/painter, a high school registrar, 2 student specific special education assistants, an assistant coach for cheer, 2 assistant football coaches, 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.
District
  • One Hour Late Start, Wednesday, May 1
  • One Hour Late Start, Wednesday, May 8
  • BGPS Board of Directors Regular Meeting, Monday, May 13, 6:00 p.m. at Captain Strong Primary School in conjunction with the District Art Show
  • District Art Show, Monday, May 13, 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Captain Strong Primary 
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