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March 27, 2020 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Prairie High School Jazz Band takes first at Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

Congratulations to the Prairie High School Jazz Band on taking home first place in the AAA High School Division at the 2020 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival on Feb. 28! The PHS Jazz Band edged out more than 30 other bands in their division to earn this honor at the annual festival. Additionally, soloist awards were presented to 10th graders Dominic Mendoza and Isaac Moroshan, and 12th grader Kirby Ferguson; and 10th grader Myles Greener won the solo division for the Alto Saxophone.

“I am immensely proud of my students for earning these impressive distinctions,” said PHS band teacher Ryan Messling. “I am fortunate to be able to teach such talented musicians, and they continue to inspire me and their peers every day.”

Held on the University of Idaho campus for the past 53 years, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival features two days of student competitions, workshops and clinics. More than 3,600 students from 123 elementary, middle and high schools, as well as colleges and universities from around the region participated.

Focus on community

BGPS student lunch debt wiped clean by anonymous donor

by Chris Brown/Clark County Today


With a virus raging across the country, and schools shut down at least for another month, many families face a great degree of uncertainty these days. 

But at least the families of nearly 1,900 Battle Ground School District students will come back with a clean slate when it comes to school lunch debt.

“It’s amazing,” said Meagan Hayden, the district’s chief financial officer. “It is basically going to wipe away all of our outstanding negative lunch accounts that students have.”

The gift of $40,000 was provided anonymously through the Morgan Stanley Gift Fund. The remaining $1,713.85 was picked up by the Battle Ground Education Foundation, meaning all active debt has been wiped out. Read the rest of the story on Clark County Today's website

BGPS’ Board of Directors conducted a special meeting on March 18 and a regular board meeting on Monday, March 23. Highlights from the meetings are in this week's BG Board, Briefly. The next regular board meeting will be held on Monday, April 13 at 6 p.m. on the Lewisville campus.

Information about remote learning 

We are working with our teachers to provide remote learning opportunities for our students after spring break and ways for our teachers to connect and engage with families. Please note that the majority of the first two weeks of the closure will be made up on May 1 and June 10-19. Because these days will be made up, they are treated like snow days. Many staff, including teachers, do not work on days that will be made up later in the year.

We realize that remote learning is not the optimal option for all students, and are working to develop a tiered model of support with the goal that all students would benefit from our modified instructional delivery system.

For the time being, we have created a web page with links to many online learning sites. You can search our new Home Learning Resources page by keyword or browse by subject and grade level. We will continue to add additional learning sites and videos describing these sites in the coming days, so check back often. 

What to do if your student does not have devices, internet at home


We have created a Technology Access Form for you to fill out and a telephone hotline to call if students do not have reliable internet service at home and/or need a device for home use. If you cannot complete the form online, please call the hotline at (360) 885-5474. However, please note that completing the online form is the most efficient method of reporting technology access needs.

If students need a device and/or Internet access, we will follow-up with you. Our initial priority for providing access to technology resources will be seniors. Please ONLY fill out the form if your student DOES NOT have access to a Chromebook/other computer or DOES NOT have reliable  internet access at home.

For more information about free and discounted internet service offers, please visit our School Closure Information page and click on the "Technology Access" tab. 

Free childcare available for first responders, grocery workers

Due to the current statewide shutdown of K-12 schools, Battle Ground Public Schools is providing childcare for students in grades K-5 for the children of parents/guardians whose employers are considered essential services. Parents/guardians who are first responders, medical professionals, and grocery store employees can qualify for this free service. Childcare will not be offered during spring break, March 30-April 3.

In order for us to prepare for your child, please take a moment to complete this brief survey by noon on Tuesday, March 31. Please complete the form for each child who will be attending the program. By submitting this online form, you will help us better prepare to provide services that adhere to Governor Inslee's mandate of social distancing.

Grab and go lunch and breakfast for children ages 0–18

Similar to our summer meal program, children can pick up a free and nutritious sack lunch and breakfast items for the following morning each weekday between 11 a.m. and noon from March 17–27 and April 6–24 (meals will NOT be served spring break, March 30-April 3).  Students need to be present to pick up their meals.

Where:
  • Amboy Middle School
  • Battle Ground High School
  • Captain Strong Primary
  • Daybreak Primary
  • Glenwood Heights Primary
  • Maple Grove Primary
  • Pleasant Valley Primary
  • Prairie High School
  • Tukes Valley Primary
  • Yacolt Primary
Families are strongly encouraged to pick up meals at one of the 10 BGPS locations that are set up to distribute sack lunches/breakfasts. However, families that are absolutely unable to get to schools to pick up meals in person can request meal delivery to your child’s bus stop. To request delivery of meals, please complete the online request form to get started. If you are unable to complete the form online, you may call the Meal Delivery Request Line at (360) 885-6614. However, please note that completing the online request form is the most efficient method of requesting meal delivery.

Be sure that you and your family are counted in the 2020 Census!


The Census only happens once every 10 years, and it’s happening right now! Watch your mailbox for information from the U.S. Census Bureau with directions on how to fill out the census online or by phone. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it helps ensure that our schools get the support they deserve.

The amount of funding our schools get is impacted by the results of the U.S. Census. Check out 2020census.gov to learn more.

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including a coordinator of online learning, an Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) school principal, 2 third grade teachers, a fourth grade teacher, a high school math teacher, 3 basic education assistants (2 crossing guards and student specific), 2 para-educators (reading and tutoring), 5 student-specific special education assistants, 2 prevention/intervention specialists, a gym recreation facilitator, a community education Launch program facilitator, community education referee/support staff, assistant coaches for dance, volleyball, and swimming, and various certificated and classified substitutes.

Visit the district's Jobs web page to see our openings and apply.
District
  • Spring Break, March 30-April 3 All school buildings are closed, and no meal service will be provided this week
  • BGPS Board of Directors Regular Meeting, Monday, April 13, 6:00 p.m. at the Lewisville campus
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