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February 25, 2021 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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BGPS gets clean financial audit for seventh consecutive year

For the seventh straight year, Battle Ground Public Schools has received a clean audit from the Washington State Auditor’s Office showing that the district has safeguarded public resources. The audit examined the areas of accountability, financial statements, and federal grant compliance for the district’s fiscal year from Sept. 1, 2019 to Aug. 31, 2020. Due to the size of its enrollment and annual budget, the district undergoes a thorough financial audit every year.

Auditors reviewed Battle Ground’s payroll, purchases and public works, accounts payable, use of restricted funds, establishment of local revenue and expenditure accounts, tracking of theft-sensitive assets (such as computers and other technology equipment), and student enrollment reporting.

The report concluded that the district provided adequate controls over the safeguarding of public resources, the district complied with laws and regulations, and that there were no internal control deficiencies. Read more on the district website
BGPS’ Board of Directors conducted a special and regular board meeting on Feb. 22. Highlights from this meeting are in this week's BG Board, Briefly. The next regular board meeting will be held on Monday, March 8 at 6 p.m. 

BGPS preparing for high school hybrid learning March 15

Battle Ground Public Schools is preparing to bring high school students into the classroom for hybrid learning beginning the week of March 15. Clark County Public Health announced this week that COVID-19 activity has dropped to 137 cases per 100,000 residents. In accordance with the state metrics, school districts can bring high school students into buildings for in-person learning when the COVID-19 activity level falls below 200 cases. 

Battle Ground kindergartners have been attending school in-person since early November. The hybrid learning model was expanded in early February to include all primary students (grades K-4), and all middle school students entered the hybrid model Feb. 22. 

“I am immensely proud of the resilience shown by our students and staff during an extremely challenging year,” said Superintendent Mark Ross. “Having all our students back in buildings and learning in person is a big step toward normalcy.” Read more on the district website

AFJROTC cadets celebrate Black History Month by studying African Americans' accomplishments in aviation

The cadets at BGHS celebrated the accomplishments of African American astronauts in NASA programs from the 1960s through current space exploration. As a special feature, former space suit technician Sharon McDougle, joined more than 30 AFJROTC cadets from BGHS and PHS to share her views on perseverance, diversity, and the unique leadership opportunities she had at United Space Alliance (NASA) as a member of space shuttle support crews.

McDougle left the U.S. Air Force after working with the SR-71 and U-2 programs and transitioned to NASA for a 22-year career supporting the space shuttle program. The cadets had the chance to ask questions about space suits and some of the well-known people she worked with including the first black female astronaut, Dr. Mae Jennison, and even actor Tom Cruise. McDougle emphasized to the cadets the importance of a life plan and flexibility when it comes to changes that you cannot control. Students enrolled in the AFJORTC program at BGHS and PHS can study Exploration of Space and the Science of Flight as part of a multi-year curriculum under the Career and Technical Education program.

Tigerland Preschool enrollment opens March 1! 


Enrollment for Tigerland Preschool's 2021-22 school year will begin March 1 for currently enrolled families and March 15 for families enrolling new students.

Tigerland Preschool offers morning and afternoon classes; M/W/F class for children who are 4 years old by August 1, 2021 and T/TH class for children who are 3 years old by August 1, 2021.

Please register early, as spots fill up quickly! Please call Jessica Davis at 360-885-6584 or email commed@battlegroundps.org to begin the registration process. 

Nominate the next regional teacher and classified school employee of the year!

Nominations are now being accepted for ESD 112’s 2022 Teacher of the Year and 2021-2022 Classified School Employee of the Year. Each award is presented to an exceptional teacher and classified school employee in Southwest Washington every year. The winner of the regional awards will proceed to the prestigious Washington State competition in the fall.

School districts and community members are encouraged to submit nominations on the combined nomination form from OSPI. The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2021. Visit the ESD 112 website for more information and links to the nomination form
 

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including a K-8 assistant secretary, several basic education assistants (crossing guards and student specific BEAs), a school head secretary, a math para-educator, 9 special education assistants (3 baseload and 6 student specific), an assistant coach for swimming; a head coach for boys tennis, and various certificated and classified substitutes. 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. 
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