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May 5, 2022 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week

National Teacher Appreciation Week is a chance to thank the hundreds of men and women who work tirelessly each year to educate and inspire our young people. We've put together a video featuring a few words from Superintendent Denny Waters and Deputy Superintendent Shelly Whitten about teachers, as well as a video profiling some of our BGPS educators talking about why they became teachers, and their advice for others considering a career in education. You can also find some custom graphics that can be printed and filled out for your favorite teachers.

Thank you to all of the classroom teachers, specialists, counselors, teacher librarians, OTs, PTs, SLPs, School Psychologists and TOSAs who have dedicated themselves to educating the next generation. You are heroes. You are truly "the best."

Vote Miradi in national Future Chefs competition!

Maple Grove Primary 3rd grader Miradi Ackler is one of just five students in the entire country competing for the National Future Chef Champion 2022 title! Her Fancy Nancy Bacon Balsamic Grilled Cheese recipe was selected from thousands of entries. The nine year old won first place in the district Future Chefs competition held at Prairie High School, and then took first in our region to advance to the national competition.

Check out a video of Miradi putting together her culinary creation, and vote for her through May 13 online.

Sodexo also plans to add Miradi’s delicious sandwich to the menu at her school for one day sometime in the near future. Congratulations, Miradi!

BGPS Students win at State History Day competition


Congratulations are in order for Washington History Day contestants from Chief Umtuch and Pleasant Valley middle schools. Chief 8th grader Aubrey Grier took first place in the Individual Documentary Junior Division for her film "Makah Whaling Rights: A Moral Debate of Cultural Preservation." Grier also won the Laura B. Gowen Award for an outstanding junior division entry and $100 sponsored by the National Society of Colonial Dames.

The Pleasant Valley Middle School team of Lauren McCombs and Sam Watts won first place with their junior group performance "The Origins, Transmissions, and Impact on History of the Black Death Debate." All three students will compete at the National History Day finals held virtually in June.

The junior group exhibit team of Andrea Uribe and Jordyn Vongnath Fair from PVM also won the junior division special award of $150 for an outstanding project on Chinese or Chinese American History with their topic "The Treaty of Nanjing 1942: A Success for Britain, a Failure for China."

BGPS' Cindy Arnold wins regional CTE Director of the Year award


Congratulations to Battle Ground Public Schools Director of Career and Technical Education Cindy Arnold, who was recently named the ACTE Region V Administrator of the Year. Arnold was recognized as the WA-ACTE Administrator of the Year last August. She will now compete for the national administrator of the year award at the 2022 ACTE Excellence Awards in November. Arnold has worked at nearly every level of education, from teacher, to assistant principal, and now Director of the district's CTE program for the past nine years. Best of luck, Cindy!

Prairie High School plant sale runs through Saturday

The Prairie High School Plant Sale is going on now. A selection of flowers, vegetable starts, succulents and strawberries are available until Saturday, May 7 at 2:00 p.m., or as long as they last. To see a list of available plants, check out the What's Growing in Prairie's Greenhouse Facebook page. Thanks for helping to support our students!

Prairie High School Plant Sale:
Friday, May 6 from 3:00-6:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 7 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Check out a video on the district's YouTube channel with students explaining how the horticulture and agriculture programs benefit them.

Join the BGPS team!


Many positions are available now, including: 
  • Summer School Para Educator (Yacolt Primary)
  • Learning Support Program Coordinator (CASEE A)
  • Online Learning Specialist
  • Special Services Coordinator (District Wide)
  • School Counselor (TBD)
  • School Nurse
  • Speech/Language Pathologist
  • Special Programs Paras
  • Certificated Substitutes (District wide)
  • Classified Substitutes (District wide)
View the full list of current job openings and apply online at the district website.

Bus Drivers
BGPS' transportation provider, First Student, is in need of part-time bus drivers
. For more details on First Student driving careers, including sign-on bonuses starting at $2,500, visit https://bit.ly/3rHwRxc.

Cafeteria Workers
Sodexo
, the district's food service provider, is looking for employees in a number of specialties. Most positions provide on-the-job training and start at $14.70 per hour or more. More information: https://bit.ly/3Fzd8VM

Right At School
The district's new before/after school care provider, Right At School, is looking for Program Managers and Educators. Learn more at https://www.rightatschool.com/careers or email your resume to darcie.torres@rightatschool.com.
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