January 30, 2020 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Students and staff congratulate BG Police Chief Richardson on his retirement

Hail to the Chief! After nearly 40 years serving in law enforcement, Battle Ground Police Chief Bob Richardson is set to retire on Feb. 14. We asked BGPS board members, administrators, staff, and a few students to share their thoughts with us about Chief Richardson and to wish him well in his retirement. Click the video above or visit our YouTube channel to watch the 4-minute salute

Focus on academic options

Apply now for Battle Ground Public Schools’ Alternative Programs

Battle Ground Public Schools’ specialized and alternative learning experience programs are accepting enrollment applications for the 2020-21 school year. Parents and students are invited to attend upcoming information sessions and open houses to learn more about each program.

Battle Ground Public Schools offers four specialized and alternative programs for students in kindergarten through high school. The programs are designed to help students pursue their interests and gain the knowledge and skills needed for college and careers. The programs offer a variety of education opportunities, from a parent-partnered homeschool and a rigorous academy focused on academics, to a half-day science-focused program for high school students and one that supports self-learners. Read more on the district blog.

BGPS’ Board of Directors conducted a regular board meeting on Monday, Jan. 27. Highlights from the meeting are in this week's BG Board, Briefly. The next regular board meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. on the Lewisville campus.

CAM Academy's Ezra Kobylnik wins Fire District 3's annual poster contest

Congratulations to CAM Academy 3rd grader Ezra Kobylnik on winning Fire District 3's annual poster contest! Ezra's poster was the grand prize winner out of more than 1,500 entries from students in grades kindergarten through 3rd grade. By having his artwork selected, Ezra was presented with a $350 gift card to purchase art supplies.

The theme of this year's contest was "Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape!" Students were instructed to creatively and colorfully construct an evacuation plan of their residence. Equally as important, with the help of parents/guardians, students were required to physically check all home smoke detectors and practice the evacuation plan they drew on their canvases. Well done, Ezra!

BGHS senior takes top honors at Automotive Service Technology competition

Congratulations to Battle Ground High School senior Noah Withee on winning the Southwest Washington regional championship in Skills USA's Automotive Service Technology competition! The event was held at Cascadia Technical Academy last weekend, and contestants were challenged to demonstrate their ability to perform jobs and skills based on the task list outlined by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). Workstations consist of on-vehicle, simulations, bench and component testing and a written test. Contestants are judged on technical competency, accuracy, quality, safety and ability to follow directions. Well done, Noah!

BGHS Jazz takes top honors at the 58th annual Clark College Jazz Festival

After three full days of outstanding big band jazz Jan. 23-25, the outstanding musician awards and the evening finals results for the 58th Annual Clark College Jazz Festival have been announced. We're pleased to announce that the 2020 Dale Beacock Memorial Sweepstakes trophy was awarded to Battle Ground High School's Advanced Jazz Band! 

In addition the the BGHS Advanced Jazz band taking top honors, Chief Umtuch Middle School's Advanced Band placed 1st in the Middle School Silver Division. 

Outstanding Middle School Jazz Musician certificates were presented to:
  • Chief Umtuch Middle School Advanced Band members Sora Tolley, Tova Orth, Jake Sawazuk, Titus Forstrom, and Clair Moss.
  • Chief Umtuch Middle School Intermediate Band members Jules Staley, Riley Elwess, Duncan Clark, Grace Davis, Nathaniel Moxley, Aubrey Grier, Michael Dillon, and Reed Vaylsteke.
  • Tukes Valley Middle School Band members Matthew Long, Marley Wing, Elisey Voichishia, Conner Roberson, Zack Milliner, and Grady McHenry.
Outstanding middle school and high school musician awards for the AA Division were presented to:
  • Battle Ground High School Intermediate 1 Band members Corey Ritchie and Grady McHenry.
  • Battle Ground High School Intermediate 2 Band members Zachary Zamoro, Jacob Castro, and Emmett McGuire.

Outstanding high school musician awards for the AAA Division were presented to:

  • Prairie High School Jazz 1 Band members Kirby Ferguson, Isaac Moroshan, Shelby McCombs, and Myles Greener. 

Outstanding high school musician awards for the AAAA Division were presented to:

  • Battle Ground High School Advanced Band members Mallory Meyer, Jacob Williams, Ashton Hemming, Autumn Hahn, and Matthew Hughey.
Visit Clark County Today's website for complete results

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including a special education teacher, 4 assistant secretaries/assessment coordinators, 4 basic education assistants (bus duty, student specific, and cafeteria and recess supervision), a community education facilitator, a gym recreation facilitator, an operations specialist, 2 para-educators (ELL and tutoring), 5 special education assistants (3 baseload and 2 student specific), assistant coaches for gymnastics, track, and girls tennis, a game manager at PHS, 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, 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.
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