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February 13, 2020 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Five Battle Ground Public Schools students named to All-State Honor Bands


Five student musicians from Battle Ground Public Schools have been selected for the Washington Music Educators Association’s (WMEA) All-State Honor Bands and will perform in the 2020 All-State Bands concerts from Feb. 14-16 in Yakima.

To be selected, students auditioned and competed with middle and high school students from across the state. While at the All-State event, students will participate in rehearsals with music educators and directors, as well as perform at the gala concert.

The honorees this year are (pictured above clockwise, from top left) Prairie High School 11th grader Carley Ray, All-State Treble Choir (alto); Battle Ground High School 11th grader Jacob Williams, All-State Wind Ensemble (trombone); Tukes Valley Middle School 8th grader Payton Dietel, Junior All-State Concert Band (trombone); Chief Middle School 8th grader Clair Moss, Junior All-State Concert Band (baritone saxophone); and Tukes Valley Middle School 8th grader Grady McHenry, Junior All-State Jazz Band (trumpet).

Focus on school finances

BG has lowest school taxes in county, gets less than voters approved

Battle Ground Public Schools has the lowest school property tax rate among Clark County K-12 districts and will receive less in 2020 than voters approved. The Clark County Assessor's office recently announced property tax rates for the 2020 calendar year.

The rates for Clark County school districts range from $3.08 per $1,000 of assessed value in the Battle Ground School District, to $5.56 per $1,000 of assessed value in the Camas School District. These rates do not include the schools property tax that the state collects and then redistributes to all schools in the state; however, these local rates do include the sum of each district's maintenance and operations levy, capital levies, supplemental levies, tech levies and bonds. A chart comparing Clark County schools tax rates is on the district website at https://www.battlegroundps.org/taxes/.

BGPS’ Board of Directors conducted a special session and regular board meeting on Monday, Feb. 10. Highlights from the meeting are in this week's BG Board, Briefly. The next regular board meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. on the Lewisville campus.

Connect with local employers at the Industry Fair Feb. 20

Students, families and community members are invited to learn about careers in southwest Washington at Battle Ground Public Schools’ Industry Fair on Thursday, Feb. 20 at Battle Ground High School. Students and community members who attend the fair will be able to learn about career paths by talking with local employers about available job opportunities.

Come to the industry fair with your current resume or arrive early to participate in a resume writing workshop. The event, sponsored by BGPS, WorkSource, Partners in Careers, Goodwill Job Connection, and NEXT will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Battle Ground High School, 300 W. Main St., in Battle Ground. The resume writing workshop will be from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the school’s College and Career Center. See the event flyer here

Career & Technical Ed. students show off their skills at Monday's board meeting


Our amazing students and incredible CTE programs were on display at this week's board meeting. Thank you Prairie High School AFJROTC for presenting the colors, PHS senior Maggie Munoz for signing the Pledge of Allegiance, and Battle Ground High School culinary arts students and teacher Mr. Fritz for preparing a delicious, gourmet dinner for our volunteer Board of Directors! And the glass work from Battle Ground High is gorgeous!

Students in Battle Ground Public Schools can choose from more than 200 Career & Technical Education classes in 16 career clusters.

See more photos on our Facebook page.

 

PHS' Unified basketball headed for state, and the bi-district basketball tournament is coming to PHS this weekend


Congratulations to the Prairie High School Unified basketball team on winning the district championship game 30-20 to advance to the state tournament in Wenatchee on Feb. 29! Fox 12 sports reporter Nick Krupke was there last weekend to catch some of the action in person and interviewed some of our athletes. Watch the segment here

Prairie High School will also be host to the Bi-District basketball tournament this Thursday and Friday. The boys team hosts Timberline at 7 p.m. Thursday and the girls host the winner of Peninsula/Yelm at 7 p.m. on Friday. Note that admission will be charged for adults and students at all playoff games, and only cash payment will be accepted. Bi-District prices are $8 for adults and students without an ASB card, $5 for students with an ASB card, $5 for senior citizens age 62 and older, and $4 for primary and middle school aged children. 

The Battle Ground High School varsity boys basketball team plays Skyview at 7 p.m. on Friday in the second round of the 4A division Bi-District tournament at Fort Vancouver High School.

Best of luck to all of our Falcon and Tiger basketball players! 

Prairie thanks Mill Creek Pub, encourages positivity with another 'Inspire Week'


Students and staff at Prairie High School have been enjoying another "Inspire Week" this week. They kicked off the week of gratitude by stopping by Mill Creek Pub to thank them for their support of Battle Ground Public Schools. The PHS Crimson Crew has also been helping to spread joy and positivity with spirit days all week, giving out Krispy Kreme donuts to show students they're appreciated, thanking the Brush Prairie Baptist church for being a great campus neighbor, and writing notes of appreciation for service members, peers, teachers and staff, and parents at the school's Valentine Appreciation Station set up in the commons at lunchtime as part of today's "Thankful Thursday" theme. 

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including a school nurse, 4 assistant secretaries/assessment coordinators, 3 basic education assistants (bus duty, and cafeteria and recess supervision), a community education facilitator, a gym recreation facilitator, 3 para-educators (ELL and tutoring), a preschool instructor assistant, 4 special education assistants (baseload and 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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