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March 29, 2019 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Fox 12 Oregon's Surprise Squad visits Tukes Valley Primary  


FOX 12 Oregon's Surprise Squad visited Tukes Valley Primary first graders last week to deliver some well-deserved high fives and a few wagons full of items for their classroom calming corners! Check out the wonderful segment by clicking the video above, or visit Fox 12's website

Focus on boundary changes

Daybreak Primary principal Matt Kauffman visits next year's new Dragons

Daybreak Primary principal Matt Kauffman visited the Pleasant Valley Primary campus earlier this week to eat lunch and shoot hoops with students who will be moving from PVP to Daybreak in the fall. Earlier this year, the BGPS Board of Directors approved boundary changes for Fall 2019 that will alleviate overcrowding in the district by shifting students to schools with empty classrooms.

While the group enjoyed pizza for lunch, the students had the opportunity to ask questions about their new school, and Mr. Kauffman gave the students their first "dragon scales." Daybreak students can earn dragon scales (which accumulate for a grade-level reward) for following the school's "Dragon Armor" behavior expectations.

Mr. Kauffman's lunch with the students is just one of the events planned around the district to help students get to know their new campuses and administrators before changing schools in the fall. See more photos on our Facebook page.
BGPS’ Board of Directors conducted a special meeting on Monday, March 18 and a regular board meeting on Monday, March 25. Highlights from these meetings are in this week's BG Board, Briefly. The next regular board meeting will be held on Monday, April 8 at 6 p.m. on the Lewisville campus.

Future chefs competition is deliciously fun 


Photo credit: Alisha Jucevic/The Columbian

Third and fourth grade students from all across the district competed in Sodexo's annual Future Chefs Challenge event on Wednesday, March 21 at Battle Ground High School. The students demonstrated their creative culinary skills by coming up with an original, healthy after school Mexican-inspired snack recipe, which they prepared and presented to a panel of judges. 

This year's winners are:
  • First Place Overall: Nathaniel James Jarrett, Pleasant Valley, Chicken Coleslaw Taco
  • Kid Friendly Prep: Gretchen Traffie, Yacolt, Mexican Rice
  • Originality: Avalee Grace, Tukes Valley,Tater Taco Casserole
  • Taste: Colton Jay Diamond, Captain Strong, Cheesy Chicken Rollup
  • Kid Appeal: Noah Ruotsalainen, Captain Strong, Tostadas
  • Healthy Attributes: Jocelyn Kender, CAM Academy, Zesty Mexi Lettuce Tacos
  • Judges' Choice: Bryce Lamb, Yacolt, Apple Pie Taquitos
All the finalists did an amazing job and the food was delicious! By winning the top prize, Pleasant Valley Primary 4th grader Nathaniel James Jarrett's "Chicken Coleslaw Taco" entry will be considered for a regional finalist award. The selected regional winner will vie to become one of five national finalists competing for the public’s vote.

The Columbian has some great coverage of this year's event, which you can read here

CAM students place at Clark Public Utilities' Annual Solar Car Challenge

The 2nd Annual Solar Car Challenge was a huge success! Congrats to the overall Solar Car Challenge Champion "Coltapler Engineering" team from CAM Academy. Several other teams from CAM and Laurin Middle School placed in various categories at the event as well: 

CAM Academy
Team: Coltapler Engineering
Solar Car Challenge Champion: 1st place
Solar Car Race: 1st place

Team: Clockwork
Solar Car Challenge Champion: 3rd place
Solar Car Race: 3rd place 
Solar Car All Star (no places given, the team was selected as the champion of this category)
 
Team: Tesla Motors ITC
Interview/Engineering Challenge: 1st place

Laurin Middle School
Team: Team A
Solar Car Challenge Champion: 3rd place 
Interview/Engineering Challenge: 3rd Place 

With 160 teams from Battle Ground Public Schools, Camas School District, La Center School District, Evergreen Public Schools, Hockinson School District and Vancouver Public Schools, the Solar Car Challenge continues to grow. 

Helen Peterson inducted to STA's Safety Wall of Fame 


Helen Peterson has been driving for Cascade Student Transportation (Battle Ground Public Schools’ transportation services provider) for more than 16 years.This week, she was inducted to the Student Transportation of America's Safety Wall of Fame! Helen takes great pride in educating her student passengers about school bus safety and covers the state bus riding requirements with the students including emergency and evacuation drills. Congratulations, Helen, and thank you for all you do for our students! 
Join the BGPS Team! Many positions are available now, including an assistant high school secretary for the ASB office, three basic education assistants (2 crossing guards and a lunch/recess supervisor), a community education facilitator, a gym recreation facilitator, a tutoring para-educator, 2 special education assistants (1 baseload and 1 student-specific), a student system coordinator, assistant coaches for football (two positions currently open), cheer, golf, volleyball, and softball; head coaches for girls basketball and cross country, 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, coding, 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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