May 23, 2019 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Career & Technical Education hosts Apprenticeship Signing Day 

On Tuesday, BGPS' Career & Technical Education program hosted its 1st annual Apprenticeship Signing Day to celebrate graduating seniors who are entering apprenticeships in electrical, plumbing, pipe fitting, HVAC, and glazing. Congratulations to these students on taking the next step in their careers!

Focus on history education

Chief student wins at state History Day, heads to nationals 

After taking first place in the state History Day competition at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash., Chief Umtuch Middle School eighth grader Ellie Durgarian is headed to the national finals. Only the top two finishers in each category advance to the national finals. By placing first, Ellie will compete at the University of Maryland in College Park, just outside of Washington, D.C., June 9-13.

National History Day is a dynamic program that encourages students to become historians by developing research, analysis, presentation and social skills. Students select a topic related to an annual national theme and work individually or in groups to conduct extensive historical research using primary and secondary sources. Read more on the district blog

Daybreak 4th grader honored for quick thinking that helped save grandma

photo by Mary Broten/The Reflector

Ethan Clarke, a Daybreak Primary School fourth grader, was awarded the title of Honorary First Responder from Police Chief Bob Richardson last week. Ethan's quick thinking helped save his grandmother, Cheri, who had accidentally left her car in reverse instead of park as she exited her vehicle after picking up Ethan from basketball practice. As Cheri stepped out, the car lurched backwards and the driver’s door closed, catching Cheri’s foot in the process. Cheri was on the ground and being dragged by the rolling vehicle. As she called out for help, Ethan sprang into action. He unbuckled his seat belt and jumped into the driver’s seat, hitting the brakes and shifting the car into park. Onlookers called 9-1-1 as they, and then Ethan, turned to care for Cheri. 

As Battle Ground police and Fire District 3 fire/EMS personnel arrived to attend to Cheri, they applauded Ethan for his quick actions that saved his grandmother from more serious injury. Cheri suffered only minor injuries and no one else was hurt.    

“This is a reminder to all of us that no matter our size or our age, we can be called upon in a moment’s notice to perform heroic actions," said Police Chief Bob Richardson. "Thank you Ethan, and congratulations!”

Middle school students compete in the Junior Reserve Championship

On Tuesday, middle school students from three BGPS schools competed in the annual Junior Guard Championship at Prairie High School. With students from the high school AFJROTC program serving as judges, competition categories included Marching in Formation, Physical Prowess (sit-ups and push-ups), Tap-out, and Rope Tug of War.

It was a very close contest with excellent sportsmanship on display, as Maple Grove's team "loaned" out several members to another team that didn't have enough to compete in the Marching in Formation category. At the end of the day, Pleasant Valley Middle School placed first, with Maple Grove coming in second and Laurin Middle School finishing third. Visit our Facebook page to see more photos from the competition

The BGHS Drama Student Showcase is Friday, May 24

The Battle Ground Drama Club is gearing up for its final event of the 2018-19 school year. This Friday, May 24, Advanced Drama students will be presenting an evening featuring eight student-directed scenes that they have been working on in class this semester.

Performances begin at 7 p.m. in The Lair at Battle Ground High School. While admission is free, donations will be accepted to help support the Drama Club's trip to Scotland in 2020 to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Come and share in some fun and beautiful scenes while supporting the Battle Ground Drama Department one more time this school year! 
Join the BGPS Team! Many positions are available now, including two K-12 speech/language pathologists, 13 special education teachers, 3 basic education assistants (2 crossing guards and a lunch/recess supervisor), a community education facilitator, a gym recreation facilitator, a primary school head secretary, a primary school health assistant, 2 student specific special education assistants, assistant coaching positions for both boys and girls basketball, 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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