December 6, 2018 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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'The Reptile Man' visits Glenwood Heights Primary 

Richard Richey, also known as "The Reptile Man" visited Glenwood Heights Primary today for an exciting and educational assembly. Students got to see a variety of turtles, lizards, snakes, and even an alligator up close! And as you can see in the photos, some brave volunteers even got to hold some of the creepy critters! The Reptile Man talked about the animals' native habitats, hunting and eating behaviors, and a whole lot more.

The assembly was a reward for Glenwood Heights students after they achieved their school-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) goals. The PBIS method has been implemented at all district schools in support of the district's focus on social-emotional learning. With PBIS, staff teach behavioral expectations to students just as they would any core subject, and reinforce those expectations with specific acknowledgement systems (like earning school-wide assemblies featuring a bunch of cool reptiles).

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Focus on Learning

Learning STEM is an art form at Laurin Middle School

Students at Laurin Middle School have discovered that the most intriguing thing about their STEM class is usually not the science, technology, engineering or math concepts that it takes to solve problems. It’s the art.

Take a recent assignment that STEM teacher Diana Sterle presented to her fifth and sixth grade students as an example. Studying a paper filled with nothing but 1,500 zeros and ones, the students didn’t quite know what to make of it at first. How could all of these seemingly random numbers represent anything?

It didn’t take long, though, for the confusion to quickly give way to curiosity and then excitement. You could almost see the light bulbs turn on above the kids’ heads as they realized that the zeros and ones unlock a secret: they’re bits of code that correlate to specific colors. And by filling in the corresponding rectangles with the correct color, pictures slowly emerge from the page.

Read more on the district website.

AP Psychology students get a lesson in conditioning from a very good boy 

Last week, Battle Ground High School welcomed some special visitors! Battle Ground Police Department officer Chris Crouch and his K-9 partner Luca visited Stephanie Etulain's AP Psychology class to demonstrate classical and operant conditioning concepts. These principles of conditioning are the basis for K-9 patrol training, tracking, and obedience, and strict adherence to these basic principles is needed to ensure reliable and consistent responses from a police K-9.

Read more and see additional photos on our Facebook page

Fine dining comes to Daybreak Primary fourth graders

On Thursday, fourth graders in teacher Carrie Nobles' class at Daybreak Primary School enjoyed a special "formal dining" lunch with members of the school board and administrators. The students learned about proper manners and dining etiquette before being served a four-course lunch in their classroom by Nutrition Services employees and parent volunteers. The bi-annual event was a huge success, and the kids did a fantastic job demonstrating their formal dining manners! 

BGHS students encouraged to do 'Just One Thing' to make a big difference

Last week, high school students filled the BGHS gym for an assembly to kick off the school's new "Just One Thing" initiative. The idea is that if every student vows to do just one small thing to help those in need, the BGHS community could have a huge impact in changing the lives of families experiencing homelessness. Lydia Sanders, the district's Family and Community Resource Services Coordinator, gave a presentation alongside Katrise and Daelon Floyd about experiencing homelessness and how empowerment, skills and support can change people's lives. 

Battle Ground High School launched the new initiative with donation drives benefiting the Erik's Connection Project, The North County Community Food Bank, and a holiday Giving Tree sponsored by iQ Credit Union. Click here to view the Just One Thing flyer for more information
Join the BGPS Team! Many positions are now available, including an assistant secretary/assessment coordinator, 4 basic education assistants, a swing shift custodian, a community education facilitator, a gym recreation facilitator, 2 special educations assistants, assistant coaches for baseball, softball, and wrestling, an auditorium manager, a certificated JROTC substitute, various other certificated substitutes, 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.
  • BGPS Board of Directors Regular Meeting, Monday, December 10, 6:00 p.m. at the Lewisville Campus
  • One Hour Late Start, Wednesday, Dec. 12
  • Boundary Change Community Forum, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 6 p.m. at Maple Grove School, 610 SW Eaton Blvd.
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