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March 19, 2015 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Focus on Teaching

Middle School Students String Together Art, Math, Science

In Chief Umtuch Middle School's visual art classes, students learn about geometry in an engaging way by creating their own string art pieces. The seventh graders study geometric concepts, including vocabulary, and then create a line design with string and small nails.


Art specialist Linda Peterson began teaching students the art of string design about 17 years ago after a visit to the Seattle Art Museum. At the museum, Peterson was captivated by a string art piece that looked like a bridge. At first Peterson thought its lines were curved, but she later discovered that math, science and art had intersected to form a geometric art piece with curves made from straight lines. Though the string forms straight lines between points, the different angles and positions where strings intersect give the appearance of curves.

Read more about Chief's string art project on the BGPS blog.

Focus on Technology

School Administrators Take BGPS Tech Strategy Back to Caribbean

Administrators from St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands took advantage of their proximity to Battle Ground Public Schools this week to see how the district's teachers incorporate technology into their lessons using new learning standards. The St. Thomas administrators are here for the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) 2015 annual technology conference thanks to a technology innovation grant from the Department of Education.

Assistant principals from St. Thomas toured Laurin and Daybreak middle schools and Glenwood Heights Primary School and visited classrooms as teachers led lessons on Chromebooks using educational apps.

In BJ Rush's fifth grade class at Laurin Middle School, students added fractions using a myriad of resources: small plastic tiles, pencils and paper, and Chromebooks. The students entered their answers in an Internet-based assessment application called Formative, which let Mr. Rush instantly see who got the answers correct, and who needed assistance. Working individually and in small groups, students strengthened their skills in one of the Washington State Learning Standards' critical areas for fifth grade math: developing fluency with addition and subtraction of fractions.

Read more about the administrator visit and technology tour on the BGPS blog.

Hamilton Recommended for BGHS Principal

Battle Ground Public Schools Superintendent Mark Hottowe has recommended Mike Hamilton as the new Battle Ground High School principal. Hamilton is currently the principal at Kalama Middle/High School. The recommendation will go to the BGPS Board of Directors for approval at its regular board meeting on March 23.

Upon board approval, Hamilton will take the leadership position at Battle Ground High School on July 1. Current Battle Ground High School principal Tim Lexow announced his resignation earlier this year after serving the district for 16 years.

Read more about Hamilton on the BGPS blog.

    Early Learning Professionals Offer Developmental Screenings

Battle Ground Public Schools’ early learning professionals offer free screenings where you can learn more about your child’s development, ask questions, and find out about resources that are available to help your child be successful.

Screenings will be offered on March 30 and June 4. Contact the Battle Ground Public Schools Special Services Department at (360) 885-5318 for more information and to make an appointment.
 

    BGPS Students Put After-School Snacks to the Test

Elementary students from Battle Ground Public Schools will apply their creative, culinary talents to making healthy after-school snacks in the Sodexo 2015 Future Chefs Challenge on Thursday, March 26 at Battle Ground High School.

Third and fourth grade finalists will prepare their after-school snack recipes and present them to a panel of judges, who will assess the culinary creations for originality, taste, ease of presentation, kid friendliness and use of healthy ingredients. A reception and awards ceremony will be held beginning at 4 p.m.
Registration is open for track, basketball and volleyball, as well as Music Together and many other classes! High school open gym basketball is on Fridays. Check out many upcoming classes in the Community Education flyer or go online to the Community Education website for more information.
District Community Events
The Community Events page is designed to share community functions that have been approved for school district use. These events are not sponsored or endorsed by the district, but are a part of the greater Battle Ground Public Schools community.
Join the BGPS Team! Multiple positions are now available, including crossing guards, certificated teachers, special education and support services instructional assistants, and certificated and classified substitutes. Go to the district's Job Opportunities webpage to see our openings and apply.
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