September 24, 2020 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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STEM kits deliver tech learning opportunities to students’ homes 

Laurin Middle School teacher Diana Sterle is a firm believer in active learning. In her STEM class (science, technology, engineering, and math), students use their hands and creativity to make an array of drawings and 3-D objects to learn about concepts such as coding, scaling, design, and solving problems using logic and step-by-step instructions. Even though students are learning remotely to start the school year, Sterle’s class will still be taking advantage of hands-on learning thanks to the distribution of take-home STEM kits.

These STEM kits include items like graph paper for charting coordinates; items for simple engineering projects like cardstock, straws, popsicle sticks, rubber bands and paper clips; Rubik’s Cubes to teach problem solving and logic building; marbles and cardboard for building marble runs; and decks of cards for lessons about probability and randomness. And of course, Battle Ground Public Schools students have the use of their district-issued Chromebooks for accessing a variety of apps and online learning resources to further their STEM education.  

The STEM kits being distributed at Laurin are just one example of how teachers from all across the district are helping to deliver classroom learning to students’ homes. Teachers and staff have been busy early this semester assembling take-home supply kits for art, woodshop, music, and more. Read the rest of the story on the district website

Four BGPS seniors named as 'Commended Students' by the NMSP

Congratulations to Battle Ground High School seniors Alexander Forstrom, Olivia Ledbury, and Gabrielle Steinbrenner and Prairie High School Senior Zane Grevstad on being named as Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program! 

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2021 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed in the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2021 competition by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. 

Introducing ‘BGPS Going Online Parent Resources’

We know that remote learning has left parents with a lot of questions when it comes to the various technologies that the district is using to facilitate learning at home. That’s why we created the BGPS Going Online Parent Resources website. There, you’ll find resources to help answer questions like:

  • How will my primary school student access their assignments and feedback from a teacher?
  • How will my middle/high school student access their assignments and feedback from their teacher?
  • What will my student use for virtual classes/synchronous learning? 
  • How will teachers share updates?
You’ll find answers to these questions and other resources, including our Distance Learning Survival Guide presentation, a Google for Education FAQ, and the Guardian’s Guide to Google Tools. Visit to learn more today.

Hybrid start delayed due to county case numbers

You may have heard that Clark County's COVID-19 activity levels returned to the High category for the 14-day period ending last week, with 76.1 cases per 100,000 people. This news means that the district will delay the hybrid learning start by at least one week. 

If the COVID-19 activity level drops back down into the moderate zone when the new data is released next week, the district will hold partial-day primary school orientations on Oct. 13 and 15 and then begin a full week of hybrid learning on Oct. 19 for primary students. If COVID-19 activity continues to stay at the moderate level, middle and high school students would begin hybrid learning in November.

The board approved a transition plan for moving to hybrid learning at its Aug. 24 meeting that is described on our website. Under the plan, COVID-19 activity must stay in the moderate zone for three weeks before schools can transition to hybrid learning.

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including a guidance counselor, 2 school nurses, a speech language pathologist, a Russian parent outreach liaison, a transportation router, a gym recreation facilitator, a community education Launch program facilitator, community education referee/support staff, assistant coaches for girls basketball; cheer team; swimming; and boys and girls soccer; and various certificated and classified substitutes.

Visit the district's Jobs web page to see our openings and apply.
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