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March 11, 2021 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Happy Educational Support Professionals Week!

It's Education Support Professionals Week, and we are celebrating the contributions of our classified staff for the difference they make in our schools! Thank you for all the work you do to support students!

21 BGPS students advance to state in National History Day competition  


After top finishes at the Southwest Washington regional National History Day competition, 21 students from Battle Ground Public Schools’ middle schools have advanced to the state round to be held on May 1. Each round of the competition (regional, state and national) will be held virtually this year. 

“I am proud of the hard work and determination shown by students within the novel remote learning structure during a pandemic,’ said Beth Doughty, history and English Language Arts teacher at Chief Umtuch Middle School. “It was a lot to manage, and it is a testament to their efforts and the fact that students still gained content knowledge and skills despite the atypical learning structure.”

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 website
BGPS’ Board of Directors conducted a special board meeting on March 3 and a regular board meeting on March 8. Highlights from these meetings are in this week's BG Board, Briefly. The next regular board meeting will be held on Monday, March 8 at 6 p.m. 

BGHS senior and AFJROTC cadet receives $100,000 scholarship

Battle Ground High School senior and Air Force JROTC cadet Brooke Kirby has been awarded a full four-year Air Force ROTC scholarship to attend college in the Fall of 2021. The J-100 Character in Leadership Scholarship provides 100 Air Force JROTC high school seniors across the country with an opportunity to pursue a commission in the Air or Space Forces while earning their college degree. Kirby is one of only two in the state of Washington to earn this scholarship. 

This is the first year this scholarship has been offered. It’s part of a new initiative by the Air Force to improve diversity in the ranks. Kirby was nominated for the scholarship by Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Woodrow, Advisor and Senior Aerospace Science Instructor for Battle Ground High School’s AFJROTC program. Congratulations, Brooke! 

Attend the virtual Industry Fair March 18!


Attention Clark County job seekers of all ages: you are invited to sharpen your application skills and meet businesses at the FREE Southwest Washington Industry Fair next Thursday, March 18! 

You are also welcome to join us Monday-Thursday (March 15-18) for daily virtual workshops on resume writing, interviewing skills, how to apply for apprenticeships, and more! All workshops are free to attend, but pre-registration is required to participate.

Visit the district website for more information and links to register at www.battlegroundps.org/industry-fair/.

9th graders attend orientations, prepare to begin hybrid learning March 15

This week, 9th graders visited Battle Ground and Prairie high schools for orientation! Student leaders gave guided tours, answered questions, and helped get these fresh faces acclimated to campus. There's another orientation for Group B students this Thursday, and hybrid learning for high school students starts on Monday, March 15! See more photos from the orientations on our Facebook page

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including an executive director of Human Resources, a chief financial officer, 2 basic education assistants, 2 swing shift custodians, a licensed practical nurse, a middle school media technician, 16 special education assistants (5 baseload and 11 student specific), a communications specialist, an assistant coach for swimming; head coaches for wrestling and boys tennis, and various certificated and classified substitutes. Visit the district's Jobs web page to see our openings and apply.
 
BGPS' transportation provider, Cascade Student Transportation, is also in need of bus drivers. Visit https://sticareers.com/ to apply. 
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