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June 17, 2021 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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2020-21: The Year in Pictures


Three separate educational models: from remote to hybrid and five-day in-person learning. Thousands of textbooks, Chromebooks, Wi-Fi hotspots and meals handed out. Condensed sports seasons. Constant adjustments to an ever-changing situation. The 2020-21 school year was like no other, but through it all our students, teachers, staff and administrators worked tirelessly to keep learning, growing, and overcoming every obstacle. Here is a brief video slideshow looking back through the year, leading up to in-person high school graduations at District Stadium. Here's to a terrific summer, and a return to something more normal next fall.

 

BGPS’ Board of Directors conducted a regular board meeting on June 14. Highlights from this meeting is in this week's BG Board, Briefly. The next regular board meeting will be held on June 28 at 6 p.m. 
 

Prairie High School drama students return to the stage


(David Hatcher-left, and Carson Golik rehearse for the Prairie High drama team's 'Rotten Showcase')

The Prairie High School Drama Club had to wait a little longer than usual to get on stage, and work a little more quickly to bring it all together. But it was all worth it in the end. The students had just three weeks to put together this year's performance they're calling "Drama's Rotten Showcase." With little time to prepare, drama teacher Claire Verity said they tried to go about it in a low-stress way. “We've tried to make it as minimal as possible, but still as polished as possible," she said.

Normally, the drama students would have put on their ensemble performance in May. This year, with the pandemic delaying the return to a full five-day in-person learning model until April, even most of the seniors have stuck around just for the chance at one last performance. 

Shows are Friday and Saturday, June 18 & 19, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. both days. Tickets can be reserved by contacting Claire Verity by email. Due to pandemic-related restrictions, seating will be limited to groups of 10 with no more than two families per group. There is no set cost for tickets, but donations are greatly encouraged.

Parents must request busing for next school year



Battle Ground Public Schools will change on July 1 to First Student for bus transportation. In an effort to improve the efficiency of bus transportation, families need to request bus service. Please make your request by July 16 to guarantee bus service on the first day of school. Families can request service by logging into Skyward (Family Access) and filling out a brief, 2-question survey (Instructions for filling out the survey are available as a PDF here.

Please note that If your student qualifies for specialized transportation, there is no need to fill out this survey; your student will be automatically assigned to a bus. If you have questions, please contact Battle Ground Public Schools' Transportation Office at (360) 885-6577.

Summer at-home extended learning opportunities



K-12 students looking to extend their learning at home this summer may access district resources online from home. These resources provide support in reading and mathematics from June 16 – July 31, with fun, self-paced and interactive lessons designed to match the student's learning level and be completed on their schedule. Full details on the program options are available on the District website.

High school credit recovery is also available to current 9th – 12th-grade students who want to recover courses they have failed in high school. Current 8th grade students may also recover the WA State History Requirement. This program is free to all students wanting to recover high school credit. Students may work from home or at school if they want support from a teacher. Certified teachers will be available for in-person support starting July 6 through August 5 at Battle Ground High School from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Happy summer vacation!


The BGPS Bulletin will be moving to a summer publishing schedule, which means it will be sent out only during weeks in which the Board of Directors meets. A calendar of summer board meetings is below.

Have a great summer!

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now. The district office is seeking a new Director of Risk Management and Business Operations, as well as an Administrative Assistant to Teaching & Learning. Coaching positions currently available include Head Coach of boys basketball at both Prairie High School and Battle Ground High School. The swim teams at Prairie and Battle Ground high schools are also seeking both a head coach and assistant coach. Assistant Coaching positions are also available for football and volleyball at Prairie High School, and girls soccer at Battle Ground High School. A number of teaching positions are listed for special education around the district, as well as social studies, Spanish, health & fitness, family and consumer science, and ELA. The district is also seeking a psychologist and a speech/language pathologist.  There are two openings for Licensed Practical Nurses, as well as a Para-Educator for Glenwood Heights Primary and River HomeLink. Basic and special education assistant positions are available, as well as Certificated and classified substitutes throughout the district.  Visit the district's Jobs web page to see our full list of job openings and to apply.
 
BGPS' new transportation provider, First Student, is also in need of bus drivers. Visit https://bit.ly/2SAWfqi to apply. 
District
  • Summer break!
  • BGPS Board of Director's summer meeting schedule
    • Monday, June 28, 6 p.m.
    • Monday, July 26, 6 p.m.
    • Monday, August 9, 6 p.m.
    • Monday, August 23, 6 p.m.
  • First day of school, Wednesday, Sept. 1
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