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Dec. 17, 2021 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Holiday generosity wows across the district (VIDEO)

Halls lined with donated food items, gifts, and much more were a common sight all across the district this past week as students and staff collected thousands of pounds of items for local food banks and families in need. Pleasant Valley schools donated over 20,000 items of food to the North County Food Bank, while Daybreak students collected nearly 8,000 pounds for the Clark County Food Bank.

Alan Hamilton, President of the Clark County Food Bank called the effort by students across the district inspiring. "It gives me hope," he said. "More importantly, it provides hope to families in our community who are in need.”

More than 100 families will also receive gifts and food as part of the various Giving Tree programs throughout the district. Be sure check out a video and read more about the amazing work by students this holiday season on the district website.

Poetry Out Loud contestants impress at Battle Ground High School

Congratulations to senior Ela Hancock (left) for winning top prize in Battle Ground High School's Poetry Out Loud competition this week. Hancock won with a recitation of "The End of the World" by Dana Gioia. Second place went to 10th grader Olivia Patterson (top-right) who recited "Windy City" by Stuart Dybeck. Sophomore Gaby Garcia took home the bronze for her reading of Joy Harjo's "Once the World Was Perfect." Hancock will advance to the regional finals held in early February. State finals are held in March, with Nationals being held virtually next spring.

To learn more about Poetry Out Loud, visit www.poetryoutloud.org.


BGPS’ Board of Directors conducted a regular board meeting on Dec. 13. Highlights are in this week's BG Board, Briefly. Archived video of board meetings is available on the district website. The next regular board meeting will be held on Jan. 10 at 6 p.m.

Chief Umtuch Lego robotics teams move on to state competition

Congratulations to Chief Umtuch Middle School's FIRST LEGO League Challenge Robotics teams. Both the Galaxy Cougarines and the Devil Duckies advance to the state competition Feb. 5, 2022 at the Amazon Meeting Center in Seattle. The Chief teams were the only two Southwest Washington schools to advance to the state competition from last Saturday's event at Discovery Middle School in Camas.

This year's challenge is "Cargo Connect," prompting students to develop solutions for transportation issues impacting the flow of goods around the world. The Devil Duckies proposed a 3D printed leg guard and dog deterrent spray to reduce the nearly 6,000 bites suffered by mail carriers each year. The Cougarines designed an entire transportation system using LEGO robotics. Visit the LEGO Robotics League website for more details on the program.

CAM Academy 8th grader wins writing prize

CAM Academy 8th Grader Anna Slobodchikova's essay on "How to be a good American" recently won her first place in the Patriot Pen competition for VFW Post #12028 in North Clark County. Slobodchikova earned a plaque and $75 prize, and will move on to the district level competition.

In her essay, Slobodchikova spoke on how each generation has its own definition of what makes someone "good," but that values of respect, kindness, patience, love and self-control are eternal and universal. "It won’t matter where you come from, where you live, where you were born, or who your relatives were," she wrote. "Begin your own life, ignoring any negative background you may have."

Congratulations, Anna, and good luck at the district level!

See you next year!

Winter break is officially here and schools will be closed Monday, Dec. 20 through Friday, Dec. 31, reopening on Monday, Jan. 3. The BGPS Bulletin will be on hiatus until Thursday, Jan. 6. 

Have a safe and happy holiday season, a terrific new year, and we'll see you in 2022!

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including:
  • Middle School Sports Coaches! (Head and assistant coaches for boys and girls basketball)
  • Teacher (Special Education - Pleasant Valley Primary and Tukes Valley Middle)
  • Basic Education Assistants (Automotive/welding, supervision, lunch/recess, supervision, etc.)
  • Special Education Assistants (Student specific and baseload)
  • Certificated Substitutes (District wide)
  • Classified Substitutes (District wide)
  • Psychologist (K-12)
  • School Nurse
  • Speech/Language Pathologist (K-12)
  • Grant Secretary (District Wide)
  • Career Guidance Transition Facilitator (CASEE A)
  • Testing Coordinator Assistant (Daybreak Primary and Middle, Maple Grove Primary)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Maintenance (HVAC Specialist)
  • Custodian (Swing shift - BGHS and Glenwood Heights)
  • Assistant Coach (PHS - Cheer Team, BGHS/PHS - Swimming, Gymnastics BGHS - Wrestling)
  • Head Coach (PHS - Slow-pitch softball, JV Fastpitch, Girls soccer)
  • Community Education - Referee/Support Staff and Gym Facilitators
View full job listings and apply online at the district website.

Bus Drivers
BGPS' new transportation provider, First Student, is also in need of bus drivers
. For more details on First Student driving careers, including sign-on bonuses starting at $1,500, visit https://bit.ly/2SAWfqi.  

Cafeteria Workers
Sodexo
, the district's food service provider, is looking for employees in a number of specialties. Most positions provide on-the-job training and start at over $14/hr. More information: https://bit.ly/3Fzd8VM

Right At School
The district's new before/after school care provider, Right At School, is looking for Program Managers and Educators. Learn more at https://www.rightatschool.com/careers or email your resume to darcie.torres@rightatschool.com.
District
  • Dec. 20 - 31: Winter break - no school
  • Monday, Jan. 3: Regular school schedules resume
  • Monday, Jan. 10: Regular Board of Directors meeting at 6:00 p.m.
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