Battle Ground Sch. Dist.
Three Finalists Selected For Battle Ground Public Schools Superintendent Position (Photo)
Dr. Mike Stromme
Battle Ground, WA - Battle Ground Public Schools' Board of Directors narrowed down the search for a new superintendent from six semi-finalists to three finalists after a daylong set of interviews on Saturday, March 8.
For the past several months board members have been working closely with search consultants Dr. Mike Boring and Dr. Albert Cohen as well as district administration, staff, and community members to create a large applicant pool for the position. "This has been an exciting and important process," said Monty Anderson, Board President. "We have three strong candidates. We look forward to the final interviews and hearing the feedback from staff and community members this weekend."
The three finalists will be in the district on Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15 for district tours, question and answer sessions with staff, and final interviews with the Board. All community members, parents, students, and staff are invited to meet the finalists and participate in the Superintendent Finalists Community Forum on Saturday, March 15 at Chief Umtuch Middle School from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM. For more information on this event, please visit the district website at www.battlegroundps.org
or call Julie Backous at 360-885-5360.
Three finalists for the position of Battle Ground Public Schools Superintendent are listed in alphabetical order of last name.
Dr. Theodore Feller
-B. S., Willamette University,1986
-M. S., Portland State University, 1992
-Ed. D., Portland State University, 2010
Present Position: Executive Director of Secondary Education, Evergreen Public Schools, Vancouver, WA (26,461 enrollment)
-Director of Assessment and School Improvement, Centennial School District, Portland, OR (6,700 enrollment)
-Principal, Tigard-Tualatin, OR (12,402 enrollment)
Mr. George (Mark) Hottowe
-B.A., Dartmouth College, 1975
-M.Ed, Central Washington University, 1982
-Superintendent Credential, Washington State University, 2013
Present Position: Superintendent, Ocean Beach School District, Long Beach, WA (975 enrollment)
-Executive Director of Supervision and Human Resources, Kelso School District
-Director of Student Services, Kelso School District
-Elementary and Middle School Principal, Kelso School District
-Principal, Longview School District
-Assistant Principal, Sumner School District
-Teacher, Central Kitsap School District
Dr. Mike Stromme
-B.S., Portland State University, 1988
-Masters, University of Portland, 1993
-Doctorate, Washington State University, 2004
Present Position: Associate Superintendent, Teaching and Learning, Vancouver School District, WA (22,500 enrollment)
-Interim Superintendent, Green Mountain School District, Woodland, WA (150 enrollment)
-Associate Superintendent, Instructional Services and Technology, Educational Service District 112
-Chief of Secondary Schools, Vancouver School District
-High School Principal, Vancouver School District
480 New Ipads For Teachers (Photo)
Teachers at Glenwood Heights Primary School get introduced to their new iPad Airs
Battle Ground, WA - Teachers in Battle Ground Public Schools can teach a lesson from anywhere in their classroom, collaborate more easily with their peers, and provide on-the-fly instruction thanks to the purchase of a new set of iPads that will soon be rolled out in classrooms across the district. In an effort to provide the best tools and resources for teachers, students, and staff, Battle Ground Public Schools has made a commitment to ensure that staff has the technology and training they need to be up-to-date in a world where students are using technology on a daily basis.
Over the past three years, Battle Ground's Technology Department has implemented an initiative to upgrade the wireless technology throughout the district and put the best mobile technology into teachers' hands. The next phase of this initiative is to upgrade teachers' classroom technology by issuing 480 new iPad Airs. Many of the schools have received donations from PTA organizations and private donors over the past several years that have supplied iPads and tablets to students and staff for classroom learning. The new iPads, issued by the district, will help fill the gap and provide devices to teachers who do not currently have one.
For years teachers have been using desktop computers and have had limited access to laptops in the classroom. Integrating mobile devices allows teachers to break from their desk and use new technology in the classroom with students, increasing learning opportunities, and allowing the teacher to meet the specific needs of each student. "We really want teachers to use the iPads for everything," said Technology Director Scott McDaniel during a recent training at Glenwood Heights Primary. "This is truly transformative. The more familiar they are with the device and applications the easier it is for them to use in the classroom."
The decision to make the transition from laptops to tablets came from the district's Technology Committee made up of administrators, teachers, staff and parents. "These tablets have a better lifespan than laptops, greater flexibility to use in the classroom, and are less expensive, allowing our budget to go further," said McDaniel.
The choice of a tablet went beyond the budget. "A mobile option lets the teachers more authentically collaborate and work in today's digital age," said Evyan Wagner, Educational Technology Coordinator. "Their iPad moves from the classroom, to a meeting, to Starbucks, home, and back again. Everything is a tap away-always."
The Technology Department is issuing the new devices in phases allowing teachers to have onsite training with Technology staff. Currently two schools have received the new iPads and trainings with four additional schools scheduled for early spring. This phase of district's technology initiative coincides with teacher cohorts who are learning to use Google Apps for Education and the district's pilot study of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), a teaching method where students use personal mobile technology in the classroom. "How we use technology is very important," said McDaniel. "Students have access to information through personal devices. It's part of our job to make sure they know how to use them responsibly. When teachers use mobile technology in the classroom they demonstrate appropriate use, show safety skills, and help students get the technology experience they need to be successful in school, work, and life."
"Teachers wear a lot of hats and are constantly multi-tasking," says Betsy Vixie, Reading Intervention Specialist at Daybreak Primary School. "My iPad helps me keep track of where my students are in their learning, what I need to teach next to move their learning forward, and helps me document the learning that is taking place."
With the expansion of wireless technology and increased use of mobile devices throughout the district, questions may arise in regard to Internet safety and appropriate classroom use. "Safety is always a primary concern," said McDaniel. "We expanded our wireless infrastructure to provide greater safety to our students and provide for reliable Internet filtering. By providing the teachers with iPads they're teaching from anywhere in the classroom. They're free to move and work with students and monitor students for appropriate use."
The Technology Department will continue to train and support teachers and staff through this process. The next phase of this initiative is to increase the number of devices available for students through the BYOD program and district owned devices.
Prairie High School Assistant Principal wins Administrator of the Year Award (Photo)
WSCA President Dr. Cher Edwards (left) and PHS Assistant Principal Dora Swart (right)
Battle Ground, WA - Prairie High School Assistant Principal Dora Swart was recently named Administrator of the Year by the Washington School Counselor Association (WSCA).
"Dora is a valued member of the Counseling Team," said Dr. Cher Edwards, WSCA president. "She is a strong leader and has been a huge part of the school's effort to implement the American School Counselor Association's national model." The purpose of the WSCA Administrator of the Year Award is to recognize a supervisor whose leadership and outstanding services have had a positive impact on the guidance and counseling field on a local or state level.
"I'm so proud to have nominated Dora for this award," said Steve Rhodes, Prairie High School's Counseling Department Chair. "She is an excellent administrator and a real asset to our program."
Ms. Swart has been working in education for over 30 years and been supporting Prairie High School for the past nine years. She currently oversees four Guidance Counselors and one Career Counselor. "My goal for our counselors this year is getting them more involved in student engagement," said Swart. "Our counselors are working more with parents and spending more time observing their students in the classroom; giving them the information they need to provide the best support possible for student success."
For more information on WSCA and the support they give to counselors across the state, please visit http://www.wa-schoolcounselor.org.
Chief Umtuch And Pleasant Valley Students Win Top Honors At The Regional History Day Competition (Photo)
Left to right: Charles Chadbourn (Professor of Strategy at Naval War College, Washington D.C. and competition judge) Pleasant Valley Middle School students, Donovan Benko, Lilly Perrin, and Lauren Blechschmidt, and Hannah Tofte (Washington State History O
Battle Ground, WA - Dozens of Battle Ground Public Schools' students competed against students from 15 regional schools during the annual SW Washington Regional History Day on February 22 at Pleasant Valley Middle School. Chief Umtuch and Pleasant Valley middle school students took home top place finishes advancing them to the state competition at Green River Community College on May 3, 2014. The regional event is part of the National History Day competition. More than half a million students from across the country participate in similar regional events with the hope of competing on the national level hosted by University of Maryland in June.
This year's theme is "Rights and Responsibilities in History." Students conduct research on a particular event in history related to the theme and present their findings as a paper, exhibit, documentary, performance, or website. Students can submit projects as an individual or as a team with up to five members. Each school has a lead teacher that supports the students' research and presentations. "This is always an exciting event," said Irene Soohoo, Pleasant Valley Middle School history teacher. "The students work very hard developing their projects and presentations. We are always impressed with the quality of work and knowledge students gain by participating each year."
Battle Ground Public Schools has been a part of this event since 1993 and continues the legacy of producing winning entries. "We've had multiple students compete at the national level," said Soohoo. "We congratulate all of our regional winners and are excited to see how far our students can go this year."
State qualifiers from Chief Umtuch and Pleasant Valley middle schools are listed below.
Chief Umtuch Middle School State Qualifiers:
Lead Teachers: Beth Doughty and Jon Nesbitt
-Joseph Vaugh, Andrew Pham, Kyle Oehler, group documentary; "Japanese Internment"
-Quentin Carver, individual website; "Scopes Trial"
-Zach Walters, Killian Griffin, group documentary; "Berlin Wall"
-Maxton Greener, David Tormanen, and Kolton Opdahl, group performance; "Julio- Claudian Dynasty"
-Mark Forstrom, individual performance; "Scandinavian Immigration"
-Malia Meyer, Jordyn Shaw, Hannah Stuchlik, Kylie Sahota, group documentary; "The Columbia River Crossing"
--This project also won the Richard Anderson Award presented by Clark County Historical Museum recognizing research on a local topic.
-Zachary Wannamaker and Devan Feb, group exhibit; "Restrictions on Tobacco Advertising"
Pleasant Valley Middle School State Qualifiers:
Lead Teacher: Irene Soohoo
-Jethro Abatayo and Logan Gibert, group documentary; "Vietnam Prisoners of War: Taking Responsibility When Deprived of All Rights"
-Mary Lynn McLeod and Bailey McCormick, group performance; "Kip Kinkel, Juvenile Killer: Gun Rights v Parental Responsibilities"
-Simon Benko, individual performance; "Fish-ins: Non-violent Protests to Restore Native American Fishing Rights"
-Ally Orr, individual exhibit; "Hanford Nuclear Waste 1943-2014: Seventy-one Years of Denial and Delay; a Disaster Waiting to Happen"
-Donovan Benko, Lauren Blechschmidt, Lilly Perrin; group exhibit; "The Eruption of Mt. St. Helens 1980: Property Rights v Government Agencies' Responsibilities"
-Emily Scott and Sarah Shirley, group website; "Mandatory Vaccination v Anti-Vaccination: Public Health v Personal Responsibility"
-Alec Thornburg, individual exhibit; "Hitler Youth, Japanese Internment, and Civilian Public Service: Contrasting Rights and Responsibilities during World War II"
For more information on National History Day competition please visit their website at http://www.nhd.org/.
battle ground first graders celebrate reading with the cat in the hat (Photo)
Ms Hutton's first grade class with Cat and the Hat at Pleasant Valley Primary
Battle Ground, WA - First grade students throughout Battle Ground Public Schools received a free hat and book this week in celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday and the Read Across America program.
Thanks to the support of Kiwanis Club, Beaches Restaurant, Mill Creek, and Sodexo Nutrition Services each primary school was able to honor the famed author with a week of celebration including real Green Eggs and Ham. Parents were invited to join the classroom to help hand out hats and read to students. High school members of the Kiwanis Key Club also participated in this year's event by volunteering to feed the famed meal to students across the district.
Pleasant Valley Primary first grade teacher and alumnus, Katie Hutton, celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday with a surprise visit from the Cat in the Hat, played by Prairie High School Key Club student Katarina Kubiniec. Ms. Hutton is finishing up her first year teaching in the very same classroom she attended years before.
"We highly encourage parents to use this new free book and read with their child," said Melissa Mitchell, Pleasant Valley Primary Principal. "This week gives us a fun way to celebrate reading and the amazing work Dr. Seuss has done to encourage youth and families to read together."
The district hopes families are able to use the free books and hats as a reminder to read together often.
Pleasant Valley Schools are open for Tuesday, March 4 - 03/03/14
Battle Ground WA - Both Pleasant Valley Middle and Pleasant Valley Primary schools will be open Tuesday, March 4 at the regularly scheduled time.
The buildings were closed Monday, March 3, due to structural issues in the roof beams above the middle school library and media center. All buildings were closed until proper investigation could take place and safety could be ensured. Crews removed the heating and air conditioning unit from the roof late this afternoon to remove stress on the roof and allow proper inspection. A structural engineer was on site and inspected the area of concern as well as all other buildings on the campus. After a thorough inspection all buildings have been declared safe for students and staff. No classrooms were impacted by the damaged roof. The middle school library and media center are secure, but have been closed to allow further repair. All fire, safety and electrical systems are in full working order and the additional heating units will maintain a comfortable classroom environment.
We want to thank our parents and students for their understanding with today's closure. Student and staff safety are always our primary concern. We thank the facilities staff, work crews and engineers for their prompt response, and work to ensure a safe environment for our students.
battle ground students win top honors at the 3rd annual west salem jazz festival - 02/28/14
Battle Ground, WA - Students of Battle Ground Public Schools took home three first-place finishes in this year's West Salem Jazz Festival. The festival, held at West Salem High School, hosted over 20 different jazz bands throughout the region. Performance categories included middle and high school Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Heavyweight, and Combo Divisions.
Battle Ground High School's Jazz Band took first place in the Heavyweight and Intermediate Divisions. In the Heavyweight Division students Darren Guzman, Steve Montecucco, Nickolas Schell and Luke Nerton received, "Outstanding Soloist," awards with Kaleb Armstrong being named, "Most Outstanding Soloist," in the Heavyweight Division. The group was also awarded best saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and rhythm section.
In the Intermediate Division, Battle Ground High School students Owen Lantz, Miles Meyer and Elliot Shannon received, "Outstanding Soloist," awards with Max Pigeon being named, "Most Outstanding Soloist," in the Intermediate Division.
Tukes Valley Middle School also took home a first place finish in the Middle School Novice Division.
Tukes students Shane Walz and Morgan Kennedy received, "Outstanding Soloist," awards and Ainslie Cromar was named, "Most Outstanding Soloist," in the Novice Division.
Stay up-to-date with student performances by checking the district and school websites and calendars.
bgps' air force junior rotc program continues its path of excellence (Photo)
PHS Unarmed Drill Team
Battle Ground, WA - Battle Ground High School's (BGHS) and Prairie High School's (PHS) Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) members continue to receive top honors and first place finishes in multiple competitions.
JROTC Air Rifle teams from both PHS and BGHS received top 10 ranking for teams in the Western United States at the recent National Regional Championship in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Team members competed against 244 shooters from across the county. After top level performances, PHS's team is now ranked fifth in the nation and BGHS is ranked sixth in the nation for AFJROTC Precision Air Rifle teams.
Both schools also competed in the recent Northwest Drill and Rifle Columbia River Division Championships held at PHS. BGHS's Unarmed Drill Team commanded by junior Trey Bardonski walked away with the first place title. This first place finish put the team on top and gave them the title of Division Champions. This is the first Division Championship title in the team's 19 year history. Prairie's Unarmed Drill Team placed second, right behind Battle Ground.
PHS AFJROTC Armed Drill Team commanded by senior Jacob Lundy won first place. This finish positioned the team as the Division Champions. Jacob Lundy was also recognized as the top Unarmed Commander in the division.
Prairie's Color Guard Team 1 finished the division season as the number one ranked Color Guard of the eleven schools. Prairie's Color Guard Team 2 placed first at the meet and gained an overall division standing of second place.
Additional Top Finishes for the Northwest Drill and Rifle Columbia River Division Championships include:
BGHS's Sporter Air Rifle Team, led by senior Nicholas Cross, won second place and received, "Runner-Up Division Champions," for the season. PHS's Precision Rifle Team won second place and held their standing for second place in the division. Cross also won the gold medal in the Sporter Air Rifle Individual Competition by outscoring 27 other participants and setting a new Columbia River Division record. Nicholas Cross and fellow student Ryan Bailey have been selected to compete at the US Air Rifle National Championships in Salt Lake, Utah this spring.
BGHS's Precision Air Rifle Team took home a third place finish led by sophomore Lindsay Owens who also placed ninth overall.
BGHS's Dual Armed Drill Team Competition juniors Trey Bardonski and Ryan Williamson placed first at the Division Championships and are ranked third overall in the Division.
BGHS's Unarmed Drill Team Commander, Trey Bardonski, placed second in the competition and won the Division Championship based on his prior wins.
In the Armed Drill Singles Competition BGHS senior Aaron Massie won second place and won the Division Championship based on his wins in the three previous competitions.
BGHS will send all five of its teams and individuals named above to compete at the Northwest Drill and Rifle Conference Championships on March 15, in Oak Harbor, WA.
Prairie High School AFJROTC Hosts the Columbia River Division Championships - 02/21/14
Prairie High School Air Force JROTC will be hosting the Columbia River Division Championships of the Northwest Drill and Rifle Conference Saturday, February 22, from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
Eleven High School Jr. ROTC units from all services will be competing in five major events; Armed Drill, Unarmed Drill, Color Guard, Strength Competition, and Air Rifle. This is the final regular season drill meet and every team is trying to qualify for the Conference Championships.
All community members are invited to attend this free event and root on the Prairie Falcons and the Battle Ground Tigers.
BG Education Foundation's January School Shout-Outs (Photo)
Chris Burt and Michelle Reinhardt (MG)
Battle Ground, WA - Battle Ground Education Foundation (BGEF) highlighted three schools for the month of January. Tukes Valley Primary, Tukes Valley Middle and Maple Grove staff received a healthy breakfast and a $300 scholarship to support student learning. Each building principal was asked to write a short paragraph highlighting great practices in the school. Below is a photo and excerpt from each school.
"Tukes Valley Primary is a great place to learn! We are focusing on multiple instructional initiatives this year including Math Best Practices and Best Practices for Literacy Instruction. These initiatives help students develop a deep understanding of math concepts and guide students to become better readers and writers. Our students are also focused on positive behavior expectations through our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) initiative. We have seen a huge increase in the number of students earning positive Tukes Valley Important Person (TVIP) awards," Laurie Sundby, Principal.
"Tukes Valley Middle School has been supporting student art through a collaboration with Artsonia, an online student art museum. Our fabulous art teacher, Debbie Supplitt, gets our students excited about art and helps them load their finished pieces onto Tukes' Artsonia page. Tukes Valley Middle School was recently awarded a, "CYBER BLUE RIBBON," Artsonia's Leading School award for being the number one rated middle school in Washington State for overall website activity, including artwork, comments, fan clubs, and fundraising. You can view the students' art at www.artsonia.com,
" Diana Harris, Principal.
"At Maple Grove we strive to provide an environment that is centered on the whole child as reflected in our curriculum that extends beyond core subjects. Our K-8 students take advantage of our diverse after-school activities such as tutoring, gardening, floor hockey, drama, arts and crafts, open gym, jazz and drama. As a K-8 campus, students have opportunities to work alongside younger and older students through learning activities, creating opportunities for students to connect with the MG community. In addition, students participate in two electives throughout the day providing them with additional fine arts and intervention experiences. Our on-going collaboration among staff has contributed greatly to improved instruction in the classroom and has helped us implement a Standards-Based Grading system," Michelle Reinhardt, Principal.