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CASEE students conduct a pollinator study with Washington Department of Natural Resources.
CASEE students conduct a pollinator study with Washington Department of Natural Resources.
Visit and Apply for Battle Ground Public Schools' Alternative Learning Programs (Photo) - 02/12/16
Parents of students in Battle Ground Public Schools (BGPS) are invited to attend information sessions and an open house for the district's alternative learning experience programs and submit applications for enrollment for the 2016-17 school year. Battle Ground school district offers four alternative programs for students in kindergarten through high school that are designed to help students pursue their interests and gain the knowledge and skills needed for college and careers. The programs offer a variety of alternative education opportunities, from a parent-partnered homeschool and a rigorous academy focused on academics, to a half-day science-focused program for high schoolers and one that supports self-learners.

Current students may apply for any of the programs that serve the grade they will be in next year. Enrollment in the alternative programs is free; however, students must apply for admission. The admission process is specific to each program and directions to apply are described below. Admission is based on qualifications, not the order in which the application is received. Recommendations or counselor approval may be required.

Students who live within district boundaries will be given priority over students from other districts. Transportation is not provided to/from these programs unless specified in the description.

Battle Ground Public Schools' alternative learning experience programs are

CAM (Character and Academics for the Marketplace) Academy (grades 3-12)
CAM Academy offers a rigorous alternative education for students in third grade through high school. Students attend school four days each week (campus is closed on Wednesdays for at-home learning). The program requires parent participation. CAM's mission is to support and promote the academic success, positive character development and acquisition of marketplace skills in students that will facilitate their success both in college and a global society. In the classroom, students study a core curriculum that comprises English language arts, history, science and mathematics and instruction in computer technology. At-home learning covers health and fitness and visual and performing arts and is completed in partnership with parents. Prospective students must take an assessment. Parents should attend an information meeting to learn more and get an application. Notification of acceptance will be sent March 28.

Application deadline: 9 a.m. on Monday, March 14.
Information meetings: 3-4:30 or 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16 or Thursday, Feb. 18; 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8. Sign up online at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eafad2da2fe3-camacademy
Assessments: Tuesday, March 15
Get more information about CAM Academy on the school's website at http://cam.battlegroundps.org/ or call (360) 885-6803.

Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education (CASEE) (grades 9-12)
The Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education (CASEE) is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program for high school students that integrates biological, environmental and agricultural sciences with English language arts. Students in the program attend classes on the CASEE campus, an 80-acre learning laboratory where scientific concepts are explored and reinforced through experiential learning in the classroom, in the lab, and outdoors. Bus transportation is provided to CASEE from both Prairie and Battle Ground high schools. Applications for new students are due March 28, and the process requires teacher recommendations. If you have questions about CASEE, please call (360) 885-5361.

Application deadline: Monday, March 28
CASEE Open house: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18 at CASEE Building B, room 205, 11104 NE 149th St., Brush Prairie, for prospective students and their families
Get more information about the CASEE program and an application on the school's website at http://casee.battlegroundps.org/ or call (360) 885-5361.

River HomeLink (grades K-12)
River HomeLink is a parent-partnered program that provides families a range of educational supports for homeschooling. Families can choose from a pure homeschool model that offers curricula help combined with weekly meetings with a certificated teacher, a blended homeschool model that combines homeschool lessons with classes on core subjects and/or extracurricular subjects, a classroom model in the program's unique academic setting, or online classes for students in grades 6-12. Prospective students must take an assessment. Parents should attend an information meeting to learn more and get an application.

Information meetings: 9:30 a.m. April 20 or 27. Sign up online at http://riv.battlegroundps.org/
Assessments: 9:30 a.m. April 20 or 27. Sign up online at http://riv.battlegroundps.org/
Get more information about River HomeLink on the school's website at http://riv.battlegroundps.org/ or call (360) 334-8200

Summit View High School (grades 9-12)
Summit View High School offers an individualized learning experience to self-directed learners up to 21 years old. Summit View serves independent students, working teens, at-risk students and teen parents who have unique and diverse educational demands. The high school assists students in earning credits and transitioning into a traditional educational setting or preparing for life after high school. The school is co-located with the BGPS district office on the CASEE campus, 11104 NE 149th Street, Brush Prairie. Admission to Summit View High School is by recommendation of a school counselor.

Get more information about Summit View High School on the school's website at http://svhs.battlegroundps.org/ or call (360) 885-5331.
BGPS Industry Fair flyer
BGPS Industry Fair flyer
Identify a new career path at Feb. 25 Industry Fair (Photo) - 02/12/16
Students and community members are invited to learn about careers in southwest Washington at Battle Ground Public Schools' Industry Fair at Battle Ground High School on Thursday, Feb. 25. Students and community members who attend the fair will be able to learn about career paths by talking with local employers about the jobs available at their companies. Bring your resume and consider your dress, because some companies have positions open now. The event, sponsored by BGPS, WorkSource and YouthWorks, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Battle Ground High School, 300 W. Main St., in Battle Ground.

Many industries will be represented: health science, manufacturing, technology, construction, finance, hospitality, retail, human services and transportation; and participants will have a chance to ask about the skills, abilities, and educational requirements to work in various jobs, along with what the work environment is like and what kinds of tasks are performed in various job roles. Representatives from more than 50 businesses will be available to answer questions.

Please join us for an educational evening at Battle Ground High School about the many career opportunities in our region. Please contact career guidance specialist Kevin Doyle at (360) 885-6598 or doyle.kevin@battlegroundps.org with questions.
BGPS Industry Fair flyer image
BGPS Industry Fair flyer image
Identify a new career path at Feb. 25 Industry Fair (Photo) - 02/09/16
Students and community members are invited to learn about careers in southwest Washington at Battle Ground Public Schools' Industry Fair at Battle Ground High School on Thursday, Feb. 25. Students and community members who attend the fair will be able to learn about career paths by talking with local employers about the jobs available at their companies. Bring your resume and consider your dress, because some companies have positions open now. The event, sponsored by BGPS, WorkSource and YouthWorks, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Battle Ground High School, 300 W. Main St., in Battle Ground.

Many industries will be represented: health science, manufacturing, technology, construction, finance, hospitality, retail, human services and transportation; and participants will have a chance to ask about the skills, abilities, and educational requirements to work in various jobs, along with what the work environment is like and what kinds of tasks are performed in various job roles. Representatives from more than 50 businesses will be available to answer questions.

Please join us for an educational evening at Battle Ground High School about the many career opportunities in our region. Please contact career guidance specialist Kevin Doyle at (360) 885-6598 or doyle.kevin@battlegroundps.org with questions.
Holly Halberg, a freshman at Battle Ground High School, learned at a surprise school assembly that she is the Washington state winner of the Doodle 4 Google contest. She accepted the award from the Google team with her little sister and her art teacher fr
Holly Halberg, a freshman at Battle Ground High School, learned at a surprise school assembly that she is the Washington state winner of the Doodle 4 Google contest. She accepted the award from the Google team with her little sister and her art teacher fr
BGHS Student Is State Winner of Doodle 4 Google Competition (Photo) - 02/05/16
Battle Ground High School freshman Holly Halberg learned at a surprise school assembly this morning that she is the Washington state winner of the Doodle 4 Google contest. Holly has advanced to the public voting round of the K-12 competition to create a Doodle that will be on the Google homepage for a day.

The public can vote through Feb. 22 for a finalist in each grade category at http://www.google.com/doodle4google. Four national finalists will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship, and the national winner will get a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education grant for his or her school. The national winner's Doodle will be on Google.com for a day.

Holly created a silhouette that tells the world "What makes me...me," the theme for this year's competition. She took inspiration from the things she enjoys in her life, from her little sister and living in the Pacific Northwest to reading and photography. Holly entered the competition after Alder Suttles, her art teacher at BGHS last semester, asked students to create a Doodle as a class assignment.

More than 25 students from her classes entered their Doodles into Google's competition, Suttles said, which for the first time could be created by most any medium the student favored. Holly said she chose a silhouette because she loves incorporating them into her photography. It took her a couple of weeks to develop the idea, compose it and then create the final project using an exacto knife to cut the silhouettes out of black paper and adhere them to paper cut from a book with blades of grass and the word Google written in black marker behind the silhouettes.

"She's very careful, and thoughtful and so talented," Suttles said. "It was an assignment we could have finished in class, but she took the materials home for extra time." Suttles added that while scanning the Doodles into a computer in preparation for entry into the competition, she stopped when she came to Holly's Doodle. "It was obvious to me it was special," she said.

Google held a surprise assembly at the high school on Friday to announce that Holly is the Washington state winner and to share technological innovations that Google is working on, including self-driving cars. Holly said that while sitting in the assembly amongst her classmates, and knowing that many had entered the competition, it didn't occur to her that she had won. As the state winner, Holly received a tablet and t-shirts with her Doodle printed on them. Battle Ground High School received $2,500 for art supplies, which will be used to purchase a pottery wheel and easels for art classes.

Holly has taken many art classes while attending Battle Ground Public Schools. At Amboy Middle School, Holly took art from Rebecca Broyles, a National Board Certified Teacher who now teaches visual arts at River HomeLink.
Battle Ground Public Schools' Nutrition Services Director James Capen is focusing on healthy meals that satisfy contemporary tastebuds
Battle Ground Public Schools' Nutrition Services Director James Capen is focusing on healthy meals that satisfy contemporary tastebuds
BGPS Nutrition Services Charts Contemporary Course (Photo) - 02/04/16
Battle Ground Public Schools' Nutrition Services has a new director charting the course of the district's mealtime services for students, and it looks like healthy, tasty options with a contemporary focus are guiding the compass. James Capen, the director of nutrition services for Battle Ground Public Schools (BGPS), began his new journey earlier this school year. Capen took over for Russ Kallwick, who left BGPS for another opportunity within Sodexo, the company that the school district contracts with to provide healthy lunches and breakfasts to students.

Capen has worked in the food service industry since he himself was in high school, and is excited to satisfy the more discriminating palates of today's students with healthy options. "More and more students are food savvy," he said. "We are serving kids who know what quinoa, saturated fats and whole grains are. They see the fancy side of food on TV prepared by celebrity chefs, and that's what they think about.

"We want to be a little more sophisticated for those students who are coming up," Capen continued. "They want things like fruit parfaits and smoothies, things they see coming out in the marketplace." At Prairie High School, for example, the students can now purchase the popular Jamba Juice brand of smoothies. With ingredients like cherry puree and pineapple and orange juices, the fruit smoothies are healthy and appealing. Battle Ground High School students will be able to purchase Jamba Juice smoothies later this month.

And while Capen strives to serve the most healthy foods, he also knows that it has to taste good to a second grader, or they probably won't eat it.

That's one of the main reasons why Capen and BGPS Nutrition Services registered dietitian Kirsten Fox are interested in the small changes to guidelines in the recent iteration of the Child Nutrition Act, which governs school meals and provides for free and reduced-price meal programs. Congress is working on a bill to reauthorize the act, now called the Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016. If the bill becomes law, only 80 percent of the wheat products that schools serve must be mostly whole grain. It's good news for kids who like Japanese-style yakisoba noodles, for example. For all their effort in searching, Capen and Fox have not been able to locate a tasty alternative to the white-flour noodles that many students love, and would like to be able to include it on the lunch menu as an occasional entree.

Capen, who grew up in Chehalis and graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in nutrition and food service management, is thrilled to have been selected for the Battle Ground Nutrition Services position.

"It's fun to observe all that is changing in food services," he said, "and to listen to people and figure out as a district where we want to go."

Additional Links:
Battle Ground Schools' Scratch Cooking Meets Nutritional and Kid Standards
http://www.battlegroundps.org/blog/battlegroundschoolsscratchcookingmeetsnutritionalandkidstandards

BGPS Nutrition Services Fuels Students with Nutritious, Balanced Meals
http://www.battlegroundps.org/blog/untitledpost-15
Battle Ground Public Schools' file photo depicts fifth graders using an online coding program.
Battle Ground Public Schools' file photo depicts fifth graders using an online coding program.
Community Education Launches Video Game Design Class (Photo) - 01/29/16
A new class from Battle Ground Community Education (BGCE) could replace the video game controller in your kid's hand with a device that would help redirect this electronic enthusiasm into computer programming. Code to the Future: Video Game Design is a new Community Ed offering for second through sixth graders that transitions students from being players to creators by teaching them computational thinking skills. The class begins Feb. 19 on the Lewisville campus. Students in the class will use kid-friendly programming applications like Scratch to make their own working video game design.

The class is an example of the new, unique kinds of classes that BGCE program lead Jude Blocker is working to add to the program's menu of continuing education and recreation classes for kids and adults. "Our goal is to engage with the community and provide opportunities to explore an activity, learn a craft or find a fun way to get physical activity," Blocker said. "If anyone has an idea for a class they'd like to teach, I'm always looking to integrate new classes into the program."

Registration is currently open for Video Game Design, as well as piano, beginning guitar for adults, a study skills class for adults and high school students, snowshoe trips, indoor soccer for primary students, Lego engineering and Safe On My Own. Registration will open Feb. 8 for spring sports, middle school basketball and volleyball, and track for grades third through eighth. Be on the lookout for spring break camps. A course schedule and registration information is available on the BGCE website at http://bgce.battlegroundps.org/. Registration is also available 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. by phone: 885-6584.

Code to the Future: Video Game Design (http://bgce.battlegroundps.org/index.cfm?method=ClassListing.ClassListingDisplay&int_category_id=2&int_sub_category_id=9) is open to students in second through sixth grades. Two classes are available to choose from on Fridays beginning Feb. 19: 3:30-4:30 p.m. or 4:40-5:40 p.m. The class integrates both programming and game design to give students a fun and well-rounded understanding of how to use technology to create. The 6-session class costs $105. Materials are provided. Check out a video on the class at www.CodeToTheFuture.com.

Battle Ground Community Education was established in 1975 as a partnership between the school district, city government and several other organizations to offer educational and recreational activities to adults and youth in the greater Battle Ground area. Today, the program is a department of Battle Ground Public Schools that is funded by the fees people pay to take classes. Last year, Battle Ground Community Education had more than 9,300 registrants participate in 1,400 camps, classes and sports. The program makes it possible for people of all ages to explore lifelong learning, promote creativity, gain knowledge and lead healthy active lives.
Battle Ground High School students use a graphic arts program to develop creative, digital versions of their initials during a digital arts class in the district's Career and Technical Education program.
Battle Ground High School students use a graphic arts program to develop creative, digital versions of their initials during a digital arts class in the district's Career and Technical Education program.
Battle Ground Schools' Patron Tour Explores Career and Technical Education (Photo) - 01/28/16
A patron tour of Battle Ground Public Schools' Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes at three schools is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18. Community members and parents are invited to participate in the tour and see firsthand what students are learning in CTE classes such as welding, culinary arts, early childhood education, video game design and agriculture.

Patrons will tour CTE classes at Battle Ground and Prairie high schools as well as CASEE. "CTE classes help students get jobs out of high school and give them the skills to go to college," said Cindy Arnold, director of CTE. "The classes are a big part of our students' schedules, and we want to share what they are learning." At Battle Ground Public Schools, more than 200 CTE classes are taught each semester in 36 content areas by teachers who have worked in the industry they are teaching. Many of the district's CTE programs have agreements with local community colleges that let students receive college credit for some of the high school classes.

The tour offers parents and members of the business community an inside look at the classrooms and students in action. It's a great way for parents of eighth graders to learn more about the classes and CTE programs that students in the Battle Ground Public Schools district can take at Prairie and Battle Ground high schools.

The Career and Technical Education Patron tour will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18. It will begin at Battle Ground High School, continue to Prairie High School, and then end at CASEE. Transportation will be provided between campuses. Please RSVP by Feb. 10 to the CTE program: 885-5359 or adams.kathy@battlegroundps.org.
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Battle Ground High School's production of
Battle Ground High School presents 1920s 'Taming of the Shrew' (Photo) - 01/27/16
Battle Ground High School Drama Club's winter production, "The Taming of the Shrew" opens Feb. 11. The play, directed by Stephan "Cash" Henry, is a modern-language version of William Shakespeare's famed comedy set in Italy in the 1920s.

The BGHS production features fun and beautiful costumes, detailed set pieces, and the wit and charm of the school's talented student actors.

The play runs Feb. 11-13 and 18-20. Performances begin at 7:00 p.m. in The Lair at Battle Ground High School. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. for seating. Admission is $5 for students with ASB and senior citizens and $7 for general admission. Tickets are available at the door or online at https://payments.battlegroundps.org/.
PHS Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Set for Jan. 28 - 01/22/16
Prairie High School will be inducting three new members into the PHS Hall of Fame on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 6:40 p.m. before the start of the boys' varsity basketball game vs. Columbia River.

Since 2011, the PHS Athletic Department has been recognizing outstanding Falcon players, coaches and teams with Hall of Fame induction. Each inductee is nominated and reviewed by a committee before induction. This year's inductees are:

Rip Ramsey - Baseball - Class of 1986
First State Championship title, 1985-1986
All-State pitcher and infielder, 1986
Currently works in real estate and as an associate scout for the Seattle Mariners

Steve Stuart - Football and Baseball - Class of 1989
Baseball team MVP and All-Conference team, 1989
State Championship title, GSHL Player of the Year, All-State team, 1989
Drafted by the Minnesota Twins, currently city manager for the City of Ridgefield

2000 Softball State Championship Team
The 2000 Softball State Championship Team, led by Coach Al Aldridge, was dominant throughout the 1999-2000 season. Finishing with a 23-5 record, the Falcons were led by Angie Domreis, Crystal Marquiss, Kristan Kellogg, Kelly Lind, Blaire Woodward, Crystal Steinmueller, Jennifer Steinmueller, Barbara Simpson, Carlyn Arteaga, Brittany Warner, Sandra Sperry, Ciara Hugie, and Brenda Pickup. Assisting Coach Aldridge were Coach Larry Douglass, Coach Scott Schram, as well as Coach Dawn Rowe and Coach Stuart Rowe.

All community members, alumni, parents, students and staff are invited to recognize these Falcons before the tip off of the Prairie boys varsity basketball game at Prairie High School, 11311 NE 119th St., Vancouver.

For more information on the PHS Hall of Fame and game information, please contact PHS Athletic Director, Andrew Schoonover, at schoonover.andrew@battlegroundps.org or by calling 360-885-5013.
Prairie math teacher Tad Oman helps sophomore Cyrstan Marchel with a math assignment during the school's built-in academic intervention, called Falcon Support. Students can get help from teachers to make up work, study, and ask questions.
Prairie math teacher Tad Oman helps sophomore Cyrstan Marchel with a math assignment during the school's built-in academic intervention, called Falcon Support. Students can get help from teachers to make up work, study, and ask questions.
Prairie's Academic Intervention Plays Role in High Graduation Rate (Photo) - 01/21/16
Tuesday and Thursday mornings at Prairie High School look a little different than the rest. Instead of sitting in classrooms, students--armed with notebooks and pens--chat in groups at tables or flock near teachers' desks, patiently waiting for a few moments of the mentor's time. It is on these two mornings each week of the school year that students have the opportunity to get Falcon Support, or help from their teachers to make up work, study, and ask questions about the materials presented during class time.

Prairie offers Falcon Support to its students for 40 minutes two times each week during the first period of the day. While students are not required to attend Falcon Support, those who do most often see results in the form of higher grades on coursework. The overall goal is to help students succeed and graduate, said Prairie High School Principal Travis Drake. And with a graduation rate that consistently hovers above 91 percent, Prairie has one of the best graduation rates in Clark County.

Once upon a time, Falcon Support might have been called study hall, and it might have been offered outside the regular school day. In today's education world, it's considered an academic intervention. For several years at Prairie, the intervention was called STAT--Student Teacher Access Time--and it was on the schedule every day for 30 minutes either before or after a student's lunch. Prairie's staff decided to change up the program this year when it became clear that discipline issues occurred most often during the school's lunch hour among students who chose not to participate in the daily study hall and instead took a long lunch.

When they saw the need to re-evaluate the study hall, staff researched what other high schools in the state that are similar in size to Prairie offer for built-in academic intervention. Their research found that 29 of 42 schools offer an intervention period. They also looked into when other schools offer the study time and learned that the clear majority of schools--23 out of 29--offer it in the morning between class periods and that five schools offer it before first period. Prairie teachers discussed the possibilities and chose to offer Falcon Support before first period so that students would seek help in the subject areas in which they need it and not be tempted to stay in one classroom just because it is convenient when Falcon Support begins.

The study time is optional for students, but on a recent Tuesday morning many classrooms easily had ?..." of their seats filled with students. In Tad Oman's class, a constant stream of students formed a short line at his desk. Students waited patiently to present their pre-calculus and algebra 2 questions to him.

Many students worked in pairs. At one table, seniors Natalie Whitesel and Becca Dougal discussed math and English. The girls use the time to study and complete homework because their after-school availability is limited by sports, drama and other Associated Student Body (ASB) activities. "It's really helpful," Dougal said. "It's nice if you have a test later in the day and can use the time to study." Both girls said the time helps them to understand the material and equates to better grades.

"It's really beneficial for the kids who use it," said Kathy McManamy, a math teacher at Prairie. "They are asking questions and getting understanding. The hard part is getting the students who need to come to come in."

Prairie has taken measures to encourage students who need help to get it during Falcon Support. Teachers send personal invites to students who receive low grades, and some staff have volunteered to work with specific students and establish quality relationships with them in hopes that they would improve their class work. "You can't discipline a student to be motivated," Drake said. "But building a relationship goes a long way in getting a student to step up. Falcon Support works as well as any intervention I've seen with the resources we have."
Employers in and around Clark County are invited to reserve a table at the Battle Ground Public Schools (BGPS) Industry Fair on Thursday, Feb. 25, and help educate young people about career opportunities in southwest Washington.
Employers in and around Clark County are invited to reserve a table at the Battle Ground Public Schools (BGPS) Industry Fair on Thursday, Feb. 25, and help educate young people about career opportunities in southwest Washington.
BGPS seeks employers for Industry Fair (Photo) - 01/19/16
Employers in and around Clark County are invited to reserve a table at the Battle Ground Public Schools (BGPS) Industry Fair on Thursday, Feb. 25, and help educate young people about career opportunities in southwest Washington. The event, sponsored by BGPS, WorkSource and YouthWorks, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Battle Ground High School, 300 W. Main St., in Battle Ground.

Organizers are seeking employers from all industries: healthcare, manufacturing, technology, construction, finance, hospitality, retail, apprenticeship and transportation to share their job opportunities and career path possibilities with students and community members who attend the event. Please join us for an educational evening at Battle Ground High School about the many career opportunities in our region.

Please sign up online for an event table by Feb. 12: http://goo.gl/forms/oOOywaZfZ1. Please contact career guidance specialist Kevin Doyle at (360) 885-6598 or doyle.kevin@battlegroundps.org with questions.