Battle Ground Sch. Dist.
Amboy Art Teacher Invited to National Art Conference (Photo)
Amboy Middle School art teacher Tamra Davisson is the first art teacher from Washington state to attend a national Power of Art Conference.
Amboy Middle School art teacher Tamra Davisson is the first art teacher from Washington state--and one of only 40 from across the country--who has been invited to attend the Power of Art Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference, which takes place April 16-18, focuses on students with learning disabilities and how to teach all subjects with projects or hands-on work through the arts.
"I'm looking forward to sharing what I learn with other art teachers in our district," Davisson said, "As an art teacher, I see every day how well my students learn from hands-on projects." Davisson's methods have proven successful as her disabled students have completed their assignments following the same criteria as the other students. She varies her teaching approaches based on the individual child and what he/she requires. "Having a relationship with my students is key to understanding their needs and struggles," Davisson said.
When she first graduated with her teaching credentials, Davisson said she was not prepared for the unique skills necessary to teach students with learning disabilities and over the years has modified her curriculum to best suit their needs. At the conference, she hopes to obtain additional skills that will help her teach her students with learning disabilities.
Rather than have students absorb information through lectures and visuals alone, Davisson hopes to find a way to incorporate the arts into everyday learning and helping students to experience what they are being taught.
Davisson, who has taught at Amboy for five years, also earned National Board Certification this year. Her lodging and meals at the conference will be provided by the Rauschenburg Foundation.
Laurin Middle School Students Sing and Dance in 'Peter Pan Jr.' (Photo)
Laurin Middle School students prepare for the opening of Peter Pan Jr. on April 21.
More than 100 Laurin Middle School students are taking their singing, dancing and acting skills to the stage in their production of "Peter Pan Jr." on April 21 and 22 at 6 p.m. in the school's gym.
Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie's play, Disney's Peter Pan Jr. is a modern version of the tale about a boy who wouldn't grow up. Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Never Land. Their adventure introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and the infamous pirate Captain Hook. The score includes new arrangements of classic Disney songs including "Following the Leader," "You Can Fly," "The Second Star to the Right" and "Yo Ho, A Pirate's Life for Me."
The production will be held in the school's gym at 13601 NE 97th Ave., Vancouver. The backdrop for the set was painted by award-winning artist and PHS senior Keeley Prestwich, who attended Laurin as a middle schooler. Admission to the play is free. Laurin Middle School serves 5th-8th graders in the Battle Ground Public Schools district.
Prairie High School Students Take the Stage for 'Romeo and Juliet' (Photo)
Prairie High School's production of Romeo and Juliet opens April 23.
Prairie High School Drama Club's production of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" opens April 23. Directed by Claire Verity and with costume designs by Terry Maupin, the production will take place in the Prairie High School Auditorium.
"Romeo and Juliet" is William Shakespeare's classic tragedy about the forbidden romance of two teenagers from feuding families. Acting on impulse and emotion, without the wisdom that comes with age and experience, they marry in secret. A string of fateful events lead to their untimely deaths, ultimately teaching their families a most difficult lesson. Prairie's production features the traditional story in a non-traditional, styled stage setting and costumes.
The play runs April 23-25, April 30, and May 1-2 at the school, 11311 NE 119th St., Vancouver. Performances begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale at www.seatyourself.biz/prairiehighschool
and are $8 for adults and $6 for students with ASB and senior citizens.
Prairie Falcons Make Award-Winning Music (Photo)
PHS band students brought home awards from the WorldStrides Heritage Seattle Music Festival last weekend.
The Prairie High School Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band participated April 9-12 in the WorldStrides Heritage Seattle Music Festival, where both musical groups claimed awards.
Prairie's Jazz Band won first place and the Best Overall Band Award. The band received the highest overall score of the festival. The PHS Wind Ensemble earned second place with a Gold Rating and was invited to participate in a National Invitational Gold Rating Competition in Chicago, Los Angeles, or Orlando.
The combined scores of both groups earned Prairie the Sweepstakes Best Overall Program award.
PHS bands are directed by PHS band and choir director, Rudy Guidry. Prairie High School is in the Battle Ground Public Schools district.
Maple Grove Students Present Story of Cinderella's Twin Brother (Photo)
Maple Grove students star in Twinderella April 23-24.
Maple Grove sixth, seventh and eighth graders will be presenting their production of "Twinderella" April 23 and 24 at 6 p.m. in the large gym.
"Twinderella" is the untold story of Cinderella's long lost twin brother, Bob, who longs to go to the Royal baseball game. Cinderella and Bob are both forbidden to attend the royal festivities, but with the aid of the Fairy Godmother, a Godfather, two enchanted gerbils and a lot of luck, they find a way. After midnight, the search is on to find the feet that fit the glass slipper and the muddy cleat. "Twinderella" is a show that will delight audiences of all ages.
The production will be held in the large gym at the school, 610 SW Eaton Blvd., Battle Ground. Tickets cost $1 for students and $2 for adults. Maple Grove is a K-8 school in the Battle Ground Public Schools district.
Future Chefs Win Awards for Their Culinary Creations (Photo)
Best Overall Grand Champion went to Captain Strong fourth grader Dalon Goodwin for his
Elementary students from across the Battle Ground school district participated in Sodexo's eleventh Future Chefs event on March 26 at Battle Ground High School. Third and fourth graders presented their culinary skills and creative cooking talent to judges from local restaurants, including Chef Jeff Norton from Northwood Public House and Chef Kevin Taylor from South Pacific Cafe. The students' dishes were assessed based on criteria such as originality and taste. In the end, the following chefs received awards:
Best Overall Grand Champion went to Captain Strong fourth grader Dalon Goodwin for his "Strawberry Spinach Turkey Club."
Makayla Furguson, a fourth grader from CAM, won the Kid Friendly and Easy Prep award with her "Ant Hill."
Haley Hankel, a CAM third grader, won the Healthy Attributes award with her creation, "Spring Rolls with Sweet Chili Sauce."
Morgan Godfrey, a fourth grader from Yacolt, is the winner of the award for the Best Use of Ingredients and Originality with her "Watermelon Lollipops."
Ryley Engstrom, River HomeLink fourth grader, earned the award for Plate Presentation with his "Red Pepper Boats" and was also the runner up for Best Overall.
Grand champion Dalon Goodwin will compete in the regional level competition. Winners from the regional event will move on to a national competition.
Watch a video of the 2015 Future Chefs Challenge on the BGPS Video YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/KU7D3O7l93U
BGHS Senior Wins for 240SX at Portland Car Show (Photo)
Cameron Faley made extensive modifications to his Nissan 240SX and won the Les Schwab Pride in Performance Award at the Portland Roadster Show.
Cameron Faley, a senior at Battle Ground High School, won the Les Schwab Pride in Performance Award for the modified 1995 Nissan 240SX he showcased in the 59th Annual Portland Roadster Show on March 20. The award comes with $500 for the Battle Ground High School Automotive Program.
Faley, who has been enrolled in the BGHS Automotive Program for two years, made extensive modifications to his Nissan 240SX. He swapped the Nissan's engine for a SR20DET Dual Overhead Cam Turbo with an intercooler, customized the exhaust, relocated the oil filter, relocated the battery to the trunk, upgraded the brake system, customized the wheel, and installed an aluminum radiator, Isis front and rear suspension control arms, Tein rack spacers for sharper steering and a NRG detachable steering wheel.
"My compassion for cars grew after I enrolled in the auto program," Faley said. "It's been very rewarding."
Pleasant Valley Teacher Receives National Jump Rope For Heart Grant (Photo)
Pleasant Valley Primary School students participate in the school's Jump for Heart event to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease and prevention.
Paul White, a physical education teacher at Pleasant Valley Primary School, has received a $2,500 national Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart grant. The grant is one of 13 national awards given by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America. White was recognized during SHAPE America's National Convention & Expo last month in Seattle for his fund raising efforts.
SHAPE grant recipients are recognized for their passion and commitment to physical education and for the Jump Rope for Heart program. Over the 26 years that he has held Jump Rope for Heart events, White has helped to raise more than $200,000 for researching cardiovascular disease and strokes, and health education. The jointly sponsored SHAPE America and American Heart Association (AHA) program promotes physical education and provides children with knowledge of heart disease and stroke.
Under White's leadership, 90 percent of Pleasant Valley students participate in the program. "The excitement and growth of Jump Rope for Heart has had a monumental impact on all aspects of the student learning experience at Pleasant Valley," White said. "The program allows kids to learn the message of proper health, and even allows me to incorporate other subjects into my curriculum, including math and reading."
Pleasant Valley students focus on their physical health throughout the school year, training and building endurance for the two-hour celebratory event. Pleasant Valley's principal, Melissa Mitchell, is supportive of the program. "Despite Paul's 36 years of experience as a physical educator, he still craves learning new skills to add to his arsenal," Mitchell said. "His dedication to his profession is showcased through the enthusiasm his students have for physical activity and taking care of their bodies."
The SHAPE America grant includes a US Games gift certificate to enhance the educator's PE program, a free one-year membership to SHAPE America, and expenses paid for travel and registration to the National Convention & Expo.
Pleasant Valley Primary School is in the Battle Ground Public Schools district in southwest Washington.
Summit View High School Meets Students Where They Are (Photo)
Summit View High School senior Josh Turvey meets with history teacher Jenae Stonefire. Summit View students work at their own pace on flexible schedules and receive one-on-one sessions with their teachers on a first-come, first-served basis.
At his old high school, Josh Turvey found himself struggling with claustrophobia and anxiety as he made his way through halls packed with bigger kids. He admitted this struggle to friends, and they told Turvey about their school: Summit View High School. One of Turvey's teachers at Prairie High School confirmed that Summit View has a unique learning environment. "I tried it," Turvey said. "And I loved it."
Battle Ground Public Schools offers a variety of learning environments--traditional learning, homeschooling, an academy and alternative schools--to suit the needs of all students. Summit View is one of the alternative schools, serving self-directed learners, working teens, at-risk students and teen parents who have unique and diverse educational demands. Originally a credit-recovery program at Battle Ground High School, Summit View moved to its current site around 1995 and became an official high school in 1997 after much success serving students. Summit View's program assists students in earning credits and transitioning into a traditional educational setting or preparing for life post high school.
About one third of Summit View's 420 students come from outside the school district. The school draws students from all over the southwest Washington region. "We're a school that tries to help students achieve their educational goals while they work through significant personal challenges," said Summit View Principal Bill Penrose. "For some students, it meets the needs and circumstances they have at that time. For some students, it's a second chance."
It was on his first day at Summit View as a junior that Turvey knew he found the right high school. He felt more relaxed and calm than he ever did at Prairie. "Summit View is such a small school; there's no drama," Turvey said. Not only did Turvey, now a senior, overcome his claustrophobia and anxiety at Summit View, he also found a place that accommodates his needs. When life outside of school conflicts with his academic schedule, Turvey can contact Summit View and turn in any homework that is due at a later, more convenient time. The high school's extended hours offers Turvey a stress-free and normal school environment.
Still, Summit View is a unique program in many ways. The high school offers students outside the normal age range an opportunity to graduate. Students can work towards their diploma through the end of the school year in which they turn 21. Before they enroll, though, potential students must spend at least one semester at a traditional high school and earn two credits before transferring to Summit View. Some exceptions are allowed.
Students can work at their own pace on flexible schedules and receive one-on-one sessions with their teachers on a first-come, first-served basis. This personal accountability leads Summit View to attribute student success to the student's self-motivation and responsibility. Principal Penrose comically remarks that one student might be taking a test at a table in the teacher's office while another is meeting with her, and yet another is waiting in the hall for a chance to talk.
"Essentially, this program was originally developed to meet the needs of kids who need something different," Penrose said.
After graduating high school, Turvey would like to become a diesel engineer and someday work with Union Pacific. But for now, he is getting the support he needs at Summit View. "Summit View has amazing teachers and staff," Turvey said. "I would definitely rank it among the top schools in Clark County."
BGPS Facilities Team Plans for Future of Education
On a drive through Brush Prairie, west of 503 in the southern part of the Battle Ground Public Schools district, you can see it: the hammers swinging, the workers building and the trucks moving. Construction is happening now on more than 1,500 single family homes and 600 multi-family units on what was once vacant agricultural land. After years of recession-stifled growth, the Battle Ground school district is on the verge of a housing boom, with an estimated 1,000 new students coming to the district in the next several years.
Battle Ground Public Schools' leaders want to meet the needs of additional students and maintain the district's high standards of education, low classroom sizes, ubiquitous technology implementation and safety protocols--all within a budget. That's why the Battle Ground Public Schools' Board of Directors has convened a community-driven committee called the Facilities Improvement Team (FIT). The group is charged with developing a long-range facilities management plan that can be phased in over the next 20 years and is designed to be a working document under regular review.
"The facility planning process is part of a larger district effort to plan for the future of education in our community," said Mark Hottowe, BGPS superintendent. "It starts with values. Our leadership team, in partnership with board members, staff and community partners, is working on identifying clear values, including the role of education, how we support our staff, the safety and security of our buildings, and meeting the demands of our population growth. All these must work in concert with each other and need to be aligned if we want to be successful."
Over the past two months, FIT members have met at the Lewisville Campus to get up to speed and understand the current condition of school facilities. They've seen presentations from BGPS Facilities Director Kevin Jolma on the state of BGPS facilities; Bill Coon, the SW Washington Regional Coordinator for OSPI School Facilities and Operations, on the state's School Construction Assistance Program; and BGPS Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations MaryBeth Lynn on the district's budget, enrollment projections and debt capacity; in addition to an overview presentation on the Clark County Growth Management plan.
With this foundation of knowledge the team can focus on specific areas of facility planning such as specific program and school needs, local factors such as infrastructure changes in surrounding municipalities, and the status of current school sites.
The district is contracting with LSW Architects in Vancouver to conduct a Study and Survey, which is required by the Superintendent of Public Instruction prior to consideration of state funding assistance for school facility projects, whether new construction or modernization of existing structures. The survey should be completed by the end of April and will provide an inventory and analysis of existing facilities and demographic and other data that is necessary for FIT members to identify priorities and start creating a plan based on the district's educational and operational value statements.
The FIT recommendations will provide a foundation for decision making and a roadmap for future leaders. "Facility planning is driven by the educational plan," said FIT facilitator Dave Halme. "To be truly effective, we must align these efforts and provide the best recommendation for the growth and development of the district." Halme, who led the facilities department at Clark College for 20 years and worked as a consultant for local school districts in facility management planning, is volunteering his time alongside the FIT members.
"We are excited for the educational and facilities processes to merge and create a clear pathway for the district to follow," Hottowe said. "I am confident this work will give our community and district leadership the information we need to move forward together."
FIT comprises 20 members: two members from each director district, one member from each of four district employee associations, a community facilitator and a district resource team that includes five members of the district leadership team.
FIT meetings are open to the public, and a calendar of meeting dates is on the district website at www.battlegroundps.org/fit.
Recent presentations, contact information, meeting minutes and agendas also are available on the website. Community feedback and questions are encouraged, and FIT members can be reached by email at email@example.com
BGPS Kindergarten Registration Week Is April 20-24
Kindergarten registration for the 2015-16 school year will begin Monday, April 20 in Battle Ground Public Schools. Any child who will be 5 years old before Sept. 1, 2015, is eligible to enter kindergarten this fall.
Parents can find out which school their child will attend by using the district's online boundary map at battlegroundps.org or by calling the district boundaries office at (360) 885-6577.
Parents should bring verification of their child's birth date, immunization records and emergency contact information to their neighborhood school to register their child. School offices are open for kindergarten registration Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration materials and information is available online at http://www.battlegroundps.org/parents-and-students/k12-registration-kl.
Registration can take up to one hour.
A tuition-based, full-day kindergarten option is available at all primary schools except Yacolt Primary during the 2015-16 school year. More information about full-day kindergarten is available at the school your child will attend in the fall.
Orientations and Open Houses
Students and their families can visit their school, meet teachers and learn more about kindergarten. The following schools are offering spring orientations and open houses. Other schools offer similar events in the fall.
Captain Strong Primary, 1002 NW 6th Ave., Battle Ground, (360) 885-6400, parent orientation on May 21, 6-7 p.m.
Daybreak Primary, 1900 NW 20th Ave., Battle Ground, (360) 885-6950, kindergarten orientation on May 21, 6-7 p.m.
Glenwood Heights Primary, 9716 NE 134th St., Vancouver, (360) 885-5250, kindergarten roundup for parents, May 13, 10-11 a.m.
Pleasant Valley Primary, 14320 NE 50th Ave., Vancouver, (360) 885-5550, kindergarten orientation on May 19, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Yacolt Primary, 406 W Yacolt Rd., Yacolt, (360) 885-6000, open house on May 7, 5:30-7 p.m.
Battle Ground Public Schools also offers preschool options for early learners. The BGPS Community Education Department and Prairie High School offer tuition-based preschool programs for ages 3-5. Tigerland Preschool registration is open for the 2015-16 school year. Two and three-day programs are located on the campuses of Captain Strong Primary and Yacolt Primary. Tigerland Preschool is designed to prepare early learners for their kindergarten experience. To register, contact the Battle Ground Public Schools Community Education Department at (360) 885-6584. Prairie Preschool maintains a waiting list of students who are interested in attending. Enrollment begins April 21 for new families on the waiting list. Please call Prairie Preschool at (360) 885-5004 to be added to the waiting list. BGPS also offers preschools for children with special needs. Please contact the BGPS Special Services Department at (360) 885-5318 for more information. Information about BGPS preschool options is available on the district's preschool web page at http://www.battlegroundps.org/parents-and-students/preschool-and-daycare.