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Battle Ground Public Schools invites the community to tour Summit View High School on Thursday, Feb. 2 from 3 to 6 p.m. Visitors will be escorted by current Summit View students, giving the public an opportunity to see the school in action at its new location in the CASEE C building at 11104 NE 149th Street, Brush Prairie. Students, parents and community members interested in the Summit View program are encouraged to visit.
Summit View provides an individualized learning environment that encourages academic and personal growth and prepares students for the challenges of the future.Their mission is to provide educational opportunities to students whose needs are not met by traditional high school programs.
"Some students simply need a different experience than what the typical high school provides," said Renee Andrews, a counselor and teacher at Summit View. "Many of our students work full time jobs, have health issues, have kids of their own or family needs to attend to that make the traditional approach to high school difficult for them to be their most successful. The program was created with these students in mind, and we're proud of their success."
Summit View students complete most of their assigned work independently off-campus and then meet with teachers at Summit View at least once each week to turn in work, take tests and track academic progress.
Summit View serves high school students up to 21 years old who have unique and diverse educational needs. Independent students, working teens, at-risk students and teen parents are able to complete diploma requirements through a one-on-one instructional model and prepare for life after high school. Get more information about Summit View High School on the school's website at svhs.battlegroundps.org or by calling (360) 885-5331.
Battle Ground Public Schools will host three Levy Information Nights to provide details and answer questions about Proposition 2, the district's replacement educational programs, maintenance and operations levy that will be on the Feb. 14 ballot.
All members of the community are invited to the public events, which will be held:
Jan. 17, 6 p.m. at Chief Umtuch Middle School, 700 NW 9th St, Battle Ground
Jan. 24, 6 p.m. at Laurin Middle School, 13601 NE 97th Ave, Vancouver
Jan. 31, 6 p.m. at Yacolt Primary, 406 W Yacolt Rd, Yacolt
At the events, school district administrators will present information about the educational programs, maintenance and operations levy and then answer questions. More information about the levy and the information nights is available at www.battlegroundps.org/levy.
In December, Battle Ground Public Schools' Board of Directors voted to put the replacement levy on the Feb. 14 special election ballot. This levy is not a new tax. It will replace the school district's current levy, which provides about 23 percent of the district's total operating budget and expires at the end of 2017. The tax rate for the levy is projected to stay the same as the current levy rate.
Levy dollars make up the difference between what the state provides for K-12 education and what it costs to operate schools while providing a quality learning environment. Levy dollars are pooled with state funds to help keep class sizes small, maintain facilities, supply technology resources to students, and provide for staff that enhance security, learning experiences and after-school activities.
Much of what the levy pays for is people. People are key to providing a quality education and getting students the support they need in both academics and social-emotional learning. Battle Ground's levy helps keep class sizes small by providing an additional 260 teachers and school and district support staff above what the state funds. Teachers lead classes and programs and classified staff provide educational and administrative support in multiple areas, from health services and safety to office staffing and maintenance.
Below are just some examples of what the levy funds:
About 25 percent of teachers, support and administrative staff. This includes:
10 nurses, 92 certificated staff, 20 school psychologists, 7 security staff, 64 teaching assistants, and 7 assistant principals, among others
Small class sizes
Art, music, drama
Textbooks and curricula
Security and communications
The levy rate is projected to remain the same as the current levy rate, which is $3.66 per $1,000 of assessed property value.
In mid-December, high school students from Battle Ground Public Schools' Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education (CASEE) program placed first at a Future Farmers of America (FFA) forestry career development event (CDE) competition.
Hosted by the Grays Harbor College (GHC) Forestry and Natural Resources program, students from all across Washington competed in the eighth annual event at the GHC forest located at the Satsop Business Park.
The competition took place across two separate venues. During the indoor competition, students interpreted forestry maps and then identified trees, tree disorders, equipment and chainsaws. This indoor portion of the competition that tested the students individually.
The competition shifted outdoors for the latter half of the day. Upon entering the GHC forest, the participating schools competed as teams in compass and cruising practicums. Students used compasses to learn navigation techniques and measured trees by height and diameter at breast height, which is the standard practice of cruising timber. Student volunteers from the forest technology program at GHC monitored each station and helped answer the high school students' questions.
Once the college volunteers tallied up the competition results, participants gathered in the main hall for the awards presentation. Overall, 14 teams comprising 62 competitors from 12 high schools competed in the event.
The top five teams placed as follows:
1. CASEE (part of the Battle Ground Public Schools district)
2. Cedarcrest High School
3. Puyallup High School
4. Toutle Lake High School
5. Longview High School