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Captain Strong Primary School third grade highly capable teacher Katie Prill
Captain Strong Primary School third grade highly capable teacher Katie Prill
Four Battle Ground educators earn National Board Certification (Photo) - 02/28/20

Four educators from Battle Ground Public Schools earned certification in 2019 from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). This accomplishment marks the successful completion of a rigorous, one-to-three year program aimed at honing teaching techniques and styles that bolster students’ enthusiasm for learning. 

National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential that goes beyond state licensure. Only about 40 percent of educators earn the certification on their first attempt. Battle Ground Public Schools now has 47 National Board Certified Teachers. 

“National Board certification is a big deal,” said Deputy Superintendent Denny Waters “We are fortunate to have teachers who care so deeply about their craft and who are always working to get better. Our students are certainly the biggest beneficiaries.”

Battle Ground's 2019 recipients are:

Meadowlark Clark, kindergarten teacher at Tukes Valley Primary School
Kathleen Ogg, kindergarten teacher at Pleasant Valley Primary School
Katie Prill, third grade highly capable teacher at Captain Strong Primary
Benjamin Scott, instructional coach at Tukes Valley Primary School

“I am so very grateful to my colleagues who supported and guided me during the National Boards process and am humbled to be honored with this certification,” said Meadowlark Clark, kindergarten teacher at Tukes Valley Primary School. “I want to thank those who read my papers, provided feedback, steered me toward specific research, and gave me words of encouragement. It’s a huge honor to work alongside such giving and dedicated teachers!”

National Board Certified Teachers are highly accomplished educators who meet high and rigorous standards set by the NBPTS. Board-certified teachers benefit the school district by sharing their information, knowledge and experience with other teachers who can then take the knowledge into their own classrooms. Most importantly, students benefit from the enhanced skills of board-certified teachers who make the most of their interactions with the children they teach. 

Ben Scott, instructional coach at Tukes Valley Primary, said that being a part of a network of educators from different schools, grades and certification areas while working through the National Board Certification process was important for his success. 

“The support of the Battle Ground school district as well as my teaching peers was vital in achieving National Board certification,” Scott said.“Working with the cohort provided an opportunity to get feedback on my writing, work through confusions and clarify expectations.”

Pleasant Valley Primary School kindergarten teacher Kathy Ogg said achieving National Board Certification status was an intense and thought provoking process, but it’s very rewarding for teachers looking to take that next step in their career. 

“This process guided me to reflect and enhance my teaching practice with a focus on improving achievement for the students I work with each day,” Ogg said. “Before, I knew what to do for my students. Now I know the why and the impact it has on student learning for all students.”

Katie Prill, third grade highly capable teacher at Captain Strong Primary, agreed with Ogg’s assessment. “I learned a lot about how to be a better teacher from my students and colleagues,” Prill said. “The whole process was rigorous and enjoyable.” 

The state awards stipends of approximately $5,505 a year to national board certified teachers in Washington State. With more than 11,000 National Board Certified Teachers, Washington state has the third largest group of NBCTs in the nation.

BGHS senior Amy Eells reciting her poem at the school's competition in December
BGHS senior Amy Eells reciting her poem at the school's competition in December
Battle Ground High School senior wins regional Poetry Out Loud competition, advances to state (Photo) - 02/20/20

Senior Amy Eells is establishing herself as Battle Ground High School’s preeminent poetry performance artist. After winning the school’s annual Poetry Out Loud competition for the second consecutive year, Eells advanced to the regional finals held at the ESD 112 on Jan. 22. 

At the regional finals, students recited works they selected from an anthology of more than 700 classic and contemporary poems. Judges evaluated student performances on criteria including voice and articulation, evidence of understanding, and accuracy. Eells once again impressed the judges with her recitation of “Mansplaining” by Jennifer Militello and was selected as one of two regional winners, joining Yeshi Berry of the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics. By winning the regional competition, Eells and Berry are two of only 12 finalists headed to the state competition in Tacoma on March 7.

“I’ve always enjoyed reading poetry, and I would sometimes try writing my own,” Eells said. “But there’s something uniquely empowering about performing poetry that really makes the words and their meaning connect. Poetry Out Loud has been a wonderful opportunity that has helped fuel my creative passion.”  

The competition, presented in partnership with the Washington State Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. More than 300,000 students nationwide took part in Poetry Out Loud last year.

“Poetry Out Loud is a wonderful tradition for Battle Ground Public Schools, where a very difficult academic endeavor is celebrated and enjoyed,” said event coordinator and BGHS teacher Heather Smithline. “We’re very proud of the success that Amy has had these past two years and know she’ll do an incredible job representing BGHS at the state competition.”  

Poetry Out Loud uses a “pyramid” structure that is very similar to how spelling bees work. Competitions begin at the classroom level, with each class’s winner advancing to a schoolwide competition. Winners then have the opportunity to compete in regional and state competitions, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, D.C. where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed.

“We are obviously proud of the students who put in so much work for this competition,” Smithline said. “We are also very appreciative of the judges, parents, teachers, principals, and students who make the event a huge success every year, as it could not happen without them.”

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

Tukes Valley Middle School 8th grader Payton Dietel, Junior All-State Concert Band (trombone)
Tukes Valley Middle School 8th grader Payton Dietel, Junior All-State Concert Band (trombone)
Five Battle Ground Public Schools students named to All-State Honor Bands (Photo) - 02/12/20

Five student musicians from Battle Ground Public Schools have been selected for the Washington Music Educators Association’s (WMEA) All-State Honor Bands and will perform in the 2020 All-State Bands concerts from Feb. 14-16 in Yakima.

To be selected, students auditioned and competed with middle and high school students from across the state. While at the All-State event, students will participate in rehearsals with music educators and directors, as well as perform at the gala concert.

The honorees this year are Prairie High School 11th grader Carley Ray, All-State Treble Choir (alto); Battle Ground High School 11th grader Jacob Williams, All-State Wind Ensemble (trombone); Chief Middle School 8th grader Clair Moss, Junior All-State Concert Band (baritone saxophone); Tukes Valley Middle School 8th grader Payton Dietel, Junior All-State Concert Band (trombone); and Tukes Valley Middle School 8th grader Grady McHenry, Junior All-State Jazz Band (trumpet).

The Lair at Battle Ground High School, site of the annual Industry Fair
The Lair at Battle Ground High School, site of the annual Industry Fair
Need a job? Connect with local employers at the Industry Fair Feb. 20 (Photo) - 02/10/20

Students, families and community members are encouraged to learn about careers in southwest Washington at Battle Ground Public Schools’ Industry Fair on Thursday, Feb. 20 at Battle Ground High School. The event, sponsored by BGPS, NEXT, Partners in Careers, and WorkSource of SW Washington will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Battle Ground High School, 300 W. Main St., in Battle Ground. 

More than 65 employers from the healthcare, education, manufacturing, technology, construction, finance, hospitality, retail, apprenticeship, and transportation industries will be in attendance, and many are hiring now. Just ask Angie Haas.

The southwest Washington native had been working as a para-educator in a nearby school district for the previous 12 years, but was seeking a new employment opportunity. After hearing about the Industry Fair, Haas and her husband David both decided to attend without knowing what to expect.

“My husband and I went in being open to new opportunities, but we didn’t know there were actual jobs available at the Industry Fair,” Haas said. “We were both looking for a change, and we were blown away by the number of companies represented there and how many of them were hiring.” 

That day, Haas met with representatives from Sodexo, a food service company that contracts with Battle Ground Public Schools to provide nutrition services to district schools. She was encouraged to apply for an open position, and before she knew it, she had a job offer and would start in a matter of weeks. 

“I would definitely recommend the Industry Fair to anyone who is interested in learning about job opportunities in our area,” Haas said. “It only took a few hours, and I was able to learn about all kinds of new opportunities and even found a job that matched my schedule. It simplified my job search, and I am grateful this opportunity is available right here in our own community.”

If you plan to attend the Industry Fair, it is recommended that you bring your resume or arrive early to participate in a resume writing workshop. The resume writing workshop, hosted by WorkSource, will be from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the school’s College and Career Center.

Join us for an educational evening at Battle Ground High School to learn 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.

Kindergarten teacher Diana Knauss and new students at last year's Jump Start
Kindergarten teacher Diana Knauss and new students at last year's Jump Start
Kindergarten enrollment begins Feb. 10 for Battle Ground schools (Photo) - 02/06/20

It's time to enroll the Class of 2033! Online enrollment opens Feb. 10 for kindergartners who will attend Battle Ground Public Schools next year. Any child who will be five years old before Sept. 1, 2020 is eligible to enter kindergarten in the fall. Students who enroll in Battle Ground's full-day kindergarten benefit from the advantages of a developmentally appropriate program.

Parents will need proof of their child's birth date (such as a birth certificate) and a signed and completed Washington state Certificate of Immunization Status form. Note that for students entering school in the fall, the State of Washington requires that immunization records be medically verified. More information about immunization requirements, including forms in English, Spanish, and Russian, is available on the district website at www.battlegroundps.org/health-services/immunization-information/.

Families can find out which school their child will attend by using the Clark County Property Information Center or by calling the district boundaries office at (360) 885-6577. Parents/guardians must enroll their children at the school assigned to their address, even if they plan to request a boundary exception.

Enrolled students and their families will be invited to attend a kindergarten orientation in the spring. These orientations are a time for you and your child to get to know your school and to learn more about the kindergarten program. Enrolling your child prior to these orientations is a key step in being prepared for the school year, and helps the district plan for the number of teachers it will need to serve our youngest students. 

Orientation Schedules
Please enroll your 2020-21 kindergartner online now so that you can attend a kindergarten welcome orientation at your school. Orientations will be held on the following dates and times:

  • Captain Strong Primary, May 21, 5 p.m. (last names A-M) and 6 p.m. (last names N-Z)
  • Daybreak Primary, May 12, 6-7 p.m.
  • Glenwood Heights Primary, May 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Maple Grove Primary, May 7, 5-6 p.m.
  • Pleasant Valley Primary, May 28, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Tukes Valley Primary, May 21, 6-7 p.m.
  • Yacolt Primary, May 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Kindergarten Jump Start
Jump Start is a free program offered to kindergartners in Battle Ground Public Schools prior to the start of the school year. The goal of Jump Start is to help new kindergarten students get acclimated to the school learning environment. Providing kids with an early introduction to their teachers, classrooms and classmates helps build confidence and ease the transition so the focus can be on learning once the school year begins.

Jump Start will be held August 17-20. While parents are strongly encouraged to have their children participate, enrollment is optional. More information about Jump Start will be available during kindergarten orientations in May. Jump Start is only available to parents whose children are already enrolled in kindergarten and have verified immunization records on file.

2020-21 School Calendar and Smart Start
School will begin next year on Wednesday, Sept. 2; however, kindergartners have a staggered start. Enrolled kindergartners will be invited to participate in an introductory program called Smart Start that allows small groups of students to get acclimated to the school environment, routines, their teacher and classroom, and other students on the first days of school. The Smart Start conferences are scheduled for September 2-4, and parents will receive a letter before the start of school about their child's Smart Start date. A list of key dates for the 2020-21 school year, including breaks and holidays, is available on the district website: www.battlegroundps.org/school-calendars/

Let’s Play & Learn Together provides early learning opportunities
Let’s Play and Learn Together is a free, weekly drop-in program for children up to five years old. Registration is not required in order to attend. Parents and grandparents are welcome to stop by with their children to engage in a variety of fun and educational activities designed to acclimate preschoolers to the classroom learning environment and provide parents/grandparents with tools to aid in their children’s development. For more information about the dates, times, and locations of this program, please refer to the program flyer here

Preschool Options
Battle Ground and Prairie high schools and the BGPS Community Education Department offer tuition-based preschool programs for ages 3-5. Two and three-day programs called Tigerland are located on the campuses of Captain Strong Primary and Yacolt Primary, and a three-day program is offered at both Battle Ground and Prairie high schools. The preschools are designed to prepare early learners for their kindergarten experience. To register for Tigerland, contact Community Education at (360) 885-6584. To register for Battle Ground Preschool call (360) 885-5359 or for Prairie Preschool call (360) 885-5004. The district 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 www.battlegroundps.org/preschool-and-daycare/.

 Links:

Online enrollment for kindergartners opens Feb. 10:
www.battlegroundps.org/enroll/

Learn which school your child will attend: https://gis.clark.wa.gov/gishome/property/index.cfm
www.battlegroundps.org/boundaries/

Key dates for the 2020-21 school year:
www.battlegroundps.org/school-calendars/

Preschool options:
www.battlegroundps.org/preschool-and-daycare/

Let’s Play & Learn Together:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pYBkzhRDOkjKvmH8Lr0SDQKDYYRbg3SM/view

Apply now for Battle Ground Public Schools' Alternative Programs - 01/30/20

Battle Ground Public Schools’ (BGPS) specialized and alternative learning experience programs are accepting enrollment applications for the 2020-21 school year. Parents and students are invited to attend upcoming information sessions and open houses to learn more about each program.

Battle Ground Public Schools offers four specialized and alternative programs for students in kindergarten through high school. The programs 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 education opportunities, from a parent-partnered homeschool and a rigorous academy focused on academics, to a half-day science-focused program for high school students and one that supports self-learners.

Current Battle Ground students may apply for any of the programs that serve the grade they will be in next year. Some programs are also open to students who live outside the district. 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.

Enrollment in the programs is free; however, students must apply for admission. The admission process is specific to each program and directions for applying are described below. Admission is based on qualifications, not the order in which the applications are received. Recommendations or counselor approval may be required. 

Below are descriptions of Battle Ground Public Schools' alternative learning experience programs and their application/enrollment requirements and procedures:

CAM Academy (Character and Academics for the Marketplace) (grades 3-12)
CAM Academy offers a rigorous alternative education in partnership with parents for students in third grade through high school. CAM Academy’s mission is to support and promote the academic success, positive character development, and acquisition of marketplace skills that will facilitate success both in college and a global society. Students attend school four days each week while Wednesday is used as an at-home learning day with the campus open for students who need additional support. In the classroom, students study a core curriculum comprising English language arts, history, science, mathematics, and instruction in computer technology. At-home learning covers health and fitness and visual and performing arts. These classes are completed in partnership with parents. Additional information about CAM Academy and the application processes for enrollment are located on the CAM Academy website: cam.battlegroundps.org. Applications will be posted under the enrollment tab beginning Feb. 1.

Information meetings will be held on Feb. 11 and 13 for an application deadline of Feb. 21. Another information meeting will be held April 14 with an application deadline of April 24.

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 27, and the process requires work samples and a teacher recommendation.

The CASEE application deadline is March 27. Get more information online at casee.battlegroundps.org or by calling (360) 885-5361. If you’re ready to apply, please visit their website and click the “Apply” tab. 

River HomeLink (grades K-12) 
River HomeLink is a family-friendly, accredited public school that provides a range of parent-partnered educational options and supports for kindergarten through 12th grade homeschool students living within the Battle Ground Public Schools district. Families can choose from part or full-time programs that provide a variety of both at home and classroom opportunities. The River Online program offers online and digital courses to students in grades 6-12. All students are assigned a certificated teacher with whom they and their parents meet regularly. Parents play an active role in their child's education both on campus and at home. River HomeLink was designated a 2018 Washington School of Distinction, marking the third year the school has received this designation.

Registration for the 2020-21 school year open soon 
If you are interested in River HomeLink as an option for the 2020-21 school year and you reside within the boundaries of Battle Ground Public Schools, please complete RHL’s new student interest form online at riv.battlegroundps.org. After submitting the form, you will be invited to an upcoming Parent Informational Meeting.

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, students seeking an accelerated learning pace, at-risk students and teen parents who have unique and diverse educational demands. The high school assists students in the completion of courses, credit and assessment requirements for graduation, transitioning into another educational setting, and preparing for life after high school. The school is located in the CASEE C Building at 11104 NE 149th Street, Brush Prairie. 

Get more information about Summit View High School at svhs.battlegroundps.org or by calling (360) 885-5331.

Open Doors GED Program
The Open Doors program is for Battle Ground School District students ages 16-21 who are credit deficient and wanting to earn their GED. Students work on career and life skills while preparing to take the GED tests. This program shares space with Summit View High School located within the CASEE C Building at 11104 NE 149th Street, Brush Prairie. Get more information about Open Doors by calling (360) 885-5331.