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Battle Ground High School senior Kylie Sahota
Battle Ground High School senior Kylie Sahota
Students named candidates in national Presidential Scholars program (Photo) - 02/15/18

Two students from the Battle Ground Public Schools district have been selected among the 4,500 national candidates for the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Seniors Everett Buck of CAM Academy and Kylie Sahota of Battle Ground High School were selected from the nearly 3.6 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2018.

Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 54th year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by Executive Order of the President to recognize some of our nation's most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in many areas: academic success, leadership, and service to school and community. It was expanded in 1979 to recognize students demonstrating exceptional scholarship and talent in the visual, creative, and performing arts. In 2015, the program was expanded once again to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical fields.

Each year, up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars are chosen from among that year's senior class, representing excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America's youth. All Scholars are invited to Washington, DC in June for the National Recognition Program, featuring various events and enrichment activities and culminating in the presentation of the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House-sponsored ceremony.

A distinguished panel of educators will review the submissions and select 600 semifinalists in early April. The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will select the finalists, and the U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in May.

Scholars will be invited to Washington, DC, for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities.

For more information about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, parents and students can call the U.S. Presidential Scholars Office at 507.931.8345, or send an e-mail to PSP@scholarshipamerica.org.

Apply now for Battle Ground Public Schools' specialized programs - 02/07/18

Parents of students in Battle Ground Public Schools (BGPS) are invited to attend information sessions and open houses for the district's specialized programs and submit applications for enrollment for the 2018-19 school year.

Battle Ground Public Schools offers four alternative programs for students in kindergarten through high school. Each is 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 students may apply for any of the programs that serve the grade they will be in next year. Enrollment in the 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 applications are 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.

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. 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. You can find information about the application process under the enrollment tab of the CAM Academy website at cam.battlegroundps.org. You can also call (360) 885-6803 if you have additional questions.

CAM Informational meetings: Thursday, Feb. 22, 3-4:30 p.m. or 6-7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, March 6, 6-7:30 p.m. The application deadline is Monday, March 12 at 3 p.m.

Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education (CASEE) (grades 9-12)
The Center for Agriculture, Science, and Environmental Education (CASEE) provides a unique opportunity for students to experience science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) classes integrated with English and career and technical education (CTE) classes on an 80-acre site. This four-year program provides a college bound experience and is aligned with Washington State learning standards. Students have access to the latest technology and learn in classrooms, science and computer laboratories, and out in the field. The CASEE site includes ponds, greenhouses, shops, organic gardens, forests and wetlands for projects and extended study. Opportunities exist for involvement in Future Farmers of America (FFA), Envirothon, CASEE Yearbook and the Newsletter. Transportation is provided from PHS and BGHS for the 3-hour block classes.

Open House at CASEE: Thursday, Feb. 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at CASEE Building B, 11104 NE 149th St., Brush Prairie, WA 98606. Applications are available online at casee.battlegroundps.org. The application deadline is Tuesday, March 27. Please call (360) 885-5361 with any questions.

River HomeLink (grades K-12)
River HomeLink is a parent-partnered school that serves students in kindergarten through grade 12. Students choose from a variety of educational options: taking one or more elective classes, ongoing homeschool assistance through regular meetings with school staff, and blended classroom/at-home learning. Online learning for students in grades 6-12 is also available. A high level of parent involvement is expected and required.

Registration for River HomeLink:
Parents must attend one of three March meetings to enroll at River HomeLink. Incoming high school students for the 2018-19 school year must attend this meeting with a parent. To attend a meeting, please register at goo.gl/5kefSr. Get more information about River HomeLink at riv.battlegroundps.org/ or by calling (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, students who want to return to school and teen parents who have unique and diverse educational demands. The high school assists students in 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.

Report predicts significant enrollment increase for Battle Ground Public Schools - 02/05/18

Battle Ground Public Schools' enrollment is projected to increase by as many as 2,735 students over the next decade, according to an enrollment report prepared this month for the district. The Enrollment Forecast Analysis, conducted by E.D. Hovee & Company Economic and Development Services, concludes that "after nearly a decade of stable to declining enrollment due in large part to the Great Recession, the Battle Ground School District appears to be poised for renewed enrollment growth driven by a resurgent residential development."

The report describes two scenarios for future enrollment growth in Battle Ground Public Schools. A conservative baseline scenario predicts enrollment will increase by 1,535 students between 2017 and 2027 to a total headcount of 14,650. An alternative, high-growth scenario predicts that the district could see 2,735 new students over the same time period, putting total enrollment at 15,852 students by 2027. The high-growth scenario reflects a nearly 21 percent increase in headcount over the district's current enrollment of 13,117.

The report confirms district-wide data presented to the volunteer Facilities Improvement Team in its effort to create a Long-Range Facilities Plan for the district and brings clarity to which schools will be most impacted by growth over the next decade. The district commissioned the report in preparation for a new state requirement that districts create a four-year budget projection and to provide an update for long-term facilities planning.

"This report confirms for us what the Facilities Improvement Team heard during the planning process for the bond: that our District will continue to see a surge in enrollment growth for the next 10 years and beyond," said Mark Ross, Superintendent of Battle Ground Public Schools. "The report will also help guide our projections for student growth that are critical in future budgeting processes."

The primary schools that are expected to see the largest increases in enrollment over the next 10 years are Glenwood Heights Primary with an additional 378 to 445 students, Captain Strong Primary with an additional 129 to 182 students, and Pleasant Valley Primary with 136 to 245 more students. Tukes Valley Primary is expected to see 75 to 135 students.

Among middle schools, Laurin, Chief Umtuch, Pleasant Valley and Tukes Valley are predicted to increase with the largest influx happening at Laurin, which is projected to see an additional 381 to 442 students over the next 10 years.

The report examines trends in enrollment, demographics (including birth rates) and residential development to project the district's enrollment through 2027. The analysis takes into account the district's enrollment history, current developments in the district, developable land assets located within the district, population data from a private firm and both the 2000 and 2010 U.S. Census, and county birth rate data.

Besides providing enrollment projections, the report also confirms the accuracy of the rate the district uses to project how many students will come from new single and multi-family home developments in the district. These numbers are used to project enrollment and in the calculation of impact fees charged to developers.

In addition, the analysis shows that the district is experiencing more growth than ever before from multi-family housing developments.

The report also shows
-Over the next 10 years, the number of residents living in the district is expected to increase by 9,700 in the baseline scenario and by 16,802 residents in the high-growth scenario.
-Battle Ground Public Schools' 71,900 residents accounted for an estimated 15.3 percent of the Clark County population in 2017. In 2000, Battle Ground district residents accounted for 13.6 percent of the county's population. If the district's share of county-wide population continues to increase, the district could reach nearly 87,000 residents by 2027.
-Birth rates declined from 2000 (especially during the Great Recession) to 2013, but are expected to stabilize or increase through 2025.
-As of 2017 there were 28,300 existing housing units in the district, with another 2,350 total single and multi-family units pending development.

The report also calls attention to the potential for future development within the Battle Ground Public Schools district. The Clark County Vacant Building Lands Model shows the district has remaining capacity for the equivalent of 16,851 single-family housing units under current zoning. "When developed, (vacant buildable land) may represent a 60 percent increase in the district's housing inventory--indicative of substantial as yet untapped growth capacity ahead," the report concludes.

The district has taken measures to address growth throughout the district, including installing modular buildings and revoking boundary exceptions at the rapid-growth campuses of Glenwood Heights Primary and Laurin Middle School and Pleasant Valley Primary and Middle schools. The district's Board of Directors has placed a bond on the Feb. 13 Special Election ballot that will replace these four schools and build a new primary and middle school campus in the southeast section of the district to help accommodate growth. The directors also could explore redrawing district boundary lines.

BGPS' 2018 Industry Fair is Feb. 22
BGPS' 2018 Industry Fair is Feb. 22
Connect with local employers at the Feb. 22 Industry Fair (Photo) - 02/05/18

Students, families and community members are invited to learn about careers in southwest Washington at Battle Ground Public Schools' Industry Fair on Thursday, Feb. 22 at Battle Ground High School. Students and community members who attend the fair will be able to learn about career paths by talking with local employers about available job opportunities.

Come to the industry fair with your current resume or arrive early to participate in a resume writing workshop. The event, sponsored by BGPS, Goodwill Job Connection, WorkSource, and Partners in Careers, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Battle Ground High School, 300 W. Main St., in Battle Ground. The resume writing workshop will be from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the school's College and Career Center.

More than 50 employers will be in attendance to discuss employment opportunities along with working conditions and special requirements. Employers from the health science, manufacturing, technology, construction, finance, hospitality, retail, human services, and transportation industries will be in attendance.

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.

123 Grow Learn Espanol
123 Grow Learn Espanol
1-2-3 Grow and Learn Groups let you observe, wonder, and learn with your child (Photo) - 01/29/18

Battle Ground Public Schools has partnered with the Educational Service District 112 to provide a free drop-in program at primary schools around the district for children up to five years old and their parents. At Grow & Learn Groups, you will:

Help your child learn with focused parent-child time
Help your child socialize and meet other families
Help your child grow with school readiness activities and snacks
Have fun and play with your child

This is a drop-in program that does not require registration. Groups will meet at most Battle Ground primary schools weekdays from Feb. 5 through May 25.

1-2-3 Grow and Learn Groups will meet at:

Daybreak Primary, 1900 NW 20th Ave.
Mondays, 9:30-11 a.m.

Captain Strong Primary, 1002 NW 6th Ave.
Tuesdays, 9:30-11 a.m.

Maple Grove School, 610 B SW Eaton Blvd.
Tuesdays, 1:45-3:15 p.m.

Pleasant Valley Primary, 14320 NE 50th Ave.
Wednesdays, 9:30-11 a.m.

Tukes Valley Primary, 20601 NE167th Ave.
Thursdays, 9:30-11 a.m.

Yacolt Primary, 406 W Yacolt Rd.
Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m.

Please see the 1-2-3 Grow and Learn flyer for more information about specific days and times for each primary school, as well as contact information if you have any further questions about the program.