Battle Ground teacher named Middle School Art Educator of the Year

posted Jun 28, 2018, 2:58 PM by Joe Vajgrt   [ updated Jun 28, 2018, 3:07 PM ]

Battle Ground teacher named Middle School Art Educator of the Year

June 28, 2018


Debbie Supplitt, an art teacher at Tukes Valley Middle School, has been named the Washington Art Education Association’s (WAEA) 2018 Mid-Level Art Educator of the Year. The annual award seeks to recognize outstanding professionalism, service, promotion and support of the arts by individual art educators in the state.

The recipient of numerous awards and grants, Supplitt has been an art teacher for Battle Ground Public Schools since 2009. She has taught in Japan multiple summers, traveled to Cuba as part of an educational exchange, teaches online courses, coordinates professional development opportunities for colleagues, and participates and presents at state and national levels for organizations such as the National Arts Educators and the Washington Arts Educators associations. 

“It is the ongoing collaboration within our district, state and national levels that makes our art programs come alive and thrive,” said Supplitt. “No matter whether it’s in a shared public setting or just for the enjoyment of an individual, art has the power to restore and invigorate, and I’m proud to help teach this vitally important and transformative subject.”
 
After being nominated by her peers for the award, Supplitt outscored other candidates on WAEA’s comprehensive scoring rubric to become this year’s Art Educator of the Year Award recipient. The WAEA scorers noted that Battle Ground Public Schools commended her for her collaboration with colleagues, and that numerous letters of support were submitted to the WAEA from her school community — including past and present principals endorsing her nomination as a candidate for the Mid-Level Art Educator of the Year award.

“Debbie is the most pro-active person I’ve ever known,” said Pleasant Valley Primary art teacher Barb Holterman. “Debbie has incredible energy; she is always involved in multiple activities, either learning more or teaching others. Debbie is an excellent teacher, colleague and friend; she’s the one to call when you need something done!”

The award will be presented to Supplitt during a WAEA gala event during their annual conference October 5-7 in downtown Tacoma. By receiving this award, Supplitt also becomes eligible for future nominations for regional and national recognition.

 More information about WAEA and this award can be found at www.waea.net.

Battle Ground to provide school supplies for all K-4 students

posted Jun 14, 2018, 3:03 PM by Rita Sanders   [ updated Jun 14, 2018, 3:14 PM ]

Battle Ground to provide school supplies for all K-4 students

June 14, 2018


Battle Ground Public Schools will provide basic school supplies for all K-4 students next year thanks to a rule change that will provide the district with revenue from timber sales that occur within the district's boundaries. K-4 families will still need to provide backpacks and perhaps reusable water bottles and earbuds for 2018-19, but will not need to purchase other necessities like paper, pencils, erasers, scissors and crayons.

The school supplies will be paid for with funds from a recent rule change adopted by the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). In early June, OSPI announced the change to how state forest revenues are treated for school districts with timber lands located within their district boundaries. In the past, state forest revenues were deducted from a district’s state apportionment funds, in effect reducing basic education payments received from the state. Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, districts will no longer have forest revenues deducted from their basic education funds. 

“This has been a priority for me and WSSDA, and I am pleased we were able to make this change immediately,” wrote State Superintendent Chris Reykdal in an email. “Rural communities should benefit from timber harvests without penalty, just as urban districts get permanent benefit to their tax base when commercial property values appreciate.“

Because timber harvests are highly variable from year to year and revenue is not guaranteed, Reykdal has cautioned districts to use the funds for equipment replacements or other one-time costs rather than for permanent, ongoing costs. Over the past 10 years, timber revenues for BGPS have varied from as little as $80,000 in a year to a high of $1.2 million.

"Using these funds allows us to give something back to our community and provide equity for what supplies students are using in class," said Superintendent Mark Ross.

Next year's school supply lists for middle school grades 5-8 and alternative schools have been posted on the district website. High schoolers receive school supply information from teachers at the beginning of the year, but should come to school prepared with basic items such as a backpack, notebook, paper and writing instruments.

The Battle Ground Education Foundation and BGPS Family and Community Resource Center will still offer backpacks and basic school supplies to middle and high school students in need, as well as backpacks and at-home supplies to primary students who need them. Watch for more information to come from the district about how to sign up for the school supplies program.


BGPS says so long and farewell to 31 retirees

posted Jun 7, 2018, 12:19 PM by Joe Vajgrt   [ updated Jun 11, 2018, 10:55 AM ]

BGPS says so long and farewell to 31 retirees

June 7, 2018



Battle Ground Public Schools is saying goodbye to many employees this year as they prepare for retirement. The following is a list of employees stepping into the next phase of their lives. Join us in wishing them all the best.


Served 35 years or more
Dave Lund, Summit View High School, 38 years of service, teacher/Dean of Students

Served 30-34 years
James Scheurman, Pleasant Valley Primary, 34 years of service, music specialist
Roxy Freeman, Glenwood Heights Primary, 33 years of service, health/fitness teacher
Mark Watrin, CASEE AA, 31 years of service, instructional support specialist
Tamera Blackman, Chief Umtuch Middle, 31 years of service, health/fitness instructor

Served 25-29 years
Glenn Haag, District Warehouse, 29 years of service, warehouse lead 
Sherri Bosch, Yacolt Primary, 29 years of service, special education assistant
Tom Lawrence, Battle Ground High School, 27 years of service, woodshop teacher
Ken Evans, Glenwood Heights Primary, 25 years of service, principal 
Bette Morton, Pleasant Valley Primary, 25 years of service, teacher/librarian

Served 20-24 years
Penny Lenaeus, CASEE A, 24 years of service, fiscal specialist
Tim Bealer, Operations, 24 years of service, HVAC technician
Jay Tryon, Operations, 24 years of service, skilled trades craftsman
Sharon Whittingham, Captain Strong Primary, 24 years of service, media technician
Diane Gullickson, Yacolt Primary School, 23 years of service, special education assistant
Kevin Baker, Prairie High School, 23 years of service, social studies teacher
Lisa Hergert, River HomeLink, 23 years of service, 5th grade teacher
Sherry Lilly, Tukes Valley Middle, 22 years of service, technology/STEM teacher
Nancy Fertig, River HomeLink, 22 years of service, K-12 teacher

Served 15-19 years
Dorothy Amos, Daybreak Primary and Middle, 19 years of service, basic education assistant
Wrennie Warren, Amboy Middle School, 19 years of service, 8th grade teacher
Becky Neely, Battle Ground High School, 18 years of service, media technician
Debra Ross, Maple Grove, 17 years of service, 4th grade teacher
Jan Thomas, River HomeLink, 15 years of service, basic education assistant
Lauren O'Neal, Daybreak Primary, 15 years of service, art specialist

Served 10-14 years
Jane Pallister, Battle Ground High School, 13 years of service, support services instructional assistant
Lisa Vea, Pleasant Valley Middle, 14 years of service, 8th grade teacher
Linda Gellings, CASEE A, 11 years of service, director of business services
Judith Wilson, Tukes Valley Primary, 12 years of service, kindergarten teacher

Served 1-9 years
Marilyn Gilberts, Tukes Valley Primary, 5 years of service, ELL resource teacher
Teresa Taylor, CASEE A, 4 years of service, director of student services
Mike Hamilton, Battle Ground High School, 3 years of service, principal 







Summer meals program offers nutritious meals to kids

posted Jun 6, 2018, 1:30 PM by Rita Sanders   [ updated Jun 18, 2018, 5:27 PM ]

SUMMER MEALS PROGRAM OFFERS NUTRITIOUS MEALS TO KIDS

June 6, 2018


Children and teens ages 1-18 can enjoy a free lunch this summer through the Simplified Summer Food Program (SSFP) for children. The program is funded through a grant from the Department of Agriculture and provides lunches Monday through Friday at two Battle Ground locations. 

The program will be offered in Battle Ground at:
  • Kiwanis Park, 422 SW Second Ave., Monday-Friday from June 25-Aug. 17 (lunch will not be served July 4). Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Maple Grove K-8 cafeteria, 610 SW Eaton Blvd., Monday-Friday from July 23-Aug. 10. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Battle Ground Public Schools, the program addresses the need for nutritious meals during the summer months when school is not in session. Children do not need to attend a Battle Ground school to participate; all children and teens are welcome. 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact the USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027), and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to the USDA by mail to U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or by fax at (202) 690-7442; or by email: program.intake@usda.gov.


Battle Ground Community Education rolling out new 'Launch' program

posted Jun 4, 2018, 3:17 PM by Joe Vajgrt

Battle Ground Community Education rolling out new 'Launch' program

June 4, 2018


We are excited to announce that you can sign up for our new before-school "Launch" program that will be offered next year on late-start Wednesdays to primary school students. Brought to you by Battle Ground Community Education, a department of Battle Ground Public Schools, Launch is a fun way for your child to begin their day on late-start Wednesdays.

Next school year, beginning on Sept. 4 and continuing through the end of May 2019, all district schools will start one hour late on Wednesdays for teacher collaboration. Late-start Wednesdays will replace the early release days that were used for professional development (some early release days will still occur for parent-teacher conferences and end of semester). Late-start Wednesdays will allow all teachers the time to work together to improve student learning.

The Launch program will be held in the gymnasium at your child’s school, and parents can drop off their children as early as 8:15 a.m. on late-start Wednesdays for activities and games. Each Launch morning will begin with low-key activities such as reading, puzzles, coloring or games. The energy level will steadily increase to help prepare your child for school.

Two payment options are available: parents can choose to pay $30 per month, or $12 per day for drop-in. Please  sign up for Launch using our online form if you are interested in having your child participate on late-start Wednesdays next year.



BGPS announces additional administrative changes for 2018-19 school year

posted May 31, 2018, 1:26 PM by Joe Vajgrt   [ updated Jun 19, 2018, 2:08 PM ]

BGPS announces additional administrative changes for 2018-19 school year

May 31, 2018


Battle Ground Public Schools announces additional administrative changes for the 2018-19 school year, including principals, assistant principals and directors. The administrators will begin their new positions July 1.

Principals

Lynnell Murray (left), the current assistant principal at Yacolt Primary School, will be the school’s new principal. Murray replaces David Kennedy, who will be the district’s new Director of Professional Learning. 

Assistant Principals

Kelly Gorby (right), currently a special education teacher at Tukes Valley Primary School, will be the new assistant principal at Yacolt Primary School. Gorby replaces Lynell Murray, who is taking over as the school’s principal.

Kara Kent (left), currently an eighth grade English language arts and history teacher at CAM Academy, will split her time as an assistant principal between Glenwood Heights Primary and Laurin
Middle School.

Rachelle Simmons (not pictured) will be the new assistant principal at Daybreak Middle School. Simmons is currently an eighth grade math and algebra teacher in the Longview School District. She replaces Justin Pierce, who is moving to Chief Umtuch Middle School.  

Justin Pierce (right), current assistant principal at Daybreak Middle School, will be the new assistant principal at Chief Umtuch Middle School. Pierce replaces Matt Kesler, who is taking over as principal at Laurin Middle School.


Damen Hermens (left), currently the assistant principal at Glenwood Heights Primary School, will be the 

new assistant principal at Tukes Valley Middle School.
Erin Thompson (not pictured), currently the assistant principal at Tukes Valley Middle School, will be the new assistant principal at Laurin Middle School.

Lori Schilling (right), current assistant principal at Laurin Middle School, will be the new assistant principal at Glenwood Heights Primary School.  

Julie Williamson (below, right), currently the dean of students at CAM Academy, is transitioning to a new role.  Williamson will spend half of her time as assistant principal at CAM, and the other half as the district assessment coordinator in the district's Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment department.

Pending board approval, Neil Varble will be the new assistant principal at Captain Strong Primary School. Varble replaces Jennifer Kerr, who is taking a leave of absence. Varble is currently a fourth grade teacher in the Kelso School District.

Dean of Students

Eric Sakshaug will be the Dean of Students at Battle Ground High School, while Colin Rush will be the Dean of Students at Prairie High School. These are new positions at the schools. Sakshaug is currently a seventh grade English language arts teacher in the Vancouver School District. Rush is currently a math teacher at Mountain View High School in the Evergreen School District. 
District Administrators

David Kennedy (left), currently the principal at Yacolt Primary School, will be the new Director of Professional Learning. Kennedy replaces Paula Koehler-Martin, who resigned. 

Unless noted otherwise, changes have been approved by Battle Ground Public Schools’ Board of Directors and will be effective on July 1. 






BGHS students land jobs thanks to career classes, internships

posted May 25, 2018, 11:17 AM by Joe Vajgrt

BGHS students land jobs thanks to career classes, internships

May 25, 2018


It’s almost lunchtime at Battle Ground High School, which means it’s just about time for the school’s iQ Credit Union branch to open. Once the bell rings, the bank’s lobby quickly fills with students waiting to deposit a check or withdraw some cash ahead of the weekend. Despite the rush of customers, BGHS seniors Emmie Rhoades, Tori Abernathy, and Cambrie Korpela stand patiently and confidently behind the counter, well equipped to weather whatever rush comes their way. 

These seniors are part of business teacher Kevin Weeks’ Financial Operations class. Going back to 2001, the class and its students have been tasked with running and operating the high school’s very own bank branch. And this isn’t just a make-believe, practice bank—it’s an honest to goodness, nearly-full-service branch of iQ Credit Union, and the students running the show graduate with years of experience working behind the counter and behind the scenes to keep operations running smoothly and accurately. Besides operating the bank, the class and its 15 or so students also manage human resources, marketing, and communications functions for the branch. 


The students gain real-world job experience and build connections that often lead to paid jobs after high school, and students hired as paid interns can earn additional high school credits through the Work-Based Learning program. 

“This is a phenomenal program for students’ educational and professional development,” said BGHS business teacher Kevin Weeks. “The students learn skills and characteristics that make them highly desirable employees right out of high school, and it helps students find their career niche.”

The program is one of Battle Ground Public Schools' Career and Technical Education (CTE) paths that students can take in high school. CTE programs provide hands-on training in skills that help students get jobs or prepare them to continue their educations. These programs are key strategies in meeting one of the district's goals: Support the future success of all students by preparing them to be career and college ready at graduation. In Battle Ground schools, approximately 200 CTE classes are taught each semester in 36 content areas by teachers who have worked in the industry they are teaching. 

In Battle Ground High's Financial Operations class, seniors Rhoades, Abernathy and Korpela all have similar stories to tell about their experience. All three started as sophomores working behind the scenes on marketing, human resources or auditing assignments before becoming managers or assistant managers of the iQCU BGHS branch, where they work behind the counter handling cash and processing customer transactions. All three were eventually hired to work part-time as paid interns at external, full-service iQCU branch locations. 

Cambrie Korpela found herself hired at the end of her sophomore year, and since then has been working part-time outside of the class. While she plans to go to college and become a second grade teacher, she says her experience provides advantages that she’ll take with her to college. “Working for iQCU has been a great first job experience,” Korpela said. “I’ve loved everything about the Financial Operations class, and I believe the skills and work experience I’ve developed will give me an advantage while I continue to work my way through college.”    

Tori Abernathy was hired as an intern at the Battle Ground branch last July, working full-time over the summer and then part-time throughout the school year. She impressed her employers so much that she was offered and accepted a full-time job, which she’ll start right after graduating from high school in a few weeks.     

“I honestly had no idea what I wanted to do for a job before I took this class,” Abernathy said. “After gaining experience and being able to work with such a great team and company, I know there’s nothing I’d rather be doing than starting a career in the financial services industry.”   

Emmie Rhoades echoed the sentiment of finding career direction thanks to the class and the resulting internship. Starting out as a communications officer in the class her sophomore year, she didn’t have a clear idea of what she wanted to do after high school. She advanced to an assistant branch manager role her junior year and was hired as an intern at the Ridgefield branch. After graduating, she plans to continue working at the Ridgefield location and is seeking a full-time, permanent position. 

“I was really nervous and felt stressed out when I first started working as an intern, but my initial experience at the BGHS branch made the transition way less intimidating,” Rhoades said. “While the environments are different, starting at the campus branch helped me ease into it and get up to speed much more quickly.”       

Kevin Weeks estimates that five to 10 students are hired each year as paid interns through the campus programs. In fact, the last manager at iQCU’s main Battle Ground branch location was a graduate of BGHS who worked her way up through the high school’s program.  

“We’re continually impressed with the attitudes, skills, and abilities of the student interns we hire each year,” said Casey VanDaam, iQCU’s campus branch coordinator. “These kids help contribute to our success as an organization each and every day, and we’re proud to have them as member service representatives.” 


BGPS announces administrative changes for the 2018-19 school year

posted May 17, 2018, 2:49 PM by Joe Vajgrt   [ updated May 18, 2018, 8:37 AM ]

BGPS announces administrative changes for the 2018-19 school year

May 17, 2018


Battle Ground Public Schools announces administrative changes for the 2018-19 school year, including principals, assistant principals and directors. The administrators will begin their new positions July 1.

Principals

Charbonneau Gourde is taking over as principal of Battle Ground High School for Mike Hamilton, who is retiring. For the past four years, Gourde has been the principal of Covington Middle School in the Evergreen Public Schools district. Previously, Gourde was the associate principal of Heritage High School, the dean of students at Union High School, and an English teacher at Selah Middle School and Mountain View High School.



Beth Beattie (left), current principal of Chief Umtuch Middle School, will be the new principal of Summit View High School. Beattie is replacing Andy Schoonover, who resigned after accepting the principal position at Hockinson High School.


Tamarah Grigg (right), current principal of Pleasant Valley Middle School, will be the new principal of Chief Umtuch Middle School. Grigg replaces Beth Beattie, who is moving to Summit View High School.






Michael Maloney
(left), current principal of Amboy Middle School, will be the new principal of Pleasant
Valley Middle School. Maloney replaces Tamarah Grigg, who is moving to Chief Umtuch Middle School.


Nick Krause (right), current principal of Laurin Middle School, will be the new principal of Amboy Middle School. Krause replaces Michael Maloney, who is moving to Pleasant Valley Middle School.






Matt Kesler (left), current associate principal of Chief Umtuch Middle School, will be the new principal of Laurin Middle School. Kesler replaces Nick Krause, who is moving to Amboy Middle School.

Antonio Lopez is taking over as principal of Glenwood Heights Primary for Ken Evans, who is retiring. Lopez is currently an assistant superintendent of school performance for Portland Public Schools.


Craig Pearson
(right) will be the new assistant principal of Pleasant Valley Primary School. Pearson spent the 2017-18 school year as an administrative intern at Pleasant Valley Primary and is filling a position that was left vacant a year ago by the resignation of Diane Castle.

District Administrators

Tom Adams (left) will be the new Director of Student Services for Battle Ground Public Schools. Adams is replacing Teresa Taylor, who is retiring. Adams is currently the principal at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Vancouver. Before that, he served as an associate principal in the Vancouver Public Schools district from 2006 to 2011. 

Mitch Thompson (right) will be the new Director of Business Operations and Risk Management. Thompson is replacing Linda Gellings, who is retiring. Thompson is currently the director of financial services for the Tumwater School District and was previously the executive director of fiscal services for the Centralia School District from 2009 to 2014. 

Annie Lamberto, current assistant director of special services, will be the new director of special services. Lamberto is replacing Cynthia Christensen, who is resigning. 

Tamra Scheetz will be the new assistant director of special services. Scheetz is replacing Annie Lamberto, who is taking the director position. 

All changes have been approved by Battle Ground Public Schools’ Board of Directors and will be effective on July 1. 

Results from the 2018 District Art Show

posted May 17, 2018, 12:22 PM by Joe Vajgrt   [ updated May 17, 2018, 12:26 PM ]

results from the 2018 district art show

May 17, 2018


Battle Ground Public Schools recognized the winners of its 59th annual District Art Show on Monday during a school board meeting held at Captain Strong Primary. The Bob Peck Award honors the late Bob Peck, a former Battle Ground High School teacher and the founder of the District Art Show. The award was established after Peck passed away last year. Peck taught art at the high school for more than 37 years, and the school's art gallery is named for him.

More than 800 pieces of art created by K-12th graders are on display through May 25 at Captain Strong Primary School, 1002 NW 6th Ave., Battle Ground. The public is invited to view the art free of charge from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school days through May 25 at the school. 


Awards were given to:

Bob Peck Award (pictured, left)

Gordon Stenersen - 11th Grade RHL

Superintendent's Award 

Kaylene Yandell - 11th Grade RHL

Best of Show

Elizabeth Gushtyuk - 12th Grade PHS
Anna Cox - 7th Grade RHL
Mia Tatkovski - 4th Grade CSP (pictured, right)

12th Grade

1st Place: Karina Linchuk - SVHS 
2nd Place: Elizabeth Gushtyuk - PHS
3rd Place: Jonah Medina - BGHS


11th Grade 
1st Place: Kaylene Yandell - RHL 
(pictured, right)
2nd Place: Mireya Estrada-Conchas - BGHS

10th Grade
1st Place: Kylee Booker - BGHS
2nd Place: Joel LaCasse - BGHS

9th Grade
1st Place: Rebekah Alvarez - RHL
2nd Place: Andrew Zherebnenko - RHL


8th Grade
1st Place: Alexis Mathesis - TVM (pictured, left)
2nd Place: Fennel Johnson - CMS
3rd Place: Lucas Lyle - LM
4th Place: Leah M. - AM
Honorable Mention: Cameron Howard - DBM
Honorable Mention: Elsa Steigman - LM

7th Grade
1st Place: Laela Richards - DBM
2nd Place: Neli Nartea - LM
3rd Place: Amee Indino - PVM

4th Place: Heidi Pratt - CMS
Honorable Mention: Zoey Turner - MG
Honorable Mention: Sarah Williams - MG




6th Grade
1st Place: Sofia Lobanova - RHL (pictured, right)
2nd Place: Emily Ackerman - RHL
3rd Place: Ariana G. - AM
4th Place: Kristina Kaygorodova - LM
Honorable Mention: Natalie Coughran - LM
Honorable Mention: Aiden Belding - RHL


5th Grade
1st Place: Alvina Kutsar - PVM
2nd Place: Malachi Cossette - RHL
3rd Place: Irene Ho - PVM
4th Place: Dyllan Doph - DBM
Honorable Mention: Bella Stokes - LM
Honorable Mention: Diana Reslaya - DBM

4th Grade
1st Place: Chloe Hudson - CSP
2nd Place: Emma Hagedorn - RHL
3rd Place: Adam M., Gavin Q., Audrey J., Jenning S., Ruby H. - TVP
4th Place: Halle Olin - YP
Honorable Mention: Sydney Ebert - MG
Honorable Mention: Nicole Williams - GHP


3rd Grade

1st Place: Kenna Jenkins - GHP (pictured, left)
2nd Place: Jack Fassett - YP
3rd Place: Nathaniel Jarrett - PVP
4th Place: Judah Zable - RHL
Honorable Mention: Alexander Stanek - GHP
Honorable Mention: Carol Tanninen - YP

2nd Grade
1st Place: Lou Kissinger - RHL
2nd Place: Malia Leavitt - MG
3rd Place: Kylie Listek - YP
4th Place: Gigi Riesterer - GHP
Honorable Mention: Emersyn Wishard - PVP
Honorable Mention: Esther Kirillov - MG



1st Grade
1st Place: Emily Miller - PVP
2nd Place: Shaniya Coponen - YP
3rd Place: Avery Popkes-Perez - MG
4th Place: Viktor Nedilenko - PVP
Honorable Mention: Kylie Grier - GHP
Honorable Mention: Anais Martinez-Avilez - MG

Photography: All grade levels

1st Place: Andrey G. Germanov - 11th Grade  RHL  (pictured, right)
2nd Place: Carson Oltmann - 11th Grade BGHS
3rd Place: Sidney Phoumyvong - 11th Grade - BGHS
4th Place: Elena Kent - 11th Grade BGHS
Honorable Mention: Alyssa M. Zoller - 9th Grade RHL
Honorable Mention:  Dennis N. Polyashov - 9th Grade RHL
Honorable Mention:  Isabelle A. Pietz - 9th Grade RHL

Computer/Digital Art: High School
1st Place: Nate Wright - 8th Grade MG
2nd Place: Molly Jordan - 8th Grade MG
3rd Place: Madison Stevens - 7th Grade TVM

Computer/Digital Art: Middle School
1st Place: Gabrielle Elliott - 11th Grade RHL
2nd Place: Kylee Booker - 10th Grade BGHS
3rd Place: Justin Jondahl - 12th Grade BGHS

3D Sculpture: All grade levels

1st Place: Chalize Matson - 12th Grade BGHS
2nd Place: Kylie Smithline - 12th Grade BGHS
3rd Place: Katt Gamblin - 10th Grade BGHS
4th Place: Pravina Blunk - 8th Grade PVM
Honorable Mention: Damien Amezcua-Ruiz - 7th Grade TVM

The Battle Ground Art Alliance also presented awards:

Best of Show (pictured at right)
Elizabeth Gushtyuk 
- 12th Grade PHS

High School
1st Place: Kaylene Yandell - 11th Grade RHL
2nd Place: Andrew Zherebnenko - 9th Grade RHL
3rd Place: Lazarus Mann - 10th Grade RHL
Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Gushtyuk - 12th Grade PHS
Honorable Mention: Joel LaCasse - 10th Grade BGHS
Honorable Mention: Cole Withington - 11th Grade BGHS

Middle School
1st Place: Anna Cox - 7th Grade RHL
2nd Place: Laela Rhichards - 7th Grade DBM
3rd Place: Mary Hervi - 8th Grade CMS
Honorable Mention: Irene Ho - 5th Grade PVM
Honorable Mention: Sofia Lobanova - 6th Grade RHL
Honorable Mention: Andrea Pratt - 7th Grade CMS
Honorable Mention: Gina Muonio - 8th Grade CMS



Primary School
1st Place: Kylie Listek - 2nd Grade YP (pictured, left)
2nd Place: Evan Micu - 4th Grade GHP
3rd Place: Avery Popkes-Perez - 1st Grade MG
Honorable Mention: Martin Sarkkinen - 1st Grade MG
Honorable Mention: Lou Kissinger - 2nd Grade RHL
Honorable Mention: Max Yavniy - 3rd Grade GHP
Honorable Mention: Kenna Jenkins - 3rd Grade GHP
Honorable Mention: Ezekiel Aho - 4th Grade PVP
Honorable Mention: Anjelika Zakharov - 4th Grade GHP





Photography/Digital
1st Place: Andrey G. Germanov - 11th Grade RHL
2nd Place: Olivia Lawson - 11th Grade RHL
3rd Place: Maria Zherebnenko - 10th Grade RHL
Honorable Mention: Hannah Reuther - 11th Grade RHL
Honorable Mention: Madison Stevens - 7th Grade TVM
Honorable Mention: Samantha Phan - 10th Grade RHL


Sculpture/3D (grades K-12)

1st Place: Klaire Thomas - 12th Grade PHS (pictured, right)
2nd Place: Brianna Morrell - 8th Grade DBM
3rd Place: Garrett Johnson - 12th Grade BGHS
Honorable Mention: Hayden Zigler - 8th Grade TVM










Four BGPS students heading to National History Day Finals

posted May 10, 2018, 2:41 PM by Joe Vajgrt

Four BGPS students heading to National History Day Finals

May 10, 2018


After top finishes in the state competition, an eighth grader from Chief Umtuch Middle School and a team of three seventh graders from Pleasant Valley Middle School are headed to the National History Day finals. Chief Umtuch 8th grader Karleigh Potter and Pleasant Valley 7th graders Logan Bigelow, Lucas Braunschweig, and Jaxon Lewis will represent Battle Ground Public Schools in the national competition.

In late April, dozens of district students participated in the Washington State National History Day competition in Auburn, Wash. at Green River Community College. Only the top two finishers in each category advance to the national finals, which will be June 10-14 at the University of Maryland in College Park, just outside of Washington, D.C.

National History Day is a dynamic program that encourages students to become historians by developing research, analysis, presentation and social skills. Students select a topic related to an annual national theme and work individually or in groups to conduct extensive historical research using primary and secondary sources. 

This year’s theme is “Conflict and Compromise in History.” Based on this theme, the students conducted research and analysis before developing projects such as research papers, performances, documentaries, websites, and more. 

Chief Umtuch 8th grader Karleigh Potter took first place in the Individual Exhibit category for her project, "Small Feet, Big Strides: Birmingham’s Conflict and Compromise," where she examined the events surrounding the 1963 children's march in Birmingham, Ala.   

“The Children’s March piqued my interest primarily because students my age played a defining role in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” Potter said. “This age connection remained in my thoughts and made it personal. I wanted to know how these students succeeded when the adults before them had not.”

Karleigh started her project by researching the tumultuous political climate of the 1960s. She watched “hours upon hours” of documentaries, read newspapers, and collected books from the library and by ordering some from Amazon.

Karleigh was also honored as the sole state representative chosen by National History Day Coordinator Katie DeMar-Aldrich. After being selected, Karleigh’s exhibit will be on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History on June 13th, where tourists will be able to see her work and museum curators and education staff at the NMAH will be able to ask students about their exhibits.

“I am so incredibly proud of her accomplishments,” said Chief Umtuch history teacher Beth Doughty. “Karleigh is more than deserving of this recognition, and I know she’s going to do an amazing job representing Chief Umtuch at the national competition next month.” 

Pleasant Valley Middle School seventh graders Logan Bigelow, Lucas Braunschweig, and Jaxon Lewis were top finishers in the Website category. The team conducted original research that culminated in their project, “Compromise, Key to Success: James Reed Ellis and METRO.” The students conducted most of their work after school and on Saturdays with Pleasant Valley Middle reading specialist and History Day teacher Irene Soohoo.They will be the 37th through 39th students from Pleasant Valley to compete at the national finals! 

The Pleasant Valley team also won the Washington State Archives Special Award for research they conducted and documents they discovered at the State archives in Olympia and Bellevue, the King County Archives, Allen Special Collections at the University of Washington, and the National Archives in Seattle. 

At the end of May, the Pleasant Valley team will present their research to the Secretary of State at the State Archives in Olympia before they prepare for the National History Day Competition in June. 

The National History Day organization and its state affiliate, Washington History Day, provide leading-edge training and curriculum materials to help educators meet and exceed education standards. 


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