BGPS receives AED from Fire District 3 and American Medical Response

posted Aug 17, 2017, 5:14 PM by Joe Vajgrt

BGPS receives AED from Fire District 3 and American Medical Response

August 17, 2017

Battle Ground Public Schools has received a new Automated External Defibrillator, or AED, thanks to the generosity of Clark County Fire District 3 and American Medical Response (AMR). An AED is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock that can potentially stop an irregular heartbeat and allow a normal rhythm to resume following sudden cardiac arrest.

"We are very pleased to donate this AED to the Battle Ground School District,” said Fire District 3 Chief Steve Wrightson. “They are a proven tool to help save lives, and we greatly appreciate our partnership with AMR, which donated this AED to Fire District 3 to be placed in the Battle Ground community.”

AEDs make it possible for more people to respond to a medical emergency where defibrillation is required. Because AEDs are portable and easy to use, they can be used by non-medical people. In fact, an AED at Chief Umtuch Middle School was used last school year to save a man’s life after he went into sudden cardiac arrest while playing basketball, providing a great reminder of the effectiveness of citizen CPR combined with having an AED nearby.  

“Each year, there are more and more people working, learning and recreating in district buildings,” said BGPS School Health Services and Nursing Supervisor, Cathy Shannon. “Improving access to AEDs in our schools is more important than ever and can literally be the difference between life and death, so we are very grateful for the donation from AMR and Fire District 3.” 

New program seeks to give kindergartners a ‘Jump Start’ on learning

posted Aug 17, 2017, 2:07 PM by Joe Vajgrt

New program seeks to give kindergartners a ‘Jump Start’ on learning

August 17, 2017

One child’s hand after another darts into the air, arms outstretched and waving in anticipation of being called upon to share their life experiences with a classroom full of peers. If this sounds like a typical scene from a kindergarten classroom, well, that’s the point.

This scene has been playing out all week at Daybreak Primary School, where incoming kindergartners are participating in Battle Ground Public Schools’ “Jump Start” pilot program. “The goal of Jump Start is to help students get acclimated to the school learning environment,” said Principal Matt Kauffman. “Providing kids with an early introduction to their teachers, classrooms and classmates helps ease the transition for everyone so the focus can be on learning once the school year officially begins.”

In addition to providing a sense of familiarity for the kindergartners prior to the beginning of the school year, it’s also a valuable opportunity for teachers to get to know their students and their learning needs. Plus, parents whose little ones are beginning full-day school for the first time get to meet their kids’ teachers and school administrators, helping to ease the transition for everyone.

Kauffman and the newly-hired assistant principal at Daybreak Primary, Solina Journey, have several years of Jump Start experience from their time working in the Vancouver School District. The pair of administrators saw an opportunity and helped launch BGPS’ own Jump Start pilot program, which they hope to see expanded across the district in future years.

The Jump Start program is free for incoming kindergartners, and enrollment is optional. Even though this program is new to BGPS, more than 70 percent of Daybreak’s incoming kindergarten students attended. Some of the specific school readiness goals of the program include the importance of raising your hand in class and walking in a single-file line through hallways, how to treat school supplies, and how to sit on the carpet and be an active listener. The young students also get their first introduction to the school’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, or PBIS expectations.

Battle Ground Public Schools has implemented PBIS at all its schools in support of its focus on social-emotional learning. With PBIS, staff teach behavioral expectations to students just as they would any core subject, and reinforce those expectations with rewards. Daybreak’s unique PBIS expectations are known as Dragon ARMOR, which stands for Always Safe, Responsible, Making Good Choices, On Task, and Respectful to All. By demonstrating these expected behaviors, students can earn “dragon scales” that accumulate for a grade-level award.

“The Jump Start kindergarten program helps students build confidence and be more comfortable in their school surroundings,” said Laurie Sundby, BGPS’ director of instructional leadership for early childhood and primary education. “We’re excited to have Jump Start at Daybreak this year to introduce children to the joy of learning in an enriching environment.”

2017-18 Back to School Events

posted Aug 10, 2017, 1:38 PM by Joe Vajgrt   [ updated Aug 15, 2017, 10:40 AM ]

2017-18 Back to School Events

August 10, 2017

Back to School Events
Most district schools have events scheduled to welcome students back in preparation for the first day of school on August 30. While school offices are now open again after being closed for summer break, they may be on a modified summer hours. 

Primary Schools
  • Captain Strong Primary -- Ice Cream Social - August 28 from 4:30-5:30 PM
  • Daybreak Primary -- Back to School Night, August 29 from 4:30-5:30 PM 
  • Glenwood Heights Primary -- Back to School & Curriculum Night Aug. 28, 5:30 to 6:30 PM​
  • Maple Grove K-8 -- Back to School Night, August 29 from 5:00-6:30 PM.
  • Pleasant Valley Primary -- Back to School Night on Monday, August 28. Kindergarten attends from 3:30-4:30 PM, and all other grade levels attend from 4:30-6:30 PM.
  • Tukes Valley Primary -- Back to School Night will be Tuesday, August 29 from 6:00-7:00 PM with Kindergarten Orientation at 5:30 PM
  • Yacolt Primary -- Ice Cream Social/Curriculum Night is on August 24, from 5:30-7:30 PM.
Middle Schools
  • Amboy Middle -- Academy Night, September 7 from 5:30-7 PM 
  • Chief Umtuch Middle -- Welcome Back Night, August 28 from 5:30-6:30 PM
  • Daybreak Middle - Back to School Night, August 29 from 5:30-7:30 PM. 
  • Laurin Middle -- 5th Grade Welcome Back/Curriculum Night - Monday, August 28 from 5:30-6:30 PM. 6th & 7th Grade Curriculum Night is Thursday, September 21 from 5:30-7:00 PM.
  • Pleasant Valley Middle -- Back to School event is August 28 from 3:00-6:00 PM. The 5th Grade Ice Cream Social is on September 1 at 2:15 PM. 
  • Tukes Valley Middle -- Back to School Night  will be Tuesday, August 29 from 5:30-6:30 PM.
High Schools
  • Battle Ground High School -- Freshman and New Student Orientation, August 29, 6:00-7:30 PM  in The Lair
  • CAM Academy -- Ice cream social, August 30 from from 1:00-2:30 PM.
  • Prairie High School -- Freshmen orientation, Tuesday, August 29 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Back to School Guide
Looking for more Back to School information? You can view and print several back to school items, including school supply lists, calendars, bus routes and more with our handy Back to School Guide

Facilities improvements save money, reduce carbon footprint for BGPS

posted Aug 1, 2017, 2:58 PM by Joe Vajgrt

Facilities improvements save money, reduce carbon footprint for BGPS

August 1, 2017

Battle Ground Public Schools is saving an estimated $380,000 per year on utilities thanks to energy efficiency projects at several schools. The projects not only resulted in cost savings for the district, but also improved comfort for students and staff who spend their days learning and working in district buildings.

Ameresco, a provider of comprehensive energy efficiency solutions, contracted with the district to complete the projects, valued at $3.6 million, in three phases that provided mechanical and controls upgrades; updated HVAC, lighting and plumbing systems; and other upgrades that all focused on conserving energy resources at multiple district facilities. 

Phase 1 projects began in 2008 and included the retrofitting and replacement of various mechanical, controls, lighting and insulation systems at Prairie High School. Phase 2 projects focused on lighting and plumbing system upgrades at multiple school district facilities and included the replacement of the aging steam boiler and kettle at Battle Ground High School. Phase 3, completed in 2015, made mechanical and electronic monitoring and controls upgrades at the CASEE Administrative complex, Captain Strong and Yacolt Primary schools, Maple Grove K-8, Amboy Middle School, and Battle Ground and Prairie high schools.

To help offset project costs, BGPS applied for and received a $1 million grant from Washington’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction for facility improvement projects and saved an additional $223,206 with incentives and rebates provided by local utilities to help cover project costs. Ameresco guarantees that completed projects will pay for themselves through reduced energy costs over the course of a project’s loan payments, and provides verification of cost savings through an audit. 

In addition to building improvements and cost savings, the projects also have helped BGPS decrease its carbon footprint, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 3,380 tons per year. This is the equivalent of taking 662 vehicles off the road for a year, of powering 421 households for a year, or the amount of carbon that 721 acres of pine forest can absorb in a year. 

“The success of these projects tells a powerful story that should prove to the community that Battle Ground Public Schools is willing to form partnerships and be creative while finding ways to improve classrooms,” said Joseph O’Donnell, Business Development Manager for Ameresco. “We are proud of the results.”

Ameresco is an independent provider of comprehensive energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions for facilities throughout North America.

Summer maintenance preserves assets at Battle Ground schools

posted Jul 26, 2017, 4:16 PM by Joe Vajgrt   [ updated Jul 27, 2017, 6:29 PM by Rita Sanders ]

Summer maintenance preserves assets at Battle Ground schools

July 26, 2017

Crews have been hard at work this summer making improvements and scheduled maintenance repairs at Battle Ground Public Schools. The goal is for work to be completed by the time students return to school Aug. 30. Below is a list of some of the more notable projects, which are largely funded thanks to levy dollars:

Amboy Middle School 
Work has been completed on the replacement of galvanized water lines in the 300 building, and the school’s tritium EXIT signs are being replaced with more modern LED signs. Amboy will also get a covered rear entry to help keep kids out of the rain and prevent tracking in water, but that project will probably extend into the fall.

Battle Ground High School
District Stadium is undergoing a repaving project to replace and repair the asphalt. The BGHS welding shop is also undergoing phase two of its renovation project, which involved updating the welding booths and ventilation systems.

Captain Strong Primary
Last year’s extremely wet (and snowy!) winter was rough on many of the gyms in district schools. The gym walls at Captain Strong are being power washed and resealed to help waterproof them. The floor is also being replaced in the small gym/cafeteria, and carpet is being removed from the hallways to make way for super sturdy, commercial grade VCT (vinyl composition tile) flooring. Finally, the HVAC system is getting updated to draw in more outside air and increase efficiency.

Chief Umtuch Middle 
The gym walls at Chief Umtuch Middle, Daybreak Primary/Middle, and Tukes Valley Primary/Middle are getting the same waterproofing treatment as the gym walls at Captain Strong. It’s a labor-intensive project that will keep our gyms in the best shape no matter what the weather throws at us. 

CASEE Campus
The Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education campus is home to Summit View High School and the district’s administrative offices. In addition to making way for new office space by reconfiguring existing spaces, the A Building’s 24-year-old HVAC system is getting replaced, as is the roof on Building C.

Daybreak Primary and Middle Schools
The schools’ tritium EXIT signs are being replaced with more modern LED signs, and the gym is getting the same waterproofing treatment as the gyms at Captain Strong Primary and Chief Umtuch Middle schools. 

Laurin Middle School
Four two-plexes (eight classrooms) are being installed to accommodate community growth, and the school’s electrical system is getting some maintenance attention. 

Maple Grove K-8 
The roof is getting some repairs to support the HVAC platforms.

River HomeLink
The asphalt on the playground is being resealed, and sidewalks that have been damaged by tree roots are being replaced.

Prairie High School
Lighting is being installed along the pathways between playing fields and the parking lots, and scoreboards for varsity baseball and softball are being installed. The dimmer switch system in the auditorium is being replaced, and renovations such as remodeling the former preschool into a space for the Special Education Department are also underway. 

Tukes Valley Primary and Middle Schools 
The parking lots are being resealed, and the gym is getting the same waterproofing treatments as the gyms at Daybreak Primary/Middle, Captain Strong Primary, and Chief Umtuch Middle schools. 

Yacolt Primary
A 10-plex building, just like the one installed last year at Pleasant Valley Primary School, is being installed to replace the portable buildings that are being moved to Laurin Middle School. 

2017-18 school supply lists and assistance program

posted Jul 24, 2017, 3:30 PM by Joe Vajgrt   [ updated Jul 24, 2017, 3:39 PM ]

2017-18 school supply lists and assistance program 

July 24, 2017

Thanks to community donations, families in need who qualify for free or reduced lunch can register to get basic school supplies on a first come, first serve basis for the 2017-18 school year.  Please note that if your student received school supplies from the North County School Readiness Day event in the past, the School Readiness Day event has ended.  

If your family qualifies for free or reduced lunch and has a need for backpacks and school supplies, please register online by August 11. Families who register will receive an email in mid-August with information about the days and times that school supplies will be available to pick up at your child's school.

If you are not able to register online, please call the Battle Ground Public Schools Family and Community Resource Center at 360-885-5434 after August 14.

Thank you to our community volunteers and partners: Battle Ground Education Foundation, Battle Ground Elks Lodge, Lewis River Rotary and Public School Employees that make this possible for students in Battle Ground Public Schools!

Chief Umtuch Middle's Beth Doughty named 2017 Washington History Teacher of the Year

posted Jun 28, 2017, 4:07 PM by Joe Vajgrt

Chief umtuch Middle School's beth doughty named 2017 Washington History Teacher of the Year

June 26, 2017

Beth Doughty, a teacher at Chief Umtuch Middle School in the Battle Ground Public Schools district, has been named Washington’s 2017 History Teacher of the Year. The award is presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, a national organization dedicated to K-12 American history education.

Inaugurated in 2004, the History Teacher of the Year Award highlights the importance of history education by honoring exceptional American history teachers from elementary through high school. The award honors one K-12 teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and U.S. Territories. 

Doughty’s passion for history has spurred her to to make history come alive in her classroom by creating interactive units that allow her students to really engage with history. She strives to show her students that history is relevant to the present and will always have meaning in their lives in the future. 

“Beth successfully involves herself in all aspects of teaching and goes above and beyond for her students,” said Chief Umtuch Principal Beth Beattie. “She is a consummate learner who searches out avenues to extend her knowledge, and she ensures that every one of her students receives a high-quality education while advocating for civic education.”

Doughty received her bachelor's degree in humanities from Washington State University, where she also subsequently completed a master’s degree in teaching. In 2010, Doughty was named a recipient of the Barringer Fellowship at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello and has participated in numerous on-site historical institutes and seminars, including at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, James Madison’s Montpelier, and the USS Midway in San Diego. In addition to her regular teaching duties, Doughty is also the seventh and eighth grade history and language arts teacher for Battle Ground Public School’s ASPIRE program, a magnet program for academically gifted students. 

By winning the History Teacher of the Year award, Doughty will receive a $1,000 honorarium and will be recognized at an award ceremony later this year. In addition, the Chief Umtuch Middle School library will receive a core archive of American history books and Gilder Lehrman educational materials. Doughty will also receive an invitation to a 2018 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar, a weeklong program that offers teachers daily discussions with eminent historians, visits to historic sites, and hands-on work with primary sources. In the fall, the National History Teacher of the Year will be selected from the pool of state winners. 

Battle Ground teacher named Elementary Art Educator of the Year

posted Jun 16, 2017, 3:58 PM by Joe Vajgrt   [ updated Jun 22, 2017, 12:50 PM ]

Battle Ground teacher named Elementary Art Educator of the Year

June 16, 2017

Andrea Johnston, an art teacher at Tukes Valley Primary School, has been named the Washington Art Education Association’s (WAEA) 2017 Elementary 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.
Johnston is a National Board Certified Teacher Leader, has been a delegate with the National Art Education Association to Cuba, has received a number of grants, and has served on school district committees writing scope and sequence guides and classroom-based performance assessments.  
Johnston has been an art teacher at Tukes Valley Primary in the Battle Ground Public Schools district since the school first opened in 2008. She said that at the primary school, it’s important to ensure that lessons are developmentally appropriate and take students’ interests into account. “Art creates an opportunity to strengthen students’ sense of community and identity, and I’ve found that you get more buy-in from students when you take the time to really get to know them and their interests,” Johnston said.
After being nominated by her peers for the award, Johnston 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 Elementary Art Educator of the Year award.
“It’s apparent that Andrea loves her job and is passionate about arts education,” said Tukes Valley Middle School Art Instructor Debbie Supplitt. “She understands that visual art establishes a foundation for schoolwide culture, and she works hard to keep students’ artwork displayed throughout the school and in the local community.”   
The award will be presented to Johnston during a WAEA gala event in the fall, with the date and location yet to be announced. Johnston will also be congratulated at the NAEA convention next spring at the downtown Seattle Convention center as part of an elementary education luncheon event. By receiving this award, Johnston also becomes eligible for future nominations for regional and national recognition.
 More information about WAEA and this award can be found at

BGPS seniors reflect, offer advice to next year's freshmen

posted Jun 15, 2017, 11:07 AM by Joe Vajgrt

BGPS Seniors reflect, offer advice to next year's freshmen

June 15, 2017

More than 1,000 seniors will graduate from Battle Ground Public Schools this week, and we’re proud of and impressed by each and every one of them! We asked a few outstanding graduates about their favorite high school memories , what advice they’d give to next year’s freshman class, and what their plans are now that they’ve completed their high school education. Below are their responses, in their own words. 
Timothy Basarab, Summit View High School
My favorite high school memory was having conversations and building relationships with the teachers at Summit View. They are all so great; they're supportive, genuine, intelligent, hardworking, funny, and they all have their own awesome personalities. 
My advice to incoming freshmen is to keep your head up. High school really is what you decide to make it. If you come with a bad attitude, then don't expect good results. But if you come in with a good attitude and personality, then you will enjoy it and you will build great memories and relationships with other students and teachers. 
My post-graduation plans are, God willing, to build a career, possibly seek further education via college, travel some more, go on a mission trip, and build a house and a family someday. 

Hana Wyles, Battle Ground High Schoo
​​My favorite memory from high school was winning 3rd place at the 4A Volleyball state tournament. 
The advice I would give to freshmen is to get involved in as many clubs, sports, and activities as possible. As cliche as it sounds, your time in high school will fly by, so take every opportunity you can to make memories. 
In the fall, I will attend Dominican University of California on a volleyball scholarship. I was also awarded a Public School Employee scholarship.

Ben Shannon, Battle Ground High School
My favorite memory from high school comes from last year, when I first started working with younger students as a tutor. The tutoring experience as a whole has been very eye opening for me, and I've learned a lot from it. Being able to see the impact I've had in the lives of other students is always a surreal experience, and to me, there is nothing more rewarding. I think I will carry all of my tutoring/mentoring memories with me for a long, long time.
My advice to incoming freshman is to be yourself and remember to aim for the things that are important. I think so often kids can get lost when they get to high school, trying to fit in or "be cool." For me, this notion of being popular and cool has been something which I quickly found to be unimportant. Family, friendships, and academic efforts come first in my life. I hope that all high school students can someday learn this same lesson.
In the fall, I will be attending George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. I plan to study psychology, and one day I hope to earn my master’s degree.

Ashyln Griffith, Prairie High School
My favorite memory was the color wars assembly because it brought our entire senior class together. We won the prize for “most spirited” class, which meant that Principal Drake had to dye his hair orange.
My advice to next year’s freshmen is to dedicate yourself to studies all four years of high school. Reach out to those classmates that you might not usually interact with. Making a lot of friends can be good, but having a few solid friendships that you know you can rely on is what will get you through your high school years. Stay true to who you are and let personality shine instead of conforming to what others want you to be.
In the fall, I’m going to WSU-Vancouver. I want to major in psychology and minor in biology. My goal is to someday become an occupational therapist and work with special needs kids. 
Ethan Rouse, Prairie High School
My favorite memories from high school were playing on the Falcons basketball team. In my four years of playing varsity basketball, my teammates and I developed a great deal of camaraderie. The team became like a second family to me. 

I would tell next year’s freshmen not to just go along with what everyone else wants you to do. Be yourself, and remember that you’re probably going to come out of high school with just a few real friends.
After graduating, I’ll be joining the navy. I ship out sometime in September or October, so I’ll be spending part of the summer with family back in Indiana. I’m also looking forward to playing basketball in a men’s league.

Emily Gonzales, CAM Academy
My favorite high school memory was when a large group of guys from my grade decided to re-enact in the lunchroom a musical that they had come up with in 8th grade. The memories that it brought back to those who remembered how hilarious it had been when they had done it originally, and the weird looks given by the other grades who had no idea what was occurring, was priceless.
My advice to incoming freshman is to enjoy every day of high school and to participate in every event that you can. A lot of times, freshman like to come in with an attitude of "too cool for school dances" or just not wanting to participate in events meant to foster school spirit. I would want them to know that by participating in these events and by possibly making a fool out of themselves in order to show how much they care about our school, they will automatically make their high school experience so much better.
After I graduate, I’m hoping to get a job for the summer before attending Azusa Pacific University in the fall. I am hoping to get my degree as an elementary school teacher with a minor in TESL (teaching English as a second language). Since I had a fairly high GPA, I earned the highest annual academic scholarship that my school offered, as well as an additional $1,000 per year for being eligible for and enrolling in the school's Honors college. 

Victoria (Tori) McCormic, CAM Academy
My favorite high school memory was during this year’s spirit week when the entire high school was gathered in the commons for our assembly. Each grade level was competing against each other for spirit points, and since this was our last spirit assembly as seniors, we wanted to make a grand entrance for our final "hurrah." We entered the commons waving our class flag and marching to the Olympic theme song. While the senior class didn’t end up winning, I still look back at that moment as one of the most satisfying that I experienced while at CAM.

The best advice I could give to future high school students is to find a good group of friends and stick with them. I don't mean any group of friends, I mean a good, quality group with whom you share common, core interests. The only way I have been able to make it through high school is because I was fortunate enough to be surrounded with people who really cared about me and wanted me to succeed. I can attest that without a doubt, having that group made all the difference. Getting into a solid group who pushes you to study harder, but who also pushes you to have fun every once in awhile, is probably the best decision any freshman could make. After all, there is so much to learn from the people who surround you!

After graduating, I plan to attend Boise State University and finish my pre-med studies. I received the Gem (non-resident tuition waiver) scholarship from Boise State, totaling $60,000 over the next four years. After that, I hope to attend medical school and become a doctor of osteopathy, specializing in physical therapy or sports medicine. While I am a little nervous to see how smooth my transition to college goes, I am looking forward to the new experiences and new lessons I will learn as I enter into this new chapter of my life.

Free summer meals program offers nutritious meals to kids during summer months

posted Jun 12, 2017, 11:22 AM by Joe Vajgrt


June 12, 2017

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., from June 28-Aug. 18. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 
River HomeLink School Cafeteria, 610A SW Eaton Blvd., from July 10-Aug. 4. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

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 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) found online at:, 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 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:

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