posted May 6, 2014, 2:35 PM by BGPS Web
updated May 6, 2014, 3:15 PM
BG EDUCATION FOUNDATION’S APRIL SCHOOL SHOUT-OUTS
May 6, 2014
Battle Ground Education Foundation (BGEF) highlighted Daybreak Primary and Daybreak Middle schools for the month of April and provided staff with a healthy breakfast and a $300 scholarship to support student learning. Each building principal was asked to write a short paragraph highlighting great practices in the school. Below is a photo and excerpt from each school.
“We recently created a student leadership group called Knights of the Round Table. This team is made up of twenty 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students. The Knights meet with School Psychologist, Holly Smith, on a monthly basis and work on ways to make Daybreak Primary a better place. Some of their responsibilities include greeting new students, developing service projects, communicating to their classmates, and supporting training during three annual Dragon Training sessions, for all K-4 students. Their first big endeavor will focus on a service project to enhance the playground. The Knights have decided to raise funds to purchase a “buddy bench”. This bench will be used to encourage friendship and working together, making recess fun for everyone. When a student sits on the bench during recess the message to all on the playground is that someone needs a playmate and a friend will come help. The Daybreak Dragons look forward to the day when the “buddy bench” is well worn and used on a daily basis.” Jill Dutchess, Principal
“Positive school culture is a key value at Daybreak Middle. Focusing on a positive school environment has had excellent results including: low discipline referrals, effective implementation of the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program, and our strong Dragon Academy program. These add up to a better learning environment for our students and staff. In addition to creating and maintaining a stronger learning environment, we are also focusing on supporting our staff for the needs of 21st century learning. Our staff continue to excel with a special focus on professional development through collaborative trainings on improved instruction, book studies, and college-based continuing education classes. We are proud to be a part of the middle school Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) pilot program and excited to have a 2:1 student to technology ratio in our classrooms. Thanks to our hardworking staff, our students are able to find the support they need to be successful. Daybreak is an awesome place to be!” Shelly Whitten, Principal