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Top row, L to R: Nataliya Alekseyeva, Renee Andrews, and Susan Crill. Bottom row, L to R: Audrey Donato, Salina Machida, and Kaylee Milosevich
Top row, L to R: Nataliya Alekseyeva, Renee Andrews, and Susan Crill. Bottom row, L to R: Audrey Donato, Salina Machida, and Kaylee Milosevich
Battle Ground educators earn National Board Certification (Photo) - 01/18/19

Six educators from Battle Ground Public Schools earned certification in 2018 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's 2018 recipients are:

Nataliya Alekseyeva, kindergarten teacher at Daybreak Primary School
Renee Andrews, school counselor at Summit View High School
Susan Crill, fourth grade teacher at Captain Strong Primary
Audrey Donato, eighth grade teacher at Tukes Valley Middle School
Salina Machida, second grade teacher at Pleasant Valley Primary School
Kaylee Milosevich, third grade teacher at Glenwood Heights Primary

“The process of becoming national board certified emphasized my strengths as an educator but also highlighted specific teaching practices I needed to improve,” said Salina Machida, second grade teacher at Pleasant Valley Primary School. “I now have a better understanding of how to effectively plan lessons, and I have witnessed my students becoming more reflective learners as a result. They assume responsibility for their learning and are proud to share what we are doing in the classroom with their families.”

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.

Kaylee Milosevich, third grade teacher at Glenwood Heights Primary, said that it was comforting to be a part of a network of educators from different schools, grades and certification areas while working through the National Board Certification process.

“I am beyond grateful for the support and guidance from my Battle Ground cohort facilitators,” said Milosevich. “Being a part of this group provided opportunities for collaboration and building friendships as we worked toward the same goal."

Tukes Valley Middle School eighth grade teacher Audrey Donato said achieving National Board Certification status was a very challenging and time consuming process, but it’s worth it for teachers looking to take that next step in their career.

“Going through the process to become National Board certified was one of the most reflective and intensive professional development opportunities I've ever had as a teacher,” said Donato, “If you're ready to take the next step in your teaching career to become a more effective teaching professional, consider the National Board Certification process as an engaging, challenging, and time-consuming (but worth it!) endeavor.”

The state awards stipends of approximately $3,238 to $5,381 a year to national board certified teachers in Washington State. With nearly 9,000 NBCTs, Washington state has the fourth largest group of NBCTs in the nation.

The BGPS Industry Fair connects local employers with soon-to-be graduates and community members
The BGPS Industry Fair connects local employers with soon-to-be graduates and community members
Businesses encouraged to participate in BGPS' 2019 Industry Fair (Photo) - 01/11/19

Calling all businesses! Would you like to connect with soon-to-be graduates and local community members and help educate them about career opportunities in southwest Washington? 

If so, then look no further than Battle Ground Public Schools' 2019 Industry Fair. The event, sponsored by BGPS, Job Connection, WorkSource, Partners in Careers (PIC), and NeXT, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 at Battle Ground High School, 300 W. Main St., in Battle Ground. 

Battle Ground Public Schools is accepting reservations from employers located in and around Clark County for tables at the event, where employer representatives can meet with students and community members about career opportunities. All industries are encouraged to participate, including healthcare, manufacturing, technology, construction, finance, hospitality, retail, apprenticeships, transportation, and more. 

We hope you'll join us for this worthwhile and educational evening at Battle Ground High School. Please sign up for an event table by Feb. 15 online at, and contact career guidance specialist Kevin Doyle at (360) 885-6598 or with questions.

Teacher Chris Collmer assists CASEE students in the lab
Teacher Chris Collmer assists CASEE students in the lab
CASEE program hosts 'Science Night' for prospective students (Photo) - 01/10/19

If you have a soon-to-be or current high school student who may be interested in a hands-on, science-based program, then you're encouraged to come to the Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education (CASEE) program's Science Night on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. at CASEE Building B, 11104 NE 149th St. in Brush Prairie.

Prospective students and their families are invited to enjoy some free pizza, ask questions and get additional information about the half-day program, tour the campus, and meet the program teachers and staff.

CASEE is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program for high school students that integrates biological, environmental and agricultural sciences with math and English language arts. It is offered through the Battle Ground Public Schools Career and Technical Education program. 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.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP for the event at If you have any questions about the CASEE program or Science Night, please call (360) 885-5361 or email

L to R: sophomore Alison Marlin, junior Katt Gamblin, and junior Amy Eells
L to R: sophomore Alison Marlin, junior Katt Gamblin, and junior Amy Eells
BGHS students impress at annual Poetry Out Loud competition (Photo) - 01/10/19

Junior Amy Eells took first place in Battle Ground High School’s 9th annual Poetry Out Loud competition last month with her recitation of “The Flash Reverses Time” by A. Van Jordan, advancing her to the next round of the competition. Eells will represent Battle Ground High in the event regional finals on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 5 p.m. at ESD 112, 2500 NE 65th Ave., Vancouver.  

To prepare for the competition, students memorize classic or modern poems that they recite before a panel of judges. The competition is set up much like a spelling bee: students first compete in class, with winners moving on to a school-wide competition. The winners at the school level have the opportunity to advance to regionals, state and nationals.

BGHS junior Katt Gamblin finished the school event in second place with her recitation of Brenda Shaughnessy’s “I Have a Time Machine”. Sophomore Alison Marlin took third with the poem “Revenge” by Letitia Elizabeth Landon.

“Poetry Out Loud has become a pre-winter break tradition at Battle Ground High School, where a very difficult academic endeavor is celebrated and enjoyed,” said event coordinator and BGHS teacher Heather Smithline. “We're pretty proud of the event, and are very appreciative of the judges, parents, teachers, principals, and fellow students who showed up to cheer on the reciters.”  

Judges at this year’s competition were BGPS deputy superintendent Denny Waters; BGHS English and literature teacher Kathy Ferrier; Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna; professional development manager for Digital Learning at ESD 112 and Fisher Poet contributor Katherine Livick; BGHS assistant principals Heather Ichimura and Scott Yingling; and serving as the event’s accuracy judge was BGHS English teacher Julie Main.

The regional competition, presented by ESD 112 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 great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.