October 29

Plan 3 Retirement Changes

Hello! Please see the attached flyer (click here) for information about Plan 3 Retirement changes taking effect January 2015. If you have any questions, please contact:

Cassie Johnson, CFP® | Financial Advisor
Oregon District

1800 SW 1st Ave, Suite 420 | Portland, OR 97201
Cell: 360.901.9063| Fax: 877.411.0842
cassie.johnson (at) valic.com

September 30

Certification Changes

Washington Education Association: Strengthening Washington's Public Schools
Sept. 29, 2014

Beginning this school there are a number of changes related to educator certification renewal that we want to bring to your attention for planning purposes.

Change is continuous in the K-12 education licensure world. In the last 15-20 years Washington has moved from a single-tiered system to our existing two-tiered system (Residency/Professional). This requires passing the Pro-Teach assessment to gain the Professional Certificate. Below are brief descriptions of recent changes and direct links to the most up-to-date information.  Please check it out today.  Failing to renew or maintain your license now could result in being unable to renew it for five years!

Licensure changes that are now coming into effect:

  • Professional level certificates issued after Sept. 1, 2014, for teachers, administrators, school counselors and school psychologists can now only be renewed by completing four annual Professional Growth Plans (PGPs) during the five-year validity dates of the certificate.
  • The four options for certificate renewal remain for teachers, school counselors and school psychologists who hold professional level certificates issued prior to Sept. 1, 2014.
  • Continuing level certificate holders continue to have four options for renewing the certificate.

We now finally have an online e-cert program for K-12 education licensure.  Educators can apply online for their first license, renew existing licenses, store important information, etc.

There also is a new STEM requirement for some certificate holders. The Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) will be issuing initial Rules at their September meeting. These new requirements from the Legislature will not have to be completed until the 2019 school year.

The Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) is comprised of active educators. It is the only education policy board in our state that has teachers, ESAs, principals, superintendents and college education faculty as its members. PESB has a specific website which provides helpful information and the latest changes to the Washington licensure system. Visit PESB’s website for more information on licensure.

Updates of additional changes also will be posted on www.WashingtonEA.org.

September 30

Lower Columbia Council WORD



Lower Columbia Council – 2014-2015 Learning Sessions

Our mission is to promote literacy within the community byenhancing knowledge, encouraging effective practices, fostering professional networks, and inspiring the love of reading and writing.

Our sessions begin promptly at 4:45-5:45 in the Evergreen Room

Evergreen Administrative Service Center (Tan Complex)

13501 NE 28th Street, Vancouver, WA 98668-8910

President: Maria Antos
Fifth Grade Teacher x8106
Tukes Valley Middle School


October 2 2014 Successful and Savvy Classroom Libraries

Presented by Angie Krant and Maria Antos

November 6 2014 Getting to Know Smarter Balanced

Presented by Allison Tuchardt/BGPS Assistant Dir. Of Assessment

December 4 2014 HELP! What can I do with only 1 iPad?

Presented by Kristina Wambold/Technology & Learning Coord.

January 8


It’s Pinteresting! Fun and Useful Ideas for Educators

Presented by Maria Antos/Tukes Valley Middle School

February 5


Writing in the Classroom

Presented by Stephanie Etulain/Tukes Valley Middle School

March 5


Struggling Readers; Is It Dyslexia?

Presented by NW EyeCare Professionals

April 2


Favorite Picture Books (Book Talk)

Presented by Deanna Day

May 7


Understanding and Utilizing STEM K-8

Presented by STEM Grant Professors (WSU/Clark/ESD)


Join LCC WORD for professional development, clock hours, and prizes!

Annual Membership Dues

  • Regular: $25 (certificated, administrators, etc.)
  • Associate: $15 (substitutes, pre-service, para-educators, retired, homeschool)
  • Individual Session Without Membership: $5
September 2

Insurance Update

Major changes to the district benefit plans being offered will take effect for the 2014-15 plan year


·        Switching from Premera Blue Cross to Regence Blue Cross

o   Regence has closely mirrored all Premera plans, all the same plans will be offered – Plan 2, 3, 5 EasyChoice (new name Regence Choice) Plans A, B, and C and the High Deductible plan

o   No change in doctors required, both plans use the same network of doctors

o   Both Legacy Salmon Creek and PeaceHealth hospitals are in-network

o   Rate increase will be 1% over our current Premera rates

·        We will now offer 2 Kaiser medical plans

o   Option 1 will be the same as current plan being offered, there is a 10.7% rate increase over last years rates

o   Option 2 will have a $250.00 deductible, co-pays vary by type of service and will have a 10% co-insurance on hospitalization, outpatient services and durable equipment


Letter to EE’s RE Regence

Kaiser benefit summaries – both plans


·        Open enrollment will be from August 25th through September 30th – new benefits effective November 1st

·        Benefits Fair will on September 10th at Battle Ground High School in the cafeteria from 2:30 – 6:00

·        We are keeping all the same Dental plans and the VSP vision coverage

May 6

All Staff BBQ

Good Afternoon!


We are excited to announce an End-of-Year Barbeque for all staff to welcome and introduce Mr. Mark Hottowe, our new superintendent!


The barbeque will take place on Monday, June 23 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Battle Ground High School. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and Mr. Hottowe will speak to the group about the transition in leadership at 12:15 p.m. A district-provided barbeque lunch will follow.

This event is not mandatory, but will be available to all staff.

Please contact Julie Backous with any questions.Backous.julie@battlegroundps.org

April 29

April is School Library Month!

BGEA is lucky to have all 15 Teacher Librarians that serve our district as members! Combined these amazing folks have over 274 years in education. They all hold Master degrees. All teach classes. All help students find the resources and information they need.

Celebrate National School Library Month by going to http://www.ala.org/aasl/slm