Sept. 2, 2021 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Welcoming students back to school

It was a welcome sight this week as thousands of students returned to buildings across the district for the start of the 2021-22 school year. Spirits were high as teachers welcomed back "their kids" for another year. Students were met with eager staff and administrators, helping them to find their classrooms, giving tours of the building, and making sure everything went smoothly. Check out a fun video we put together featuring some of the sights from across the district during the first week back at school.

Denny Waters message to families

Battle Ground Public Schools Superintendent Denny Waters has a pledge for parents and families as he enters his first school year leading the district.

“I am committed to strengthening our relationship with you,” Waters said in his first video message to the community. “I want to improve communication, transparency and collaboration with all groups. You have my word, I will work tirelessly to earn your respect and trust, and I will always listen.”

Free breakfast and lunch for all students

The USDA has extended their free school lunch program through June 2022, meaning all students in the Battle Ground school district qualify to receive free breakfast and/or lunch throughout this school year.

Families should still apply for the Free or Reduced Meals program. Those who qualify can receive discounted fees on some school programs and extracurricular activities. Visit the district's Free and Reduced information page for details and to apply.

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now. The district has a number of teaching positions open at several schools in a variety of subjects including health and fitness, special education, and more. Basic Education assistants are also needed in a number of specialties. Special Education assistants are also needed throughout the district, along with substitutes for both certificated and classified positions. Testing coordinator assistants are also needed at several schools. Battle Ground High School and Daybreak Middle School are seeking guidance counselors, while two K-12 Psychologist positions are also currently open. Head Secretary positions are open at Prairie High School and Yacolt Primary. Chief Middle School is looking for a library technician. The district also needs a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). The Prairie High School Special Olympics Unified basketball and soccer teams are seeking a head coach and assistant coaches. The football and volleyball teams at Battle Ground High School are in need of assistant coaches, as is the girls soccer team at Prairie. Community Education is in need of referee/support staff and gym coordinators.  Several swing shift custodial positions are also available, as well as a maintenance employee with a specialty in HVAC work. Visit the district's Jobs web page to see our full list of job openings and to apply.

Child care workers
Battle Ground Public Schools' new before and after school care provider, Right at School, is looking for full and part-time workers. Contact Darcie Torres at if you are interested, or visit Right at School career page for more details and job descriptions.

Bus Drivers
BGPS' new transportation provider, First Student, is also in need of bus drivers
. For more details on First Student driving careers, including sign-on bonuses starting at $1,500, visit  
  • No school on Monday, Sept. 6 (Labor Day)
  • BGPS Board of Directors'
    • Monday, September 13, 6 p.m. (Regular meeting)
  • School start/end times (One-hour late start on Wednesdays starting Sept. 15):
    • Primary schools: 9:10 a.m.–3:40 p.m.
    • Middle schools: 8:10 a.m.–2:40 p.m. (Amboy: 7:45 a.m.–2:15 p.m.)
    • High Schools and CAM Academy: 7:55 a.m.–2:25 p.m.
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