Nov. 18, 2021 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Prairie High School students aim to inspire

Now in its fourth year, Inspire Week has become a popular event at Prairie High School. This semester, students in Dawn Rowe's Applied Psychology class planned a long list of ways to recognize and thank staff and promote positivity amongst their fellow students. From painted rocks to wristbands, balloons, gift cards, a thankfulness tree, high fives (the paper kind) and more, students continue to find new ways to keep Inspire Week fresh and exciting. Started by the student-led Crimson Crew in 2019, Inspire Week has grown to involve over 100 students. 

“It has almost felt like watching a kid grow up," said senior Kyah Hamsley. "We poured so much into this hoping that students would love it. Here we are just a few years later and they do.”

Be sure to check out a video about Inspire Week and read more on the district website.

SEL Centers provide safe spaces for middle and high school students

Battle Ground Public Schools has expanded the use of learning centers that provide a safe space for students. Battle Ground opened the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Centers in its high schools a couple of years ago, and brought them to middle school buildings this year for the first time. These rooms are staffed with a trained professional and provide a quiet place where students can work through problems one-on-one or just escape the noise of a classroom if they need to focus. The goal is to help students learn to manage emotions, take personal responsibility, and mend and maintain relationships. SEL Centers benefit all students by helping to minimize classroom distractions and allowing teachers to focus on teaching. Visit the district website to learn more about SEL Centers and the district’s Social-Emotional Learning supports for students.

Prairie High CTE teacher recognized by National Geographic

Prairie High School horticulture educator Annette Weeks was recognized this month as the Region I "Ideas Unlimited" award winner at the 2021 National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) conference. Weeks earned the award for her work with water beads. These tiny beads grow to more than 150 times their original volume when soaked in water. Weeks first used the beads to hold flowers arranged in a vase, and is now using the beads to teach experimental designs around topics including effects of temperature and pH, bacterial growth, sunlight and UV rays, and arranged flower freshness. Congratulations, Annette!

Battle Ground athletes make 2021 fall All-League teams

The Columbian newspaper has made its selections for the 2021 fall All-League teams from Southwest Washington, and several Battle Ground Public Schools athletes were among those honored.

Elijah Nelson of Prairie High School was named the boys tennis player of the year in the 3A Greater St. Helens League. Prairie High School football star Thor Stepina was also named the multi-purpose player of the year.

In the 4A Greater St. Helens league, Battle Ground High School had swimmer Nina Uchtmann, cross country runner Ben Gamblin, and Girls Slowpitch players Haylee Newston and McKenna West recognized as first-team selections. In the 3A Greater St. Helens League, Prairie High School football players Ben Kapelka (offense) and Israel Duncan (defense) were first-team selections along with Ella Conklin and Carley Postma in volleyball, Annie Anderson and Emily Anderson in girls cross country, Logan Bigelow and Ethan Pederson in boys cross country, Kenzy Ward (100 fly) in girls swimming, and Jack Dalberg in golf. Prairie had two tennis doubles teams named as first-team selections: Geoff Bennion and Owen Lucas, and James Marjama and Connor Hunter.

For a full list of athletes, including second-team and honorable mention selections, visit The Columbian's website.

ICYMI: BGPS students celebrate Veterans Day

Students across the Battle Ground Public Schools district took time last week to recognize our nation's military heroes as part of Veterans Day. From a drive through event at Daybreak Middle School, to recorded videos featuring local veterans, a history of Veterans Day, student songs, poems, and more, our schools went the extra mile to keep the time-honored tradition of recognizing our men and women in uniform alive. Be sure to read our full story online for links to your own school's celebration.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The BGPS Bulletin will be taking a week off for Thanksgiving next week. All of us at Battle Ground Public Schools wish you and yours a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including:
  • Middle School Sports Coaches! (Head and assistant coaches for boys and girls basketball)
  • Teacher (PHS - Family and Consumer Science, Agriculture. PVP - Special Education)
  • Basic Education Assistants (Automotive/welding, supervision, lunch/recess, supervision, etc.)
  • Special Education Assistants (Student specific and baseload)
  • Certificated Substitutes (District wide)
  • Classified Substitutes (District wide)
  • Graduation Success Coach (Work Based - PHS/BGHS)
  • Psychologist (K-12)
  • Testing Coordinator Assistant (Daybreak Primary, Maple Grove Primary)
  • COVID Isolation Room Attendant (Prairie High School)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Maintenance (HVAC Specialist)
  • Custodian (Swing shift - BGHS)
  • Assistant Coach (PHS - Cheer Team, Slowpitch Softball BGHS/PHS - Wrestling, Gymnastics)
  • Community Education - Referee/Support Staff and Gym Facilitators
View full job listings and apply online at the district website.

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  

Cafeteria Workers
, the district's food service provider, is looking for employees in a number of specialties. Most positions provide on-the-job training and start at over $14/hr. More information:

Right At School
The district's new before/after school care provider, Right At School, is looking for Program Managers and Educators. Learn more at or email your resume to
  • Monday, Nov. 22: Board of Directors regular meeting, 6:00 p.m. at Lewisville campus
  • Wednesday, Nov. 24 - Friday, Nov. 26: Thanksgiving holiday - no school
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