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Dec. 2, 2021 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Middle School sports registration open ahead of January launch

After a 40-year absence, Middle School sports are set to tip off next month in Battle Ground Public Schools! Registration is open for students in grades 7 and 8. Boys basketball season starts Jan. 3 and girls will start on Feb. 7. The five week seasons will include three weeks of noncompetitive intramural play, followed by two weeks of games between schools. Students can choose to play only the intramural weeks. 

Spring sports coming in March and April will include cross country (grades 6-8) and soccer (grades 7-8), with other sports planned for future years, including volleyball, some track and field events, and potentially wrestling and football.

Middle School sports are supported by local levy funds. We are grateful to our community for helping to provide these opportunities to students! More information and instructions on how to sign up are available on the district website.

Daybreak Middle School food drive a massive success

The holiday season is in full swing and students all across Battle Ground Public Schools are hard at work making spirits bright. At Daybreak Middle School, grade levels competed to see who could bring in the most food donations for the Clark County Food Bank. Sixth graders earned the most points, but everyone was a winner after the food bank tallied up the total donations: over 5,700 pounds of food! Students in the district's CASEE program also stepped up, donating 337 pounds of food for the North County Food Bank, and district office donated over 1,600 pounds in its recent food drive.

Other schools throughout the district are either currently holding food drives or have plans for them later this month, so stay tuned for more updates. Thank you to all of our students, families, and staff who've stepped up to provide for our community during this holiday season!

Volunteers needed for Sexual Health Community Advisory Group

The Battle Ground school district is seeking volunteers to serve on a committee that will review and provide input on curricula for the teaching of comprehensive sexual health education in grades 5-12. This committee will build on the work completed over the past few months by the middle school Sexual Health Community Advisory Group.

The district will select six parent/community members, six teachers, and one building administrator to serve on the Middle School/High School Sexual Health Adoption Committee. This committee will meet weekly in person on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m., January 11-March 29, 2022.

The deadline to apply is Sunday, Dec. 12. More information is available on the district website.


BGPS’ Board of Directors conducted a regular board meeting on Nov. 22. Highlights are in this week's BG Board, Briefly. Archived video of board meetings is available on the district website. The next regular board meeting will be held on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.

Pleasant Valley Primary students turn in sweet gingerbread house designs

Pleasant Valley Primary students baked, built and frosted their way to some creative gingerbread houses this week. Nearly 100 entries are on display in the school library. Wow! Students will have until next week to vote for their favorite. Superintendent Denny Waters checked out the sweet creations on Thursday and said they all looked "good enough to eat!"

Check out more of the amazing designs on the BGPS Twitter page

Yacolt fourth graders electrify with school projects

There was definitely a buzz in the air at Yacolt Primary School last week as fourth grade students showed off their creativity in the Electricity Project Gallery Walk. Superintendent Denny Waters even tried his hand at the LooptyTrack, moving a metal hoop along a wire trying to avoid touching it and turning on a telltale light (he almost made it). Other students showed off model cars with working lights, towers with lights and mirrors, and plenty of other interesting contraptions with switches, magnets, batteries, and more. Great job, Yacolt kids!

BGPS Custodian retiring after 43 years with the district

If you attended Battle Ground Public Schools any year since 1977, the odds are you crossed paths with Geraldine Schut. Geraldine started her career as a custodian with the district back when the original Star Wars movie was opening in theaters, NASA was testing the first space shuttle and Jimmy Carter was the 39th president of the United States. She worked at multiple schools, the last 10 as head custodian at Laurin Middle School where she was honored earlier this week. Laurin Principal Travis Drake recalled Schut helping him dig a retainer out of the trash during his time as a student at Maple Grove Elementary.

"I love working with the students and staff to make sure everything is clean and safe for them all," Schut said.

Battle Ground Public Schools loves your dedication to our students and schools for all these years, Geraldine. Enjoy your three grandsons and your retirement!

Prairie High School graduate honored as Miss Greater Vancouver

Battle Ground resident and 2020-21 Prairie High School graduate Natalie Worthy was recently selected as Miss Greater Vancouver 2022. Worthy, 18, was previously Miss Battle Ground's Outstanding Teen and was recognized with a Congressional Award for her volunteer work, including working at PeaceHealth Southwest Hospital for 3-4 hours a week during her freshman and sophomore years. Worthy is now studying vocal performing at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. Read more about her award in The Reflector newspaper online.

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)
  • Psychologist (K-12)
  • Speech/Language Pathologist (K-12)
  • Career Guidance Transition Facilitator (CASEE A)
  • Testing Coordinator Assistant (Daybreak Primary and Middle, Maple Grove Primary)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Maintenance (HVAC Specialist)
  • Custodian (Swing shift - BGHS)
  • Assistant Coach (PHS - Cheer Team, Slowpitch Softball, JV Fastpitch BGHS/PHS - Swimming, Gymnastics BGHS - Wrestling)
  • 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 https://bit.ly/2SAWfqi.  

Cafeteria Workers
Sodexo
, 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: https://bit.ly/3Fzd8VM

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 https://www.rightatschool.com/careers or email your resume to darcie.torres@rightatschool.com.
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  • Wednesday, Dec. 8: One-hour late start, all schools
  • Dec. 20 - 31: Winter break - no school
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