April 21, 2022 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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River HomeLink mural springs from the imagination of teacher Alesa Corrin

Alesa Corrin's imagination has long been a place she can escape to. Even today, the fourth-year teacher at River Online admits she doodles constantly. One such doodle, of the River HomeLink mascot Lynx, was noticed by Principal Matt Kesler who asked Corrin if she would like to paint a mural on the east wall of the building's common area. With help from the school's art teachers, Corrin got her idea sketched out and approved. Since then Corrin, art teacher Anita Hindberg, parent volunteers and others have been working several nights a week to complete the mural. Fairytale characters spring from the imagination of a young Lynx who has fallen asleep while reading a book. If you look hard enough, you might even spot the legendary Bigfoot somewhere on the wall. Corrin says it's been fun to see parents and students stopping to stare at the mural.

Read more about the process and watch a video on the district website.

Battle Ground bands win big at Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival

Our middle and high school bands and student musicians brought home plenty of hardware from the Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival held Saturday, April 16 in Pleasant Hill, Oregon. For Battle Ground High School, their Advanced Jazz Band finished first in the AAA division. The Jazz Combo band took home first in the Combo division and the Intermediate Jazz Band came in 2nd in the AA division. Ian Arellano and Avery Hemming won outstanding musician awards in their divisions, while Hemming added an outstanding musician award for the entire festival.

The middle school bands also did well, with the Chief Umtuch Advanced Jazz Band finishing first and Tukes Valley coming in second. Tukes Valley's Grace Wing and Chief's Ekaterina Kalinina also won outstanding musician awards.

Congratulations to all of you!

BGHS and Prairie sweep at Charter College Spring Weld-Off

Students at Battle Ground and Prairie high schools recently swept the top five spots in the Charter College Spring Weld-Off held on Friday, April 15. Prairie students Thomas Fallon (junior) and Lucas Lyle (senior) finished in first and fourth place. Battle Ground High School students Jacob Dickey (junior), Justin Tamez (senior) and Thomas Sauser (senior) came in 2nd, 3rd and 5th place respectively. Students were evaluated on a written exam, welding fit, stick welding and gas metal arc welding. Prizes included scholarship money, welding equipment and more. It's a high honor for our students, but also for the CTE welding programs at both high schools.

Battle Ground Police Activities League visits Captain Strong Primary

Students at Captain Strong Primary School had the chance to check out a Battle Ground Police cruiser and visit with officers representing the Police Activities League earlier this week. The visit is a joint effort with the Police Activities League (PAL) of Southwest Washington. They visit schools to connect with students, answer questions and explain what a police officer or sheriff's deputy does. Learn more about their work by visiting the PAL of SW Washington website.

Save the date(s)! Annual high school plant sales coming soon

Don't forget! The Battle Ground High School plant sale is happening ONE DAY ONLY this Saturday, April 23 from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. There will be a selection of hanging flower baskets, as well as perennials and annuals like delphinium, heuchera, pansies, primrose, sedums and succulents. This year's plant sales are drop-in only and do not require pre-registration (except the first day of the CASEE plant sale). There will also be sales at Prairie High School and the CASEE campus on the following dates:

CASEE Plant Sale:
Saturday, April 30 from 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 1 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Prairie High School Plant Sale:
Wednesday, May 4 from 3:00-6:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 5 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Friday, May 6 from 3:00-6:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 7 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Check out a video on the district's YouTube channel with students explaining how the horticulture and agriculture programs benefit them.

Captain Strong Right At School educator wins top award

Right At School, a nationally accredited before and after school childcare provider partnering with Battle Ground Public Schools, recently honored educator Sally Anderson (right) with their coveted GEM Award. RAS Area Manager Darcie Torres (left) presented the award at Captain Strong Primary School this week. "Sally has truly gone above and beyond to support not only Captain Strong, but other programs in the district as well," said Torres.

Anderson was one of only four Right At School employees in the country to receive the GEM Award. She also was presented with a banner made by her students, a gift certificate, and more. 

Learn more about Right At School on the district website.

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including: 
  • Technology Assistant (CASEE A)
  • Library Technician (Pleasant Valley Primary)
  • Assistant Secretary (Pleasant Valley Primary)
  • Secretary (Family and Community Resource Center)
  • Custodian (Swing Shift) (Battle Ground and Prairie high schools)
  • Teachers (BGHS - Family & Consumer Science, Inclusive Transitional Kindergarten)
  • Special Programs Paras
  • Certificated Substitutes (District wide)
  • Classified Substitutes (District wide)
View the full list of current job openings and apply online at the district website.

Bus Drivers
BGPS' transportation provider, First Student, is in need of part-time bus drivers
. For more details on First Student driving careers, including sign-on bonuses starting at $2,500, 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 $14.70 per hour or more. 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
  • Saturday, April 23, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.: Battle Ground High School Plant Sale
  • Monday, April 25: Board of Directors regular meeting, 6:00 p.m. at Lewisville campus
  • Wednesday, April 27: One-hour late start
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