April 28, 2022 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Sensory room a safe space for Yacolt Primary students

What was once a storage space between two classrooms at Yacolt Primary School is now filled with soft blue lighting, a sound machine set to ocean waves, a swing, and other tools meant to soothe and calm. Students who are experiencing sensory or behavioral challenges are invited to the room to take advantage of a few minutes of quiet and peace in order to regain focus before they return to the classroom and continue learning in a safe and productive way.

Nadia Noid, an occupational therapist in the district, says she got the idea for the sensory room from peers in other districts who found them to be beneficial for students with sensory or behavioral challenges. Yacolt Principal Lynnell Murray quickly embraced the plan and helped to find a space that would work. 

Read the full story on the district website.

Check out the BG Cast Podcast

David Lindner, a member of the district's Citizens Advisory Committee, is partnering with Battle Ground Public Schools to produce BG CAST, a podcast seeking to bring the voices of the community and Battle Ground schools together. Each week, David will be joined by Superintendent Denny Waters and a multitude of guests, from principals and PTA leaders to students and community members. They'll talk about the many things that make the district and our community great and shine a spotlight on some of the hidden treasures you may not know about. You can download and listen to the first episodes of the podcast on

CASEE students plant trees near Mount St. Helens

Students from the CASEE program at Battle Ground Public Schools joined the Lower Columbia Fish Enhancement Group on Earth Day to plant 1,000 trees at a park once decimated by the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. The plants have been stored on part of the CASEE campus awaiting transport to the area along the Toutle River. Once grown, they will help to restore salmon habitat along the river. To learn more about the work of LCFEG and the CASEE students, read an article about the day trip in The Daily News of Longview.

BGPS’ Board of Directors conducted a regular board meeting on Monday, April 25. 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 May 9 at 6:00 p.m.

Maple Grove Primary student headed to national Future Chefs competition

Maple Grove Primary 3rd grader Miradi Ackler with her parents Heather and Benjamin

Maple Grove Primary 3rd grader Miradi Ackler received a special surprise this week. Her Fancy Nancy Bacon Balsamic Grilled Cheese recipe was chosen out of thousands of entries from across the country to be one of five finalists for Sodexo's national Future Chefs competition. The nine year old recently won first place in the district Future Chefs competition held at Prairie High School. The community will have a chance to vote for Miradi's creation, so watch for details on that soon through the district's Facebook and Twitter accounts. Sodexo will also be adding Miradi's culinary creation to the menu at her school for one day only sometime in the near future. Congratulations, Miradi!

Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up May 2-6! Find a series of graphics on the district website you can download, print, fill out and share with your favorite teachers, past and present. Thanks for being part of showing appreciation for the many amazing men and women who work tirelessly to educate our students. 

Prairie High School Performs 'Sense and Sensibility'

Jane Austen’s beloved novel "Sense and Sensibility" comes to life on the Prairie High School Auditorium stage starting Friday, May 6. This playful adaptation by Kate Hamill follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters—sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne—after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable.

Show times are:
Friday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 7 at 1:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 12 at 6:00 p.m.
Friday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are available for purchase online. Seating is assigned based on best available at time of purchase. The cost is $6 for students, $15 for adults and $12 for senior citizens.

The Northwest Native Trees and Shrubs sale is happening at the CASEE campus on Saturday, April 30 (registration required) and Sunday, May 1 (open to the public) from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Prairie High School plant sale is also happening from May 4-7. Visit our website for a complete schedule and list of plants that will be available. To learn more about how these sales help to benefit our agricultural and horticulture students, watch this video on the district’s YouTube channel.

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including: 
  • Assistant Secretary (Pleasant Valley Primary)
  • Library Technician (Pleasant Valley Primary)
  • Technology Services assistant (CASEE)
  • Grounds Operator
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Basic Education Assistant (Security and Crossing Guard)
  • Custodian (Swing Shift) Battle Ground High School)
  • Teachers
  • 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
District Calendar
  • Saturday and Sunday, April 30 & May 1: NW Native Tree and Shrub sale at the CASEE Campus (11104 NE 149th St Brush Prairie, WA)
  • Wednesday, May 4: One-hour late start
  • Monday, May 9: Board of Directors regular meeting, 6:00 p.m. at the Lewisville Campus
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