March 17, 2022 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Celebrating Education Support Professionals Week

March 14-18 is Education Support Professionals Week, a time to recognize the more than 600 men and women who make sure students get to and from school safely, keep them healthy and safe while at school, maintain buildings and grounds, keep facilities clean and orderly, assist in classrooms, and provide a number of other specialized services. Also called classified employees, education support professionals are those who fill non-certificated positions in our schools.

“We are so fortunate to have these amazing professionals supporting the education of our students,” said Deputy Superintendent Shelly Whitten. “Their work may sometimes go unnoticed, but they are absolutely vital to our goal of helping all students be successful.”

Read more about the vital work of our classified employees on the district website.

BGHS Drama presents a comedic twist on Holmes with "Baskerville"

Ken Ludwig's "Baskerville" reimagines Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes mystery "Hound of the Baskervilles" as a fast-paced comedy. The original play was designed to feature just five actors taking on the roles of more than 40 characters. Battle Ground High School Drama's version, which starts tonight, dispenses with that limitation, but keeps the witty banter and rapid pace of the original.

“It’s a fun ‘whodunit’ kind of thing told through Doctor Watson’s eyes,” said Battle Ground High School drama director Stephan “Cash” Henry. “There’s moments of suspense and moments of outright hilarity. It’s just fun. And I think that’s really what we all needed.” 

The production was originally intended to begin in January but was delayed due to a spike in COVID cases. Shows will be at 7:00 p.m. on March 17-19 and 24-27 at The Lair inside Battle Ground High School. Tickets are $7 per person at the door, cash only. Mask are optional for attendees.

More information about the production is available on the district website.

BGPS’ Board of Directors conducted a regular board meeting on March 14. 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 March 28 at 6:00 p.m.

BGHS Speech and Debate students headed to state

Left to right: BGHS Debate Team members Corrine Schneider (coach), Victoria Rossmiller (senior), Marley Wing (sophomore) and Elisey Voichishin (freshman)

Part of succeeding in debate is learning to see arguments from both sides. That's probably why BGHS 10th grader Marley Wing can see the bright side of losing his debate partner just before the regional competition last weekend. Despite the potential handicap, Wing managed to win his debates and earn a spot at the state-level competition happening remotely this weekend.

"Repetition and thinking about the questions I would ask myself is a big part of the preparation process," Wing said at practice on Wednesday with coach Corrine Schneider and two other speech and debate team members. "It's chaotic, but it works."

Wing will have a partner for the state debate competition. Senior Victoria Rossmiller will help argue their case for or against the expansion of organic agriculture in the United States (teams don't know which side they'll be arguing until the day of the competition). "I think debate is very useful for life in the real world," Rossmiller said. "Sometimes we get stuck just agreeing with something because a friend says it. Studying both sides may not change your mind, but at least you know why others see things the way they do."

BGHS freshman Amanda Dunn will also be competing this weekend in Student Congress, where students imitate the legislative process of creating, sponsoring and debating a bill. Best of luck to all of our students!

District bands impress at Clackamas Community College Jazz Festival

The 50th Annual Clackamas Community College Jazz Festival was held March 11 and 12, and student musicians from Battle Ground Public Schools took home some of the top honors. The Battle Ground High School Advanced Jazz Band finished first in the 6A division and also won the Sweepstakes Trophy for outstanding band of the festival (out of a total of 30 bands performing). The BGHS Intermediate Jazz Band finished 3rd in the 5A division. Avery Hemming, a BGHS junior, was one of three students awarded a full tuition scholarship to Clackamas Community College. 

Chief Umtuch and Tukes Valley middle schools finished 2nd and 3rd in the middle school division. Laurin Middle School also performed. Congratulations to all of our amazing musicians and musical directors for representing our district so well!

You can view all of the performances from both days of the event on the Clackamas Music YouTube channel.

Kindness "rocks" at Glenwood Heights Primary School

Students at Glenwood Heights Primary School celebrated Kindness Month by bringing rocks from home and decorating them in art class. The brightly colored Kindness Rocks now decorate Carissa's Garden, a student memorial at the school created in 2004. Messages of kindness and support sit around blooming flowers, shrubs and other plants. "We have such awesome students showing kindness at Glenwood!" said Assistant Principal Lori Walker. We couldn't agree more!

Chief Umtuch students receive training in hands-only CPR

Ashton Fergason, a Prairie High School junior and FD 3 cadet, helps Chief Umtuch 7th grader Brandon Kelo learn hands-only CPR

Students at Chief Umtuch Middle School received a valuable lesson this week, thanks to cadets with Clark County Fire District 3 and Cascadia Tech Academy. With the sounds of The Bee Gee's "Stayin' Alive" providing the proper tempo, students also learned the correct hand placement and pressure to keep a person's heart beating in the event of a medical emergency. The lesson was coordinated by Chief Umtuch's student DREAM Team.

Visit the Battle Ground Public Schools Twitter feed to see a video of Superintendent Denny Waters trying his own hand(s) at the life-saving technique.

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including:
  • Administrative Assistant (Level 4, Special Education and Vocational Education)
  • Teachers (Transitional Kindergarten, Primary/Secondary at River HomeLink, BGHS Family and Consumer Science, Pleasant Valley Middle Special Education)
  • Basic Education Assistants (Crossing guard, Lab, Recess Supervision)
  • Special Education Assistant (BGHS Job Coach)
  • Special Programs Para (CBC, SLC, CBI) (Student Specific and Baseload)
  • Certificated Substitutes (District wide)
  • Classified Substitutes (District wide)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • COVID Isolation Room Attendant (Daybreak Middle)
  • Psychologist (K-12)
  • Speech/Language Pathologist (K-12)
  • Paraeducator (Reading and SEL Center support)
  • Assistant Secretary (Daybreak Primary)
  • Custodian - Swing shift (Prairie High School)
  • Middle School Sports Head and Assistant Coaches (Cross Country, Boys and Girls Soccer)
  • Game Manager (Tukes Valley and Laurin middle schools)
  • Head Coach (PHS/BGHS Slow-pitch Softball)
  • Assistant Coach (BGHS/PHS - Swimming, Gymnastics ; BGHS - Softball, Wrestling, Unified Soccer ; PHS - Football, Cheer)
View full job listings 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

City of Battle Ground
The City of Battle Ground's Parks & Recreation Dept. is seeking seasonal employees to assist with their summer playground programs: 
- Seasonal Playground Program Lead - $18/hr (mid-April through mid-August)
- Seasonal Playground Program Assistant - $16/hr (mid-June through mid-August)

Find more information and apply online at the city's website.
  • Friday, March 18: Full day of school (make up day due to inclement weather closure on Feb. 24)
  • Wednesday and Thursday, March 23 & 24: Parent-teacher conferences. 3-hour early release for all students. No late start on Wednesday, March 23.
  • Monday, March 28: School board meeting at Lewisville campus, 6:00 p.m.
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