August 12, 2021 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Volunteers fill backpacks with school supplies

Hundreds of students in the Battle Ground school district will receive a free backpack and basic school supplies next week, thanks to the hard work of many volunteers and the generosity of local organizations and the community.

"We could not provide school supplies to students in our district without the support of a lot of folks in our community who have been able to step forward and give us a hand this year," said Lydia Sanders, coordinator for the Family and Community Resource Center (FCRC) which helps to orchestrate the annual donation effort.

Thanks go out to the Battle Ground Education Foundation, Lewis River Rotary, the Battle Ground chapter of the GFWC, Fargher Lake Grange, the Battle Ground Lions Club, Battle Ground Foursquare Church, Bethel Community Church and more. Our students appreciate you, and so do we!

BGPS Superintendent Denny Waters takes a turn behind the wheel

First Student, the district's new transportation service provider, gave several Battle Ground Public School employees a chance to get behind the wheel of a school bus this week. Superintendent Denny Waters took one of the company's brand new, state-of-the-art buses for a spin outside the bus barn on Eaton Blvd. Check out a video of the superintendent's adventure on the district's YouTube site

First Student brings a brand new fleet of fuel-efficient buses to the district. Each bus is packed with safety features such as security cameras, turn-by-turn navigation systems for each route, and families will even be able to use the FirstView mobile app this fall for real-time tracking of pickup and dropoff times or even automatic notifications if a bus is delayed. Stay tuned for more about that soon.

If you know someone who is interested in becoming a bus driver, First Student is hiring. Well-qualified drivers could get a sign-on bonus of up to $3,000. For more information and to apply, check out the First Student careers page.


BGPS’ Board of Directors conducted a regular board meeting on Aug. 9. Highlights from this meeting are in this week's BG Board, Briefly. Archived video of board meetings is now available on the district website. The next regular board meeting will be held on Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. 

National Night Out a chance to connect with the community

(Battle Ground Public Schools Superintendent Denny Waters greets community members during National Night Out)

Hundreds of people showed up at Kiwanis Park in Battle Ground on Aug. 3 for the return of National Night Out. Battle Ground Public Schools' booth featured coloring pages, pencils, mascot stickers, and a chance to connect with leaders from the district.

"National Night Out was a wonderful experience and a great opportunity to meet with the incredible people in our community," said Superintendent Denny Waters. "We are better working together, and I believe it's very important to take every opportunity we have to hear from the people in our district."

As part of our goal to keep "Working Better Together," the district will soon be launching a new online portal for community feedback. Keep an eye out for more news on that soon.

Battle Ground CTE program brings home state awards

The Washington Association for Career and Technical Education (WA-ACTE) summer conference landed some big awards for the Battle Ground school district CTE program. CTE Director Cindy Arnold was recognized with the WA-ACTE Administrator of the Year award, while Work-Based Learning Coordinator Kris Neal took home the Washington Association for Career Counseling and Employment readiness (WA-CCER) Counseling and Career Development Professional award.

"It is a surprise and an honor to be recognized," said Arnold, attributing the honor to the team atmosphere in her department. "We have so many great things happening in our district, and the CTE staff puts forth so much effort for their programs and care so much about their students. We work really well together."

Two businesses that participate in the district's work-based learning program were also honored. Prairie Electric won the WA-CCER outstanding employer award of merit for community service, while Tapani, Inc. took home a WA-ACTE business-education partnership award.

Local newspapers step up to help Summer Academy STEM class project

(Adelaide Lokey, who will be entering fourth grade, shows off her newspaper model of a coral reef)

Thanks to the generosity of The Reflector and The Columbian newspapers, K-4 students attending the district's Summer Academy were able to complete their STEM activity learning about coral reefs off the shores of the Pacific Northwest. They were challenged to design and build a coral reef out of newspaper and to hide as many paper rockfish in them as possible. Together, both publications donated more than 500 newspapers to help with the project. Well done, students, and a big thank you to The Reflector and The Columbian for your generosity!

Clark County Food Bank food giveaway happening Aug. 14

Families in need can receive a box of food from the Clark County Food Bank and their partner agency network on Saturday, Aug. 14 at Sacred Heart Church in Battle Ground (1603 N Parkway Ave). The bonus food giveaway events provide tens of thousands of pounds of fresh produce and dairy, as well as shelf-stable items and food staples, most provided by local grocery stores. More details are available on the district's Community Events page.

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now. Teacher positions are open throughout the district in a variety of specialities including math and science, STEM, American Sign Language, and numerous special education positions. Para-educators are needed for math at Prairie and Battle Ground high schools. Special Education Assistants are also needed including baseload and student specific. There are also school nurse and psychologist positions open, as well as a guidance counselor, instructional coach and a prevention/intervention specialist. The district also needs a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). The football teams at Battle Ground and Prairie high schools are still in need of assistant coaches, while Community Education is in need of referee/support staff as well as a gym facilitator. The district is also seeking a new maintenance employee with a specialty in HVAC work and Captain Strong Primary needs a custodian. At the district office, a Grant Secretary position is available. Visit the district's Jobs web page to see our full list of job openings and to apply.

Child care workers
Battle Ground Public Schools' new before and after school care provider, Right at School, is looking for full and part-time workers. Contact Darcie Torres at if you are interested, or visit Right at School career page for more details and job descriptions.

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  
  • BGPS Board of Director's summer meeting schedule
    • Monday, August 23, 6 p.m.
    • Monday, September 13, 6 p.m.
  • School offices are open from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Aug. 9-13 (closed Friday)
    • Hours expand to 8 a.m. - 4 p.m, Mon-Thu the week of Aug. 16,
    • Full-time hours resume the week of Aug. 23
  • First day of school, Wednesday, Sept. 1
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