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Nov. 12, 2021 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Battle Ground Public School students honor our veterans

Students all across the Battle Ground Public Schools district took time to honor the heroes of our nation this week. At Daybreak Middle School, dozens of students lined up to wave flags and present a token of appreciation to veterans as they drove through the parking lot (VIDEO). Other schools recorded patriotic songs, interviews with veterans, student recognition, and more for virtual assemblies to honor our men and women who served in the United States armed forces. 

Battle Ground Public Schools has a proud tradition of honoring our veterans, and we appreciate the students, teachers and staff who continue to find inventive ways to keep the Veterans Day spirit alive in the midst of challenging times. To our men and women in uniform: thank you for your service!

Recognizing our student mental health advocates

November 8-12 is National School Psychology week. The theme of this year’s recognition is “Let’s Get in Gear,” with ‘gear’ acting as an acronym meaning to Grow, Engage, Advocate, and Rise. 

“School psychologists have always played an instrumental role in our district, but they are more important now than ever,” said Ellen Wiessner, the district’s executive director of special services. “We are seeing an increase in kids needing social-emotional help coming off the isolation of the pandemic.”

In a typical year, Battle Ground Public Schools employs 18 school psychologists and an intern. With staffing shortages, the district currently has 14 full-time psychologists and an intern, meaning many are splitting time between buildings. “Our school psychologists are a small but strong group of individuals,” Wiessner said. “We appreciate all that they do for our students, staff and families. They have stepped up and given it their all.”

Learn more about the important work school psychologists do with students by reading our post on the Battle Ground Public Schools district website.

BGPS’ Board of Directors conducted a work session and a regular board meeting on Nov. 8. 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 Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. 

National Signing Day at Battle Ground, Prairie high schools

Nov. 10 was National Signing Day for high school athletes. At Prairie High School, Track athlete Kara Mattson signed a letter of intent to play Track & Field at the University of Montana. Basketball and baseball player Reece Walling signed with Washington State University to play baseball, where he'll be in the outfield for the Cougars. At Battle Ground High School, Madison Enright signed her intent to play soccer for Lower Columbia College. More students will sign their letters of intent in February. Congratulations to our athletes!

Battle Ground High School Esports team heads to first-ever state playoffs

After finishing the regular season a perfect 5-0, Battle Ground High School's Rocket League Esports team #1 is headed to the first-ever WIAA Esports postseason! The team of three players was one of only two in the state to finish the regular season with a perfect record, besting previously unbeaten Olympic High School on Nov. 8. 

The postseason will start with the quarterfinals on Monday, Nov. 15 with the top 8 teams squaring off in single-elimination matches starting at 4:00 p.m. Teams will play a best-of-seven event, with single games lasting 5 minutes, and overtimes decided by the golden goal rule (first to score wins). 

Matches will be broadcast either via the BG Esports channel on Twitch, or the official CSL Twitch channel. Tune in and cheer on our Tigers!

Tickets still available for PHS Drama's "All Together Now!"

Prairie High School drama's "All Together Now!" musical revue is taking shape, and students are eager to get on stage tonight at 7:00 p.m., and for two shows on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. The show will feature 17 musical numbers from a selection of Music Theater International's hits, including The Newsies, Disney's Beauty & the Beast, James and the Giant Peach, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and much more. Online pre-sales have ended, but tickets are still available at the door. Students are $6, $15 for adults, and $12 for senior citizens. District staff can get in at half price.

Social distancing will be required for separate groups, and masks are required for visitors inside the school. 

(NOTE: Students who are fully vaccinated and those who test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of the performance are permitted to perform without masks, per Washington State K-12 COVID-19 requirements)

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including:
  • Teacher (Special Education, Family and Consumer Science)
  • Basic Education Assistants (supervision, automotive/welding, crossing guard, student specific, lunch/recess, etc.)
  • Special Education Assistants (Student specific and baseload)
  • Paraeducator (SSIA) (Yacolt Primary)
  • Certificated Substitutes (District wide)
  • Classified Substitutes (District wide)
  • FCRC Student Advocate (Paraprofessional - CASEE C)
  • Testing Coordinator Assistant (Daybreak Primary, Maple Grove Primary)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • COVID Isolation Room Attendant (Prairie High School)
  • Psychologist (K-12)
  • Maintenance (HVAC Specialist)
  • Assistant Coach (BGHS Special Olympics Unified Team, PHS Slow-pitch softball)
  • Lead Assistant Coach (PHS Cheer team)
  • Community Education - Referee/Support StaffGym 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.
District
  • Wednesday, Nov. 17: One-hour late start
  • Monday, Nov. 22: Regular Board Meeting, 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 24-Friday, Nov. 27: Thanksgiving Holiday break - no school
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