January 23, 2020 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Prairie captures school's first league wrestling title

Lane's reversal pin seals Falcons 42-33 win over Kelso
by Joshua Hart, Columbian sports reporter

photo by The Columbian

Congratulations to Prairie wrestling coach Rob Smith and the entire Falcon wrestling team on securing the team's first ever league wrestling title! You can read all about the clinching victory and see a photo gallery on The Columbian's website.

Focus on career training

Battle Ground High School AFJROTC cadets receive aviation scholarships

Four Air Force Junior ROTC cadets from Battle Ground High School will be flying high this summer after being awarded scholarships that will provide them with an opportunity to earn private pilot licenses. Nathanial Davis, Jarrett Huntington, Brooke Kirby, and Wyatt Moody are among only 200 AFJROTC cadets nationwide selected to receive scholarships from the Flight Academy Scholarship Program, a collaborative initiative between the United States Air Force and the commercial aviation industry intended to inspire and encourage high school youth to pursue aviation careers.

The program is an intensive 8-week summer aviation training program, conducted at 11 accredited universities nationwide. Upon successful completion, students are awarded a Private Pilot’s Certification and 12 college credits. Each scholarship is valued at approximately $22,500 and covers transportation, room and board, academics and required flight hours. Read more on the district website

There's no debating it: these PHS Falcons have impressive persuasion skills

The Speech and Debate team at Prairie High School earned more than their fair share of hardware at Ridgefield’s competition last week!  

The students who received awards at the competition are (back row, left to right):
  • Andrew Porter placed 2nd in Dual Interpretation (with Veronica Porter)
  • Allissa Flood placed 1st in Editorial Commentary and 1st in Dual Interpretation
  • Veronica Porter placed 2nd in Dual Interpretation (with Andrew Porter)
  • Caelan Lawhead placed 1st in Dual Interpretation (with Allissa Flood)
  • Zane Grevstad placed 2nd in Dramatic Interpretation
  • Nevaeh Warren placed 1st in Programmed Oral Interpretation
Front row, left to right:
  • Ellie Durgarian placed 1st in Novice Expository and 2nd in Novice Impromptu
  • Charlotte Adams placed 1st in Expository
  • Maggie Munoz placed 1st in Student Congress Debate, 1st in Dramatic Interpretation, and 1st in Original Oratory
Maggie Munoz also received the Aja Gerrity Memorial Award, which is given annually to the competitor who places the highest across all categories. Congratulations to all of these students on placing and earning some much-deserved recognition!

BGHS Drama presents ‘Family Matters’

Battle Ground High School Drama Club proudly presents “Family Matters” beginning Jan. 30. Written by Sandra Finchel Asher, the production presents the "full catastrophe" of family life, embracing its comic, dramatic, farcical and tragic realities. The monologues and scenes deal with issues that almost all families deal with, as well as other issues that families must sometimes confront, such as neglect, abandonment, abuse, and sexual assault. 

Tickets are available for purchase online at or at the door on the day of the show. Tickets are $5 for senior citizens, students, and BGPS staff, and $7 for the general public. Students must present an ASB card and staff must show an employee badge or other proof of employment to access the discount pricing. 

Mock interviews, resume writing workshops help PHS students be prepared

Career and Technical Education students at Prairie High School have been busy the last few weeks brushing up on their interviewing and resume writing skills. Josh Jones from Partners in Careers, a Vancouver-based organization whose mission is to assist individuals to become economically self-sufficient by providing resources, training and job placement opportunities, visited campus on Jan. 12 to present a resume writing and interview skills clinic. This helped prepare the students for last week's mock interviews held in the library throughout the day last Friday. 

Guest/volunteer interviewers included Tomas Nuzzi and Faith Avery from Goodwill Industries; Nikki Bisconer from DRVN101; Diane Clark and Holland Christie from the Fort Vancouver Regional Library; retiree Frank Gorsline; Erin Jensen from Portland State University; SFC Kirk Tyner and SSG Rye McNeil from the U.S. Army National Guard; Petty Officer Brian Hunter from the U.S. Coast Guard; Sgt. Scarlette Rafferty from the U.S. Marines; YNS2 Jacob Puckett and OS2 Dwayne Purnell from the U.S. Navy; and SSG Angeline Rankin, SSG Deangelo Williams, SSG Deangelo McDonald from the U.S. Army.

Thank you to all of the organizations and volunteers who helped make the event a success! 

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including a speech/language pathologist, a special education teacher, 3 assistant secretaries/assessment coordinators, 2 basic education assistants (bus duty and student specific), a swing shift custodian, a gym recreation facilitator, 2 para-educators (English Language Learners and Tutoring), 2 special education assistants (student specific), assistant coaches for gymnastics, track, and girls tennis, a game manager at PHS, and various certificated and classified substitutes.

Visit the district's Jobs web page to see our openings and apply.
Registration is open for an unlimited amount of fun! Battle Ground Community Education offers classes and camps on music, sports, art, cooking, theater, dance, science, fitness and so much more. Check out the many upcoming classes on the Community Education website.

Upcoming Classes and Activities Call Battle Ground Community Education at (360) 885-6584 for more information.
  • BGPS Board of Directors Regular Meeting, Monday, Jan. 27, 6:00 p.m. at the Lewisville campus
  • K-12 Early Release (Professional Development), Wednesday, January 29
  • K-12 Early Release (end of semester), Thursday, January 30
  • K-12 Early Release (end of semester), Friday, January 31
District & Community Events

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