March 21, 2019 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Battle Ground HS students learn floral design 

by Jenny Hansson, KOIN 6 News

For some students at Battle Ground High School, stopping to smell the flowers (and assemble them into bouquets) is a required assignment. 

Horticulture science teacher Carissa Folgner teaches a class at the school on floral arrangements. Students who take the class do more than stick stems into pretty bunches. Folgner told KOIN 6 News the students have to learn the rules before they start jamming stems into vases -- and to learn those rules, they have to understand the history. Watch KOIN's segment and read their story here

Focus on district leadership

Battle Ground school board selects Mark Watrin as new District 4 director

The Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors has selected retired educator Mark Watrin to fill the District 4 director position left vacant when long-time board member Mavis Nickels resigned earlier this month. Watrin was one of four candidates the board interviewed and considered at a special meeting Monday night. Watrin will be sworn in at the Battle Ground school board meeting on Monday, March 25.

Watrin is a retired teacher whose career spanned 40 years in a variety of roles as a science educator. Early in his career, Watrin helped develop the Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education, a half-day high school program focused on science in Battle Ground Public Schools. Read more on the district website.

PHS Dance team heads to the state championship competition

Best of luck to the Prairie High School Falcons Dance Team as they compete in the 2019 Dance/Drill State Championships this weekend in Yakima! PHS will be competing in the 2A/3A Dance and 3A Hip Hop categories on Friday at the Yakima Valley SunDome with the goal of bringing home a championship trophy. More information about the venue and the championship schedule is available here.

Calling the class of 2032! Kindergarten enrollment is now open.

Kindergarten enrollment for the 2019-20 school year is now open! Any child who will be five years old before Sept. 1, 2019 is eligible to enter kindergarten in the fall. Parents will need proof of their child's birth date (such as a birth certificate) and a signed and completed Washington State Certificate of Immunization Status form. 

If your friends or family have children who will be starting kindergarten in the fall, please encourage them to enroll early so that we can better plan for how many kinder classrooms we need. Enrolling early also helps ensure a spot at kindergarten orientation. Click the flyer for additional details, or visit

BGHS invites prom-goers to 'Say Yes to the Prom Dress'  

This Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., students from all across the region are invited to "Say Yes to the Prom Dress." Now in its 15th year at BGHS, the annual event provides hundreds of free prom dresses, shoes, and accessories to girls who otherwise might not be able to attend prom due to the financial constraints. Students from neighboring districts are also invited to attend. 

Battle Ground High School's UTC Service Leadership Class hosts the event and believes that every student should have the opportunity to make memories at events such as a prom, regardless of their financial situation. For more information about the event, please email Maryke Haynes at Battle Ground High School.  
Join the BGPS Team! Many positions are available now, including 3 basic education assistants (2 crossing guards and a lunch/recess supervisor), a community education facilitator, a gym recreation facilitator, 3 student specific special education assistants, assistant coaches for football (two positions currently open), cheer, golf, and softball; head coaches for girls basketball and cross country, and various certificated and classified substitutes. 

Visit the district's Jobs web page to see our openings and apply.

K-8 students in Battle Ground Public Schools' Community Education choir recently participated in a local Music Educators Association choir festival. The festival provided an opportunity for the students, led by teacher Erika Uribe, to grow as artists, performers, and critical thinkers. They gained confidence in themselves and their abilities, learned to rely on each other, and developed a sense of community with their peers. They gained a broader sense of the world around them, singing with 150 students from the Portland Metro Area, well as singing a variety of pieces from all over the world in multiple languages. 

Registration for more events and activities like this are now open! Battle Ground Community Education offers classes and camps on music, sports, art, cooking, theater, dance, science, coding, 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.

District & Community Events

The Community Events page is designed to share community functions that have been approved for school district use. These events are not sponsored or endorsed by the district, but are a part of the greater Battle Ground Public Schools community.

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