March 3, 2022 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Battle Ground on-time graduation rates highest in nearly a decade

After a slight dip in 2019, on-time graduation rates were up across Battle Ground Public Schools last year. Prairie High School's 4-year graduation rate rose 7 points to 89.5% in 2020. Battle Ground High School saw just over 88% of seniors graduate on time, the highest in six years. CAM Academy remained largely steady with a 93% on-time graduation rate, while River HomeLink rose to 81.6%. Summit View High School, where students can earn a diploma up to the age of 21 using a self-paced schedule, rose to 49% on-time graduation, up 16% from 2019.

“We are proud of the incredible work being done throughout our district to help students overcome during a very challenging two years,” Superintendent Denny Waters said. “Our teachers, counselors, graduation coaches and building administrators have made every effort to recognize and support students who may be falling behind in some areas.”

To see how the district compares to the rest of the state and learn more about the work Battle Ground Public Schools is doing to help students reach graduation on time, be sure to read our full story on the district website.

Middle school girls take to the hardwood

The launch of middle school sports continued this week as girls basketball tipped off their two-week competitive season. Blaze, the Trailblazers mascot, was at Tukes Valley Middle School for opening night as the Timberwolves took on the Daybreak Dragons (check out a highlight video here). Girls basketball has been incredibly popular following the success of the boys' season last month. Several schools have multiple teams competing this season. A full schedule is available on the district website.

Registration remains open for boys soccer (grades 7 and 8) and coed cross country (grades 6-8) starting March 14. Girls soccer and a second season of cross country are scheduled to begin on April 25. Information on signing up through Family ID is available online.

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

BGPS Festival of Bands returns to Prairie High School

Music students from around the district had a chance to show off what they've learned and receive feedback from professional musicians at the 2022 Festival of Bands. This year's event took place Thursday, March 3 at Prairie High School. Students from Prairie, Battle Ground High School, and all six district middle schools had a chance to perform and then attend clinics from visiting music directors to receive in-person feedback. This is the first year since the start of the pandemic students were able to attend the Festival of Bands in person and everyone had a great time. Check out the performances from the BGHS and PHS wind ensembles on the district's YouTube channel.

Daybreak students celebrate Read Across America Day with Reading Camp

Wednesday, March 2 was the birthday of Theodore S. Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. The date is now known as Read Across America Day. Students at Daybreak Primary School had the chance to attend "Reading Camp" this week. Librarian Kara Wooley set up three large tents in the school's media room. She even had lanterns, flashlights, and a campfire playing on a projector screen to complete the atmosphere. Students enjoyed getting to sit in the tents and read a favorite book for a bit. We appreciate the many inventive ways our teachers work to foster a love of reading and learning in their students. Well done!

BGHS and Prairie students recognize Black History Month

Students at Battle Ground and Prairie high schools created historical exhibits and displays of art to recognize Black History Month during February. Battle Ground High School students highlighted black historical figures to share with exhibits around the school. At Prairie High School, art students expressed themselves with displays of black historical and cultural icons. It's great to see our students using their creativity in such positive ways!

Battle Ground High School Drama announces "Baskerville" production

The Battle Ground High School Drama Club is presenting its first full (unmasked) production in over two years. Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery by Ken Ludwig will open Thursday, March 17. Shows will be at 7:00 p.m. on March 17-19 and March 24-26, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 (CASH ONLY) at the door for all audience members, and with the recent announcement of the mask mandate ending on March 12th, masks will be optional for audience members. Performances will be in The Lair at Battle Ground High School, 300 W. Main Street, Battle Ground, WA 98604.

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including:
  • Principal (Laurin Middle School, Yacolt Primary School)
  • Administrative Assistant (Teaching & Learning - CASEE A)
  • Middle School Sports Head and Assistant Coaches (Cross Country, Boys and Girls Soccer)
  • Game Manager (Tukes Valley Middle School)
  • Teachers (Transitional Kindergarten, Primary/Secondary at River HomeLink,)
  • Basic Education Assistants (Crossing guard, recess supervision)
  • Special Programs Para (CBC, SLC, CBI / Resource Room / Student Specific)
  • Certificated Substitutes (District wide)
  • Classified Substitutes (District wide)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Psychologist (K-12)
  • Speech/Language Pathologist (K-12)
  • Assistant Secretary (Daybreak Primary)
  • Custodian - Swing shift (Tukes Valley Primary, Prairie High School)
  • Head Coach (PHS/BGHS Slow-pitch Softball)
  • Assistant Coach (PHS - Volleyball, Girls Tennis BGHS - Wrestling, Softball  BGHS/PHS - Swimming)
View full job listings and apply online at the district website.

Bus Drivers
BGPS' transportation provider, First Student, is in need of bus drivers
. For more details on First Student driving careers, including sign-on bonuses starting at $1,500, 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.
  • Wednesday, March 9: One-hour late start
  • Monday, March 14: School Board meeting, 6:00 p.m. at Lewisville campus
  • Friday, March 18: Full day of school (make up day due to inclement weather closure on Feb. 24)
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