December 12, 2019 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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BGHS’ Advanced Jazz Band takes first place at Skyview Jazz Festival 

Congratulations to the Battle Ground High School Advanced Jazz Band on taking first place at the Skyview Jazz Festival on Saturday, December 7! The annual festival features high school and middle school big bands and combos. All ensembles receive constructive feedback from adjudicators. This year’s theme was “A Storm of Cool Jazz” and featured guest artists from the River City Riot Brass Band.

In addition to BGHS’ Advanced Jazz Band taking home top honors, Prairie High School’s Jazz Band 1 placed third in the Advanced Division, and Chief Umtuch Middle School’s Advanced Jazz Band placed second in the Middle School Division.

Top soloist awards were presented to Battle Ground High School’s Ashton Hemming (saxophone) and Mallory Meyer (trombone); Prairie High School’s Isaac Moroshan (trumpet); and Chief Umtuch Middle School’s Sora Tolley (alto saxophone), Jake Grevstad (trombone), and Jayden Corey (drums).

Focus on music education

Accolades keep rolling in for BGPS band students

Forty students from Battle Ground Public Schools have been named to the North County Honor Band in recognition of their exceptional musical abilities. On Saturday, February 1, the students will perform in the Honor Band’s seventh annual concert at Hockinson High School at 6 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

A selection committee made up of local band directors reviewed applications and selected the students for the honor band based on their musical accomplishments with input from their band directors. Students selected for the opportunity receive a quality music education experience that challenges them as musicians while working with esteemed guest conductors and performing alongside peers from neighboring school districts. Read more on the district blog
BGPS’ Board of Directors conducted a work session meeting and a regular board meeting on Monday, December 9. Highlights from these meetings are in this week's BG Board, Briefly. The next regular board meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. on the Lewisville campus.

Donuts from the District is back (delivered by elves this time)!

"Donut" think we didn’t notice the great work you're doing! A pair of Santa's little helpers surprised several staff this morning with #DonutsfromDistrict in recognition of the GREAT things they’ve been doing for our schools! From teachers and counselors to the staff who work in maintenance and operations, in our warehouse and school offices, these amazing people make a difference every day. Thank you for always going above and beyond for our community! Visit our Facebook page to see more delicious donut delivery photos

Laurin Middle School students show off their work at Art Show

Last Friday, art teacher Tanya Bachman and her 8th grade art students at Laurin Middle School welcomed parents to the classroom for their bi-annual art show! Students take turns showing off 3-4 of their creations from the semester, highlighting both their best work as well as a piece that wasn't their favorite (with the idea being that everyone should strive for constant growth and improvement).

While their peers held up their artwork for the class and visitors to see, the artists give a brief explanation for each piece of art, describing the inspiration, concepts and techniques behind their creations. The students did a fantastic job presenting and providing feedback on each other's work, and there was some seriously impressive artwork on display. Great job, Lions! Check out more photos on our Facebook page

Fan voting is now open for The Columbian's 2019 All-Region football team

With the 2019 football season now in the books,  it's the perfect time to look back and reflect on an amazing season for our student athletes! Prairie High School enjoyed its best season in 27 years, and Battle Ground High School continues to build momentum. You can help choose the players who are named to The Columbian's 2019 All-Region Football Team through this Saturday, with results announced on Dec. 22. There are an impressive 10 players from BGPS schools nominated, so be sure to vote if you can. 

Also, be sure to check out BGHS football's impressive end-of-year video and slideshow

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including a Science Resource Center technician, 3 basic education assistants (a lunch/recess supervisor, a lab assistant, and a recess/bus duty assistant) a swing shift custodian, a community education facilitator, a gym recreation facilitator, a tutoring para-educator, a Russian language parent outreach liaison, 9 special education assistants (baseload and student specific), a high school transition coach, assistant coaches for gymnastics and track, 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.
  • One Hour Late Start, Wed., Dec. 18
  • No School - Winter Break, Monday, Dec. 23 to Sunday, Jan. 5 
District & Community Events

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