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Nov. 4, 2021 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Battle Ground School District voters approve four-year replacement levy

A replacement four-year Educational Programs & Operations Levy appears set to be approved this week. As of Thursday night, the levy had 53.8% approval from 16,500 voters in the district. In a message to the community, Superintendent Denny Waters thanked voters, noting that the levy will allow the district to continue providing popular student programs like art, music, high school sports and other activities. Waters said he is especially excited that the launch of middle school sports will be able to move ahead after a nearly 40-year absence from the district.

"That is huge," Waters wrote. "In addition, the passage of the levy secures financial stability for the district and ensures that we will be able to continue our efforts to meet our district goals of high quality instruction and strong social emotional support for students."

Waters promised those who voted against the levy that their voices will not be ignored. "I hear your concerns and I promise I am listening," he said.

BGPS launches COVID-19 testing site for students, staff

Battle Ground Public Schools is pleased to be able to offer PCR COVID-19 testing for students and staff who are symptomatic, or have been identified as a close contact of a confirmed case. Testing is available on all school days from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Lewisville Campus (406 NW 5th Ave). A negative test result could enable students to shorten their quarantine or isolation periods and return to school sooner. The tests are self-administered, and results generally available within 24-48 hours.

More information on testing is available on the district website.

Battle Ground schools prepare to honor veterans on Veterans Day


Battle Ground Public Schools' time honored Veterans Day traditions will continue this year. While most celebrations will remain virtual, ASB students at Daybreak Middle School are holding a drive through event on Wednesday, Nov. 10 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Veterans are invited to drive through the parking lot (entrance off of NE 239th St.) where students will wave and present them with a token of appreciation. Community members are also welcome to attend.

Other schools are preparing their own events to honor our men and women in uniform. Tukes Valley Primary students have created a video of patriotic songs and over 500 flags will adorn classrooms on Nov. 10 (schools are closed on Veterans Day). Laurin, Amboy, and Chief Umtuch middle schools are preparing their own videos to show to students and families, as is Prairie High School. Battle Ground High School's AFJROTC cadets will provide pre-recorded color guard ceremonies for several schools and be at events in Vancouver and Ridgefield on Nov. 11. CAM Academy will hold a virtual assembly on Nov. 9 featuring songs from students, a history of Veterans Day, a poem, and stories from parents who served in the military.

Schools will reach out to families with information on planned events, and a full list will be available on the district website next week.

Prairie High drama students "All Together" for fall production

Prairie High School drama students will return to the stage this month to put their unique and talented spin on musical numbers from some of the most popular shows on the planet. The students will perform 17 musical numbers from classics such as Disney's Beauty and the Beast, James and the Giant Peach, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Newsies, Sister Act, and much more. Shows will be on Friday, Nov. 12 at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 12 at  2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online and cost $5 for students, $12 for adults, and $10 for senior citizens. Seating will be based on date of ticket purchase and assigned to keep groups socially distanced. Masks are required during the performance and while inside the school.

Daybreak Primary first graders enjoy indoor pumpkin patch

First grade students at Daybreak Primary enjoyed some fun and games last week, ending with a chance to select their own miniature pumpkin to take home. The event was put together by teachers at the school, who organized sack races, math games, and other activities for the students. Check out more pictures from the event on the Battle Ground Public Schools Facebook page.

BGHS vs. Prairie varsity football game set for Friday, Nov. 5


For the first time in over two years, conference rivals will take the field against each other. The September matchup between the Battle Ground High School and Prairie varsity football teams was initially canceled due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. With the Tigers and Falcons both out of playoff contention, the game was able to be rescheduled for Friday, Nov. 5 at District Stadium. Battle Ground will be the home team, with Prairie fans sitting in the guest bleachers. 

Battle Ground High School Slowpitch softball finishes 4th at state


The Battle Ground High School Slowpitch Softball team finished fourth at the state tournament in Yakima on Oct. 29 and 30, a great accomplishment in the first trip to the state competition in school history. The Tigers finished second in the divisional playoffs to earn a trip to state. They won two of four games in Yakima to finish fourth. 

“It’s a dream come true because the girls worked so hard for it this year,” head coach Rachel Gray told The Columbian newspaper. “Honestly, I’ve never had a team that practices harder. They asked if they could have Saturday practices or to work on things after practice. They put their heart and soul into this year and it’s nice it paid off.”

Congrats, ladies!

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including:
  • Teacher (Family and Consumer Science - BGHS/PHS, Special Education - PVP)
  • Basic Education Assistants (Automotive/welding, supervision, lunch/recess, supervision)
  • Special Education Assistants (Student specific and baseload)
  • Certificated Substitutes (District wide)
  • Classified Substitutes (District wide)
  • Graduation Success Coach (Work Based - PHS/BGHS)
  • Paraeducator (RHL Online Support Paraprofessional)
  • Testing Coordinator Assistant (Daybreak Primary, Maple Grove Primary)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Maintenance (HVAC Specialist)
  • Assistant Coach (PHS - Cheer Team, Slowpitch Softball, Wrestling BGHS - Basketball Spec. Olympics Unified)
  • Community Education - Referee/Support Staff and Gym 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
  • Monday, Nov. 8: Board of Directors regular meeting, 6:00 p.m. at Lewisville campus
  • Wednesday, Nov. 10: One-hour late start for all schools
  • Thursday, Nov. 11: Veterans Day (all schools closed for the holiday)
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