Jan. 6, 2022 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Excitement high as middle school boys basketball tips off

After a 40-year absence, the sound of sneakers squeaking, basketballs bouncing, and coaches shouting out instructions marked the return of middle school sports to Battle Ground Public Schools this week. Boys basketball season started Jan. 3, with girls set to begin on Feb. 7. Teams will play three weeks of intramural scrimmages followed by two weeks of competition between the district's six middle schools. After just three days of practice, Tukes Valley Middle School coach Blake Bowers has already seen improvement from his athletes. “They’re understanding the language and the drills,” he said. “They’re getting faster and more efficient, which is really exciting to see.”

In the spring, Battle Ground's six middle schools will introduce cross country (6-8 grade) and soccer (7-8 grade). In future years the district plans to add volleyball and some track and field events, and is exploring adding wrestling, football, golf, and Unified Sports. Parents and students can visit the district’s Middle School Sports page for more information and links to register through FamilyID. A completed physical is required before students can participate in organized sports.

Superintendent Denny Waters visits with Prairie High School students

Students are why we are here, and Superintendent Denny Waters is committed to hearing their concerns. He sat down with members of the Prairie High School ASB this week to discuss COVID impacts, student events and more. During a chat about Falcon Time, students talked about how the dedicated time allows them a chance to catch up during the school day, ask questions, learn more, connect with clubs and decompress. 

Laurin Middle School students win regional art prizes

Artwork from three current and former Laurin Middle School students will grace the walls of the Portland Expo Center during the upcoming Rose City Classic Dog Show Jan. 19-23. Sixth grader Chelsie Hunt took home first place in the 5th-6th Grade division of the Rose City Classic art contest, winning $100 and a blue ribbon. Seventh grader Jayana Tape won Best T-shirt Design. She'll take home $50 and t-shirts with her design will be sold at the event. Former Laurin student and current Prairie High School 10th grader Sarah Makunin also won honorable mention in the 9th-10th Grade division. 

The theme of this year's art contest was "the healing power of dogs." The Rose City Classic Dog Show is one of the four largest all-breed dog shows in the United States.

Prairie High School bowler recognized as Prep Athlete of the Week

Prairie High School bowler Karley Wold-Hayes' strong performances on the lanes earned her recognition as Prep Athlete of the Week for week 13. The Columbian readers voted for Wold-Hayes 237 times, outpacing second place by 170 votes. The senior averaged over 216 points during a four game stretch, including 254 in a win over Battle Ground. Way to roll, Karley!

Battle Ground Education Foundation sees great need, greater generosity

It was a busy 2021 for the Battle Ground Education Foundation. The nonprofit helped to provide over 700 backpacks with school supplies to students and increased support for the Family and Community Resource Center, which helps Battle Ground Public Schools families facing housing insecurity and other challenges. BGEF also helped organize the Farmers to Families program, delivering over 43,000 boxes of food to local families through May, 2021.  

"We've seen the needs grow this past year, but the generosity of our community has risen to meet that demand," said Colleen O'Neal, BGeF President. "We are so grateful to all of the local businesses, other nonprofits and volunteers who stepped up over the past year. We truly couldn't do this without all of them."

Tickets to the Feb. 12 BGeF Blazers Night are still available through Monday, Jan. 10 (enter code 'BGEF' at checkout). Proceeds will benefit the Foundation, and attendees will have a chance to shoot free throws on the court after the 2 p.m. game against the New York Knicks.

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including:
  • Middle School Sports (Some head coach and assistant coaching positions are still open)
  • Teacher (Special Education - Pleasant Valley Primary)
  • Basic Education Assistants (Automotive/welding, supervision, lunch/recess, supervision, etc.)
  • Special Programs Para (CBC, SLC, CBI / Resource Room / Student Specific)
  • Library Technician (Maple Grove Primary)
  • Certificated Substitutes (District wide)
  • Classified Substitutes (District wide)
  • Psychologist (K-12)
  • School Nurse
  • COVID Isolation Room Attendant (Lewisville campus)
  • Speech/Language Pathologist (K-12)
  • Administrative Assistant - HR (CASEE A)
  • Grant Secretary (District Wide)
  • Career Guidance Transition Facilitator (CASEE A)
  • Testing Coordinator Assistant (Daybreak Primary and Middle, Maple Grove Primary)
  • Maintenance (HVAC Specialist)
  • Custodian (Swing shift - BGHS and Glenwood Heights)
  • Assistant Coach (PHS - Cheer Team, JV Fastpitch, Girls soccer, Girls tennis)
  • Head Coach (PHS - Slow-pitch softball, JV Fastpitch, Girls soccer)
  • Community Education - Referee/Support Staff and Gym Facilitators
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 over $14/hr. 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
  • Monday, Jan. 10: Regular Board of Directors meeting at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 12: One-hour late start
  • Monday, Jan. 17: No school in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
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