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June 3, 2021 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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A fond farewell to our 2021 retirees

Almost three dozen valued Battle Ground Public Schools employees are retiring this year, many after multiple decades in public education. Gary Albers, the long-time geography teacher for CAM Academy, is hanging it up after 48 years, while Captain Strong Primary preschool teacher Holly Cattin is calling it a career after four decades. Prairie High School will be losing nearly 70 years of combined head coaching experience with the departures of Kyle Brooks (basketball), Curtis Crebar (track and field), and Michael Thyron (soccer). BGPS Superintendent Mark Ross is also retiring after seven years with the district and nearly four decades in public education.

Head over to the district website to see the full list of this year's retirees, and be sure to leave your own comments and congratulations on our Facebook page as we wish a fond farewell and a happy retirement to these dedicated public servants.

High school graduations begin next week

Battle Ground Public Schools is excited to be holding live, in-person graduation ceremonies at District Stadium on the Battle Ground High School campus. Graduating seniors and at least four family members will be able to enjoy the ceremonies in person, while additional friends and family can watch live on our BGTV 27 YouTube channel

Thanks to our community, the district has been able to put levy dollars to work upgrading many of our facilities, including long-overdue improvements to District Stadium. A full replacement of seats on both the home and visitor sides of the stadium will be completed before the end of the school year and allow us to use that space to provide safe, outdoor, in-person graduation ceremonies, which was the majority preference for respondents to a poll put out to students and families earlier this spring.

The graduation ceremonies will all begin at 7 p.m., with CAM Academy kicking things off on June 9, Prairie High School on June 10, Battle Ground High School on June 11, River HomeLink on June 13, and Summit View High School on June 14.

Prairie High School students jump at the chance to Inspire

 (PHS Sophomore Soledad Ahumada gets a kick out of Inspire Week)
From the sidewalks outside of Prairie High School, to the walls and doors inside the school, inspiring messages abound this week. Now part of the school's Applied Psychology course, Inspire Week has become a popular activity with many students who enjoy making the posters, doing sidewalk chalk, plastering doors and bathroom mirrors with inspirational messages, and delivering cards, flowers, Subway gift cards, and even watermelons to staff.

This year's Inspire Week focused especially on lifting up teachers, administrators, nutrition services employees, and custodial staff who've put in extra effort during the pandemic to keep students safe and fed. Social Studies teacher Dawn Rowe leads Inspire Week, now in its third year, and says students have jumped at the chance to come up with ideas and find ways to brighten the lives of other students and staff. 

"Leaders pop up and creativity pops up," Rowe said. "They can do it. You just have to believe in them."


Battle Ground High School drama club returns to the stage


"The Battle Ground Drama Club is proud to present..." are words that teacher Stephan "Cash" Henry hasn't had the chance to say in over a year. The group was putting the finishing touches on a version of "Romeo & Juliet" last March when the pandemic closed schools and brought things to a halt. This week, however, they return to the stage inside The Lair at Battle Ground High School to present two plays: a radio drama written by two students, senior Andrew Ovall and junior Lorelei Hunsaker, in the vein of an old-style murder mystery (with a twist or two) and a stage production of John R. Carrol's "Oh, What a Tangled Web."

The three shows will happen June 3-5, starting at 7 p.m. and running approximately 90 minutes. Ovall says it's a bittersweet thrill to finally present their play to actual crowds.

"It was a huge relief for me just knowing that it's out there," he said. "We're doing it."

Henry said the students have shown incredible maturity and resilience during a year in which they went from full remote, to hybrid and, finally, full in-person learning five days a week.

"I missed seeing my kids' faces in person, reveling in their youthful energy that helps to keep me young," he wrote in the program for the presentation. "I missed watching their amazing creativity on stage, being constantly amazed at their abilities and their passion."

Pleasant Valley Primary raises over $8K for American Heart Association


Now in its 32nd year, the annual Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart fundraiser at Pleasant Valley Primary was a rousing success yet again. The month-long event raised more than $8,500 for the American Heart Association, including more than $1,600 alone raised by second grader Kennedy Kindschuh. The fundraiser was started by PE teacher Paul White, who has since retired, but his replacement is upholding her promise to carry on the tradition. 

"The AHA Kids Heart Challenge program is an outstanding educational program for kids," said teacher Amy Allinger. "We are excited to continue this tradition next year as well, and hope to bring back our huge culminating event that we have missed the last two years."

While the students didn't get to have the usual jump rope and hoops challenge to wrap up the event, they did get to hit five teachers with pies to celebrate hitting their fundraising goal. Great job, PVP community!

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now. Daybreak Middle School is seeking an Assistant Principal. Daybreak Primary needs a Guidance Counselor, while Amboy Middle School is looking for an Instructional Coach. Prairie High School boys basketball is seeking a new head coach, while the school's football and swimming programs need an assistant coach. Battle Ground High School is hiring a head coach for girls soccer, and a lead assistant for the cheer team. The swimming teams at both BGHS and Prairie need a head coach as well. Various teaching positions are available at schools around the district, along with numerous special education and special education assistant positions. Certificated and classified substitutes positions are also available. The district is seeking a K-12 Occupational Therapist, a Psychologist, a speech/language pathologist, as well as two Licensed Practical Nurses and a para-educator. Summit View High School is in need of a new head secretary. Custodial workers are also needed for carpet cleaning, moving work, and a swing shift position at Battle Ground High School. Visit the district's Jobs web page to see our openings and apply.
 
BGPS' transportation provider, Cascade Student Transportation, is also in need of bus drivers. Visit https://sticareers.com/ to apply. 
District
  • 3-hour early release (K-8 only), Friday, June 4 for parent-teacher conferences
  • Graduations:
    • CAM Academy: Wednesday, June 9 at 7 p.m.
    • Prairie High School: Thursday, June 10 at 7 p.m.
    • Battle Ground High School: Friday, June 11 at 7 p.m.
    • River HomeLink: Monday, June 14 at 7 p.m.
    • Summit View High School: Tuesday, June 15 at 7 p.m.
  • 3-hour early release, Mon & Tue, June 14 & 15 (Amboy/Yacolt attend a full day on June 14)
  • Last day of school, Tuesday, June 15 (June 16 & 3-hour early release for Amboy and Yacolt)
  • BGPS Board of Directors Regular Meeting, Monday, June 14, 4 p.m. 
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