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February 20, 2020 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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BGHS Jazz Combo band wins "The Spirit of Mingus Award" in New York City


Congratulations to the Battle Ground High School Jazz Combo on winning "The Spirit of Mingus Award" at the Charles Mingus Jazz Festival in New York City last weekend! Pictured above are (from left to right) Emily Brooks, drums; Dalon Goodwin, upright bass; Matthew Hughey, piano; Jacob Williams, trombone; Greg McKelvey, director; Mallory Meyer, trombone; Ian McHenry, baritone sax and tenor sax; and Ashton Hemming, tenor sax and soprano sax.

Ashton Hemming also won a soloist award and was invited to play with the Grammy award winning Mingus Big Band at acclaimed venue Jazz Standard. Well done, Tigers!

Focus on excellence in the arts

BGHS senior wins regional Poetry Out Loud competition, advances to state

Senior Amy Eells is establishing herself as Battle Ground High School’s preeminent poetry performance artist. After winning the school’s annual Poetry Out Loud competition for the second consecutive year, Eells advanced to the regional finals held at the ESD 112 on Jan. 22. Eells impressed the judges once again with her recitation of “Mansplaining” by Jennifer Militello and was selected as one of two regional winners, joining Yeshi Berry of the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics. By winning the regional competition, Eells and Berry are two of only 12 finalists headed to the state competition in Tacoma on March 7.

Read more on the district blog.

Prairie High School Drama presents 'Legally Blonde: The Musical'


Elle Woods appears to have it all, but her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law School. Determined to get him back, Elle ingeniously charms her way into the prestigious law school. While there, she struggles with peers, professors and her ex. With the support of some new friends, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.

This fun, award-winning musical opens March 5. For more information, including all performance dates, times, and links to purchase tickets, please visit the district blog

BGHS senior takes first at SkillsUSA welding competition


Congratuluations to Battle Groung High School senior Jake Rehbein on winning the Southwest Washington regional championship in Skills USA's Welding competition! Competitors receive contest drawings and a set of welding procedure specifications. All drawings, welding symbols, and welding terms conform to the latest edition of the American Welding Society standards. Through a series of stations, contestants are tested on various aspects of welding procedures. If you're interested in reading about all the technical aspects of the welding challenge, visit SkillsUSA's website and scroll down to the Welding category.

By winning the regional competition, Rehbein advances to the state SkillsUSA welding contest at Yakamia in April. Well done, Jake, and best of luck at the state competition!

Help homeless youth succeed at BGeF's 'Battle Ground Has Talent' fundraiser


The Battle Ground Education Foundation is sponsoring a fun night of entertainment on Feb. 29 that will benefit our Family & Community Resource Center (FCRC)

The staff of our FCRC are devoted to helping our students and families who face economic challenges by empowering them with the skills they need to gain confidence and independence. The work they do is crucial to helping the students in our classrooms become resilient, successful adults.

Tickets are available online: https://bgef.ejoinme.org/BattleGroundHasTalent2020. A $20 ticket includes a spaghetti dinner and performances by some very talented students. Gift baskets will be up for auction. For more information, read a column by Superintendent Mark Ross in The Reflector describing how the district's Family and Community Resource Center has made great strides in helping our unaccompanied homeless students: Ross column: Our schools help homeless youth succeed.

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including a school nurse, a high school math teacher, a head custodian (swing shift), 2 para-educators (ELL and tutoring), 5 special education assistants (baseload and student specific), a middle school prevention/intervention specialist, a gym recreation facilitator, a community education Launch program facilitator, community education referee/support staff, an assistant gymnastics coach, 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.
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