May 28, 2021 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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62nd Annual BGPS District Art Show

The District Art Show is an ongoing tradition that was started way back in 1959 by Battle Ground High School art teacher Bob Peck, with help from Battle Ground city librarian Florence Rieck. While the show has morphed and grown over the years, including going virtual the past two years due to the ongoing pandemic, it remains a favorite event for students, parents, teachers, and community members alike.

Contributions come from students at all grade levels from around the district. Pieces will not be judged this year, but participants will receive a Certificate of Participation. The exhibits, which include drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and video, are available to view online.

Principal and administrative changes announced

(Top row - left to right: Denny Waters, Susannah Woehr, Krishna Smith. Bottom row - left to right: Shelly Whitten, Michelle Reinhardt, Michelle Scott, Stephanie Watts)

Prairie High School will be getting a new principal in the 2021-22 school year, as Stephanie Watts moves to the district office to take over as Director of Human Resources. Susannah Woehr comes from the Renton School District where she served as assistant principal at Renton High School. Krishna Smith will be taking over as the new principal for Daybreak Primary, coming over from Amboy Middle School where she was assistant principal.

At the district office, Denny Waters will take over as Superintendent starting July 1, following the retirement of Mark Ross. Shelly Whitten moves into Waters' former role as Deputy Superintendent, while Michelle Reinhardt moves into Whitten's former position as Executive Director of Human Services. Michelle Scott joins the district as the new Chief Financial Officer, replacing Meagan Hayden who recently moved out of the area with her family. Scott comes over from Hockinson School District where she was Director of Business Services.

Future Tigers night welcomes incoming freshmen to Battle Ground High School

(10th grader Cohan Stocks helps guide an incoming freshman and family member around Battle Ground High School)

More than 100 incoming freshmen took advantage of Future Tigers night at Battle Ground High School this week, getting a tour of the building where they'll spend the next four years finishing their secondary education. This year's event was a more intimate affair than in years past, with S.T.R.I.P.E.S. peer mentors meeting students and their parents or guardian for a guided tour filled with information and personal experiences about life at BGHS.

Dawn Pack, BGHS school counselor and freshmen class adviser said the approach seemed to be popular with families, as well as the mentors who helped show them around. "The mentors really hit it out of the park," she said. "I couldn't be more proud." About 25 percent of the incoming freshmen class at BGHS took advantage of the tours on Tuesday. 

8th graders who will be entering Battle Ground High School next year were also invited to take part in an informational Zoom webinar on Tuesday, May 18. A recording of that video session is available online.

Band teachers band together to help students

(Chief Umtuch Middle School eighth grader McKenna Garner preforms a piece of music for Tukes Valley Middle director of bands, Alison Pierce)

Fifteen students from five middle schools participated in the BGPS Virtual Solo Ensemble Festival last week. Band teachers from across the district worked together to make sure students had a chance to work one-on-one with an expert in their chosen instrument. Usually the Lower Columbia River Music Education Association puts on the event, giving students the chance to receive praise and feedback from a professional musician. With that event canceled, Battle Ground band teachers stepped in, listening to performances and providing feedback via Zoom. 

"In addition to our students growing their musicianship, it helped strengthen the musician community between schools throughout our district," said Alison Pierce, director of bands at Tukes Valley Middle School. "I am so thankful and proud to be a part of our group of music educators!"

Battle Ground Community Education summer schedule released

The full summer camp schedule for Battle Ground Community Education is now complete and posted online on the district's Community Events page. There are numerous sports camps for children in grades K-5, monthly circuit training sessions, volleyball camps, including the Prairie Falcons Junior's camp, as well as a list of dance workshops and musical theater programs for all ages.

To register, go to the BGCE website and click "classes," then "summer camps." Questions? Call 360-885-6584, or email


BGPS’ Board of Directors conducted a regular board meeting on May 24. Highlights from this meeting is in this week's BG Board, Briefly. The next regular board meeting will be held on June 14 at 6 p.m. 

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including assistant principal at Battle Ground High School, as well as an assistant principal/athletic director for Prairie High School. Daybreak Primary is also seeking a new assistant principal. Prairie High School is seeking a new head coach for boys basketball, as well as assistant coaches for football and swimming. The Battle Ground High School cheer team is seeking a lead assistant coach, as well as a head coach for swimming at BGHS and Prairie. Teachers are also needed for family and consumer science at both Prairie High School and Summit View High School. The district is also seeking an occupational therapist, a psychologist, and a speech/language pathologist.  An opening for a Licensed Practical Nurse remains, as well as a graduation success coach at Battle Ground High School and a district-wide Para-Educator for tutoring. We're still in need of a number of special education assistants throughout the district, as well as a Basic Education Assistant (supervisor) at Captain Strong Primary. Certificated and classified substitutes positions are also available throughout the district.  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 to apply. 
  • No school for Memorial Day holiday, Monday, May 31
  • Last day of school for high school seniors, Wednesday, June 2
  • NOTE: No early release on Wednesday, June 2
  • Grades K-8, 3-hour Early Release, Thursday and Friday, June 3 and 4
  • Board of Directors meeting, Monday, June 14
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