March 10, 2022 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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BGHS history teacher's summer trip to Poland an "amazing" opportunity

It’s one thing to teach history. It’s quite another to experience it.

That’s why Battle Ground High School World History teacher Amanda Fulfer is so excited to join other educators from around the state on a trip to Poland this July, put together by the Holocaust Center for Humanity in Seattle. 

“To be able to go to Poland and visit sites like Auschwitz Birkenau, the Warsaw Ghetto and Schindler’s factory,” Fulfer said, “I keep thinking how amazing that will be next year, when I teach my students about the Holocaust again.”

Learn more about Fulfer's trip and what she hopes it brings to her classroom in our News Blog on the district website.

Eighteen BGPS students headed to National History Day state competition

Chief Umtuch and Pleasant Valley middle schools will each send 9 students to the National History Day state competition in May. The regional round was held last Saturday at Vancouver iTech Preparatory. Battle Ground had three first place finishers, four in second place, and two in third. A total of 18 students will advance to the state competition in May. The theme of this year's National History Day competition is Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences. Students' entries ranged from presentations to websites and video documentaries. They researched topics including the Makah tribe's fight over whaling rights, the origins and impact of the Black Death plague, the Nanjing Treaty of 1842 and even a debate over the impact of Thomas Edison vs. Nikola Tesla. 

Winners at the state competition will compete in the National History Day finals, which will be held virtually this June. 

Reward for good behavior at Tukes Valley Primary is just "plane" great!

As part of Battle Ground Public School's Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) system, schools set expectations for student behavior and offer rewards when those expectations are met. At Tukes Valley Primary, students earn TVIP points. For every 1,000 points earned, students are treated to a school-wide experience. This week they celebrated reaching 4,000 TVIP points with a paper airplane tournament. Each class got to compete, then each grade level. On Thursday, the finalists found out whose paper creation could fly the farthest and the winner received their trophy: an oversized yellow paper airplane created by students. Fourth grader Timothy took home the prize, then went on to defeat Superintendent Denny Waters for good measure in a best-out-of-three matchup. Great job, TVP students!

Prairie's Faith Tarrant earns Columbian's All-League Girls Wrestler of the Year

Becoming the first female wrestler from Prairie High School to win a state championship is one thing. Doing it three months after moving to a new school in a new state is something else entirely. Faith Tarrant quickly won over her Prairie wrestling teammates with her smile and positive energy. Then, after finishing second at her first tournament in Kelso, the freshman went on a tear, finishing first in her weight class at the Clark County Championships, the district tournament and the regional tournament. After pinning her first four opponents at the Mat Classic in Tacoma last month, Tarrant won the final match of the tournament in dramatic fashion, pinning Toppenish's Makayla Torres in overtime.

“I keep replaying that moment of getting my hand raised and seeing everyone in the stands cheering,” Tarrant told The Columbian in a recent interview. “I want to go back.”

Read more about Faith's selection as All-Region Girls Wrestler of the Year in The Columbian Newspaper.

Prairie, BGHS athletes recognized with all-league honors

The Columbian has released most of their 2021-22 winter all-league teams and it was a great season for athletes at both Prairie and Battle Ground high schools. Here's a list of first-team honors:

Boys Wrestling - Garrett Hurliman, Freshman, BGHS ; Owen Wann, Senior, BGHS
Boys Swimming - Carsten Hicks, Senior (50 free and 100 fly)
Girls Bowling - Grace Beagle and Sydney Wheaton
(NOTE: Girls wrestling and gymnastics not yet received)

Boys Basketball - Hayden Rose, Senior
Girls Basketball - Jordan Peterson, Senior ; Maddie Clouse, Junior
Boys Wrestling - Lucas Lyle (120#), Senior ; Mason Frei (152#), Sophomore ; Alex Ford (#160), Junior ; Assistant Staff of the Year
Boys Swimming - Kairos Phed, Junior (200 free and 100 fly) ; Jack Houlahan, Junior (500 free) ; Coach of the Year, Trisha Hicks
Gymnastics - Gretchen Lane (bars/vault)
Girls Bowling - Lilly Bash (co-player of the year) ; Karley-Wold Hayes ; Coach of the Year, Rhonda Bash

Congratulations to all of our athletes on an amazing winter sports season! 

For a full list of first and second-team honors, visit The Columbian's website.

Calling the Class of 2035!

Kindergarten enrollment is open for the 2022-23 school year. Children who will turn 5 by Aug. 31 are eligibile to enroll. To enroll, parents will need proof of their child's birth date (such as a birth certificate) and a signed and completed Washington state Certificate of Immunization Status form. Please note that the State of Washington requires that immunization records be medically verified.

Learn more and enroll at

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including:
  • Multi-tiered System of Supports Coach (CASEE A)
  • Principals (Laurin Middle School and Yacolt Primary)
  • Special Services Coordinator, Primary & Secondary (District-wide)
  • Middle School Sports Coaches (Cross Country, Boys Soccer)
  • Game Manager (Tukes Valley and Laurin middle schools)
  • Teachers (Transitional Kindergarten, Family and Consumer Science (PHS) Primary and Secondary at River HomeLink)
  • Basic Education Assistants 
  • Special Programs Paras
  • Certificated Substitutes (District wide)
  • Classified Substitutes (District wide)
  • Psychologist (K-12)
  • Speech/Language Pathologist (K-12)
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Isolation Room Attendant (Daybreak Middle)
  • Office Assistant, ASB Office (Prairie High School)
  • Swing Shift Custodian (Prairie High School)
  • Head Coach (PHS/BGHS Slow-pitch Softball)
  • Assistant Coach (PHS - Football, Cheer, Girls Tennis, Volleyball BGHS - Softball, Wrestling, Unified Soccer  BGHS/PHS - Gymnastics, Swimming)
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 $14.70 per hour or more. 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

City of Battle Ground
The City of Battle Ground's Parks & Recreation Dept. is seeking seasonal employees to assist with their summer playground programs: 
- Seasonal Playground Program Lead - $18/hr (mid-April through mid-August)
- Seasonal Playground Program Assistant - $16/hr (mid-June through mid-August)

Find more information and apply online at the city's website.
  • Monday, March 14: Board of Directors regular meeting at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 16: One-hour late start
  • Wednesday and Thursday, March 25 & 25: Parent-teacher conferences, 3-hour early release (no late start Wednesday)
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