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Your vote counts in Battle Ground's 64th annual Art Show - 05/08/23

The 64th annual Battle Ground Public Schools Art Show is bringing back the popular People’s Choice Award introduced last year. Community members can vote for their favorite submission at each grade level (primary, middle and high) through Sunday, May 14. Top selections will receive the People’s Choice Award at the May 22 board of directors meeting. Board meetings are open to the public and available to watch online.

“We were so pleased to see the great response from our community to the People’s Choice Award last year,” said Allison Tuchardt, one of the district’s directors of curriculum, instruction and assessment and one of the organizers of the art show. “I know my dad would love to see the continuing support from our community.”

Tuchardt is the daughter of the late Bob Peck, an art teacher at Battle Ground High School for 37 years. Peck created the BGPS Art Show in 1959 along with Battle Ground city librarian Florence Rieck as a way for the community to enjoy the creativity of its students.

The show features art by students in grades K-12 in a variety of media: 2D, 3D, photography and digital art/video. In addition to being viewable on the district’s website, winning pieces will be displayed in person at the May 22 school board meeting, where student-artists will be recognized.

“We are fortunate to have so many talented artists in our schools and a group of dedicated art educators,” said Superintendent Denny Waters. “Art is an incredibly important part of our school communities, and we are pleased to support these students through continuing this tradition.”

In addition to the People’s Choice Award, students will be eligible to receive the coveted Bob Peck Award, Superintendent Award, Board’s Choice Award, Best of Show and juried awards.

The public is invited to view students' art on the district website and choose their favorites for the People's Choice Award through May 14.

Wonderland poster
Wonderland poster
Battle Ground High School drama club prepares a rock and roll trip to 'Wonderland' (Photo) - 05/05/23

Don’t be late for this very important date: The Battle Ground High School drama club is pleased to present “Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure,” with shows May 11-13 and 18-20.

“This is a fun retelling of the classic Lewis Carroll tales with great music in several styles, including rock and roll, Bollywood, folksy tunes and much more,” said BGHS drama director Stephan Henry. “I am excited to watch the show, to watch these amazing kids tell a wonderful story and for the audience to walk out singing some of the songs and believing once again that anything is possible.”

All shows will start at 7 p.m., with doors opening to The Lair at Battle Ground High School at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person, available at the door (cash only) or online in advance. There will be sign language interpretation available for the show on Thursday, May 18. Runtime is about 90 minutes with a 12-minute intermission.

In a nod to Alice’s dreamscape, the entire production will be done without blackouts for scene changes. The scenes will change right before the audience’s eyes, much in the same way scenes change in dreams.

“I have always loved the world of imagination that Lewis Carroll put together in his original story,” Henry said, “and I think it is important to have a reminder every once in awhile that we need to remember how to imagine, dream big and believe in the impossible.”

“Wonderland” also is based on a book and lyrics by Rachel Rockwell, with music and lyrics by Michael Mahler. This year’s production is being put on through a special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Inc.

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Public tour takes community to three schools - 05/05/23

Community members, neighbors, volunteers, parents, guardians and more are invited to take a tour of Prairie High School, Laurin Middle School and Glenwood Heights Primary School to discover the extraordinary things that students and staff members are accomplishing each day.

Tour information

  • Thursday, May 25, 2023
  • Check in: 8:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
  • Tour: 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • The tour will begin and end at Prairie High School. Transportation will be provided between schools.
  • This tour is open to the public. Everyone is welcome!

Complete this form to reserve a spot. The deadline is Friday, May 12.

Tour highlights
At Prairie, visitors will see the school’s greenhouse, watch robotics in a computer science class and see ceramic pieces made by students.

Laurin will take visitors to an eighth-grade history teacher’s classroom, the school’s Zen Den and a special education classroom.

Among the highlights at Glenwood Heights are a second-grade classroom where academic interventions are used to support students and a new curriculum is being piloted. Visitors also will stop by a fourth-grade classroom demonstrating English language arts instruction and classes that support multilingual learners and help students meet academic standards.

The tour will conclude with a free lunch prepared by Prairie High School culinary students and a musical performance.