Welcome to another edition of the Patriot Press.

Inside Scoop

Here's what's inside this week:

  • May late start Wednesdays 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
  • May 29th NO SCHOOL in honor of Memorial Day
  • PV Color Run Friday May 19th 5:30-7 pm
  • Scholastic Book Fair - May 15th - 19th, **volunteers needed**
  • Congratulations to the PVM Jr. ROTC team!
  • Student attire expectations reminder
  • Yearbook - less than 60 remaining!
  • Notes from the Nurse - End of year medication pick up
  • Counselor's Corner - Testing Tips for Parents
  • SBA test days - test time first 2.5 hrs of day, May 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th
  • No wireless headphones/airpods or mice during state testing, wired devices only
  • ASB campaigning - mandatory meeting for interested candidates May 17th 1st period
  • PTA News
  • Rock Solid Teen Take Over event May 19th
  • Prairie Got 'Em football youth camp June 9-11
  • 3 v 3 Ridgefield Hoopfest June 4th
  • Track & Field meet schedule
  • 8th grade celebration - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
  • New teaching and learning materials coming to your child's class in fall 2023
  • Clark County Youth Commission - youth advisory board applications, due by June 1st
  • Spring Discover Tour sign up Glenwood, Laurin and Prairie - tours May 25th
  • Enrollment is open for district’s alternative learning experience programs
  • Calling next year's kindergartners!
  • BGPS Crossing Guard and other Employment opportunities
  • Family Resource Center information
  • Menu, info. links, contact info - hours, calendars, handbooks
  • Reporting absences - contact information

Upcoming events

* May 16, 18, 23, 25 Smarter Balanced testing - all grades. SBA testing will be the first 2.5 hours of the school day.

* Scholastic book fair May 15th - 19th

* PV Color Run - May 19th from 5:30-7pm

* Hazel Dell Parade of Bands, Saturday, May 20th

* Hawaiian style BBQ during student lunch times May 30th, see information with menu below

* 6th grade outdoor school May 31st - June 2nd ALL MEDICATION AND FORMS ARE DUE BY MAY 24TH AT THE LATEST!

* Final band concert - June 6th, 7 pm (band students arrive by 6:30 pm)

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PV Color Run

If you signed up, don't forget that the PV Color Run is this coming Friday, May 19th!

Run date: Friday, May 19

Time: check in: 5:00 p.m.

Run begins at: 5:30 p.m.

***This is a family event, NO student drop off.***

Spring Book Fair May 15th - 19th - volunteers still needed

The spring book fair has arrived!!! Students will be able to shop during their normal library time. Please send cash, checks made out to “PV PTA” or add funds to an eWallet at

We still have a great need for volunteers to staff the book fair. Please click the volunteer link to see what time slots still need to be filled. Volunteer as much or as little time as you are able! Thank you for helping to provide this opportunity to our students!

Requirements to Volunteer

We are in need of volunteers to check out students. Since this event takes place during school hours, all volunteers must be background checked and cleared through the school district. In addition, in order to work the cash register you must be a current PTA member. Joining only takes a few minutes, and does not commit you to volunteering, fundraising, or coming to PTA meetings. It is simply a formality in order to handle money on the PTA’s behalf. A sign up link for specific book fair time slots will be released in mid April.

Please visit to learn more and join the PTA today. There is a nominal $12 fee to cover the costs of your registration with the WA State PTA.

If you have not yet been cleared by BGSD, please visit to start the process. It can take 7-10 days to complete your background check once you present your ID at a school.

Congratulations to the PVM Jr. ROTC team!

We would like to congratulate our PVM Jr. ROTC team for bringing home the first place trophy from their recent Annual Drill Competition Championship. Your hard work paid off and you brought home the championship trophy to the PVM trophy case. Way to make Pleasant Valley proud!

Student attire expectations reminder

Hello Pleasant Valley families.

With the weather starting to give us some warmer, sunny days, we would like to remind everyone of the Battle Ground School District's student attire expectations while at school and on the bus. Full attire expectations may be found in the district and PVM family/student handbooks (handbooks are linked at the bottom of this newsletter).

Highlights are:

  • All areas shaded in on the Appropriate Wear Zone diagram should be fully covered, with no rips/tears/holes in clothing in those areas.
  • Undergarments and cleavage should be covered/not showing
  • Shorts/skirts/dresses should be mid-thigh or longer, no short-shorts
  • Clothing must cover the Appropriate Wear Zone areas when sitting, standing, reaching, bending etc. at all times.
  • Footwear should be appropriate to the activity and must be worn at all times, to avoid injury
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Yearbook: Get your orders in soon, less than 60 still available!

As of May 12th we are down to around sixty yearbooks remaining available for purchase. If you want to be sure you get a yearbook the last week of school for friends to sign, be sure to bring your payment in to the office to reserve your copy soon! When they are all sold, we will not be getting more.

Yearbooks are $20. You may pay by cash (exact change is appreciated, we do not have a change box), or check - made out to PVM. Payment must be made at the time you place your order.

We will receive a limited number of yearbooks, so order early to ensure you get one!

Notes from the Nurse - end of year medication pick up

Hello PVM families!

With the end of the year approaching we want to remind parents that all medications in school must be picked up by the last day of school, June 16th. Any medication left at the school will have to be disposed of after the last day. Medication can be picked up between the hours of 7:30 AM-3:15 PM M-F. Please keep an eye out for students bringing letters home regarding medication pick-up and medications in school next year. 6th grade families can expect a letter regarding required vaccinations for 7th grade.

If you need to email our nurses:

School office 360-885-5500

Additional information:

Health & Attendance flyer

BGPS Corona Virus guidelines/requirements page

Counselor's Corner

State testing season has arrived. Here are a few tips for parents to help prepare students for testing success.
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Social-Emotional Supports

There are great resources available for social-emotional support via the Battle Ground Public Schools website. On the district page there are links that lead you to more information for different topics. Here is the link to our school district's page: Social Emotional Supports

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is also a great resource: NAMI

Amanda McCann

School Counselor

State testing in May

SBA state testing window has arrived. Dates scheduled for each test are listed below.

Test dates

* May 16, 18, 23, 25 Smarter Balanced testing - all grades.

SBA testing will be the first 2.5 hours of the school day.

  • We will be testing the first two and a half hours on each of the SBA test dates.

We hope that this advance notice will help to avoid having schedule conflicts with other appointments during those times, so students are able to be in school during the testing blocks.

Students will not be allowed to use electronic devices (other than Chromebooks) during the test and may not use any wireless devices, such as air pods or mice. Any earbuds or headphones used during the test must be wired earbuds/headphones. Electronic devices and any wireless devices will need to be turned off and put away the entire time any students are testing; as is standard school-day protocol for cell phones/airpods.

If there is an emergency and you need to contact your student, as with all days, you may contact the school office at 360-885-5500 and we will get a message to your child or get them to the phone.

ASB campaigning

It is almost time for ASB campaigning for our 2023/2024 school year ASB officers. Interested candidates will be required to attend a mandatory meeting during first period on Wednesday, May 17th. Come find out what ASB student leadership is all about and how you can be part of it.

All required forms must be submitted by the end of the day on Friday, May 26th.

ASB candidate packets are available at the PVM school office.

PV PTA news

Save the Date: Upcoming Events

  • May 15-19: Scholastic Book Fair

  • May 23: Volunteer Appreciation Night



Quick Links

Volunteer at PVP Book Fair
Volunteer at PVM Book Fair

8th grade celebration - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

In order to plan and run a celebration for our outgoing 8th grade class, we need parent volunteers. Any celebration outside a school assembly, such as a drive through celebration or party, must be planned and run by parents. When we are able to gather a large group of parent volunteers, the work is divided such that no one person is committed to a large amount of time to help put on a fun celebration event.

If you are willing to offer your skills and time to plan and implement the 8th grade celebration, please contact: Stacy Crain at .

Thank you for your consideration.

New teaching and learning materials coming to your child's class in fall 2023

Starting fall 2023, teachers will use new books and lessons to teach social studies and help students develop their social and emotional skills. For more information (in English, Russian and Spanish) click here to navigate to the district newsletter.

Rock Solid Teen Take Over event May 19th

Rock Solid Community Teen Center Teen Take Over.  Friday May nineteenth seven pm to ten pm.  Only five dollars!  Chief Umtuch Middle School, 700 northwest 9th street, Battle Ground, WA.  Get Your Tickets Today at  Come dressed as your favorite movie character, superhero or you know, yourself.  360-885-2181.

Prairie Got 'Em youth camp June 9th-11th

Prairie Got ‘Em youth camp.  Improvement, learning and fun.  Join us June ninth, tenth and eleventh at Prairie high school.  Cost is seventy five dollars.  Hone your skills, learn from coaches and players, deepen your understanding, unlock football secrets.  Scan QR code to register.  Day one Friday June ninth four to six pm.  Combines and position training.  Day two Saturday June tenth ten am to one pm, tackling, position training, obstacle challenge.  Day three Sunday June eleventh, ten am to one pm.  College day practice, seven v seven, linemen challenge, Prairie bowl.  This event is not sponsored or endorsed by Battle Ground Public School District.

3 v 3 Ridgefield Hoopfest - June 4th

Three v three Ridgefield Hoopfest.  Sponsored by Ridgefield Youth Ball.  Three game guarantee, grades four through six.  Sixty dollar entry.  Boys and girls divisions.  View Ridge middle school, Ridgefield.  Sunday, June fourth.  Questions, email  .  Register at  This event is not sponsored or endorsed by Battle Ground Public Schools.

Track & Field meet schedule

Track schedule for 2023

ALL the schools will be competing in one meet.

Field events start at 3:00

Running events start at 3:30

Meet dates

  • Friday May 5th at PHS
  • Friday May 12th at PHS
  • Thursday May 18th at PHS
  • Wednesday May 24th at BGHS – Official District Meet

Running Event Order

  • Girls 1600
  • Boys 1600
  • Girls 100 Hurdles
  • Boys 100 Hurdles
  • Girls 100
  • Boys 100
  • Girls 400
  • Boys 400
  • Girls 200
  • Boys 200
  • Girls 800
  • Boys 800
  • Girls 800 Relay (4X200)
  • Boys 800 Relay (4X200)
  • Girls 400 Relay (4X100)
  • Boys 400 Relay (4X100)

Clark County Youth Commission - youth advisory board applications, due by June 1st

The Clark County Youth Commission, an official youth advisory board to the Clark County Council, is seeking youth from all walks of life to join its group for the next school year. Please visit the Clark County Youth commission webpage to view information about this wonderful opportunity, click here to navigate to the webpage.

The Youth Commission wants to be even more intentional about reaching out to youth who are currently underrepresented or unrepresented in the group and extend an invitation for those youth to apply to join the board.

It is our hope you will look closely at the extraordinary young people you know, whether they’re in your class or somewhere else around Pleasant Valley Middle School, or in other parts of your community, and ask: Who hasn’t yet had an opportunity to have a leadership role in their community? Who has experienced things their peers haven’t and/or has a unique point of view? Who needs to know their voice is valued? Who are the deep thinkers? Who has a lot to offer? Please considering sharing this opportunity with these young people. The group continuously strives to be more representative of the diversity of youth living in Clark County.

Between now and June 1, we are actively recruiting for Youth Commission members to fill 13 vacancies throughout Clark County:

· All open positions are available for youth who live in Clark County.

· New Leader positions are available for youth with no previous leadership experience.

· We have some positions open to students living in the geographical boundaries of specific school districts as the Youth Commission uses school district boundaries to ensure broad representation of youth from all areas of the county.

More information about the Youth Commission and applications to apply can be found at: Click here to navigate to the Clark County Youth Commission webpage. The application is available in Word, PDF, and Google Forms.

Enrollment is open for district’s alternative learning experience programs

Battle Ground Public Schools’ specialized and alternative learning experience programs are accepting enrollment applications for the 2023-24 school year. The district offers specialized and alternative programs for students in kindergarten through high school. Learn more about each program and how to enroll on the district website.

Calling next year's kindergartners!

Online enrollment is open for 2023-24 kindergartners. Any child who will be 5 years old by Aug. 31, 2023, is eligible to enter kindergarten in the fall. 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 or a completed certificate of exemption form. Please note that the state of Washington requires that immunization records be medically verified.

Have your documents ready and enroll online now so that you and your child can attend kindergarten orientation in the spring.

Transitional Kindergarten

Battle Ground Public Schools now offers Transitional Kindergarten for children who will turn 4 years old by Aug. 31 and meet certain eligibility requirements. The program is offered at Daybreak, Glenwood Heights, Tukes Valley and Yacolt primary schools. Visit our Transitional Kindergarten website to learn more about the program and fill out an online eligibility form by June 16. Families who qualify will be notified after June 23.

BGPS Crossing Guard and other employment opportunities

Battle Ground Public Schools.  Apply now!  School crossing guards.  Pay is $18.95 to $25.39 hourly, part time.  Benefits* Medical, dental, vision, paid holidays, sick leave, state retirement benefits.  Benefits vary based on number of hours worked.  Questions?  Call 360-885-6577.  .  This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Battle Ground Public Schools.  We’re hiring!  Benefits* Medical, dental, vision, paid holidays, sick time, state retirement benefits.  Benefits vary based on number of hours worked.  Questions?  Call 360-885-6577.  .  This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Family and Community Resource Center

Battle Ground Public Schools’ Family and Community Resource Center (FCRC) helps meet the needs of families faced with housing instability and similar economic challenges.

While a main goal of the FCRC is to assist families experiencing housing instability, it can also help connect families with many other types of resources and is intended to respond to the changing needs of the community.

The FCRC is a continuation of the district’s joint efforts with the Battle Ground Education Foundation, an all-volunteer, nonprofit community organization whose purpose is to leverage community resources to help maintain quality education for all students in Battle Ground schools.

The Family Resource Guide is full of contacts to aid families in connecting with agencies who are able to help with a great variety of needs. Please click the link below to view this helpful guide.

Family Resource Guide

(click below to be redirected to the FCRC page)

Family and Community Resource Center (FCRC)
Phone: (360) 885-5434

School lunch information

There will be a charge for all school meals beginning on the first day of school, Aug. 31, 2022. The USDA waiver that allowed school districts to provide free breakfast and lunch expired at the end of last school year. For the 2022-23 school year, families will be charged regular prices for school meals. Free / reduced meal applications for the 2022-23 school year are available on Skyward (Family Access).

NOTE: Those who qualify for free/reduced lunch may also be eligible for decreased school fees. To learn more and to apply, visit

Meal information and prices

May Menu

You can always find the most current menu and other nutritional information on the Sodexo webpage HERE.
Please call Pleasant Valley Middle School's office if you need any assistance with the May breakfast and lunch menus.  360-885-5500.
Hawaiian style barbecue.  Pleasant Valley Middle school, Tuesday May 30th during your student’s scheduled lunch time.  Guests are welcome to come purchase and enjoy lunch this day with their student(s).  Menu:  Polish dogs, hamburgers, Hawaiian pork, Hawaiian macaroni salad, watermelon, chips, cookie, milk or juice.  Prices:  Free and reduced $0, Elementary $2.85, Middle $3.20, adult $4.75, extra beverage $0.70, extra entrée $1.25.  We highly encourage pre-payment on your student’s meal account for everyone purchasing a meal.  Questions?  Call nutrition services 360-885-6539.

BGPS information links

Here are some helpful links to the Battle Ground Public Schools website for back to school information.


Bus routes (to be updated the week before school)


Free/reduced lunch application


Medication at school and other health information

Nutrition services (menus, meal prices)

School supplies

Reporting Absences - Russian/Ukrainian attendance line information

Please be sure to contact the school office to excuse absences for your student. Absences may be excused up to three school days after a student returns from the absence. Read below for more important attendance information and contact information for reporting absences.

Our Russian/Ukrainian Support team would like to announce the new attendance line for Russian and Ukrainian families.

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Download Russian/Ukrainian attendance line flyer:
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Every student at Pleasant Valley Middle School is known by name, strength, and need.
We believe ALL students can experience academic and personal growth.
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School hours

Regular days: 8:10 - 2:40

Late start Wed.: 9:10 - 2:40

Early Release: 8:10 - 11:40

2-hr late start: 10:10 - 2:40

2023-24 school year district calendar available now

View this year's school calendar as well as the newly-approved calendar for the 2023-24 school year on the BGPS website HERE.

Just select the link for the year you wish to view and the language in which you wish to view it.

***Updated 4/12/23*** BGSD Calendars 2022-2023

Battle Ground Student and Family Handbook 2022-2023

Pleasant Valley Middle Handbook 2022-2023

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The Battle Ground Public Schools provides equal opportunity in programs and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin/language, creed/religion, sex, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a service animal by a person with a disability, age, marital status, honorably discharged veteran or military status, HIV/Hepatitis C status. The district provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other

designated youth groups. Contact the following regarding questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Tom Adams, Director of Student Services,, Title IX Compliance Officer, 360.885.5415; Michelle Reinhardt, Executive Director of Human Resources,, Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator/Section 504/ADA Coordinator, 360.885.5481; or a letter may be submitted to the designated coordinator at the Battle Ground Public Schools, PO Box 200, Battle Ground, WA 98604

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May 14, 2023

Issue #18-23