Sandpoint High School Newsletter

March 2021

From the Principal -

March 2021 Newsletter

This time of year is when things usually start coming together. Though this year may be more complicated than most other years, decisions are still being made and the product starts to become clear. With that in mind, here a few decisions that are being considered or have been made you should be aware of.

Registration for next year is occurring on March 17th. We will have an altered bell schedule on that day. Registration will be primarily online this year. We will follow up with students on March 23 to ensure they are registered. Students will need to bring their charged Chromebook on that day and be ready to register for classes. We will also hold a schoolwide student engagement survey at that time.

Graduation format is still under consideration. We are currently working with the City of Sandpoint as well as the Panhandle Health District to determine our plan going forward. We have several options under consideration. If you have any suggestions, please email me directly.

The last day of school for Seniors will be Monday, June 7th. There will be required meetings and graduation practices after June 7th to give last minute information to seniors or to wrap up a few things.

The most current Prom plan is Saturday, June 5th at SHS gym.

Next year’s Master Schedule will be like this year’s. We will run a 4x4 with longer class times than this year.

AP testing has been determined. It is complicated but are going with administration #2 where most tests are offered digitally/online with some being paper/pencil tests. Students should be contacted by our testing coordinator and told more details. The testing will take place in mid to late May.

School wide test day is April 13th. All grades except seniors will be taking tests on that day including the Sophomores taking the ISAT. Sophomores will need to bring their Chromebooks charged and ready to go. Seniors will be staying home and engaging in some online virtual finance fair activities.

Thanks for your continued support and patience as we continue to deal with the constant changes,

David Miles II

Principal Sandpoint High School

Message from Assistant Principal, Mr. Dickinson

As we slowly start to thaw out from winter time it is important to ask parents to help us maintain our school dress code policy. We respect student’s abilities to have choice and to keep up with the prevailing styles. However, our expectation is that students wear clothing that is appropriate for school and promotes a positive learning environment for all. We would appreciate the help in making sure students follow the policies outlined below:

  • No clothing which promotes drug or alcohol use. These include clothing items with sayings, pictures, logos, or references. Beer related clothing seems to be popular these days but is not appropriate for school.

  • All clothing must cover the belly and buttocks for males and females, and undergarments should not show during normal activity. Bare midriffs, shoulders, and backs are also common styles seen frequently but should not be seen at school.

If you see your child wearing clothing which violates the SHS policies as listed above, reminding them to make another choice would be greatly appreciated. If we see violations of the dress code policy we will ask students to make the appropriate change. If the change occurs there will be no disciplinary action taken. We appreciate your support in helping students stay within the SHS Dress Code Policy.

Mr. Martz explains Absences vs Truancy

The coming spring promises warmer, longer, and hopefully sunnier days. History has taught us that this is a time that student attendance declines a bit, and along with attendance there is usually a spring slump in student grades/performance. Given our unique situation this year with students working online, it is important for parents to help keep a watchful eye on student progress as well as attendance.

Regarding attendance, the flexibility built into the SHS attendance policy this year is for situations where parents deem it appropriate for students to not attend live classes. The intention is absolutely not for students to choose on a daily basis which classes they feel like attending or not. When students are absent from class, parents will receive a call from the SHS auto-dialer system to notify you that your student was absent to one or more classes on the given day. If you are receiving calls about absences that you did not know about and/or do not deem necessary, please contact the SHS attendance office at 208-263-3034 x4010 or email We will treat these absences as truancy and assign detention time to students. If you do have a special plan regarding attendance for your student, it would be helpful to communicate with the attendance office so we can more clearly track absences vs truancy.

Dress Code - Please Read

It is almost Spring!

As the weather warms up many students typically start pulling out some of their lighter clothing to wear at school. Due to this, I want to send out a friendly reminder related to our dress code policy at SHS.

  • No clothing that promotes drugs, alcohol, or has explicit language

  • Students should show proper attention to personal hygiene.

  • All clothing must fully cover the belly and buttocks for males and females, and undergarments should not show during normal activity.

  • Shorts and skirts need to be worn at an appropriate non-offensive length. Shirts and tops may not reveal excess amounts of chest, shoulders and back for both males and females.

Thank you for all your effort in keeping SHS a school where the primary focus is student learning.

David Miles II, Principal
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In admiration of our Sandpoint HS students' determination and flexibility this school year, I decided to add a banner to our hallways!! Bulldog Pride! ---Russ Leslie

Elks Students of the Month-February

Congratulations to Katherine Mellander and Marcus Anderson for being selected as Elk students of the month by the staff at Sandpoint High School - The student program is designed to recognize outstanding young men and women for achievements in school and community life-fine arts, hobbies, athletics, church, school, club and community service, industry and farming.

CARE Students of the Month - February

Student Council Report

No report this month, stay tuned for exciting announcements in April!


Prom- June 5th SHS Gym

Life Skills

Life Skills has settled into it’s academic year as our students travel up and down the halls to experience new and exciting activities. From Pottery and Glass Works to Computer Apps and Biology our students are experiencing the rich learning adventures Sandpoint High School provides. Student Kevin Collins shown here with art teacher, Zabrielle Dillon.

Student Services - Counseling

Shannon Kerrigan, LMSW, Last Names A-G

Sara Gosling, M.S., Last Names H-O

Tavi Brandenburg, M.Ed., Last Names P-Z

Jeralyn Mire M.Ed., Post-Secondary Transition Counselor

Kendall Lang, College and Career Mentor

Amanda Skinner, Counseling Office/Records Coordinator

Erricka Brownell, Assistant Counseling Office/Records Coordinator

From the Counseling Office


If your student is considering joining the military, they have to take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) test. We are offering it at SHS on Friday, April 2nd at 9:00am. Due to COVID restrictions, we are limited to 16 seats for the test so sign up in the Counseling Office ASAP. It is free and will take about 2.5 hours to complete. This is also a great test if your student just doesn’t know what they would like to do. It gives great insight into what careers match their skills and interests.

Research Papers

At the end of this month, we will be meeting with all freshmen students who have English this semester to help them explore their potential career options as they work to complete their Career Exploration research papers. They will choose a career that interests them and dive into researching details such as skills and abilities of that career, daily duties, helpful high school courses, wages, and much more. Students will get the opportunity to explore who they are and what they are interested in for their future. We will be meeting with sophomores after Spring Break.

Schoolwide Testing Day

Schoolwide Testing Day is Tuesday, April 13th. Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors will be testing while Seniors will partake in a virtual Senior Finance Fair from home. We will be putting more information out on this as it gets closer.

Class Registration

This month we will be starting the registration process for next school year. We will be doing this a little differently this year. Students will receive a Google form to put the classes they are requesting into. Then an email will be sent to the parents so you can see what your student is choosing. More information coming soon.

BARK Project (Bulldogs: Resilient, Adaptable, Kind)

March brings us to the showcase portion of our celebration of Bulldog Resilience. We are open for student showcase submissions that illustrate their take on resilience. Student projects will be displayed around the school in a variety of ways so we can all learn from each other. And, there are PRIZES. We've been so fortunate to partner with Sandpoint Rotary who are providing generous $500 scholarships for each showcase category and the Yellow House Fund at Tides Foundation who are providing raffle prizes for participation. Scholarships are available to 9th-12th grade! You can learn more about the showcase criteria and how to submit a project by visiting the B.A.R.K Project website. The deadline for project submissions is March 31, 2021. Check out our BARK Website!

Local Scholarships

Local Scholarships are in full bloom! There is a scholarship for every senior to apply for so don’t miss this great opportunity! Most scholarships will be due on April 10th. Since this is a Saturday, we will be collecting them on Monday, April 12th and no later than 9:00am. Seniors can turn these in before Spring Break too! Also, throughout the month of March, we will be offering local scholarship help in the SHS Library every Tuesday during 4th period and after school. Come get help with transcripts, copies, essays, etc.

Bulldog Activites and Sports

SHS AcaDeca State Champs Again

For the third year in a row, Sandpoint High School has won the 2021 Idaho Academic Decathlon State Championship. Thirteen schools and about 100 students competed in the virtual meet, taking their objective tests online and doing their speeches and interviews on Zoom. Only the Super Quiz was left out of the virtual competition this year.

Sandpoint fielded two teams; the main team won first place in the Large School division and the overall championship, while the second team took second place in Large School. Sandpoint’s 15 students won a total of 77 individual medals (27 gold, 29 silver, and 21 bronze). They also won most of the overall top decathlete medals in the large school division: 3 gold, 2 silver, and 2 bronze. Senior Ellen Clark, a second-year decathlete and team co-captain, was awarded the Phillip Ourada Memorial Award for Meritorious Achievement in the Speech and Interview events. She scored a perfect 1000 on her interview. This is the seventh year in a row that a Sandpoint student has won this award.

“It was a different experience this year, doing competition remotely,” said coach Dana Stockman, “but we practiced with the technology ahead of time, and it worked out to our benefit. The students performed really well, especially in literature, music (where we swept the medals), art, essay, and speech. They wanted that third championship, and they worked hard to get it.”

The Academic Decathlon competition consists of 10 individual events in art, economics, essay, interview, literature, math, music, science, social science and speech. Additionally, teams usually compete in a relay ­– the Super Quiz – spanning all topics covered in the individual events. Every year the theme is different. This year the theme was The Cold War. Next year’s theme is Water: A Most Essential Resource. Award categories include students in Honors (3.8 – 4.0 GPA), Scholastic (3.20 – 3.799 GPA), and Varsity (0.0 – 3.199 GPA) representing small, medium, and large schools.

Representing SHS at the USAD National Finals will be seniors Ellen Clark, Jaycee Forell, Ava Harrison, Kjetil Lund Andersen, and Wyatt Waud; junior Ryan Waskosky; sophomores Logan Jones and Kyla LaFountain; and freshman Alex Kingma. It will be a virtual competition this year, with essay and objective testing happening online, and speeches and interviews being conducted over Zoom. They will do their essay and art test on April 8, with the rest of the events happening April 28-30.

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Esports is on top of their Game!

The Sandpoint High School Esports Club is back at it this spring, with a new season of competition. “This season we have 2 Rocket League teams and a couple Minecraft players. This is down from prior years, mostly due to only a few fundraisers for players to earn their season and not much coming from those. We’re mostly self-funded, so only have a few competition scholarships available this year,” advisor Dalton Hawkins says. “The cool thing this year though is HSEL (High School Esports League) has changed from a set deadline to an open registration, so players who haven’t signed up can still participate if they’re willing and able.”

One Rocket League team is already showing their mettle, winning their first

pre-season game. “We have stuff to work on, but I’m excited,” freshman and team captain for “Cardboard Div. 1” Nicholas Weisgram said. “They’re a young team, but Nick shows promise as a leader for the group, just a couple rough edges from online play we need to work on. I don’t expect the national championship from them this year, maybe we might make it to playoffs though. It would be awesome to get our first national trophy but they just aren’t there skill wise yet,” comments Hawkins.

Esports meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays in E-3, from 1:00-4:00 for casual players and from 1:00-end of game/match for competition players.

Pictured from Left to Right: Ossian (Freshman), Nick (captain, Freshman), Jack (Junior).

Business Professionals of America

Business Professionals of America student, John Keegan, participated in a National Virtual Event called Promotional Photography. The theme this year was to submit three photos for an Animal of the Year contest. There were over 400 entries. The top 20 had the opportunity to present to a judge, which he did last week. We were just notified that John's photos made it into the top 10. He will have the opportunity to share his projects with the conference attendees and compete for the Best in Show award during the Virtual National Showcase!

Twelve Business Professionals of America students will compete this week in our Virtual State Leadership Conference. Our students are competing in events such as Podcast Production Team, Graphic Design Promotion, Banking & Finance, and Database Applications to name a few. There are twenty-one different events that our students qualified to compete in. Best luck to all competitors: Nolan Angell, Connor Bird, Mandy Brown, Ben Jordan, John Keegan, Kyla LaFountain, Sophie Mikat, Chloe Mikat, Camille Neuder, Aurla Palmer, Aidan Smith, Andrew VanCorbach. (photo below courtesy of Melinda Nieman - adviser)

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These young ladies are your 2021 participants in the Distinguished Young Women program: Adrianna Foxx, Maddie Gunter, Lucinda Meshberg, Ali Terry, and Amanda Steiner.

This Saturday, March 13, they will showcase their best selves in the following areas: scholastic, judge’s interview, fitness, talent, and self-expression.

Congratulations!! And Good Luck!!