Sandpoint High School

December 2021

Message from the Principal-

Hello Community,

Every day I am reminded of how privileged I am to be part of a great organization. Sandpoint High School and Lake Pend Oreille School District is full of hard working and dedicated individuals further surrounded by a supportive community. I don’t believe we would be able to accomplish much without those people in place.

The end of the calendar year has always been a time to reflect back on what happened as well as begin to plan for the future. SHS is currently doing both by analyzing data and making decisions for next year based on that data. The main question at hand is what type of schedule SHS should have next year. COVID caused us to adapt our A/B schedule which was in place for 10+ years and adopt a 4x4 schedule. This change has caused us to further look at all schedules in a quest to determine whether or not the A/B schedule is best for our students. To help answer that question, we will be looking at; grade distribution over the last few years, gpas, ISAT scores, SAT/PSAT scores, attendance rates, and possibly more in order to get a complete picture of how schedules have affected our students. I hope you have already responded to the survey sent recently about schedules. This is a BIG decision and we understand there is no perfect schedule and whichever choice we make, some people will be frustrated they did not get their ideal schedule. Please know we are taking all input into consideration.

In other news of note, we are now on to our winter sports schedule. This includes basketball, wrestling, cheer and dance. Drama is also competing this weekend at State. We have upcoming shows from our band as well. It will be exciting to see our programs perform and compete during this season and I invite you all to attend at least one event to celebrate the hard work of our students and the accompanying staff.

Our last day of school this calendar year will be December 17th with a release time of 1:10pm. This also happens to be close to the midpoint of Term 2 so I encourage you to help your child check their grades and use the two weeks off to catch up on work if needed. This Term will end on January 27th and grades will be final and transcripted at that time. Remember that the 4x4 schedule moves VERY FAST and sometimes students and their families are caught off guard.

Remember I am always open to parent input on anything related to school. If you have any questions or something to share, please call or come in and talk to me.

Go Bulldogs!

David Miles II; Sandpoint High School Principal

Welcome Christy Williams

Sandpoint High School welcomes Christy Williams as our newest office staff member. Christy has joined us as the front office receptionist and the athletic/activities director's assistant.

She is the new face that you will see at the front desk. She is excited to be a Sandpoint Bulldog and currently lives in Sagle with her husband Chris and her son Cooper, who is currently a freshman at SHS. Christy and her family enjoy spending most of their time outdoors doing a variety of activities. She says summer is her favorite season of all, and enjoys spending time on the water. Christy looks forward to getting to know all f the new faces at SHS. Stop by and say hello when you get an opportunity.

Elk Students of the Month- November

Congratulations to Mirabella Nizzoli and Ben Jordan 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.

SHS Peer Mentors and Student Council promoted World Kindness Day by welcoming students and staff to school Friday morning with smiles & signs.

CARE Students of the Month - November

Progress Reports Coming Your Way-Look for it in your email Monday

Just a reminder you can always contact your students teachers via email, use the firstname.lastname@lposd format. Also be sure you have a parent login for your students schoology account, you will be able to see, assignments and grades through out the term. If you do not have a parent login please contact Christy in the front office.

Counseling Corner

Counseling Corner:

Counseling Department Mission: We will ensure and empower every student at Sandpoint High School to achieve academic success, strengthen personal and social growth, and develop achievable post-secondary plans.

Students are assigned to counselors by their last name:

A-G: Shannon Kerrigan

H-O: Sara Gosling

P-Z: Tavi Brandenburg

Post Secondary Transitions Counselor: Jeralyn Mire

College and Career Mentor: Angie Dail

Counseling Office Coordinator/Registrar: Amanda Skinner

Counseling Office Coordinator: Erricka Brownell

Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention (18 and older).

The Idaho State Department of Education is providing free, online QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention to Idahoans (ages 18 and over) who interact with students at home or at school! This includes all members of a school’s community: educators, parents, grandparents, school staff, staff at youth organizations, coaches, and more! The training only takes 1-2 hours to complete. Get started here.

We want as many caring adults as possible prepared and trained to connect students with support and resources! Thank you for taking the time to complete this course which will help our community protect and support our youth.

News from Student Council

Student Council is holding a fundraiser to help raise money for Toys for Tots! We will be collecting money at school during 2nd period from Dec. 6th through Dec. 16th! The class that raises the most money will receive a meal at Dub´s(a burger, fries, and a drink). Cash or checks are accepted (Checks must be written to SHS). Student Council is also holding a raffle to win a basket full of gift cards from local stores and restaurants in town! These are some of the following places, 7B Boardshop, The Idaho Club, Burger Doc, Sweet Lou´s and more! There will be two winners, the first winner will have the option of choosing between two gift baskets. One basket will be worth over $600 and the other will be over $700. The raffle will take place on Dec. 17th (winners will be contacted by SHS Student Council). The Raffle is open to everyone in the community.

Upcoming dates

  • Toys for Tots Fundraiser: Monday December 6th -Thursday December 16th

  • Battle for the Paddle: January 21, 2022 @ Lakeland HS

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2021 Monticola - We still have yours for a limited time.

If your ordered your 2021 Monticola, last year's yearbook, and still have not picked it up they are available from the bookkeepers window beforef school and after. Please pick up before winter break.

Thank you, Mr. Watkins for all you do to keep us safe!

SHS Band Concert

Thursday, Dec. 9th, 6pm

310 South Division Avenue

Sandpoint, ID

The SHS Christmas band concert this year will be held at the Middle School.

SHS Choir Concert

Wednesday, Dec. 15th, 7pm

410 S. Division

Sandpoint, ID

December 17th ~ SHS release at 1:10pm

Winter Break 12/20-12/31

Introspective Art

Students in Introspective Art are creating a deck of cards that Celebrate Sandpoint.

They have chosen a place they love here in Sandpoint and created a work of art on the front and an inspiring message or special memory they have related to that particular place.

When completed, we would like to be able to print them and create a deck of cards for viewing enjoyment and to share the culture of our town.

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CARE (Caring Adults Recognizing Excellence) Update-

Not getting your CARE emails?

The SHS staff/student and school support group CARE (Caring Adults Reconizing Excellence) was created as a volunteer group of parents that helps strengthen our school, students and teachers through appreciation. CARE was founded almost 10 years ago in the fall of 2012. Some of the activities they provide are the CARE chuckwagon at home football games, the CARE Student of the Month, monthly recognition lunch, the Back to Basics program which provides teachers with the basics for their classromms, provided refillable water bottles during Covid times when the drinking fountains we shut down and supporting staff special days just to mention a few of the many things they do to show appreciation and support. Our school is thankful and lucky to have this kind of support from our community and parents.

In closing the group has been notified recently that many of you who have joined are not receiving emails sent out to you. Please check your spam box!

If you have questions or would like to become involved please contact Annie Hendricks - CARE Chairperson at

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DYW Meet and Greet with Ali - Class of 2022 Winner

Distinguished Young Women


December 8th, 2021 @ 2:15 PM


Come spend some time with Ali and the other Participants from the Class of 2022 on, Wednesday, Dec 8, 2021. Distinguished Young Women of Sandpoint is holding a “Meet and Greet” event for ANY graduating girl in the Class of 2023 interested in the Distinguished Young Women program. This program is a scholarship program providing life learning skills, developing new friendships and potentially winning scholarship money!! Dec 8, 2021, 2:15 pm in SHS Room C1. See you there!!

Interested? Register now without obligation to receive additional information.

Sign up today!!


Questions? Email us at


Sign up deadline December 31, 2021

Come join the fun!!

SHS Apparel Shop - Open!

You are now able to purchase SHS swag right here at school. Look for some awesome, tees, hoodies and hats! Drop by the office during school hours and see the bookkeeper! Cash, checks or cards! Think Christmas now!