Sandpoint High School Newsletter

April 2021

From the Principal -

April 2021 Newsletter

Hello All,

Spring Break snuck up this year! I hope you all have some plans to enjoy spring time weather and take a break from your responsibilities for a short time. A few things will be taking place for students upon their return.

First, our face covering expectation will change to “recommended” beginning April 12th. Students and staff will have their individual choice as to wear a face covering or not. All other precautions will remain the same such as access to the school, the bell schedule, social distance procedures, etc. Please help us remain respectful to every person regardless of their choice.

Second, SHS will be moving right into “test week” upon students’ return. Monday will be a normal day. Tuesday will see all students testing in some form or another except Seniors who will stay home and follow a series of activities revolving around the Finance Fair and Mock DUI. The rest of the week will see either Sophomores completing the ISAT test of Juniors taking the new science ISAT test. Click here for a bit more information:

We expect our final term of the year to be fast and furious. We are still working on end of the programs, such as Graduation Ceremony for example, and hope to have final decisions and send you more information soon. As always, feel free to reach out to me with any questions, suggestions, or concerns.

Go Bulldogs!

David Miles II

Principal Sandpoint High School

Elks Students of the Month-April

Congratulations to Darren Bailey and Yona Soltisfor 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 - March

Student Council Report

Student Leadership is working on elections for the 2021-2022 school year.

Here are some important dates:

  • Monday April 19 Informational Meeting in W4 + packet handout

  • Wednesday April 28th Election packets due (in W4/Imaz)

  • Campaigning begins Monday May 3rd - Friday May 7th

  • Voting takes place on May 7th --online.

Have a fantastic Spring Break!

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 Counselors

With the recent arrival of Spring to the panhandle, dreams of Summer vacation are already starting to emerge as the dreary cold days of Winter are fading into distant memory. While many people are excited for the coming warmth and longer days ahead, many are still struggling with “pandemic fatigue”, and the ongoing burden of political, financial and mental stress that has become a more acute reality in this past year. During tough times, it’s important to remember our resources for support and strength. The Sources of Strength program reminds us of 8 different areas of the strength wheel that we can access: Family Support, Mentors, Healthy Activities, Generosity, Spirituality, Physical Health and Mental Health.

Over this Spring Break, plan to do some things to take care of yourself, to relax and refresh. Go for a hike with a friend. Volunteer to help an elderly neighbor do some yard work. Make that doctor’s appointment you’ve been putting off because you’re too busy. Read a book in the sunshine. Ride your bike or enjoy the last couple days of the ski season. Just find some ways to slow down and reconnect. And if you’re feeling like you just can’t handle what’s going on, reach out to a trusted adult or call or text the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline at (208) 398-HELP (4357).

More Info and Updates!


We are thrilled that students have begun turning in submissions for the BARK showcase. Remember, this is a great opportunity to demonstrate your take on resilience, grit, and growth during times of challenge. Check out the Bulldog Resilience website for more information. We did extend the deadline until April 30th. It has been a busy spring and we want to make sure we give students plenty of opportunity to participate.

Local Scholarship Deadline Approaching!

Seniors, Local Scholarships are due on Monday, April 12th no later than 9:00am. This is the first day back from Spring Break! Our community is so generous and we are SO THANKFUL for these opportunities they provide our awesome students! Here is the link to the local scholarship page.

Next Steps Idaho

Next Steps Idaho is a great resource for all high school students to begin exploring! There are scholarship listings, college information, checklists for each year of high school, etc. Discover your dream job. Find your dream school. See what resources are available at your fingertips with this website! Check it out!!!

Senior Finance Fair is virtual this year thanks to the amazing work of STCU! We are excited to be able to share this experience with the seniors as it is such a great event full of learning and fun. On Tuesday, April 13th Seniors will be working from home to participate in the virtual event, learning all about financial decisions, credit, and more! They will also be watching a virtual Mock DUI video, as well. We want to so graciously thank our partners STCU, Selkirk Association of REALTORS, and the Community Assistance League for making this happen for our students!

We welcome all of you to come to school - in person!

April 12th 2021 (after spring break) marks the beginning of the final term for the 20/21 school year.

In preparation for the return to full time in-person-learning this coming fall, students might benefit from getting used to the regular habit of attending school each day again. Readjusting to required daily attendance and a more traditional attendance policy in the fall may be difficult for some of our students.

There are so many positive reasons for our students to return to in person learning. Spring brings a multitude of important upcoming events for everyone to enjoy. Tuesday 4/13 is all school testing day and ISAT testing is scheduled as well. Attendance for these days is important for our students and our school. We have scheduled concerts, sporting events, ASB elections, Prom and of course, Graduation for the Class of 2021!!

We hope our students and parents know we still maintain a safe, clean environment for our students and staff. Following district guidelines for health and safety is a top priority for us.

We would love to see all of our students smiling faces on August 12th, ready to FINISH STRONG BULLDOGS!

Bulldog Activites and Sports


What's new in SHS Theatre? We will be holding auditions for the sketch comedy group, Lunch Hour. Dates and times will be posted in Schoology after Spring Break. All ahead on set construction for Willy Wonka. Depending on how quickly we can have larger audiences in the Auditorium will determine if we can have the show in the fall or spring of next year. Finally, watch for improv and original sketches on the Mime & Masque YouTube channel. We are being flexible and adaptive in these crazy times. Thank you for your support of SHS Theatre!

CyberPatriot Idaho State Awards

1st Place - Gold Tier

1st Place - Silver Tier

Ryan Graham, Antonio Britta, Alexander Liddiard, Justice Parkinson, Andrew Wittmann, Chloe Martin

Congratulations both teams won first place in their divisions!

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Covid Vaccines


Public Contact: 877-415-5225

Media Contact: Katherine Hoyer

March 24, 2021


Effective Immediately Those 16 and Older are Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine

PANHANDLE HEALTH DISTRICT — Individuals who are 16 years of age and older are eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccine now through enrolled providers within Kootenai, Bonner, Boundary, Benewah, and Shoshone counties. Appointments for the week of March 29 were released by Panhandle Health District this Wednesday, March 24th at 0900. All previous phases are still eligible and encouraged to schedule an appointment if they have not already.

This decision comes after Governor Little made the announcement that in Idaho, those 16 years or older with an underlying health condition will be eligible to receive the vaccine beginning March 29th. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare agreed that different health districts within Idaho may choose to move through the various Group 3 Subgroups at different rates.

“After assessing the situation with our enrolled vaccine providers, we made the decision as a group to move forward in the phases,” said Don Duffy, Health Services Division Administrator for PHD. “We have the supply and available appointments, but have continued to see a decline in demand. At the end of the day, we just want to get people vaccinated who are choosing to receive a vaccine.”

Making an appointment: Online or by phone

Many providers are still utilizing their own vaccine appointment scheduling tools, while others have shifted to using the state’s pre-registry vaccine tool where eligible individuals enter their name and contact information. From the pre-registry tool, providers pull names and directly connect with the person eligible for vaccine.

If you need help by phone with navigating the online appointment scheduling or do not have internet access, PHD’s Call Center can assist you. Call 877-415-5225 Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.

Vaccine allocations

Weekly vaccine allocations to PHD’s jurisdiction continue to remain consistent. A total of 6,400 Moderna and Pfizer doses will go to enrolled vaccine providers in PHD’s jurisdiction. To-date, over 98,000 total vaccine doses have been allocated to PHD’s jurisdiction.

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is for persons 16 years or older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are for persons 18 years or older. PHD will state what vaccine is being administered when individuals register for an appointment on their website.

If you have questions about COVID-19 in our area, call PHD’s COVID-19 hotline Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm, 877-415-5225.


Panhandle Health District provides over 40 different public health programs to families, individuals and organizations in northern Idaho. From food and drinking water safety to health education and disease control, public health services are critical to ensure our community is a safe and healthy place to live, work and play.

The PHD team is made up of nurses, nutritionists, environmental health specialists, health educators and many other dedicated professionals with a common goal to deliver vital public health services.

Panhandle Health District is one of seven health districts in the state of Idaho.