Sandpoint High School

November 2021

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Message from the Principal-

Hello Community,

Since we are already in November, I expect the next few months to fly by just as fast as the first couple. It is this time of year when the holidays seem to cause the time to go by even faster due to the frequent breaks. This is welcome but not always good as the interruptions also cause education to take a bit of back seat. Motivation wanes, days are shorter, and our willingness to continue to do the hard work lessens.

This time of year also brings other changes. Our first grading term ends Friday and some students will have different classes when they come back on Monday. Even those students who keep the same classes will begin a new term in those classes with a different set of content and to be transcribed grades. Sports and activities are changing with the season. We will soon see wrestling and basketball begin as well as non-school related sports like skiing (hopefully we have a HUGE snow year this year).

This transitional stage is a great time to reflect on what has happened and what can happen in the near future. Were the grades students received what they wanted? Did they participate in the school activities as much as they wanted? What can be done now to improve or make things the way you want them to be?

After reflecting on past events; Term 1 classes, soccer, volleyball, Homecoming, etc. it will be time to move forward and invite and accept the upcoming opportunities. I look forward to Parent/Teacher conferences on Nov. 17th and 18th. I look forward to Wrestling season. I look forward to Basketball season. I look forward to Fall Break. I look forward to another opportunity to learn the material and get the grades I want in my Term 2 classes.

SHS continues to try our best to make every season as good as it can be for students, staff, and community. If you have anything you would like to let us know about after you reflect on Term 1, please let me know by giving me a call or sending me an email. I thank you for your continued support and efforts.

Go Bulldogs!

David Miles II; Sandpoint High School Principal

Parent Teacher Conferences ~ November 17th & 18th

Conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 17th and Thursday, November 18th.


Teachers will be available beginning at 4pm and ending at 7pm. NO appointments necessary.

Please be mindful of parents that may be waiting to see the same teacher. If you would like to schedule a longer more in depth conference please contact your student's teacher via email.

Wednesday through Friday students will follow the (Wednesday) Early Release schedule. Students will be dismissed at 2:10pm on all three of these days.

Early release schedule.

Fall break is 11/22-11/28.

Elk Students of the Month- October

Congratulations to Sophia Mikat and Daniel Lehman 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 - October

El Día de los Muertos

Spanish classes learned about El Día de los Muertos working on different activities and participated in hands-on Mexican art and folklore.

Culinary Students Earn Food Safety Certification

Forty students in Mrs. Lyons Culinary 1 class passed the University Of Idaho food safety and sanitation course. They all earned their certification which is good for five years. Way to go Culinary 1 students!

Boys Basketball Tryouts

November 12th and 13th

Boys Basketball Tryouts are on Friday, November 12th from 4:30-7:00 at SHS and Saturday, November 13th from 1:00-4:00 at SHS. Students are required to have an ASB card, a current physical, and online registration completed. Any questions see Mr. Childs room W14 in the mornings or W16 in the afternoons. He is also available by email

Here is the link to the online interim questionnaire and travel permission forms that must be downloaded, completed and returned to the front office, asap.

Sports Medical Physical - All athletes must have a physical on file. All athletes entering 9 and 11 grades must have a physical dated after May 1, 2021. All transferring students must have a new physical.

AcaDeca wins N.I.C.E.

On October 23, the SHS Academic Decathlon teams competed against the Priest River Lamanna High School teams to win first and second place at the North Idaho Competition of Excellence, with Priest River coming in third. The first place team scored 35,129 out of a possible 60,000, and the second place team was not far behind with 32,958 points. This year’s topic is Water: A Most Essential Resource. A total of 30 students competed all day at the meet, hosted by SHS. The four SHS teams (22 students) won a combined 32 gold medals, 29 silver medals, and 32 bronze medals. Five students truly stood out at the competition: junior Kyla LaFountain, a third-year decathlete and co-captain, who medaled in every event and earned the overall gold in the varsity division; junior Logan Jones, also a third-year decathlete and co-captain, who medaled in nine out of ten events and earned the overall silver in the scholastic division; sophomore Kody Bocksch, a second-year decathlete, who also medaled in nine events and earned the overall gold in the scholastic division; senior Bethany Badoux, a first-year decathlete, who medaled in six events and earned the overall silver in the honors division; and sophomore Alex Kingma, a second-year decathlete, who also medaled in six events and earned the overall gold in the honors division. All five students had

an impressive first meet, with scores ranging from 5,897 to 7,205 (out of 10,000). The students are now hard at work preparing for the IAD Invitational, which will take place on December 11. Their ultimate goal is to win a fourth state championship in a row in March.

The picture in the upper right is the logo for this year's jackets!

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

Seniors Complete Application Week!

October 25-29 was Senior Application Week at SHS. Seniors had the opportunity to apply to 12 Idaho Colleges and Universities for free. In total, we had over 200 Seniors apply to over 500 universities and colleges around the country this year. Students also had time to research scholarship opportunities, fine tune resumes, as well as, sign up for the ASVAB (military aptitude test) and connect with area recruiters.

News from Student Council

Veterans Day is coming up Thursday, November 11th. The SHS student body will celebrate Sandpoint Veterans by hosting our first Veterans Day Drive-Thru in our student parking lot. Afterwards, Veterans have been invited to a meet and greet breakfast held at the VFW Hall with Student Council members.
Student Council and Mentors have been busy creating posters and signs to thank ALL veterans for their service to our country.
The Council in conjunction with Mentors are working on International Kindness Day, and they will be holding posters with positive messages outside of school on Friday November 12th.

Upcoming dates:

  • Veterans Day Thursday Nov 11th

  • International Kindness Day Observed Friday Nov 12th

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

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

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Esports Game Day

Saturday, Nov. 6th, 10am

410 South Division Avenue

Sandpoint, ID

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Meet & Greet December 8th - 2:15pm @ SHS

Ali Terry, Sandpoint’s Distinguished Young Woman Class of 2022

If you are:

*A girl graduating in the Class of 2023

*Interested in personal growth and development

*Interested in earning scholarships for college

Then this program is for you!!

Distinguished Young Women of Sandpoint

is part of a national program which awards scholarships

for young women’s achievements. College scholarship opportunities are available to all participants AND it is free to participate (no application/registration fee).

You can:

~Make new friendships

~Learn Life Skills like interviewing & public speaking

~Have fun putting on a showcase of your achievements

~Plus, help pay for your college education

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!!

Questions? Email us at


Sign up today!!


Sign up deadline December 31, 2021

Come join the fun!!


Other scholarships available!

DYW Sandpoint Brochure

*DYW Sandpoint will follow recommendations from State and National regarding a showcase with audience.

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!