Sandpoint High School
Message from the Principal-
Dear Bulldog Students, Families, and Friends,
Welcome to Spring Break! I am hoping that you are able to take time in this week ahead to spend precious moments connecting with family and friends. Sandpoint High School staff has been working alongside students this week to help them finish up the third quarter successfully. Please look for your child’s report card which will be sent to your email.
When we return from Spring Break, we will begin the mad dash to the end of the year. Current Juniors will take their SATs and will continue taking the Idaho state ISAT tests to show competence in ELA, math, and science classes. Our counseling team has spent the past few weeks gathering a “forecast” from students about which courses they are interested in, and after break will meet with each student one on one to help select the best and required courses for each student.
It’s also the time of year when we want to remind you of the importance of ensuring that your child is present at school on time, every day. As we move beyond the last few years of the pandemic, it is essential that SHS students attend class to complete their coursework. As a reminder, they may not have more than five absences in any one class. Tardies also add up to an important loss of instructional time. When you are looking at report cards, please make a plan with your child if they are near to exceeding five days of absences or have excessive tardies. We appreciate your team work to help support student success.
Please always feel free to reach out to me, the SHS administrative team, counselors, and teachers if you have questions or input.
Principal Jacki Crossingham
"People may forget what you say. People may forget what you do. But people will never forget how you made them feel." Maya Angelou
Welcome Interim Assistant Principal TJ Clary
My name is TJ Clary and I am thrilled to be working at Sandpoint High School. I am a local Bonner County resident and I don’t plan on ever leaving. I am an avid hunter and fisherman. My wife of 22 years loves to join me snowmobiling and side by side riding on the weekends. We camp on the St. Joe River in the summer and rally our jeep as much as possible. I attend Cedar Hills Church and currently life is good!
Although working at SHS has always been a dream of mine, I didn't think I would be here this soon in my career, but here I am. My educational experience began my freshmen year when life threw me a curveball and I dropped out of high school my freshmen year. For this reason I found my purpose in life is to make a difference in as many lives as possible so no one takes the same, difficult road I did. If anyone wants to hear more about this story, please ask and I will tell you.
I started as a special education teacher at Southside Elementary School for one year. Then I taught special education at Kootenai Elementary for three years. After that, I transferred to SMS where I taught 7th and 8th grade ELA direct instruction for two years. I also taught 7th grade ELA for three years.
I have years of coaching experience as well. I love teaching life skill applications through sports and I believe we can hold students to a high standard. Sports taught me how to “earn it” no matter how hard it is to obtain.
Becoming an administrator was always my dream and I landed that dream a year and a half ago at Southside Elementary as the principal. We had a wonderful trajectory going at Southside. When Mr. Dickinson got in a car accident and I was asked if I wanted to join the SHS family and help as an interim assistant principal. I am eager to help where I am needed so I agreed to join the team and I am loving it!
As the new interim assistant principal, I am able to bring a skill set of joy and passion to the table. As many may know, working with teenagers requires a deep level of love and patience. I have found this strength and hopefully my servant’s heart can be found in all my interactions with students. I really enjoy partnering with parents to raise the best students possible. I am passionate about learning and believe school should be a place where students want to learn every day. I am a change agent leader and education is a dream job to live out my why.
SHS 2023 Valedictorian ~ Ara Clark
SHS 2023 Salutatorian ~ Ayiana Prevost
March Elk Students of the Month
CARE Student of the Month -
Staff of the Month-Allison Sletager
Students Complete Trailer Build!
Students Darrian Resso, Scotlan Cerise, not pictured are Calvin Hinds and Owen Wimmer who all worked on the 7.5' x 12' utility trailer that took 13 weeks from start to finish! The type of welding was MIG, each student played a critical part in the completion of the project. Shout out to Bret Dvorak from CDE Electric for giving us a project to fabricate and build!
Athlete of the Month
SHS AcaDeca, State Champions Again!
For an unprecedented fifth year in a row, Sandpoint High School has won the 2023 Idaho
Academic Decathlon State Championship, held March 17-18 at Marsing High School in
southern Idaho. Fourteen schools and about 170 students participated in the competition.
Sandpoint fielded three teams; the main team, which was complete with nine students won
first place in the Large School division and the overall championship with a score of 38,509.
The second team (five students) took third place in Large School with a score of 24,401,
and the third team (two students) took fifth place in Large School with a score of 11,912.
The main team came in second in the Super Quiz Oral Relay, which doesn’t figure into the
team score. Sandpoint’s 16 students won a total of 74 individual medals (27 gold, 26 silver,
and 21 bronze). They also swept the overall top decathlete medals in the large school
division: 3 gold, 3 silver, and 3 bronze. Junior Priscilla Hester, a first-year decathlete, was
awarded the Phillip Ourada Memorial Award for Meritorious Achievement in the Speech
and Interview events. A Sandpoint student has won this award every year for the past
decade. Other outstanding students include senior Kyla LaFountain, a four-year decathlete
who medaled in every event and was the overall gold medalist in the Scholastic division;
sophomore Laurelyn Eastley, a first-year decathlete who earned a perfect score of 1,000 on
her essay and was the overall silver medalist in the Honors division; and junior Keane
Haesle, co-captain and a second-year decathlete who was the overall gold medalist in the
Honors division with a score of 8224 (out of 10,000) to make him one of the top four
highest-scoring decathletes ever from Sandpoint High School.
“We were all so excited to be back at Marsing for another state championship,” said coach
Dana Stockman. “It’s exhausting to travel all the way to the other end of the state, but once
there, the students get really energized by being with teams from all over the state. They
wanted that fifth championship, and they worked hard to get it. This is my last year as
coach as I am retiring at the end of this year, and it’s been such a pleasure and an honor for
me to work with these young people. I’m really excited to go back to Frisco, Texas, in April
for the USAD National Finals because that’s where I took my first team to Nationals. It’s like
I’ve come full circle.”
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’s theme was The American
Revolution and the New Nation. Next year’s theme is Technology and Humanity. 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 as a Division II team (medium schools) will
be senior Kyla LaFountain; juniors Henley Bloom, Kody Bocksch, Rachel Fedak, Keane
Haesle, and Priscilla Hester; and sophomores Laurelyn Eastley, Ellie (Kodo) Klippel, and
Carys Perilloux. The competition is partly online, with the essay, art test, music test, and
literature test happening on April 13. The rest of the events will occur in person in Frisco,
Texas, on April 27-29.
Former Students Helping Current Students ~ Paying it Forward
Last year our Business Professionals of America National Team received very generous financial support from businesses, organizations, and individuals in our community. This support made it possible for all nine students to compete at nationals, regardless of their financial situation. Some flight issues last year resulted in a $100 travel voucher for each student.
When planning travel arrangements for this year's national team of four, I reached out to our former all-stars. All of them, who had not already utilized their voucher, DONATED it to our current BPA National Team...paying it forward in the amount of $600 in travel vouchers to be used this year! What a special group of former students, helping current students, in the same way the community helped them.
2023 Cabinetry Designers in 3D II
Students in the 3D II architecture class learn to use the software Chief Architect. They complete many projects, but the first one is learning to edit library items. Their cabinet project problem to solve was: to take a library item and restructure, resize and fully change the piece to make it into furniture. The contest was open to all 3D II students. Fourteen students met the deadline to participate. Anyone in the school could vote for their top three designs. The voting was stiff and due to the results, there were ties in 3rd and 4th place! Thanks to all the participants and everyone who voted!
Darrin Flanigan for creating an entire desk unit system with drawers, shelves and cabinets to house a plethora of items.
Art Student of the Month
Freshman Emma Darrin is new to the SHS Art program and is already doing some fantastic work in Art II.
Student Leadership Elections
Student leadership elections dates:
Student Leadership Applications due 4/18
Video Speeches due to firstname.lastname@example.org 5/1
Election Day Tuesday 5/2
Student Leadership Volunteers at READY! For Kindergarten
SEC Student Race Wins Races!
Student Race Barrett finished first in both the slalom and GR race at the Special Olympics at Silver Mountain Saturday, March 18th. He had the fastest time overall and earned two gold medals.
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; 11-12 A-F
H-O: Sara Gosling
P-Z: Tavi Brandenburg; 11-12 G
Post Secondary Transitions Counselor: Jeralyn Mire
College and Career Mentor: Angie Dail
Counseling Office Coordinator/Registrar: Amanda Skinner
Counseling Office Coordinator: Erricka Brownell
SAT Testing Day for Juniors
Juniors: Wednesday April 12 is SAT Testing Day for all Juniors. Please bring two sharpened #2 pencils. Assigned classrooms for the test will be posted in the Foyer on the Library windows.
Forecasting (Registration): Counselors will be meeting with all students individually to work on forecasting submissions and 4-year plans.
Spring Clean the Junk!
Spring cleaning doesn't apply to just cleaning out your house. Take a moment to clean out your email and unsubscribe from that one website you joined years ago and never went back to. Many email services provide an "unsubscribe" button that you can click whicht either automatically sends a "please remove" message or can take you to the correct spot to remove the junk email. While you're at it, go ahead and delete your account on those sites. At times it might seem like a lot, but try to do bits and pieces as they come in. Not only does it reduce the amount of junk email you get, but when the company does in fact delete your email and other information it can prevent issues should they eventually get hacked.
Computer Science Teacher - SHS
Technology Integration Instructional Coach - LPOSD
From the Superintendent
What a fun morning last week at our first Community Coffee Klatch ☕️ - thank you to the parents/patrons who attended and asked great questions! We have scheduled the next one in May (more details below). Several folks asked about our upcoming budget, staffing cuts, legislative budget cuts, and the timeline.
Dragonfly April 6th presented by U of I Professor Jason Barnes at the Panida
Sponsored by Spacepoint
- In March, SHS conducted a lockdown drill.
- During the month of April we will be conducting a safety hold and a fire drill.
- The controlled access entry is in effect. You will need to push a buzzer and let the receptionist know what business you will be conducting with SHS at the time of entry. Be prepared to show ID. Students must show their studet ID cards.
- ALL visitors must check in at the front office.
Schoology Guide for Parents and Guardians
Having trouble getting information from your student? Then this is the guide for you! Schoology for parents will provide you with important information. You will be able to see grades, course information and assignments. Please click the link below for complete instructions. If you need assistance with the password, please call the front office: 208-263-3034.