Sandpoint High School

November 2022

Message from the Principal-

Dear Bulldog Students, Families, and Friends,

Welcome to November and the last week of the first quarter. I hope all of you have enjoyed this extended and beautiful autumn. As we wrap up Q1 this week, I want to extend a warm welcome to visit with your student’s teachers during conferences. This is an opportunity to get face to face communication with the educators who spend their days with your young adult. I also have a few tips as we move into November and as we prepare for the remainder of the school year ahead.

Parents - talk to your kids about school. I know this may seem unnecessary for some families now that kids are in HS, but I can tell you from experience that it is one of the single most impactful things you can do to keep them engaged and motivated in school.

  • Attend conferences - Students, parents, and teachers who take time to discuss academic progress, attendance, and other expectations are better able to set goals and meet them.

  • Talk about grades - and follow up by reviewing their grades with them frequently in Schoology.

  • Talk about attendance & tardies - and again, follow up by reviewing their attendance.

  • Talk to them about getting involved in clubs, sports, organizations, class opportunities, the college and career center and more - kids who are involved in school beyond their classrooms are typically more successful.

  • Talk about their mental health - ask them “How are you feeling?” “What things are going well and what things are not?” “What things have you stressed, and how do you manage that stress?” “What can I help you with as your parent?”

  • Talk about your expectations of them at school - believe it or not, sometimes kids act one way at home and another way at school (or the movies, or Walmart, or the park, etc.). Talk to them about how you want them to behave and engage in class. Simple things such as asking questions when you need help, going to Access* with your teachers, getting to class on time, being kind to others, etc. *Access, in case you did not know, is when students may access their teachers M, T, Th, and F 2:50-3:20 to get additional help. Use it!

  • Talk to them about their future - high school is an amazing time in their lives and ends in the culmination of their K-12 educational career. What’s next? College? Career? Military? It is never too early to start talking to them about it and recommending they visit our Counseling Center to answer any questions they/you may have.

I look forward to seeing you at conferences November 16th and 17th.


Principal Jacki Crossingham

October Elk Students of the Month

CARE Student of the Month - Chandler Molenda

Chandler was chosen as the October CARE Student of the Month. Chandler was nominated by her teacher Lindsie Murray. Other nominees were Kynan Murphy, Lillian Richardson, Ethan Trumbull, Owen Rego, Daylee Driggs, Spencer Klueber, and Benicio Reyes. The students were celebrated with a pizza lunch along with teacher of the month, Jake Palaniuk. Congratulations and thank you students for all you do!

Welcome Julie Christensen - Attendance Officer

Hi my name is Julie. I've lived in Sandpoint for 13 years. I have 2 kids that have graduated from Sandpoint High School and one currently attending. I am excited to be working with the students and parents in the attendance office. When I'm not working I enjoy being outdoors hiking , kayaking, snowshoeing, gardening and spending time with my family.


UPDATE ~Attendance has a new email! Save this email

Please be sure to notify the attendance office when your student is absent. Either by calling 208-263-3034 then selecting 1 or dialing 4010 as the extension at anytime, or emailing Julie at .

October Staff of the Month-Jake Palaniuk

This month's light shines on Jake Palaniuk. Jake gets plenty of votes each month and we definitley appreciate his team player approach to his job. These are some of the things that were said about Jake.

-He is super nice and makes first period fun!

-1. he is a good resource. If you need help, he is there. 2. has great style! 3. Super funny, and overall a great teacher to be around

-Jake is the coolest teacher I know. He motivates me and he is a very nice person good at talking to students and is the reason I go to school.

-He is good at engaging with students and makes our mornings more lively.

-Because he is a really nice, cool, and awesome teacher. He inspires me to be a better and nicer person. He also wishes every student a great day.

Congratulations Jake!

Art Student of the Month

Kacey Cuizon

Close-up Texture Project

Pre-AP Art

Student Leadership

Student Leadership helped out at Ready for Kindergarten in Mid-October and plans on helping out again in January and March.

Spanish IV Teams up with Life Skills Students

Mrs. Bocksch's Spanish IV class teamed up with life skill students to make sugar skulls. Sugar skull art reflects the folk art style of big happy smiles, colorful icing and sparkly tin and glittery adornments.

Interact Visits Hickey Farms

Hickey Farms hosted the SHS Interact Club and foreign exchange students for pumpkin carving and a corn maze. Interact is sponsored by Sandpoint and Ponderay Rotary. Their next event is a trail clean up in cooperation with the FBCS and Colville High School Interact Clubs on 11/12. Join Interact by coming to a meeting: Tuesdays after school in E2. Advisor:

Good News Parents!

The yearbook can still take Senior Tributes.

We were able to move some of those yearbook pages to a new deadline, so we can fit them all in!

1. Collect the photos you want to use and compose a message to your child.

2. Read all instructions for ad submission online at the yearbook order center (YOC).

3. Complete the Ad Order process and then pay online.

School Code: 12573

Click the link below to start your Senior Tribute Ad:

Full Page Ad: $200

Half Page Ad: $120

Quarter Page Ad: $75

One/Eighth Page Ad: $40

Thank you, your tribute supports your child and our yearbook program.

Parent Teacher Conferences - November 16th and 17th

We encourage all parents/guardians to attend on either Wednesday, November 16th or Thursday, November 17th. We will have an open house format for conferences from 3:15pm - 6:15pm each of these days.

NO appointment is necessary. Please be mindful of other parents who may be waiting to talk to teachers as well. If you need a longer, more formal conference please feel free to reach out to the teacher via email to schedule at a different time. Our office staff will be available too, if you need to check attendance, sign up for schoology or have questions. We are all here to help! On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we will run the early release schedule and students will be dismissed at 2:10 each of those days.

The following teachers will only be available one day during parent teacher conferences, due to their teaching schedule:

Karen Lyons - Wednesday

Erin Roos - Wednesday

Catherine (Leanne) Bankson - Wednesday

Dalton Hawkins - Wednesday/Thursday E Sports

Jon Brownell - Thursday

Kathryn Hara - Thursday

Dana Stockman - Thursday

If you are unable to meet with any of your student's teachers please feel free to email them.

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; 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

Boys Basketball Tryouts

Boys basketball tryouts will be held at SHS on November 11th-12th. Times still TBD. Anyone interested in trying out must have the following:

1. A physical on file with the office. 9th/11th and new student requirement.

2. Complete the online registration that can be found on the school's website.

3. Check with Christy at the front desk with questions and confirmation that paperwork is complete.

4. Purchase ASB sticker for your ID card from the bookkeeper.

Any questions, please see or contact Coach Brian Childs at

It's Cold Outside - Doors open at 7:15 to welcome students each day!

As the weather turns colder, we just want to send this reminder out to parents and students. For the safety of all students and staff the doors to our school open at 7:15am. Please dress warmly if you are going to be waiting outside. Thank you

Tech Tip

Did you know that we are using two systems this year that parents/guardians have access to? The first is PowerSchool, which is our Student Information System. This is where things such as attendance, class schedules and contact information are kept. Parents/Guardians can make real-time updates to their contact information, so that the school or district can make contact efficiently. This is also where things such as transcripts are kept and sent from.

The other system for the middle school and high schools is Schoology. Parents can link their own accounts to their students' account and will be able to check their grades. No more having your student log into their account to see their work, you can check it on your own device.

Looking to get set up? Contact the office of each school you have a student at to get the access codes resent. This will be sent to the email address we have on record, so make sure you check with them that it is correct.

Thank you,

Dalton Hawkins

Computer Science Teacher - SHS

Technology Integration Instructional Coach - LPOSD

Safety Reminders

Safety Update

  • This month SHS will hold a lockdown drill which will be a teach to. More lockdown drills will be held in the coming months..
  • Just a reminder the front doors are locked after the start of school. We are a single point of entry school.
  • Please limit the number of drop off of items to essential needs. We do provide lunch, breakfast and a grab and go between first and second period. You can put lunch money on a student's account by using the MyMealTime link below, or having the student give the lunch staff a check or cash.
  • No dogs at school, unless they are registered service dogs.
  • ALL visitors must check in at the front office.

"The Memory of SHS"

by sophomore Kayla Albert-

The Memory of SHS

Once I get off the bus and take in the sight of the school,

I feel so much joy. Not everyday is easy at school but I try my best, and I know others do too.

The best part of my days are seeing my teachers and friends. Their smiling faces fill me with hope.

SHS is a school for kids that can make so many friends and enjoy the years they spend here.

It's not always easy for everyone here but with the help of teachers and friends they can make the year the best they can.

Once the day comes that I leave this school I will remember the year I spent here.

The people and the memories I made will always bring me a big smile and I will cherish these memories for the rest of my life.

So future students of SHS, this was my experiene at this school. I hope you enjoy

your year here just as I did.

See Tell Now

Please help us stop vandalism.

We are expeincing an uptick in vandalism and graffiti at Sandpoint High School. Most recently, the tagging of buildings on the SHS campus. Please as parents and guardians, talk to your students about this and encourage them if they know something to report it to our administrators, a school counselor, or a trusted staff member. There is a $200 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for the vandalism to SHS on Halloweeen. Students and parents may reach out to our adminstrators or the school resource officer, Don Little. Email Contact:,,

Here's how you can help us! - C.A.R.E. Caring Adults Recognizing Excellence -