Monthly EduBlog - Volume 9
Dear LPOSD Families,
As we slide into May, spring is definitely blossoming in our area. It is so refreshing to see kids outside playing in the beautiful sunshine ☀️ and warmer weather! One of my favorite family traditions, May Day 💐, will be here on Monday, May 1st. When my kids were growing up, we would pick wildflowers, wrap them in pretty ribbon and then the kids would set them on the neighbor’s front porch, ring the doorbell and run away. What fun this May Day 💐 tradition is - super fun for kids and a pleasant surprise for neighbors 😊. Give it a try and see smiles spread 😁🌷
Parents have the opportunity to help support our focus on measuring student academic growth this month (through the ISATs and IRI assessments). Students who get their sleep, eat a nutritious breakfast, and are able to give it their best, are bound to demonstrate their true measure of growth this year. We are excited to see where students have surpassed expectations and where we, as a district, need to focus our efforts to address unfinished learning gaps. Thank you for supporting healthy student habits as we move into the end of year assessment period, bwm
Dr. Becky W. Meyer, Superintendent
LPOSD Board Approves Adoption of New Science & Math Curriculum
A big thank you to the dedicated curriculum committees (made up of staff, parents & patrons) who helped dive deep into the materials, piloted programs with students, and collaborated with their team in a rigorous scoring process. A lot of time and energy went into determining what curriculums would fit our local schools best. The Teaching and Learning Team says, "We are excited for the tremendous opportunities for learning that both curriculums will provide for the students of LPOSD!"
LPOSD is committed to transparency! As such, we encourage readers to gather additional information by watching last month's board meeting . Curriculum presentations begin at 58 minutes.
Additionally, LPOSD has K-12 Curriculum Overviews available for patron review. Click the button below to take a look!
Watch SHS AcaDeca Compete @ Nationals!
Dana Stockman (SHS Academic Decathlon Instructor and Advisor) has notified us that USAD will be streaming both the Super Quiz and Awards Ceremony! To watch them in action, refer to the following links!
The Super Quiz is Friday, 4/28, at 12 pm PDT.
LPOSD High School Students Participate in 2023 Hardhats, Hammers & Hotdogs
LPOSD high school students with an interest in the trades industry, had a memorable field trip last week! At the NIC event, called "Hardhats, Hammers and Hotdogs," students toured NIC's Parker Technical Education Center. After the tour, they had a chance to run heavy equipment and use tools, followed by a visit with local companies seeking new employees.
Clark Fork High School
Photos Courtesy of KC MacDonald, CFHS
Lake Pend Oreille High School
Photos Courtesy of Randy Wilhelm, LPO
Sandpoint High School
Photos courtesy of Angie Dail, SHS
Local Organization Brings Annual Pend Oreille Watershed Education to Youth
5th Grade students at Hope Elementary School are pictured above during a recent lesson presented by the Bonner Soil and Water Conservation. Through hands-on learning, the students gain knowledge about the Pend Oreille watershed. This class, like so many before them, is utilizing a 10' by 10' floor map to explore concepts that they will later study more thoroughly at the upcoming Water Festival.
Water Festival is a field trip destination for 5th graders throughout our area. It is held annually in mid-May, and generously hosted by the Bonner Soil & Water Conservation District. At the Water Festival, students learn about Fisheries, Water Quality, Watersheds, Animal Tracks, and Fur Trapping. Following these stations, a presentation will be given by one of the Idaho Fish and Game Conservation Officers about grizzlies and black bears.
When surveyed, students typically double their knowledge about the above mentioned subjects after attending Water Festival! Our students are fortunate to experience this longstanding educational opportunity!
LPOSD In the News
Sandpoint High School choirs receive awards
Sandpoint High School choirs have brought home top honors from a pair of recent festivals. The SHS Chamber Choir traveled to Seattle to participate in the Seattle Heritage Music Festival, performing superbly and coming home with the "Gold Award," choir director Jon Brownell said.
SHS AcaDeca team headed to nationals
SANDPOINT - After claiming a fifth straight state championship, the Sandpoint High School Academic Decathlon team is gearing up for nationals. Broken into two sections, national finals are looming, beginning with an online portion this Thursday. The team also is preparing with practice events and subject research, Dana Stockman, SHS AcaDeca coach, and French teacher said.
KRFY Radio Interviews with LPOSD
We are Grateful for Our Administrative Professionals!
On Wednesday, April 26th, LPOSD celebrated our Administrative Professionals...who could more accurately be described as our glue! These folks hold our schools (and District Office) together! We want to publicly thank them for everything they do to keep our buildings on track, and to provide support for our staff, students and families!
Buildings will be celebrating their teachers in the first part of May in numerous ways! Lake Pend Oreille School District wants to thank our teachers! Our teachers provide mentorship, offer a helping hand, create meaningful educational experiences, foster creativity, inspire a love of learning, and show up day after day to make a difference! We ❤️ you!
Bike to School Day is May 3rd!
A message from Safe Routes to School: If you cannot ride from your home, you could consider parking a few blocks from the school and ride the rest of the way, or take a ride around your neighborhood. Safe Routes to School encourages you to choose riding your bike to school as often as possible. Be aware of motorists and pedestrians, use proper hand signals, wear brightly colored clothing, and follow the rules of the road. Safe cycling!
Next Board Meeting:
(Photo of Sandpoint Middle School students after presenting at the last School Board meeting.)
Parents of Next Year's Kindergarten Class - Please Plan to Attend!
All Kindergarten registration must happen at the child's ZONED SCHOOL. Find your Zoned School using our website!
If you have any questions about your zoned school after reviewing the link above, call Kelly Fisher at the District Office: 208-263-2184 ext. 1019.
Bike Rodeos - May 12 & 13
Safe Routes to School invites students to attend either of these upcoming Bike Rodeos!
Unique Student Learning Opportunity - May 13th
This is Sandpoint’s first Rocketry Challenge and is hosted at the East Bonner County Library. Students in 4th through 12th grade are welcome to participate. Register here.
Spacepoint hopes to establish at least 2 Sandpoint Middle and/or High School Competitive American Rocketry Teams to compete at the National Level Competition sponsored by Boeing, Northrup Grumman, Raytheon, Rockwell, etc. At this National Competition, the top 10 teams earn cash awards totaling $100,000! This local Sandpoint Rocketry Challenge is a great opportunity for students to learn and express their interest in those teams.
Informative Community Event, 6-8pm on May 17
Please join Panhandle Health District, Kaniksu Community Health, Lake Pend Oreille School District, and Idaho State Police for a free educational presentation about fentanyl drug trends in North Idaho. See full event details here.
Come Have Coffee with the Superintendent!
Know Any Great Candidates?
Also Hiring for Various Other Positions!
Share the word! LPOSD is accepting applications for various roles! Refer to the LPOSD Jobs Link for details on positions available, benefits, and a job description.
Are You a Parent, and Interested in Subbing for Your Child's Class?
When our wonderful LPOSD teachers have to be out of the classroom, we count on having a person in the room who will love, guide and provide a safe place for student learning.
Sub Applicants Can...
Pick which schools they would like to sub at.
Let your child’s teacher know when you are hired, and he/she can put you on their “preferred sub” list.
Get training! HR has a list of links for videos providing classroom training AND they are working on creating in-person training for things like classroom management, best practices, etc.