Sandpoint High School

Let's Connect -- September 2023

Dear Bulldog Students, Families, and Friends,

September 2023

Welcome to Sandpoint High School 2023-2024! I hope that all our students–and especially our new students–loved their first week. We were excited to welcome students with an ALL STUDENT assembly last Thursday. As the principal, I only get a few opportunities over the year to be in person with ALL students at the same time. I believe there is no more important way to connect with our students and start to paint the picture of what this school year will look like. The energy of the student body was evident as we let them know WE are here for them, and the students generated some school spirit with our Fight Song. The Student Council also announced details for Homecoming Week which you will read more about below. We met with the Freshman and Senior classes separately last week to share information about schedules, expectations, attendance, and to give them a time for any questions they may have. We will meet with the Sophomores and Juniors this week.

Students have already had many opportunities to participate in and to cheer on classmates in athletic competitions and activities this school year. I encourage you to check in with our website, school calendar, daily announcements, and social media to look for ways to engage and get involved at Sandpoint High School. Parents, we also have an active parent organization, CARE, which supports SHS students through the Student of the Month luncheon, running the Chuckwagon at events, and serving as an engaged, advisory group. If you are interested in helping out in any form please contact them through this email link: CARE SHS

We all know that excitement is often tinged with anxiety, and if there is anything we can do to help, please do not hesitate to reach out to teachers, counselors, administration, or me. We also encourage you to check Schoology to see what students are working on in class and to check in on academic progress.

We are definitely up and running! I hope to see you soon.


Principal Jacki Crossingham


Attendance Reminders - Please call within 48 hours!

Consistent attendance is the key to a successful year! SHS has refined policy and practice in place this year to ensure that students have every opportunity to get the grades and experience they want at SHS, but we can’t do it without them!!!

  • 90% attendance is expected in each course to earn high school credit in Idaho. That means that a student cannot miss more than 5 days in each class. (This is still 10 days per semester, but because of the A/B block it is equivalent to 5 days per class per semester.) **School excused absences do not count toward this total (i.e. sports, field trips, etc.).

  • Communication is KEY! If you know of an upcoming trip, appointment, or extenuating circumstance, please call or email early so we can put a plan in place.

Julie Christensen (Attendance) - or 208-263-3034 ext. 4010


Flex Days - Non Student Days 10/20/23, 2/16/24, 5/24/16 Great days for appointments!


PowerSchool vs. Schoology

You may have found yourself wondering what is the difference between these two sites. Hopefully this can help!

PowerSchool - is our student management platform where all the important documents, schedules, and attendance are housed. It keeps track of the organization for student records across our district. You can use this site specifically to check your students' attendance! This is where the information comes from if you get a call about a missed class. You can log in and easily check to look for unexcused absences.

Schoology - This is our “Learning Management” site. This is where teachers post assignments and communicate grades, due dates, and also where they comment on assignments. You can log into this site and see a schedule of upcoming assignments, get links to course information, and monitor grades.

***Both of these sites are incredibly helpful to check in frequently with your student. Please ask your student for login info and let us know if you have any questions!


Please Meet Our New Staff

J.D. McElroy


What is Bulldog Time?

What is Bulldog Time???

Monday - Thursday students will rotate through each one of their classes (alternating A week with B weeks) to get time to get help from their teacher, retake tests, redo/make up assignments, extend learning, or maybe just get some homework done!

All students are required to attend Bulldog Time. During this first quarter, they will get to spend four half-hour sessions with each of their teachers to ensure they are on a clear path to the grades they want!

Visit the link below to view the calendar for the full year! This is something they asked for and we know it will be super beneficial to staying on top of their classes this year. It's going to be a great year, Bulldogs!


Important Events

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Interact Club Welcomes New Exchange Students!

Sandpoint High School Interact Club is up and running for the school year with meetings on Tuesdays after school. Interact will be hosting a Welcome Lunch for the three exchange students at Sandpoint High School (Patric - Switzerland, Esmyra - Netherlands, Karl - Sweden) on Friday, Sept 15. (Room E2)

Mrs. Auld, the Interact advisor, has hosted students from Japan, Korea, Ecuador, Brazil, Spain and the Netherlands. If you are a family interested in hosting or a student interested in applying for a Rotary Exchange Program please consider the Interact Club. Hosting a high school exchange student through Rotary or other organizations can be a life changing experience for both the student and host family. It provides an opportunity to share traditions and customs, to gain new perspectives, and to build lasting friendships with people from around the world. Interact clubs provide students with opportunities to develop leadership skills through organizing and participating in community service projects.

Upcoming events:

9/15 : Welcome Party for Exchange Students

9/26: Concessions Fundraiser

9/27: Concessions Fundraiser

10/21: Pumpkin Carving

October TBA: joint service project with FBCHS and Colville High School

11/3-5: RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) at Western Pleasure
RYLA Applications due September 28th.

Pictured: Exchange student Patric Bruelisauer of Switzerland with his host siblings Crosby and Calvin Schmidt.




Dropping off students in the bus area can be dangerous and should be avoided, especially during the busy bus times at the beginning and end of the day. It could also result in serious injuries to students. Instead, it is recommended that parents drop off their children in the school parking lot, by the front entrance. It is important for parents to follow school policies and guidelines to help keep students safe while on school grounds.


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Thank you!



News from the Classroom

Honors Physics - First Day

Honors physics… first day… developed a method to collect data so they can predict them drop time for an object dropped from a height higher than available in the classroom. Day 2 we dropped stuff from the school roof to see how close their methods predicted.



Fight, Fight, Fight

Sandpoint Fight Song 2023

Homecoming September 18th-22nd!

Powderpuff 2023

Homecoming is right around the corner. We will be having Powderpuff on Wednesday, September 20th at War Memorial Field starting at 6:30 pm. As this is a fundraiser event hosted by the Sophomore Class, ASB and Century Club Cards will not gain admission to the event.

Homecoming Week Dress Up Days

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Homecoming Dance ~~ Saturday, September 23 7pm - 10pm "Cloud 9"

Senior Sunrise


District News

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Community Conncetions