Sandpoint High School

May 2022

Message from the Principal-

Hello Community,

It is already time to look back at the year gone by! Sandpoint High School has a lot to be thankful for and proud of while we navigate essentially the final month of school. Thank you all for the support you have given throughout this year.

This is Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week so please take some time to thank any staff members who have had a positive impact on you or your student’s life. I know Teachers and Staff work hard everyday to ensure the best possible experience for our students at school.

Congratulations to our Valedictorian, Anna Auld, and our Salutatorian, Madison Duke. They have worked hard during their time at SHS and we look forward to their continued success at the next level. This year’s North Idaho Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (NISTAR) program recipients were; Kate McGregor who chose to honor Scott Fitchett and Ben Ricks who chose to honor Aaron Gordon. The NISTAR program was created to honor academically successful students who are also highly involved in athletics or other activities and have them honor a teacher they felt had a great impact on their education or lives. We will be further recognizing other students for their accomplishments and academic success at our upcoming Academic Achievement Night on May 23. SHS is proud of all of our students for their hard work and dedication. It is great these students get some recognition for their efforts.

Thank you for your participation and support at our recent events. We were so thankful to offer the NIC Roadshow back in person at SHS. NIC brought several programs and departments to show students the myriad of opportunities offered by NIC and the pathways to their future they could take. We also had a great time hosting our Springboard to High School Night live and in person once again. We had a great turnout where 8th grade families learned a little bit about SHS and all it offers before requesting their classes for next year. Events like these always take a lot of volunteers and participation so we thank everyone involved in making these happen at SHS.

SHS is now in the final stretch of most athletics and activities. If you have not had a chance to enjoy our student athletes, get out now and enjoy some Tennis, Track, Golf, Baseball, or Softball before the season ends. All activities will be wrapping up soon with May being the month for district and state tournaments. This may also be the last chance you have to enjoy a choir or band concert.

We are also in the final stages of ISAT testing with most, if not all, tests slated to be completed by the end of this week. We are looking forward to getting the results of these assessments in order to analyze and look to improve those areas where we may have fallen short. Along with testing, students are also in the process of requesting classes for next year and we should have all students' requests by the end of this week which will allow us to begin working on our master class schedule for next year. This is a huge puzzle that takes a lot of time and patience. Thank you for helping your students through this time as we really appreciate the time and energy you put into these activities.

We are now looking forward to the next set of events which May will bring. Keep an ear out to hear about: Declaration Day, Academic Achievement Night, Mock DUI, Scholarship Night, Ironman, Prom, and of course Graduation!

As always, if you have any questions or input, please feel free to contact me and let me know what you think.

Go Bulldogs!

David Miles II; Sandpoint High School Principal

Congratulations! Class of 2022 Valedictorian and Salutatorian!

Graduation 2022

Graduation June 10th ~ 6:30pm @ War Memorial Field

Rain or shine, gates open at 5:30 pm.

Congratulations John Keegan, National Merit Scholarship Finalist!

John has been selected as a Finalist in the Competition for National Merit Scholarship awards.

The mission of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) is to recognize and honor the academically talented students of the United States. NMSC accomplishes its mission by conducting nationwide academic scholarship programs. The enduring goals of NMSC's scholarship programs are:

  • To promote a wider and deeper respect for learning in general and for exceptionally talented individuals in particular
  • To shine a spotlight on brilliant students and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence at all levels of education
  • To stimulate increased support from individuals and organizations that wish to sponsor scholarships for outstanding scholastic talent

Elk Students of the Month-April

Congratulations Ashlee Webster and Justice Parkinson 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.

Elk Students of the Month-May

Congratulations Davalie Terry and Aidan Smith 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 - April

Teacher Appreciation Week - We are thankful for our SHS Staff!

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Staff of the Month -April- Chase Tigert

He has a really enjoyable class and is a good teacher

HE IS AN AMAZING TEACHER! He truly cares about the well-being of his students and cares about them. He is always there if you need to talk to. He never makes his students feel uncomfortable and always approaches things in a kind calm way. He truly is a great teacher and I think he deserves it the most! P.S he is also a great coach!

He is one of my favorite teachers. He is always positive and makes school fun. He teaches about real life stuff and doesn't waste your time. I believe that he really deserves to be the teacher of the month. (P.S I think is The best teacher in the school ;)

He's an amazing and understanding teacher

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SHS AcaDeca Team Wins National Honors

On Saturday, April 23, the Sandpoint High School Academic Decathlon team watched a live stream of the Awards Ceremony and learned that they had placed fourth in the nation at the USAD National Finals. They competed virtually in Division II (medium school). The competition was spread out over several days, with the Essay and Art Test happening on March 31. On April 20 they did their interviews on Zoom, and on April 21 they did their speeches on Zoom. On April 22, they spent the day in a computer lab taking the rest of the tests. Five students won medals in the individual events. Senior Bethany Badoux won a bronze medal in speech. Junior and team co-captain Logan Jones was a silver medal in science and a gold medal in essay. Sophomore Alex Kingma won a bronze medal in economics and a gold medal in mathematics. He was also the highest scoring member of the team. Junior and co-captain Kyla LaFountain won bronze medals in speech and interview and a silver medal in essay. The most decorated member of the team was sophomore Kody Bocksch, who won silver medals in literature and interview, a gold medal in science, and the overall bronze medal in the Scholastic Division. Also competing were senior Gavin Jasper, junior Alex Gonzalez, sophomore Keane Haesle, who was voted Most Valuable Team Member by his teammates, and freshman Torin Haesle.

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 the theme was Water: A Most Essential Resource. Next year’s theme is The American Revolution and the New Nation. 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.

All Star Olympics!

All Star Olympics 2022

Lake Pend Oreille School District

and Special Olympics Idaho

invites you to attend a Unified Field and Community Fair

Where:Sandpoint High School Track and Field

When: May 25, 2022, 9AM-12PM

North Idaho College Road Show Fun!

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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

Counseling News

Freshman/Sophomores/Juniors: College Prep 101 (a presentation on all things you need to know about getting prepared for college) will be held on Tuesday May 17th at 6:30 in the Auditorium. We will have Andrew Brewick, the Director of Admissions at Washington State University will be presenting about what you need to know if you are interested in or planning to attend college after high school. And YES the time to start thinking about life after high school is NOW.

Seniors: Declaration Day is on May 11th at 8:45 (second half of first period) in the Commons. We will be celebrating all Seniors! Wear your college, military or work gear! Prizes and drawings to those who are promoting their post-secondary plan (e.g. college t-shirt, work uniform)

Seniors: Scholarship Night is Tuesday May 24th at 6:00pm. Students who participated in entering local scholarships will receive an invitation to join us if they are selected for a local scholarship.

Mandatory MOCK DUI Attendance for all Seniors @ 9am ~ Tuesday May 24th

All seniors are required to attend the Mock DUI presentation in order to walk with the class of 2022 on June 10th First period attendance is expected. Seniors will be released from class at 8:55am

Graduation Practice - June 9th - 9am

Graduation practice will be held SHS inthe gym on Thursday, June 9th. Practice is mandatory for Seniors who are planning to walk in the ceremony on Friday. Students must be in good standing with grades, assignments and any monies owed to the bookkeeper, i.e. parking tickets, lost or damaged chromebooks. Please check with the bookkeeper in the near future so there are no surprises!
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Experiential Physics students made Rube Goldberg Machines with the goal of popping a balloon.
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Good Job!

Sandpoint High School Art teacher and Pend Oreille Pedalers (POP) Vice Present Ezra Stafford works on local mountain bike trails with Senior Ben Corbridge and 2021 graduate Ben Rogers.

A/B Day Schedule Coming Back for the 2022-23 School Year!

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SHS Apparel Shop

We are stocked! Come by and pick up your Bulldog spirit wear today! Spring is here, we have short sleeve tees!