August 2022

Monthly Edublog-Volume 2

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A Message from the Superintendent

Dear LPOSD Families,

We hope your students are as excited as our staff to start school next week! The first day of school is always so special, no matter your age 😉. As we begin the 2022-23 school year, our focus will be on school safety and security, gathering community input for our new 5-year Strategic Plan, and providing a supportive learning environment for all students. The District Safety Task Force (DSTF), which includes parents, law enforcement, first responders and administrators, had a very busy summer working to implement priorities identified as immediate (see our DSTF Board presentation for more detail).

We are asking our community to be prepared for new school safety and security measures:

    • All visitors will need to sign in with an identification card and wear a badge

    • All staff will be identified with a badge

    • All interior doors will be locked

    • Exterior doors will be locked and/or supervised for admittance

    • Any suspicious activity or threats will be reported to a monitored anonymous tip line SEE-TELL-NOW =888-593-2835

    • Students will be able to identify one trusted staff person at each school to ensure we are building connections with all students!

Thank you for supporting our efforts to ensure every one of our students has a safe and secure learning environment. If you have not had the opportunity to give us your input regarding school safety, please take a moment to fill out this safety survey.

I wish you a fun-filled Labor Day weekend with your family as you soak up the last days of summer break!

Thank you, bwm

Dr. Becky W. Meyer, Superintendent

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Keeping Schools Safe with New Confidential Tip Line

All schools in Lake Pend Oreille School District are now utilizing See, Tell, Now!--a Student Threat Reporting System. The anonymous tip line is staffed by trained technicians who receive and evaluate tips 24/7. The tips are screened for accuracy and severity, then assigned to school points of contact or law enforcement, if applicable.

Please share with students that if anyone witnesses an unsafe situation, they should now report the incident at or call 888-593-2835. Those reporting will be asked to give as much detail as possible allowing for more effective responding. Download the SeeTellNow app and add the phone number to your contacts today!

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Dr. Joy Jansen - Honored as Special Services Director of the Year Award

We are so proud of Dr. Jansen, LPOSD's Director of Special Education, Nursing, and Elementary School Counseling! She is this year's recipient of the Outstanding Special Services Administrator Award, presented by the Idaho Association of Special Education Administrators. This annual award is presented to a Special Education Director in Idaho who has: excelled in the management of special education programs; promoted excellence in the education and service of students with disabilities; and promoted the profession. Dr. Jansen has 25 years of experience working with children and adults in the areas of specific learning disabilities, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, and various mental health conditions. She is passionate about serving LPOSD students and brings a wealth of knowledge to our programs!

Attention Parents- Please Fill Out the Free and Reduced Meal Forms

During the pandemic, federal child nutrition waivers allowed schools to offer universal free meals. However, the USDA waiver was not extended for the 2022-23 school year, meaning that for the first time since 2020 families will need to apply in order to qualify for free and reduced meals.

We know parents aren't ever thrilled to fill out yet another form. But please do take time to fill out the Free and Reduced Meal Form. The information gathered from it has a substantial impact on our schools and district as a whole!

Did you know that even though it's titled the Free and Reduced Meal Form, the information on it is also used to determine the amount of federal dollars granted to LPOSD for things like academic support materials, staff, full-day kindergarten, professional development, and internet access? We currently have six Title schools in our district and approximately 70% of our internet is also funded thanks to the e-rate program. We need your assistance to accurately reflect our district and its needs. Thank you!

Free and Reduced Meal Form

(Forms need submitted annually)

Child Nutrition + New Website

Our wonderful Child Nutrition Director Bobbie Coleman has made the Child Nutrition Website better than ever! The updated website is user friendly and has loads of child nutrition information that is helpful for families.

If your family needs to register or add a new student to online payments, you will need your child's student ID number. To obtain the student ID number, you may contact Nutrition Services at 265-1569 or email

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Weekend Food Program for LPOSD Students

Food For Our Children is a local non-profit organization that provides nutritional weekend food for students in LPOSD. The organization's brochure says: "If you feel your child would benefit from having additional food over the weekend, please sign up. A record of your child's participation is kept ONLY at their school and is not shared with any other organization. There is no judgment, no questions asked, we are simply neighbors helping our neighbors."

Click the button below to find out more.

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A Message from Director of Transportation: James Koehler

LPOSD school buses will be back on the road with vehicles full of excited children on September 6th. Our bus fleet transports over 900 students to and from school daily! We want to share one quick tip to increase the safety for our student riders: it's very dangerous to pass a stopped school bus when red lights on top of the bus are flashing and the Stop Arm is activated. These flashing lights mean the bus is picking up or unloading students and you need to STOP at least 20 feet back from the bus.

As our students return to school, let's work together to keep them safe! This means being alert and knowing the light signals pictured below. Thank you, drivers!

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LPOSD Transitions to PowerSchool

After reviewing feedback from staff and parents, LPOSD is moving to PowerSchool! This student information system was selected for many reasons such as:

  • It's intuitive and user-friendly
  • The program works cohesively with our K-8 standards-based grading
  • Reports available in PowerSchool are helpful tools for LPOSD's data-driven teaching.

The district's Technology Department has worked incredibly hard to provide a seamless transition for all users. They are approaching almost 1 million data points moved to PowerSchool from Tyler SIS! We're grateful for all of the effort poured in to this project behind-the-scenes. Parents can expect to see information on how to connect through the parent-portal in the next few weeks.

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2022 Summer Lunch Program: A Team Effort

It all started with a cup of coffee, and a meeting to discuss another project. It was a spring day directly following a school board meeting where the Food Nutrition remodel was announced, and Andra Murray (Director of Teaching and Learning of LPOSD) was conflicted. This construction was necessary; it would also mean no school lunches would be available over summer...for the first time in several decades. That's when Katie Cox of Kaniksu Land Trust asked: "Do you mind if I try to figure out if there is a way to solve this?"

With this in mind, Katie's next step was to reach out to Debbie Love (Executive Director of Bonner Community Food Bank) and Michele Murphree (Food for Our Children). The organizations had a history of working together cohesively in the past to benefit LPOSD students. The three women spent the next hour putting together a cost analysis and developing a plan of action. They determined that it would cost approximately $85,000 to fund the Summer Lunch Program, and that with enough volunteers they could assemble and distribute lunches daily. In a matter of 3 weeks, the organizing committee had partnered with local businesses and organizations to fulfill the need for volunteers and financial support. "Wow, we're doing this. We are actually going to make this happen!" Debbie Love thought as their committee confirmed details.

Since that time, those involved have distributed over 7,000 lunches to children in our community! The University of Idaho donated their kitchen facilities at the Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center, and the so did the Sandpoint VFW. East Bonner County Library and Kootenai Elementary School have served as distribution sites. Lunches were even provided for those enrolled in ESY at Farmin Stidwell and secondary summer school students. Katie Cox who stepped in and asked "Can I help?" reports that "this has been a display of the importance of partnerships in our community, and how amazing our community is." A program of this size would not be possible with out the hundreds of people who made it possible! On behalf of our students...THANK YOU to every single person/organization who made this happen for local youth!

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The Next Big Idea

Please watch the video below to hear about the next "Big Idea" that LPOSD and PAFE (Panhandle Alliance for Education) are teaming up to accomplish. We are so thankful for this partnership and we can't wait to see what the future holds for CTE programs here in Bonner County!

Individuals and businesses who are passionate about this "Big Idea" can donate to PAFE here.

The Big Idea

LPOSD Board of Trustees Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 13th, 5pm

401 Bonner Mall Way

Ponderay, ID

These meetings are open to the public. They are also recorded and posted to within 48 hours after they are held.
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