Sandpoint High School Newsletter

October 2020

We Did It, We are Back and In School! and grades...............

In case you missed it here is the plan as presented by David Miles II, Principal.

SHS Covid Expectations

Brief information update from Sandpoint High School, September 16th, 2020

Thank you for responding to this difficult and unusual school year with positivity, encouragement, and grace.

One major change for this year is the timing of our classes. Students will receive permanent transcripted grades on their report cards November 6th. This usually did not occur until the end of January. This means students are progressing through classes at twice the rate compared to last year. Please use Schoology to check grades and progress in classes to ensure adequate progress is being made before those grades become permanent. Please encourage your student to follow up by contacting the teachers of any classes where appropriate progress is not being made. We will email progress reports on September 28th and October 19th to help you. Teachers should also be contacting any students who are falling behind.

We believe the best education occurs when students are present in class but if you are unable to attend school, please use Schoology to keep up on classes. It is expected that all students complete work using the materials posted on Schoology any time they are absent from class. All teachers should have it updated by the end of the day with material from that day’s lesson. If you need additional help, please contact teachers directly by email. Teachers should also be providing live virtual office hours once a week so be sure to ask your teacher about the time they offer theirs. Please reach out to teachers if you have not been attending school and have not yet heard from them.

Thank you for your continued patience and support!

David Miles II

Principal Sandpoint High School

Important Information Regarding Grades - Term 1 Ends November 6th!

Please review, this is very important and relevant information that you need to know and understand regarding grades. Term 1 is coming to an end Nov. 6th and these will be transcripted.

Compressed Schedulel and Grading

Goodbye Spencer Smith - Hello Ryan Root

Spencer you have been such a vital part of SHS we will miss you!

Officer Ryan Root

Ryan has lived in the Sandpoint area since June of 2019 and has been with Sandpoint Police Department since June of 2019. He has been a Police Officer for almost 24 years.

When Ryan is not on duty he spends time with his family and enjoys fishing, diving, and most water related activities. Ryan says "I’m very informal and don’t expect to be called Officer Root, Ryan or Root is just fine. I can be contacted anytime to talk or for any issue that arise." You may contact Officer Ryan Root at the school 208-263-3034 ext 4026 or via email at

Timberline Helicopters Inc. Donates Water Bottles

Kudos to Timberline Helicopters for donating water bottles for our students as they become accustomed to school without drinking fountains. The bottle refill stations are open and operable. Timberline was contacted through our parent group CARE. We are lucky to have such a vital link serving SHS- Thank you all!

Elks Students of the Month-September

Congratulations to Connor Bird and Hattie Larson 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.

Juniors - Girls

If you are:

· A girl graduating in the Class of 2022 (that means you, Juniors!)

· Interested in earning scholarships for college

Then this program is for you!!

Distinguished Young Women of Sandpoint

is part of a national program which awards scholarships

for young women’s achievements. College scholarships are available to all participants AND it is free to participate (no application/registration fee)

You can:

· Make new friendships

· Learn Life Skills like interviewing & public speaking

· *Have fun putting on a showcase of your achievements

· Plus, help pay for your college education

~~Sign up today!!


Other scholarships available

Sign up deadline December 31, 2020 – Come join the fun!!

Registering provides additional details while making decisions.

Questions? Email us at and/or

*DYW Sandpoint will follow recommendations from State and National regarding a showcase with audience.

Student Council Report

October Newsletter

Welcome back Bulldogs! Sandpoint Student Council is excited to share with you the events going on this October! All events have been carefully planned to accommodate the COVID-19 safety measures and adhere to the Panhandle Health District guidelines.

Dress Up Week - October 12th-16th

  • Monochrome Monday - Dress up in all one color of your choice!
  • Toga / Twin Tuesday - Seniors dress up in togas while the rest of the student body will twin with a partner of their choice!
  • Game Day Wednesday - Dress up in your favorite jersey or game attire, whether it’s a board game or a non-traditional sport!
  • Entertainment Thursday - Dress up as your favorite character and/or celebrities from history, books, movies or other entertainment modules!
  • Spirit Friday - Wear your best bulldog merch or red and white to show support for Sandpoint High School!

Homecoming Game - Friday, October 16th

Sandpoint Student Council will be volunteering with Ready For Kindergarten this year, on October 17th.
Seniors were presented with cap and gown information in their government classes on Thursday, September 24th. On Thursday, October 1 Jostens was back, and out in front of the school to collect those orders from students and parents. If you missed these dates call the counseling office at 208-263-3034 ext 4161 for more information.

Student of the Month - September

Student Services - Counseling

Our Counseling Office Staff!

Shannon Kerrigan, LMSW, Last Names A-G

Sara Gosling, M.S., Last Names H-O

Tavi Brandenburg, M.Ed., Last Names P-Z

Jeralyn Mire M.Ed., Post-Secondary Transition Counselor

Kendall Lang, College and Career Mentor

Amanda Skinner, Counseling Office/Records Coordinator

Erricka Brownell, Assistant Counseling Office/Records Coordinator

October 14th is School-Wide Testing Day

Please make sure your students get a great night’s sleep, eat a protein-filled breakfast, bring a snack, water bottle, two #2 pencils, a calculator, and a positive mindset. Also, absolutely NO CELL PHONES! Please encourage students to leave them in their locked locker, car, or at home.

Freshmen will be participating in alternate school activities from home on this testing day.

Sophomores and Juniors will be taking the PSAT NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test for 11th graders). The PSAT is a standardized test which provides first hand practice on the SAT. It measures skills in critical reading, math and problem solving, and writing. It is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) for Juniors.

Seniors will be taking the SAT. This is a graduation requirement. Students will not need to register for the exam as the school has done so already.

October is Idaho Application Month

We will be working with Seniors to help them apply to at least one Idaho post-secondary institution. Be on the lookout for a letter being sent home to Seniors to see which Idaho institutions they will be accepted to automatically, once they apply and claim their spot. We will be helping the students do so.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid): The FAFSA will open on October 1st so if you want to get started on it, it is available to do so. Make sure you are going to You can also get your FSA ID set up. If you do get started and arrive at a point where you need help, please let us know! We are here to help! We will be hosting some virtual FAFSA Help Nights in November.

Links to Virtual College Fairs Coming Up!!! Check them out!

  • NACAC College Fairs: October 12th, October 18th, and November 8th

register at

  • PNACAC Fall College Faits: dates vary by state

register at

  • Virtual Christian College Fairs: November 5th

register at

Bulldog Activites and Sports

Welding Club Officers 20-21

President-Elek Christoferson, Vice President-Eli Daughtery, Secretary-Austin Williams and Treasurer Ryan Clemmons

Girls just want to have fun!

Girls Basketball Open Gyms

3:30-5 @ Kootenai on Tuesdays & Thursdays

5-6:30 @ SHS on Sundays
Tryouts are Nov. 2-3 from 1:30-4

Join our Schoology Group: Sandpoint Bulldogs Girls Basketball

More information/questions contact Coach Love at or see him in room S4.

Coats 4 Kids 2020

Happy Autumn to All!

The chill is in the air and it's time to collect for Coats 4 Kids 2020!

We need your help this year more than ever, as it has been a challenging year for many in our communities! We are adapting to the times this year to help keep everyone safe during the COVID situation. Many of our local sponsors were not able to participate this year. Our plan is to keep safe but to get the coats out to those who need them!

We are making it easy!

Donate new coats or money to purchase new coats for kids! $1 or any amount will help us purchase a new coat.

100 % of your donation will go to purchase new coats

C 4 K is a 501c3 and Tax deductible

Here are some ways you can donate:

Online at Coats 4 Kids -

Spokane, Spokane Valley, Kootenai, and Bonner Counties, they will accept all credit cards. Take a look at the attachment below.

Write a check to :

KXLY Community Partners Foundation

Indicate the county you want your contribution to go to.

Mail or drop off your Cash or Check to one of these locations, and we will make sure that it goes to your county of choice for Coats!

Tomlinson Sotheby's International Realty

200 Main Street, Sandpoint,ID 83864

Tomlinson Sotheby's International Realty

223 Sherman Ave. Coeur D' Alene, ID 83814

KXLY News 4 Now

500 W. Boone Street, Spokane, WA 99201

Thanks to all of you for helping us in the past with collecting new and gently used coats and we hope you will continue to support

Coats 4 Kids 2020!

The Needs are Great !

Donations start on October 1, 2020 and collections will end on October 30, 2020.

We will be collecting coats at the following major sponsor locations in Bonner County only.

Tomlinson Sotheby's International Realty, 200 Main Street, Sandpoint - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Safeway 702 N. Fifth Avenue, Sandpoint- 5:00AM to 1:00AM 7 days a week

Other ways to help? If you have gently used coats you don't need, wash them and give them to someone you may know who does need a coat! A great opportunity to give a gift of kindness! Don't forget adults and infants need coats too! Everyone can help!

We appreciate you partnering with us once again to help us keep those who are in need warm this winter! Please get the word out! Wishing you all a safe and happy day!

With gratitude,


Karen Battenschlag



200 Main Street, Sandpoint, ID 83864

Angels Over Sandpoint School Supplies

Thank you to the Angels over Sandpoint! They have supplied basic school supplies for students in need at Sandpoint High. If your student is in needs supplies, (binders, paper, pencils, markers, pens etc have them stop by the office before or after school and we will give them a bag full of items! Supplies are limited so first come first serve.
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State Distinguished Young Woman of the Year - Congrats Camille!

Congratultions Camille!
Idaho Falls, ID (10/4/2020) – On October 3, Camille Neuder of Sandpoint, ID was named the Distinguished Young Woman of Idaho and awarded $5,800 in cash scholarships during a statewide scholarship program for high school girls held at the digitally via a Zoom webinar.

Neuder was one of 35 high school senior girls from Idaho who competed to represent the state as the Distinguished Young Woman of Idaho for 2021. Participants were evaluated in the of Scholastics (25%), Interview (25%), Talent (20%), Fitness (15%) and Self-Expression (15%).

Throughout the next year, Neuder will represent the state at various public events and serve as a role model to young people by spreading the program’s national outreach message of “Be Your Best Self.” The outreach program is designed to encourage self-esteem and excellence in all young people through its five principles: Be Healthy, Be Involved, Be Studious, Be Ambitious and Be Responsible.

Neuder is the daughter of Steve and Elizabeth Neuder and is a senior at Sandpoint High School in Sandpoint, Idaho.