We are In School!
Message from the Principal-
I’m happy to report Sandpoint High School is off to a good start. Running a full day schedule with all classes occurring basically as normal has been refreshing. Staff and students seem happy to be back with only a few bumps so far.
Homecoming is just around the corner! The Homecoming Game will be October 1st while our Homecoming Dance will be October 2nd. PowderPuff will occur on Monday, September 27th due to Memorial Field availability. We hope this year will bring a lot of excitement and one more dose of trying to get back to normal.
We do have very large class sizes this year. Enrollment is up from last year with over 150 new or returning from a year's absence students. Compared to last year’s small classes, this year seems like we are overflowing with students and it seems hard to find places to put everyone. With this in mind, schedule changes have been extremely difficult and we are no longer attempting to change schedules due to being at capacity.
Covid is still a concern and having an impact on our operations. We have had many students and some staff test positive which still creates a disruption of the educational services we are providing. Along with education being affected, sporting events and other activities have also been disrupted by having to change game times or in some cases postpone or cancel some events. Please be patient as we try our best to reschedule and get information to you as quickly as we can about changes in events and activities.
All in all though, SHS is on track. I appreciate all the nice comments I have been hearing from the community and as always I will continue to be available for comments, questions, and suggestions.
New School Year and Key Reminders!
Hope everyone’s new school year is off to a great start. Getting back into the rhythm of school can certainly be a challenge for students and parents alike. I wanted to take a moment to inform you of some new things we have this year and a couple key reminders to be aware of.
We have a new program this year to recognize SHS staff members for their hard work and dedication. In addition to our Student of the Month Program which is sponsored by C.A.R.E., we are adding a Staff Member of the Month. To nominate a staff member who you think goes above and beyond please use this link: SHS Staff Member of the Month
You can fill out the form at any time and we will be reviewing these monthly to select winners.
When a student is absent for at least one class, parents should receive an automated call at the end of the day. Please call or email Patsy (firstname.lastname@example.org, 208-263-3034 ext. 4010) at the attendance office to either excuse the absence or to report it as truant. Truancies will result in disciplinary action. Students may have up to 5 excused absences in each of their classes in a term unless the absence is a school activity, medically excused, or a Covid related situation. Students may be assigned recovery time for going below 90% attendance in any class.
We appreciate your partnership in helping us maintain an appropriate dress code here at SHS. The key pieces of the SHS dress code are-
No clothing items which depict drugs or alcohol
No clothing items which depict violence or are sexual in nature
Clothing items should appropriately cover the stomach, chest, and buttocks
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions. Thank you for your support!
Derek Dickinson ~ Assistant Principal
Meet the Counselors-
Welcome back to SHS! Wow, we are so happy to see you all and are very excited to support our students as we embark on this new school year. We know the last two years have been unique, to say the least, and that this year may continue to present challenges. As we re-engage with full time school, it’s important to keep in mind that this school year is an opportunity to connect, to grow, and to help students accelerate their learning after two challenging years. We look forward to partnering with families to support student growth.
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
Please contact Erricka Brownell to make an appointment (208) 263-3034 ext.4161
Senior Cap and Gown meeting is on Wednesday 9/15- Parents please check in with your student, they will have information and forms from Jostens.
All Things Senior is on Wednesday 9/22 from 5:30-7:30 PM in the Commons at SHS- There will be workshops for parents and students to gather information on all things senior year.
School wide testing day is Wednesday 10/13- All students will be participating in the school wide testing day. This is a great way for students to prepare for taking the SAT, which is a graduation requirement.
Freshman will be taking the SAT 8/9 (a pre-practice test for the SAT)
Sophomores will be taking the PSAT (a practice test for the SAT)
Juniors will be taking the the PSAT/NMSQT
Seniors will be attending the the Senior Finance Fair (look for details on Schoology)
News from Student Council
Hoco and Powder Puff, are upcoming events!! Our Junior class stuco members have come up with the theme for homecoming. They have decided on a Red Carpet theme for this year's dance! Also, our Freshmen and Sophomore class members will be in charge of PowderPuff. There are four practices before the set date down below. All practices will be 6:00-7:00pm. Lastly, our Seniors have decided on a Senior Sunrise, similar to the end of the year's sunset, but this will be a great social event to start off Senior year!! Lastly, the Seniors are going to be in charge of Homecoming Royalty. All information is down below.
Places and Dates:
Homecoming Dance: October 2nd. South/Teacher parking lot @7:00-10:00pm
Dress up days:
Monday- 9/27: Class Colors
Tuesday- 9/28: Toga for seniors/Greek for others
Wednesday- 9/29: Walt Disney
Thursday- 9/30: Tiki/Hawaiian
PowderPuff: Monday, September 27th, Memorial Field @ 6:00-9:00pm
Tuesday Sep. 21st
Wednesday Sep. 22nd
Thursday Sep. 23rd
Saturday Sep. 25th
Buy your yearbook soon!
2021-2022 Monticola Business Information
Book Sales & Price Increases
Yearbooks are $55 online and in school on and before October 6th
Yearbooks are $60 online and in school until the price increase on February 3rd
Yearbooks are $65 in school until sold out
600 books are ordered from the plant
Yearbooks are sold online following the same price jumps as in school. Customized yearbooks are only available online and until January 1st. Online ordering for standard level books closes April 1st.
As of September 7th 436 yearbooks have been sold
Name Stamp & Icon
Name Stamp Only
Name Stamp & Icon are $10.00 extra
Name Stamp Only is $5.00 extra
Customized yearbooks are only sold online and are not sold after January 1st
School Photos are back...........September 22 & 23
All Star Photo - New Owner
All-Star Photo has been serving LPOSD for 32 years. Wow! Rebecca and I have both worked hard to make sure the transition from retiree to rookie is a smooth one. And we are all already used to changes, right? Good! The first and biggest change is online PROOF ordering where all parents receive a secure link to view and order pictures. The second change is having multiple poses to choose from and multiple backgrounds (how cool is that?!). And finally, digital downloads are available immediately. This is where we all say, "Yes!"
Paper order forms with online access instructions go home on picture day, and you will get an email when your pictures are ready to view. Need to do order offline? No problem. The default yearbook picture on a gray background can be ordered on paper and sent with a check to the school office no later than Friday, October 8th.
More information is on our website www.allstar7b.com
I look forward to serving you! Amy Henderson