Sandpoint High School Newsletter

June 2021

From the Principal -

SHS Newsletter June 2021

This year has been like no other! As it is time to reflect I find I am most amazed at what SHS HAS accomplished rather than the bumps along the way.

We opened our doors to in person schooling for every student every day. Many schools around the country did not have this opportunity for their students and I believe we saw benefits for our community in doing so. At the same time, we gave options to families who felt uncomfortable to complete school remotely. Our staff made last minute adjustments to schedules, curriculum, and their teaching to accommodate for both learning options. Ultimately, students had full access to school at a time when many others did not. Our assessment results proved this to be positive as the majority of our scores on the SAT improved while state and national averages declined. I would like to point out the SHS average scores on the SAT were above both the state and national averages as well.

We also continued to offer most activities such as athletic competitions to our students and fans with minimal interruptions to their seasons. SHS clubs and organizations such as HOSA and National Honor Society continued to operate in and out of our school during this time. We should celebrate Business Professionals of America qualifying every individual on our team and going to nationals, Academic Decathlon winning state and placing high at the national competition, and the creation of Code Team and Sandpoint Ultimate Frisbee Club. Our student participation rate continued to be large and at last count, SHS had won 11 regional titles in various athletic events. We sent a multitude of teams to compete at the state level and had successful ventures there as well. We won a Sportsmanship Award for girls’ basketball at State, won a state championship in girls’ golf, and placed 3rd in boys’ track at state (including the state championship in the long jump) among other accomplishments. We have a lot to be proud of at Sandpoint High School!

Next year will bring with it a host of new changes and challenges. SHS will continue to operate under the 4x4 block schedule but with longer class periods. Meanwhile, we will be creating a scheduling committee to look at various options for future scheduling as we noticed some benefits from our changed and modified schedule this year.

One thing our students and families need to know is that our attendance requirements will go back to normal (in person attendance required 90% of class time to earn a credit) next year as we certainly noticed a correlation between high attendance and higher performance at school. We are working on how our policy will look and be carried out. We will continue to offer limited online options as a supplement to what our school offers but do not plan on offering a full time remote option next year. We are also discussing other concerns we noticed this year as well and we are currently working to create solutions to issues such as student tardiness as well as sportsmanship at games and contests. We also noticed students have been mentally struggling during this time and we will be looking into ways of helping students continue to be flexible, resilient, and have the grit needed to carry on through hard times.

After reflecting on the past year (and really the last year and a half), we discovered a lot of positives have resulted from this tumultuous time. We are critically reviewing all that is happening and trying to find those silver linings which we can adopt and carry forward. We are looking forward to next year already and I hope you are as well.

Go Bulldogs!

David Miles II, Sandpoint High School Principal

2021 Graduation ~ June 11 ~ 6:30pm ~ Memorial Field ~ All Welcome!

Action Required - Important Graduation Information for Sandpoint High School 2021

Sandpoint High School’s Graduation Ceremony is Friday, June 11th at 6:30pm at Memorial Field. You are required to participate in graduation practice in order to participate in the Graduation Ceremony.

Graduation Practice is Thursday, June 10th at 2:00pm at Sandpoint High School’s gym. You should expect to be at practice for approximately 2 hours. All fines and fees must be paid to participate in practice. All credits must also be finalized (we have to be certain you meet the graduation requirements) before practice.

Other important items of note about Graduation:

  1. Seniors need to be at Memorial Field by 5:45pm in order to get ready for the ceremony. Seniors will gather at the tennis courts behind the stadium or basketball courts (depending on construction) for “staging.”

  2. Doors open for general public admission/seating at 5:30. No prior reserved or saved seating will be allowed other than official SHS reserved seating (valedictorian, senior class president, etc).

  3. To protect our ability to use Memorial Field in the future, please remember it is owned by the City of Sandpoint and use of the field does not allow the following items (for protection of the turf and insurance reasons):

    1. No food or drinks on the turf other than water.

    2. No fireworks, confetti, balloons, or other items that may damage or pose a difficulty to clean off the turf.

    3. No drones in any part of the facility.

  4. Sandpoint High School and Lake Pend Oreille School District prohibits the following items:

    1. Smoking, vaping, or tobacco products of any kind

    2. Drugs or alcohol

    3. Weapons

  5. Parking is limited. Be considerate of private residences.

  6. Students must adhere to all school dress code rules - SHOES MUST BE WORN! You must have a cap and gown to participate. If caps are decorated, no alcohol, drug, sexual references/slang, or demeaning statements/symbols towards individuals or groups of people will be allowed.

  7. Students must follow behavior expectations during the event. If anyone violates behavior or dress code expectations, we reserve the right to not allow you to participate and or the student's diploma may be held in order to meet with administration later in June.

  8. Please adhere to social distancing guidelines as best as possible.

Congratulations CARE Students of the Month

CARE Student of the Month - May


Student Council Report

Prom is here!!! Student Leadership is preparing for prom. We will also be done with Student Council elections for the 21-22 year! Results will be announced at a later date.

Here are some important dates:

  • Prom: June 5th @ SHS Gym

  • Tickets go on sale: May 25th-June 4th

  • $20 for 1 ticket $35 for 2 tickets

  • Theme: Magical Garden

URGENT~Important Notice regarding Prom and Monies Owed to SHS

All outstanding account balances must be paid prior to Senior students ability to purchase 2021 Prom tickets. If you have Sandpoint High school property (athletic uniforms/equipment, textbooks and/or novels) please return these items to credit your account. Please pay for all parking tickets, chromebook fines, and other fines that may be on your account.

As always, all students are encouraged to settle your accounts prior to the end of a school year. Senior students not attending Prom will need to satisfy account balances no later than Monday, June 7. Outstanding account balances must be settled in order to participate in Graduation practice or the Graduation ceremony.

Students with account balances received a copy with their Term 3 Report Card. Please check with the Bookkeeper for outstanding balances. You can stop by the bookkeeper window before and after school. You can call 208-263-3034, ext. 5 or email Arlene at

Prom tickets will go on sale beginning May 25, so please resolve your accounts soon.

Student Services - Counseling

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

From the Counselors!

June 2021 Newsletter

Sandpoint High School wants to give a HUGE shoutout to our amazing community who are so generous and supportive of our graduating seniors. We are forever grateful! Sandpoint High School seniors ALONE were awarded over $206,000 in local scholarship money this year. Way to go, Bulldogs!

Declaration Day 2021

Thank you to all the Seniors who stopped by! We are so proud of each and every one of you and extremely excited for your futures, as they are bright! And a huge thank you to Student Council for your help with making our event happen!

Juniors! It’s not too late to start thinking about life after high school! Check out the Next Steps Idaho Checklist to see if you are on track and things you can do and explore to help better prepare you for Senior year. Freshmen and Sophomores, Next Steps Idaho is a great resource for you to start exploring post-secondary options. Check it out!

Bulldogs Adaptable, Resilient, Kind = BARK!

What a year! As we wrap up, we are excited to share the Bulldog Resilience Showcase. We have enjoyed celebrating the resilience, grit, and growth of our students throughout this unique school year. We had 18 student submissions that illustrate their take on the BARK concepts (Bulldogs: Adaptable, Resilient, Kind). Check out the B.A.R.K Project website to see the student work. Rotary club members reviewed the student submissions and were thrilled to award 7 scholarships to the following recipients. Please congratulate Alexandra David & Katya Kalphat-Fulford (Graphic Arts), Hattie Larson & Kaitlynne Stewart (Written Works), Kaylin Otterson (Performing Arts), Stephanie Sfeir (Visual Arts), and Lucinda Meshberg (People’s Choice). The rest of the student participants received prizes donated by the Yellow House Fund of Tides Foundation. All of the submissions are with checking out as there are many unique projects celebrating the Bulldog way.

Classes, Activities and Clubs

Sports Registration Day 2021-22 ~ Mark your Calendars!


Where: Sandpoint High School

410 S Division

When: Tuesday, August 3, 2021

9:00 am – 2:00 pm

What to bring:

Current insurance card: Student athletes MUST have insurance

(Low-cost school insurance info available if needed)

$40 (credit, check or cash) for ASB fee

NOTE: Student ID cards will be processed so be prepared to have a photo taken!



Girls Win State Golf!

Big picture
photo by Dylan Greene/Daily Bee

All Star Olympics

Phots courtesy of Rachael Sun/Daily Bee

All Star Olympics a huge success

Marching onto the SHS track carrying their personal torches and bursting with pride, the Special Needs and Life Skills students from SHS and Sandpoint Middle School were prepared to compete in the Sandpoint High School All Star Olympics.

Friday, May 14th saw over a hundred spectators cheering on the Students as they participated in opening ceremonies, competed in track and field events, and enjoyed pizza after the award ceremony.

The support of the school community, the administration, and the Sandpoint community was awesome. Teacher/Organizer Zack Ponder and TA’s Taylor Sadewic and Molly Balison ensured that all the bases were covered to deliver a flawless and memorable experience.

A huge thank you to all who contributed to the success of the event and we are already looking forward to next year.

Business Professionals of America - Go to Nationals

Congratulations to SHS Business Professionals of America!

For the 1st time in school history, all State Qualifiers also qualified for Nationals!

Congrats to our National placers:

Sophie Mikat, 2nd Place, Fundamental Desktop Publishing

John Keegan, 2nd Place, Promotional Photography

Ben Jordan, Top 10, Information Technology Concepts

Mandy Brown, Chloe Mikat, Kyla LaFountain, Top Ten, Admin Support Team

Choir Goes to State - Virtually

SHS Choir students who have qualified for state!

Kysa Orr, Parker McPherson, Camille Neuder, Tenley Lies, Alena Flocchini, and Asiah Keenan.

Tyler McNamee won the Tenor Division. He is dubbed the best high school tenor in the State of Idaho after winning the regionals!

Congratulations to all of you and Good Luck at State!

Thank you

Baseball Great Season!

SHS Baseball went to State for the 2nd time in the last 4 years. Great season with some great accomplishments-

  • Max Thielbahr is the first SHS baseball player in SHS history to have 30+ hits and steal 30+ bases in a season and will be playing baseball at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA next year.
  • 7 SHS baseball program members earned all league honors.
  • League MVP: Max Thielbahr

    Coach of the Year: Chase Tigert

    Outfield: Jack Zimmerman

    Infield: Ethan Butler

    Pitcher: Avery Bocksch

    Pitcher: Evan Williams

    Catcher: Trevor Brackett

    DH/Utility: Cody Newhart

    Baseball finished the regular season.