Welcome To Sandpoint Middle School!

Dear Bullpup Families,

We are coming up fast on the end of the first semester here at SMS. It has been a wonderful year so far, one filled with learning and laughs all around. Sure, we’ve had some challenges with weather and our building, but nothing our crack facilities team couldn’t handle so far! We are so thankful for our facilities team.

The end of the first semester is next Thursday, January 25th. There is no school on Friday as teachers will be grading and preparing for the next semester. It’s very important that you and your student understand that the final grades we enter on that day will be permanent, transcripted grades expressed in the traditional A-through-F manner. We have a student- and learning-friendly late work and make-up work policy here at SMS, but the end of semester is a firm deadline. This will be a new experience for almost all of our students. Up until this year, final grades were expressed on the 1-through 4 scale, and recorded quarterly. So, please help your student understand the importance of the next four days of school. We want every grade to accurately reflect your student’s abilities and effort – so help them get all that work in by the end of the day on Thursday!

The 2nd Coffee Klatch of the year will be held this Tuesday, January 23rd, at 9:30 a.m. here in our library. I’ll provide a quick update on the year so far and take any questions you might have. I hope to see you there!

Over one-half of our parents have signed up for weekly updates from LiveSchool, our school-wide positive behavior tracking system. The updates tell you exactly what behaviors your student was recognized for over the course of the week. If you’re interested in receiving those updates, please reach out to me directly. Schoolwide, we have logged over 139,000 LiveSchool points so far this year! We are so happy to spend more time noticing the right things students are doing than responding to the wrong things they’re doing. It’s all part of building a positive, student-centered, and learning-driven culture here at SMS.

That’s all for now. Thank you for your support of our school and your student.

Mr. Penrose


Coffee Klatches

You are cordially invited to come to SMS on Tuesday, January 23rd, to have coffee with the Principal, hear about what’s happening at SMS, and ask any questions you might have. This will be the second of four quarterly Coffee Klatches. The others will be on March 26th and May 14th. I look forward to chatting with you about this great school!

Sincerely, Geoff Penrose -- Principal


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