Happy New Year Parents and Patrons!
It is hard to believe the year 2017 is here. This month I am highlighting three (3) pro-active approaches implemented at Sandpoint High School, which help us work towards a drug and bullying free learning environment.
First, we emphasize the motto, “Common Care”. The emphasis is to take care of yourself and others. Though teenagers may make poor choices I believe the SHS “Common Care” protocol does make a difference. Each student is part of a connections group with a student mentor leading them in a curriculum based off of “Sources of Strength”. In addition we use video announcements to cover topics such as driving safety, digital citizenry, making good choices, and following school rules.
Second, our School Resource Officer, Spencer Smith, is present, approachable, and ready to help any student in need. His presence on campus provides preventative and educational opportunities for our students. Officer Smith also teaches a popular elective course on criminology. With assistance from Officer Smith, the Sandpoint Police Department brings in drug dogs on a regular basis to check lockers, locker rooms, and the parking lot. Also to help with campus/parking lot security we have Mr. David Watkins who patrols SHS hallways and parking lot keeping an extra set of eyes on the campus.
Third, Cyber bullying is a continued concern in society today. As partners in your teen’s education please monitor how your teen communicates via social media. Most all conflicts between students start with inappropriate social media comments classified as cyber bullying. I believe most of this could be stopped by regular check-ins on your teen’s electronic devices. A community group called 7B Hope will be hosting a movie and panel discussion on cyber bullying Thursday January 26th 5:30 pm at the Panida Theater.
Thanks again for partnering with your teen, teachers, and administration to make SHS a great school.
Tom Albertson, Principal