Friday, December 5, 2014

Quality Teaching and Learning

 Many of our schools engage in buddy-reading and cross-age tutoring activities. Great to see this third grade student from Southside Elementary School reading to a kindergarten student this past week.
Building a sense of community in our classrooms is a great way to build trust and encourage academic risk taking. These Southside Elementary students were starting their day with a morning meeting during my visit.
These Sixth Grade students at Washington Elementary were highly engaged in a science lesson this past week. They were using pulleys to learn about mechanical advantages. The students were enthusiastic about sharing what they were learning.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


I was treated to quite a feast at Lake Pend Oreille High School today. Linda Spade's Culinary Arts class coordinated a Thanksgiving Lunch for staff, students, parents, and community members. Great job, LPOHS!
 I caught these students pumping iron in Brian Arthun's Physical Education Class at Clark Fork High School. Great to see the enthusiasm the students had for fitness.
I visited Emily Norton's class at Southside Elementary School and enjoyed seeing the collaboration and high level of engagement of the students.

Friday, November 14, 2014

 It was college application week at Sandpoint High School! Students had the opportunity to fill out applications in the counseling office. Clark Fork High School also took part in this nationwide event.
 A love of reading is something that we hope to help instill in every child. I was lucky enough to get to see Reader's Theatre in action in Mrs. Ball's classroom at Farmin-Stidwell Elementary School this past week.
The above students in Mrs. Weiden's class at Farmin-Stidwell Elementary School participated in a real-world, rich math task requiring teamwork and collaboration during a visit there last week. It is great to see students applying learning in such a meaningful way!

Have an awesome weekend!

Friday, November 7, 2014

 Students at Sandpoint Middle School engaged in high level mathematics discussion. The new standards require students to have deep conceptual knowledge, as well as procedural knowledge.
 We were pleased to have representatives from the local emergency planning department, as well as law enforcement come in and work with us on emergency preparation and planning this week.
Our first graders benefit from the Learning with Lucky program. This program is funded through local businesses and the Panhandle Alliance for Education. Above, the students are getting their puppies at Farmin-Stidwell Elementary School.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Week in Pictures

 A group of teachers and principals got together this past week to discuss ways we can give students more voice in our schools. Through a grant, we were able to get training from the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations.
 A big thank you to our gracious community members! We had a tremendous volunteer effort to put on our Bulldog Finance Fair. Above, parent volunteer Kendon Perry works with a couple of eager students.

 Often in my visits around the school district I see students working at their instructional level via technology. Shown above is a student in Deb Davis's class working on a spelling activity.
I was impressed with the level of engagement in Jake Stark's welding class at Sandpoint High School. The students were proud to show off their hard work.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Students in Action

 Students in Nicole Dash's Experiential Learning Program explore principles of gravity using the scientific method. The class consists of students in grades 1-6.
 These students from Hope Elementary School engage in conversation around close reading.
Yesterday, I enjoyed watching the students become teachers in Scott Fitchett's Sociology classroom at Sandpoint High School.

Have a fantastic weekend! The sun is shining bright. Thanks for a great week.

Friday, September 12, 2014


 Erik Olson, our new principal at Sagle Elementary School, works with an eager student this past week. Mr. Olson has been warmly welcomed by the Sagle Community.
 Students at Sandpoint High School enjoy the sunshine during lunch time. I was impressed, as usual, with the friendly and warm atmosphere of the school.
Nellie Lutz, teacher at Clark Fork High School, was working with her Choir when I walked in today. It was definitely music to my ears! They sounded beautiful.

Enjoy your weekend!