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Accountability Matters :: A Report to Our Patrons

You Trusted Us. We Delivered.

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FIRST OF THREE REPORTS TODAY: Delivering on the Levy. The district is proud to report our major building projects funded in the 2008 levy have been delivered on time and under budget. COMING AUGUST 13: Student testing. Last year’s ISAT scores were the highest the district has ever recorded — and superior to any public school serving the area. AUGUST 20: Student achievement. In academics, sports and overall achievement, students and teachers have nearly three dozen notable accomplishments.

Above, building expansion and improvements at Kootenai Elementary School were completed on time and under budget due to a favorable bid and careful oversight.

Lake Pend Oreille School District patrons trusted their school district to carry out their wishes to expand Kootenai and Sagle elementary schools and implement a health and safety plan at all schools. The plant and facility levy approved by voters in May 2008 provided $14.1 million for those projects that have been completed on time and under budget. With the levy fulfilled, taxpayers will see a reduction in their tax bills this December. The projects are paid in full with no debt. Everyone at LPOSD thanks our patrons for extending their trust. Because the Kootenai and Sagle building projects were completed under budget, the district had remaining funds to improve other facilities, as the law allows. Sandpoint High, Farmin Stidwell Elementary and Sandpoint Middle schools received upgrades. The levy also provided resolution for health and safety issues at all schools, such as asbestos removal and new roofing.

Thank you again for electing to fund these improvements. We hope you are as pleased with the outcome as we are. Accountability matters.


Accountability Matters :: A Report to Our Patrons

A Great Place to Plan the Future

Above, Principal Phil Kemink, center, is shown with students (from left) Chase Chowning, Kalee Sears, Bryce Bare and Pat Young celebrating Clark Fork High School’s selection by US News & World Report magazine as one of the nation’s top high schools for the third year in a row.

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SECOND OF THREE REPORTS LAST WEEK: Delivering on the Levy. The district is proud to report our major building projects funded in the 2008 levy have been delivered on time and under budget. TODAY: Student testing. Last year’s ISAT scores were the highest the district has ever recorded – and superior to any public school serving the area. AUGUST 20: Student achievement. In academics, sports and overall achievement, students and teachers have nearly three dozen notable accomplishments.

Lake Pend Oreille School District students achieved the highest ISAT scores of any public school in the community in the 2009-10 school year – and the highest the district has ever recorded. We are proud of the accomplishments of our students; moreover, we are pleased our students have demonstrated that they possess the skills to be successful. Our staff of professional teachers are to be commended for helping students improve in all areas measured in the Adequate Yearly Progress Scores. ISAT SCORES - PROFICIENCY

Teachers are like doctors, or any other profession in which proficiency must be demonstrated. Teachers help students prepare for the ISAT (Idaho Standards Achievement Test) – a benchmark that holds students accountable for their learning. In turn, these standardized tests prove that teachers are being accountable, teaching our children the three R’s – reading, writing, arithmetic and so much more. We welcome these assessments and the added accountability they ensure.

Thank you for taking a moment to compare and analyze LPOSD’s scores. We hope you are as pleased with the performance of our students and teachers as we are. Accountability matters.

LAKE PEND OREILLE SCHOOLS

READING

MATH

3rd Grade

93%

87%

74%

4th Grade

91%

87%

87%

5th Grade

94%

82%

77%

6th Grade

88%

83%

78%

7th Grade

93%

82%

75%

8th Grade

92%

84%

76%

10th Grade

89%

78%

77%

SANDPOINT CHARTER SCHOOL

LANGUAGE USAGE

READING

MATH

LANGUAGE USAGE

6th Grade

88%

81%

79%

7th Grade

87%

71%

66%

8th Grade

90%

69%

65%

Adequate Yearly Progress Scores READING

MATH

LANGUAGE USAGE

LAKE PEND OREILLE SCHOOLS

94.7%

89.4%

87.43%

SDPT CHARTER SCHOOL

90.8%

81%

79.9%


Accountability Matters :: A Report to Our Patrons

Success Breeds Success

Some say it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game. While there is truth

in that, winning does come to those who prepare and then give their best. This notion of being the best is also about accountability to yourself and others. Lake Pend Oreille School District students, teachers and other staff practice commitment and accountability in both academic and athletic competitions – and it shows. In the 2009-10 school year, our students and educators won dozens of accolades, contests, championships and grants. When the best is expected, the best rise to the occasion. Thank you for taking the time to look over the long list of accomplishments and achievements at our schools this past school year. We hope you are as pleased with their success as we are. Accountability matters.

ACADEMIC LEADERS

SHS wins state Academic Decathlon

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THIRD OF THREE REPORTS AUGUST 6: Delivering on the Levy. The district is proud to report our major building projects funded in the 2008 levy have been delivered on time and under budget. LAST WEEK: Student testing. Last year’s ISAT scores were the highest the district has ever recorded – and superior to any public school serving the community. TODAY: Student achievement. In academics, sports and overall achievement, students and teachers continue to perform at a high level.

Sandpoint High School wins state Academic Decathlon and advances to national championship Clark Fork High School named by U.S. News and World Report as one of nation’s top high schools – one of only 20 schools in Idaho – for the third year in a row Sandpoint High School Math Team wins North Idaho College math competition, edging out CDA Charter Northside Elementary, Southside Elementary and Sandpoint High chosen by Idaho State Department of Education for academic performance; only 53 schools were chosen statewide out of the 650 eligible. Clark Fork eighth-grader Lyndsie Kiebert writes winning Idaho State Patriot Pen Essay out of 1,200 entries Sandpoint Middle School Math Team surpasses Lakes Magnet School and CDA Charter to win the North Idaho College MATHCOUNTS competition; goes on to win third in state Sandpoint Middle School student Christopher O’Donnell earns second place in state MATHCOUNTS competition and a trip to Disney World More than 60 students convene on a sunny Saturday in March for second annual SHS Chess Tournament 10 Sandpoint High School students win journalism awards at national convention; Cedar Post wins seventh nationally Sandpoint Middle School team wins Idaho State Championship in “Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge” for innovative idea for recycled pizza boxes Fifth-grader Brandon Hausladen’s wins special recognition in state for Tar Wars poster contest for tobaccofree education

MATHCOUNTS champs SMS Math Team

ATHLETIC LEADERS Sandpoint High School boys win state soccer championship Sandpoint High School girls win state soccer championship Sandpoint High School volleyball captures third in state Clark Fork High School Volleyball wins third in state Sandpoint High School Football wins 4A Inland Empire League conference championship and plays in state championship game

EDUCATION LEADERS Jon Brownell, Sandpoint High School vocal music teacher, chosen Idaho Music Teacher of the Year for 2009 Cindy Smith, Sandpoint High School math teacher and coach, chosen Idaho Dance Teacher of the Year Sagle teacher Kim Lambright wins VFW Teacher of the Year Adam Tajan, Sandpoint High School teacher and coach, wins state Girls Soccer Coach of the Year award Karen Alsager, Sandpoint High School teacher and coach, named Inland Empire League Volleyball Coach of the Year

Randy Thoreson, Sandpoint High School coach, wins state Boys Soccer Coach of the Year award Mike Mitchell, Sandpoint High School assistant principal and head football coach, named District 1 Coach of the Year Northside Principal Rick Kline wins state scholarship to attend National Council of Mathematics Conference Betty Kohal, Northside Elementary fourthgrade teacher, named radio station K-102 Top Teacher in Inland Empire

FINANCIAL LEADERS A+ audit for district finances by independent auditor for 5 years in a row Southside wins $5,000 grant from Verizon for Love and Logic training Hope Elementary School receives VISTA grant for full-time volunteer organizer Juvenile Detention Center Teacher Lori Stone chosen for $10,544 Neglected and Delinquent Children Grant Lake Pend Oreille Alternative High School wins $1,000 Walmart grant to implement electronic readers Farmin Stidwell teachers Rick Price, Peggy Gaudet and Lisa Green win $5,000 state grant to implement clicker technology Northside Elementary wins $5,000 community matching grant from Panhandle State Bank Panhandle Alliance for Education awards $125,000 in innovative teaching grants to staff District and City of Sandpoint partner to win Safe Routes to Schools Grants totaling $107,000 District wins state RTI Implementation grant for $9,000


Lake Pend Oreille Schools :: Accountability Matters