Dear Parents and Guardians,
Spring Break is even more important than ever this year – there have been so many changes and new issues that families have had to manage throughout the last year – it is time to unplug, disconnect and take a break! I hope you all find time next week to do something fun, get outdoors, play a game, and truly interact with your family🥳. As we head into the fourth quarter, I am so proud of the hard work and commitment our staff, students, and families have put in to make this such a successful year – a definite team effort! We are extremely grateful to our community for your support of the two-year Instructional Levy, ensuring we continue with the amazing programs and services in our District. Directly following the successful March 9 Levy vote, we held the much-anticipated Student-Led Conferences (SLC). The parent feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and many expressed gratitude that we did not cancel the SLC’s so parents had the opportunity to hear from their kid(s). Our students were able to successfully showcase the great work they do, as well as share growth areas and goals for the year. We look forward to expanding the SLC’s next year to K – 10th grade. Thank you for your support at home as we strive for every single student to grow every day – students taking responsibility for their own growth goals is a key to increasing student self-efficacy (one our District’s stated goals for our graduates)! Have a wonderful break and enjoy Easter with your family – Much Gratitude, Dr. Meyer, Superintendent
Instructional Levy Passes – Thank you to the Community!
In a year of unknowns, one thing is certain. Our students will continue to have an exceptional educational experience in the coming years. Because of our community support, the two-year Instructional Levy has passed and our District is grateful! We would like to extend a huge thank you to all who came out to vote on March 9th.
Parents! We Need you Input on Next Year’s School Start and End Times
Out Goes Winter and in Comes Spring!
As our Winter Sports Season winds down, we celebrate big wins in the District. Lakeland High School won the coveted 4A Sportsmanship Award at the Boy’s State Basketball Tournament and were District 1 and 2 4A IEL champions. Our Lakeland High School volleyball coach Kelsie Badger was recently named 4A State Coach of the Year, the Lakeland High School Cheer Squad was named Grand Champion for 4A High Schools and the LHS wrestlers are celebrating success at State. As Timberlake High School wrapped up their Winter Sports Season, they are celebrating big wins as well! Timberlake Girls won the State Basketball Championship AGAIN, the wrestling team sent 11 athletes to compete at State, and the Cheer squad celebrated a win with Grand Champion for 3A High Schools. Our student athletes are amazing!
Thank you to our School Nurses
Our school nurses have worked tirelessly this year to keep our students safe and our parents informed. Check out this short video and join us in thanking our school nurse team!
Student-Led Conference Success!
On March 11, our K-9th grade students took part in Student-Led Conferences to showcase the great work they have been doing throughout the school year. SLC’s do not take the place of traditional parent-teacher conferences, but are a way for our students to take the lead in their learning. Students share their outstanding work, improvement areas, growth goals, projects they are working on, and introduce their families to a day in their school life. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive! Next year we will be expanding the SLC day to include 10th grade.
Student–led conferences empower students to take ownership for their own learning, authentically assess their academic, social-emotional and behavioral level of performance, and set their own growth goals. The intention is to create intrinsic motivation and boost self-confidence. SLCs improve the quality of knowledge shared, promote student responsibility, self-efficacy, ownership of learning, and help build habits of self-reflection. For parents, an opportunity emerges to engage in richer, more transparent conversations about their child(ren)’s work and aspirations.
Vaccines Available for those 16 and Older
PANHANDLE HEALTH DISTRICT — Individuals who are 16 years of age and older are eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccine now through enrolled providers within Kootenai, Bonner, Boundary, Benewah, and Shoshone counties. Appointments for the week of March 29 were released by Panhandle Health District this Wednesday, March 24th at 0900. All previous phases are still eligible and encouraged to schedule an appointment if they have not already.
This decision comes after Governor Little made the announcement that in Idaho, those 16 years or older with an underlying health condition will be eligible to receive the vaccine beginning March 29th. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare agreed that different health districts within Idaho may choose to move through the various Group 3 Subgroups at different rates.
“After assessing the situation with our enrolled vaccine providers, we made the decision as a group to move forward in the phases,” said Don Duffy, Health Services Division Administrator for PHD. “We have the supply and available appointments, but have continued to see a decline in demand. At the end of the day, we just want to get people vaccinated who are choosing to receive a vaccine.”
Making an appointment: Online or by phone
Many providers are still utilizing their own vaccine appointment scheduling tools, while others have shifted to using the state’s pre-registry vaccine tool where eligible individuals enter their name and contact information. From the pre-registry tool, providers pull names and directly connect with the person eligible for vaccine.
If you need help by phone with navigating the online appointment scheduling or do not have internet access, PHD’s Call Center can assist you. Call 877-415-5225 Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.
Weekly vaccine allocations to PHD’s jurisdiction continue to remain consistent. A total of 6,400 Moderna and Pfizer doses will go to enrolled vaccine providers in PHD’s jurisdiction. To-date, over 98,000 total vaccine doses have been allocated to PHD’s jurisdiction.
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is for persons 16 years or older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are for persons 18 years or older. PHD will state what vaccine is being administered when individuals register for an appointment on their website.
If you have questions about COVID-19 in our area, call PHD’s COVID-19 hotline Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm, 877-415-5225.
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