September Success!

A Message from Dr. Meyer, LJSD Superintendent

Dear Parents & Guardians, 

We are happy to share that our first month of school has been absolutely wonderful.  Though we have seen a recent increase in absences due to the second wave of Covid moving through North Idaho, our students were so happy to be back in school with their peers and our loving staff.  The first week of school was a time for reconnecting with our returning families and giving a warm Lakeland welcome to our new folks.  There just isn’t any more exciting time for our staff than the fresh fall start of the new school year! 

I would like to give a special thank you to the Parent Subcommittee volunteers who graciously gathered parent feedback on the draft Operational Plan flowchart.  The input was very helpful and assisted the group to scrap the old flowchart in favor of an easier to read, user-friendly format.  It was impressive to watch the group’s amicable interactions and respectful tone when they considered the multitude of diverse perspectives when formulating the team’s recommendations.  The parent point of view is so important — you can be confident your voice was heard and remains invaluable as we plan for the future.  The Parent Subcommittee will be making their recommendations to the Board of Trustees at the Thursday, October 14 meeting.  If you would like to view the presentation, either watch online (Zoom link) or come in person to the District Office at 5pm.  

Thank you to our parents/guardians – you care so much and are willing to share your honest opinions with each other.  Much Gratitude, Dr. Meyer, Superintendent

2021-2022 Operational Plan and Health Information

If you haven’t seen the 2021-2022 LJSD Operational Plan, CLICK HERE.  The District is currently operating in the “Green” level  with a goal to keep students in school five days a week. 

Looking for Volunteers!

Are you interested in volunteering your time to the District in a new capacity?  Our Board of Trustees is implementing three new subcommittees: LJSD Budget Committee, LJSD Curriculum Committee, and LJSD Policy Committee. If you are interested in joining one of these committees, please fill out an application below!

LJSD  No. 272 Budget Committee Application

LJSD No. 272 Curriculum Committee Application

LJSD No. 272 Policy Committee Application

District Spotlights

Mike Anderson, Science Teacher at Timberlake High School brought his students on a very cool science field trip to Brickel Creek this week.  This  field trip was a chance for students to measure water quality and start the initial steps of a year-long project on water quality where they will test and monitor throughout their school year.  What a great way to use our natural backyard for valuable learning.


Story Time! One of our very own staff, Jenni Smith, who works in the library at John Brown Elementary has published a heartwarming children’s book.  This sweet story about a young boy sharing his love of red shoes to help his farm friends dance away their blues is just awesome!  Congratulations to Jenni Smith!

We are Thankful for our Community Partners!

The start of the school year is such an exciting time!  We are very lucky and very thankful to have partners in our community that step up to help support us through the school year.  Community support like this is what makes our district so great!

Annie Sundstrom with Cup of Grace in Spirit Lake has been working tirelessly to make sure our schools are stocked with clothing and supplies for students in need.  Cup of Grace was founded in 2017 with the mission to strengthen its community by providing access to food, clothing, and social services. Today, Cup of Grace continues to fulfill that mission by providing every school within the Lakeland Joint School District with a school clothing closet and a Cup of Grace volunteer to ensure the closets are organized and well stocked. ALL students within the district, regardless of need, are welcome to access free essential items such as clothing, shoes, and toiletry items. The hope is that providing students with access to essential items will alleviate stressors and cultivate a space where students are able to focus on learning and establishing relationships within their own community. 

Election Day is November 2nd

On Tuesday, November 2nd, there is a long list of local seats open for this election cycle.  If you haven’t checked out the candidates, you can find the list HERE.  Along with voting in person on Election Day, you can also Register to Vote Online through the website.  If your schedule is busy like most of us, you can click this LINK HERE and request an absentee ballot be sent directly to your home so you can vote prior to Election Day from the comfort of your home.

Voter Registration Deadline

Voter registration must be received by the county clerk by October 8, 2021, for the November 2 Election. The deadline is 5:00 P.M. for paper applications and midnight for online applications. Voters also can register to vote at the polls on Election Day.

Go to to register to vote.

Look up your polling place

To search for your polling place by residential address, use the Elections Office polling place search tool. On Election Day, Nov. 2, polling places will be open from 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Absentee Voting

The Elections Office will begin mailing out absentee ballots on Oct. 4.

To request an absentee ballot and check the status of your request, please visit or download the form here: Absentee Request Form

The absentee ballot request can be dropped off, mailed, emailed or faxed to the Elections Office, 1808 N 3rd Street, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814-3407. The last day to request a mail-in absentee ballot is October 22, 2021, at 5:00 P.M.

Early Voting

Early voting will be available at the Elections Office starting October 18, 2021, and continuing through October 29, 2021. Early voting hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Apply Today to be a Guest Teacher!

Have you ever thought about being a guest teacher in one of our schools?  No experience is required and this is a fun way to make some extra money.  APPLY HERE!


LJSD Employment Opportunities

Need Skyward Assistance?

Zone Transfer/Open Enrollment Form 

LJSD Technology Resources for Parents Website – CLICK HERE

Food Bank locations in Kootenai County – CLICK HERE

IdahoPTV’s Youtube Channel

LJSD Website


Welcome Back!

A Message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

We are so excited to welcome you back to the 2021-22 school year! We anticipate much joy as our students meet their new teachers, settle back into the school routines, reacquaint themselves with their peers, and join one of the diverse extra-curricular activities open to them.  This stability and structure will do wonders for kids!  Our daily focus is to assist every student to maximize their learning and make measurable growth as we individually work with students to address unfinished or gaps in learning stemming from the Covid pandemic.  We are prepared to meet students where they are at and move them forward in collaboration with our parents. It has been a unique 1 ½ years and it will take a team effort to ensure we address any learning gaps for our students in a meaningful and individualized manner.  We have the greatest staff in the state and they truly believe your kids deserve our best — EVERY student matters! 

Thank you for your continued support of our staff and our mission, Dr. Meyer, Superintendent

Welcome Back Message from Superintendent






As you know, our District is starting the year in the Green Level of Operations. The DRAFT Operational Plan was reviewed at the first Parent Subcommittee meeting on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. Parent input was incorporated into the DRAFT LJSD Operational Plan, which the Board of Trustees will review and/or approve at their next Board meeting, Thursday, September 9.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact your school’s parent representative using the contact information below.  

Name Email What school(s) does your child(ren) attend?
Sarah Gage BKE
Melissa Karrmann JBE
Tim Haag JBE
Samantha Tuskan JBE, LMS
Yvette Roffe Hiller GE
Raelynn Varner GE
Maria Barnhouse GE
Jackie Keck GE, LMS
Erica Yager GE, LMS
Jeri Humphreys LMS, LHS
Chandra Neils LHS
Tara Thompson LHS
Jami Anguiano TLE
Jessica Barnett TLE
Celene Thomas SLE
Kasi Mackie SLE, TMS
Corilynne Smith AE, TMS, THS
Hilary Howard THS

Quick Links!  Information you Need to Know

Click on any of the images below for more information!





Junior Highs No More

Over the past two years, the District has been planning the transition for our junior high schools to become middle schools.  So what is the difference?  Traditionally, our 6th grade students have been housed at the elementary schools and our junior highs housed our 7th and 8th graders.  In the past two years, we have slowly incorporated some of our 6th grade classes into the junior highs and this school year, all 6th graders will be at the junior high schools, which will now be official middle schools.  There are many benefits to adding 6th grades to the middle level.  Students are able to spend a full three years in the middle school, form relationships with peers and staff, and slowly transition into a school where they will have a variety of classes and teachers.  The benefit to our elementary schools is that a little more room is freed up to accommodate our very quickly growing school district.  You may not have noticed yet, but Lakeland Middle School and Timberlake Middle School have new signs to celebrate this change.



LJSD Employment Opportunities

Need Skyward Assistance?

Zone Transfer/Open Enrollment Form 

LJSD Technology Resources for Parents Website – CLICK HERE

Food Bank locations in Kootenai County – CLICK HERE

IdahoPTV’s Youtube Channel

LJSD Website