From the Principal

September 2019


Dear Parents, Guardians and Students:

It is with a happy heart I welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year. 

I am extremely excited to introduce a new member to our teaching and learning family. Although we will miss Mr. McNelley and wish him well at the middle school, we want to welcome Mrs. Jeanne Warwick as our new fifth grade teacher. She comes with extensive experience and is famous for her hands-on, experiential approach to learning. 

As always, there is much to share as we head into another year of teaching and learning. Last year was another highly successful year; I am proud to say, Northside Elementary earned the designation of “Top Performing School.” There are only two schools in the Lake Pend Oreille School District earning this distinction for the second year in a row. In addition to this honor, we reached the goal set by the state for student growth. “Schools with high achievement may be recognized as “Top Performers” if they rank in the 90th percentile or above on core indicators and/or “Goal Makers” when meeting the annual interim progress measure towards the state’s long-term goal in key indicators.” 87 percent of our K-3 students reached grade level in reading, which is well above the state 70% success rate. 

We should all be proud of these achievements because they came with hard, hard work and collaboration. Over the years, we have become a well-oiled machine. Parents helping teachers/staff; parents helping students; students helping students and finally, students working diligently on their studies. 

With all that said, we still have work to do. As the data indicates, our children continue to grow in reading and writing. We have noticed, however, we need to be focused on math even more than we have been. One way we know you can help them is to work with your child, so they can learn their math facts. We are going to provide you with resources, which you can use at home with your child. Your child’s teacher will send home more information about this critical math component. With your help and a district commitment to improving our instruction, we will grow and thrive in this critical subject. 

 As you know, attendance is the ultimate indicator of student success. We would like to ask that your child comes to school unless they have a fever, throwing up or a contagious illness. We know family emergencies or highly special occasions happen during the school year. We understand a student needing to miss due to these issues. Teachers will gather work for students who have family emergencies or illnesses, but students who are absent for other reasons, will have as much time as they were absent to make up the work they missed. The teacher will have a packet ready for them when they return. 

I want to take a moment to give our PTO a huge shout out!! I know we have one of the best PTOs I’ve ever experienced. When my boys were young, I was on Sagle Elementary’s PTA the entire time, and we never accomplished a fraction of what this group of people do every single year. Thank you for all you do for us, for it is truly amazing: pay for field trips, classroom supplies, help fund our new reader board, pay for art supplies, help teachers with special requests, run the Harvest dinner for our community and our one fundraiser a year, Cabin Fever...I can’t really name them all, or I am going to have three pages here. Our pride in you is immense.

As we strive to listen to our community and families, we have developed a short survey we would like you to take. We will use this information to help us to improve and grow. Thank you for taking time to help Northside be the best it can be. Jill, our office coordinator, will send out the link on Friday. 

Lastly, we are heard to say in the office “everyday at Northside is a good day.” Well, this will be my 10th year as a principal, and I can easily and proudly say, “every year at Northside is a good year.” Thank you for being who you are and for how much you care. 

With warm regards and respect, 

Ms. Smith-Hagadone

Proud Principal of Northside Elementary.