Press Release - Oregon Department of Education Releases Statewide Graduation Rates

posted Jan 24, 2019, 11:44 AM by Christine Andregg

Graduation rates for Oregon high schools were released this morning, and once again, Sherwood High School (SHS) has risen to the top.  The class of 2018 graduated at a rate of 97.42%, ranking fourth in the state for schools with more than 100 seniors.  What might be even more impressive is the overall district graduation rate of  96.92%, which ranks number one in the state for districts with more than 100 seniors.  The district graduation rate includes all students who attend SHS, but also includes students placed in alternative settings.  

Graduation rates improved in nearly all student groups, including a gain of 6 percentage points  for students who are economically disadvantaged, following an 8% gain last year.  Over 95% of economically disadvantaged students graduated in four years.  100% of students from underserved races and ethnicities graduated on time, a 7% increase from last year, and students with disabilities rate of graduation increased by 10% to 81.40%.  Additionally, the “combined disadvantaged” student group, which includes all groups who have traditionally exhibited lower rates of graduation, showed a graduation rate of 92.86%, an increase of over 3% from last year, and a total increase of over 10% during the past two years.  The first goal on the District’s Strategic Plan is to “Eliminate Predictable Disparities in Achievement,”  and focus on that goal is paying dividends for Sherwood students. 

Sherwood High School principal, Ken Bell, attributes this success to a supportive community and the entire Sherwood School District staff.  “While the committed staff at Sherwood High School deserves credit for these results, students enter high school ready for the challenge.  Our students benefit from all of the hard work of the staff that served them in the younger grades, as well as from the commitment our students and families make to their education.  Outcomes like this only happen with a team effort,” Bell said.  

This notion of team effort in grades K-12 is supported by data in the school report cards that were released by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) earlier this school year.  Sherwood schools achieved significantly above the state average in every subject and grade level tested.  Perhaps more impressive than the level of achievement is the growth demonstrated by Sherwood students.  In addition to achievement, the ODE also reports on student growth by comparing individual students to academic peers with similar levels of achievement.  Sherwood schools showed growth at or above the state average on every growth indicator in grades K-8, in both English Language Arts and Mathematics.  To look at school report cards, click here.

Superintendent Dr. Heather Cordie noted, “We are very proud of the work all staff members do to support Sherwood students, and we are excited to continue our focused efforts around equity and breaking down barriers for all students.  Furthermore, we continue to be grateful to the Sherwood community for their ongoing support.  The passage of the capital improvement bond in 2016 has afforded us the opportunity to significantly upgrade and update our curriculum and instructional technology.  We believe these results are indicators of the efforts of our committed staff and generous support of the Sherwood community.”

4th Annual Early Learning Fair

posted Jan 17, 2019, 12:30 PM by Christine Andregg   [ updated Jan 23, 2019, 7:54 AM ]

On Thursday, January 31st, the Sherwood School District will host its 4th Annual Sherwood Early Learning Fair.  This event is free to all Sherwood families with children ages zero to six years.  Representatives from 28 local preschools, enrichment providers, parent education and community service organizations will be on-site at Laurel Ridge Middle School (21416 SW Cooper Terrace) from 6:30-8:00 pm to answer questions regarding child development, programming, enrollment, and tuition.  

This is an open-house style event, and children are welcome. Light refreshments, early learning materials, and raffle items will be provided at no cost to participants.  Please join us for this important once-a-year opportunity to support our littlest learners in their journey from cradle to classroom!

Need more information? Please contact event organizer Beccah Wagner at (503)825-5486, or by email at

Press Release - School Board Recognition Month

posted Jan 11, 2019, 3:54 PM by Christine Andregg

The Sherwood School District will join the other 196 school districts throughout Oregon to celebrate January as “School Board Recognition Month,” Superintendent Heather Cordie announced during the Board of Directors meeting on January 9, 2019.

“Being a public school board member is one of the toughest volunteer jobs there is, requiring countless hours spent working towards the best interests of students,” shared Superintendent Cordie. “We are so fortunate in our district to have the opportunity to work with a board that is truly dedicated to the service of our staff, students, and families.”

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Pictured above: Chair Eric Campbell, Vice Chair Patrick Allen, Director Jessica Adamson, Director Michael Hiland, and Director Sue Hekker

School board members represent their fellow citizens’ views and priorities, while providing oversight and input towards the management of the community’s public schools. They also reinforce the principle of local control over public education, which is an important, highly valued aspect of education in Oregon.

In October 2018, Governor Kate Brown signed a proclamation naming the month of January as School Board Recognition Month. “Too often the efforts of school board members go unrecognized,” noted Superintendent Cordie. “It is exciting to me to that the important work of school board members is recognized throughout the state, including at the Governor’s level.”  

As part of recognizing the Board of Directors during the month of January, Sherwood School District presented each school's library with a book donated in honor of a Board member, as well as the Board’s ASB Student Representative Shaurya Gaur.

Android Phone Technology Issue

posted Dec 21, 2018, 12:20 PM by Christine Andregg

This morning, our Technology Department was alerted to an issue with Synergy's StudentVue that may occur on Android phones running version 5.2.1.  When accessing StudentVuew on Android phones, some students may receive an emergency alert, which states that there is an emergency at their school, and asks them to indicate whether they are at school and are safe.

There is no emergency at any of our districts schools at this time, and all schools are currently closed for the Winter Break.  Our Technology staff have determined that this message is a result of a bug in Synergy's emergency notifications system.

This issue can be resolved by updating Android phones to version 5.2.2, which was just released this morning.  If your student receives this emergency alert, they should upgrade their Android phones to version 5.2.2 immediately.

We apologize to any students or families affected by this software bug, and give a huge thanks to our Technology Department for working so quickly to investigate the issue.

Press Release - Director of Facilities and Operations

posted Dec 13, 2018, 11:25 AM by Christine Andregg

The Sherwood School District is pleased to announce the promotion of Mr. Ken Bell to the position of Director of Facilities and Operations.  Ken first joined the District in 2012 as an Associate Principal at Sherwood High School, and was named Principal the following year.  

Ken will transition to his new role as Director starting July 1, 2019.  The District will soon post the high school principal position, and begin the search process.  It is important to the District to have stakeholder involvement in this process; please know that high school staff, students, and the parent community will have an opportunity to provide input as we move forward.

For more information, please see attached press release statement. 

PRESS RELEASE - Student Safety Incident

posted Nov 20, 2018, 2:22 PM by Christine Andregg

This morning, the Superintendent's Office received notification that students from the Sherwood High School Swim Team were exposed to a large amount of chlorine during an athletics practice, at a swimming facility in Newberg.  Following the exposure, the coach quickly removed students from the pool and called 911, and five exposed students were transported to area hospitals for medical evaluation.  School administration was immediately contacted following the incident, and parents were quickly notified.

At this time, four of the five students have been released from the hospital, and the fifth student is expected to be released today after additional observation.  We commend the quick actions of the coach in addressing student health and safety.

Our office has no additional details at this time.

Engage! Parent Technology Night

posted Nov 20, 2018, 12:48 PM by Christine Andregg   [ updated Nov 20, 2018, 12:56 PM ]

Sherwood School District is partnering with Tigard-Tualatin School District to offer its first of three parent technology nights this year. Free pizza and free childcare are provided. We hope to see you on December 4th! Click here to register.

Budget Committee Vacancy - Applications due November 16, 2018

posted Oct 25, 2018, 10:32 AM by Christine Andregg
The Board of Directors is currently seeking qualified applicants to fill a vacancy on the Sherwood School District Budget Committee. 

Position 2 is open due to the expiration of the term of Lynn Snyder.  The position has a three-year term expiring June 30, 2021.  Applications from interested parties must be turned in by November 16, 2018, in order to be considered.  The Board intends to appoint the new members at its regular meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

The Budget Committee plays a vital role in assisting the District and the community in reviewing the proposed budget each year before the proposal is presented to the Board of Directors for adoption.

Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m., November 16, 2018.

To learn more or apply for this vacancy, please complete and print the application using the enclosed instructions here

Sherwood School District Community Forum - October 17th

posted Oct 10, 2018, 2:52 PM by Christine Andregg   [ updated Oct 10, 2018, 2:53 PM ]

On Wednesday, October 17th the Sherwood School District will host a community forum to provide an update to projects funded by the 2016 capitol bond. This forum will focus on the District’s 2020 transformation projects, which include the conversion of the Sherwood High School location into a middle school, the conversion of Sherwood Middle School into an elementary school, and the conversion of Laurel Ridge Middle School into an elementary school. Members of our Transformation Visioning Advisory Committees will be in attendance to report on the work that has been done so far within those committees.  The forum will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Laurel Ridge Cafeteria. We look forward to this opportunity to share exciting updates with the Sherwood Community.

Emergency Communications Update

posted Sep 24, 2018, 3:04 PM by Christine Andregg

Earlier today, Sherwood Police Department ordered a lockout for Sherwood High School, Archer Glen Elementary, Sherwood Charter School, and the District Office due to police activity occurring in the area.  The lockout has since been lifted, allowing school dismissal and bus transportation to resume as scheduled. During this event, Sherwood Police Department and District administrators maintained regular communication to maximize student and staff safety.

Lockouts are put in place by schools when there is a dangerous situation outside of the school buildings.  All exterior doors are secured and students and staff are to remain in the building until the lockout is cleared by police and/or district staff.  Sherwood Schools regularly conduct drills for situations like this.

As per our emergency communication protocol, information about the situation was relayed through the Sherwood School District Flash Alert system.  For more information about signing up for the Flash Alert system, as well as other emergency communication protocol, please visit our website here.  Please note that Flash Alert subscriptions must be updated annually.

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