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District CLOSED - Thu. 12/8

posted by Tianna Hubbenette

With staff and student safety at the forefront of our decision-making in our District, Sherwood Schools will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, December 8, 2016.  All school activities and events are also canceled.

Decisions related to weather and how to proceed as a school district is always challenging, especially when the weather can be unpredictable in our area.  While reports suggest the morning may be clear, we take seriously the advisement of local and national weather service, consultation with neighboring districts, and carefully consider the potential road hazards for staff, parents, and bus drivers that can result if the winter storm precipitation arrives as forecasted.  For this reason, we are choosing to close the district to ensure the safety of all.


Weather Advisory for 12/8: Message from Supt Cordie

posted Dec 7, 2016, 3:39 PM by Tianna Hubbenette

Good afternoon Sherwood School District Staff,


As you likely are aware, there is winter weather advisory in effect for tomorrow, December 8.  The purpose of this message is to assure you that we will commence very early in the morning, as we always do, in determining how best to approach the school day.  The safety of students and staff are the most important factor and that is the lens through which any decisions about delays, early dismissals, or cancellations are made.


Should inclement weather impact our school day, we will communicate that information using the following methods: FlashAlert, District web site, Facebook, and Twitter.  If you are not already subscribed, you can sign up to receive weather and emergency alerts for Sherwood Schools at https://www.flashalert.net/.  (It is also recommended that you download the smartphone app for FlashAlert Messenger.)


As we cannot know until tomorrow how impactful this weather event will be in our community, please take necessary steps to prepare your students and families for school delay, closure or early release.


We will continue to communicate with you as soon as new information is available.  I hope you all remain safe and warm this winter season!  


Sincerely,

Heather


Sherwood School District web site:

www.sherwood.k12.or.us


Find us on social media:

www.facebook.com/sherwoodschooldistrict

www.twitter.com/sherwoodsd

www.twitter.com/suptcordie




Buenas tardes familias de Sherwood y personal;

Como ya se han dado cuenta, hay un aviso de clima invernal en efecto el para mañana, 8 de diciembre. El propósito de este mensaje es para asegurarles de que comenzaremos nuestro día muy temprano en la mañana, como siempre lo hacemos, para determinar como mejor empezar nuestro día. La seguridad de los estudiantes y personal son los factores más importantes y son por estos factores donde se toman decisiones sobre demoras, salida temprana, o cancelaciones de clases.

Si el mal tiempo impacta nuestro día escolar, le comunicaremos la información usando los siguientes métodos: FlashAlert, sitio web del Distrito, Facebook, y Twitter. Si es que no se ha subscrito, usted puede inscribirse para recibir alertas de emergencia y del clima para las escuelas de Sherwood al https://www.flashalert.net/. (También se les recomienda que baje la aplicación FlashAlert Messenger para su teléfono inteligente.)

Como no podemos saber hasta mañana que impactante sea el aviso de clima invernal para nuestra comunidad, por favor tome pasos para preparar sus estudiantes y familias para una demora, clausura o salida temprana de clases.

Continuáremos comunicarles con ustedes en cuanto se nos haga la información disponible. Espero que se mantengan seguros y abrigados en esta temporada de invierno.

Sinceramente,
Heather

Press Release: SSD Introduces Associate Director of Special Programs

posted Dec 6, 2016, 12:40 PM by Tianna Hubbenette   [ updated Dec 6, 2016, 1:01 PM ]

(Revised: Date correction)


The Sherwood School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Eryn Latt as Associate Director of Special Programs.  

Ms. Latt comes to Sherwood from the Greater Albany Public School District, where she served in various roles since 2008.  Among them, Ms. Latt served as a special education teacher at North Albany Middle School (2008-2012) and West Albany High School (2012-2013), and was a School Support Specialist for the Special Education Program in the district from 2013-2016.  

When asked how she felt about her new role, Ms. Latt said, “I am thrilled to be joining the Sherwood School District team.  I look forward to supporting schools and staff in our mission to maximize learning and growth for our students while developing relationships with the Sherwood community.”  Ms. Latt will officially join Sherwood staff in early 2017, after transitioning her responsibilities in Albany to her successor.

Ms. Latt obtained a B.A. Psychology Degree from Oregon State University in 2004, and earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Western Oregon University in 2009.  In addition to her teaching experience, Ms. Latt served as an adjunct professor of Assistive Technology and Augmentative Communication at Western Oregon University in 2014. 

“We feel very fortunate to be able to add Eryn to our Special Programs team.  As a relational leader, Eryn quickly rose to the top of a strong candidate pool due to her rich K-12 experience, her strong instructional background, and her service-minded approach to leadership,” said Karen Dalbey, Director of Special Programs for the Sherwood School District.

New! District Newsletter - November 2016

posted Nov 23, 2016, 1:08 PM by Tianna Hubbenette



Link to current issue:  District Newsletter - November 2016

District updates from Superintendent Heather Cordie to stakeholders, including parents, staff and community members, have traditionally been written as a narrative and distributed from the Superintendent's Office in various formats such as emails or as part of weekly newsletters from schools.  Last year, the District launched a new format for broad communications, that of a District Newsletter.  The newsletter's first edition was published and distributed in November 2015.

Released monthly, and designed to include District-wide information and interest pieces about students and staff of Sherwood Schools, our hope is that this communication will be your “go-to” source for the latest District information.  All newsletters will be distributed directly to Key Communicator subscribers and Sherwood School District staff as a link in an email.  For all other interested readers, the link to the current issue will be included in weekly emails sent to parents from school principals.  Current and past issues will also be available on the Sherwood School District web site.

Press Release: Board Authorizes Land Acquisition

posted Nov 23, 2016, 1:05 PM by Tianna Hubbenette

    At its November 9, 2016, meeting, the Sherwood School District Board of Directors approved a resolution authorizing acquisition of property for the construction of a new high school.  The property identified in the resolution is located off Elwert Road, between Kruger and Haide Roads (Tax Lots 200, 201, and 207), and offers approximately 50 acres of regularly-shaped, flat, developable land for the new school.

    Purchase of a school site is the first of a series of projects authorized by a $247.5 million bond passed by District voters at the November 8th general election.  “We’re very grateful for the support shown by Sherwood voters for this bond,” said Superintendent Dr. Heather Cordie. “These funds will allow us to address long-term capacity needs, improve safety and security in all our buildings, and provide needed technology and curriculum improvements.” 
 
    Property owners in the identified area have been notified of the District’s interest in purchasing their property, and have been invited to enter into negotiations.  The District is represented by Todd McCabe of the McCabe Real Estate Group.   

    The new high school, targeted for completion in 2020, will address overcrowding at the existing high school, while keeping Sherwood a one-high school community for the foreseeable future.  The existing high school site will become one middle school to serve the entire community.  Sherwood Middle School and Laurel Ridge Middle School will become elementary schools.  The shifts in student populations allow for greater enrollment capacity at every level.  “Passage of this bond ensures we will be well-prepared to serve our current students and for the future growth of the Sherwood community,” said Board Chair Jessica Adamson.  
 
    The District will continue to share information related to bond-funded projects on its website and through the monthly District Newsletter.  To receive these updates directly, please subscribe your email address to Key Communicators by visiting the District home page at www.sherwood.k12.or.us.

Thank you, voters! Sherwood Schools Bond Measure Approved

posted Nov 9, 2016, 10:50 AM by Tianna Hubbenette

Thank you, on behalf of Sherwood School District and its Board of Directors!  We would like to send a special appreciation to everyone who participated in the bond visioning process and community forum, all of the Bond Campaign Committee members and volunteers, and for all the Sherwood voters that gave support to this bond measure!  The following message was released in a Press Release today, November 9th:



Voters Approve Bond Measure in Support of Sherwood Schools

Facility upgrades, curriculum and technology, and construction of new high school included in projects

Sherwood School District is proud to announce that voters in the Sherwood community have approved the passage of Ballot Measure 34-254, in support of Sherwood Schools. School District is proud to announce that voters in the Sherwood community have approved the passage of Ballot Measure 34-254, in support of Sherwood Schools.

In the months leading up to yesterday’s Election Day, Sherwood voters have received information about the bond measure placed on the ballot by Sherwood School District, and the projects that those funds would support across the District in a series of bond visioning meetings, as well as ongoing messages shared through Sherwood Gazette articles, social media, web site posts, monthly newsletters, and word-of-mouth.  Those proposed projects include: District-wide safety and security upgrades; District-wide deferred maintenance; curriculum and technology; construction of a new high school on a new site; and costs associated with the issuance of the bond.

         According to the Oregon Secretary of State’s Election Results Page, Ballot Measure 34-254 was approved with 54% of voters in favor.

         The approval of the bond means that Sherwood School District can better serve not only the students in our buildings today, but generations to come, as they attend schools with improved access to curriculum and technology, and will enjoy the added space and supportive learning communities at every level.  What this bond also means for our community is that school facilities will be safer as a result of the deferred maintenance, seismic upgrades, and security features that will be implemented.

        The District announced in July 2016 that Sherwood School District was selected as one of only 11 school districts (out of 29 applicants) statewide that were approved to receive the Oregon School Capital Improvement Match (OSCIM) grant.  The award of the grant, established by Senate Bill 447 and approved by the Oregon State Legislature in the 2015 Regular Session, is contingent on passage of a general obligation bond during the November 2016 election.  Now, because of your support, Sherwood School District will be awarded $4,468,542 in matching grant funds as a result of your vote.

         Sherwood School District is grateful to every member of the Measure 34-254 Bond Campaign Committee who spent countless hours and resources over the past several months and weeks to share the message of the bond with the community and educate voters on the proposed projects within it.  The future possibilities of what this bond will mean for all Sherwood Schools, and the staff and students we serve in our District, will be realized thanks to the tireless efforts of Bond Campaign Committee members, volunteers, and other bond supporters who helped spread the word and dedicated time canvassing neighborhoods, making calls in the phone banks, mailing postcards, and participating in the bond visioning process and community forum. 

         District leaders, staff and the Board of Directors wish to thank every voter who participated in supporting Ballot Measure 34-254.  Superintendent Heather Cordie said, “We are truly thankful that at a time when we are facing capacity challenges in a growing community and have to prepare the school district for rising enrollment forecasts, that we received such a positive response from Sherwood residents.  The support of our community has created a wonderful opportunity for your young learners to continue to receive a high quality education in Sherwood and the impact will be felt for years to come.”

         As the District moves forward to develop the plans, timelines and expected completion of bond-related projects, that information will be shared regularly through the District’s web site and other communication outlets.  To be the first to receive District newsletters and other public releases of information, please add your email address to the Sherwood School District’s “Key Communicators” subscriber list by visiting the District web site home page (Email sign-up field is located at the bottom of the home page.)

SEF Calling for Kids, Nov 15-17

posted Nov 3, 2016, 3:26 PM by Tianna Hubbenette



The Sherwood Education Foundation (SEF) is sponsoring its annual Calling For Kids fundraiser, November 15-17, 2016, 6:00-8:00pm (Tuesday-Thursday).  Please take the call!  

The Sherwood Education Foundation Calling for Kids campaign raises money that goes right back into our classrooms, funding programs and equipment that directly benefit students.  Volunteers, including students, will be making the calls.  

Every donation, large or small, helps!  Thank you for supporting the Sherwood Education Foundation and Sherwood Schools by taking the call.

To learn more about SEF, Calling for Kids, or to donate online, click here.

City Water Alert: Schools Not Included in Advisory

posted Oct 27, 2016, 8:37 AM by Tianna Hubbenette

The District has been in communication with the City of Sherwood and Public Works Department and at this time, none of the school sites in Sherwood School District are included in the advisory area.  If at any time, an update is received related to this advisory that may impact water sources in our buildings, we will share that information immediately.

Wednesday evening, October 26, the City of Sherwood released a public notice related to a boil water advisory as a precautionary measure resulting from a local water main break.

Please visit the City of Sherwood Boil Water Advisory Notice linked here to read the public notice or to view an interactive map and address look-up tool for the area being advised to take this measure.  According to the City notice, "Oregon law requires that drinking water providers issue precautionary boil water advisories to customers affected by pressure losses in water mains.  This is a routine precaution, and there is no need to be alarmed. "

New! District Newsletter - October 2016

posted Oct 25, 2016, 5:05 PM by Tianna Hubbenette



Link to current issue:  District Newsletter - October 2016

District updates from Superintendent Heather Cordie to stakeholders, including parents, staff and community members, have traditionally been written as a narrative and distributed from the Superintendent's Office in various formats such as emails or as part of weekly newsletters from schools.  Last year, the District launched a new format for broad communications, that of a District Newsletter.  The newsletter's first edition was published and distributed in November 2015.

Released monthly, and designed to include District-wide information and interest pieces about students and staff of Sherwood Schools, our hope is that this communication will be your “go-to” source for the latest District information.  All newsletters will be distributed directly to Key Communicator subscribers and Sherwood School District staff as a link in an email.  For all other interested readers, the link to the current issue will be included in weekly emails sent to parents from school principals.  Current and past issues will also be available on the Sherwood School District web site.

Budget Committee vacancies - Applications due 11/30/16

posted Oct 24, 2016, 12:14 PM by Tianna Hubbenette

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The School Board is currently seeking qualified applicants to fill two vacancies on the Sherwood School District Budget Committee.

Position #3 is vacant and Position #5 is open due to the expiration of the term of Jim Rose on June 30, 2016.  Each position has a three-year term, expiring June 30, 2019.  Applications from interested parties must be turned in by the November 30, 2016, in order to be considered.  The Board intends to appoint the new members at its regular meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 14, 2016.

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 30, 2016.

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

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