Announcements

SHS Welcomes New Associate Principal, Scott Hadden

posted May 23, 2016, 3:56 PM by Tianna Hubbenette

Sherwood School District is pleased to announce Scott Hadden as the new Associate Principal at Sherwood High School. Mr. Hadden currently teaches math and serves as the department chair at Tigard High School. He will assume his new role on July 1, 2016. 

“I am so excited to join the Sherwood High School team. The school district and people I’ve met through the process have been extremely supportive. I look forward to helping Sherwood students and staff continue to pursue academic excellence,” said Scott Hadden, new Associate Principal at Sherwood High School. 

Mr. Hadden earned his Bachelor’s degree from University of Oregon and his Master’s degree from Willamette University. He began his teaching career at McKay High School where he taught Social Studies and Math for four years. Mr. Hadden has spent the past ten years at Tigard High School as a math teacher and assistant basketball coach. He obtained his administrative license through Portland State University this past year. 

“We feel very fortunate to add Scott Hadden to our school leadership team. His strong instructional background and passion for building meaningful relationships will strengthen the great work already being done at Sherwood High School,” said Ken Bell, SHS Principal. 

Mr. Hadden currently resides in Portland with his wife and their five year old twin sons.

New! District Newsletter - May 2016

posted May 11, 2016, 2:21 PM by Tianna Hubbenette


Link to current issue:  District Newsletter - May 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.  This year, the District is launching 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 new, redesigned 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.

Summer Institute Registration Now Open!

posted May 10, 2016, 3:03 PM by Tianna Hubbenette



Please visit the Summer Institute web page now to view the courses available.

The Sherwood School District offers a variety of engaging opportunities for our students in the summer.  The Summer Institute schedules classes in reading and math skill building, as well as transitional and enrichment courses.  

For any additional questions regarding Summer Institute, please email Jennifer Moore at jmoore@sherwood.k12.or.us or 503-825-5016.

Instructional Coach, Lawrence, honored with Literacy Award

posted May 5, 2016, 11:37 AM by Tianna Hubbenette

The Sherwood School District is excited to announce that Chrissy Lawrence, Instructional Coach, has been announced as one of three local recipients for the 2016 Celebrate Literacy Award from the Portland Reading Council and the International Literacy Association.

Ms. Lawrence has worked for the Sherwood School District since 2009, when she was hired as an Instructional Coach at Edy Ridge Elementary. In December 2013, Lawrence moved to the District Office, where she served as the district-wide Talented and Gifted (TAG) Coordinator. This year, Ms. Lawrence returned to the elementary level as an Instructional Coach at Hopkins Elementary. She has also served as the Summer Institute Coordinator for the District since 2014.

Ms. Lawrence is currently collaborating on the writing of a framework to guide literacy instruction at the elementary level, and also teaches classes at Concordia University.   

Recipients of the Celebrate Literacy Award were selected based on their demonstration of dedication to promoting literacy, lifelong love of reading which is instilled in others, and significant contributions to literacy at the local level. Ms. Lawrence and her fellow honorees will be recognized at an awards event on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

Notice of Public Budget Hearing

posted May 4, 2016, 12:24 PM by Tianna Hubbenette

A public meeting of the Sherwood School District will be held on May 11, 2016, at 7:00 pm, at Edy Ridge Elementary School, 21472 SW Copper Terrace, Sherwood, Oregon.  

The purpose of the meeting is to conduct District business and to discuss the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016, as approved by the Sherwood School District Budget Committee.  

A copy of the budget may be inspected or obtained at 23295 SW Main St., Sherwood, Oregon between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., or online at www.sherwood.k12.or.us.  This Budget is presented on a fiscal year basis beginning July 1, 2016 and was prepared on a basis of accounting that is the same as the basis used during the preceding year.

SSD Director of Technology to join Salem-Keizer School District as new principal

posted Apr 29, 2016, 3:33 PM by Tianna Hubbenette

After serving in Sherwood School District since 2007, Dr. Suzanne West, Director of Technology and Innovation, has accepted a principal position with Salem-Keizer School District. 

“Dr. West has been instrumental in transforming our District’s approach to technology; she is an instructional leader, first and foremost, and has led accordingly. We are thankful for her years of service and dedication and wish her all the best in the next step of her career,” said Superintendent Heather Cordie. 

Dr. Suzanne West first joined Sherwood School District as a Humanities teacher, teaching first at Sherwood Middle School in 2007, and later at Laurel Ridge Middle School, beginning in 2009. Dr. West served the next two years at Laurel Ridge, splitting her time as Instructional Coach and Assistant Principal, then as Assistant Principal and Director of Technology and Innovation. In February 2013, Dr. West became the Director of Technology and Innovation full-time, where she has remained through this school year. 

Reflecting on her career with the District, Dr. West shared, “I am grateful for my Sherwood experiences and for the quality colleagues and Sherwood families who have supported me and worked alongside me in each of my roles during my nine years with the District. As I undertake this next challenge, I will certainly draw on all that I have learned while in Sherwood.” The Sherwood School District will keep the community apprised of next steps and will engage stakeholders in the process that will lead to identifying suitable candidates to fill this position.

All welcome! ** Bond Community Forum ** May 2nd

posted Apr 26, 2016, 3:16 PM by Tianna Hubbenette   [ updated Apr 28, 2016, 1:05 PM ]

Sherwood School District invites all of the Sherwood community to attend an upcoming forum about the potential bond.  The forum will be devoted to sharing information with stakeholders about the potential projects being considered by the Board, while offering the opportunity to offer the District feedback about the projects or the bond process.   You will learn more about the demographic study recently completed for the District and the three project scenarios being considered by the School Board, including bond financing information.  Please visit the Bond Process web page to learn more about the discussions and research done so far related to a potential bond.

Join  us  at  the  Bond  Community Forum!



Monday, May 2, 2016 · 5:30-8:00pm
Archer Glen Elementary, Cafeteria
16155 SW Sunset Blvd, Sherwood (Food will be provided)

If you do plan to attend, we would appreciate your RSVP using the following form so we can we can prepare adequate seating and refreshments:

District Announces Principal Assignment Changes, eff. 07/01/16

posted Apr 20, 2016, 3:24 PM by Tianna Hubbenette   [ updated Apr 20, 2016, 3:26 PM ]


Middleton Elementary Principal, Dr. Jeremiah Patterson, announced in March of this year that he accepted the Assistant Superintendent position with Gladstone School District.  While the Sherwood School District is saddened by Dr. Patterson’s departure after serving four years as a wonderful leader among the District’s family of administrators, the Superintendent, Board of Directors and staff wish him the best as he leans into the next level in his career.

In order to ensure that the needs and desires of staff and parents of Middleton Elementary are addressed in the process of finding the best fit for their next principal, Sherwood School District provided opportunity for its stakeholders to share their thoughts about the right candidate.  A survey was sent out to all Middleton families to get their input on the attributes they would hope for in their next principal.  Staff were engaged in a listening session with Superintendent Heather Cordie and Human Resources Director Steve Emmert.  What was heard from staff and parents was that they would like a leader that is approachable, a great communicator, collaborative, has a sense of humor, and who loves being at the elementary level.

Superintendent Cordie and her leadership team have given a great deal of thought as to how best to fill the position at Middleton Elementary - considering not only who to bring to the staff and students of Middleton as their next exceptional leader, but also examining more closely the needs of all schools in the District at this time.  In so doing, the District reflected on the strengths and experiences of all administrators currently leading in Sherwood’s schools.  Recognizing the wealth of talent and instructional leadership skills among them, Sherwood School District is excited to announce the following administrative role changes, which will take effect July 1, 2016:


Jon Wollmuth, Principal, Middleton Elementary School
Jon Wollmuth currently serves as Principal of Archer Glen Elementary, and will become Principal at Middleton Elementary.  

Mr. Wollmuth began his career in education at Hazelbrook Middle School in Tigard-Tualatin School District, teaching 6th grade Language Arts and Social Studies from 1996-2000.  He then traveled internationally to teach 6th and 8th grade Language Arts from 2000-2005 at the International School of Zug in Baar, Switzerland.  Upon his return, from 2005-2009, Mr. Wollmuth was a 5th/6th grade blended classroom teacher at Bryant Elementary in Lake Oswego.  In 2009, Mr. Wollmuth was hired by Sherwood School District as Principal of Archer Glen Elementary, where he has remained until this year.

Mr. Wollmuth is a positive, collaborative instructional leader and has served multiple terms on the Superintendent's Cabinet and is a volunteer member of the District’s Emergency Preparedness Committee.  His demonstrated leadership and skill set will be a valuable asset to help carry on the work being done at Middleton Elementary.


Tim Smith, Principal, Archer Glen Elementary School
Tim Smith will be assigned as Principal of Archer Glen Elementary.  He joined Sherwood School District as Principal of Middleton Elementary in 2008, and later moved to Hopkins Elementary as Principal in 2011, where he has served in that role until the present year.

Mr. Smith started his teaching career in 1984 in the Tigard-Tualatin School District, where he taught grades 2-8 for nine years at Durham Elementary, Templeton Elementary, and Fowler Middle.  He then moved on to Lebanon Community School District in 1993, where he served as a Vice Principal at Lebanon Middle School for one year and as Principal at Queen Anne Elementary for three years.  From 1997-2008, Mr. Smith served as Principal of Periwinkle Elementary School in Greater Albany Public Schools, until his move to Sherwood in 2008.

Mr. Smith is a relationship-builder who values equity and integrity, and works to engage families as partners in the education process.  He was integral in the development of our District's Pre-K program at Hopkins Elementary.


Penny Salm, Principal, Hopkins Elementary School
Penny Salm has been with the Sherwood School District for 20 years, first hired as a classroom teacher at Sherwood Middle School in 1996.  After teaching at SMS and serving as instructional coach and school counselor, she joined Laurel Ridge Middle School staff as a teacher on special assignment (TOSA), later becoming Associate Principal in 2012.  Ms. Salm became Principal at LRMS in 2015, and will be transitioning to Hopkins Elementary School to serve as Principal.

Ms. Salm’s teaching career began at the elementary level, teaching 6th grade in Kentland, Indiana, from 1983-1986.  She then moved to Warsaw, Indiana, where she taught 5th grade for 10 years at Madison Elementary School, until her move to Sherwood.

Ms. Salm earned a Reading Endorsement from Concordia University, and brings with her strong instructional leadership and rich past experience at the elementary level.  She also has served as the middle level representative on the Superintendent’s Cabinet.


Brian Bailey, Principal, Laurel Ridge Middle School
Brian Bailey has served as Assistant Principal at Sherwood High School for five years, after joining the District in 2011, and will become Principal at Laurel Ridge Middle School.

Mr. Bailey began teaching in 2002 at West Linn High School in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District.  For three years he taught Health/PE, Leadership, U.S. History, and Special Education.  Upon becoming West Linn High’s Dean of Students/Transition Specialist, he turned his focus to 8th-to-9th grade transition, academic counseling, and student management from 2004-2009.

Mr. Bailey was Assistant Principal at South Salem High School in Salem-Keizer School District from 2009-2011, before joining Sherwood High School’s administrative team.

Mr. Bailey’s passion for student learning and supportive relationships with staff distinguish him as a true role model and leader.  He advocates for meaningful professional development opportunities for staff, and places students at the center of his decision-making.

Sherwood School District will take steps to involve its stakeholders in the process of identifying the best fit for the Sherwood High School Associate Principal position vacated by Brian Bailey.



School Board Votes on Inter-district Transfers for 2016-17

posted Apr 18, 2016, 1:26 PM by Tianna Hubbenette

The Board of Directors approved the following regarding 2016-17 inter-district transfers at its regular monthly Board meeting on April 13, 2016:

For the 2016-2017 school year, the Sherwood School District will open slots for students that reside in the attendance boundary areas of other school districts that meet one of the following criteria:

Twelve openings for incoming 12th grade students with preference given to students that attended Sherwood schools the prior year.
Two openings for incoming 11th grade students with preference given to students that attended Sherwood schools the prior year.

To apply for one of the open slots at Sherwood School District, please complete the form linked below and return it to the District Office, at 23295 SW Main Street, Sherwood, OR 97140, by May 5, 2016 by 4:00 pm

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Poehlitz at 503-825-5011, or at lpoehlitz@sherwood.k12.or.us.



New! District Newsletter - April 2016

posted Apr 15, 2016, 2:10 PM by Tianna Hubbenette


Link to current issue:  District Newsletter - April 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.  This year, the District is launching 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 new, redesigned 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.

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