Reminder: Kindergarten Roundup

Kindergarten Roundup

Wednesday, March 7 2018

3:30 - 6:00 p.m.

We welcome all parents and their future students to visit their home school anytime between 3:30 - 6:00 p.m. to tour the school, meet the principal and kindergarten teachers, take a short bus ride and learn more about what to expect for your incoming kindergartner.

Enrollment packets will be available. Two forms of proof of residence, a birth certificate, and immunization records are required to complete enrollment. Students must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2018.

If you need additional information, please contact Beccah Wagner -- Family Resource Coordinator at (503)825-5486 or email her.

Please click here for additional information.


Community Forum -- May 8

posted by Kristen Delaney

You're Invited!


The Sherwood School District invites families, staff, students, and community members to attend a Community Forum on May 8.

The forum will be structured to address two topics.  The first segment of the forum will provide information and updates on projects being funded by the 2016 Capital Bond fund -- not only an update on the new high school construction, but also other bond-funded projects, such as those included in the deferred maintenance, safety & security, curriculum, and technology categories.


The second segment will address the development of the 2018-19 Budget for the Sherwood School District.


Community Forum, May 8, 2018

Laurel Ridge Middle School, Cafeteria

6:00-7:30 pm:  Capital Bond Projects

7:30-8:00 pm: 2018-19 SSD Budget Development



Construction Internship

posted by Kristen Delaney

Skanska, along with Sherwood School District, is pleased to offer an exciting opportunity to one Sherwood High School student.  We are looking for a paid construction intern for the summer of 2018. This intern will assist the Project Engineer and Project Manager on the new high school project.  The position will work under direct supervision performing accounting activities, estimating functions, and daily activities all while gaining knowledge of the basic phases of construction projects.  For more information and to print an application please click here.


Metropolitan Land Group Refuses One-On-One Negotiations with School District

posted Apr 13, 2018, 10:54 AM by Kristen Delaney   [ updated Apr 16, 2018, 1:17 PM ]

Metropolitan Land Group Refuses One-On-One Negotiations with School District

On Tuesday April 10, 2018, the Sherwood School District (SSD) offered to meet Hillsboro real estate investor Metropolitan Land Group (MLG) to discuss future development under terms intended to foster a partnership-oriented relationship.  On April 12, 2018, MLG declined to meet under the School District’s proposed conditions.

MLG and SSD have engaged for almost a year in law suits over the value of land MLG purchased or optioned from long-time area residents.  MLG had intended, according to its trial witnesses, to sell the land for “Move-up Homes” valued at $650-$750,000.  SSD intends to use the site to build a new, larger high school to accommodate its students – whose population has outgrown the present school.

In December, a Washington County jury valued one of the parcels at $120,000 per acre, very close to the value established by an independent appraisal.  MLG had claimed it was entitled to collect $550,000 per acre, while MLG’s own appraiser testified it was worth $360,000 per acre.

Now, MLG is pressing the City for a further expansion of the Sherwood Urban Growth Boundary, and has requested SSD’s support.  MLG has said it wants to be SSD’s partner.

At the same time MLG claims it wants to be SSD’s partner, it has gone to court seeking to set aside the jury’s December verdict on its land valuation.  MLG sued the District to attempt to force SSD to pay for MLG’s lawyers’ fees from the December trial.  MLG even appealed the City’s decision to annex the school site, despite the fact the MLG is currently pushing to expand the City for its own land-speculation purposes.

At a recent city council meeting, MLG again said it wants to meet and to be SSD’s partner. SSD took MLG at its word, and as a result, SSD agreed to meet with representatives of MLG, on conditions that would reaffirm MLG’s desired partnership with SSD.

SSD is saddened to learn that MLG has refused SSD’s proposed meeting and to otherwise take steps to act like the partner MLG says it wants to be with SSD, without adding extraneous issues or inviting outside parties.  SSD remains open to meeting with MLG on the basis of mutual respect and partnership.  When MLG is ready, we’ll be here.  But if not, then we will be forced to see them in court again.

The Sherwood School District Board of Directors realizes this press release is an unusual step.  We don’t usually take our disputes to the media. But we believe it’s important for the Sherwood community to know that our main priorities are the future of our students, and the wise use of the considerable resources which have been entrusted to us by the people who live in Sherwood.



Note: SSD legally has possession of the properties mentioned in this press release and the upcoming court case concerns the final purchase price. The new high school continues to move forward as planned.

AVID- Fall of 2018

posted Apr 12, 2018, 3:13 PM by Kristen Delaney   [ updated ]

We are excited to announce the implementation of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) at our middle and high schools in the fall of the 2018-2019 school year.  AVID provides a school-wide system designed to impact all students, raise student achievement, transform a school’s culture to a college-readiness and close the achievement gap. AVID increases the number of students enrolled in higher level courses (Pre-AP, AP, Dual Credit), provides rigorous development in 21st century skills, and is a catalyst for true education reform in public school systems.

Year one of implementation will include a class for our incoming 9th grade students, and for each of our 8th grade classes at each middle school. To be eligible for AVID each student is required to fall within the guidelines listed below, submit an application, and participate in an interview.

AVID Parent Information Nights will be held to provide an understanding of AVID and how Sherwood students will benefit.  Parents and families are encouraged to attend based on the following guidelines:

Your student is:

  1. in the academic middle, may need the support of the AVID class, and might be:

a.      of an ethnicity traditionally underserved in colleges

b.      from a low-income family

c.       a first-generation college attendee from his/her family

d.      faced with circumstances that may be obstacles to achievement

e.      any combination of the above

    2.  between a 2.0 and 3.5 GPA, but has a desire to do better

    3.  displaying appropriate classroom behavior

    4.  presenting good attendance

    5.  exhibiting the motivation and desire to prepare for entrance to a four year college or university

Information Nights:

Sherwood High School--Incoming Freshman ONLY

April 16, 2018

6-7 p.m.

Middle School Information Night

Sherwood Middle School

April 26, 2018

6-7 p.m.


Incoming 9th grade Parents:
If you were unable to attend the AVID parent night on April 16th, please attend on the evening of the 26th at Sherwood Middle School from 6pm-7pm. 

See Flyer for more information.

For questions please contact

AVID District Director, Janay Cookson

Email: jcookson@sherwood.k12.or.us or (503)825-5804




Curriculum and Technology Open House

posted Apr 6, 2018, 3:34 PM by Kristen Delaney

We would like to invite you to a curriculum and technology open house where you can learn about many of the things we are working on in the Teaching and Learning Department. We hope to see you there. Details below:


What: A chance to preview instructional materials being considered for potential adoption and provide feedback. Teachers will be present to answer questions. Curriculum will be on hand for parents to view. For those who cannot attend, curriculum will be available in each school building for review. Translation services will be provided.


When: Tuesday, April 24th from 5:30-7:00 pm


Where: Laurel Ridge Middle School commons


Topics:

  • The Great Body Shop Health (Elementary)

  • The Great Body Shop Health (Middle School)

  • ETR Health (High School)

  • Units of Study Writing (Elementary)

  • Amplify Science (Middle School)

  • Information regarding the 1:1 technology rollout plan for the elementary level





Staff Appreciation Week -- March 19-23

posted Mar 18, 2018, 6:41 PM by Kristen Delaney

The Sherwood School District is EXCITED to celebrate “Staff Appreciation Week” during the week of March 19! -- There is no other greater source of inspiration and motivation than to walk into work every morning and be greeted by the smiles of friendly and supportive staff of the SSD. Thank you for making Sherwood Schools a great place for all kids.

Parents Wanted -- Transformation Visioning Advisory Committees (TVAC)

posted Mar 9, 2018, 12:24 PM by Kristen Delaney   [ updated Mar 12, 2018, 8:07 AM ]

Parents Wanted

For 2016 Capital Improvement Bond:

Transformation Visioning Advisory Committees (TVAC)

In November 2016, Sherwood voters approved passage of a bond measure to support Sherwood Schools in addressing capacity challenges District-wide, among other projects. A large part of the bond is the construction of a new high school on a new site; other key projects include several building transformations, including: the current high school to a middle school; Sherwood Middle School (SMS) to an elementary; and Laurel Ridge Middle School (LRMS) to an elementary.  The District would like your voice to be part of the process for those transformation projects.

We will be creating three advisory committees -- one for each transformation project -- and we want parents from those schools to be a part of those committees.  We need two parents from LRMS, two parents from SMS, three from Hopkins, three from Edy Ridge and four “at-large” from the elementary level.

The objective of the committee(s) is to advise the District regarding the transformation of existing buildings to their new purpose - all new buildings will open in the fall of 2020.

Committee meetings will be held from April or May thru July 2018. The committee(s) may meet during weekday morning, afternoon or evening hours during the summer.  Please submit your application only if you are able to make arrangements to attend during those times, and into the summer months.

 

To Apply

 Complete the School Transformation Advisory Committee Application Form linked here.

 Submit by the deadline of Friday, March 23, 2018 online using the link above.

 Recruitment/Interview/Selection Process Timeline:

 

Posting Date: Friday, March 9

Accepting Applications: Friday, March 9 - Friday, March 23

Spring Break Week -- No School

Screening Applications: Monday, April 2 - Friday, April 6

Applicant Interviews: Monday, April 9 - Friday, April 13

Applicant Selections: Monday, April 16 - Friday, April 20

SSD Response to Possible Student Walk-Outs

posted Mar 7, 2018, 5:07 PM by Kristen Delaney

Dear Sherwood Parents, Guardians,

The most recent tragedy in Florida has ignited a national discussion regarding school safety and the rights of staff and students to work and learn in a safe environment. As a result of the messages posted on social media and wide-spread news reports, several events are being promoted including a national school walk-out on March 14.

The Sherwood School District will provide guidance to staff to prepare for this event, with student and staff safety as the highest priority. While this is not a district-sponsored event, it is important for all students to be safe. The District is developing a supervision plan for students who choose to participate in student-initiated events, as well as students who choose not to participate.

The following details the plan at every level:

  • Elementary Level: While we don’t anticipate a walkout at the elementary level, we are developing plans to supervise students should one occur. Students will not be allowed to leave campus. Staff will not participate in walk-outs, except if they are assigned to provide supervision on campus.  

  • Middle Level: School attendance will be taken before and after the event. Students do not have permission to leave campus or disrupt the learning environment for others. Should students choose to leave campus, they will be unsupervised and unexcused. Instruction will continue during any walk-out event. Staff will not participate in walk-outs, except if they are assigned to provide supervision on campus.  

  • High School: Nationally, protests are scheduled to occur at 10 a.m. Due to the high school final exam schedule, lunch will occur from 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. 11th and 12th grade students with an off-campus permit will be allowed to leave campus during lunch, as usual.  Any students without an off-campus permit (including all 9th & 10th graders) are not allowed off campus at lunch. School attendance will be taken before and after the event. No students have permission to leave campus during instructional time or to disrupt the learning environment for others. Should students choose to leave campus, they will be unsupervised, and if they choose to leave during instructional time, they will be unexcused. Instruction will continue during any walk-out event. Staff will not participate in walk-outs, except if they are assigned to provide supervision.

We understand parents may wish to show their support for students. We ask that you gather on sidewalks or public spaces, rather than on school property. If you choose to go on campus or enter the school building, you will be required to follow all visitor/volunteer check-in processes.

Thank you for your unrelenting support of our students during these very challenging times.

 

Sincerely,

Heather H. Cordie

Reminder: Kindergarten Roundup

posted Feb 27, 2018, 2:53 PM by Kristen Delaney

Kindergarten Roundup

Wednesday, March 7 2018

3:30 - 6:00 p.m.

We welcome all parents and their future students to visit their home school anytime between 3:30 - 6:00 p.m. to tour the school, meet the principal and kindergarten teachers, take a short bus ride and learn more about what to expect for your incoming kindergartner.

Enrollment packets will be available. Two forms of proof of residence, a birth certificate, and immunization records are required to complete enrollment. Students must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2018.

If you need additional information, please contact Beccah Wagner -- Family Resource Coordinator at (503)825-5486 or email her.

Please click here for additional information.


Message from the Superintendent

posted Feb 27, 2018, 2:48 PM by Kristen Delaney   [ updated Feb 27, 2018, 2:48 PM ]

Dear Parents, Families and Staff:

We are all deeply saddened by the recent tragedy that took place in Parkland, Florida. These recurring high-profile acts of violence in schools can have a deep and profound effect on everyone, especially students.  As a mother of two young men, one a recent Sherwood High School graduate, these senseless acts affect me in ways that words cannot express. As a Superintendent, I am equally as horrified, saddened, and angry -- when a fire alarm is used as a way to lure students out of a building -- it takes the level of worry and horror to an entirely new level.  It’s unimaginable and unthinkable -- yet now we have to imagine and think about that scenario.


Incidents like what happened last Wednesday remind us all about the importance of preparation and continuous safety improvement. Safety lock-down drills through the Standard Response Protocol Program (SRP) are practiced district-wide to prepare for safety related scenarios.


The District has worked diligently over the years on our safety protocols. Between today and Friday, March 2 we are participating in unannounced lock-down drills at all seven school buildings; those have been planned for several months. In addition, we have a very close partnership with the Sherwood Police Department and are being even more vigilant today about our school security. The SRP program focuses on four actions to help support student safety:


  • Lockout: Secure the Perimeter

  • Lockdown: Locks, Lights, Out of Sight

  • Evacuate: To the Announced Location

  • Shelter: For a Hazard Using a Safety Strategy


Please read the District’s Emergency Preparedness Information Document to learn more about our safety and communication protocols. The easy-to-read document provides information about the differences between the four SRP program actions, step-by-step procedures, and useful tips to share with students.


Our students will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and staff can help students feel safe by talking with them about their fears. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) recommends the following strategies:


  • Reassure children that they are safe

  • Make time to talk

  • Keep your explanations developmentally appropriate

  • Review safety procedures

  • Observe children’s emotional state

  • Limit television viewing of these events

  • Maintain a normal routine


More details are provided in the NASP handout, “Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers.” This article is available in English (PDF), Spanish (PDF) and as an Infographic (PDF).  


The well-being of our students and staff is our highest concern.  As always, we continue to do everything in our power to keep our students and staff out of harm’s way.  


To say that our thoughts and prayers are with the students, staff and families of Parkland, Florida, seems woefully inadequate -- but it is true, and it is heartfelt.

 

Sincerely,

Heather Cordie


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