Announcements

Press Release: District Welcomes New Associate Principal to SMS

posted Jul 21, 2016, 10:15 AM by Tianna Hubbenette

The Sherwood School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Marc Jolley as Associate Principal at Sherwood Middle School.  The position became vacant with the June resignation of prior associate principal, Kevin McIntosh.

When asked how he felt about his new role, Mr. Jolley said, "I am excited to be a part of the incredible staff and community of the Sherwood School District.  Joining Sherwood Middle School is a wonderful opportunity and I look forward to being a part of such a strong and committed team.”  He will officially join Sherwood staff on August 1, 2016.

Mr. Jolley comes to Sherwood from the Tigard-Tualatin School District, where he most recently served as a language arts teacher at Tigard High School for 11 years.  Jolley also provided instructional support for classroom teachers as an Instructional Coordinator at Tigard High from 2011-2014.  Prior to joining the TTSD, he was a 9th grade language arts teacher at Southridge High School in Beaverton from 2001-2004.

Mr. Jolley obtained a B.A. English/Language Arts Degree from Western Oregon University in 2000, and earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Portland State University in 2002.  In addition to his teaching experience, Mr. Jolley served as an Area Trainer in the Pacific Northwest for the Cambium Learning Group.  In that role, he trained teachers in LANGUAGE! The Comprehensive Literacy Curriculum, supported school-wide curriculum adoption, and instructed small groups of students, teachers and administrators in literacy concepts.

“Marc’s professionalism, personality, integrity, and commitment to serving others shined through during the hiring process.  I am looking forward to partnering with him as we continue to support student, staff and families at Sherwood Middle School,” said Marianne Funderhide, SMS Principal.

Press Release: District Receives $4 Million Bond Fund-Matching Commitment

posted Jul 15, 2016, 12:58 PM by Tianna Hubbenette

On July 6, 2016, Sherwood School District was notified by the Oregon Department of Education that the District received a commitment of $4,468,542 under the Oregon School Capital Matching (OSCIM) grant program.

The OSCIM Grant Program was established by Senate Bill 447 (SB 447) approved by the Oregon State Legislature in the 2015 Regular Session. The primary goal of SB 447 is to encourage communities to pass local school district general obligation bonds to address the deferred maintenance challenges present in Oregon’s schools. 29 Oregon school districts applied for an OSCIM grant; Sherwood was one of 11 school districts to receive a commitment.

In order to receive the grant, Sherwood School District must provide matching funds from general obligation bonds approved by the voters of the district in the election on November 8, 2016. If the bonds are not approved, the funds will be awarded to another district on the waiting list.

Sherwood’s Board of Education has approved placing a $247.5 million general obligation bond measure on the November 8, 2016 ballot. The estimated incremental tax rate is $0.50 per $1,000 of assessed value above the 2016 tax rates. This means a home with an assessed value of $250,000 would pay additional taxes estimated to be $125 per year, or approximately $10.42 per month. It is expected that as Sherwood’s population grows, the dollar amount per household will likely decrease as the cost is spread out among additional taxpayers.

If approved, the bond and grant proceeds are expected to fund the following: safety and security upgrades, including secure building entry lobbies; curriculum materials such as math, science, and language arts; deferred maintenance of buildings, including seismic upgrades; construction to furnish and equip a new high school for increased capacity; convert the current high school to a middle school; convert Laurel Ridge and Sherwood Middle to elementary schools; relocate district programs and departments to Hopkins Elementary; upgrade technology infrastructure; purchase of new and replacement technology devices; land purchase; site improvements, demolition, and furnishing and equipping of projects; and bond issuance and building costs.

A Bond Campaign Committee has been formed and is in the process of reaching out to the Sherwood community to inform and educate about the bond measure - how the bond will affect taxpayers, and what projects will be funded as a result of voter approval.

New! District Newsletter - June 2016

posted Jun 17, 2016, 2:33 PM by Tianna Hubbenette


The June newsletter will be the last publication until the 2016-17 school year begins.

Link to current issue:  District Newsletter - June 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.

SHS Teacher, Niebergall, Honored at The White House

posted Jun 17, 2016, 2:25 PM by Tianna Hubbenette

On Friday, June 17, the White House will recognize ten individuals from across the country as “White House Champions of Change for Making.” Sherwood School District is proud to announce that Sherwood High School teacher John Niebergall has been selected for this prestigious honor and will be attending the ceremony at the White House. Niebergall is among only 10 individuals being recognized, selected from more than 600 submissions.

The honorees of the Champions of Change program were selected by the White House for their personal passion and tireless efforts to make advances in technology and platforms, educational opportunities, or spaces that empower even more Americans to become tinkerers, inventors, and entrepreneurs. The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.

Mr. Niebergall has provided his students with hands-on, contextualized learning experiences and has directly raised more than $825,000 through grants and in-kind contributions to establish a classroom and mobile Fab Lab. His efforts have also contributed to the success of creating a culture of inclusion in his classroom with a notably high participation of female students.

After teaching in Sherwood School District for 32 years, Mr. Niebergall will be moving on from Sherwood to take on a new role with the Northwest Education Service District in Fall 2016.

Enrollment Open! Head Start Pre-K welcomed to Sherwood

posted Jun 15, 2016, 4:14 PM by Tianna Hubbenette


Enrollment is now open for the full-day, Monday-Friday, Head Start classroom at Archer Glen Elementary School beginning in September 2016. This classroom will serve 20 students with a minimum 1:10 adult/child ratio.  Archer Glen Elementary is located at 16155 SW Sunset Blvd., Sherwood.


The Head Start program is free to Sherwood children ages 3-5, who qualify based on income, regardless of school boundary attendance zone. Click here for more information. Complete an application: (English) (Spanish)


Additional questions?  Please contact Beccah Wagner, Sherwood Family Resource Manager, at (503) 825-5486 or rwagner@sherwood.k12.or.us.


District hires new Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology, Lair

posted Jun 8, 2016, 10:44 AM by Tianna Hubbenette

The Sherwood School District is excited to announce the hiring of Erin Lair as the District’s new Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology. Ms. Lair rose to the top of a candidate pool of 43 applicants. She will replace Dr. Suzanne West, who accepted an elementary principal position in the Salem-Keizer School District.

When asked about coming to Sherwood, Ms. Lair said, “I am so excited to join the Sherwood team and am ready to get started.” She will officially join the team on July 1, 2016.

Ms. Lair started her career in the Baker School District as a middle school language arts and math teacher. More recently, she has served as the associate principal at the Vision Charter School in Caldwell, Idaho. In that role, she handled a wide variety of tasks, from managing the student information system, to collaborating with local colleges to create a path to an Associate’s Degree for students while still in high school, to coordinating the district’s Professional Technical Instruction. Her varied background has prepared her well for this role.

“We are fortunate to add Ms. Lair to an already-strong Teaching & Learning team. Her strong people skills, combined with experience leading instructional initiatives across the K-12 spectrum, make her the ideal candidate,” said Assistant Superintendent Gary Bennett.

Special Edition, District Newsletter -- Water Testing in Sherwood Schools

posted Jun 3, 2016, 3:47 PM by Tianna Hubbenette

Sherwood School District distributed the following Special Edition of the District Newsletter today to share information regarding water testing in Sherwood Schools:

SHS Welcomes New Associate Principal, Scott Hadden

posted May 23, 2016, 3:56 PM by Tianna Hubbenette   [ updated Jun 6, 2016, 2:31 PM by Suzanne West ]

Scott Hadden, new Associate Principal of SHS
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.

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