News/Announcements


Announcing New Dean of Students at Ridges Elementary

posted Jul 31, 2020, 1:02 PM by Christine Andregg

The Sherwood School District is pleased to announce that Ms. Amy Mitchell has been selected as the new Dean of Students at Ridges Elementary.  For more information, please see attached press release.

Announcement of K-12 Reopening Metrics

posted Jul 28, 2020, 4:19 PM by Christine Andregg

Dear Sherwood Families, Staff, and Community,


As you likely know, COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Oregon. Since closing our schools in March, it has been our greatest hope to bring students and staff back together in our buildings. The health and safety of our students and staff are of the utmost importance, and we have carefully attended to state guidance, every step of the way.


Earlier today, Governor Kate Brown, OHA and ODE released data-based metrics to clarify the ability for school districts to safely return to face-to-face instruction. This information has significant implications for our district, as well as districts throughout Oregon. Currently, case rates exceed the limits set forth by the governor for in-person instruction, and although there are separate, more lenient metrics for allowing K-3 instruction, case rates do not meet those metrics either.  


Given these new requirements, the Sherwood School District will commence the 2020-21 school year by implementing a Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) program for all students grades K-12.  While we anticipate this model could be in place for at least the first nine weeks of the term, as we are seeing in the plans of our neighboring districts, we will continue to monitor reopening metrics to determine when students can safely return to our buildings. This will include close monitoring of Washington County case rates and their impact on the exception for grades K-3. 


We know from stakeholder feedback that some families have concerns about the effectiveness of distance learning, based on their experiences this past spring. Since closing our schools in March of this year, our staff have worked diligently to adapt to the realities of providing education to our students during a global pandemic. Moving rapidly into a distance learning environment last spring posed significant challenges, as we had little time to prepare and even less time to provide much needed professional development for staff. 


With this afternoon’s release of the state’s reopening metrics, we once again face that challenge -- yet with the gift of some additional time, we are prepared to implement changes to improve this model. Some planned changes, based on the feedback we have received and updated guidance from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), include adding real-time, live lessons on a daily basis, providing regular opportunities for peer interaction, addressing social/emotional and mental health needs, improving assessment and feedback practices -- and many more!  And perhaps most important of all, we will have adequate time to provide professional development to staff, as well as time for staff to prepare to implement our revamped CDL Model.  With these important changes, we believe we can truly transform the way instruction is delivered in a virtual setting. 


As you may know, our staff have spent the last few months exploring variations of hybrid models to provide our students with at least some amount of in-person learning, and -- despite our move to the CDL Model -- we know that this work will still be needed in the future when schools do reopen.  However, today’s announcement provides us with a clear path forward in the short term, and it is essential at this time that we switch our focus and resources towards planning for this new mandate. 


In the weeks ahead, our planning teams will complete their detailed plans for CDL, and we will share that information with you -- as well as ask for your input! Please stay tuned for additional communication, as well as opportunities to share your thoughts, questions, and concerns with our teams. Prior to August 12, we will be sharing information about our CDL model with our families and staff, to gather input on the development of those model. On August 12 and 26, we will meet with our Board of Directors to share an updated version of the CDL Model. As we move forward in alignment with state requirements, we are also committing to weekly updates to provide timely information as we move closer to the start of the school year.


These past few months have been a time of uncertainty for all of us, and I am thankful for your patience and grace during this time.  While we feel great disappointment that our 2020-21 school year will not start with our students and staff back in the classrooms -- including in our new high school and completed Transformation schools -- today’s announcement allows us to move forward with a full focus on providing our students with safe, high quality instruction this fall. 


Sincerely,

Heather Cordie

Superintendent


Fall 2020 Planning Surveys - July 16, 2020

posted Jul 16, 2020, 2:14 PM by Christine Andregg

The Sherwood School District -- and our schools -- have been working diligently to develop plans for opening schools in the fall.  All school levels are working to develop plans for two main scenarios: 1) In-Person Learning/Hybrid, working within the Oregon Department of Education’s (ODE) “Ready Schools, Safe Learners” guidance, and 2) Comprehensive Distance Learning for those families who choose that option. 


Option 1 - “In-Person Learning/Hybrid”

  • In-person/in-building learning for all students, in combination with components of distance learning (Hybrid model)

  • Class sizes limited per ODE guidelines (35 square feet per person)

  • Physical distancing and other health measures recommended by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) in place 


Option 2 - “Comprehensive Distance Learning”

  • Comprehensive Distance Learning coordinated and taught by district teachers 

  • This model will be a substantial improvement from our model this spring and will incorporate learning from surveys from families, students, and staff, as well as new Comprehensive Distance Learning guidance from ODE

  • The instructional technology team will partner with buildings and teachers to design and deliver an engaging and interactive comprehensive distance learning program that aligns with the curriculum that is taught in the in-person/in-building classroom


For planning purposes, we would like your feedback on which option you will most likely choose for your student. Please fill out this survey for each student in your home.


Elementary Survey
(Middle/High School Resource: "Design Thinking for Educators")

This is the third in a series of surveys sent by the District helping us further develop our plans.  Your input is instrumental in the development of these options.  As our plans continue to evolve, we will be communicating more details of the plans to families during the week of July 27th and seek additional feedback from you at that time.  Based on that feedback, we will further develop our plans, and present them to our Board of Directors on August 12 for their feedback and questions (time and location to be determined). 


ODE, OHA, and other state leaders continue to monitor the conditions of COVID-19, and will provide ongoing updates to guidance in the weeks and months ahead. As always, we will continue to follow the guidance from the state level, keeping the safety of our students and staff at the forefront of our decision-making. 


Thank you for partnering with us to create the best possible learning experiences for our students in the upcoming school year.


-The Sherwood School District

Statement on Resource Materials

posted Jul 7, 2020, 10:07 AM by Christine Andregg

On June 4th, the Sherwood School District released a statement to our students, staff, and families expressing our horror at the tragic death of George Floyd and countless others before him, as well as our commitment to acting as anti-racist leaders. We stand by that statement and our commitment has not wavered.


In that statement, we provided several links for both families and for our staff. Regrettably, we included a resource for staff that we did not thoroughly vet, which made suggestions about how to vote in the upcoming election. We deeply regret the error of including this resource, and removed the link immediately once it was brought to our attention. We apologize for this error. 


The Sherwood School District


Statement from the Sherwood School District - June 24, 2020

posted Jun 24, 2020, 6:32 PM by Christine Andregg

The Sherwood School District Administration has learned of social media content containing racist and homophobic language that we believe originated from students in our own school community. The language used is unacceptable and does not align with the values of our District. Hate and bias have no place in our schools, and we wholeheartedly denounce these actions. An investigation is underway, and we are reaching out to the families of students involved. We stand for respect and inclusion, and our schools must be a place where all students feel safe and are able to learn in a welcoming environment.

Press Release - Announcing New SHS Associate Principal

posted Jun 23, 2020, 9:41 AM by Christine Andregg

The Sherwood School District is pleased to announce that Ms. Katie Voss has been selected as Associate Principal of Sherwood High School.  For more information, please view the press release found here

Distance Learning Feedback Survey

posted Jun 9, 2020, 2:46 PM by Christine Andregg

As we end the school year and begin planning for next year, we did not want to miss an opportunity to get feedback from our families on their experience with Distance Learning.  Our greatest hope is to have students back on our campuses in the fall and we are actively planning for that scenario.  We firmly believe students learn better in schools, with their peers and caring adults.  However, it would be irresponsible for the District to not seek to improve our Distance Learning model should it be needed next year, or at another time in the future.  Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey and help us to improve.



Statement from the Sherwood School District - June 4, 2020

posted Jun 4, 2020, 11:07 AM by Christine Andregg

Dear Sherwood Students, Families, Staff, and Community Members,


On a national -- and in fact, global -- stage, we are witnessing a massive public response to the impacts of historic and systematic racism within our society.  As we engage with the news, social media, and interactions with our friends and loved ones, all of us are affected by the images of large-scale protests happening in major cities throughout our country and the world -- and more importantly, the tragic and senseless deaths of black men and women.  These events are troubling and for many, shocking. However, while all of us are processing our personal emotions and thoughts around these events, it is essential that we recognize the more significant impacts of racism and systematic oppression for our students, staff, and families of color within our community.


Several recent events have drawn attention to the violence and tragic loss of life that occurs as a result of racism and racist ideologies, including the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.  While the growing protests we are seeing in our nation began as a direct response to these deaths, and as a call for justice for those responsible, these protests also reflect the pain, anger, and trauma of generations of racist oppression and racially-motivated violence against members of the Black community and other communities of color.  


As a school district, we stand with our students, families, and staff members of color, and are working to create safe, affirming, and equitable learning environments for all students and staff.  We are committed to identifying racism within the structure of our organization, educating our leadership and other staff members to engage in antiracist and social justice work, and increasing our capacity to serve the needs of our historically underrepresented students. We are actively working to hire staff of color to make our workforce more representative of the students and families we serve, bringing more diverse perspectives to our district. 


And yet, we recognize that there is still work to do, and there is still improvement needed to be a better staff, a better organization, and a better representation of diversity and racial justice for our students, staff, and families. We know institutional racism still exists, and are striving to be able to more clearly see it and eliminate it from our schools.  We know our communities of color experience racially-motivated harassment, microaggressions, and other forms of bullying.  And, as an organization with predominantly white leadership, we don’t always have the knowledge to understand or the skills to address these and the myriad of other issues faced by our communities of color.   Where we have failed in this regard, we are truly sorry.  


It is not enough to talk about our goals for equity; we must engage in active antiracism as a means to challenge long-standing systematic oppression, in order to create sustainable and lasting change.  This begins with educating administrators and staff across our district on recognizing privilege and engaging students in discussions about race.  We encourage our staff members to review the attached staff resources to help with this learning, found here.   


We also know that many parents and guardians are struggling right now with how to talk to their children about what is currently happening in our country.  For this reason, we are providing a list of resources for students and families as well, found here


We as a district are committed to taking actionable next steps to support and serve the needs of our students, families, and staff of color.  Violence, racism, discrimination, and marginalization have no place in our schools and our district, and must be eliminated from our organization.  Anything less than continued and sustained progress towards this goal is unacceptable, and we stand committed to working with our stakeholders to take an honest inventory of where we are,  identify where we need to be, and create active, actionable steps to get there.  Thank you for joining us and supporting us in this work. 


In solidarity,


Dr. Heather Cordie, Superintendent

Patrick Allen, Board Chair

Sue Hekker, Board Vice Chair

Eric Campbell, Board Member

Jessica Adamson, Board Member

Michael Hiland, Board Member


Notice of Budget Committee Meeting

posted May 21, 2020, 11:22 AM by Christine Andregg

A public meeting of the Budget Committee of the Sherwood School District to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, will take place on Monday, June 1, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

Please note that in light of the COVID-19 state-wide restrictions and in keeping with the efforts of social distancing to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, the meeting of the Sherwood School District Budget Committee will be conducted online, rather than in person. Please use the following link for the livestream feed during the meeting: https://bit.ly/39VlhD3

The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and to receive comment from the public on the budget. This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place. Any person may make public comment on the proposed budget to the Budget Committee.

With respect to the social distancing guidelines from the Oregon Health Authority, the Budget Committee will only accept written comment or testimony. Please submit comment or testimony electronically at https://bit.ly/2Z14EE8. Public testimony will be only accepted until the designated item on the meeting agenda, and will be read aloud at that time by the Board Secretary. 

A copy of the budget document will be available on the District’s website, www.sherwood.k12.or.us, on or after Friday, May 29, 2020.

In the event that the Budget Committee meeting is continued to a future date, the following days and times have been tentatively reserved:

Monday, June 8, 2020 – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 – 5:00 p.m.

 

These tentative meetings may also be conducted online. Announcements of additional meetings dates and agendas will be posted on our District website, if needed. 

Press Release - Sherwood School District to Participate in Work Share Program

posted May 19, 2020, 2:31 PM by Christine Andregg

Starting this week, the Sherwood School District will be implementing furlough days for all staff, as well as participating in the Oregon Work Share program.  For more information, please see today's press release.

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