Culture and Community NightSherwood School District invites families that speak a language other than English to Culture and Community Night! This event will offer families the opportunity to hear information about the elementary, middle and high schools in the Sherwood School District in their preferred language. This event will help develop a welcoming relationship with our culturally diverse community, opening the doors for more collaborative work. Dinner will be served and child care will be provided. For more information on this event, please contact Jammie Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Sherwood Middle School
Noche de Cultura y Comunidad
¡El Distrito Escolar de Sherwood invita a las familias que hablan un lenguaje que no sea el inglés a la Noche de Cultura y Comunidad! Este evento les ofrece la oportunidad a familias a escuchar información sobre las escuelas primarias, secundarias, y preparatoria en el Distrito Escolar de Sherwood en su lenguaje preferido. Este evento ayudara a desarrollar una relación con nuestra comunidad culturalmente diversa, abriendo puertas para más trabajo colaborativo. Habrá cena y cuidado de niño. Para más información sobre este evento, por favor contacte a Jammie Taylor al email@example.com o Maria Quiñones al firstname.lastname@example.org para información en español.
Link to current issue: District Newsletter - September 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.
Last June we released a Special Edition of the District Newsletter to inform the community of the Sherwood School District’s response to recent concerns related to water quality in local schools. (The June 3, 2016 Special Edition Newsletter is attached for your reference.) At that time, we had already secured the services of an experienced environmental engineering firm, PBS Environmental, to conduct testing in all buildings across the District, and we expedited that work in June to ensure any concerns could be addressed before the return of staff and students in the fall. This announcement serves as follow-up to that message to provide you with the results of the water testing and the next steps for the District.
During the month of June, samples were collected from all facilities and schools in the Sherwood School District by PBS Environmental and the samples were sent for analysis to laboratories selected by that vendor. The results of the testing took several weeks to process due to the recent high demand for similar tests among area school districts.
The sampling methodology and the interpretation of laboratory results were based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidance. The EPA recommends that schools take voluntary measures to reduce lead where levels consistently exceed 20 ppb. Of the samples analyzed in all district facilities, we are pleased to report that only three fixtures indicated results exceeding the EPA action level of 20 ppb. These fixtures are located in Portable 26 at Archer Glen Elementary, Classroom 1 at Middleton Elementary, and the kitchen at Hopkins Elementary.
Out of an abundance of caution, we took immediate action to shut the water off and remove all three of these fixtures from service when we received these reports.
In response to the test results, we have chosen to remove the fixture from Portable 26 at Archer Glen, as it is not required per the plumbing code and is no longer necessary for the educational function of the space. The kitchen fixture at Hopkins will be removed, replaced and retested. The classroom fixture at Middleton Elementary will also be removed, replaced and retested. These fixtures will remain out of service until further testing confirms they are below the EPA recommended action level. All of this work will be completed before students return to school in September.
Sherwood School District is committed to protecting student, teacher and staff health. As part of our ongoing attention to the quality of water in our facilities, we will continue to explore long-term solutions and conduct regular testing. We will communicate new information related to this issue as it comes available.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 email@example.com.
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.
Sherwood School District distributed the following Special Edition of the District Newsletter today to share information regarding water testing in Sherwood Schools: