Sherwood School District welcomes staff at back-to-school rally

posted Sep 12, 2012, 11:54 AM by Corey Thompson   [ updated Sep 12, 2012, 11:56 AM ]

On Monday, August 27, 2012 over 500 certified, classified and administrative staff members of the Sherwood School District gathered together in the high school gymnasium in order to celebrate and kick-off the start to a new school year!  The energy was high as the marching band and drumline performed portions of this year’s show, while staff were greeted and welcomed to their first, official day back.  Gary Bennett, the District’s new Chief Academic Officer, was master of ceremonies and Superintendent Heather Cordie delivered a State of the Schools address. 

The themes that emerged over the course of the 90 minute rally included those of celebration, along with a focus on the 21st Century Learners who populate our classrooms today.  Students of all ages and each of the District’s seven schools took to the microphone during various portions of the programming; from welcome messages from the high school ASB President and Vice President, to a dramatic presentation by kindergarten through 12th grade students that emphasized their eagerness about returning to school along with the challenges, barriers, hopes and fears they experience each and every day. 

“It’s very important to me that we take the time each year to honor our staff and highlight their incredible work, in addition to ensuring that the students we serve are at the center of 
everything we do and every decision we make,” said Superintendent Heather Cordie.  In her message to staff, Cordie shared the three areas of focus for the District: the transition to the Common Core State Standards, the implementation of a proficiency-based model of teaching and learning, and a more rigorous focus on instructional technology.  

Sherwood students are now in their second week of school.  Superintendent Cordie, who has spent time in every school over the past two weeks, notes, “I am so proud of the energy and enthusiasm I see among our staff.  From our bus drivers and secretaries,  to our instructional assistants and classroom teachers – it’s obvious how committed our team is to making Sherwood a great place for every child.”

 Photos courtesy of Megan Radocha and Raychell Rohrwasser

For more information, contact the Superintendent’s Office at 503-825-5003.