SMS Weekly Update

March 21st - April 2nd

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SMS Phone Numbers

Main Office: 503-825-5500
Fax: 503-825-5501
Attendance: 503-825-5510

SMS Attendance Email

Weekly Calendar:

Mar. 21-25: Spring Break

Mar. 28– A Day: SMS PSO Meeting, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Virtual

Mar. 29 – B Day

Mar. 30 – A Day: White Schedule, 1-Hour Early Release

Mar. 31 – B Day

Apr. 1 – A Day

Apr. 2 – SMS Jazz Festival – Swingin’ the Green, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Oregon Golf Club

Upcoming Events

April 6 - White Schedule, 1-Hour Early Release

April 7 – SMS Site Council Meeting, 7:15 – 8:15 a.m., SMS Community Room

April 7 – Saga Club

April 13 - White Schedule, 1-Hour Early Release

April 13 – District Board Meeting/Work Session, 5:00 – 8:30 p.m.

April 14 – Scheduled Conferences, 4:30 – 8:00 p.m., In person

April 15 – Scheduled Conferences, 8:00 – 12:00 p.m., In person

Information for Parents

Excusing Absences in ParentVue: In addition to the current phone and email methods for excusing absences, beginning after spring break, parents of middle and high school students will also be able to excuse absences through ParentVUE. This new method is available only for full-day absences for the current day and future days.

To excuse an absence through ParentVUE, click the "Report Absence" button next to your student's picture on the home screen. Then, select the date(s) and choose a reason for the absence. You may also enter a note and upload any supporting documents. Click "Save" to submit. The attendance office will review your submission and update your student's attendance record.

Scheduled Conferences will be held Thursday, April 14th from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. and on Friday, April 15th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. by appointment only. There will be no drop-in conferences. Teachers will be calling the parents of those students who they feel might benefit the most from having a parent-teacher conference. Teachers will not be available for drop in conferences. Conferences will be in person at SMS unless a virtual conference is requested by the parent. Masks are not required.

Outdoor School: We are excited to announce that we are partnering with Northwest Regions Educational Service District (NWRESD) to provide an Outdoor School experience for all 6th-grade students this spring on May 9th & 10th. NWRESD is facilitating an Outdoor School model in which students will attend a one day off-campus day of outdoor science instruction at Rood Bridge Park or Champoeg State Park and a second one-day off-campus experience at Camp Trickle Creek. Please keep an eye out for more information to come.

SBAC Testing is coming. SBAC Testing will take place in May. As in the past, parents will have the opportunity to opt their student(s) out of testing. More information and the opt out form will be provided as we move closer to the test dates.

  • May 2-6: Math
  • May 9-13: 8th Grade Science
  • May 16-31: ELA

Bowmen Cheer Tryouts Tryout Clinics are May 3, 4, & 5 and Tryouts are May 10 and 11 for those students who are interested. Our cheerleaders are sideline and competitive athletes who embody school spirit for SHS and our community. Regardless of prior experience levels, you can try out and see if cheer is for you. Complete this interest form and additional information and a Tryout Packet will be emailed to you. We look forward to seeing you. Go Bowmen!

5th Grade Parent Night Recordings for those parents who could not attend are available by clicking on the links below:

For OHSU Testing Program supplies please email

Information From Prior Week

End of the Grading Period: The end of the second trimester is Friday, March 11th. There will be no school on Monday, March 14th so that teachers may work on grades. Report cards will be mailed home at the end of the following week.

Lifting of Mask Mandate

Beginning March 12th, existing indoor mask mandates for K-12 settings will no longer be required. Masks will remain available to all staff and students within the building. The district is committed to honoring each individual’s decision. There will be no tolerance for verbal taunts or harassing behaviors based on how people make a decision regarding their own personal health.

The slide show linked here has been presented to your students this week during Flight Time with regard to the upcoming changes beginning next week with the lifting of the mask mandate.

Below you will find additional information about our COVID protocols that will take effect district-wide March 12:

  • As per communicable disease protocols, students and staff with primary COVID-19 symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test will continue to be excluded from school for a 5-day isolation period. Students and staff may return to school following the isolation period if they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and overall symptoms have improved.

  • Bus Route Communication will be made of an exposure using Traversa Ride 360 to families of all students on that bus route. For information on how to sign up for the Ride 360 app and receive these notifications, please click here.
  • School-Wide Communication will resume following the identification of a positive case of COVID-19 on the Sherwood Middle School campus.
  • Students and staff exposed to positive cases are no longer required to quarantine regardless of vaccination status. If your student is in a classroom with a positive exposure, you will be notified by the school of the exposure by email.

  • Testing Protocols:

    • The OHSU Testing program will continue as normal through the end of the school year.
    • Diagnostic Testing for students and staff at SMS: SMS will begin to provide diagnostic testing for students and staff members who become sick with primary COVID-19 symptoms while on campus. Testing is optional, and written permission is required for students to receive diagnostic testing.
    • If you would like to provide permission for your child to participate in on-site testing at their school location, please complete the permission slip found here and email the completed form to Permission slips are also available in the Main Office at each school. Please note that tests are designed to be self-administered by students. If your child is unable to administer their own test, you can administer the test to your child when you come to pick them up, as students with symptoms will need to go home that day regardless of the test result.
    • The state’s weekly screening test program for unvaccinated students or staff will continue to be available -- sign-up is required for participation. Additionally, our district can provide assistance with testing access for those with an increased risk of severe COVID-19 (such as medically fragile individuals) following a potential exposure on-campus. For more information on these options, please contact your school’s office.

For OHSU Testing Program supplies please email

Yearbook Information

Yearbook Photos: Click here to upload photos into the TreeRing shared folders.

Yearbook: Yearbooks may be purchased until May. The cost is $25 and varies with personalization options. Go to The SMS passcode is 101612219220699

Community Information

Click here for information regarding activities in the area.