Sherwood Schools: District Updates
Announcements and information from the SSD District Office
November 7, 2019
- November 11 - Veterans Day Holiday - No School
- November 13 - Early Release Day
- November 13 - SSD Board of Directors - Work Session and Regular Meeting
- November 22 - End of Trimester 1
- November 25-29 - Teacher Work Days/Holiday - No School
- December 2 - Trimester 2 Begins
- December 4 - Early Release
- December 11 - SSD Board of Directors - Work Session and Regular Meeting
- December 16 - Boundary Adjustment Committee Open House
- December 18 - Early Release
- December 23-January 3 - Winter Break - No School
Boundary Adjustment Community Open House
The first Open House of the Boundary Adjustment Committee was held on Monday, November 4. Materials from that meeting can be reviewed on the Boundary Adjustment Process website, located here. Feedback on the initial scenarios can be shared with the Committee via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Committee will review feedback from the community and explore adjustments to the scenarios based on that feedback. Revised scenarios will be reviewed at the next Open House forum on December 16, 6-8 p.m. at the Laurel Ridge Middle School cafeteria.
Budget Committee Vacancies - Applications Due November 8, 2019
Budget Committee positions #3 and #5 are open due to the expiration of the terms of Derek Olson and Mike Babjak. These positions have three-year terms, which will expire on June 30, 2022. Applications from interested parties must be turned in by November 8, 2019, in order to be considered. The Board intends to appoint the new members at its regular meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, December 11, 2019.
The Budget Committee plays a vital role in assisting the District and the community in reviewing the proposed budget each year before the proposal is presented to the Board for adoption.
Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m., November 8, 2019.
To learn more or apply, please print and complete the application, found here.
Engage! Parent Technology Night
Proposed School Start Times - Effective 2020-21 School Year
In November 2016, our voters approved the passage of a $247.5M Capital Improvement Bond that provided the District the opportunity to build a new high school and transform several other schools, in order to add capacity. Transformation Visioning Advisory Committees, made up of parents and staff members engaged in visioning-related conversations, were created for each of the transformation projects. In these processes, questions were asked by parents about whether the District would consider looking at school start times.
Those questions led to a study of what current medical research says about school start times, in addition to the impact start times can have on student achievement. We researched current successful trends regarding start times as well. A survey of all middle and high school students, all District parents, and all District staff elicited over 2800 responses.
The careful examination of research, case studies, school success, and survey input has led to a recommendation of a change to school start times, beginning with the 2020-2021 school year:
- Elementary School -- 7:55am-2:15pm
- Middle School -- 8:30am-3:20pm
- High School -- 8:30am-3:20pm
The proposal would keep elementary teachers’ work day at 7:30am to 3:30pm, and would shift middle/high teachers’ work day to 7:45am to 3:45pm. Although the professional day for middle/high teachers only shifts by 15 minutes, students will benefit from a shift of 30 minutes each day and still have access to teachers before and after school. The move to staggered start times would have little effect on bus ride times or costs.
The proposal to shift school start times for the 2020-2021 school year will be presented to the Board of Directors for a first read on November 13, and for a second and final read on December 11, giving sufficient time to make adjustments for next year. As with all recommendations we put forward, the District focuses first and foremost on what is best for students, while also taking into account the needs of families and staff. This recommendation is a compromise that remains in line with that practice.
Volunteer Background Checks
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Job Openings - Sherwood School District
We are hoping to hire additional bi-lingual/multi-lingual employees for the fall of 2020 and beyond. If you fall into one of those two categories and are interested in working for the Sherwood School District as a teacher, classified employee, or in a leadership capacity, please contact our Human Resources Team at 503-825-5025.