Sherwood Schools: District Updates
October 14, 2022
Budget Update & Parent/Community Listening Sessions
On October 12, 2022, the Board of Directors received a presentation by Sherwood School District leadership on the financial status of the District in the 2022-23 school year, announcing that the District is facing a current budget deficit that will result in necessary reductions in the amount of $2.2 million in the current school year, as well as additional reductions in 2023-24 and beyond.
The Superintendent will be hosting two Parent/Community Listening Sessions to provide information and answer questions about the current budget status:
Wednesday, October 19 – 6:00-7:30pm – Sherwood High School (Commons/Cafeteria)
Tuesday, November 1 – 11:30am-1:00pm – District Office Board Room
To view Wednesday night’s presentation, please see the video below (presentation begins at approximately the 30:00 minute mark in the video). For additional details on this topic, please visit the SSD website at: https://sherwood.k12.or.us/departments/fiscal-services/budgetupdate202223/
Great Oregon Shakeout Earthquake Drills - Thursday, October 20
Next week, all of our schools will be participating in the Great Oregon Shakeout, an annual state-wide event to raise awareness and preparedness for earthquake response. As a part of this event, on Thursday morning students and staff district-wide will participate in earthquake drills at their campuses. As you know, emergency drills are an important part of our district’s emergency preparedness practices, and help students and staff learn what to do in the event of an emergency -- such as an earthquake -- while also providing our district with the opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of our response protocols.
For more information about the Great Oregon Shakeout, please visit www.shakeout.org/oregon/
Standards-Based Grading Update
Standards-based grading communicates how students perform on a set of learning targets. The purpose of standards-based grading is to identify what a student knows or is able to do in relation to each learning target, as opposed to simply averaging scores over an entire grading period. This practice benefits both students who are accelerated and those who may struggle, and assists staff in identifying needed enrichments and interventions to fit individual student needs.
On September 27th, our district hosted a family information night on the topic of our current standards-based grading pilot; for those unable to attend, the slide presentation from that event can be viewed here. This presentation includes details on how parents can use ParentVue to access, review, and understand their child’s process in a class piloting standards-based grading -- a one-page condensed version of that information can be viewed here.
For parents attending conferences next week at Sherwood High School, administrators from SHS and the District Office will be available during conferences to answer questions or hear feedback about standards-based grading -- please watch for additional parent information sessions to be announced in future communications.
If you have questions related to grades in a specific course your child is enrolled in, please contact the teacher of that course. If you have questions about the standards-based grading pilot as a whole, please contact either Sarah McCusker (email@example.com) or Marleen Carroll (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the District Office.
As a reminder, every volunteer in Sherwood School District must have a criminal background check, and a new background check must be completed each school year. It can take 7-10 business days to complete the process, so if you would like to volunteer for a specific event or date please plan ahead.
As per Governor Brown's mandate, all volunteers in K-12 schools are still required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or have an approved medical or religious exception on file prior to volunteering. Please work with the office staff at your child’s school to verify vaccination status or request an exception. To submit your background check form and for more information on volunteering, please visit the District website here.
Budget Committee - Now Accepting Applications
Budget Committee positions #3 and #5 are now open, and the Board of Directors is currently seeking qualified applicants to fill these vacancies. The applicants selected will serve on the Budget Committee for a three-year term, beginning November 9, 2022 through June 30, 2025.
The Board invites interested community members to submit an application to be considered for appointment to the Budget Committee. Applications should be submitted to Board Secretary Christine Andregg either by mail to the Sherwood School District Office, 21920 SW Sherwood Blvd, Sherwood, OR 97140, or by email to email@example.com, by 4:00 p.m. on November 2, 2022.
The Budget Committee Application can be found at the link below.
2022-23 Annual Notice for Statewide Tests
The Annual Notice for Statewide Tests is published by the Oregon Department of Education at the beginning of each school year. This notice informs parents and families of state testing requirements, why participation matters, and parent and adult student rights regarding state testing. Please take a moment to review the annual notice for statewide tests.
For questions about the annual notice of statewide tests, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sherwood School District
Location: 21920 SW Sherwood Blvd, Sherwood, OR, USA