SMS Weekly Update

May 5, 2023

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Dear Archers,

It’s been another great week at SMS, with more to look forward to over this month of May. Please view more details below.
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Upcoming Events

May 8-12

  • Sparrow Club Food Drive

  • Camp Attitude Raffle Ticket Sales

  • Math Testing

  • Facebook Town Hall Meeting, 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

May 9

  • Chehalem Valley Band Festival

May 10

  • Talent Show Audition Sign-up Deadline

  • Early Release, dismissal at 2:20 pm

May 14

  • Mother's Day

May 17

  • Early Release, dismissal at 2:20 pm

May 22

  • Outdoor School Drop-off, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, SMS Parking Lot

May 23-26

  • Outdoor School

  • 8th Grade Science Testing

May 24

  • Early Release, dismissal at 2:20 pm

May 29

  • Memorial Day, NO SCHOOL

May 31

  • Early Release, dismissal at 2:20 pm

The A/B Day Schedule and additional events may be viewed on the Sherwood Middle School Calendar and the Revised 2022-2023 District Calendar.

Clipart - 2023 Calendar


Attendance Notifications

Attendance is one of the most important factors for academic success. Studies have shown that students who regularly attend school are less likely to struggle academically as they move through middle and high school. At the same time, there are several uncontrollable factors that can make coming to school difficult, from illness, to family events, to mental health. We understand that these factors can impact a student’s attendance.

The Sherwood School District has been working on helping to inform families of their student’s attendance rates this year via electronic communications. Starting in May of 2023, all families will receive a new version of this communication, which is a preview of what we will be using during the 2023-2024 school year. This electronic communication will be sent to every family at the trimester progress report, and final grades.

When your family receives these electronic attendance letters, there is no action required on your family’s part.

We are here to partner with you! If you feel there is any way we can support your student in their attendance, please reach out to an administrator.

(Grade 6) Nick Sidlin, (503) 825-5506,

(Grade 7) Kyle Virding (503) 825-5504,

(Grade 8) Emily Anderson, (503) 825-5505,


SRO Reminder

Please remember to reduce your speed and stay alert when driving on campus. Recently we have noticed vehicles driving faster than appropriate when students are on campus. Please help us keep all of our students safe by reducing your speed and staying alert for students and staff on campus.


SMS Needs Disinfecting Wipes & Tissues

Help SMS staff and students finish off the year feeling clean and healthy! If you are able to donate, please bring disinfecting wipes and facial tissues to the front office. Thank you!


State Testing

Oregon's Statewide Assessments in science, mathematics, and English language arts have begun for students in grades 3-8. Scheduled testing will take place during the school day. For additional information on the State Assessments from the Oregon Department of Education, please review the following link.

While no single test can give a complete picture of your child’s progress, statewide tests provide information to students and families, as well as to educators and administrators about what educational approaches are working and where additional resources are needed. Your child’s participation is important to ensure schools and districts receive the targeted resources they need to help all students succeed. Districts are rated on their participation levels as well as student performance on this exam.

Oregon law (ORS 329.479) permits parents and adult students to annually opt-out of Oregon’s statewide summative tests in English Language Arts and Math by submitting a form to the school the student attends. 8th grade Science requires a separate form.

English combined 30-day notice and opt-out form


Education Levy Facebook Town Hall Meetings - May 8

Join us for our upcoming live stream Facebook Town Hall Meetings on the topic of proposed Measure #34-323. We will have two live stream events, May 1 and May 8, 6:00-6:45pm on both dates. Visit us on Facebook at to tune in!


Sparrow Club - Food Drive

Our Sparrow Club students are partnering with Leadership to collect the supplies listed below.

Items may be dropped off in the Leadership Room, May 8th - 12th.

The 6th period class that brings in the most supplies will earn Sesame Donuts!

Monday: Cake Mix

Tuesday: Frosting

Wednesday: Cake Decorations

Thursday: Paper Ware and Baking Tins

Friday: Vegetable Oil and All Supplies

Birthday Packs! - Sparrow Club Food Drive Flyer


Camp Attitude Raffle

$1 Tickets sold in the Leadership Room

May 8 - 12

Camp Attitude Raffle Flyer


SMS Talent Show Auditions

Please scan the following QR code to sign up for auditions by May 10th.
Talent Show Auditions QR Code


Sherwood Arrows Tryouts

Attention dancers!!! The Sherwood Arrows dance team are holding tryouts for our upcoming season on May 8th and 9th from 5-7pm in the SHS main gym.

The Arrows are a competitive varsity team that compete from November till March at local and national competitions. When we are not competing, you can find us performing at local parades, home football games, assemblies, and more!

Interested in joining the team? Please register for tryouts here or reach out to us with questions at:


Bowmen Cheer Tryouts

Incoming Freshmen, your love and support of Sherwood is needed! Join Bowmen Cheer next year! Bowmen Cheer Tryouts are scheduled and we are looking for athletes to join us! Our cheerleaders are sideline and competitive athletes who embody school spirit for SHS and our community. Regardless of prior experience levels, you can tryout and see if cheer is for you.

Tryout Clinics are May 10, 11, and 12, 5:30-8:00 PM at SHS

Tryout Day is one of: May 16, 17, or 18 5:00-8:00 PM at SHS

Complete this interest form and additional information and a Tryout Packet will be emailed to you. We look forward to seeing you. Go Bowmen!

Bowmen Cheer Tryout Interest Form


2023 Proposed Education Levy Information

Are you looking for more information about the proposed education levy for our school district? Visit for information and updates about Measure #34-323 on the May 16, 2023 ballot.

There will also be two more Town Hall meetings on the topic of the levy; community members are encouraged to attend these meetings to learn more about the levy and ask questions:

  • Friday, May 12 – 9:00-10:30am at the Sherwood Police Department Community Room


Outdoor School Drop-off and Pick-up

The following information outlines luggage and medication drop-off

and pick-up for those attending Outdoor School this year.

Monday, May 22 - EVENING DROP-OFF

  • When: 6:00 - 7:30pm

  • Where: SMS main parking lot

    • parking lot at the front of SMS

    • look for the UHaul trucks

  • What: luggage and medications to drop-off

    • LUGGAGE: Please look for the signs that indicate which camp the packed luggage is going to. There are three different camp sites, so pay special attention to make sure your child(ren)’s luggage is heading to the right location. Luggage should be clearly labeled with your child(ren)’s first and last name.

    • MEDICATION: To the right of the front entrance into SMS, there will be staff posted at desks to sign in and log medication being dropped off. Again, please look for the signs indicating the specific camp your child(ren) is going to. Medication should be in a ziploc bag, have a doctor’s note, and be clearly labeled with your child’s first and last name.

Tuesday, May 23 - MORNING DROP-OFF

  • When: 8:00 - 8:30am

    • While this time will be available for luggage and medication drop-off, parents are encouraged to utilize the Monday evening drop-off time to avoid traffic.

  • Where: Latter Day Saints church parking lot (17234 SW Meinecke Rd)

  • What: luggage and medications to drop-off

    • See Monday’s instructions for luggage and medication drop-off instructions.


  • When: buses will be returning to SMS anywhere from 1:00 - 1:30.

    • Students MUST be picked up from SMS no later than 1:30 as there will be no buses to take students home.

    • Parents are welcome to arrive a bit earlier in order to gather luggage and medications before students arrive. (The UHaul will be unloaded before the buses with students arrive back at SMS.)

  • Where: SMS lower parking lot (by the football stadium)

  • What: Student, luggage, and medication pick-up

    • Remember to pick up ALL luggage and medications before heading home.

    • Once all luggage and medications are gathered, students are free to leave with the grown-up picking them up.


2023 Summer Youth Basketball Camps

Sign-ups are now open for this year’s Summer Youth Basketball Camps, hosted by SHS coaches and our own Bowmen basketball players. These camps will focus on ball handling, footwork, finishing moves, shooting fundamentals, decision making, and live play -- and all participants will receive a Sherwood Basketball t-shirt!

  • Camp #1 - June 19-22 (4 day camp, $125) - Grades K-9

  • Camp #2 - June 26-29 (4 day camp, $125) - Grades K-9

  • Camp #3 - July 17-19 (3 day shooting camp, $75) - Grades 3-8

For more information, please see the full flyer here. To register, please visit


Yearbook Update:

We could really use help from parents to submit more photos of 6th graders & 8th graders, as well as Spring Sports/activity photos. Small group photos and selfies are good options.

Also there are many yearbook orders where the flight time teacher is not indicated so if those could be added by parents in their account that will ensure the book gets to their student.

The leadership class is organizing a signing party so it’s important that yearbooks are ordered asap so that they will arrive in time for that.

Order your 2022-2023 SMS Yearbook now. You can begin personalizing your yearbook right away with back to school photos, fall sports/activities, summer vacation memories etc. Click here for more information.


Seeking Parent/Guardian Feedback on our Local Wellness Program Policy

The Sherwood School District is seeking parent/guardian feedback on our Local Wellness Program policy, which can be found on our website here (Board Policy EFA-AR). All feedback collected will be shared with our Wellness Committee this spring, who will assess the implementation and progress of the Local Wellness Program and provide a progress report at a future Board of Directors meeting, as well on our District website for public review.

If you would like to provide feedback on the policy, please complete the form using the link below. All feedback is anonymous.


Pre-Kindergarten Registration for 2023-24

Pre-Kindergarten applications are open at Hawks View, Middleton, and Ridges! Our programs provide high quality early learning opportunities for typically developing children and children with developmental delays and disabilities.

There are 20 slots available at each site. The registration form can be found here. For more information or questions contact Alyssa Thompson at


Family Connection Center

Do you have or a child age birth-to-6 years old and live in the Sherwood Community? Come join us on Tuesdays from 10am to 12pm for our drop-in community time in the Family Connection Center, Portable 42 at Hawks View. This is a chance for you and your child to come together with other children and parents of similar ages to play, build connections and community. Please email Alyssa Thompson at for more information.



Thank you for reading and enjoy your weekend!