Community Forum, 9/28 - Sherwood HS Concept Plan Information Night

posted Sep 15, 2017, 11:17 AM by Summer Bowman   [ updated Sep 15, 2017, 11:25 AM ]

The District will be hosting a Community Forum on September 28, in the cafeteria of Laurel Ridge Middle School from 7-8:30pm.  The forum will focus solely on the alignment of the new high school within the Sherwood West Preliminary Concept Plan.

Postponed to Sept 20th - Board of Directors Meeting

posted Sep 12, 2017, 8:00 AM by Lisa Poehlitz   [ updated Sep 13, 2017, 11:00 AM ]

New Date: The meetings originally scheduled for 9/13/17 have been postponed to 9/20/17. Executive session (closed to the public) begins at 5:15 pm. Bond Work Session begins at 5:45 pm and the Regular Board Meeting begins at 7:00 pm. All meetings are in the Community Room at Edy Ridge Elementary School.

12:00pm - Thursday Update - Air Quality & Student Activities

posted Sep 7, 2017, 7:11 AM by Lisa Poehlitz   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 12:05 PM ]

The air quality in Sherwood is now within the moderate range which allows for us to resume outdoor activities including recess, PE, and after school games and practices.

Students that are “unusually sensitive to air pollution” may need to limit activity or remain inside.

Earlier message:  Due to air quality concerns the district has cancelled or moved inside all outside recess and activities during the school day. In addition a decision regarding after school and evening outdoor activities will be made by 1 pm.

Wednesday Update - Air Quality and Student Activities

posted Sep 5, 2017, 12:34 PM by Lisa Poehlitz   [ updated Sep 6, 2017, 12:47 PM ]

Due to air quality concerns the district has cancelled outdoor recess. In addition, all after school outdoor events and activities this afternoon/evening are cancelled or moved indoors.

Community Technology Night, Aug. 30th

posted Aug 24, 2017, 10:37 AM by Tianna Hubbenette   [ updated Aug 24, 2017, 11:00 AM ]

This fall, the technology 1:1 rollout is beginning in Sherwood Schools! Thank you for your support of this and other wonderful initiatives being funded by the bond that was passed by our community in November 2016.

To learn more about the technology rollout and to have an opportunity to ask questions, there will be an information night held on August 30, 2017, at 6:00pm, in the Commons at Laurel Ridge Middle School. We hope to see you there!

Free & Reduced Lunch Information

posted Aug 23, 2017, 10:39 AM by Tianna Hubbenette   [ updated Aug 23, 2017, 10:41 AM ]

To be eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch, you must fill out the Free and Reduced Application annually.  (One application per household.)


To complete the application online, click this link: Online Application

For a printable version, please click the appropriate link below, to access your application in English or Spanish.  

Fill out the application and return to your student's school, or mail to: Attn: Kelli Gladheim, 16155 SW Sunset Blvd., Sherwood, OR 97140.  

Application 2017-2018 English

Application 2017-2018 Español

Permission to Share Form:

In order to be eligible for other benefits (such as reduced student fees, athletic fees, etc.), you MUST complete and submit the Permission to Share Form which can be found on the last page of the application.

NOTE: If you completed the Free and Reduced application online, the Permission to Share Information Form still needs to be completed and returned to your student's school or mailed to: Attn: Kelli Gladheim, 16155 SW Sunset Blvd., Sherwood, OR 97140.  Click link below.

Permission to Share Information Form

Permiso para Compartir Información

Press Release: New Associate Principal at LRMS Introduced

posted Jul 25, 2017, 4:25 PM by Tianna Hubbenette

The Sherwood School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Janay Cookson.  She will serve half-time as Associate Principal at Laurel Ridge Middle School and half-time as a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA).

Ms. Cookson comes to Sherwood from the Newberg School District, where she served as the Assistant Principal at Newberg High School since 2014.  “We are very happy to welcome Janay Cookson to the Titan family.  She brings with her a passion for developing positive relationships and has a genuine desire to help others be their best,” said Brian Bailey, Principal, Laurel Ridge Middle School.

Prior to her role in Newberg, Ms. Cookson’s employment in education began in Beaverton as a teacher at Cedar Park Middle School (2001-2003), followed by Athey Creek Middle School in West Linn (2003-2012).  From 2012-2014, she worked as a K-12 instructional coach in the Reynolds School District, leading reading assessment implementation and participating on a number of district-wide committees.

When asked how she felt about her new role, Ms. Cookson said, “I am extremely excited and honored to be joining the administrators and staff in the Sherwood School District.  I look forward to getting to know the community, staff, students, and families at Laurel Ridge Middle School.”

Ms. Cookson obtained a B.A. Sports Medicine and Physical Education Degree from Whitworth College in Spokane Washington, and earned a Master’s Degree in Teaching from Pacific University in 2000. 

Superintendent Heather Cordie shared, “Throughout the recruitment process, Ms. Cookson’s focus on equity and the importance of relationship-building were evident.  She will be a wonderful administrator for the Laurel Ridge community, as well as a great addition to our middle level leadership and the larger administrative team in our district.”

Press Release: Laurel Ridge Assoc. Principal Transitions to SHS

posted Jun 26, 2017, 3:52 PM by Tianna Hubbenette

Adam Mitchell, current Associate Principal and Instructional Coach at Laurel Ridge Middle School, will transition to become a new Associate Principal at Sherwood High School.  

With the passage of Measure 98 in November 2016 (now called the High School Graduation and College and Career Readiness Act), Sherwood School District was afforded the opportunity to create this new Associate Principal position, which is designed to support college and career readiness and freshmen transition.

After considering many qualified applicants, Mitchell emerged as the best fit for SHS.  “Adam Mitchell brings tremendous passion and a great understanding of the middle school experience, which will help him support Sherwood High School students in their transition to high school and preparing them for college and career,” shared Ken Bell, Sherwood High School Principal.

Adam Mitchell completed his Administrative Licensure Program at George Fox University, and earned his Bachelor Degree in Speech Communication at Oregon State University and his Masters of Arts Degree in Teaching at Pacific University.  Mr. Mitchell joined Sherwood School District in 2009 as a math/science teacher at Laurel Ridge.  After a two-year absence to teach at an international school in Singapore from 2012-2014, Mitchell returned to Laurel Ridge in the fall of 2014, continuing his teaching while taking on a Dean of Students role.  In June 2015, he took on two half-time positions as Associate Principal and Math Instructional Coach at Laurel Ridge Middle School.

"I am humbled and honored to be joining Sherwood High School as an Associate Principal.  I am excited to get to work closely with the committed staff and families of SHS in support of students, and to help them be successful in high school and beyond," said Mitchell.  Superintendent Heather Cordie shared, “We are excited to have the opportunity to add this important role at SHS, and we know that the staff and students will benefit from Mr. Mitchell’s equity-focused leadership and ability to think outside of the box.”

Press Release: District Welcomes New SMS Associate Principal

posted Jun 26, 2017, 3:52 PM by Tianna Hubbenette

After reviewing many highly qualified candidates, Jake Healea has been selected as the new Associate Principal of Sherwood Middle School.  

Healea joins Sherwood from Lake Oswego School District, where he served for 10 years in multiple roles, including: TOSA Assistant Principal at Lakeridge Junior High School; TOSA Assistant Principal at Lakeridge High School; PLC Instructional Team Leader; seven years as a teacher at Lakeridge Junior High School; and three years as a teacher at Lakeridge High School.  Prior to his service in Lake Oswego, Mr. Healea was a teacher in Beaverton School District (2005-2007) and completed his student teaching internship in Canby School District (2003-2004).

SMS Principal Marianne Funderhide shared, “Mr. Healea rose to the top through our rigorous recruitment process.  It became evident early in the process that he builds strong relationships, is a learner, and leads by example.  His humble nature, coupled with humor and commitment to supporting students and staff, will make him a wonderful addition to the Sherwood School District and Sherwood Middle School.”  Superintendent Heather Cordie added, “We are very excited for Mr. Healea to join our administrative team, and look forward to all that he will bring to Sherwood Middle School as a leader.”

Healea completed his Preliminary Administrative Licensure Program and earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Social Studies Education from Lewis & Clark College.  He also holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology, Sociology and Social Studies from Western Washington University.  

“I'm thrilled and honored to join Sherwood School District.  I look forward to collaborating with Sherwood staff and families, working together to continue supporting the education and growth of Sherwood Middle School’s students,” said Healea.

New! District Newsletter: June 2017

posted Jun 15, 2017, 3:40 PM by Tianna Hubbenette

Link to current issue:  District Newsletter - June 2017

District updates from Superintendent Heather Cordie to stakeholders, including parents, staff and community members, have traditionally been written as a narrative and distributed from the Superintendent's Office in various formats such as emails or as part of weekly newsletters from schools.  Last year, the District launched a new format for broad communications, that of a District Newsletter.  The newsletter's first edition was published and distributed in November 2015.

Released monthly, and designed to include District-wide information and interest pieces about students and staff of Sherwood Schools, our hope is that this communication will be your “go-to” source for the latest District information.  All newsletters will be distributed directly to Key Communicator subscribers and Sherwood School District staff as a link in an email.  For all other interested readers, the link to the current issue will be included in weekly emails sent to parents from school principals.  Current and past issues will also be available on the Sherwood School District web site

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