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Weekly Newsletter #4


September 25, 2020

Dear Bowmen Community,

Again, I want to thank you for walking with us through SO many different experiences this week.  I continue to be so appreciative of the Sherwood community (which I will probably say every week), but it’s true.  Here is the update for this week:

Principal’s Message 9/25/2020

Have a great week Bowmen!  


Melissa Baran 

Student Attendance Updates

This week, we began utilizing our automated phone-calling system to notify families about student attendance.  Moving forward, please know that the attendance phone calls will serve as a communication tool, alerting you that your student(s) did not attend the synchronous (Zoom) portion of the learning on a particular day.  We are also asking that, when possible, when students are unable to attend the synchronous learning, they message their teachers through Canvas as opposed to a direct email.  This will help us to better track student engagement.  There is a video below explaining how to do this:

How to Contact Teachers Via Canvas

We are continually working to refine our system.  Please let us know if you have any questions or how we can best communicate about attendance. 

District Communication About Zoom

Dear Sherwood School District Families,

As we near the end of our second week of school, we want to thank our students and families for their feedback, partnership, and flexibility as we identify and address issues related to distance learning technology. We’ve heard from many staff and students that Zoom video connection has been a challenge — most commonly when students try to talk within Zoom, and their audio and video comes across as laggy and unintelligible. This is an issue affecting districts nationwide using Chromebooks and a variety of video services. As we’ve researched this issue, our Technology Department has discovered that the biggest impacting factors is that Chromebooks struggle to provide the processing power necessary to run video services, while services (such as Zoom) also struggle to meet with increased demand for their products. 

When we first moved to a 1:1 student device distribution, as a component of our 2016 Capital Bond projects, our intention with these devices was to support the in-person learning happening in classrooms.  As these devices are now one of our primary resources for students to engage in distance learning, we are working hard with Zoom and regional partners to optimize the Zoom experience as much as we can. Zoom has released an update as of September 23, and we are optimistic that this update will address these issues.

In addition, here are some ways to troubleshoot when students (or staff) are having trouble with the Zoom video/audio feed. Students should try each of these: 

  1. Close tabs
    1. Close programs and tabs on the devices that aren’t necessary
  2. Move towards router
    1. Move closer to the WiFi router
  3. Video off
    1. With teacher permission, students can try turning off their video in the Zoom meeting
  4. Speaker view
    1. Have students switch to “Speaker View” instead of “Gallery View”
  5. Disconnect other devices from WiFi
    1. Disconnect cell phones, smart tvs, streaming devices, personal tablets, etc. from your home WiFi during distance learning (anything that may be using WiFi in the background)
  6. Update Chrome
    1. Chromebook – have student check for Chromebook updates
  7. Restart computer

Our other modes of collaboration and engagement:

  • We’ve also heard from teachers and students who are finding new ways to engage and collaborate outside of zoom using Seesaw, Canvas discussions, shared Google Apps for Education tools, Jamboards, Padlets, and more. As we work to optimize the video portion of our distance learning, those tools will remain a valuable piece of the digital learning experience. 

Thank you for stepping bravely out into this new model of school with us, and for your patience as we continue to work to improve everyone’s experience with our technology resources. For continued technical support, please reach out to our Technology Department at helpdesk@sherwood.k12.or.us or 503-825-5050.

Counseling Corner

Please see this link to get some help on college application and testing planning for Juniors and Seniors.

Booster Club Auction is Coming Soon!

See the attached flyer for the Virtual Booster Club Auction information. This year’s auction will take place on November 7th. Please join us and support our Bowmen Athletics!

Oregon High School Equestrian Team (OHSET) First Club Meeting

The Sherwood High School OHSET team will be meeting on October 14th at 6:30pm in the arena at 16675 SW Parrott Mtn Rd in Sherwood. Please bring your jackets, masks, and chairs as we will be spread out by family group in the open air (covered arena). The team is open to all students interested in horse riding from beginners to advanced riders. The team participates in the state-wide OHSET organization which follows OSAA rules. Please contact Paula Brown, Head Coach, at paula@mypizzaparty.net with any questions.

Materials Distribution Next Steps

We continue to work to get materials out to students and families.  Please know that we can not accommodate unannounced drop-ins at this point.  We are directly contacting families with materials and making individual arrangements.  If you have any questions, please contact our Main Office 503-825-6000.

SSD Technology Hub

The Sherwood School District Technology Department will operate a hub for school issued devices in need of service or repair. It will be located at Archer Glen Elementary. Click here for hours and more information.  

2020-21 Sherwood High School National Honor Society Applications now available!

NHS Process for New Member Selection:

  • All members must be a junior or senior.
  • 3.5 unweighted cumulative GPA based on last trimester, March 2020.
  • Must be enrolled in at least 3 academic courses each quarter.
  • Behavior in good standing.
  • $20 membership fee due upon acceptance.
  • 10 hours of independent community service completed and documented by the selection deadline of Friday, October 9th.  Service hours must have been completed from January 2020 to October 9th, 2020.
  • Completion of the application and turned in by 3:30pm on Friday, October 9th.  All applications will be screened and evaluated by a five member faculty committee and official notification of acceptance will be by October 30th via email.

2020-21 NHS Application  
2020-21 New Member Community Service Form 

Parent Support Organization

NEW Name: SHS Parent Support Organization (PSO)

Website: www.shspso.org

Social Media (links below or search @sherwoodhspso)

President – Nicole Brutosky
Vice President – Cynthia Allen
Secretary – Megan Kundert
Treasurer – Paula Brown
Volunteer Coordinator – Chrissie McLaughlin
Co-Hospitality Coordinators – Jamie Fillinger & Christina Hein

Seniors – Grad Night 2021

Help Wanted! We are looking for help in several areas. Please reach out for more information on any of these positions:

Bottle Drop Coordinator
Corporate Sponsorship Coordinator
Prize Room Coordinator
Transportation Coordinator

If you need blue bags for bottles and cans or have full bags to pick up – contact us and we’ll send someone out!

SHSGradnight2021@gmail.com – Follow us on Instagram – Like us on Facebook –  SHS Grad Night 2021

Juniors – Grad Night 2022

Attention Junior parents, please join us for an informational Grad Night 2022 meeting October 1st at 6pm. If you would like to join us please email shsgradnight2021@gmail.com.

Other Resources

Attendance Information – 503-825-6000
Distance Learning Daily Schedule
Revised District Calendar 2020-2021
SSD Technology Hub
Technology Services