Superintendent Updates

  • Occasionally, it is necessary for the Superintendent to contact all staff members and the parent or guardians of all students in the Sherrard School District. The most recent phone calls will be available here along with a revised text of information provided in the phone call.

November 9, 2021

  • Tomorrow is an early release day.  There will be no afternoon preschool and no activity buses.  The 7th through 11th grade students will be dismissed at 1:00 and the Kindergarten through 6th grade students will be dismissed at 2:00.
    On the morning of Thursday, November 18, Mercer County Health Department will be administering the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine to the 5-11 year-old students who have signed up.  The vaccination team will start at Sherrard Elementary, then move to Matherville and finish at Winola Elementary.  The vaccine is optional.  Families wanting to sign up should go to the district website to register.  The second dose will be given on the morning of Thursday, December 9.  An informational packet is being posted to the website.
    We have supervisor openings at Winola and Matherville.  The starting pay is $13.35 per hour.  Contact the building principal if you are interested.
    Last, we are experiencing a significant uptick in the number of positive COVID cases, so please do not send children to school if they aren’t feeling well.  Keeping ill children isolated from others will help curtail virus transmission.


    Recording

November 4, 2021

  • Vaccine Clinic for Students at Elementary Schools

    The US Food and Drug Administration has expanded the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 through 11 years.  The Illinois Department of Public Health and the CDC recommend that these children receive the vaccine.  Staff from the Mercer County Health Department will be coming to Winola Elementary, Sherrard Elementary, and Matherville Intermediate School on Thursday, November 18th to administer the vaccines to children whose families have signed up to receive the first dose.  The vaccine is optional.  No one will be forced to receive the vaccine.  The second dose will be administered on Thursday, December 9th.
    Parents who want their child to receive the vaccine can sign up by using an Internet link that will be provided Friday afternoon.  The link will be provided on the district website and it will be emailed to the elementary families.  Parents who do not want their child to receive the vaccine don’t need to do anything.  The district will assume they do not want their child to have the vaccine if it does not receive any notice through the Internet link. 
    If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, talk to a pediatrician or family doctor.  Medical experts and scientists have reviewed the data, which included clinical trials with more than 3,000 children receiving the vaccine.  These clinical trials found the vaccine to be more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children ages 5 through 11 years.  Side effects were generally mild to moderate and included a sore arm, redness and swelling, fatigue, headache, muscle or joint pain, chills, and fever.  Side effects went away within a day or two.  The vaccine dose is smaller – only a third of the dose given to individuals 12 years and older.
    This message will be posted on the district website and a link to the message will be put on Facebook.

    Recording

October 5, 2021

  • Hello, Sherrard Families. I wanted to call to remind you of a few things.
    First, there will be an early dismissal tomorrow and Thursday because of parent-teacher conferences.  The elementary schools will be released at 2:00 and the junior/senior high schools will be dismissed at 1:00.  There will be no afternoon preschool on those days and there will be no activity buses.
    Elementary conferences will be held from 3:10 to 7:30 and the junior/senior high conferences will be held from 2:10 to 6:30. Contact your child’s teachers if you need more information about meeting with them.
    Because the conferences extend into the evening on both days, there will be no school this Friday.
    Our annual fall break will take place all of next week. 
    Regarding employment, the district has openings for paraprofessionals, supervisors, counselors, and bus drivers.  You can find more information in the employment section of the district website.
    Finally, I am happy to report that our boys golf team has qualified to go to state!  This is an amazing accomplishment!  Congratulations, Coach Williams and the team!

    Recording


Sept 21, 2021

  • Tomorrow is an early release day. The Pre-K through 6th grade students will be dismissed at 2:00 and the 7th through 12th grade students will be dismissed an hour earlier at 1:00.  There will be no activity bus and there will be no afternoon preschool.
    Please make sure your child has a water bottle at school.  There are at least two water bottle filling stations in each school.  During the pandemic, students are not allowed to use the personal water fountains, just the bottle filling stations.
    If your children are excluded from school because of close contact, please monitor them for COVID -19 symptoms and notify the school if any are detected. 
    Finally, this is homecoming week!  There are many fun activities scheduled throughout the week including a homecoming parade in the village of Sherrard Thursday night.  The parade will begin at 6:15.

    Recording


Sept 7, 2021

  • Tomorrow is a regularly scheduled Wednesday early-out.  The JH and SH students will be dismissed at 1:00 and the elementary students will be dismissed at 2:00.  There will be no afternoon preschool and there will be no activity buses.
    Next, because of the increased number of COVID cases, the Illinois Department of Public Health has announced that it is increasing the number of non-participation days from 10 to 14 for students in athletics.  This new guidance highlights the need for students to wear masks properly and to become vaccinated. 
    Like many districts, we are in great need of bus drivers.  In addition to our driver subs, we are currently having to use other employees who have driver certification including retired drivers, two mechanics, a school nurse, and a math teacher.  If you know of anyone who is interested in becoming a substitute or regular driver, have them contact the unit office.
    Because of the driver shortage, we are making preparations for canceling individual bus routes when we cannot find a substitute.  This is a last resort measure, of course, but is a very real possibility.  Please be prepared by making alternative arrangements to transport your child to and from school if a route must be canceled. 
    Finally, I would like to end on a positive note.  Our varsity football game on Saturday begins at 1:00.  About 15 minutes before the game starts, there will be special recognition for those who have served in our military and those who are first responders.  We all need some positive energy right now, so bring your family and enjoy the afternoon.  

    Recording