SWIS

Laurie Sherman  —  SWIS/ Resource Room
shermanl@truman.k12.mn.us    |    507-776-2111 x3967
I work with students in 9th-12th grades through the SWIS (School within a school) program & the Resource Room.  I have taught since 1985 starting with 5th grade at Sherburn Elementary. I have worked in the special education department at Trimont Schools, MCW Schools, Blue Earth Schools, and the ALC in Winnebago & Blue Earth. I love teaching at the Truman High School.  I have degrees in Elementary Education, Special Education Learning Disabilities & Emotional/Behavioral Disorders from Mankato State University.  I am one of the FFA Leadership Advisors, Blood Drive Organizer and have coached the track team. 

I live on a farm near Truman with my husband.  Brad is a grain farmer.  We have 2 daughters, 1 in Colorado and 1 in Fairmont.  I have a horse, Cheyenne, barn cats and I raise chickens - layers & broilers.   I am also the mother to Walter.  Walter is Truman Schools' Therapy Dog.  He comes to school a couple days a week.  He loves the students as much as they love him.  He does a lot of good for Truman's students and the residents at the Nursing Home. My hobbies are walking, reading, cooking, gardening, riding horse and spending time with my family & friends. 

My Distance Learning Plan:

I will be available Monday - Friday from 9:00 - 3:00 for any questions, concerns & direct learning that I will be providing to our students starting Monday, March 30, 2020.   Things could change daily so check back often.  

You will get your assignments delivered to you via Packets & Google Classroom.  All will be graded as normal - 1 grade for the weekly unit.  1 grade for attendance & behavior for the week.   Check Google Classroom daily. There will be general information & your question of the day on the Google Classroom every day.  As all of my students know I teach a number of different classes every hour so will schedule time to meet (using google meet) as needed.  

Attendance is Mandatory for all classes
Each morning there will be a question for you to respond to on Google Classroom.  Please answer this question daily by 11:30AM.   If the question is answered, I will mark you present.  If you do not answer the question you will be marked absent.  The school will be calling your parents if you are absent.  

The high school schedule will be as follows:
1st hour 9:00 - 9:30
2nd hour 9:40 - 10:10
3rd hour 10:20 - 10:50
4th hour 11:00 - 11:30
Break for lunch
6th hour 12:30 - 1:00
5th hour 1:10 - 1:40

My Daily Plans:
7:45 - 9:00 prep
9:00 - 11:30 & 1:10 - 1:40  sending out Google Classroom information & assignments
                                      Checking assignments, answering questions, google meet as needed
11:30 - 1:10 Lunch & prep 
1:40 - 3:30  prep, answering questions, meeting as needed

I will be available by special appointments if needed to help with anything that comes up. Please free free to contact me with any questions or concerns that you may have.  I am more than happy to help in any way that I can.  We are all learning together.  This is an adventure!

I am available via email or private message through Google Classroom or by telephone.  I will continue to update the best means to reach me as we move forward. 

Resources to use:  
Google Classroom
IXL
Read Theory
Read Works
Khan Academy
Prodigy
Seesaw