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 with me.  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, working in my kitchen cooking, baking or canning, gardening, riding horse and spending time with my family & friends. 

2020-2021 School Year



You will get your assignments delivered to you via Packets & Google Classroom.  All will be graded as normal - 1 grade for a 2 week unit.    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 during your class time in my room.   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.  



I will be available from 8AM - 3:30PM  M-F 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.  Students can send me a picture of any work that they need help with.  I will make helpful comments and send it back to you as soon as I can.  

I am available via email or private message through Google Classroom or by telephone.  You can text me with any questions or we can arrange a time to talk.  This is a trying time for all of us.  I ran across this the other day and wanted to share.  It sounds like a great way to live now as well as the future as we get through this together!

"Drink water from the spring where horses drink. The horse will never drink bad water.
Lay your bed where the cat sleeps. Eat the fruit that has been touched by a worm. 
Boldly pick the mushroom on which the insects sit. Plant the tree where the mole digs.
Build your house where the snake sits to warm itself. Dig your fountain where the birds 
hide from heat. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time with the birds  -- you will reap all
of the days golden grains. Eat more green -- you will have strong legs and a resistant heart,
like the beings of the forest. Swim often and you will feel on earth like the fish in the water.
Look at the sky as often as possible and your thoughts will become light and clear. Be quiet
a lot, speak little -- and silence will come in your heart, and your spirit will be calm and full 
of peace."   Saint Seraphim of Sarov

Nature is talking to you, are you listening? Our mental health is just as important as our physical
health.  Talk to people, hug the people you can, write letters, be kind to everyone and love yourself!





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