Spartan Weekly

Shepard Middle School 11/5


"Gratitude turns what we have into enough and more." - Melody Beattie

Good Evening Spartan Families,

Quarter 2 is off to a great start in our classrooms and around our wonderful building. Coming off of some great Halloween fun, students have settled into their new Practical Arts classes, as well as their new indoor lunch set ups. With basketball season around the corner, musical performances to look forward to and some Ultimate Frisbee outside in the cool, fall air, we have a lot to be thankful for at Shepard.

Over the course of the last few weeks, with the help of our Student Council and PTSO, we have raised hundreds of dollars to support a local food pantry, collected over 700 pairs of socks for people in need and donated nearly 20 pounds of candy for those unable to celebrate over the weekend. As we head deeper into the month of November and inch closer to the Thanksgiving holiday, we are continuing our focus on being grateful for what we have and supporting those who may be going without this season. We hope you will continue to support our efforts by checking out our 109 Gives Back program and our Student Council poster on the items Shepard is collecting for the drive.

As you head into the weekend, take some time to reflect (as a family) on all the things you are thankful for. Need some extra inspiration? See below for an easy way to highlight your gratitude for the whole family to see.

Gratitude Tree Activity

Step 1 - Print Resources (if your ink is low, you can always use markers to draw a tree)

Step 2 - Cut out the leaves (or make your own pretty leaves)

Step 3 - On each leaf, write down someone or something you are thankful for

Step 4 - Hang your Gratitude Tree in a high traffic area so everyone can see

Have a safe and wonderful weekend!

Mr.C, Mrs. Zlotnikov and Mrs. Logemann

Click Here to Check Out Our Extracurricular Calendar


Trish M (7th Grade Red Team) is the final winner of the Are You Smarter Than Your Middle Schooler challenge!

The Correct Answer:

Harry Houdini

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Our November 22nd and 23rd Conferences will be Virtual (on Zoom)

Still need to sign up? Limited times are still available, Click Here.

Zoom links and further information/details will be shared on Friday 11/19.

From Student Council

Big picture

Upcoming Dates

November 11 - No School/Veterans Day

November 22 - Parent Conferences (5-8pm on Zoom)

November 23 - No School/Parent Conferences (8am-11am and 12pm-3pm on Zoom)

November 24-26 - Thanksgiving Break

December 20-31 - Winter Break

SHIELD Testing (Weekly Opt Out Form)

Our SHIELD Testing will take place on Tuesday, November 9.
  • If your student has consent to test, we will assume they will come down during their scheduled time (a reminder announcement will be made for each time slot.
  • SHIELD Testing remains optional. If for any reason you do not want your child to submit a test sample on Tuesday, November 9, please click here.

If you have questions, please call our office at 847-948-0620

District Resources

109 Gives Back Food and Supply Drive Update!

One week down, three days to go! We are accepting donations to benefit the West Deerfield Township Food Pantry. Even though each school has been given some items to focus on, we will accept all non-perishable donations! Monetary donations will also be accepted. Look for a link at

109 Gives Back Food Drive Update

Family Access Unavailable

Please note that Family Access will be down from October 20-29 and then from November 5-19 to allow grades to be submitted. Please contact Kristin Neu ( with any questions.

Protocols for Volunteers/Visitors

A quick reminder, that all volunteers or individuals spending prolonged time in one of our buildings are required to be vaccinated or provide proof of a negative COVID test.

If you are coming to our building to volunteer, please remember these things:

-Wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status

-Bring a photo ID to check in at the front office

-Bring your proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test (not self-administered) from within the last week

-Complete a Covid self-certification prior to coming to school

Thank you for your cooperation and please contact Eric Steckling ( if you have any questions.