Spartan Weekly

Shepard Middle School 11/12

First Snow...

Good Evening Spartan Families,


Nothing like starting the week in the low 60s and ending it with snow! Chicago weather never disappoints. As we head into the weekend, we are extremely grateful for your generous outpouring of support for our 109 Gives Back Food and Supply Drive. Knowing that our Shepard drop off containers were filled to the brim multiple times over, we are excited to see the final District 109 results and how much of an impact we will make for families in need this holiday season.


With our annual Parent-Teacher Conferences just over a week away, we have included links to our sign-ups if you would still like to try and book a meeting with your child's teacher(s). Conferences will remain in a virtual (Zoom meeting) format, with individualized 5 minute meetings for each appointment. Links have been included below if you are interested in meeting with our School Counselors or Learning Commons Director (optional).


Before you jump into weekend mode, we hope that you will take a few minutes to join our District 109 Thought Exchange to engage in the mission and vision discussion to "Define 109."


Have a safe and wonderful weekend!


Mr.C, Mrs. Zlotnikov and Mrs. Logemann


Click Here to Check Out Our Extracurricular Calendar

Parent-Teacher Conferences

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


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


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

Counselor Conferences (Optional)

If you would like to check in with one of our School Counselors during our Parent-Teacher Conferences, please Click Here to visit their sign-up form.

Learning Commons Conferences (Optional)

If you are interested in connecting with our Learning Commons Director, Mrs. Trudeau, during conferences, please Click Here to visit the sign-up form.

From Student Council

Upcoming Dates

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 16.
  • 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 16, please click here.


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

District Resources

Take 5 Minutes To Answer One Big Question... and help Define 109!

Our community ThoughtExchange is open and runs through next Friday! We want to hear from you on this one question: What is the most important skill that students today need to have for them to live fulfilling and meaningful lives? You are allowed to leave as many thoughts as you want and rate as many as you want. It's all anonymous! If you've already participated, log back in and leave or rate new thoughts that have come in!

Define 109 ThoughtExchange Question for November

Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic Registration

There are spots open at the clinics being held by Passport Health at Shepard Middle School starting next week. Due to a number of cancellations, please feel free to share the below link with families that do NOT have a DPS 109 student. The last thing we want are unused spots! Please note these clinics are ONLY for 5-11 year olds. Click here to sign up your child.

District 113 - Future 113 Highland Park High School Tour - 2nd Opportunity

Did you miss the opportunity to tour the HPHS facilities on October 5 as part of the District 113 long-term planning and sustainability discussion? If so, a second tour will be offered on Wednesday, November 17 from 6 to 7 p.m. The tour will begin in the HPHS Cafeteria. Park in the West Parking Lot and enter through the H20 (pool) doors. This event is only a tour of the facilities. The tour will provide a high-level overview of the building's facilities needs. Please note that face coverings are required. For more information, go to https://www.dist113.org/future113

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 (kneu@dps109.org) 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 (esteckling@dps109.org) if you have any questions.