Spartan Weekly

Shepard Middle School

3 Day Weekend!!!

Good Evening Spartan Families,

It has been another great week in the classrooms and around Shepard and we are looking forward to the gift of a 3 day weekend. We hope that you have some time to relax and recharge as a family. Below you will find a wealth of new information on some fun and exciting happenings with our Shepard Student Council. We hope that you will take a minute to read about and support their upcoming fundraisers/community outreaches.

However you choose to spend your weekend, be safe and enjoy! See you Tuesday.

*Don't forget to play this week's "Are You Smarter...:"*(see below)

Mr.C, Mrs. Zlotnikov and Mrs. Logemann

Yearbook - Tuesday, 10/12 at 3pm Ms. Cameron and Mrs. Layne

Dance/Cheer Team - Informational Meeting on 10/14 at 3pm Mrs. Odden and Mrs. Anderson

Click Here to Check Out Our Extracurricular Calendar


Leslie Y (8th Grade White Team) is the week 2 winner of the Are You Smarter Than Your Middle Schooler challenge!

The Correct Answer:

"All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others."

Are You Smarter...Week 3

This week's question comes from 6th Grade Science and it has 2 parts...

What three things allow plants to produce photosynthesis, and what two things are formed in the process?


From Student Council

Staff Pumpkin Decorating Contest

To help support the cause and get in the Fall spirit, Shepard staff will be participating in a pumpkin decorating contest! On October 27th to October 29th, voting on the pumpkins will take place during the students lunch periods. All money raised will go towards buying Jewel Osco gift cards for the Thanksgiving food drive. Students are encouraged to bring in spare change on the voting days.

Upcoming Dates

October 11 - No School

October 19 - Picture Re-Take Day

October 25 - Quarter 2 begins

October 28 - PTSO MOD Pizza Fundraiser

October 29 - Halloween Costumes (optional) Click for Guidelines

November 12 -

From Deerfield High School

Attention all 8th graders, Parents/Guardians of 8th graders, and 8th grade teachers...and hello to the DHS Class of 2026!

Registration for high school is coming up soon! In preparation for this, we invite all 8th grade families and teachers to join our brand new Fine and Applied Arts Department Facebook group. This group will introduce you to all the wonderful Fine and Applied Arts teachers at Deerfield High School, as well as answer any questions about registration for their classes. The arts are a critical part of a holistic education, and we are so excited to invite your students to discover, nurture, and grow their artistic abilities through the wonderful programs at DHS. Even if your child has not been involved in the arts in middle school, we invite you to join the Facebook group.

Here is the group link:

Questions? Please reach out to:

Anastasia Cameron Balmer, Middle School Liaison for Fine and Applied Arts at DHS 224-305-2108

Dee Bolos-Hartman, DHS Fine and Applied Arts Department Chair 224-632-3161

SHIELD Testing (Weekly Opt Out Form)

Our SHIELD Testing will take place on Tuesday, October 12.
  • 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, October 12, please click here.

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

District Resources

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.