Spartan Weekly Update

Friday, September 9

Good Evening Spartan Families:

As many know, this has been an extremely difficult week for our community. Please know that we are here to support all of our students, every day. These are challenging times that we can only get through by working together and supporting one another as a community, especially those most impacted by this tragedy.

During this difficult time, we want to take a moment to remind you that our clinical services are available to every student, at any time. Our teams are monitoring the well-being of all students; however, we also encourage our families to reach out if you believe your child could benefit from a personal check-in.

In addition to school-based supports, Text-A-Tip is available to all students in our community. Students can simply text LAKECO (and your message) to the number 1-844-823-5323. Within seconds, they will receive an automated response, and within minutes a live mental health counselor will respond to their text.

Our hearts and thoughts are with our community.

Chris Cybulski, Principal

Marie Zlotnikov, Associate Principal

Ginger Logemann, Coordinator for Student Services


See below for updates and ways to get connected at SMS

Upcoming Dates

September 19 - 7th Grade Camp Duncan Field Trip (7th Grade Info)

September 26 - School Not in Attendance

October 5 - School Not in Attendance
October 10 - School Not in Attendance

When Learning is an Experience

Ultimate Frisbee

Missed today's meeting. You can still join! Contact Mr. Rummelhart for more information.

Check out this video to see some of the amazing ultimate highlights!

Shepard STUCO Thursday Mornings

The first meeting of the Shepard Student Council was a huge success! Nearly 50 students students from 6th, 7th and 8th grade attending the meeting and brought wonderful new ideas on how to continue making Shepard a great place for all.

Still interested in joining? All students are eligible to join the STUCO, which serves as a student government, philanthropic outreach and positive culture builder in our school community.

Please email Ms. Oliff and Ms. Zelnick with any questions

Peer Leaders

Starting in Late September

Join the club dedicated to supporting all students at Shepard, all year long! Help plan events like March Madness, Whole School Trivia, Gratitude Wall, 5th Grade Tours, New Student Connections, Peer Buddies and much more!

Contact Mrs. O'Brien for more information.

Rubik's Cube Club

Tuesday Mornings, Starting October 4.

Learn to Solve the Rubik's Cube, Create mosaics, Compete in Timed Trials, Make Fun Videos and Connect with Great Friends.

Contact Mr. Kelzer for more information.

Math Counts Club

Thursdays, 3-4pm. Starting October 6th.

Increase math skills, work with others, compete and have fun!

Contact Mr. Kelzer for more information.

Shepard is So Proud of Our Alum

Shepard Graduate, Jackie Silverman, is the first female football player in Deerfield High School History. Check out her amazing story!


DPS Event on 9/13

The Deerfield Parent Network is an all-volunteer organization that provides community wide and single-issue programming on timely topics of concern among our parent communities. Their first event, “The Tween Social Scene” (geared towards families with 6th & 7th graders) will be held on Tuesday, September 13th at Shepard Middle School at 7:30 p.m.. Visit their website for more information.

PPS 109 Event on 10/25

We are excited this school year to return to offering in-person parent/guardian networking and educational opportunities for our community in collaboration with PPS109.

PPS109 is a partnership of DPS 109 administrators, teachers and parents/guardians who provide education and support to families of children with a wide range of needs. Our first event of the ‘22-’23 school year will be An Overview of District 109 Student Services. This event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6 pm at the District Office.

We are also asking for your help! Please click here to help us prioritize the next community event that will be offered during this school year. There is also an option on the form to let us know if you are interested in participating in PPS109 parent/guardian networking opportunities.

Is your child symptomatic for COVID?

As a reminder; if your child is presenting with COVID-19 symptoms, we will be continuing to accept home test results via our website. Here is the link to submit your child’s home test results (please select your child’s school from the drop down menu). If you have any questions or concerns about your ability to access home tests during the school year please reach out to Joanna Ford at

Turn in those required health forms!

There’s still a few weeks to accomplish this. Check this list by grade to make sure you’ve got all the right forms submitted!

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