109 News

May 30, 2023 - Issue 19

We're Into The Home Stretch!

There's a LOT going over the next week-plus.

  • Make sure all the dates and times for end of year events are in your calendar correctly and visit dps109.org for the latest information!
  • Look for information from your child's teacher or building leadership about returning any materials before summer.
  • Check out our website to figure out which health forms you need for next year. August will be here before you know it!
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Daphne's Moving On!

Shepard 8th grader Daphne G. took care of business today in the first three rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee and moves onto the quarterfinals starting tomorrow!

Click here to visit the bee website and follow along with her progress. There is live coverage available with some TV/internet providers. We'll also update on social media when we can as well :)

Also below, check out the surprise sendoff her SMS family gave her last week that ABC 7 News captured... including a special diploma ceremony since she will miss graduation!

Shepard Spelling Bee Contestant on ABC 7 Chicago

Honoring Athletes

At last week's Board of Education meeting, we honored middle school track & field conference champions from both Caruso & Shepard.

Congrats to:


Azalea M.: 1st place 1600m Run, 8th Grade Girls

Rachel B.: 1st place Long Jump, 7th Grade Girls

Maddie M.: 1st place Shot Put, 7th Grade Girls - ALSO 3RD PLACE IN THE STATE!


Maddie G., Rose S., Audrey D., and Claudia F. - 4x200m Relay Conference Champs

Audrey D.: Conference champion in 400m Dash for 8th Grade Girls - ALSO Sectional Champion and 6th place in the state!

Buy A Baking Club Cookbook and Support A Great Cause!

We also heard a presentation from the Shepard Baking Club, which has had a tremendously successful year! We were thankful to have Mrs. Bonar and Mr. Kuo from the board join our young bakers who led them through a demo.

The Baking Club is selling a beautiful spiral bound cookbook featuring over 50 recipes from the Shepard staff! All of the profits will be donated to the Deerfield West Township Food Pantry in the memory of our dear colleague and friend, Andi Rosenthal, who served as Shepard’s beloved nurse for decades. Click below to order!

Wilmot Welcomes Back A Hollywood Star!

Actress Marlee Matlin, who attended Wilmot for several years, visited about two weeks ago with a film crew producing an upcoming documentary about her life. She appeared in one her very first theatrical productions on the Wilmot stage! We were proud of our 5th grade leaders for giving her a tour and being excellent hosts! Check out pictures on the Wilmot Facebook page.
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BOE Recap

Read the recap from last Thursday's Board of Education Meeting by clicking here.

Come Party Like It's 1848....

Wilmot School is holding a reception on Friday, June 2nd from 4-5 p.m. All current and former staff, students (at least 18 years old), parents, and community members are invited to attend! Click here to RSVP.

Check Out "Our Future"

We have a section of the website dedicated to our master facility planning process as we look ahead 30 years in DPS 109 to what our instructional spaces may look like. Click here to visit the page.