Spartan Weekly Update

Friday, March 3

Happy 3 Day Weekend!

Happy Weekend Spartan Families:

Welcome to March and (hopefully) a shift into some early spring weather. It was a busy week around the building and we have some important updates below including: a new SMS News Cast, a special shout out to Shepard's Destination Imagination squad, and an update on the upcoming Track and Field Season.

We want to take a moment to wish our Spartan Wrestlers (Vlad, Alex, Jorie and Jack) the best of luck as they head to the Sectional Meet in Johnsburg this weekend!

Have a safe and wonderful 3 days!


Chris Cybulski, Principal

Marie Zlotnikov, Associate Principal

Ginger Logemann, Coordinator for Student Services

Extracurricular Activities Calendar

Click Here for Access to Our Extracurricular Calendar (Note: This calendar is live, so changes and updates will be made throughout the school year).

Destination Imagination

Congratulations to Shepard's Destination Imagination Team, "Pain in DI Brain", who placed 2nd in the the Middle Level Engineering Challenge.

SMS News Update

SMS News 3.1

Track and Field (Meeting Date Change)

Track and field is starting soon! This is a fun, no-cut sport, open to all ages! With a variety of different events from sprints, middle distances, long distances, to long jump, to shot put, to hurdles, and to relays, we have something for everyone! It's a great way to stay healthy, connect with classmates, and compete for your school!

Our first informational meeting will be Thursday, March 9th after school from 3:00-3:30.

Our first practice will be Monday, March 13th from 3:00-4:00.

Schedules, forms, and other information will be handed out at the informational meeting.

Reach out to Coach Ramsden ( and Coach Rummelhart ( if you have any questions.

8th Grade Graduation Information

8th Grade Families:

8th grade graduation will be here before we know it. Please check out our quick answers to some of the questions you may have. We will continue to update our communication about the ceremony as it becomes available.

Quick Answers to the questions you may have:

1) When is graduation? June 1st, 2023

2) Where is graduation? The Warrior Gym at DHS

3) What time is graduation? 5:30pm

4) When will we receive our tickets? Your student will bring them home following graduation practice on Wednesday, May 31.

5) How many tickets does each student receive: Each of our students will receive 6 tickets for the ceremony (your 8th grader does not require a ticket).

For those who may need additional tickets, you may join the waitlist by calling 847-948-0620. We suggest you reach out to your community of 8th grade parents to see if anyone has any extras prior to requesting a ticket from the office. We will alert those who will receive an additional ticket when we have a final head count.

Charge Those Chromebooks

Just a friendly reminder to add "Charge Chromebook" to list of nightly to-dos for all of our 6th, 7th and 8th graders.

-It is also best practice for students to keep their charger with them during the school day

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Art Show

Check out the 2023 Art Show Webpage!

The visual art students at Shepard Middle School have been creating some amazing artwork...marvel at the skill, the creativity, and the group projects! Take a step inside Gallery 440...

Quarter 1&2 Art Projects are up for viewing. Students who have Art during quarters 3&4 will choose projects to load later in the year.

Upcoming Dates

March 6 - NO SCHOOL (Legal Holiday)

March 24 - End of Quarter 3

March 27-31 - NO SCHOOL for Spring Break

April 3 - Quarter 4 Practical Arts Begin

Week of April 10 - Illinois Assessment of Readiness Testing

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Counselors' Corner

Meghan Wilmot, Counselor

847-948-0620 x 5104

Erica O’Brien, Counselor

847-948-0620 x513

Tara Seiden, Social Worker

Spartan Counseling Corner

From Deerfield High School

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Illinois 5Essentials Survey

Parents across Illinois again have an opportunity to participate in the annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

· Effective Leaders

· Collaborative Teachers

· Involved Families

· Supportive Environments

· Ambitious Instruction

This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, it allows you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness. Your responses also help guide district improvement.

To take the Parent Survey, please visit and select the appropriate survey to begin. Your identity and responses will be kept completely confidential and will not be connected to you or your child. The survey should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete.

In addition to parents, teachers and 4th through 8th grade students will also be responding to this survey. Per school board policy 7:15, you may opt your child out of any survey. If you would not like your child to participate in the 5Essentials Survey, please contact your building principal no later than February 15, 2023.

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