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Shepherd Middle School Graduation Ceremony.

Saturday, June 6, 2020, beginning at 10:00 am.

at Shepherd Middle School. 

Important Upcoming Dates Pickup/Drop Off Time 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m.

Dear Shepherd Families,

As we prepare to wrap up the school year, please find below a timeline of important dates. 

Please note that no drop offs will be available for any other work. All remaining assignments must be sent to teachers electronically.

We thank our families for your cooperation and dedication during these difficult circumstances.

May 21

Any or all assignments must be submitted to teachers by 3:00 pm in order to be included in final grades on report cards.

May 27, 28, 29

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Supply Pick-up/ Drop-off Days

Items to be dropped off:

iPads and charging cords

library books from library

library books from teachers


registration packets

Items to be picked up:

students’ personal belongings

report cards

diplomas for eighth graders

graduation gowns

yearbooks (if available)

Lunch Order Form

Click Here to Order Lunch During the School Closure
Beginning Friday, March 20th, families may use this link to order school lunches for children under 18. This link will be updated with new pick-up dates as they are scheduled. A new google form must be submitted each week, by Tuesday at 9 am, to order school lunch. Lunch pick up will be on Tuesdays from 11 - 1pm.
For families who don't have access to the internet, lunch orders can be placed by calling 815-313-3337. Parents may leave a message and include the following information: Family last name, number of children, ages of each child, and specify the pick up location (Jefferson, Lincoln, or Shepherd).

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Office Information

Shepherd Office Closed

Until further Notice 


If you need to contact our office, please call 815-434-7925 ext 5003. Leave a message and we will call you back.

These amazing ladies deserve a round of applause. They have been working hard to prepare meals for students in the OES #141 district. They will continue to provide meals for our students during the state mandated shut down of schools.
Lunch staff ~ We want to say thank you for you dedication to our students and working hard to provide meals during these unfortunate circumstances. We appreciate all of your hard work. 

Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access Information


These links for free wifi.

Beginning March 16th, Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Charter has mentioned their efforts to work with school districts to ensure that students are aware of the tools they have to assist them learning remotely.

Comcast's COVID-19 Xfinity Wi-fi plans include free hotspots across the country (find the map here). Additionally, Comcast is providing their Internet Essentials plan for low-income families free for 60 days to new customers. To find out more and to determine if you are in Comcast's service area, click here

Mediacom's Connect 2 Compete program offers discounted home internet to students who qualify for free or reduced school lunches (NSLP). More information here. 

AT&T will not terminate service to customers because of their inability to pay their bill due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, will waive late fees incurred because of economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic, and will keep public Wi-Fi hotspots open. More information on AT&T's response can be found here. AT&T also offers the Access from AT&T program for low-income families for $10 a month. Click here for more information about Access from AT&T.   

Cleve Threadgill
Ottawa Elementary School District 141
phone: 815-433-1133
fax: 815-433-1888

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March 27-May 29th
School Pick-Up Drop-off Days
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

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 To sign up Kroger Rewards
 During 2018-19 school year, Kroger money was used in the following ways:
  • classroom supplies -- purchased classroom support materials for Mrs. Jobst, Mrs. Lindig, Mrs. Sinetos, Mrs. Zoelzer, Mrs. Stevenson, Mrs. Brown, Mr. Gebben, Mr. Gould, Mrs. Lawsha, Mrs. Gaughan, and Mrs. Darby

  • giving back to students -- currently have given back over $2,000 to our students with various gift cards from local establishments for being Students of Character, winning the monthly student congratulations card drawing, and rewarding students for varied accomplishments

  • student incentives -- provided ice cream sundae reward parties

  • Holiday Jingle Contest -- awarded prizes to over fifty students, including twenty-five gift cards at $5 each

  • end-of-the-year student accomplishments -- given over $500 in gift cards.

The gift cards given are purchased from local businesses so that money stays in the community.  The gift certificates we used this year were from Bianchi's, Jimmy Johns, Subway, Roxy Cinema, Tone’s Cones, Tone’s Dog House, Visa, McDonald's, Dairy Queen, Culver's, Jeremiah Joe Coffee, Pizza Hut, Rosati's, KeKe Sweet Shop, Sam’s Pizza, R Grotto, YMCA, and Ottawa Riordan Pool, Tropical Snow.

1. visit Kroger Reward Sign Up

2. Scroll to bottom click on Kroger Community Rewards

3. Click on "I'm a customer"

4. Sign in or click on: "create an account with your Kroger Savings Card"

5. Once signed in, look on the left hand side of the screen and click on "Community Rewards" 

6. Under - 'Find an Organization" Search Shepherd Middle School by using our school code:  VA242

7. Confirm Shepherd Middle School at  701 East McKinley Road in Ottawa

8. Click "Enroll" 

SMS Admin

Gary Windy

 Email| Principal

Kara Rutherford

  Email | Dean of Students 

Contact Information

Shepherd Middle School
701 East McKinley Road
Ottawa, IL 61350
Fax 815-433-9447
Lori Sanders Secretary
815-434-7925 ext. 5003 
Kimberly Kammerer Secretary
815-434-7925 ext 5004