Remote Learning Information

Dear Families,

Many families have had questions about Remote Learning. We currently have a team of individuals including teachers and members of the technology department finalizing a plan for the return to school, both full day remote and half day.

Here are some of the highlights of the planning and preparation for Remote Learning:

  • iPads purchased for all students K-8
  • iPads available with WIFI capability for families who do not have WIFI
  • Staff training over the summer
  • Feedback from parents on remote learning from last spring; address concerns
  • Full Remote Learning will include daily attendance and grades will be assigned.

Our team is exploring avenues to improve Remote Learning. The final plan will be released in the coming weeks. Areas being reviewed include:

  • Streamlining the process to make it more user friendly
  • Families with multiple children
  • Use of videos to support learning both during the instructional day and after school 
  • Support during the instructional day
  • Consistent technological formats of instruction
  • Scheduling 

We have added a link to our district webpage that will compile information on our Remote Learning plan. Some information, like Remote Learning Platforms, have been provided and can be easily accessed by clicking on the link. Please check back for information before school begins:


Ottawa Elementary District Staff 

Return to School Form

In order to assist OES with the preparation of the return to school, please select which instructional option your child will participate in beginning August 19th. If you select the full day remote learning option, participants must remain fully remote for the entire 1st trimester. All OES families must complete this form by Thursday, July 30th. One form needs to be completed for each Ottawa Elementary student that resides in your household.

Fall Sports Information

We were given word today that IESA has decided to cancel the following fall sports:

  • Baseball, softball, golf, and cross country. We are also going to cancel soccer.
  • Pom and cheer tryouts are currently postponed until we get information about basketball season.

A decision has not been made about any other sports at this time. This is a very unfortunate decision that had to be made, but I know IESA is looking out for the safety of our students and families. We will inform everyone as we get more information about the status of future school sports. Below is a link to the IESA website. If you have any questions, please contact me at [email protected]





Office Closed


Office reopens Monday, August 3rd

Hours 7:00-3:30 p.m.

If you need assistance please call

815-434-7925 ext, 5003 or email

[email protected].

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 July 1-31
Office Closed 

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Important Parent Survey

As Ottawa Elementary begins to plan for the Fall, we ask that parents/guardians provide feedback to the following questions. The options below are currently being explored, however- these options may change based on guidance from ISBE. *Please complete this survey by Friday, June 26th.

Link to Parent Survey- Click Here for Ottawa Elementary Parent Survey 

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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