Shepherd Middle School’s 

Family Literacy Week

Wednesday April 14th - Wednesday April 21st

Shepherd Students who complete the Riddle Google Form on Wednesday April 15th in the evening will have an opportunity to earn a free book (valued at $10 or less) from the book fair. 

What: Riddle Google Form & Book Fair

Who: Students and their families can complete the Riddle Form together.

Where: On your iPad Wednesday April 15th from 5pm-9pm! Book fair will be on Monday April 19th and Tuesday April 20th. 

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Shepherd Middle School

Student Council Fundraiser 

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Available Option

Bundtinis ($21.00 Each)

 4 Assorted flavors per box

 (red velvet,lemon,chocolate chocolate chip,

white chocolate raspberry)

10 Inch Bundt Cakes $33.00 each

Bundtlets $ 5.00 each

Flavors Available 

RV = Red Velvet

CCC - Chocolate Chocolate Chip

WCR - Chocolate Raspberry

LEM = Lemon

MAR = Marble

PEC = Pecan Praline

CAR = Carrot

CON - Confetti

VAN = Classic Vanilla

Flavor of the Month = Strawberry & Cream

Gluten Free (Bundtlets only)

Order Forms are available in our office

Shepherd Live Events

Shepherd Rams Sports

Covid Protocols

Ottawa Elementary Families- Please remember to continue to check your child’s temperature and screen for COVID like symptoms prior to sending your child to school or the bus stop. Please check your child for a fever of 100.4 or higher, congestion, runny nose, headache, stomach ache, new loss of taste or smell,  nausea, fatigue, muscle or body aches.  If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, please contact us and keep your child home from school.

Nurse Contacts


Abbey Niewinski

815-434-1250 Ext. 3005  

[email protected]   


Gina Hogan

815-434-0726 Ext. 2005 

[email protected] 


Angela Doermann

815-434-7925 Ext. 5005 

[email protected]



Samantha Alvarado

815-433-3761 Ext. 1005

[email protected]



Rachel Bressner

815-433-1907 Ext. 4005

[email protected]

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Lunch Order Form For Remote Leaners

Please click on the link below to order school lunches
 for any remote learners.
**One form needs to be submitted for each student order**

Follow us on Facebook

Shepherd's Facebook Page 

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April 3-16
Anything Bundt Cake Fundraiser Kick- Off

April 16
Registration Packets Due

April 20
Board Meeting
McKinley School
6:00 p.m.

May 14
Half Day of School
Dismissal 12:10 pm.

May 18
Board Meeting
Central School
6:00 p.m.

May 27
8th grade graduation

IDPH Guidelines

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

We wanted to bring to your attention again the most updated IDPH exclusion guidance for students who are reporting COVID like symptoms. If your student is presenting with ANY of the following symptoms: 

Fever (100.4°F or higher), headache, shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, congestion or runny nose, new loss of sense of taste or smell, nausea, fatigue, or muscle or body aches. 

Your student should be kept home from school. In addition, all other siblings/household members must stay home as well.

The ILL STUDENT can come back to school when one of the 3 options below is completed. 

  1. You can provide the school documentation of a negative COVID-19 test result.

  2. You can provide the school documentation of a Healthcare Provider’s note with an alternative diagnosis. 

  3. The student stays home at least 10 calendar days from onset of symptoms AND for 24 hours with no fever (without fever reducing medication) AND improvement of symptoms. Upon a student completing this latter, the parent will write a note to the school documenting both improved symptoms and that the student is fever free. 

The SIBLINGS/HOUSEHOLD members can return and come out of quarantine when an alternative diagnosis is made or negative COVID-19 test result is received for the ILL student. If documentation of an alternative diagnosis or a negative test result is NOT received the SIBLINGS/HOUSEHOLD members are to be out for 14 days from the last date of exposure to the ILL student. 

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 To sign up Kroger Rewards

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