Scholastic Bowl Information

SCHOLASTIC BOWL: Are you a trivia guru? Would you like to challenge your brain against other middle schoolers in the area? Scholastic Bowl is for you! If you’re interested, please tell your first hour teacher and they will email your name. All students who sign up will be on the team, there will be no cuts! You will need to be available to come to school some afternoons in the next couple months and must be passing your classes. If you have questions, email Mr. Houk.

Ornament Contest Winners

Extension of Remote Learning

Dear OES Families,


Due to the continued spike in COVID cases, Ottawa Elementary will extend full remote learning through Friday, January 8th. Our target date for returning to in person instruction is Monday, January 11th, if conditions are favorable. We encourage families to plan beyond January 11th for full remote learning as it is difficult to predict the levels of COVID a month from now. The Board of Education will meet on the week of January 4th to review conditions and confirm the date in person instruction will return. Please continue to check our Facebook page and webpage for updates.




Cleve Threadgill


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**
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Shepherd's Facebook Page 

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February 1st
Culver's Night

February 15th
President's Day
No School

February 16th
Board Meeting
Lincoln School
6:00 p.m.

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" 

Return To Learn Plan And F.A.Q

 Please click on the link below to view our plan

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