Inspired by Caine's Arcade, our 3rd Annual Cardboard Challenge was held October 4-6, 2017. All Shepard students visited us in the LC and, using basic materials such as cardboard, tape, scissors, and markers, collaborated in order to design and make innovative and creative products while having FUN.
To see previous years' Challenges, visit our YouTube channel.
Each Monday we set up a #MakerMonday activity in the makerspace in our Learning Commons. The makerspace offers a wide range of materials and tools from low-tech items such a fabric and thread, duct tape, and blocks as well as high-tech items such as Makey Makey, Spheros, and Bloxels. The makerspace allows making to be accessible to all of our students, while #MakerMonday encourages students to explore different tools and projects in the spirit of exploration, creativity, and collaboration.
Shepard is a Community of Readers
Students, we would LOVE to see you get involved in this year's Community of Readers program! This program promotes the use of the Shepard Learning Commons and Deerfield Public Library along with all-things book related! It's simple to join--just sign into our Google Classroom using the code that's on the posters displayed around our school.
Each quarter there are 8 different challenges. To submit a challenge, create a Google Slide with a selfie demonstrating you've finished the task. Turn in this Slide to our Google Classroom and you get an entry into our quarterly raffle to win gift cards to local establishments!
Check out the Quarter 3 Community of Readers:
Just because it's summer break doesn't mean learning should stop! Be sure to keep reading over the summer months to avoid the dreaded "brain drain."
Harness the power of your public library card and get involved in Deerfield Public Library's annual summer reading program or get a head start on Shepard's Rebecca Caudill Reading Program and read these well-reviewed middle school novels. If you enjoy listening to audiobooks, check out Overdrive and consider signing up for Audiofile's Sync, a free program for students 13+ that allows you to download two free audiobooks each week!
Parents, to better understand the value of summer reading and why it's important to prevent the summer slide, check out this article.
INCOMING SIXTH GRADERS 2019-2020
Choose one (or more) of these Rebecca Caudill-nominated books for your summer reads. See all of the titles HERE in this Google Slides presentation.E-books & AudiobooksAccess e-book and audiobook versions through the Deerfield Public Library; all you'll need is your public library card number!
INCOMING SEVENTH GRADES 2019-2020
For the summer of 2018, incoming seventh graders at Shepard Middle School will be encouraged to read A Long Walk to Water, a powerful novel by Newbery Award-winning author Linda Sue Park. Based on true events in Sudan, Africa, and told in alternating viewpoints, the novel begins with the perspective of 11-year-old Salva, whose school has just been attacked by rebel soldiers in 1985. He flees, forced to face the brutality of soldiers, natural elements, and the uncertainty of the future. His journey brings him to refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya, where he is eventually chosen to go to America. In alternating chapters, the reader follows the story of Nya, a young girl living in Sudan in 2008, who shares her daily life, which includes an eight-hour trip to get water for her family. She is surprised when she arrives back in her village to discover that a well has been drilled, opening up all kinds of opportunities for her family, friends, neighbors, and herself.To enhance this summer reading experience, students may wish to explore the following features:E-books & Audiobooks (2 hours, 41 minutes)The e-book and audiobook versions can be found through the Deerfield Public Library; all you'll need is your public library card number!Background InformationView this Google Slides presentation to get a little bit of background about the novel before you begin your journey: Background for A Long Walk to WaterVocabularyIf you need help with vocabulary from the book, this list may assist you: A Long Walk to Water VocabularyArticlesCheck out these articles to supplement the reading experience:VideosCheck out some of these online videos that supplement the reading experience:ArtworkCheck out some of the amazing Sudanese artwork displayed on this website:Shepard's Learning Commons CollectionsIf you enjoy this book and would like to read more about refugees in Sudan, check out our curated Collection called Refugee Stories, which includes books similar to A Long Walk to Water.
INCOMING EIGHTH GRADERS 2019-2020
Our major theme for the first quarter of 8th grade is Perception vs. Reality. As you can imagine, this is an important theme for developing adolescents. Once the year begins, we will read a variety of material, including short stories based on this theme. Our goal is for students to draw comparisons between their experiences and books they have read to help in their understanding.
As such we are recommending that all incoming 8th graders read at least ONE of the following YA books over the summer. Of course, students can read more than one summer book if they wish to challenge themselves. These books are all considered Young Adult novels with some young adult themes, situations, and language. Please help your student review and select one of these novels.
- Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner: Carver Briggs never thought a simple text would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. But now Carver can't stop blaming himself for the accident, and, even worse, a powerful judge is pressuring the district attorney to open up a criminal investigation. Luckily, Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli's girlfriend, the only person to stand by him at school; Dr. Mendez, his new therapist; and Blake's grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a "goodbye day" together to share their memories and say a proper farewell. Soon the other families are asking for their own goodbye days with Carver - but he's unsure of their motives. Will they all be able to make peace with their losses, or will these goodbye days bring Carver one step closer to a complete breakdown or - even worse - prison?
- How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon: When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson dies from two gunshot wounds, his community is thrown into an uproar. Tariq was black. The shooter, Jack Franklin, is white. In the aftermath of Tariq's death, everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events line up. Day by day, new twists further obscure the truth. Tariq's friends, family, and community struggle to make sense of the tragedy and to cope with the hole left behind when a life is cut short. In their own words, they grapple for a way to say with certainty: This is how it went down.
E-books & AudiobooksAccess e-book and audiobook versions through the Deerfield Public Library; all you'll need is your public library card number!
- Need by Joelle Charbonneau: Teenagers at Wisconsin’s Nottawa High School are drawn deeper into a social networking site that promises to grant their every need . . . regardless of the consequences. Soon the site turns sinister, with simple pranks escalating to malicious crimes. The body count rises. In this chilling YA thriller, the author of the best-selling Testing trilogy examines not only the dark side of social media but the dark side of human nature.
- Girl Stolen by April Henry: Sixteen-year-old Cheyenne Wilder is sleeping in the back of a car while her mom fills her prescription at the pharmacy. Before Cheyenne realizes what's happening, their car is being stolen--with her inside! Griffin hadn't meant to kidnap Cheyenne, all he needed to do was steal a car for the others. But once Griffin's dad finds out that Cheyenne's father is the president of a powerful corporation, everything changes―now there's a reason to keep her. What Griffin doesn't know is that Cheyenne is not only sick with pneumonia, she is blind. How will Cheyenne survive this nightmare, and if she does, at what price?