A message to Shepard Parents and Students from Shepard Counselors:

Shepard Counselors recognize that this is a challenging time for our students and their families.  This is especially true for our Seniors and Juniors who are preparing to make decisions about life after high school.  Stress from uncertainty can be lessened by gathering information and asking questions. We encourage everyone to continue to use the resources, tools and information posted on our webpages to answer questions, concerns and assist with planning. Counselors are on summer break right now but will be available once again once the school year begins.  For any questions about classwork, your teacher would be the best person to contact. Emergencies should be dealt with by calling 911 or transporting to a hospital. Wishing everyone the best of health!


Parents: For resources on talking to your child/children about COVID-19, click on the Hope and Health tab on the right.


Please make sure that you are checking your email for any correspondence from counselors and teachers!

2020-21 Shepard Counseling Changes
Who is My Counselor?
Counselors can be a valuable resource for high school students during their four years of high school.  Every effort is made to assign students to the same counselor for all four years.  This year, however, is different due to the retirement of Mrs. Joan Alderden who served our students tirelessly for 19 years.  Taking over her student caseload is Mrs. Jane Turner.  A student's assigned counselor can be viewed and contacted in Skyward.  
Helping ABS Students Build Success Skills Before School Starts!
All students are encouraged to participate in ABS Launchpad online events July 27th through August 7th.  Regardless of whether students are taking an AP class this year, they can still benefit from the valuable information from Shepard staff on the following topics:
* Perseverance
* Time management
* Getting organized & staying organized
* Productivity
* Modes of writing
* AP student panel
* Effective Communication with Teachers/ self-advocacy
* Annotation skills
* Apps, tips and tricks for your ipad
* Presentation skills
* Math for non-math courses
* Managing stress
* Knowing and maximizing your support resources
FAFSA information/completion nights
Powerpoint See the link under the tabs to the right.(FAP PUB)
College Representative Visits to Shepard
One of the best ways to learn about colleges is to meet with a representative from different colleges.  See the tab on the right of this page for procedures on how to meet with a college representative. Click the "Calendar" tab to see who is visiting our campus and dates of their visits.  September and October are busy with college visits so check the tab often for additions.


                                    ISAC announcement due to school closings:


As additional event cancellations and school closures are announced, we would like to remind our partners about some of the ISAC services that can help bridge communication gaps and keep students moving forward during these critical weeks in the college planning process.  Most notably, the ISAC College Q&A statewide text messaging service.


The ISAC College Q&A service allows students to text any questions they may have about the financial aid process, their FAFSA, and the college planning process in general.  Replies are not automated, rather each question is answered on an individual basis by ISAC staff members.  In addition to replying to individual messages, we can also push out mass messages (statewide or based on region or grade level or other criteria) to alert students to important deadlines, upcoming events, or other critical information.


A student or parent can sign up by simply texting their first and last name to the phone number with the area code closest to where they live.


(773) 453-9520

(708) 252-3890

(630) 216-4910

(847) 243-6470

(815) 242-4630

(217) 207-3265

(309) 306-7066

(618) 223-6450


Also, when meeting at school isn’t feasible, our ISACorps members are always available to work with students via email or phone. ISACorps members can be located using the search by zip code tool on the ISAC Student Portal:  And of course, our website isac.orgprovides extensive information on ISAC program and services, including our need-based and other gift assistance financial aid programs.


As always, thank you for your support of ISAC, our programs, and the students we all serve. 



Jacqueline Moreno

Managing Director, College Access Initiatives

Illinois Student Assistance Commission


College Summer Programs
Interested in Pharmacy?
Midwestern University is hosting a PharmAcademy Summer Program:
An eight day summer program which offers students the opportunity to explore the diverse and evolving profession of pharmacy through hands-on activities on our campus.
For more information visit www.
Great way to add experience to your resume and get a head start on planning your career! 


Explore something new this summer. Want to develop leadership skills, complete a design project, or understand how Google Maps works? If you’re interested in technology, business, architecture, science, engineering, pre-law, or computers, Illinois Tech’s Pre-College Summer Programs offer dozens of ways to experience these fields up close. Check out our program selection and join us at Illinois Tech this summer.

NOTE: All Illinois Tech Pre-College programs are open to students with a residential address in the U.S.



UIC Future Leaders in Business

This is a free summer program designed for rising high school seniors. This is a 5 week program to expose participants to the University of Illinois at Chicago campus and offer comprehensive programming in leadership development and career exploration while receiving academic instruction in the core business areas of accounting, finance, marketing and management. To apply go to

For more information:312-413-3647


Demonstrated interest in business through academic or extracurricular activities

3.0 GPA 

Entering senior year fall of 2020

Participation on-campus interview

Submit app, recently transcript and recommendation letter

Get Help With Placement Testing!!!
Moraine Valley Offers the following dates to help you prepare! 
Looking for Scholarships and going to Moraine Valley?
Moraine Valley Community College 
Andriana Esparza 
MVCC Admissions Recruiter and D218 Representative
Make an appointment using the following address:
Visit dates to Shepard are as follows:
Illinois Student Assistance Commission
Tommy Semanic
Visit dates to Shepard are as follows:
Make an appointment using the following address: