Fourth Quarter Parent Letter

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April 13th,

Gambold Prep Family;

to the last quarter of the 2014-2015 school year.  This letter summarizes important events from
now to the end of the school year, as well as important information for the
summer and the beginning of next school year. 


Quarter report cards were distributed to all scholars on March 19th.  If you did not receive your scholar’s report
card, it is available online through Managebac. 
A copy can be mailed to you upon request.

is important to note that semester grades (end of quarter 2 and 4) go on your
scholar’s official transcript.  This
transcript is sent to colleges when scholars begin applying during senior
year.  As an IB school, we use a grading
system of 1-7.  Scholars aim to have at
least a “4” in every subject.  This mark
designates generally good-quality work and a basic understanding of material
while a “3” indicates a lack of proficiency in that course.

Personal Project Exhibition and Art/Music Exhibition – May 15th

Personal Project is the culminating activity of the MYP and of sophomore
year.  Scholars will be showcasing their
projects on May 15th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. simultaneously with the
visual arts exhibition in our cafeteria. 
Following this event the music concert will take place from 7:00 – 8:00
p.m. in our gymnasium.  This is an
exciting time for us to come together as a community and celebrate the
accomplishments of all sophomores as well as all of our visual and performing
art students.

Prom-May 23rd

Junior Class prom has been set for May 23rd downtown
Indianapolis.  This event is for the
junior class and their invitees; tickets were on sale for $40.  I would like to thank Mrs. Marie Lowe and
Mrs. Cynthia Wadelton for all of their work in providing a prom shop and
tuxedos for our junior class.  This will
certainly be an exciting event.

Ceremony – June 8th

will end the school year with our annual Awards Ceremony and dessert tasting.  This event recognizes scholars for outstanding
academic and athletic achievements, and for exemplary community service and
leadership.   We will begin at 7 p.m. and the Spanish
classes will be our hosts.  We will be
providing chips and salsa and ask that families participate by bringing a
dessert of their choice to share. 


Without Walls

last week of May is our Week Without Walls (May 26-29).  Juniors will be traveling to Indiana Dunes
State Park for the first two days to work on their Science Project along with
team building activities and hiking.  All
Juniors need to attend this overnight trip; there is no cost to the
families.  The last two days our Juniors
have the option to travel to Chicago for an arts and cultural immersion
trip.  Sign up information for this trip
was sent home last week.


will have the opportunity to travel to Williamsburg, Virginia (cost is $450)
and Freshmen have the option to of camping at Spring Mill State Park (cost is
$80).  Trip costs include transportation,
lodging, and food. 

who do not travel on one of these excursions will participate in local
activities.  Week Without Walls is an
all-school activity and all IPS rules and policies apply. 

(AP, ECA, and 10th Grade)

·       Sophomores and Juniors
will participate in final exams on June 3rd, 4th, and 5th.  Scholars sit one 90-minute exam for each
subject. (8 total for Sophomores and 6 for Juniors).  An exam schedule and details will be provided
in early May and will be mailed home. 
Make up exam day will be June 8th.

·       AP exams will take place
on May 13th (English), and May 14th (World History); all
AP exams start at 8 a.m.  Scholars are responsible for their own
transportation to campus.

·       ECA exams (Math and
English) will occur the week of May 11th.

of Year

week of June 1st scholars
will return their laptops, power chords and protective sleeves.  If your child has misplaced, lost or damaged
any of these items please contact Erika Kaiser-Powell to set up a payment plan.

·       All IPS musical
instruments must remain on campus following the spring concert on May 15th.  Students are responsible for any damage to
the instruments that may have occurred over this past school year.  Please contact Mr. Terion Cooper ( with any questions.

·       The last day of school
is June 9th; semester report cards will be available online through
Managebac on this date and will be sent home. 

School Year

·       We will start the
2015-2016 school year as Shortridge IB High School and our new location will be
3401 North Meridian and our phone number will be 317.226.2810.

·       Over the summer we will
be moving, so communication may be hindered. 
If you have any questions, please feel free to email Mr. Shane O’Day ( or Ms. Kaiser-Powell (

to our relocation our registration day has yet to be confirmed.  As soon as our registration day is set, we
will let you know.  

Shortridge will be hosting a block party on Saturday,
July 18; this is an open invitation to visit campus and hang out with our new
community.  More details on this event
will be provided closer to the date.

To ensure the smooth start of the school
year, over the summer we will send you our student and family handbook that
will include all details and forms.

If your scholar is participating in athletics
next year, he or she must complete a sports physical; physicals are only valid
for 12 months.  Shortridge will host
sports physical screenings during our registration day.

Next year’s Parent-in-Touch (PIT) Day is
scheduled for September 23rd; next year’s school calendar is
available on our website.


I understand that this quarterly newsletter
is packed with information;
it aims to clarify and highlight the most important details
from now through the opening of next school year.  If you have any questions, please do not
hesitate to contact your scholar’s advisor or me.



M. O’Day