Start of School 2017-2018!

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27, 2017


Shortridge Families:


to the 2017-2018 school year.  It is hard
to believe, but school starts in 4 short weeks. 
This letter covers important information and reminders for the first day
of school on July 31, 2017.  Listed below
are important details and elements that will ensure a smooth start to the
school year.


look forward to having an excellent start to the 2017-2018 school year.




M. O’Day




to Campus Night

(July 27)

us on campus from 4-7 p.m. on July 27th for our Welcome to Campus
Night.  All families are welcome to an
evening of fun on campus.  Students will
be able to retrieve their schedules, check out their lockers, tour the building,
mingle with staff, drop off parental forms and enjoy a bowl of ice cream.  There will be games and live music out on the


and Guides

you looking for your supplies list?  Or
school bell schedule?  Where are
permission forms and details about college? 
You will want to spend some time reading and checking out the following
resources and guides:

·       The Blue Book (student

·       Managebac Parent and
Student Guide (online grade reporting system)

·       Level Up Guide
(transition details for each grade level and summer assignments)

·       Course Catalog

·       College Handbook

·       Parent Guide (published
on July 15)

·       Athletic Handbook
(published on July 15)


School Bucks

is very excited to begin utilizing My School Bucks.  Simply visit to create an account.  You will need to know your child’s school ID
number or birthdate to validate your account.  
My School Bucks allows parents and guardians to pay for school expenses
and shop online by check or credit card.







allow users to set up payment options, track their purchases and ensure timely
payment.  Items you can now shop for

·       IRT Play Tickets

·       Yearbooks

·       Senior Caps and Gowns
for Graduation

·       Week Without Walls Trips

·       Athletic Season Pass

·       Prom Tickets


will be on hand during our Welcome to Campus Night and Back to School Night to
assist families with signing up. 



place a high priority on service, and we are instituting a new expectation for
parents and guardians this school year.  As our school and programs continue to grow,
parents will be required to volunteer for at least one activity or support the
school in some capacity this school year. 
Be sure to check out our school calendar, as all of our events require
support.  Families can sign up to
volunteer online by clicking on the volunteer icon on our website (right side
of our website


sign up forms will also be available during our Welcome to Campus Night.


volunteer opportunities:

·       Welcome to Campus Night
(July 27)

·       Athletic Competitions

·       O-Week Field Day (August

·       Back to School Night
(August 16)

·       BITS: Bulldogs in the
Streets Service Day (August 26)

·       Lock in for Service
(November 3, grade 9 parents)


Up/ Summer Reading

Summer time is a great time to catch up on some pleasure
reading as well as keep academic skills sharp. 
Our Level Up Guide serves as a transition document to help students
prepare for their next year of high school. 
Please take time to read the ‘Level Up Guide’ and begin to work on those
items that are aligned to your graduating year. 


Your summer reading book list is located on our website at
the top as an image (you can click the image). 
A majority of readings are available online and are free; all titles are
available through the public library as well. 
Please be sure to have these readings completed before July 31st.


Blue Book/ Welcome to 2017-2018

The original name of the
Shortridge High student handbook is the Blue Book.  Our Blue Book is full of important details
including a supplies list, athletic and health forms and emergency forms. 


The Blue Book can be
accessed under Student Life ‘2017-2018 School Year’.  The same page is located under ‘Families’
page of our website (  In addition
to the Blue Book, you will find:

Student downloadable

Managebac parent and
student guides

Specific IPS policies
regarding student uniforms and facility maintenance

School Supplies List 


Greetings new Families! 
The Shortridge High School Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is
excited to welcome you to our community! We can’t wait to get to know you and
your scholar. We have many exciting events planned for the upcoming school year
and would love for you to join us. Look for us at the Welcome to campus Night
on July 27 and online at We’re on Facebook too
at Shortridge High School PTSA.



will be provided transportation details in late July and mailed directly to you
from the IPS transportation department if you live within the district’s
boundaries.  If you reside outside IPS’
boundary, you must provide your own transportation.  Any questions regarding transportation can be
directed to IPS at 226-3600.


Without Walls

our Welcome to Campus Night information on our Week Without Walls program will
be available to families.  Packets
including trip details, costs and itineraries will be distributed.  Each grade level has a specific trip, and
students must register on My School Bucks by October 27th.



the start of school, there are a number of forms that need to be submitted to
the school.  These forms are all located
in the Blue Book, and additional copies will be made available during our
Welcome to Campus Night.  Required forms

·       Acknowledgement Forms (Blue Book pg. 73-74)

·       Emergency Medical Authorization Form – (Blue Book pg. 75)

·       Emergency Contact Form (Blue Book pg. 77)

·       Emergency Medical Information Form (Blue Book pg. 78)

·       Indiana Immunization Registry Form – (Blue Book pg. 79)

·       Shalom Clinic Permission Form (front page of website)



students have now been enrolled in managebac, our online grade reporting system.  Parents and guardians will be added once
their emails have been collected. 
Laptops will be set up during our Welcome to Campus Night for parents to
enter their email addresses.  Parents
will be uploaded by August 1st


in Managebac is by email invitation only, so please check your email in box for
an invitation from Managebac after August 1st.



reminder that all Shortridge High School students have a gmail account  New students can
log in using their last name followed by the first three letters of their first
name.  I.e. Sally Smith would be  Your password is: Classof (then your
graduation year)  i.e. Classof2021.  (There are rare instances when the 4th
letter of a first name was used due to a previous account having been created.)
Please change your password upon logging in for the first time.


emails were created using the name that was provided on your Schoolmint Online
Application to enroll at Shortridge. 
There are no concerns if you are unable to log in before school as the
first week of school is O-Week and new students will be guided to help set up
their accounts.





This fall our student athletes will participate in
football, boys tennis, boys and girls cross country, co-ed soccer and co-ed
cheerleading, girls golf, and girls volleyball. 
Athletics are an important part of having a balanced school life, so
consider particpating in a fall sport. 
In preparation, there is conditioning over the summer; details regarding
conditioning is located in the rotating images at the top of our homepage.


athletic schedule is located on our website and the first official practice is
on the first day of school, July 31st.  All athletic forms (sport physicals,
concussion forms) must be on file prior to participating in any athletic
practice.  Students must also complete a
minimum of 10 athletic practices before they are eligible to compete (ISHAA
Rules and Regulations).


new athletic handbook is being devised and will be uploaded on our website by
July 15, 2017.  This new handbook
includes sections pertaining to eligibility, roles and responsibilities of
parents, student-athletes, and coaches, as well as sections on



is a supporter of the Center for Leadership Development.  Their annual College Prep Conferecene and
College Fair is being held on August 26 at the Indiana Convention Center.  The cost is $15 and includes breakfast and
lunch.  This annual event is an excellent
opportunity for families to learn more about the college applications,
financial aid and the admissions process. 
Families can register at


Health Clinic

of a nurse on campus this school year, Shalom will be providing a full service
clinic.  More details are on our website,
but each student who wishes to receive services from the clinic must complete a
permission form.  These forms are located
on the front page of our website and are available in print format during our
Welcome to Campus Night.


Summer Fun

Summer is a great time
to relax and hang out.  I want to share
with you some upcoming events hosted in our city.

·       Thursday Night on the
Canal: every Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at the Indiana Historical Society, a free
music concert.

·       The Eiteljorg has free
music concerts and museum entry every Wednesday evening. 

·       Free Target Family Night
@Walker Art Center: The first Thursday of every
month is a special night to get free admission at the Walker Art Center.

·       Garfield
Park: one day each month catch a flick in the great outdoors at Garfield Park.