News from the Ridge

Shortridge High School News and Updates

July 31 2022

Dear Friends

Tomorrow morning... We will start the day with one of our most cherished traditions at the Ridge... all of our faculty and staff lined up outside our school and into the halls, pausing to acknowledge, welcome, and greet those that are most important here at Shortridge, our students.

Another one of our traditions is "O Week," our orientation week. This is a week that we slow down and focus on two primary goals:

Building Relationships and Establishing the Foundations for students to be successful at Shortridge.

During O-Week, we will start and end each day in our advisory. Students will still rotate through their academic classes, focusing on establishing goals and learning about our expectations and the resources available in their classes and at SHS. Thursday is our service day, and the whole school will go out into the community and provide resources and time, giving back to our surrounding neighborhoods.

Also, this week, we have dedicated time to learn more about their academic program and be introduced to the adults supporting them. We have had a few shifts in our staffing, including new IB coordinators, a new assistant principal, and increased support in Student Services.

Administration team:

Freshman and Sophomores:

  • Assistant Principal Andrea Salmon and
  • Dean Jenny Divincenzo

Juniors and Seniors:

  • Assitant Principal Buffy Hoyt
  • Dean Alex Stowers (former math teacher)

Also, changes with our International Baccalaureate coordinators.

  • Diploma Program (DP) Coordinator--Jessica Carlson
  • Career-Related studies Program (CP) Coordinator-- Becky Huehls
  • Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Coordinator-- Amanda Corey
  • Middle Years Program (MYP) Coordinator-- Chloe Richardson

Here is a link to our Student Service Staff (counselors and social workers)

From starting the day greeting every student, providing a week dedicated to building relationships and providing strong foundations for academic success, staffing our building with caring adults dedicated to our mission, is all focused on providing an inclusive, exceptional educational experience for every student that enters our building (International Baccalaureate, IB School for All.

Go Blue Devils!

Dennis Thomas



Key Dates:

August 1st - First Day of School

August 1-5 - Orientation Week

Be sure to note additional specific dates below and watch all communication networks for an upcoming new calendar link!

Parent Connection

The following resources will help you get and stay connected!

PowerSchool is the place to make sure your contact information is up to date; set when, where and how often you want to receive messages from Shortridge; transportation details and view report cards.

Schoology is the place to keep up on daily assignments in the classrooms.

First View is an app to help you track the yellow bus.

Instagram and Twitter provide quick notices and reminders as well as showcase our activities.

Our Website, is under renovation but still an excellent starting place for many questions.

COMING SOON! A school wide calendar and parent portal to the future mapping program students will be using in advisory time.

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Middle Years Program (MYP) Students (9th & 10th):

Chloe Richardson is our new IB Middle Years Program Coordinator. If you have questions about 9th or 10th grade curriculum, please reach out to her at

Career-Related Program (CP) and Diploma Program (DP) - 11th & 12th:


Welcome to the IB Career-Related Program (CP) and the IB Diploma Program (DP). All 11th grade Blue Devils are in the CP or DP program. Review the specifics of your program with this CP & DP presentation. The IB CP Coordinator is Becky Huehls (rhymes with Pulse), The IB DP Coordinator is Jessica Carlson, The Visual & Performing Arts Coordinator is Amanda Cory, Please don't hesitate to contact any of us with questions about your program.


The first draft for your EE/RP is due August 15th!! Please review the 2023 Cohort: EE/RP Timeline document. You can find specific draft requirements in the EE/RP Draft Requirements document. Please reach out to your advisor or the Butler Writer's Center if you are stuck or have questions. Failure to meet this deadline breaks the IB Agreement and puts your IB eligibility at risk. However, this is a very doable task. 1,500 words is about 3 pages single spaced.

Grades, IB assessments, EE/RP progress, and service determine eligibility for formal IB exam registration. This is why it is important for students to keep up with their EE/RP and service requirements. See the documents below to understand eligibility for IB exam registration and to understand the requirements for earning the IB Diploma (DP) or the IB Certificate (CP).

Agreements & Eligibility for the IB Diploma (DP)

Agreements & Eligibility for the IB Certificate (CP)

If you have any questions regarding your student's IB program components, courses, or grades, please do not hesitate to reach out to one of the coordinators. An IB eligibility audit will be mailed home at the end of August/beginning of September.

Student Services

Meet the Shortridge Student Service Team

Future Center

August 11, 2022 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Shortridge High School Financial Aid Night

INvestEd will be at Shortridge High School to discuss the college financial aid process with students & parents. We’ll talk about types of federal & state aid, applying for scholarships, & the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

21st Century Scholars

Is your student a 21st Century Scholar? If so, check out the link below and click on the High School Scholars section for information about the requirements and other frequently asked questions. Also, make sure your student has an account that is upgraded to "full" status.

21st Century Scholar Requirements While In High School

World Changing 101

Click World Changing 101 picture below to access WC101 YouTube Channel.


Hello Families,

There will be an athletics parents meeting on August 10th at 5:30 in the cafeteria. At this time, we will go over our goals for athletics, run through procedures, introduce ourselves and answer any questions.

Athletics next week will focus on tryouts or start of practice (see details below). If students need to miss the first day of practice, that’s okay. Students should reach out to the coach to let them know they are interested.

Here is a link to all head coaches:

Football: August 1-5, August 8th-12th 4:15pm - 6:30pm, Auditorium

Volleyball: August 1-3, from 4:00 to 6:20 pm, New Gym

Boys Tennis: August 1, 4:30, Tarkington Park

Girls and Boys Cross Country: consolidated call-out Aug 1, 4:00-6:15 pm, Room 331 of Main building

Girls Soccer: Aug 1-5, 4:30 – 6:00, TAB Recreation

Boys Soccer: Aug 1-5, 4:30 -6:00, TAB Recreation

Girls Golf: Aug 1, 4:15, New Gym

Cheerleading Tryouts: Aug 2-4th, 4:15-6:00, 2nd Floor of New Gym

Shortridge is searching for a dedicated clock person to operate our scoreboard and play music at our home football games along side our wonderful announcer, Jon Bernardi. If you have some experience and are interested in helping our team have a great season, please contact the Athletic Director Craig Huljak at or 317-418-3435

Take care

Craig Huljak

Shortridge High School |Athletic Director - CAA

School: 317-226-2810 | | twitter: @Blue_Devils_SHS

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