Back to School

Prepare for the 2022–23 Academic Year

Our Back to School page is designed to help prepare you and your son for the upcoming academic year. If you have any questions, or are looking for information that is not listed, please email us.

Please Note: This page is updated often and many resources will be added throughout the summer as they become available, so be sure to check back regularly.

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  • After Care (Middle School Only)

    We offer an After Care Program for our middle school students. For the 2022–23 school year, all middle school families are required to register for the program and select one of five different levels of service. Please complete the online form by August 15, 2022.
  • Athletics Tryouts & Fall Season


    Click Here to Learn More About 2022-23 Fall Sports Tryouts/Pre-Season Workouts

    Cross Country

    Varsity tryouts will begin on Wednesday, August 10 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. JV will begin on Monday, August 15th from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. For more information, please contact Coach Jose Albornoz at jalbornoz@loyolablakefield.org.

    Football
    Varsity and JV tryouts will begin on Monday, August 8, 2:00 p.m.– 6:00 p.m. All students interested in trying out for JV or Varsity football are encouraged to attend summer workouts. Summer football workouts begin on Tuesday, June 7, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM. The summer football workouts will occur Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. throughout the summer. For more information, please contact Coach Anthony Zehyoue at azehyoue@loyolablakefield.org.

    Soccer
    Tryouts will begin on Wednesday, August 10. JV and Freshman team tryouts will take place from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. with Varsity to follow from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. All those interested should report to Connor Field. Please bring cleats and tennis shoes and a personal water bottle. After tryout process ends, preseason will immediately begin for those players who make teams. Summer soccer workouts will be communicated through the soccer social media pages. Follow us at @SoccerDons on Twitter and @dons_soccer on Instagram. For more information, please contact Coach Lee Tschantret at utschantret@loyolablakefield.org.

    Volleyball
    Varsity tryouts will begin on Monday, August 15, 10:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m. JV tryouts will begin on Monday, August 15, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Coach Tim Baier at tbaier@loyolablakefield.org.

    Water Polo
    Varsity tryouts start Tuesday, August 16, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. JV tryouts start Thursday, August 18, 6:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Optional summer workouts will be held every Monday and Friday throughout the summer from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. For more information, please contact Coach Keith Schertle at kschertle@loyolablakefield.org.

  • Bus Transportation

    We are excited to announce brand new bus transportation options in partnership with Blue Heron Transportation that feature new regional locations. Bus fees are $1,600 annually (billed via FACTS) and include your son’s morning and afternoon transportation.

    We serve the following regions with multiple stops to accommodate families from all over:

    • Anne Arundel County / Baltimore County East
    • Baltimore City
    • Carroll County / Northwest
    • Harford County / Timonium
    • Howard County

    If you plan to utilize this service for the 2022–23 school year, registration and a list of stops may be found here.
  • Calendar

    The online calendar for the 2022–23 school year is now available via onCampus. A preview of some important dates for the 2022–23 school year can also be found here.

    You can access the online calendar by logging in to onCampus and clicking on the Calendar tab. Once there, you can switch between grid and list views as well as day, week, and month views.

    Some other helpful features are listed below:

    Toggling Event Categories: You can toggle between different event categories including Athletics Events, Arts Events, College Counseling Events, General School Events, and more.

    Managing Separate Calendars:
    If you have more than one son at Loyola, you can toggle between their individual calendars, which include assignments, athletic schedules, class events, and more.

    Printing: There is a dedicated print button in the top right corner to print the schedule. See screenshot below for reference.

    Exporting & Subscribing: You can export the calendar to an external calendar platform of you choice, such as Outlook. You can also subscribe to each individual calendar and receive updates when changes to the calendar are made. These options are available via the button at the top right next to the print button.

    The calendar is also accessible on the front end of our website here, but it is more limited as you can only filter by a limited number of categories, and you cannot toggle between your son(s) specific calendars.

  • College Application Jump Start Workshop (Class of 2023)

    Loyola Blakefield's College Counseling Department will be holding four sessions of a college application workshop for rising seniors on Wednesday, August 24, and Friday, August 26, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., each day. This optional workshop is an opportunity for members of the Class of 2023 to come to school to continue or get started working on their college applications and essays.

    College Counselors will be available during these workshops for guidance, brainstorming, proofreading, and motivation. Students need only attend one of the two-hour sessions. Students should bring their Surface to the program. Please only sign up for one session in order for everyone to have a slot. The workshop will be held in the Learning Commons of the library.

    Register for a session here.
  • COVID-19 Policies & Protocols

    COVID-19 Protocols – Updated for 2022-23

    Masking
    The Loyola Blakefield campus remains a mask-optional setting.

    Staying Home When Sick
    Students who have symptoms of an infectious illness such as COVID-19, influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and gastrointestinal infections, should refrain from attending school until he is symptom-free for 24 hours. If symptoms, known exposure, or consultation with a healthcare provider necessitate a COVID-19 test, he should remain home until he receives a negative test (rapid or PCR test is accepted). The following chart provides guidance for students and staff for a variety of COVID-19 scenarios:


    Reporting Test Results & Contact Tracing
    All families, faculty, and staff are required to report a positive COVID-19 test result to the School Nurse: kklug@loyolablakefield.org or 443-841-3348. Full compliance with reporting procedures enables us to track any on-campus exposure and to partner with the Baltimore County Department of Health most efficiently on any necessary contact tracing and outreach.

    Close Contacts
    Per the Maryland Department of Health, Universal contact tracing is no longer recommended in schools. Community members (staff, students, etc.) who test positive for COVID-19 are encouraged to notify their own close contacts. Close contacts are defined as someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). An infected person can spread SARS-CoV-2 starting 2 days before they have any symptoms (or, for asymptomatic people, 2 days before the positive specimen collection date).

    Play it Safe
    • Avoid higher risk activities such as large indoor gatherings, especially when community transmission levels are high.
    • Monitor members of your household for symptoms of infectious illnesses and keep your son home if he is experiencing symptoms.
    • Utilize COVID-19 testing after known exposure or if symptoms suggest that a test is necessary.
    • In consultation with your healthcare provider, pursue vaccination/booster to provide added protection against severe illness. 
    • Promote and encourage proper hand hygiene among members of your household.
  • Daily Schedule

    The daily schedule for the 2022–23 school year will be as follows:

    Start Time

    All grades will start at 8:00 a.m., with the exception of a late start on Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.

    Dismissal Time
    2:45 p.m. for Grades 6–8
    3:05 p.m. for Grades 9–12

    Homeroom
    Grades 6–8: Homeroom will be built into Advisory Period
    Grades 9–12: Homeroom meets at 2:50 p.m. daily

    Letter Days
    We will maintain an A – D letter day rotation with Anchor Days in place as needed (e.g. after a long break or prior to an assessment period).

    These schedule modifications come after carefully reviewing our start/end times and exploring ways to ensure that students are able to extract the most out of their daily experience — academically and socially. We also aimed to create opportunity for our Dons to immerse themselves more fully in life at Loyola "Beyond the Bell." Additionally, these adjustments help optimize the use of shared athletics and co-curricular spaces while reducing traffic congestion during afternoon dismissal.
  • Dining Plans

    Welcome back to the Dining Hall! To ensure your student is ready to enjoy breakfast and lunch with fellow students during the 2022–23 school year, simply fund your account at loyolablakefield.revtrak.net. Once they have a balance, the student can simply select their menu items and enjoy!

    If you are a new student this year, keep an eye out for a welcome email. It will come from noreply@myschoolaccount.com, and can often go to your spam folder. If you have any trouble, please email cisennock@sagedining.com.

    Our offerings this year include: 

    • Full Deli, made to order every day
    • Mediterranean Station Daily
    • Build Your Own Salad Station
    • Soup from scratch daily
    • Hot Sauce Station
    • Spicy Buff every Thursday
    • Taco Tuesdays
    • Seasonal Dessert Rotation
     
  • Dress Code

    Students are required to dress according to standards determined by the school. In all cases, student dress should be characterized by neatness and cleanliness. More details about the 2022–23 dress code can be found at the bottom of this page under the General School Forms section.
  • Health Records & Forms

    Please visit our Health & Wellness page for more information regarding student health information, required forms, and deadlines for the 2022–23 academic year.
  • Math Prep

    Math packets for the 2022–23 school year are available at the bottom of this page.

    Students should complete the packet for the course he will begin in the fall. Students must show all work. Answers only will not earn any extra credit.

    If your son does not remember which math course he is taking this year, student schedules will be posted on BNC K-12, our online book provider, starting August 2nd, and through onCampus on August 9th.
  • onCampus Access & Credentials

    New students will receive their login credentials (User ID and Password) for our education management system, onCampus, during Student Orientation in August. This is so that our faculty and staff can guide them through the process of logging in and how to navigate the onCampus platform.

    New parents may access onCampus prior to Orientation by using the credentials they created during the Admissions application process last year. Email communications@loyolablakefield.org or helpdesk@loyolablakefield.org if you have forgotten your credentials.

    Returning students and parents may access their onCampus profiles at any time using their existing credentials.
  • Orientation

    Student Orientation for the 2022-23 school year will take place between August 24 and September 1. More details for each grade level may be found via the the links at the bottom of this page. You can reach out to Orientation Coordinator Mr. Ryan Bromwell with any questions.
  • School Store

    Our School Store is currently closed for the summer.

    In preparation for the 2022–23 school year, the store will be open during the following dates and times during Orientation:

    Aug. 22: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Aug. 23: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Aug. 24: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Aug. 25: Closed (faculty/staff retreat)
    Aug. 26: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Aug. 29: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Aug. 30: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Aug. 31: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Sept. 1: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    The store will resume its regular hours of operation of 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. during normal school days beginning September 6th. 
  • School Supplies

    We provide supply lists for students in grades 6–9, while students in grades 10–12 are expected to come to school equipped with pencils, pens, and paper, and will receive their supply lists from their teachers on the first day of school.

    Middle School Supply List
    Freshman Supply List
  • Student Handbook

    The 2022–23 student handbook is available here.
  • Student Schedules

    Student schedules for the 2022–23 school year will be posted on our online book provider BNC K-12 starting August 8th and through our education management system, onCampus, on August 9th.

    To view your son's schedule in onCampus, once you are logged in, please click on his name in the top left corner and then scroll down to the Courses section.
  • Summer Reading

    Please consult the summer reading list located at the bottom of this page for the 2022–23 school year. It is organized by grade level.
  • Textbooks

    You may now begin ordering textbooks for the 2022–23 school year through our online bookstore with BNC K–12 (formerly known as MBS Direct).
     
    To order books, you will need to:

    1. Visit the online bookstore and create an account, if you have not previously done so. The online bookstore can be accessed here.

    2. Navigate to "Menu" then "Order Your Materials" as seen in the image below. You will be asked to enter a Student ID, which is the student email address. Student email addresses are based on the following convention: first initial of student's first name, middle initial, student's last name, and class year. For example, John Paul Smith of the Class of 2023 would be jpsmith2023@loyolablakefield.org.

    3. View course materials and select your preferred format (new, used, or purchase from the marketplace).

    4. Check out.
     
    Please take note of the following:
     
    • If you order between August 8 and August 22, BNC K–12 will provide free shipping for orders of $100 or more. It may take several days for books to arrive, so it would be ideal to order on or shortly after August 8.
    • You are not obligated to purchase books through BNC K–12. You may use this site to view the texts required for your son’s courses, and you may decide which texts you prefer to purchase directly from them or through other providers.
    • Take note that some texts are listed as "required, previous purchase." This means that your son likely already has this book and should have kept it over the summer. If your son for some reason does not have the text, you can then purchase it from BNC K–12.
    • For some courses, it is noted that the instructor will provide access to a digital text for the class. The cost of these digital texts will be charged through FACTS accounts once all course enrollments are finalized. This typically occurs in mid-October. The actual cost for these digital resources will be shared with students in early September, but typically is approximately $50 per text.
    • If you are not sure of your son’s placement in a course, do not order the book for that course yet.

    If you have questions or concerns about the courses your son is enrolled in, please do not order books yet. We will begin addressing issues or concerns about course enrollment beginning on August 9. At that time, you may contact our scheduling office by emailing mlackner@loyolablakefield.org.
     
    If you have any financial concerns and need assistance with a payment plan for books, please contact jpoole@loyolablakefield.org.
     
    For questions regarding returns or any other customer service related concerns, please contact BNC K–12 directly through their Customer Support Page.

Summer Reading 2022–23

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  • Classes of 2023 & 2024

    If you do not remember your summer reading selection, a list of all student selections may be found on the Parent Resource Board after logging in to OnCampus.

    In addition, all juniors in the Year 3 of the Ignatian Honors Program should read Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. This book will be discussed and assessed in Quarter 1 of the Ignatian Honors courses.
  • Class of 2025

    All rising sophomores will read the following books:

    Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
    Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

    Book discussions will take place during orientations in August.

    In addition, all sophomores in Year 2 of the Ignatian Honors Program should read The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt. This book will be discussed and assessed in Quarter 1 of the Ignatian Honors courses.
  • Class of 2026

    In addition to your son’s required reading of St. Ignatius of Loyola by Peggy Sklar (this book will be available through BNC K12, our online book provider), students entering 9th grade will should also read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  Students should expect to be assessed on their reading of this novel during the first week of English classes.

    Incoming freshman in Year 1 of the Ignatian Honors Program do not have to read these books. Instead, please consult the Class of 2026 Ignatian Honors Program drop down for an alternative summer reading assignment.
  • Class of 2026 Ignatian Honors Program

    To prepare for our first semester discussions on the heroic journey,  students are to read a portion of an epic, watch a video, and take some notes. Please read the instructions here carefully, and feel free to contact Mrs. Wise with any questions.
  • Class of 2027

    Book 1:
    All rising Loyola 8th graders should read the book The Pearl by John Steinbeck.  They should expect an assessment on their reading during the first week of classes.

    Book 2:
    All rising Loyola 8th graders should choose any book from this list of 2021’s “Top 10 Books for Reluctant Readers,” produced by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Parents note, these texts deal with varying levels of mature subject matter that you may want to preview before your son makes his final selection!

    After reading the book, they should type a short essay about the book they read. They should have this essay completed prior to the first day of classes. The teacher will instruct students on how to submit it. The essay should include the following information:
    • Paragraph 1: Why did you choose this book?
    • Paragraph 2: What happens in the book?  Be sure to describe the protagonist, the primary conflict, and the book’s resolution.
    • Paragraph 3: Did you like the book?  Why or why not?
  • Class of 2028

    Book 1:
    All rising Loyola 7th graders should read the book The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. They should expect an assessment on their reading during the first week of classes.

    Book 2:
    All rising Loyola 7th graders should choose any book from this list of 2021’s “Top 10 Books for Reluctant Readers,” produced by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Parents note, these texts deal with varying levels of mature subject matter that you may want to preview before your son makes his final selection! After reading the book, they should type a short essay about the book they read. They should have this essay completed prior to the first day of classes. The teacher will instruct students on how to submit it.  The essay should include the following information:
    • Paragraph 1: Why did you choose this book?
    • Paragraph 2: What happens in the book?  Be sure to describe the protagonist, the primary conflict, and the book’s resolution.
    • Paragraph 3: Did you like the book?  Why or why not?
  • Class of 2029

    Book 1:
    All rising Loyola 6th graders should read the book The Wild Robot by Peter Brown.  They should expect an assessment on their reading during the first week of classes.

    Book 2:
    All rising Loyola 6th graders should read the Saint Ignatius and the Company of Jesus by August Derleth. They should expect an assessment on their reading during the first week of classes.

Athletics: Fall Tryouts 2022

Orientation 2022–23

8th Grade Class Trip to NorthBay

Math Packets 2022–23

Students should complete the packet for the math course/level they will be entering in the fall of 2022. Math packets are required and must be turned in on the first day of classes.

NOTE:
There is no distinction for honors levels with the prep work. For example, if your son is taking Algebra II Honors, he should complete the Algebra II packet listed below.

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