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Prepare for the 2018-19 Academic Year

The 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.

Microsoft Surface Updates


All returning students in Grades 10 - 12
 should bring their Surface to their scheduled orientation. The device should be fully charged. Students will be directed to drop off their device in either the Academic Commons of Burk Hall or Burk 106 between 7:30AM and 8:00AM. Technology staff will update the devices during orientation. Students should collect their device from the same drop off locations at the conclusion of their orientation day activities.

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  • After Care (Middle School Only)

    We offer an After Care Program for our Middle School students. All 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, 2018. View more information and fill out the registration form here.
  • Athletics Tryouts

    The Upper School Fall Sports Season begins with tryouts in August. Please click here to access the full tryouts schedule, as well as other details regarding participation in interscholastic sports at Loyola. Prospective players are expected to attend all tryouts and subsequent practices upon making a team. Middle School Fall Sports do not begin until after the first day of school, and details will be posted in the Daily Bulletin and announced at school regarding tryouts.

    We also offer an Athletic Formation program. Our goal is to have an athletic program that is highly competitive, but also one that is placed within the perspective of a Jesuit, Catholic, college preparatory school. At least one parent must attend one of our Athletic Formation Nights before their sons are eligible to play interscholastic sports. Participation is mandatory. Learn more and view dates here.

  • Bus Transportation

    In order to accommodate families that travel from different parts of the metropolitan area, we offer a fee-based bus service in the following counties: Harford, Howard, and Anne Arundel. For additional questions, please contact Mr. Joe Pyzik at 443-841-3644 or by e-mail. For more information and to register for bus transportation, click here.
  • Calendar

    You can access the preliminary 2018–19 Academic Calendar here.
  • Dining Plans

    Our students are treated to real food, cooked from scratch. SAGE's seasonal menus are custom designed for us, reflecting the students' preferences as well as the fresh products available in the market. SAGE's registered dietitians review and approve each menu to ensure that it offers a wide variety of nutritious choices. Manage your account, review nutritional information and more at SAGE Dining.
  • 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. View the 2018 Dress Code and Shoe Buying Guide.
  • Health Records & Forms

    Please review carefully and submit all required forms before the start of the school year. Student athletes must complete a physical prior to the start of try-out/practice for fall sports. You can view our required health information letter, or visit our Health & Wellness page for more information, links to our health forms, and their required due dates.
  • Math Prep

    All students engage in online summer math work to enhance skills and ease transition to the next course level. Requirements vary depending on your course placement and must be completed prior to the start of the school year. Because math is a cumulative subject, there are skills from multiple previous courses that need to be reviewed. Please note work will most likely be completed from two different prerequisite courses.

    All students must print out their course packets and complete before the beginning of the school year. Teachers will collect packets during the first week of school.

    Below are the 2018-2019 documents pertaining to each course and their instructions:

    Math 6
    Math 7
    Pre-Algebra
    Algebra I
    Algebra II
    Geometry
    Pre-Calculus
    Calculus
    College Algebra
    Algebra & Analytic Geometry
  • Orientation

    Orientation takes place before the new school year begins. There is also an evening Freshman Parent Orientation and a Middle School Parent Orientation meeting.

    Dress for orientation is school attire (shirt and tie, slacks and belt, socks and shoes). Sport coats are not required.

    Note: Due to the various activities of the multi-day orientation, 9th grade dress varies. Please reference the information below.

    Orientation Dates

    8/27 -
    9th Grade Orientation
    8/28 -
    9th & 10th Grade Orientation
    8/29 -
    6th, 7th, 8th, 9th & 11th Grade Orientation
    8/30 -
    9th & 12th Grade Orientation

    For more orientation information for grades 6-12, such as locations and times, please view this document.

    For more orientation information for transfer students, please view this document.

    9th Grade Orientation
    For incoming 9th grade students, orientation takes place over the course of four days and students perform service work together, take part in team-building exercises and become acclimated to on campus resources.

    9th Grade Orientation details can be found here.

    Freshman should bring the following to the first day of orientation:
    • A change of clothes (athletic clothes and sneakers are preferred)
    • Lunch will be provided
  • School Supplies

    Time to start shopping for school supplies! We provide supply lists for 6th through 9th grade. 10th through 12th grades 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. View the supply lists for 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grades.
  • Summer Reading

    Upper School

    Grade 9 - In addition to your son's required reading of St. Ignatius of Loyola by Peggy Sklar, students entering Grade 9 should read Feed by M.T. Anderson. Assessment on both books will be made at the beginning of the school year.

    Grades 10, 11, 12 - Each student selected a pair of books or a book/movie combo (Juniors/Seniors only). Students must complete their books prior to their orientation day in August. During orientation, students will participate in a 40-minute group discussion led by a faculty member. If your student does not remember which books he selected, he list of books is available on the resource board on his OnCampus account.

    Middle School

    Grade 6 
    All 6th grade students are required to read Hatchet by Gary Paulsen and St. Ignatius and the Company of Jesus, which was distributed during placement exams.

    Grade 7
    Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

    Grade 8
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Textbooks

    You may now begin ordering books for the 2018-2019 school year through our on-line bookstore with MBS Direct. View this flier from MBS for more details.

    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". You will be asked to enter a Student ID, which is based on the following convention: first initial of student first name, middle initial, student last name, and class year. For example John Paul Smith of the class of 2019 = jpsmith2019.

    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 16 and August 30, MBS will provide free shipping. It may take several days for books to arrive, so it would be ideal to order on or shortly after August 16.

    - You are not obligated to purchase books through MBS. You may use MBS to view the texts required for your son’s courses, and you may decide which texts you prefer to purchase from MBS.

    - 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 MBS.

    - 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 you are enrolled in, please do not order books yet. We will begin addressing issues or concerns about course enrollment beginning on August 6. At that time, you may contact the scheduling office via email: ccucuzzella@loyolablakefield.org, jmcfadden@loyolablakefield.org or rschlichtig@loyolablakefield.org.

    If you have any financial concerns and need assistance with a payment plan for books, please contact Josh Poole in the business office.

    For questions regarding returns or other customer service related questions, please call the MBS customer contact center at 1-800-325-3252 or e-mail them at customerservice@mbsdirect.net.
     

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