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NewsBriefs - May 2017

 
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~Shortridge Alumni Association~

From the Principal's Office: http://www.myips.org/shs  or www.ShortridgeHigh.org 
Visit the website frequently for up-to-date information of school activities and special events. 

Dear Shortridge High School Alumni:

As we begin to enter into May, there is a lot happening on campus, as well as within the IPS District.  Let me address the potential of high school closings.  Due to occupancy and the potential for cost savings, Indianapolis Public Schools has developed Facility Utilization Task Force, here which has recommended IPS operate only four (4) high schools for the 2018-2019 school year (SY).  Currently, there are eight (8) high schools, but John Marshall Community High School will be converted to a middle school next year. 
 
The seven (7) high schools that will be operating during the 2017-2018 school year are: Arlington Community HS, Arsenal Tech HS, Broad Ripple HS, Crispus Attucks HS, George Washington Community HS, Northwest Community HS, and Shortridge HS.  Potentially, three of these schools could close for the 2018-2019 School Year.  IPS is holding community meetings on May 11 (6p.m., Zion Hope Baptist Church, 5950 E. 46th Street, Indianapolis 46226) and May 15 (6 pm, Haughville Library, 2121 W. Michigan Street, Indianapolis 46222).
 
A few details about Shortridge High School since it became an International Baccalaureate (IB) High School in the fall of 2015: Shortridge HS is a Community Center. When we look at facility utilization, we believe that utilization not only includes student enrollment, but measures the impact the space has had in terms of community building.  SHS is home to two community groups, the IPS Primary Program, a district-wide maker space, Butler classrooms life skills programs, and a public library with the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library (IMCPL).  As well, the space is utilized by a number of outside organizations for speaking engagements, community events, youth programs and productions.  Recently we hosted the Pulitzer Prize winning author, Sonia Nazario.
 
Today, SHS currently is the highest in demand choice high school in IPS, and ranked fourth among all IPS choice schools with well over 400 applications and currently more than 185 incoming freshmen who have confirmed seats for the 2017-2018 SY.  Our current ninth grade class is at 105, thus an increase of over 75%.  Our increase in scholarships dollars from the Classes of 2015 to 2016 increased by more than 200%.
 
Our students continue to achieve academically:
-         We are the highest performing high school in the IPS District when measuring PSAT, SAT and State Testing data.  In fact, we have two (2) National Merit Finalists graduating in the Class of 2017 and we had the only senior recognized as an Academic All-Star.
-         Chen, one of our current Shortridge HS juniors, is competing at the National Shakespearean Competition held at the Lincoln Center in New York City.  Chen won the state level competition two (2) months ago and is now competing at the national level representing the State of Indiana.
-         Our students continue to compete in the IUPUI Math Competition, State Level Robotics Tournament, Mock Trial, Debate and Academic Super Bowl.  At the same time, our students are traveling across the US, completing thousands of hours of community service and competing in athletic tournaments.
 
I encourage you to engage in the discussion regarding school closings.  Shortridge is your alma mater, and while I am charged with serving as the current Principal, I am only a custodian to the history and legacy of your high school.
 
Please consider attending one of the meetings or click this link or cooy and paste to your browser to add a comment:
 
While our historic building was once shuttered, I am working to ensure Shortridge HS remains a viable educational choice in our city for the next 150 years.

Visit our website for additional updates.

Regards,

Shane O'Day
Principal
New Activities Updates...

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SAVE THE DATES

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SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 2017
11:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
SAA ANNUAL MEETING, 
HALL OF FAME 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY & 
ALL-CLASSES REUNION, LUNCHEON
(All prior inductees invited to attend, if possible)

Get your friends together and come celebrate with us.
(Advanced pre-paid luncheon reservations required.)

2017
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE

Pharez Whitted (1978)

(Regretfully, Rufus "Bud" Myers (1960) withdrew as a HoF inductee at this time. His candidacy will be reconsidered in the future.)


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FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2017
7:00 p.m. - Caleb Mills Auditorium
2016-2017 Commencement
(Alumni cordially invited to 
attend)
Contact: Nathan Ellis, ellisn@myips.org for tickets

 
 SAA Board of Directors 
*Board positions eligible for election at Annual Meeting June 3, 2017. Send email no later than 5/15/17 to shortridgealumni@sbcglobal.net if you are interested in running for an eligible Board position.

Executive Board
*Keith M. Rand - '70 - President
*Jarnell Burks-Craig - '63 - VP, Public Relations
Marilyn (Chance) Shank - '67- VP, Marketing & Development/Fundraising
*Deloris "Dee" (Richardson) Duff - '59 - Treasurer/President Emeritus
Teresa (Vertner) - Brown - '64 - Recording Secretary
Brenda Gibson - '72 - Corresponding/Financial Secretary
  
Members-at-Large (decade representatives)
*Open (Decade of the 30s)
*Kathryn "Katy" (Hill) Meredith - '42 (Decade of the 40s)
*Lynn (Bolles) Boatman - '58 (Decade of the 50s)
Margaret (Smith) Francis - '53 (Decade of the 50s)
Larnell Burks-Bagley - '63 - (Decade of the 60s)
Hubert Hopson - '65 (Decade of the 60s)
*Bruce Bohlander - '75 (Decade of the '70s)
Wanda Burks-Bell - (Decade of the '70s)
*Joseph Matthews - '81 (Decade of the '80s)
Nigel Long - '13  (Decade of the 2000s)
Tayjia Wright - '13 (Decade of the 2000s)
  
Board appointments:
Consultant/SHSAW Founder - Guy E. Russell - '59
Parliamentarian - Open
President Emeritus - Alfred Edyvean
  
SHS Administrators: Shane O'Day, principal

 

 

Thank you for your continued interest and support.
Sincerely,

Dee Duff

Deloris "Dee" (Richardson) Duff
Treasurer & Editor, NewsBriefs
President Emeritus
Shortridge Alumni Association
 
In This Issue
From the Principal's Office
Activities Updates
SAA Board of Directors
Visit Our Website
"300 Brick Club" Last Call
SAA Memberships
Shortridge Yearbooks
Class Reunions
10-Year Hall of Fame Reunion
Update Your Email
Log in to our Website!
 
Self-Register on the website
  Click  here for membership flyer if you cannot sign on via PayPal.  Print. Complete, enclose your check, payable to SAA, and mail to: 5030 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46254.
Navigate the website. Self register at www.shortridgealumni.com.

Mission statement, association bylaws, available to view online. Check out the Activities tab. Or share your class information for a reunion.

 

Are you interested in ordering SPIRIT WEAR? T-shirts, caps, sweatshirts, etc. can now be ordered from information on the website. Create a special design for your class reunion. A percentage of your order will help support the Shortridge Alumni Association.

 

** View your Class Directory, complete your Profile, upload a photo,

** Pay Member Dues via PayPal. Paid membership required to surf the entire site.

** View back issues of NewsBriefs.

** Examine bios of SHS alumni who have been inducted into our Hall of Fame

"300 BRICK CLUB"
(Resumes in March 2017)

ORDER YOUR BRICK NOW THAT CAN BE COMPLETED AND DISPLAYED IN TIME FOR THE ANNUAL ALL-CLASSES REUNION/HALL OF FAME RECOGNITION EVENT JUNE 3, 2017, AND IN TIME FOR SUMMER CLASS REUNIONS.

PREVIOUSLY COMPLETED BRICKS HAVE BEEN PLATED AND ARE NOW ON DISPLAY AROUND THE COURTYARD FOUNTAIN! YOUR BRICK COULD BE IN THE NEXT GROUP.

Alumni are encouraged to purchase a brick; proceeds support the Shortridge Legacy Scholarship Fund. Each brick is $150. All bricks may be purchased for alumni individuals/spouses, family alumni, or a memorial for deceased family member(s) or teachers. 

The Brick Club Order Form is attached  here. SAVE the form to your computer, click in the shaded areas and type your information or SAVE, PRINT and complete the blank form to send with your check payable to Shortridge Alumni Association; email the electronic form with your payment information to: shortridgealumni@sbcglobal.net. Or send your check or credit card information to SAA c/o 5030 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46254.

DISREGARD THE JUNE 2015 DEADLINE DATE ON THE FORM.

For questions, call 317.694.8736.
 
SAA Memberships & Renewals
  
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP-- $50/YEAR 
 

HAS YOUR SAA MEMBERSHIP EXPIRED? PLEASE CHECK YOUR MEMBER CARD AND RENEW ACCORDINGLY,

Member dues are the life-blood of our alumni association. These timely annual payments help fund these and other projects:
*Student athletic programs and supplies unfunded by school budgets;
*Support student (scholar) special activities not fully supported by school budgets;
*Alumni special recognition programs; e.g. Hall of Fame; athletic awards, et al;
*Other special student-centric project requests from school administration;
*Annual fees for association business affairs; e.g. website maintenance, newsletter distribution agent; supplies, postage, etc.;
*Alumni association annual meetings and summer celebration activities.

Sign up TODAY! RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP TODAY. IF YOU DON'T REMEMBER WHEN YOUR MEMBERSHIP EXPIRES, SEND US AN EMAIL AT shortridgealumni@sbcglobal.net 
 
FOR RENEWALS: Look at your membership card for the expiration date. If joining or renewing online, please include your class year; ladies please include your maiden name. Example: Dorothy (Jones) Smith, 19xx, email and USPS mailing address.  Alumni Association membership is required for full access to the website.
Fees :
  • One-year membership: $50 annual fee payable via PayPal or check
  • Five-year membership (General Members for Shortridge Legacy Scholarship Fund)  payable to Shortridge Alumni Association; mail c/o 5030 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46254 or pay online. 
  • For more membership information, visit our website: www.shortridgealumni.com or send email: shortridgealumni@sbcglobal.net 
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Shortridge Yearbooks

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Check out the digital library of yearbooks as catalogued by the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library. Most Shortridge yearbooks  from 1898 - 1968 are available for viewing at: http://digitallibrary.imcpl.org/shs.php

 

2017 CLASS REUNIONS

Class of 1967 -- 50-year reunion

August 25-26, 2017
Saturday night Dinner/Dance at Downtown JW Marriott

Questions: Email to
shortridge67reunion@gmail.com

Visit our website, print out a reservation and mail it in:

Facebook page:
shortridge High School 67 Reunion

Looking for "lost" classmates. The SAA has only 96 Class of 1967 members shown on the website (www.shortridgealumni.com). Check to see if classmates you know of are missing from this list. Help us update our class lists.  

 
REUNION ORGANIZERS

Please note that if during your reunion you plan to visit the school, a written request must be submitted several months in advance IF the school is to be opened on weekends--Saturday or Sunday. (Arrangements must be made in advance if your group wish to host your gathering in the courtyard.) A fee is levied to the using group based upon how long the group will visit the building. Other restrictions may apply; therefore, schedule your reunion and complete the necessary paperwork to confirm your date and time as far in advance as possible. Visit the school website for the required documentation.
Thank you!
2017 HALL OF FAME
10-YEAR & ALL CLASSES REUNION
June 3, 2017

All prior inductees are cordially invited to attend the 10-year reunion of the Shortridge Hall of Fame (HoF) Saturday, June 3, 2017. The Shortridge Alumni Association Annual Meeting and Board of Directors election will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by this year's induction of distinguished alumnus; namely,  Pharez Whitted, class of 1978. https://goo.gl/images/7DFsh5  
Biography will follow in the next edition of  NewsBriefs.) Come join us to celebrate our 10 years and welcome our newest inductee at our annual all-classes alumni celebration and luncheon.

This year we'll celebrate the 10th anniversary of the IPS and subsequent Shortridge Hall of Fame honorees. Our HoF now includes more than 30 SHS alumni from numerous professional backgrounds.  Ea ch inductee's photo plaque is displayed along the main corridor at the high school.

Our traditional light luncheon will follow the business meeting and induction ceremony in the school commons (cafeteria) area and courtyard.

The SAA Brick Club continues and is now reactivated. See article above regarding joining alumni that have their individual or alumni family brick displayed in the courtyard surrounding the fountain. Order yours today so it will be displayed in time for the annual all-classes reunion celebration.

Invitations will be sent electronically for the luncheon; watch your email message box. Invite friends, classmates to join us on Saturday, June 3rd for our annual all-classes reunion activities.
 
UPDATE YOUR EMAIL

Please help us keep our alumni databases up to date. If/when you update an email address, please let us know. Send email to: shortridgealumni@sbcglobal.net.