US Summer & Back to School Info

We look forward to having your child join us! Below please find some general information about health forms, academic resources, upcoming dates, technology information, and more as you prepare for the upcoming school year. Please bookmark this page, as information will be updated throughout the spring and into the summer.

Welcome, Orientation, and Back-to-School Events

Admission New Family Welcome Event at the Adventure Park

Thursday, April 25, 5:00 - 8:00 pm at the Adventure Park at Sandy Spring

This event is a wonderful opportunity for newly-admitted and enrolled students and their parents to meet and mingle. Climb in all three of the park’s attractions, enjoy a light dinner, and make s’mores (and new friends!) around the campfire. Everyone ages 5 and up can climb, but 5-6-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult. There will also be a crafts table for kids under 5. Questions can be directed to Marcia Johnson at

Bus Registration

Information about bus routes may be found online here. Families can enroll in Bus Transportation services via MyBackPack > Program Registration. For bus/transportation questions, please contact Cathryn Carnevale at or 301-774-7455 x177. SSFS continues to accept bus registrations until August 1st, or until routes are at capacity. Please note that some routes will fill to capacity before August 1st, so be sure to register to ride the bus as soon as possible, if you have not already done so. Directions for bus registration may be found online here.

Required Health & Permission Forms

Family health and permission forms that you will need to fill out for your child are submitted using Magnus Health. Families are asked to submit all required health forms for the 2019-2020 academic year by July 15. Parents should log in to the Parent Portal Page with the login information provided by the Technology Dept, and click the Magnus Health link to access your family account and download any forms that require a doctor's signature. View online instructions and FAQs.

My BackPack

After enrolling, each family gets a dedicated MyBackPack account with a unique username and password. If you have submitted your enrollment contract and not yet received login information for (or need assistance accessing) your MyBackPack account, please contact the Technology department at or 301-774-7455 x111. Your MyBackPack account will give you access to a number of services including:

  • Billing and student accounts
  • Student class schedules and grades/comments
  • School directory
  • Family contact information
  • Enrollment contracts

Please ensure that your contact information in your MyBackPack account is accurate. As a part of our continuing efforts to act in environmentally sustainable ways, SSFS rarely sends information by paper mail. All communications about events, grades, billing account status, re-enrollment, and other information are sent electronically through My BackPack using the email addresses you have provided. An emergency notification service is also available via text message, so please also provide a cell phone number where you may reached.

Technology & Website Information

Grades 9 - 12: Our Upper School has a “BYOD” (bring your own device) program. All students in the Upper School must have a device available on a daily basis for school work. This device can be an iPad, Windows laptop, Mac laptop, Chromebook, Android tablet, or other similar device. Because of its keyboard and screen size, a mobile phone is not considered an adequate device for school. Click here to see minimum requirements for student devices.

Website login information for families is emailed in mid-July, when we roll the student class lists over to the 2019-20 academic year. The website login gives families single-sign-on access to MyBackPack and online classrooms from the website, but you do not need a website login to access your MyBackPack account; you can simply login directly to MyBackPack.

You can find more information for new and returning families on the Technology website. Technology questions may be directed to the Technology Office at

Class Placement & Course Scheduling

Placement testing is needed for any student entering SSFS from another school. We conduct placement tests in math and foreign language to ensure students are placed in the current courses based on their skill level. The 2019-2020 Curriculum Guide will be available soon. 

See the 2018-19 Upper School Course Curriculum Guide online here.

Summer Reading & Academic Resources

Summer reading and resources lists for Upper School classes will be posted in June.

Book Ordering Information

The online bookstore via Follett will be open in mid-July. Logging in to Follett will allow you to view the book list and access the online bookstore for your student via your My BackPack account. Click here to view an instruction page that will walk you through the process of viewing and ordering your child’s books. Please note, you do not have to use Follett, but please ensure you obtain the proper book based on the ISBN number. Additionally, please pay attention to the “Section Note” section of each course page, as there may be important details regarding a particular course’s books.


The 2019 Fall Sports and Training and Preseason schedule will be posted in June.

For More Information/Questions

Please contact Kerry Foley, Upper School Administrative Assistant (ext. 109), or Meredith Shankle, Upper School Program Coordinator and Registrar (ext. 110) with any questions.

Photo Forms

Grades 9-11: Forms for school photos for grades 6-11 will be available online and included as part of the August back-to-school packet.

Seniors: Stone Photography will be on campus to take Class of 2020 senior portraits on Thursday, Sept. 5, and Friday, Sept. 6. More information and a SignUp Genius link will be emailed to all seniors so that they can schedule their portrait time.  

Back to School Mailing

SSFS families will be mailed a folder with back-to-school information and resources a couple weeks before school starts.

If you have questions about specific programs in the Upper School, please contact one of the staff below:

Upper School Office:
Meredith Shankle, Upper School Program Coordinator and US Registrar
301-774-7455 ext. 109
Ben McClellan, Dean of Upper School
301-774-7455 ext. 121
Chris Miller, Director of College Counseling
301-774-7455 ext. 178
Ilene Lees, Counselor
301-774-7455 ext. 138

Summer & Back-to-School Checklist