University School Weekly Update

January 11-15, 2021

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Happy New Year and Welcome Back to all of our University School Families! As we prepare for the new semester, we want to provide a few reminders and resources that may be beneficial. Please review the following information and feel free to reach out to the school if you have any questions.
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Current Operational Plans

University School will be transitioning back to Hybrid beginning Tuesday, January 19. All current remote learner applications will remain in place unless a parent desires to switch their child back to hybrid in-person. If so, you will need to notify Dr. Day ( of your intention to do so.

Conversely, if you are wanting to move your child from a scheduled in-person student to a full remote students, you will need to complete the remote application found by clicking on this link and send all completed applications to Dr. Day.

After school care for K-8 students will resume on January 19. See information about after school care here: Contact Erin Doran ( if you have any questions about after school care.

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School Pictures

School pictures will be taken on Tuesday, January 26 and Thursday 28. Additional information will be sent to families in a separate correspondence.

2021-22 Re-enrollment Sign Up

Please complete the following form no later than February 28th, 2021. This is for your children who are currently enrolled at University School and who are returning to University School for the 2021-22 school year. Please submit this form for each child returning next year.

Re-enrollment Link:

For each child who is returning, please also submit the $95 material fee using this link:

New Student Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021-2022 Academic School Year.

Applications are accepted beginning January 1st and must be received by February 28th to be included in the lottery for the school year beginning in July. Kindergarteners must be 5yrs of age by August 15th to apply. Please see Application Process for more information.

Inclement Weather Policy: Effective Immediately

Schedule Change Policy: University School will close if Johnson City Schools close for inclement weather. University School will also close for inclement weather if ETSU closes. We will not make an announcement over the media due to the fact that saying University School will be closed is confusing to ETSU students. Instead we ask that students and parents/guardians be aware that we will close the school if Johnson City schools close. Some students live in areas where the weather may be worse than it is in town. If University School is open, but road conditions between your home and the school are dangerous, please do not put yourself at risk by attempting to drive to school. Call the office and inform us of your circumstances. On inclement weather days when Johnson City Schools are not regularly scheduled, announcements will be made through the media.

click here for Link to Johnson City School System Home Page

click here for Link to Johnson City Area News Station

Ready4K - Resources for Pre-K-3rd Grade

A FREE Resource for Families with Kids Pre-K through 3rd Grade!(PDF)

Through a special partnership between the Tennessee Department of Education and the Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation (GELF), starting in January, our school is excited to offer pre-K through 3 families] free access to Ready4K, a research-based text messaging program, that will help you continue your child’s learning at home.

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School Day Child Care for Virtual Learners

Please see the information below if you are interested in childcare for virtual learners. It is a partnership between Washington County Schools, the City of Johnson City and Washington County that will be at the old Boones Creek Elementary School. Application Link
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Student Spotlight

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University School senior Reilly Wells is a semifinalist for the 2021 Coca-Cola Scholars Program.

She was chosen from among more than 99,000 applicants in recognition of her outstanding leadership, academics and community service.

Last fall, Wells was notified that she is also a semifinalist in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. At University School, she is a member of the Beta Club and the Scholars Bowl Team.

She has been very active in competitive cheerleading through East Tennessee Cheer (ETC) in Kingsport and has been a volunteer on the ETC Cheer Abilities team. She is currently training for a triathlon and college cheerleading.

In addition, she supports global outreach efforts for the Love-Share non-profit organization that strives to break the cycle of poverty by providing educational opportunities to youth. Following graduation, Wells plans to study mechanical engineering and possibly minor in French and economics while also continuing to cheer.

Originally from Sullivan County, Wells lives in Johnson City with her parents, Tamie and Warren Wells. Her grandparents, Larry and Karen Daniels, live in Kingsport. This is her second year at University School.

Athletics & Activities Update

Middle School Baseball Tryouts

Middle School baseball tryouts coming soon! Parents of middle school boys interested in trying out for the University School middle school baseball team please e-mail coach Taylor Stevenson ( to let him know of your interest. Once logistics of tryouts (date. time, policies, format, etc.) have been determined, Coach Stevenson will reach out with that information. Questions can be directed to Coach Stevenson or middle school AD Coach Penley (

Game Attendance

In order to meet TSSAA attendance guidelines (see website for a detailed explanation), spectators will be limited to parents, guardians, and immediate household family members only who must be on a team list submitted prior to game day, which will limit the option of additional staff and fans to attend the games this year.

HS Boys' and Girls' Basketball

DATE OPPONENT TIME (Schedule Revised 1-7-21)

Jan. 11 @ Tri-Cities Christian (boys only) 5:15, 6:30

Jan. 15 @ Cloudland 5, 6:30, 8

Jan. 16 @Knoxville Ambassadors 2, 3:30, 5

Jan. 18 North Greene 5, 6:30, 8

Jan. 19 @ Elizabethton (boys only) 6:30, 8

Jan. 22 @ Sullivan North 5, 6:30, 8

Jan. 23 @ Oak Hill (boys only) 2, 3:30

Jan. 25 @Unaka 5, 6:30, 8

Jan. 28 @ North Greene 5, 6:30, 8

Jan. 30 @SHHS (boys only) TBA

Feb. 2 Unaka 5, 6:30, 8

Feb. 5 @Hampton 5, 6:30, 8

Feb. 8 @Cherokee 5, 6:30, 8

Feb. 9 Cloudland 5, 6:30, 8

Feb. 11 @ Davy Crockett 5, 6:30, 8

Feb. 12 Sullivan North 5, 6:30, 8

District Tourney - TBA


MS Boys' and Girls' Basketball

Date Opponent Time

Jan 11 Keenburg (varsity only) @Inidan Trail Intermediate School (ITIS) 5; 6; 7

Jan 12 Unaka (varsity only) @ITIS 5; 6; 7

Jan 18 @ Hampton 4:30; 5:30; 6:30; 7:30

Jan 19 @ Rogersville (no JV girls) 5; 6; 7

District Tourney begins 1/22 @ Hampton High School

Region Tourney begins 1/30 @ John Sevier Middle School

State Tourney begins 2/12


Bold = conference game
Italics = 8th grade Night