University School Weekly Update
July 16 - July 22, 2023
Family Update: August 27 - September 2, 2023
Parent-Teacher Conference Day
Friday, September 1st is Parent-Teacher Conference Day - No School for Students
No School on Monday, September 4th due to Labor Day Holiday
Parent-Teacher Conference - HS Scheduling Information
Parent-Teacher conferences will be held September 1. High school parents are requested to schedule an appointment through Dr. Penley (email@example.com), who will be arranging teacher schedules for that day. Please do NOT reach out directly to high school teachers. More information regrading scheduling for elementary and middle school will be forthcoming.
School Picture Days
Wednesday, October 25 - UNDERCLASSMEN Make-up Picture Day (Grades K-11 in School Library)
Final Forms - Please Complete and Sign
We have several families and students (grades 6-12) who still need to complete and sign the FinalForms documents that house all of our back-to-school forms for the year. This is new platform that we are using which will streamline the process moving forward. We thank you for your continued patience as we have made this transition.
Regarding safety guideline questions, the forms required for athletes are the same as the paper versions you have been providing. The same individuals who have access to those paper copies are the same ones allowed access to the electronic versions. The medical information you submit is pre-loaded for you to print and to take to your doctor to streamline those visits as well; however, you may also print the blank form and upload them or have our staff upload for you if needed. If you have any questions regarding the FinalForms for Athletics, please reach out to Mr. Dustin Honeycutt or to Dr. Ariane Day for any of the school only related documents.
Saturn APP Parent Alert
We want to alert our families about our concerns with the increasing popularity of the Saturn APP that seems to be on the rise across the country for student device downloads. This APP allows students to share their school schedules and calendars. As a result of the amount of information being collected and shared openly, the APP is being listed as a severe cyber-security threat, so we wanted to share our concerns with you and urge you to be extremely cautious in allowing your child to download this APP.
U-School Foundation Fall Festival
The University School Foundation will host its annual Fall Festival on Friday, October 27th. This will be a night of family fun with proceeds going to help fund the annual operating budget of the Foundation. The Foundation uses these funds to provide a variety of programs, equipment, and technology for the students of University School. The Fall Festival is a fun event that encourages students, families, and the community to come out and support the school while enjoying inflatables, trunk-or-treat, costume contests and other activities. Wristbands and tickets will be available for purchase soon. We can't wait to see everyone at The Monster Mash Bash!!
Fall Festival Community Sponsors Needed
Hey there University School families! We are super excited to host our annual Fall Festival Fundraiser coming up on October 27th - The Monster Mash Bash! It's a night of classic monsters and spooky fun for the whole family. It's one of the students' favorite events, but we need your help! We are so excited about the support we have already received - Thank you for your generosity! We can't pull off an event like this without the financial support of our business community and families. Please consider sponsoring our event or asking a local business to help. All levels of sponsorship are important to the success of the Foundation's programs and any amount is appreciated. Check it out below, grab a form from the office, or visit our website at https://ourschool.support/2023MonsterMash to see all the perks of being an Official Monster Sponsor including having your family name or business on our event T-Shirt.
Monster Mash Bash Trunk or Treat
HS Junior & Senior College Fair Field Trip
Juniors and Seniors:
We will be traveling to Freedom Hall for the Tri-Cities College Fair on 8/31 from about 9:00 - 11:00 AM. The cost of the trip will be $2 payable to the Counseling Office, and you will need a signed permission form. If you have dual enrollment classes that conflict with the trip, you can go on your own that evening from 6-8 pm or take your family back during that time.
Please watch for updates about creating your unique QR/bar code to share your information with colleges at the fair.
We wanted to send a huge “THANK YOU!” to all that helped make the Wetlands Mixer a complete success! This event, by far, exceeded our expectations in the amount of giving and participation!! It really has been a blessing to see how great our middle school U community is!! We have some pretty awesome families, teachers and staff. Thank you to all that volunteered, donated, and participated in this event!
Here are some of our important takeaways from the mixer:
- The monetary donations-both sponsorship tickets purchased and general unspecific donations-enable us to cover the facility rental and meet ticket needs for all middle school students!! Thank you for your generous support!!
- Through the generosity of families, all middle schoolers were provided with free pizza, snacks and water!! This was totally amazing to witness!! THANK YOU!
- The enthusiasm to volunteer as a chaperone was overwhelming! Thank you to all that helped set up/take down, distributed pizza, snacks, and water, aided in student pick up and provided an extra set of eyes to keep our kids safe!
We also wanted to send a very special “THANK YOU!” to our wonderful Middle School Teachers and U Administrators!! Your kindness and love for our students is very apparent. Thank you for your abundant support and everything you do for them!
Lastly, families, if you have any ideas or suggestions on future middle school events, please email a Middle School Representative or Middle School Teacher. We plan on doing middle school related events at least once or twice a quarter. Suggestions are always welcome!
THANK YOU AGAIN!
Kristen Bunger- Middle School Rep
Melissa Crider-Middle School Rep
Melanie Richards-Middle School Rep
Figuratively Speaking - Art Exhibit @ Reece Museum
Figuratively Speaking: Art Inspired by the Reece Museum Permanent Collection
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Figuratively Speaking: Art Inspired by the Reece Museum Permanent Collection is now on display at ETSU’s Reece Museum through September 22. A reception will be held on Saturday, September 9, from 1 to 3pm.
Figuratively Speaking is an exhibition curated and organized by Lyn Govette, a local artist, curator and educator. The project was mentored by art teachers from Providence Academy and University High School and began with Govette selecting artifacts from the Reece Museum permanent collection that heavily feature or represent the human form. Students, grades 10 through 12, from both Providence Academy and University school then created their very own works of art inspired by these selected artifacts.
Speaking on the project and exhibition, curator Lyn Govette says, “One of my greatest pleasures as an artist is collaborating with other people to create art in the community, and it's especially a privilege to be able to reach out to the youth of our community and offer them opportunities to display their creativity.”
Portraying the human figure is more than simply reproducing a likeness of a person in a painting or sculpture; it also captures and expresses the artist's view of their subject. These emotive artworks can cause us to feel sorrow, amusement, identification, empathy, or even adoration. Artists continue to find inspiration in the figures of dignitaries, royalty, heroes, deities, saints, and people they personally know. The thirty-two students featured in this exhibition have followed this grand tradition by submitting their artworks of the human figure.
When presented with the idea for this exhibition, Reece staff were excited to be involved. “This exhibition provides students with a museum experience and it also allows us to share a unique selection of our art collection for young artists to engage with,” says Spenser Brenner, Exhibition Coordinator at the Reece. Brenner continued, “The Reece has a proud history of working with local curators and educators to provide meaningful art experiences to the region, and we are happy to continue that legacy with Figuratively Speaking.”
The Reece Museum is a unit of the Center of Excellence for Appalachian Studies and Services, which is housed in the ETSU Department of Appalachian Studies. The Reece Museum is located on the campus of East Tennessee State University and is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Follow the Reece Museum on social media for more content and digital programming. For more information, please visit http://www.etsu.edu/reece or phone (423) 439-4392. ETSU is an AA/EEO employer.
For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.
Join the National Congressional App Challenge!
The Congressional App Challenge is OPEN - students from across the country have until November 1, 2023 to Code for Congress!
The Congressional App Challenge is an official initiative of the House of Representatives aimed at encouraging middle and high school students nationwide to spark a passion for CS. Students can code apps on any subject using any coding language, and over 300 participating Member of Congress will select local winning teams to represent their district at the U.S. Capitol next spring.
To learn more, confirm your Member of Congress is hosting, or begin the registration process, visit the website.
Fall Formal - Grades 9-12
FALL FORMAL: Saturday Nov. 4th, 2023, at the Heritage in Jonesborough, 7:30pm-10:30pm.
The Fall Formal is open to all 9th -12th grade University School Students. Outside Guests are not allowed. Students must purchase tickets prior to the dance. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Tickets will go on sale after fall break. Please see Students Handbook for dress code and exceptions for special occasions.
Scholarship Opportunity - HS Seniors
Seniors Getting ready for the
2024 Coke Scholars application!
The Coca-Cola Scholarship (open to high school students who will graduate during the 2023-2024 academic year) will be available from their website August 1 through October 2, 2023. Note they have an earlier deadline this year!
2023 Calendar Update
Please make a note of the following modification to our school calendar this fall:
October 17th is a Remote Learning Day for 11th Graders ONLY, all other students will report as scheduled on that day.
Calendar of Events
28 - MS Girls Soccer Away vs Indian Trail @ 6:00 PM, Winged Deer F3
29 - SCHOOL PICTURE DAY FOR UNDERCLASSMEN (Grades K-11)
29 - HS Girls Soccer Away vs West Greene @ 6:30 PM
31 - MS Girls Soccer Home vs TMS 2, 5:00 PM, ETSU CPA
31 - HS Girls Soccer Home vs Gatlinburg Pitman @ 6:30 PM
1 - Parent/Teacher Conference Day - No School for Students
4 - Holiday - No School for Students
5 - HS Girls Soccer Home vs Chuckey Doak @ 6:30 PM
7 - MS Girls Soccer Home vs Chuckey Doak @ 5:00 PM, ETSU CPA
9 - ETSU Reece Museum High School Art Reception (Figuratively Speaking Exhibit) 1:00-3:00 PM
9 - HS Cross Country, Knights Crossing Invitational, Salem, VA
12 - MS Girls Soccer Home vs Lakeway @ 5:00 PM, ETSU CPA
12 - HS Girls Soccer Away vs West Ridge @ 6:30 PM
14 - MS Girls Soccer Home vs Cocke County @ 5:00 PM, ETSU CPA
14 - HS Soccer Home vs Cumberland Gap @ 6:30 PM
16 - HS Cross Country, Fender's Farm, Jonesborough, TN
18 - HS Girls Soccer Away vs Elizabethton @ 6:30 PM
19 - MS Girls Soccer Away vs Chuckey Doak (CDMS) @ 5:00 PM
21 - HS Girls Soccer Away vs Boone @ 5:30 PM
22 - Last Day of Quarter 1
25 - MS Girls Soccer Away vs Church Hill @ 5:30 PM
25 - Fall Break Begins (September 25-October 16)
26 - HS Girls Soccer Away vs Pigeon Forge @ 6:00 PM
28 - MS Girls Soccer Exhibition Game Home vs Unicoi @ 5:00 PM, ETSU CPA (8th Grade Night)
28 - HS Girls Soccer Home vs Unicoi @ 6:30 PM
30 - HS Cross Country, Bristol Cross, Bristol
3 - HS Girls Soccer Home vs Sullivan East @ 6:30 PM
5 - HS Girls Soccer Away vs TN High @ 6:00 PM
13 - Teacher In-service Day No School for Students
14 - HS Cross Country, Trailblazer, Bristol, TN
16 - Teacher PD Day No School for Students
17 - Quarter 2 Begins, Students Return EXCEPT Grade 11 (see testing update)
24 - HS Cross Country, Region 1A-AA and AAA Championships, Gray
25 - MAKE-UP PICTURE DAY for Grades K-11
3 - HS Cross Country, Class A/AA TSSAA State Championship, Hendersonville
10 - Holiday, No School
22-24 - Holiday, No School
15 - Last Day of Quarter 2, Dismissal @ 11:00 AM
16 - Winter Break Begins (December 16 - January 7)