University School Weekly Update

February 8-12, 2021

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University School Families: As we prepare for the week ahead, we ask that you please review the following information:

Pre-ACT and ACT Information

Sophomore Pre-ACT February 17

Junior ACT March 2

The Pre-ACT and ACT will be held at University School, and admission to test will be at the front of the building. Be prepared to wait outdoors until you are admitted, and please do not bring unnecessary gear (backpacks, purses, etc.) to the exam site. Phones and smartwatches will not be allowed in the testing rooms. PLEASE BRING A PHOTO ID.

February 17 and March 2 will be Asynchronous days for High School Students. Students who are testing will be dismissed to leave school at the end of the exam so please make transportation plans.

All students are pre-registered for the exam. Sophomores please plan to arrive by 7:45am on February 17, and Juniors please plan to arrive by 7:45am on March 2. School attendance will be taken at check in. Students who receive special accommodations for testing will be contacted individually for arranged testing times and locations.

Students will be required to have a temperature check, respond to a short health survey, and wear a mask in order to be admitted to the building. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ATTEND Pre-ACT/ACT TESTING IF YOU ARE NOT WELL, HAVE ANY COVID SYMPTOMS, HAVE HAD POTENTIAL COVID EXPOSURE, OR ARE UNDER QUARANTINE.

You will need to bring all necessary supplies (#2 pencils and calculators, etc.) as indicated on the ACT website (Links to an external site.). Testing materials will not be supplied and cannot be shared.


We are working diligently to ensure that we are able to hold these exams safely and not have our sites cancelled. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!

Look forward to seeing some of your smiling faces covered with a mask! 😷

Dr. Shaw & Dr. Preswood

In-Person Safety Protocols

We ask that anyone attending in-person for classes or during scheduled events on campus to please adhere to the following safety protocols:

  • Wear face coverings or masks in public settings
  • Avoid close contact by practicing physical distancing and staying at least six feet apart
  • Frequent handwashing for 20 second
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surface
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well
  • Monitor symptoms daily
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We honored our school counseling team last week during National School Counseling Week and would like to give another shout out to them to express our appreciation for all they do to support our school community!





615-298-6636 OR 901-416-1234

Note: For more information, please visit

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Our Young Minds and University School will hold a webinar on February 10 at 2pm for students, parents, and teachers focusing on Mental Health Awareness and Well Being for adolescents. The webinar will include a live, anonymous Q&A session with Dr. John Flatt of the Jason Foundation, Dr. Rakesh Patel, Psychiatrist, Dr. Rebecca Milner, ETSU Counseling Professor, Amisha Agrawal, found of Our Young Minds, and Dr. Aleeta Shaw, University School Counselor. Those interested in joining the webinar may get login information by clicking on this link.

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The University School Key Club February Service Project is a food and supply drive for the Washington County Humane Society and Animal Shelter. These organizations are always in great need of help from the community. There will be a collection bin in the lobby of University School for supply donations. For monetary gifts, make checks payable to either of these organizations and Sharon Squibb will forward to them. Ms. Squibb is also willing to purchase supplies with cash donations.

Humane Society Needs:

  • Purina One canned and dry kitten food
  • Non-clumping cat litter
  • Dog Food: Adult and Puppy Nature's Recipe chicken, pumpkin, and sweet potato flavored

Animal Shelter Needs:

  • Purina 1 dry and wet cat food
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Zip lock bags
  • Cat toys & dog toys
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For those of you who have chosen to send in a portrait of your child rather than have pictures taken at the school, please follow these steps.

  • Take a current head and shoulder picture of your child.
  • A solid background is preferable, but not a requirement.
  • You may use either a phone or a camera.
  • Your picture must be in a jpeg format.
  • Email your picture to
  • You may also drop off a copy of the picture to the office to put in my box, but I prefer email.

In addition, if you have any other pictures of your child that you would like to share, we would appreciate it. Some of the pictures we are needing include sibling photos, snow pictures, pet pictures, online learning pictures, job pictures, hobby/outdoor activities pictures, sports related pictures. Again, we need all of these pictures to be in jpeg format.

Please email these pictures to Mrs. Hammonds if you are willing to share.

We appreciate your help.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Evelyn Hammonds by using the email listed above.

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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:

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Athletics & Activities Update

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Track and Field

The upcoming Track season (8th – 12th grade) will be starting soon! There will be a parent meeting held virtually on Zoom this Thursday, February 11 @ 7:00 PM who may have a student in grades 8th-12th grade interested in participating on this year's team. Any parent interested in getting more information for the season may access the Zoom meeting by clicking on this link.

The meeting passcode is: 202992

High School Softball

Attention those who are interested in High School Softball: conditioning will be starting soon! If you are interested in participating for the University School High School Softball team, please e-mail Coach Jeffers ( Once logistics of conditioning (date, time, Covid protocols, format, etc.) have been determined, Coach Jeffers will reach out with that information. Remember that all student-athletes must have current physical, concussion, & SCA forms on file with the school prior to participating.

Middle School Softball

Parents of middle school girls interested in trying out for the University School middle school softball team please email Coach Preswood, to let her know of your kiddo’s interest in playing. Once logistics of tryouts (date, time, Covid protocols, format, etc.) have been determined, Coach Preswood will reach out with that information.

Tryouts will be held in February so be sure your kiddo has turned in their physical (dated this school year) and the cardiac and concussion forms into the office. (Links on Athletic Web page). Questions can be directed to Coach Preswood ( or Middle School AD Coach Penley (

High School Baseball

Anyone 9th-12th grade student interested in trying out for the high school baseball will need to email Coach Petty at Try-outs will be held on February 15th and 16th from 3:30-5:00 at a location TBD.

HS Boys' and Girls' Basketball

DATE OPPONENT TIME (Schedule Revised 1-31-21)

Feb. 8 @ Sullivan North 5:00, 6:30, 8:00

Feb. 9 Cloudland 5:00, 6:30, 8:00

Feb. 12 Sullivan North 5:00, 6:30, 8:00 (Senior Night)

Feb. 13 Unaka 6:30, 8:00

Feb. 16 North Greene 5:00, 6:30, 8:00

District Tourney - TBA


MS Boys' Basketball

Congratulations to our middle school boys for finishing as the sectional runner-up team!