University School Weekly Update

August 15-22 , 2021

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Greetings University School families, please review the following updates for the upcoming week:

School Picture Day

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School pictures for grades K-11 is scheduled for Monday, August 30th.

Senior Retakes will be on 8/31/21 and Lifetouch is offering the following session options:

$30: 8-10 Poses, Up to 2 Outfits, 2-3 Backgrounds

$20: 4-6 Poses, Up to 2 Outfits, 1 Background

Morning Mile Volunteers Needed

Parent volunteers are needed for the Morning Mile on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:30 to 7:50. Volunteers will assist in checking off the runners' activity cards.

Senior Fundraiser - Discount Cards

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Our 2021-2022 Senior Class, with assistance from our great University School Foundation, is participating in a fundraiser to raise money for the senior class activities this year. They are selling Discount Cards. Seniors should have the cards in hand before our Fall Break. The charge will be $15. Please purchase a card and support our wonderful seniors, while saving money for yourself too!

Free ACT Preparation Sessions For High School Juniors and Seniors

Are you ready for the ACT? Want to increase your scores? Interested in scholarships?

The ACT is one of the most important postsecondary exams a student will ever take. This comprehensive test covers a wide range of subjects that assess their mathematical skills, grammar usage, and reading comprehension.

In partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education, UT Martin is providing free, virtual workshops and classes for all Tennessee high schools students and teachers on how to be successful on the ACT.

For all Tennessee high school students:

  • The ACT Success Tactics Workshop, Virtual Office Hours and the Mastery Classes are open and free to all students enrolled in a Tennessee high school.

For all high school Tennessee teachers:

  • The ACT Workshop is offered during subsequent semesters and open to all Tennessee high school teachers to learn how to help students be successful on the ACT.

The workshops and classes are sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Education.

Click to HERE to access information for the following sessions:

ACT Success Tactics Workshop (Conducted Via Zoom)

Virtual Office Hours (Conducted Via Zoom)

ACT Mastery Classes Series (Conducted Via Zoom)

ACT Workshops for Teachers (Conducted Via Zoom)

Safety Protocol Reminders

Please adhere to the following:

  • ETSU and University School requires that all students, faculty, and visitors to campus to wear masks indoors.
  • Physical distancing should be observed to the greatest extent possible.
  • Hand sanitizing and regular handwashing should happen frequently.
  • Individuals exhibiting COVID-like symptoms should remain home until cleared to return to school (following current return-to-school algorithm).
  • Anyone who has a fever >100.4, new cough, difficulty breathing or loss of taste or smell, must have a COVID test before returning to school.
  • Please refer to the TN Department of Health Return-to-School Algorithm when determining plans to return to school when out with symptoms or due to contact tracing.
  • Families will only be contacted regarding a possible exposure if their child is considered a close contact who was within 3-6ft distance (depending on proper use of masks) for 15 minutes or longer over a 24 hour period.

Note: If there are any updates or revisions made throughout the year, the most current plan will be shared with our families.

High School Girls' Basketball Update

High School girls interested in joining the basketball team, there will be a meeting in the side school gym for a shoot around on Wednesday, August 11th, and Thursday, August 12th, at 3:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please see Coach Oliver in the school counseling office or Room 214. Tryouts will be Monday, November 1st.

College Fair

On September 2, our juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to go to the Tri-Cities College Fair at Freedom Hall Civic Center where there will be the opportunity to visit with up to 40 colleges, military recruiters, and a few employers. Cost of the trip is $3 payable in the Counseling Office. Permission Forms for both trips can be found on the Class 2022 Counseling Canvas page.

Save the Date(s)

Student will not be in session on the following dates:

  • Friday, August 20th - No School - Teacher In-service Day
  • Friday, October 22nd - No School - Teacher Professional Development Day
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Fall Festival - Friday October 15th

A little hocus pocus is in motion for our 2021 Fall Festival. Save the date for October 15th and plan to join us for an evening of treats and a few friendly tricks!
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