University School Weekly Update

July 18-24, 2021

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

Student Handbook and Privacy Notification

The University School Student Handbook is a live document that may be found under the students' section on our school website (updated 7-11-22). The handbook includes important information for students including: general expectations, student course descriptions, grading procedures, school fee information, behavior expectations, and student privacy (FERPA) rights and procedures along with a description of some of the types of publications that student directory information may be used throughout the year. If any of our families desire not to have their child's directory information shared, please be sure to review and complete the "Student Directory Information Denial Form" found on page 48 of the student handbook and return it to the school office by no later than Friday, July 23, 2021.

ESSER Funding Parent Input Meetings with Washington County Superintendent

Dear Washington County Community,

As part of the American Rescue Plan, Washington County Schools is applying to receive approximately $11.9 million through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) 3.0 to address the ongoing impact from the pandemic. These funds may be used for one-time expenditures and should primarily focus on supporting students' academic needs in order to accelerate learning after the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds may be spent over the next three years.

I would appreciate the opportunity to engage with members of our community as we work together to complete the application and district plan for these funds. To that end, I have scheduled three in-person community forums to provide everyone an overview of the process as well as an opportunity to listen to the voice of our community:

  • July 19: Daniel Boone High School Little Theater at 6:00 pm
  • July 20: David Crockett High School Little Theater at 6:00 pm
  • July 22: WCDE Central Office Conference Room at 12:00 pm; 405 West College Street, Jonesborough (water/soft drinks provided)

I look forward to the opportunity to receive input from everyone who can attend.


Mr. Jerry S. Boyd
Superintendent of Schools
Washington County Schools

Afterschool Care for Grades K-8

We are excited to announce that beginning on July 8, 2021, afterschool care will be provided by University School for the 2021-2022 school year. The program is open to students in Kindergarten through 8 th grade. The program operates daily until 5:30 in our school building. All school rules (mask wearing & social distancing recommendations, cleaning protocols, etc.) will still be in place during afterschool.

In the event that school closes early or is not in session, after school care will not be offered.
Afterschool care will not be open on half days. In the event that the school dismisses using a
controlled release due to a threat in the area, afterschool care will be cancelled unless otherwise

The daily cost of the program is $15 per day for students who use the program. Payment is only expected for the days your child attends afterschool care. Payments should be made to
University School. The site for online payments can be accessed here:

University School Online Payments

Registration for afterschool will be submitted online using the following link:

University School Afterschool Registration

The tentative schedule for each day will be as follows:

● Check in and Snack in the cafeteria

● 3:30-4:15 Outdoor Time/Gym Time

● 4:15-4:45 Homework Half Hour in Room 214 (Reading, Writing, Art for students that do
not have daily homework)

● 4:45-5:30 Free Choice Time in the Room 214 (Games, Puzzles, Art, Reading, etc. with
proper safety protocols in place)

Ms. India and Ms. Stephanie will operate the daily afterschool care program. April Sims will
oversee the program. Please direct questions about afterschool care to April Sims at or 423-439-4271.

We look forward to providing this program for our students!

Student Athlete Information

All students who plan on participating in athletics must have a current physical, concussion, and cardiac arrest forms on file with the school before they can participate in University School athletic programs. These forms can be found on the University School sports page or picked up in the office.

University High Golf Team Tryouts

Open to all high school students: UH golf team will be holding tryouts August 3rd and 5th from 3:30-5:30 at Pine Oaks Golf Course. Students must have a current physical, SCA and concussion forms on file with the school office in order to participate (forms available on Athletics Webpage). Please note that golfers must provide their own clubs and transportation to-and-from all matches and practices. See or email Coach Penley ( with any questions.


Cheer Clinics will be held in the University School Gym

August 2nd and 3rd

From 5:30pm to 7pm

Tryouts will be on August 4th at 5:30pm

Attendance at the clinics will be required. Students must have a physical, cardiac, and concussion forms on file before attending.

Any questions, please contact Pam Baines at

HS Athlete Concussion Management Parent Information Meeting

Parents of University School athletes: please join us on Wednesday, July 21 at 6:00PM for a Concussion Education meeting, outlining the concussion management pilot program beginning soon through a partnership with ETSU Sports Medicine/ETSU Athletics. While the program will begin with the high school girls soccer team, the goal of the concussion management team is to assess the possibility of other sports' athletes throughout the year. Therefore, parents of athletes in all sports at U-School are invited to attend the Zoom meeting on Wednesday. It should also be noted that athletes in all sports will receive care and appropriate steps will be taken for concussion management regardless of the athlete's participation in the baseline testing.

An outline of the management program will be provided at the meeting. The presentation will also include more information on the testing process, including further details on:

  • Baseline concussion testing (will take approximately 45-60 min. per student and will involve 5 tests assessing different aspects of their neurocognitive function. After school testing slots are available.)
  • A specific outline of the tests, which will consist of the following:
    • Impact Neurocognitive Test: This is performed on a computer that will ask the student questions involving verbal and visual memory recall, problem solving, and attention span
    • Balance Error Scoring System: This is performed by assessing the student’s ability to perform two-leg and single-leg balance in various stances
    • King Devick Test: Performed using an iPad and the student will read and say number sequences as they appear on the screen
    • Control Oral Word Association Test: This is performed by naming a number of words that start with a specific letter over a period of several seconds
    • Grooved Pegboard test: This is performed to assess motor function by placing pegs into holes on a board

The reason for attempting to test prior to beginning practice is to determine the student’s function and ability to perform these tests in a normal environment while they are healthy. Should the student sustain a head injury moving forward following testing, they will be assessed and referred for repeat testing if a concussion is suspected. Those scores will be compared to the baseline scores along with their clinical evaluation to determine the extent of the injury and providing feedback on their recovery.

In order to participate in the baseline testing, high school girls soccer players should return the required registration documents, found HERE. ONLY the highlighted portions of the ETSU Health registration document are required to be completed, along with the HIPPA/FERPA form. The documents should be returned to Mrs. Erin Penley in the main office at University School. Students will signup for a date and time for the baseline tests to be performed when returning the documents. The deadline for these forms has been extended to Friday, 7/23 to allow for this informational meeting to take place. For more information, please e-mail UH Athletics Directors Justin Penley ( or Dustin Honeycutt (

University School HIPAA FERPA Release Concussion Screening

2021-2022 Calendar Change

Please note that the November 1st PD day is now a regular school day for our students and students will now be off on Friday, October 22nd so teachers can attend a regional professional development training. Please see the revised calendar below or you may print off a pdf version of the calendar by visiting our school's website and clicking on the calendar button found under the students drop down menu.
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Responsible Use Form - All Grades Please Complete

All University School Students are required to complete a Responsible Use Agreement, please review and complete the appropriate Responsible Use Agreement Form for each U-School student attending during the 2021-2022 school year.

K-5 User Agreement

6-12 User Agreement

University School Return-to-School Safety Protocols

We ask that all students, staff and visitors to our school, please following the COVID safety protocols below:

  • ETSU and University School no longer requires fully vaccinated individuals to wear face coverings on campus. Anyone who has not been vaccinated is strongly encouraged to continuing wearing a mask when indoors and in close proximity of others.
  • Physical distancing will be observed to the greatest extent possible.
  • Additional sanitizing will take place daily.
  • Individual sanitizing wipes will be provided for cleaning student work areas.
  • Hand sanitizing and regular handwashing is strongly encouraged.
  • Individuals exhibiting COVID-like symptoms should remain home until cleared to return to school (following current return-to-school algorithm).

Please note that the TN Department of Health Return-to-School Algorithm will continue to be followed by the school for the 2021--2022 school year. If there are any updates or revisions made throughout the year, the most current plan will be implemented and shared.

University School Apparel Sale

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Welcome University School Families! Please check out the University School Foundation Back-to-School sale items by clicking on the link below:

You'll find a great selection of Nike, North Face, and Arctic apparel, water bottles and tumblers, ball caps, backpacks, and car magnets. All sales will be available for pickup at school (pickup dates vary based upon order date) and benefit the University School Foundation which supports faculty and students. These are great items to show your school spirit or to stash away for gifts for special events throughout the year.

If you have any questions, please contact Stacey Wild via email at or via text at 423-943-7791. Show your school spirit, and thanks for your support!

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