University School Weekly Update

July 25-31, 2021

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

As case numbers in the region continue to change, 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 wear a mask when indoors and in close proximity of others.
  • Physical distancing should 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).
  • 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.
  • Anyone having two of the following symptoms, must also have a COVID test before returning to school: chills, congestion/runny nose, sore throat, headache, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain, and fatigue. This also applies to those who are COVID vaccinated. Regardless of their symptoms or any testing performed, they must be fever-free and symptoms improving for 24 hours prior to return to school.

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 shared with our families.

Class of 2022 - Senior Retreat and College Fair Information

Hi Seniors!!!! I'm excited to announce that we have 2 Field Trips coming up soon!!

On July 30 we will go to Roan Mountain to get us jump started on the college application process, and for some fun and bonding with your classmates. Cost of the trip is $6 payable in the Counseling Office. Bring a bag lunch plus any money you would like to have for pool entry or snack bar.

On September 2 we will go to the Tri-Cities College Fair at Freedom Hall Civic Center where you will have 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.

More details about the College Fair coming soon!

Dr. Shaw

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

Middle School Cross Country

Middle school cross country will kick off with a Zoom meeting for parents on Thursday, July 29 at 6:15pm. Zoom login information is below. Anyone interested should attend this informational meeting. Official team practice will begin on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at 3:15pm. To participate, all athletes must have turned in a physical along with cardiac and concussion forms and the $20 athletic fee. Forms are in Ms. Ledbetter's and Ms. Stippey's rooms, and can also be found here: (Physical Forms , Cardiac Arrest Forms, and Concussion Forms ). Please e-mail Mrs. Ledbetter ( and/or Mrs. Stippey ( for more information.

Zoom Meeting Information:

Topic: U-School Middle School XC Parents Meeting

Time: Jul 29, 2021 06:15 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting :

Meeting ID: 942 5271 5429

Passcode: 956250

Middle School Baseball Tryouts

Tryouts for middle school baseball (grades 6-8) will be 4-6 pm on Monday, July 26, at Indian Trail Intermediate School, 307 Car-Mol Dr., Johnson City, TN 37601. The rain date will be Friday, July 30. Please note that current (for this school year) paperwork ( Physical Forms , Cardiac Arrest Forms, and Concussion Forms) must be on file with the school office prior to tryouts. For more information, please contact Coach Taylor Stevenson (
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The University High Boy's Basketball Golf Fundraiser will be Saturday, August 14th, 2021, at Pine Oaks Golf Course in Johnson City, TN. Start time is 8:00 a.m. Registration 8:30 a.m. Shot-Gun Start. The cost is $200 per team of 4 ($50 per player). Tournament will be flighted after completion of round. Each team will be able to purchase 1 mulligan per player (4 per team $20). East team will be allowed to purchase 4 red tees for $20 per team ($5 per player). Putting contest is $5 for 3 putts. Prizes will be awarded for each flight winner and putting contest winner. Food will be available for purchase.

Tax Free Holiday 2021

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Tennessee's traditional sales tax holiday on clothing, school supplies and computers begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 30, 2021, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 1, 2021. Click here for more information what items are tax-exempt during this holiday.

For 2021, Tennessee's General Assembly has approved a sales tax holiday on food, food ingredients and prepared food which begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 30, 2021, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, August 5, 2021. For more information on which food items are tax-exempt during this holiday, click here.

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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 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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