University School Weekly Update
November 28-December 4
Benchmark Testing Schedule
University School students will take 2nd quarter benchmark assessments beginning November 30th. Below are answers to commonly asked questions regarding benchmarks and how results are used.
What are Case Benchmark Assessments?
- Case Benchmarks are comprehensive formative assessments aligned to the rigor and performance expectations set forth in Tennessee State Standards.
- Questions are similar to the style and rigor of questions included on TCAP and EOC assessments.
- Intended to measure if students are making progress toward mastery of standards.
When will my student take benchmark assessments?
- Given 3 times per year at the end of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rdquarters
When will 2nd quarter benchmarks be given?
- Grades 3-8 – November 30th – December 8th
- Tests dates and times will be set by individual classroom teachers based on the needs of each grade level.
- High School EOC subjects
- Tuesday, November 30th – English 9 and 10 Part I (Multiple Choice)
- Wednesday, December 1st – English 9 and 10 Part II (Essay)
- Thursday, December 2nd – Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry
- Friday, December 3rd – Biology/U.S. History
How will results from these tests be used?
- Teachers will use results to assess student mastery of standards and adjust pacing as needed.
- Targeted review for TCAPs and EOCs
- Results will identify areas where review, reinforcement, and/or enrichment are needed throughout the year.
Does my child need to study for benchmark assessments?
- No, students are expected to show what they know.
Congratulations to University High student, Abhirup Chanda (Grade 11), who was recognized by the Pacific Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for the best video submitted by a High School student, on a competition Moving-on from Covid-19 online Video Contest.
His topic was What Can Microgravity Tell Us About Health Science, Space Research, and Agriculture?
Abhirup's video was reviewed by a panel of scientists from multiple disciplines and was given the highest rating of all high school student videos submitted. So proud of Abhirup!
Yearbook Pictures Needed
The yearbook staff needs your help. We need pictures of the following:
- Outside activities (hobbies or family outings)
- Students with their pets
- Vacation photos (from this summer till now)
- Out of school sports participation
- Holiday activities
- Sibling pictures (of those who attend US)
If you could email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, please let me know.
U-School Holiday Wish Application
Key Club Holiday Information
Key Club - We will have our holiday party after school on Wednesday, December 1, 2021.
Please see Canvas for details. Here is the link for the food sign up:
Also, we still need volunteers to ring bells on Saturday, December 4th, at the Jonesborough Walmart. Sign up with Ms. Squibb.
Senior Yearbook Ads
Dear Parents of UH Seniors,
The University School Yearbook Staff is preparing for the 2021/2022 yearbook. If you would like to purchase a Senior Ad, you can do so now. This is a chance to congratulate the seniors; if you are not familiar with the tradition of Senior Ads, you need only look as far as any Buccaneer yearbook.
A journalism student will create your ad, then we will allow you a chance to proof it and make any changes you wish. On your contract, you may indicate a color scheme for the ad, and we will try to incorporate it. You may submit anywhere from 7 to 20 pictures but be mindful that we are not always able to fit them all on a page. You may also create your own senior’s ad. It must be in a jpeg format (at least a 300 resolution).
If you are interested in purchasing space in this year’s yearbook, please complete the attached contract as well as submit payment, pictures, and a message by March 4, 2022. After that date, we will not accept any more senior ads.
This year, we have two ways to pay for your child’s senior ad. We will accept cash or checks made out to University School, or you may pay through the online yearbook payment system on the school website. It is located on the main school page in the University School Payment System box. You indicate the size of senior ad you wish to purchase and complete the process. The direct link is:
The staff is looking forward to working with you and creating wonderful ads for you to enjoy! If you have any questions of problems, please let us know! My email address is email@example.com and the school’s phone number is 423.439.4333
Math & Science Tutoring Available
Inclement Weather & Emergency Closure Policy
As we prepare for the changing of the seasons, we ask that our families please review our inclement weather policy. Although we have a partnership with Washington County Schools, we do want to remind our families that we follow a different calendar and inclement weather and emergency closure policy, so please be sure to review the information below:
Inclement Weather & Emergency Closure Policy:
When there is inclement weather:
- University School will close if Johnson City Schools close for inclement weather.
- University School will also close for inclement weather if ETSU closes.
- University School will close if there is need due to an emergency at the school.
We will not make an announcement through the news media due to the fact that saying University School will be closed is confusing to ETSU students. Instead we ask that our students and parents/guardians be aware of the reasons for closure stated above and refer to the University School website and social media sites for updated announcements.
We are aware some students live in areas where the weather may be worse than it is in town. Therefore, if University School is open but road conditions between your home and the school are dangerous, we ask that you please do not put yourself at risk by attempting to drive to school. If this were to occur, please call the school office and inform us of your circumstances. On inclement weather days when Johnson City Schools are not regularly scheduled, announcements will be made through our normal email distribution, website, and social media outlets.
Click here for Link to Johnson City School System Home Page
Weekly Calendar of Events
November 29 TN Promise Meeting, Cafeteria, 9:00 a.m.
November 29 Math Help Club, Library, 3:15-4:30 p.m.
December 1 Deadline for U-School Holiday Wish Applications
December 1 Bible Study Club, Warf-Pickel Hall Room 127, 3:15-4:00 p.m.
December 1 Key Club End of Year Celebration, Room 011, 3:05-5:00 p.m.
December 1 Chess and Gaming Clubs, Room 214, 3:00 p.m.
December 2 Spelling Bee, Library, 8:00-12:00
December 2 JAM - Junior Appalachian Musicians, 3:15-4:30 p.m.
December 2 Chick Chat Club, Room 010, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
December 2 College Ready Club, Library, 3:00 p.m.
December 2 Math Help Club, Library, 3:15-4:30 p.m.
December 2 MS Girls, Boys Basketball, vs Unaka, 5:00,6:00,7:00
December 2 HS Girls, Boys Basketball, vs West Greene, 5:00,6:30,8:00
December 3 HS Girls, Boys Basketball, vs Davy Crockett, 5:00,6:30,8:00
December 6 Math Help Club, Library, 3:15-4:30 p.m.
December 6 MS Girls, Boys Basketball, @Hunter, 5:00,6:00,7:00
December 7 HS Girls, Boys Basketball, vs KACHEA, 5:00,6:30,8:00
December 8 Bible Study Club, Warf-Pickel Hall Room 127, 3:15-4:00 p.m.
December 8 Green Club, Room 010, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
December 8 Chess and Gaming Clubs, Room 214, 3:00 p.m.
December 9 JAM - Junior Appalachian Musicians, 3:15-4:30 p.m.
December 9 Chick Chat Club, Room 010, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
December 9 College Ready Club, Library, 3:00 p.m.
December 9 Math Help Club, Library, 3:15-4:30 p.m.
December 9 MS Girls, Boys Basketball, vs Cloudland, 5:00,6:00,7:00
December 9 HS Girls, Boys Basketball, @North Greene, 5:00,6:30,8:00
December 10 Half Day of School - 11:30 a.m. Early Dismissal
BREAK December 11 - January 3 No School - Christmas Break
BREAK December 11 HS Girls, Boys Basketball, vs Jellico, 3:00,4:30,6:00
BREAK December 13 No School - Administrative Day
BREAK December 13 MS Girls, Boys Basketball, @Little Milligan, 6:00,7:00
BREAK December 14 HS Girls, Boys Basketball, vs Chuckey Doak, 5:00,6:30,8:00
BREAK December 16 MS Girls, Boys Basketball, vs Keenburg, 6:00,7:00
BREAK December 17 MS Boys Basketball, Christmas Tournament (JBMS) V Boys
BREAK December 17 HS Girls, Boys Basketball, vs Happy Valley, 5:00,6:30,8:00
BREAK December 18 MS Boys Basketball, Christmas Tournament (JBMS) V Boys
BREAK December 19 MS Boys Basketball, Christmas Tournament (JBMS) V Boys
BREAK December 20 MS Boys Basketball, Christmas Tournament (JBMS) V Boys
BREAK December 21 MS Boys Basketball, Christmas Tournament (JBMS) V Boys
BREAK December 22 MS Boys Basketball, Christmas Tournament (JBMS) V Boys
BREAK December 23 MS Boys Basketball, Christmas Tournament (JBMS) V Boys
BREAK December 27 HS Girls, Boys Basketball, Charleston Tournament (varsity only)
BREAK December 28 HS Girls, Boys Basketball, Charleston Tournament (varsity only)
BREAK December 29 HS Girls, Boys Basketball, Charleston Tournament (varsity only)
BREAK December 30 HS Girls, Boys Basketball, Charleston Tournament (varsity only)
BREAK January 3 No School - Faculty In-Service
January 4 First School Day after Christmas Break