University School Weekly Update

May 22-27, 2022

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As we prepare for this last week of school, we would like to take a moment to thank our entire school community (students, staff and families) for your ongoing dedication and commitment toward making University School a wonderful place to learn and grow! Specifically, we would like to recognize our outstanding Class of 2022 for their many achievements in and out of the classroom, their incredible scholarship opportunities, and most importantly, their resilience and determination!

We are so incredibly proud of each member of this graduating class and look forward to seeing the difference you all will make during your future endeavors! Best of luck and have a wonderful last week of school!

TSSAA State Bound Athletes & Teams

Congratulations to the following athletes and teams on advancing to the state championships this week:

Track: Jaecee Rae Carr, Isabelle Johnson, Dalencia Kittrel, and Melina Summer

Tennis (Co-op with Unicoi County): Abhi Chanda, Ashton Abbott, Lily Mefford, Jordan Havert, and Kaylee DeGennaro

Baseball: Andrew Finney, Jaxson Williams, Jacob Pealer, Peter Boynewicz, Davis Hampton, Layton Burrow, Joseph Kent, Cade Pollock, Andrew Markland, Hank Stott, Jesse Greene, Miles Bembry, Brayden Ryder, Daniel Seehorn, Cooper Stevenson, River Kindle, Garrett Gentry, and Jack Harman

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Good Luck at State and Go Bucs!

Important Dates & Reminders:

  • Junior Class (Class of 2023) Parent Committee Interest Meeting via Zoom on Monday, May 23rd
  • Elementary Field Trip to Bright's Zoo and Seniors to Bay's Mountain on Tuesday, May 24th
  • MS and Seniors to Dollywood on Wednesday, May 25th
  • Field Day for Grades 6-8 will be on Thursday, May 26th beginning at 11:00 AM @ the CPA.
  • Graduation at the Martin Center for Seniors - Friday, May 27th @ 6:00 PM - please note that you must have ticket to attend.

Class of 2023 (Current Juniors) Parent Committee Interest Meeting

All parents of our current 11th grade class are invited to join us for a Class of 2023 Parent Committee Interest Meeting on Monday, May 23rd @ 6:00 PM. The meeting will be held via Zoom and any parent interested in being a part of the parent planning committee for all Senior year activities are encouraged to attend.

Meeting Information:

Topic: Class of 2023 Parent Committee Meeting

Time: May 23, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 912 5214 7866

Passcode: 591646

School Issued Devices and Materials

Just a reminder all school-issued devices (iPads, chargers and Chromebooks) and materials (library and non-consumable textbooks) must be turned in this week. Devices will be cleaned and reissued in the fall, so please remove any stickers or other personal items added prior to returning. Lastly, please note that if any items are lost or damaged, there may be a repair or replacement fee assessed.

University School Foundation Update

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The Foundation's mission is to promote a closer cooperation and unity of spirit among parents, faculty, and students by involving and enabling all parents to be of service to the school and the community.


The Foundation is an energetic, active organizational community made up of all parents of University School’s students. Our purpose is to facilitate parental understanding of the school’s goals and achievements, and to provide enrichment, parental support, and financial assistance to all aspects of the school.

The Foundation has two major fundraisers each year: The Fall Festival and Spring Auction. Funds from these events directly support our school where state funding falls short. Additionally, Foundation funds also support student athletics, technology, staff appreciation, and other enhancements for our students.

The Foundation recognizes that we are a diverse group of parents with different talents, interests, and time commitments. Regardless of personal situation, opportunities abound for support and involvement in the University School Foundation community. Please join us in making the best school in the Tri-Cities even better!

Link to Survey:

Free.Period Community Service Project Success

The students in Free.Period Club recently completed a community feminine hygiene product donation drive. A donation drive partnership was formed with the Kingsport and Johnson City Parks and Recreation Departments. The students promoted the donation drive by recording a public service announcement with the assistance of Wayne Winkler of WETS radio, the local NPR affiliate. The PSA using the voices of Lizzie Sherlin, Sarah Siserir and Ava McCollum-Beaves was played several times a day during the two weeks of the donation drive. Newspaper notices were also printed in the community section of the Kingsport and Johnson City newspapers.

In total: 35 boxes of products were donated. This totaled 1793 total individual items. Plus, one corporate donor pledged a check for $200.

The donated products are being shared with the parks and recreation departments as a community service for the departments to distribute to local girls in need of supplies.

If you are interested in participating in future donation drive efforts please join The Free.Period Club next school year.

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HS Boys Basketball Tryouts

Attention all current rising 9th-12th grade boys (current 8th-11th graders) interested in playing high school basketball next season: tryouts for next season’s team for current students will be held on Monday, May 23 and Tuesday, May 24 in Brooks Gym, from 3:30-5:00 each day. Please note this is for current students only (new students will have a separate tryout at a later date. All participants must have current physical, SCA, and concussion paperwork on file with the school office. Any new student to University School interested in playing will have an opportunity for a later tryout. If interested, please contact Coach Herman Rice ( for more information.

Community Event, Camps & Opportunities

ETSU Baseball Camps

The goal of the Youth Camp is to teach baseball fundamentals in a fun and energetic atmosphere. All players are continually involved in drills of all aspects. Participants will generally play in their own age group or grade level. However, we reserve the right to move a camper up in age groups, depending on their ability and skill. There will be an emphasis on defensive play, offensive play, and live game repetitions.

Youth Camp (ages 5-13) will be ran by current ETSU Baseball Staff, ETSU Baseball Alumni, and current ETSU Players. Safety will be a priority at Youth Camp and we reserve the right to remove any campers from camp if we feel there is a threat of harm towards themselves or other campers.

9:00-10:30AM Camp Stretch/Defensive & Offensive Instruction
10:30-12:00PM Competitions & Games
(at 11:45AM on final day of camp there will be accolades ceremony)

Other items:

  • Bring bat, glove, & cleats/tennis shoes.
  • ETSU is not liable for lost gear.
  • Parents are more than welcome to be in attendance for the entirety of camp.
  • There will not be a lunch served. You are more than welcome to pack one if necessary.
  • Campers can make purchases at concessions during designated break times.

Available Camp Dates for U-School Students:

June 6-9

June 13-16

June 20-23

Camps run from 9-12 (registration at 8:15 on first day of each session). $160. An extra afternoon session is available for each camp as well. 12-3. $100.

Entrepreneur's Summer Bootcamp - July 11th - 15th

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NE State STEM Camps - June 13 - 17

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Equip, empower, and inspire high school students to become more engaged and impactful leaders in their school and the community.

****MEETING DATES (all meetings are on Saturday, 10am-2pm, at The Chamber office with the exception of the Ropes Course and May graduation date):

August 28, September 18, October 23, November 20, December 11, January 8, February 12, April 9 and graduation Sunday, May 15. (please note these dates may change)

We are looking for students who want to make a difference, be accountable, while learning about leadership/soft skills, making new friends and experience the rewards of serving our community.

***Rising high school juniors and seniors can apply.

ETSU Women's Basketball Summer Camps

ETSU Women's Basketball program will be hosting camps for all boys and girls ages 6-13 this summer. Session information and registration information is listed below:

Session 1: May 31 – June 2

Ages: 6-13 welcome

Gender: BOYS & GIRLS welcome!

Location: J. Madison Brooks Gymnasium / Trujillo Practice Court

Price: $150 (Early Bird special of $100 until May 15th)

Session 2: June 13-16

Ages: 6-13 welcome

Gender: BOYS & GIRLS welcome!

Location: J. Madison Brooks Gymnasium / Trujillo Practice Court

Price: $200 (Early Bird special of $150 until May 30th)

All details can be found here:

Weekly Calendar of Events

View Events for Entire School Year | Printable Calendar: This Year or Next Year | Schedule Change Policy

May 23 (tentative) Entrepreneur's Club, Room 214, 3:15-4:15 p.m.

May 24 Senior Week, Bays Mountain
May 24 Tennis, D1 State Championship
May 24 Track, HS State Championship
May 24 HS Baseball V, State Tournament

May 25 Senior Week, Dollywood
May 25 MS Trip, Dollywood
May 25 Tennis, D1 State Championship
May 25 HS Baseball V, State Tournament

May 26 Senior Week, Grad Rehearsal, Picnic
May 26 College Ready Club, Library, 3:00 p.m.
May 26 Tennis, D1 State Championship
May 26 HS Baseball V, State Tournament

May 27 Last Day of School - Half Day - 11:30 a.m. Early Dismissal
May 27 Senior Week, Walk-through, Rehearsal
May 27 Graduation, 6:00 p.m. @ Martin Center
May 27 Tennis, D1 State Championship
May 27 HS Baseball V, State Tournament

May 27 Project Graduation, 10:00 p.m. @ CPA

BREAK May 28 No School - Summer Break Begins

BREAK May 30 No School - Memorial Day Holiday

BREAK May 31 No School - Faculty In-Service

BREAK June 1 No School - Administrative Day

Students Return to School - July 18, 2022

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