University School Weekly Update

April 26-30, 2021

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As we prepare for the week ahead, we ask that you please review the following information:

New Fifth Grade Class

We are excited to announce that we are going to be adding an additional Fifth Grade class next school year. Since this announcement is just now being released, the following admission provision has been made:

  • Any current University School student who has a sibling entering fifth grade next year and who has not already applied for admission for the 2021-2022 school year may do so by Monday, May 3, 2021.

Please feel free to reach out to the office if you have any questions.

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TN State Assessments

The Washington County School System and University School will continue administering the state-mandated High School End of Course (EOC) state assessments this week. All HS students taking Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry will need to report to school on Wednesday, April 28th to complete their math EOC. Testing on this day should be completed between 11:30-12:00 PM.

Federal and State Law states that every student be administered the same State Board approved standardized tests required of public school students in accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 and T.C.A. § 49-1-602 pertaining to district and school accountability.

The TCAP assessment is a fully aligned assessment that captures the depth and breadth of what students are learning--and have been learning--in the classroom every day. The information from this year’s assessment will provide educators, parents, and students with a perspective on how students are progressing academically compared to their peers across Tennessee, and better information about a student’s strengths, needs, and areas for growth.

Please do not schedule appointments on testing days and encourage your child to do well on the tests and help them at home by doing the following:

  • Discuss the tests with your child. Talking about the tests will help ease your child’s worries and show him/her that you are interested.

  • Make sure your child goes to bed early and gets plenty of rest. Students’ minds and bodies need to be ready for a full day of trying their best.

  • Make sure your child eats a good breakfast. It is difficult for students to think and do their best if their stomach is empty.

  • Arrive at school on time. Being late may cause your child to feel rushed and nervous. Arriving on time will help your child feel relaxed and ready to do his/her best.

  • Send your child to school with words of encouragement. Hearing, “You can do it!” or “I have confidence in you!” from you means a lot to your child.

Where can I go for more resources?

Information describing the TCAP Achievement Assessment can be located on the TN Department of Education website ( ...follow top link “For Students & Families”/Assessment …next follow left side links…Overview or click TNReady then select the specific content area or also click Parent Resources).


Dear University School Parents and Students,

We are SUPER EXCITED about the upcoming BLUE & GOLD FUN RUN on May 20th. Details regarding the day and how to get students registered for the event are in the documents below! We already have matching sponsors for both elementary and middle school (up to $1000 will be matched for both) so we want to encourage you to get out there and raise a lot of money!

Please see flyer below for details on the event.

Thank you again for your continued support!

Jill Hayter

University School Foundation

Fundraising Chair

The COVID-19 pandemic caused schools to quickly realize the many benefits of outdoor learning spaces. We are fortunate to have resources like the ETSU Fitness Path in our backyard. However, the University School Foundation has a vision to increase these opportunities for our students, including an outdoor classroom, garden lab areas, and other open air learning opportunities.

This year, more than ever, your participation and donations matter! All money raised at the Blue & Gold Fun Run will go to support outdoor learning opportunities both this year and in future years for the students and staff of University School.

With your tax deductible donation, you will not only help to support our school, but this opportunity will also showcase your business with appreciation and recognition in our community.

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Dear University School Seniors and families,

As we are getting close to the end of the year, we would like to highlight all of our 2020 graduates by doing a Senior Spotlight each day during the month of May. In order to do this, we need a little assistance from each of graduating students. Each day 2-3 of you will be recognized on our webpage and social media sites. Please send Mrs. Erwin (our Webmaster) the information below:

  • Name (first and last):
  • College or Career Path Plans:
  • Favorite University School Moment:
  • A photo of you (please make sure that if it was taken by a professional photographer that you have permission for us to post it online and via social media platforms)

Please send the photo and the information to Mrs. Erwin:

Junior and Senior PROM - May 1st, 7:30-10:30pm, at the Jonesborough Storytelling Center

The Junior-Senior Prom will be held on Saturday May 1st, at the Jonesborough Storytelling Center, from 7:30-10:30.



GUESTS: Current University School Juniors and Seniors may bring one guest who is not a current University School Junior or Senior.
  • Guests must be at least a high school student and under 21 years old.
  • If your guest is a University School Freshman or Sophomore, you need to list their name when you register and a ticket needs to be purchased.
  • If your guest does not attend University School, you will list their name when you register, purchase a ticket, AND you need to turn in a completed guest permission form to Dr. Day by April 27th. Pre-registered Non University School guests must bring an ID to be admitted to prom. (paper copy available in the office or online

Masks will be required to be worn throughout the evening with the exception of when students are eating/drinking. Cookies and snacks will be available as well as water and tea. The DJ and dancing area will be set up on an outside patio with brick pavers - attendees should wear/bring appropriate shoes for dancing. (DJ and dancing will be inside if the weather is bad or too cold). There will NOT be a photographer at the event this year.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Day ( or Ms. Sims (

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Health Northeast Region county health departments are now booking appointments for individuals aged 16 and up who wish to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. The Northeast Region includes Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins-Church Hill, Hawkins-Rogersville, Johnson, Unicoi and Washington Counties.

The Northeast Region county health departments offer COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment. To book your appointment, visit and click the blue “Proceed to COVID-19 questionnaire” button at the bottom of the page to start your registration. When scheduling appointments by the online portal, make sure to search all locations in the county for appointment availability. Most vaccines are given at sites that are not at the local health department. Please see attachment for vaccine sites. If you need help scheduling your vaccination, please call the Northeast Regional Registration Line at (423) 979-4689. The

Registration Line is staffed Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Pfizer vaccine has been authorized for ages 16 and older. Moderna vaccine is currently authorized for ages 18 and older. Please call the NE Registration Line at (423) 979-4689 to register 16 and 17 year olds for a Pfizer vaccine site.

The Northeast Regional Health Office reminds all residents that in addition to vaccinations, wearing a face mask, maintaining social distance and getting tested when exposed or sick are critical to controlling the pandemic.

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. Learn more about TDH services and programs at

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Please drop off any used glasses in the boxes located in the main office and school library.


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Dual Enrollment registration for the 21-22 school year is open and all paperwork for Fall 2021 will need to be submitted by April 30, 2021. For more information, please click on this link or email Dr. Shaw (

Quarter 4 Operational Calendar

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Weekly Calendar of Events & Activities

Monday 4/26/21

High School Soccer (JV Only) - Home vs. Providence @ Winged Deer 7:00

High School Softball - Away @ Cloudland 5:00

High School Baseball (JV & V) – Away @ Hampton 4:30

Tennis (Co-Op with Unicoi) @ Sullivan Central 3:30

Tuesday 4/27/21

High School Soccer – Away @ Chuckey-Doak 7:00

Track – Science Hill JV Meet @ Science Hill 4:30

High School Softball – Home Senior Night vs. Hancock County @ ETSU – Betty Basler 5:00

Middle School Softball (DH) - Home vs. Johnson County @ Carnegie 4:30

High School Baseball (V & JV) - Home vs. Hampton @ Thomas 5:00

Tennis (Co-Op with Unicoi) @ TN High

Wednesday 4/28/21

Middle School Baseball - Away - Conference Tournament @ TBD

Thursday 4/29/21

High School Soccer (JV after V) Home –Senior Night vs. Unicoi @ ETSU-Summers-Taylor 7:00

Tennis (Co-Op with Unicoi) @ Sullivan South 3:30

Middle School Baseball – Away- Conference Tournament @ TBD

Friday 4/30/21

High School Baseball - Away @ Sullivan East 5:00

Middle School Baseball – Away - Conference Tournament @ TBD

Saturday 5/1/21

High School Baseball – Home Senior Night vs. Cosby @ Thomas 12:00

Track – Times-News Relays @ Dobyns-Bennett TBD

Middle School Baseball – Away - Conference Tournament @ TBD