University School Weekly Update

September 12-17, 2022

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

Announcements & Updates

Student Spotlights

Zoey is such a joy to have in class! On my very first day at school, she poked her head into my door and said, "Welcome to school!" It was so appreciated. Zoey is kind and respectful to her classmates as well as to her teachers. I also see her speaking to the younger students and it is always in a positive and uplifting manner. She is uplifting and caring towards all of her peers. She works hard in the classroom and is respectful and kind to her teachers. Zoey shines her light in the school. If Zoey sees someone without a smile, she gives them hers! It is wonderful to have Zoey's bright and cheerful presence in our school.

Getting to know Zoey:

  • Who is your hero? “My mom and dad are my heroes. They care for me, and I love them very much.”

  • You can pick any occupation when you are an adult. What are you choosing? “I want to be a fashion designer because I like designing clothes.”

  • If a new student joined your class, what advice would you give him/her? “First, I would welcome them and try to be friends with them. I would give them advice on how to have fun in 5th grade!”

“Zoey is a true light of joy in our classroom. She always has a smile on her face and a kind word for her classmates as well as her teachers!” pointed out Mrs. Davis, Zoey’s 5th-grade teacher. Added Ms. Barrett, School Counselor: "Zoey is kind and caring. She shares her smile and positive personality with the school and uses her actions and words to uplift others. Zoey's bright and cheerful character brightens up those around her!"

Middle School Honoree – Carter Fox

Carter is a wonderful student. He is responsible and always strives to do his best. On top of maintaining high expectations for himself when it comes to academics, he also has the kindest heart. He tries to make everyone feel included and will help anyone who needs it.

Getting to know Carter:

  • Who is your hero? “Mr. Weems. He is always kind and caring with his students. Really, all my teachers in general.”

  • You can pick any occupation when you are an adult. What are you choosing? “I’d pick microbiologist or human geneticist. My dad works in both of these areas and I have been able to see his work in action and its pretty cool.”

  • If a new student joined your class, what advice would you give him/her? “My advice would be to open up to everyone because there is going to be a friend here.”

"Carter's joy is contagious,” commented Ms. Reis, Carter’s 8th-grade math teacher. “He easily brings a smile to anyone's face!”

High School Honoree(s) – Mrs. Dines’ French 1 Class

The University High French 1 class recently banned together to welcome an international student who is studying French here at ETSU. The student is from Gaza and was SO appreciative for our involvement in getting her settled here at ETSU. The class all signed up to provide basic dorm items for her as well as welcoming her in our class. Thanks to the generosity of UH’s French 1 class, the student is set for her experience here in the United States.

Getting to know the French 1 class:

  • Who is your hero? (answered by Sabine Morris, French 1 student) “My hero is Kierstin Teffeteller. She has always been my strongest ally”

  • You can pick any occupation when you are an adult. What are you choosing? (answered by Luke Day, French 1 student) “I want to go into a similar occupation as my brother, who is in IT at Eastman. I enjoy using my computers and the money is good.”

  • If a new student joined your class, what advice would you give him/her? (answered by Ethan Quillen, French 1 student) “My advice is ‘make friends’ because it’s a fresh start. Your past is behind you.”

“My French 1 class is amazing!” said Ms. Dines, UH French 1 instructor. “They are active, engaged, and eager to learn. Recently, they were so excited to connect with our international student from ETSU who is studying French. They signed up to provide everything our friend needed for her dorm and even met her at the airport. When the ETSU student visited our class, they had interesting and intelligent questions to ask her. She was so surprised when she walked in and saw the welcome signs they had made for her. This class is full of competent global citizens!”

ACT Retake - Seniors

All seniors should check their emails for a message from Dr. Campbell about the statewide ACT Senior retake.

The ACT retake is required for all seniors and will take place on Tuesday, October 18th. All seniors MUST enter their student code in MyACT before the test date. Please complete this task BEFORE you leave for break in case you have issues with your account.

Email Dr. Campbell ( or stop by Room 111 if you have questions.

International Dot Day on September 15th

International Dot Day is celebrated on September 15th. It is a day meant to encourage students to be creative, curious, and brave. The inspiration for the day comes from the book, The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds. The story of The Dot centers around the main character, Vashti, who doesn't believe she is a good artist.

FALL Formal: Grades 9-12

This year's Fall Formal for grades 9-12 is scheduled for Saturday, November 19th from 7:30-10:30 PM at the The Heritage in Jonesborough, TN. Additional information for this event will be published at a later date.

University School Homecoming - Friday, December 16th

This year's homecoming is set for Friday, December 16, 2022; please mark your calendars and plan on joining us for this special event!

PSAT Registration Information

University School will offer the PSAT on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at 8:00 a.m. for registered students. University School students will need to submit a $20 payment to the Counseling Office by October 19th. Test registration will not be allowed after October 19th. Students are encouraged to register and submit their payment early as there are a limited number of tests available.

On the day of the test, students will report directly to the Culp Center Room 303/304. All students must be present and ready to begin testing by 8:00 AM.

Students who are potential National Merit Scholars must take PSAT/NMSQT during their junior year to qualify. The exam will also be open to sophomores who may want to prepare for PSAT/NMSQT in the junior year, however priority will be given to students currently in the 11th grade. Students may access the registration link in their CANVAS Counseling Announcements or by clicking HERE.

Information about PSAT/NMSQT content and format can be found on the College Board website. (

PSAT Practice Tests

Email Dr. Campbell if you have any questions.

NACAC College Fairs

The NACAC College Fair gives you direct access to most of the colleges and universities in the United States and around the globe. Register to attend today!!

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Fall Break: September 26-October 14

This year's fall break is scheduled for September 26th-October 14th. Students classes will resume on Monday, October 17th at 8:00 AM.

Fall Play: Wizard of Oz

The University School Drama department will be performing the Wizard of Oz for this year's fall play at 7:00 p.m. on the evenings of November 4th and 5th. All performance will take place in the Bud Frank Theater, which is located just across the street from University School in Gilbreath Hall.

Notes from the Nurse

Influenza Vaccination Clinic

An influenza vaccination clinic for the University School students is scheduled forFriday 10/21/22 from 9-11 am in the Library.
Parent consents are located on the links below and will also be sent home this week with each student. If you wish for your child to have the flu vaccine on 10/21/22 by the Washington County Health Department, please complete and return the consent by 8/18/22. The deadline for completion is 8/19/22 as the WCHD must have time to process all the consents and insurance information prior to this event.**

Student Athlete Information

2022-2023 Athletic Sports Pass

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University School Foundation

Fall Festival - October 27th

Save the date! This year‘s fall festival is planned for October 27, from 5:30 to 8 PM. The theme is Burton Bash! (A Tim Burton Movie Mash Up).

So don’t be a Frankenweenie, join us and enjoy a little Nightmare Before Christmas with trunk or treat, inflatables, a costume parade, and everyone’s favorite, the dunking booth! More details and website for ticket purchase coming soon.

Senior Tailgate Opportunity

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