University School Weekly Update

February 22-26, 2021

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

Register & Submit Questions

Virtual Q & A Town Hall with Dr. Partin and Dean Scarborough

K-5 Town Hall - Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 5:30 PM

6-12 Town Hall - Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 6:30 PM

Please register and submit questions as early as possible!



Washington County Schools will be offering multiple Summer Camps this year (Summer 2021) and would like to survey families across the district who would like to be a part of this new adventure. The camps will be designed to support student academic needs and student learning loss.

Since this program is being supported through state funding, University School students going into K-8 grade may participate. The program begins will begin June 1st. The new school year will begin on July 7 for University School, so any student participating may only do so for the first 4 weeks. Although University School will not be a host site, families may choose to attend any of the other designated Washington County School sites but may be required to provide their own transportation.

Please see the details below and fill out the following survey (students must be currently enrolled in Washington County Schools including University School) if you are interested in possibly having your rising K-8th grader(s) attend one of these programs.

Survey Interest Link:

Face Covering Policy

The face covering policy for University School and East Tennessee State University is still in effect for all campus visitors, faculty and staff. This includes attendance at any school sponsored events and activities.
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Yearbook Orders

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It is finally that time of the year to order the 2020/2021 school yearbooks. Due to our altered schedule, we are a little behind in getting this up and running, but we are now ready to accept orders. The deadline for placing a yearbook order is April 12.

There is no price increase for the yearbooks this year. The elementary/middle school yearbook is $28.00 while the high school yearbook is $40.

For the convenience of online ordering, there is a processing fee assessed by our publisher; therefore, the total cost will be $42.00 for high school and $29.40 for elementary/middle school.

In addition, this year we are offering at a cost the option for you to have your child’s name written on the book. This will cost $4.95 per book. You will add that to your online order.

Directions for ordering online: Go to; Click on shop online and locate our school by city and state and click okay.

To Purchase: Click on yearbook and select order to place it in your shopping cart.

You will then be asked to log in or create an account. Follow the steps to check out.

If you have any questions, please email me at or call the school.

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If any parent would like to purchase a Senior Ad, you can do so now. If you are interested in purchasing space in this year's yearbook, please complete the required contract as well as submit payment, pictures, and a message by February 26, 2021. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Hammonds ( for assistance.
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Eighth grade is a big year since your child will be leaving middle school and beginning high school next year. The journalism staff believes that eighth graders deserve some form of recognition for all their hard work. To help celebrate this achievement, we are including “dedications” in the 2020-21 K-8 yearbook.

If you would like to have your child in this section, please send a picture of your child (baby or current) and a short message to him/her that will be featured in the yearbook. Some examples are pictured below. There will be no extra charge for this feature.

Please email me your picture and message by February 26, 2021, to Thank you for helping us recognize the University School class of 2025!


All students in Tennessee public schools are required to take a Civics exam and earn an 85% in order to graduate. All current seniors are required to take or re-take the Civics exam this school year because of changes in requirements. Please plan to take your civics exam and pass with an 85% by March 4.

Study Materials and the Civics exam can be found in the Counseling Grade 12 CANVAS Modules.

ACT Information - Juniors Only

All in-person Juniors need to stop by the counseling office prior to March 2 to pick up their individualized copy of the ACT NON-TEST INSTRUCTIONS FOR STUDENTS. Prior to testing you will need to create, merge, or confirm your new MYACT account in order to receive your scores. You will also complete all non-test portions of ACT online. Generic instructions can be found here:

ALL JUNIORS have a specialized code that is available on the NON-TEST INSTRUCTIONS FOR STUDENTS. IN PERSON students should pick up their instructions with their personalized code in the counseling office. Fully remote students can text Dr. Shaw on Remind to get a copy.

Junior ACT Instructions for March 2

The ACT will be held at University School, and admission to test will be at the front of the building. Be prepared to wait outdoors until you are admitted, and please do not bring unnecessary gear (backpacks, purses, etc.) to the exam site. Phones and smartwatches will not be allowed in the testing rooms. PLEASE BRING A PHOTO ID.

March 2 will be Asynchronous days for all K-12 Students. Students who are testing will be dismissed to leave school at the end of the exam so please make transportation plans.

All students are pre-registered for the exam. Juniors need to please plan to arrive by 7:45am on March 2. School attendance will be taken at check in. Students who receive special accommodations for testing will be contacted individually for arranged testing times and locations.

Students will be required to have a temperature check, respond to a short health survey, and wear a mask in order to be admitted to the building. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ATTEND Pre-ACT/ACT TESTING IF YOU ARE NOT WELL, HAVE ANY COVID SYMPTOMS, HAVE HAD POTENTIAL COVID EXPOSURE, OR ARE UNDER QUARANTINE.

You will need to bring all necessary supplies (#2 pencils and calculators, etc.) as indicated on the ACT website (Links to an external site.). Testing materials will not be supplied and cannot be shared.


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Virtual College Fair Registration is Open!

Thursday, March 4th, 2021, 5:00 pm – 7:45 pm CST

Hi there,

My name is Rachel McCollough, and I am serving as VP Recruitment Services for TACRAO (Tennessee Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers) Board. We are a non-profit professional organization that exchanges ideas and information on and about higher education in the State of Tennessee and nation as a whole while promoting the advancement of higher education throughout Tennessee.

As mentioned previously, TACRAO will once again be hosting a series of virtual college fairs through StriveScan, a virtual platform, for high school students, transfer students, and counselors throughout the state of Tennessee to supplement for the many face-to-face college fairs that have been canceled. Colleges and institutions across the state and out-of-state will be giving short presentations virtually with the opportunity for live Q & A for the admissions representatives.

Student registration for the virtual college fair on March 4th is now open!

During the Virtual College Fair, students will have the chance to hear from many different colleges, both in-state and out-of-state. Student, counselors, and parents can register for free at or by using the link below. Students can register anytime up through the program that they choose to attend. Students can choose which session(s) they want to attend. We hope you will encourage your students to register for these events. Counselors are welcome to register for these fairs as well. Also, please feel free to forward this information to other counselors in your area. I have attached a poster/social media graphic that can be used to promote this event.

Check out the schedule, list of colleges, and register now!

We have decided to host these fairs statewide for the spring semester. Students across Tennessee can attend numerous sessions if they would like. High school students in each grade are welcome to attend. We are having specific transfer student fair for any students looking to transfer institutions. We are hosting these events multiple nights throughout the spring semester so students can attend sessions that work best for their schedule.

Save the Date!

While student registration is not yet open for all of our virtual fairs, we thought it would be best to go ahead and provide the dates for future events for the spring semester. Below you can find the dates and times for the more events during the spring semester so be sure to save the date! Colleges and institutions are still registering for these events. Once registration for students opens on March 15 for these fairs, I will send another email with the registration link.

Fair Type, Dates, Time

High School Students, Monday, April 5, 2021, 5:00 pm – 7:45 pm central

High School Students, Thursday, April 8, 2021, 5:00 pm – 7:45 pm central

Transfer Students, Monday, April 12, 2021, 5:00 pm – 7:45 pm central

We highly encourage you to share these events with your students and other counselors in your area. Our hope is that these college fairs will allow students to continue learning about the institutions they are interested in attending and give them the opportunity to speak with institutions that they may not have been interested at the time of previous college fair events.

Please let us know have any questions. We are looking forward to sharing this virtual experience with you and your students!


Rachel McCollough

TACRAO VP Recruitment Services





615-298-6636 OR 901-416-1234

Note: For more information, please visit

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The University School Key Club February Service Project is a food and supply drive for the Washington County Humane Society and Animal Shelter. These organizations are always in great need of help from the community. There will be a collection bin in the lobby of University School for supply donations. For monetary gifts, make checks payable to either of these organizations and Sharon Squibb will forward to them. Ms. Squibb is also willing to purchase supplies with cash donations.

Humane Society Needs:

  • Purina One canned and dry kitten food
  • Non-clumping cat litter
  • Dog Food: Adult and Puppy Nature's Recipe chicken, pumpkin, and sweet potato flavored

Animal Shelter Needs:

  • Purina 1 dry and wet cat food
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Zip lock bags
  • Cat toys & dog toys

2021-22 Re-enrollment Sign Up

Please complete the following form no later than February 28th, 2021. This is for your children who are currently enrolled at University School and who are returning to University School for the 2021-22 school year. Please submit this form for each child returning next year.

Re-enrollment Link:

For each child who is returning, please also submit the $95 material fee using this link:

Meredith Receives University School Basketball Career Achievement Award

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Over the past four years, Kaleb Meredith has excelled as both a student and as an athlete. He has amassed over 2,700 career points, placing him in the top three all-time leading scorers in Northeast Tennessee. He has been voted four times to both the All-Conference and All-Region teams, been voted Player of the Year in District 1A multiple times, has earned multiple tournament MVP awards, multiple All-Northeast Tennessee 1st Teams, and the Tennessee Sports Writers All State team. Showing his commitment to being a complete player, Kaleb has also been named Johnson City Press’ Northeast Tennessee Defensive Player of the Year. This season, Kaleb is leading Northeast Tennessee in scoring, averaging 30 points-per-game in addition to 9 rebounds-per-game and 4 steals-per-game. Congratulations to Kaleb on receiving this University School Career Achievement honor!

(Photo used with permission by Mast Visions)