University School Weekly Update

February 1-5, 2021

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





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Pre-ACT and ACT Information

Sophomore Pre-ACT February 17

Junior ACT March 2

The Pre-ACT and 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.

February 17 and March 2 will be Asynchronous days for High School 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. Sophomores please plan to arrive by 7:45am on February 17, and Juniors 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.


We are working diligently to ensure that we are able to hold these exams safely and not have our sites cancelled. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!

Look forward to seeing some of your smiling faces covered with a mask! 😷

Dr. Shaw & Dr. Preswood

Inclement Weather Policy

University School will close if Johnson City Schools close for inclement weather. University School will also close for inclement weather if ETSU closes. We will not make an announcement over the media due to the fact that saying University School will be closed is confusing to ETSU students. Instead we ask that students and parents/guardians be aware that we will close the school if Johnson City schools close. Some students live in areas where the weather may be worse than it is in town. If University School is open, but road conditions between your home and the school are dangerous, please do not put yourself at risk by attempting to drive to school. Call the office and inform us of your circumstances. On inclement weather days when Johnson City Schools are not regularly scheduled, announcements will be made through the media.

click here for Link to Johnson City School System Home Page

click here for Link to Johnson City Area News Station

School Pictures

For those of you who have chosen to send in a portrait of your child rather than have pictures taken at the school, please follow these steps.

  • Take a current head and shoulder picture of your child.
  • A solid background is preferable, but not a requirement.
  • You may use either a phone or a camera.
  • Your picture must be in a jpeg format.
  • Email your picture to
  • You may also drop off a copy of the picture to the office to put in my box, but I prefer email.

In addition, if you have any other pictures of your child that you would like to share, we would appreciate it. Some of the pictures we are needing include sibling photos, snow pictures, pet pictures, online learning pictures, job pictures, hobby/outdoor activities pictures, sports related pictures. Again, we need all of these pictures to be in jpeg format.

Please email these pictures to Mrs. Hammonds if you are willing to share.

We appreciate your help.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Evelyn Hammonds by using the email listed above.

Bring Your Own Device (Grades 9-12)

Grade 9-12 may bring their own devices to use at school. In order to do so, students will need to bring a signed copy of the BYOD Policy (see link below) and their device to school on Monday or Thursday (their first day back in person). Dr. Preswood will set up devices daily from 12:00-1:00 in room 216.

Quarter 3 Schedule Change

In order to accommodate the required in-person ACT testing for 11th grade students, we will need to utilize the majority of the staff to accommodate for smaller testing groups on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Since this date is not a flexible one, we will be switching the remote learning day for all students from Wednesday, March 3rd to Tuesday, March 2nd (see highlighted revisions below). Additionally, we have rescheduled the Pre-ACT for our 10th graders for February 17th. Both of these tests can only be issued in-person, so we ask that our students and families to please plan accordingly for these testing dates.
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In-Person Safety Protocols

We ask that anyone attending in-person for classes or during scheduled events on campus to please adhere to the following safety protocols:

  • Wear face coverings or masks in public settings
  • Avoid close contact by practicing physical distancing and staying at least six feet apart
  • Frequent handwashing for 20 second
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surface
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well
  • Monitor symptoms daily

University School Foundation Update

Just a reminder our next foundation meeting is Monday, February 1st @ 4:30pm. Below is the Zoom link.

Meeting ID: 926 6785 8546

Passcode: 355443

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:

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Athletics & Activities Update

Track and Field

The upcoming Track season (8th – 12th grade) will be starting soon! Coaches Lyons, Warren, and Cox will be on board for the 2021 season and once they have logistics (conditioning, date, time, COVID protocols, format, etc.) finalized, they will hold a virtual parent meeting. Remember that all student-athletes must have current physical, concussion, & SCA forms on file with the school prior to participating.

High School Softball

Attention those who are interested in High School Softball: conditioning will be starting soon! If you are interested in participating for the University School High School Softball team, please e-mail Coach Jeffers ( Once logistics of conditioning (date, time, Covid protocols, format, etc.) have been determined, Coach Jeffers will reach out with that information. Remember that all student-athletes must have current physical, concussion, & SCA forms on file with the school prior to participating.

Middle School Softball

Parents of middle school girls interested in trying out for the University School middle school softball team please email Coach Preswood, to let her know of your kiddo’s interest in playing. Once logistics of tryouts (date, time, Covid protocols, format, etc.) have been determined, Coach Preswood will reach out with that information.

Tryouts will be held in February so be sure your kiddo has turned in their physical (dated this school year) and the cardiac and concussion forms into the office. (Links on Athletic Web page). Questions can be directed to Coach Preswood ( or Middle School AD Coach Penley (

High School Baseball

Anyone 9th-12th grade student interested in trying out for the high school baseball will need to email Coach Petty at Try-outs will be held on February 15th and 16th from 3:30-5:00 at a location TBD.

HS Boys' and Girls' Basketball

DATE OPPONENT TIME (Schedule Revised 1-31-21)

Feb. 1 @ Sullivan North 5:00, 6:30, 8:00

Feb. 2 Unaka 5:00, 6:30, 8:00

Feb. 5 @ Hampton 5:00, 6:30, 8:00

Feb. 9 Cloudland 5:00, 6:30, 8:00

Feb. 12 Sullivan North 5:00, 6:30, 8:00

Feb. 16 North Greene 5:00, 6:30, 8:00

District Tourney - TBA


MS Boys' Basketball

University School middle school boys won the TMSAA Area-1 A baskeball tournament Thursday night, Beating Hampton by one point in the championship game. Andrew Cole led the way for the Bucs, being named tournament MVP for his efforts. Cooper Stevenson was also named to the All-Tournament team. The Bucs next play in the Sectional tournament next Monday night (Feb 1), hosting a home game at Indian Trail at 5pm.

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