University School Weekly Update

November 14-21

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We hope everyone was able to enjoy the weekend break! As we prepare for the week ahead, we ask that you please review the information below:
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Senior Yearbook Ads

Dear Parents of UH Seniors,

The University School Yearbook Staff is preparing for the 2021/2022 yearbook. If you would like to purchase a Senior Ad, you can do so now. This is a chance to congratulate the seniors; if you are not familiar with the tradition of Senior Ads, you need only look as far as any Buccaneer yearbook.

A journalism student will create your ad, then we will allow you a chance to proof it and make any changes you wish. On your contract, you may indicate a color scheme for the ad, and we will try to incorporate it. You may submit anywhere from 7 to 20 pictures but be mindful that we are not always able to fit them all on a page. You may also create your own senior’s ad. It must be in a jpeg format (at least a 300 resolution).

If you are interested in purchasing space in this year’s yearbook, please complete the attached contract as well as submit payment, pictures, and a message by March 4, 2022. After that date, we will not accept any more senior ads.

This year, we have two ways to pay for your child’s senior ad. We will accept cash or checks made out to University School, or you may pay through the online yearbook payment system on the school website. It is located on the main school page in the University School Payment System box. You indicate the size of senior ad you wish to purchase and complete the process. The direct link is:

The staff is looking forward to working with you and creating wonderful ads for you to enjoy! If you have any questions of problems, please let us know! My email address is and the school’s phone number is 423.439.4333


Evelyn Hammonds

Yearbook Advisor

State Cross Country Participants

Congratulations to University High School Cross Country runners, Isabelle Johnson and Braden Williams, for their performance in the TSSAA State Cross Country Championship. Braden finished 46th with a time of 17:58.1 and Isabelle finished 78th with a time 22:41.56. Meet results can be found on the TennesseeRunner website.

The link to the article and the banner photo shared were printed in the Johnson City Press

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Math & Science Tutoring Available

If you need help with math or science in high school or middle school, there is a new Science and Math Help Club. The meetings are on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:15 - 5:00 p.m., in Learning Cottage 2 (Mrs. Sim's room).

ETSU Arboretum Resource

The arboretum at East Tennessee State University has amazing resources for students, families, and teachers. You are welcome to visit the ETSU campus and appreciate this free resource in Johnson City, Tennessee.

ETSU Arboretum The East Tennessee State University Arboretum has been established to promote the beauty and diversity of the campus landscape, and to inform the public of the scientific, aesthetic, and economic values of plants in our environment. It serves as a focal point for organizing and educating persons interested in improving the regional landscape and deepening their appreciation for the botanical richness of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

For the most up to date information about the ETSU Arboretum, visit their Facebook page:

Beta Club Shoebox Collection

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Winter Coat Drive

Bucky's Food Pantry Seeks Donations of Winter Coats

Bucky’s Food Pantry is proud to be holding its Annual Winter Coat Drive for those who are in need within the ETSU community. Many thanks to the folks who have contributed coats, accessories and their time in the past. Know that your contributions have made a difference for members of our community. In addition to new or clean, gently used winter coats, the pantry is also accepting new winter hats, gloves, and scarves.

Donations of winter coats and accessories can be made directly to one of two locations of Bucky’s Food Pantry at the Culp Center (next to the Passport Office) or at Buc Ridge (next to Central Receiving), or at the ETSU Counseling Center (Culp Center, third floor) or University School (School Office, first floor). We anticipate other drop-off locations and will send those out soon. The collection will continue through Nov. 19. The coat giveaway will occur during the week of Nov. 15-19. For more information, please contact Chuck Patton at or 439-5243, Kristi Smith at, or Amy Deel at

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On Thursday evening, November 4th, University School Athletes participated in Finnegan's Challenge, a 24 hour free throw marathon to raise money and awareness for children born with a birth defect.

View Johnson City Press Article

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Middle School Soccer

As a follow-up to the athletics discussion, we are forming a group to discuss adding middle school soccer. If you are interested in being part of that initial discussion please email Mike Hoff,

Chess & Gaming Club

The Chess and Gaming Clubs will meet at 3:00 p.m., in Room 214 (2nd floor Media Center Library), on the following dates:

17th, 23rd, and December 1st, 8th

If students bring their own devices, then the following must be signed and brought in with the device: Bring Your Own Device Agreement Signature


The high school fall formal will take place on Nov. 20 at the Heritage in Jonesborough (161 Molly Grayce Lane, Jonesborough, TN 37659) beside the Food City. The Fall Formal is from 7:30pm to10:30pm. This event is open to our high school students. Students may bring one outside guest. Guests must be high school students. A guest permission form signed by an administrator at the guest student's school must be turned in to the office by 11/18/21.

Students will be required to wear masks unless parents sign a mask waiver for the fall formal specifically. Please bring a signed note to the Fall Formal.

To be admitted at the fall formal, students need to do the following:

Guest Permission Forms are available in the office or below.

Winter Athletic Schedules

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Inclement Weather & Emergency Closure Policy

As we prepare for the changing of the seasons, we ask that our families please review our inclement weather policy. Although we have a partnership with Washington County Schools, we do want to remind our families that we follow a different calendar and inclement weather and emergency closure policy, so please be sure to review the information below:

Inclement Weather & Emergency Closure Policy:

When there is inclement weather:

  • University School will close if Johnson City Schools close for inclement weather.
  • University School will also close for inclement weather if ETSU closes.
  • University School will close if there is need due to an emergency at the school.

We will not make an announcement through the news media due to the fact that saying University School will be closed is confusing to ETSU students. Instead we ask that our students and parents/guardians be aware of the reasons for closure stated above and refer to the University School website and social media sites for updated announcements.

We are aware some students live in areas where the weather may be worse than it is in town. Therefore, if University School is open but road conditions between your home and the school are dangerous, we ask that you please do not put yourself at risk by attempting to drive to school. If this were to occur, please call the school office and inform us of your circumstances. On inclement weather days when Johnson City Schools are not regularly scheduled, announcements will be made through our normal email distribution, website, and social media outlets.

Click here for Link to Johnson City School System Home Page

Weekly Calendar of Events

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

November 15 Last Day for BETA Club Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Items
November 15 Math Help Club, Learning Cottage 2, 3:15-5:00 p.m.
November 15 MS Girls, Boys Basketball, vs Little Milligan, 6:00,7:00
November 15 ETSU Holiday Lights Kick-Off, Alumni Plaza, 5:45-6:30 p.m.
November 16 Photography Club, Room 301A, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
November 16 MS Boys Basketball, vs KACHEA, V Boys, 6:00
November 17 Bible Study Club, Warf-Pickel Hall Room 127, 3:15-4:00 p.m.
November 17 Chess and Gaming Clubs, Room 214, 3:00 p.m.
November 18 Due Date for Fall Formal Guest Forms
November 18 JAM - Junior Appalachian Musicians, 3:15-4:30 p.m.
November 18 Chick Chat Club, Room 010, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
November 18 College Ready Club, Library, 3:00 p.m.
November 18 Math Help Club, Learning Cottage 2, 3:15-5:00 p.m.
November 18 MS Girls, Boys Basketball, @Keenburg, 6:00,7:00
November 19 HS Girls, Boys Basketball, vs Cedar View, 5:00,6:30,8:00
November 20 Fall Formal, Information, The Heritage, 7:30-10:30 p.m.

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