University School Staff Update

September 18-24, 2022

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As we prepare for the upcoming week, we ask that you please review the following information:
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Congratulations to our students, faculty, staff, and school community for being recognized as a TN Reward School. This award is for outstanding student achievement and growth scores on the 2021-2022 TN Ready and EOC annual state assessments this past spring.

Schedule Reminders

As we enter the last week of the quarter, we have benchmark assessments and other changes that are scheduled throughout the week, so please know the expectation is that you maintain your normal expectations and plans throughout the week. . The students will be anxious (adults too) and overly excited to get to Friday in order to start our much needed Fall Break, so we appreciate your efforts to help keep the weekly schedule as normal as possible.

Tenure Committee

The tenure committee will meet on Monday, September 19th, at 3:20, in room 214.

All tenured faculty members should plan to attend.

BLT Committee

The BLT will meet on Tuesday, September 20th, at 3:20, in room 214.

Mastery Connect

The testing team at Mastery Connect attempted to work around our calendar needs but informed us they will be unable to have benchmarks loaded and available prior to next week.

This news has required a shift in our schedule and benchmarks will now take place the last week of school (9/20-9/23). We will do our best to share the detailed schedule and testing locations for students receiving testing accommodations by the end of the day.

  • HS and Grade 5-8 testing Tuesday & Wednesday (Testing lab closed for non-benchmark assessments)
  • Grades 3-4 testing Tuesday- Friday

The testing lab will be open for all class periods this week (9/12-9/16). Send Dr. Campbell an email or text if you need to change previously submitted assessments due the change with benchmarks.

We know this isn't ideal and hope it does not cause too much disruption to your daily schedules. Moving forward, the remaining benchmark windows are set open while we are in session and a similar situation is not likely. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

Access Mastery Connect through Canvas

  • Class Trackers have been created for all teachers.
  • All students will need to attempt to access Mastery Connect using their univschool email BEFORE the day of benchmarks.
  • A Mastery Connect Icon has been added to Canvas Accounts.
  • Students who are unable to log in to Mastery Connect and view their current class trackers should see Nicole Havert.

Email Dr. Campbell if you have questions.


Grades must be completed in PowerSchool for Q1 no later than Monday, 9/26/22 and Q1 must be marked as finalized. Grades will be checked and stored during the break. (See attached instructions for end of quarter).

  • Dr. Day will check teacher gradebooks for the following: no averages over 100%, no missing assignments for students (must either have a grade or be exempt), grades are finalized, and grading set up (points).
  • Students with excused absences that are granted extension by teachers can still complete the work over the break. Once the work is completed and graded in PowerSchool, please email Dr. Day so the stored grades can be updated. The updating of grades for Q1 can be done when Q2 begins.
  • Students may come take quizzes and test at school during the break. Please put assessments with instructions, student name, teacher's name, allowable materials, in Diedre Carter's box. Please communicate with students and parents that they can come during the break to complete the assessments, but they must call the office to set up a time before coming.
  • Grades 6-12: teachers must complete an academic report for students who have an F for Q1 (0-59%). Turn in completed academic reports to Diedre Carter no later than Monday 9/26/22.

ETSU Farmers Market

Local vendors sell produce, crafts, and other items at the ETSU Farmers Market every Thursday in September and October, located on the Pride Walk from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Faculty & Staff Flu Vaccine Option

If you would like Nurse Bev to administer your annual influenza vaccination, you may sign up on the link below. The flu vaccine clinic is Friday, September 23rd from 9 am - 1 pm. You will bring a copy of your insurance card and will complete the required paperwork at the time of your appointment. She will be doing this while running the clinic so your patience will be appreciated.

Please reach out to Nurse Bev if you have questions.

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.

Mathematics Revised Standards Crosswalk Document

As districts are beginning to internalize the edits made to the revised mathematics standards in preparation for the implementation of new math materials, we are excited to release this standards crosswalk document. It highlights not only the revisions to existing standards, but also indicates which standards are new. It contains standards for grades K-8 as well as the EOC-tested high school courses. As a reminder, these standards will be implemented in Tennessee classrooms during the 2023-24 academic year.

Professional Development Opportunities

Community Involvement & Opportunities

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Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) Award: 2022-23 Nominations

Nominations for the 2022-23 Tennessee Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) Award are now open! The award, passed by Congress in 2019 and overseen by the U.S. Department of Education, honors classified school employees who provide exemplary service.

For the purposes of the award, a classified school employee is defined as an employee of a state or any political subdivision of a state, or an employee of a nonprofit entity, who works in any grade from pre-kindergarten through high school in any of the following occupational specialties: paraprofessional, clerical and administrative services, transportation services, food and nutrition services, custodial and maintenance services, security services, health and student services, technical services, and skilled trades.

Anyone—directors, principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public—may submit nominations by September 18, 2022.

The top two finalists in Tennessee will be nominated to the U.S. Department of Education in November and recognized at the annual Principal and Supervisor of the Year celebration in the fall. The U.S. Secretary of Education will then select a single classified school employee from among the state-level nominees to receive the national RISE Award by spring 2022.

For more information on the Tennessee RISE Award, please visit the RISE Award website.

University School Weekly Parent Update Link

You may access the weekly parent update by clicking on this link.

Calendar of Events


19 - Entrepreneur's Club Rm 217

19 - HS Golf District Tournament

20 - MS Girls Soccer vs Indian Trail @ ETSU CPA - 5:00pm

20 - VG Soccer: Lady Bucs @ West Greene - 6:30pm

22 - MS Girls Soccer vs Unicoi - @ ETSU CPA - 5:00pm *8TH Grade Night*
22 - VG Soccer: Lady Bucs v. Unicoi - 7:00pm *Senior Night*

24 - Cross Country Bristol Cross

24 - Fall Break Begins

26 - HS Golf Region Tournament
27 - VG Soccer: Lady Bucs v. Chuckey-Doak - 6:30pm

29 - Cross Country Randy Smith Classic


4 - VG Soccer: Lady Bucs v. West Ridge - 6:30pm

6 - VG Soccer: Lady Bucs @ Elizabethton - 6:30pm

8 - Cross Country Trailblazer 50th Invitational

14 - Last day of Fall Break

15 - Key Club Dollywood Trip

17 - Classes Resume

18 - ACT Senior Retake

21 - Fall Flu Shot Clinic
25 - PSAT (Optional - must be registered)

25 - Cross Country Region A-AA and AAA Championship

27 - University School Fall Festival

28 - No School for Students

31 - Entrepreneur's Club Rm 214


4- Cross Country TSSAA State Championship

4- Wizard of Oz - 7pm @ Bud Frank Theater

5 - Wizard OZ - *2pm Matinee & 7pm @ Bud Frank Theater

19 - HS Fall Formal

23-25 - No School Thanksgiving Holiday Break

28 - Entrepreneur's Club Rm 214


2 - Annual Health Screenings for Grades: K,2,4,6,8,9

7 - Mandatory TN Promise Meeting for Applicants @ 10:00am

13 - Winter Choral Concert - 7pm @ Bud Frank Theater

16 - Homecoming @ Brooks Gym

17 - Winter Break Begins