• Attention all High School boys interested in playing basketball:  Pre-season conditioning will begin Tuesday, October 6th, at Brooks Gym.  Bring both basketball shoes  and outside running shoes.  Conditioning will be each day after school from 3:30-5:15 throughout October.  Attendance is expected of any high school boy planning on trying out for basketball this season, unless the student is currently participating in a school-sponsored fall sport (please let Coach Penley know if this is the case).  See or e-mail Coach Penley with any questions (

  • The Awesome 80's Prom!  Come Join Us for a special Buc Boosters' Fundraiser 1980's Prom Party on Friday, October 16th, at 8pm in the University School Gym.  Do you want to relive those glory days of the 80's? If you are over 18, join us!  Prizes for the best 80's costumed couple, 80's tunes & dancing, light refreshments provided, photo opportunity for an additional $5!  Couples: $30/Singles $15/ Alumni of University School $10/per person.  Contact Kim Jones with questions ( ) . See Promotional Flyer

  • Attention students who are 18 or will be turning 18 in the coming year:  The Washington County Election Commission will be available to pre-register you to vote this Thursday, October 8th, from 12:00-1:00 p.m.,  in front of the cafeteria.  You do not need to live in Washington County to be able to pre-register with them. Take advantage of this service to pre-register, that way when you turn 18, you will not have to think to do this and you will be eligible to vote in the Presidential Election of 2016!

  • The International Club will meet on Thursday, October 8th, at 3:15 p.m., in Room 217, to watch "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"

  • Picture Day!  Just a reminder that picture day (retakes and make-ups) will be on Wednesday, October 7th.  These will be made in the library.  Right after the announcements, we will be calling for the sibling picture on the steps of the administrative building.  After this picture, retakes/makeups will begin in the library. For the retakes in Elementary (K-8), someone from journalism will be coming to your rooms to get those who need retakes/makeups.  We will start with K-kids and go up.  For high school,  we will call for students by last name beginning with 11th then 10th then 9th.  Right after this picture, outside we will have having the senior group picture.  Then we will be taking the senior superlatives.  Please see Ms. Hammonds if you have any questions

  • Playground Makeover Sweepstakes:  Could our school's playground use an extreme makeover? Each year, there is a  sweepstakes which provides the opportunity to win big for your school!  Anyone can enter on behalf of your child's school. Enter once a day, every day until March 25th, 2016. The more entries your school has, the greater chance it has to win!  Enter Sweepstakes Here


  • Flu Vaccinations:  The Washington County Health Department and the Washington County / Johnson City School System have partnered to provide seasonal influenza (flu) vaccinations at University School. Please read, complete, and return the  Student Consent Form by October 15th.  Washington County Health Department will be here on Tuesday, November 3rd, to give the flu shots. The Health Department will have the paperwork that day for the faculty/staff to complete

  • Morning Mile Program:  To aide in the fitness and health of our students, University School is participating with the Morning Mile Program to get kids up and moving before school. Staff, students and their parents are encouraged to run or walk from 7:30-7:50 on the side yard of the school. Come join us Monday through Friday (weather permitting).  University School will begin our "Morning Mile" program on Monday, October 5th!  Come out at 7:30 a.m. to run or walk to begin the day.  This will run every day that weather permits!  See ya on the side lawn @ 7:30 a.m. on Monday!  Follow the music!

  • Beautification Day has been rescheduled to October 24th, 9-12 due to the weather. If you have signed up and have a conflict for that date/time, please email Amy Malone. If you are interested in signing up and haven't done so, please go to

  • Chick-Fil-A Fundraiser:  The University School Men's Cross Country team will be having a Sprit Night Fundraiser on Tuesday night, October 6th, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., at the Chick-Fil-A, on West Market Street, Johnson City.  Come out and support our school during Spirit Night and a portion of the sales will go to the Cross Country team!   The guests will need to present a ticket (i.e. copy of the flyer) for us to get credit.  Printable Flyer/Ticket

  • Which Wich Fundraiser:  Looking for dinner plans for Tuesday, October 13th, from 4-8 p.m.?  Come out to Which Wich in Johnson City to support the Ladies' Cross Country team as well as the Middle School teams.  Not only will you support the runners, you will also participate in double punch Tuesday!  All proceeds will go to help support the program for the athletes of UH! Hope to see everyone there!

  • EXPLORE Testing for 8th Graders:  All eighth graders will take the EXPLORE exam at school on Monday, October 19, 2015.  The EXPLORE is a mandatory exam required by the state and is administered free-of-charge.  The EXPLORE offers both a vocational assessment and a predictor score for the PLAN (pre-ACT college admissions exam).  Results will help students to make future academic choices to keep them on track for college admission

  • PLAN Testing for Sophomores:  The PLAN (pre-ACT) will be taken by all Sophomores during the school day on Thursday, October 22, 2015.  The PLAN is a mandatory exam required by the state and is administered free-of-charge.  The PLAN gives predictor scores for the ACT, as well as excellent study information for obtaining the best possible score on the ACT.  Also, see information below about taking an optional PSAT

  • ACT/PSAT Testing for Juniors:  The State of Tennessee will again be providing a state ACT testing date when Juniors may take it free of charge.  The state testing day will be April 19, 2016.  If for any reason you cannot be present on April 19, 2016, you will have the opportunity to get a voucher to take the exam for free by registering for a national exam.  Please see Ms. Shaw to get a voucher to register for the ACT if you cannot be present on April 19

  • The PSAT (pre-SAT) will be given on October 14, 2015 and is recommended for Juniors as excellent practice for the SAT.  The PSAT must also be taken in the Junior year in order to qualify as a National Merit Scholar.  Although the PSAT is recommended for Juniors, registration is open to other grade levels as well.  The PSAT will provide a predictor score for the SAT as well as study information.  The cost for this exam is $17 (checks payable to University School only).  Students must register with Ms. Robinson and pay for the exam at the time of registration.  Students may register between October 2 and 12—no earlier.  Registration will be on a first come, first served basis

  • Welcome Back Letter from Dr. Knechtel:

    Dear Bucs Family- Welcome Back!

         The air is getting crisper and the leaves are poised to dazzle us with their shades of yellow, orange, and red! What a wonderful time of year! We hope that the fall break provided many hours of quality family time, relaxation (or increased activity as some would prefer it!), and fun with friends. We have missed you though.

         As our students return they will notice some changes on campus! Here I need to give a big “Thank you!” to Dr. Noland, President of ETSU, and the Public Safety Department as they have partnered with us in upgrading our playground, making it safer for our students. Also, coming soon as a joint task between UH, ETSU, and our Foundation, there will be a fence installed on the Gilbreath side of our grass area to keep balls from rolling out into the street during recess and PE times; just another layer of safety. And finally ETSU had the camera in our entryway moved to the corner so that it will display everyone that is in the entryway seeking admittance. All these improvements are necessary for keeping our faculty and students safe. Thank you to our parents for their understanding, their willingness to adapt and comply with these changes.

         In addition to making safety improvements, we are also seeking to increase our communication with parents as well. One way of increasing that communication has already been made available and that is through the parent portal to Power School. There you will have access to many things regarding your child’s progress in their class(es). If you have not signed up for this, have forgotten your login information, or just have questions please see Ms. Day and she will gladly assist you.

         The second way we will be improving our communication with you is through a service called Blackboard Connect. Through this service you will receive messages via phone, email, and/or text. These messages would be informing of upcoming events, weather alerts, academic information, etc. For this to be at its best, please make sure that we have the most updated information in our database whereby we can reach you. If you need to check or change something please stop by the office and we will help you get your information updated.

    That’s all for now!

    Thanks as always,

    Dr. Knechtel


  • Key Club:  The Key Club will be going to Dollywood on Saturday, October 17th!  If you would like to join the fun, please turn in all permission forms and payment to Ms. Squibb or Ms. Summey by Tuesday, October 6th

  • Parking Decals:  Don't forget to purchase and display your 2015-2016 Parking Decal                        

  • Lady Bucs blank Elizabethton to stay unbeaten in league play!  Read Press ReleaseOur win over Elizabethton earned the ladies a front page article in sports!  We would love to have a great crowd support us as we finish up the regular conference play this Thursday vs. Unicoi at Civitan (note location change) and then senior night the next Thursday vs. Sullivan central, at 7:00 p.m., at ETSU's stadium before playoffs.  Go, Bucs, Go!

  • Victory for Lady Bucs Soccer!   Read Press Release    

  • All East Honor Chorus:  Congratulations to the following students who passed the first of two auditions for the East Tennessee Vocal Association All East Tennessee Honor Choruses:  David Fagerburg, Haley Owen and Alicia Roe.  Also, congratulations to the following who are alternates: Belle Lewis, Abashai Smith and Gracie Somich.  Their next audition will be Tuesday, November 3rd.  The All East Honor Choir Festival will be in Chattanooga, Tennessee, November 19th–21st.  Good luck to our talented, musical Bucs!!!!

  • 4th-12th graders…Time to register for Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM)!  Our second year of JAM begins October 8th @ 3:15. Please print off the attached form for registration, as well as for more information.  Forms and tuition are due by August 28th!

  • Fall Festival:  University School Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, October 17th, from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.  This is open to Everyone!   There will be food, games, prizes, and a Silent Auction.  All donations will go to the University School Ladies Basketball and Cheerleading squads.  All donations are appreciated!

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