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 Click to Link to Ms. Shaw's Senior Website   Lots of Information!


Picture Day on Monday, September 11th

Picture day is going to be on Monday, September 11th, 2017. Pictures will be made in the library.  

It will also be make up day for Senior Formal Portraits. Ms. Hammonds will be putting out a schedule for seniors to sign up for a time and then will be notified of appointments.

Please note that the Library and Computer Lab will be closed all day on this day, September 11.  This closure also includes the 12:00-1:00 study hall and computer lab periods in the library.



Senior Superlative Nominations Due Thursday, August 31st
Attention Seniors:  It's time to make nominations for Senior Superlatives.  Ballots are available in office and from Ms. Hammonds.  Nominations are due on Thursday, August 31st, to Ms. Hammonds.

Email sent out from Ms. Shaw on Wednesday, August 9th:

Hi Seniors and Senior Parents-

Welcome to Ms. Shaw’s Distribution List! You will be tired or my emails by the end of the year—or maybe before—but I try to only share information that is important to Seniors. If you would like to change your email address, add other members, or be removed just reply to this email. If you note that someone important may be missing, please tell me!

First thing I would like to ask you to do is to explore my senior website at  Most information that seniors need can be found on that website. I welcome your personal visits, emails, and phone calls, but the site can help link you to information when I am not available and provides a kind of one stop shopping area for “senior stuff”.

Important upcoming dates:


            August 1:                    the Common App opened for applications, Tennessee Promise opened for applications


            August 18:                  Late registration deadline for September 9 ACT


            August 31:                  Tri Cities College Fair Field Trip 9-11 @ Freedom Hall, fair opens again 6-8 for parents to visit


            August 31:                  Furman University Visit to University School 12-1 in Room 308


            September 8:              Registration Deadline for next SAT Subject Tests


            October 1:                   FAFSA opens for 2018-2019 applicants


            October 17:                 Seniors take FREE ACT during school day—no registration necessary


            October 27:                 First mandatory Tennessee Promise Meeting @ 8:00am


            November 1:               Deadline to apply for Tennessee Promise


Today all seniors should have received a link in their email to apply for a Parchment account to request transcripts electronically. Students are encouraged to register using the code generated for them. Parents may also create a Parchment account ( to enable them to see student transcripts or request transcripts to be sent. Students who transferred to US this year may not have an updated transcript. New transcripts will be loaded again in January and June for midterm and final transcript reports.


Ms. Shaw


Tri-Cities College Fair on Thursday, August 31st

Hi Seniors-

We will be taking a field trip to the Tri-Cities College Fair on Thursday, August 31st. Buses will leave about 9:15am and return by 11:00am. Parents are welcome to meet you at the Fair, or they can go from 6:00pm to 8:00pm that evening. Please complete the Permission Form with $3 to Ms. Robinson in the Counseling Office by August 27th.

Additionally, I would like you to register for the College Fair by going to and following the directions. Registering for the fair will allow colleges to scan a barcode from your phone or from a print out so that you can immediately express your interest in learning more about their college/university.

Furman University will also be visiting University School on the same day, August 31st, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm, in Room 308. Seniors may attend during their lunch or study hall—just be sure to sign in.


Senior Retreat
Seniors:  The Senior Retreat will be on Friday, July 21st, at Roan Mountain.  Please do not forget to turn in your permission slips and money to the Counseling Office no later than Thursday morning, July 20th.

Go, Bucs Class of 2018!

Graduation Live Stream



Civics Test
Civics Test - Required for Graduation Starting with Class of 2017.

This test is required for graduation.  Study materials have been placed on Ms. Campbell's school webpage.




I just wanted to let you know that as a senior parent you will have some extra responsibilities this year.  As a part of the Graduation Week (last week of school), the senior parents traditionally arrange an overnight retreat, a senior picnic, the Baccalaureate service and Project Graduation (graduation night lock-in).  The school will donate a small amount of money toward these parent arranged festivities, but the burden of fundraising falls to the parents.  All of the above listed activities are optional, but have become a tradition usually embraced by the senior parents to give the graduates a great finish to high school.  There is no set system in place to organize parent involvement, but usually at least one parent will step forward to begin the process. I am happy to serve as advisor and facilitator for helping you organize Senior Week and to relay information to the seniors. Below, you will find the mandatory graduation activities that I have already scheduled, and other activities should be scheduled around these events.  The person in charge of Project Graduation should see Ms. Robinson ASAP to reserve facilities in the CPA.  I encourage you to begin the conversation soon!



Ms. Shaw




 Link to the 2015 Graduation recording



 Click to View 2014 Graduation Ceremony




   Seniors, don't forget to submit your Contact Information to the Alumni Database!!!  Yes, you made it!!!




Parents of Seniors: Seniors are required to complete 40 hours of community service before they graduate. To date, many seniors have not submitted their forms to Ms. Shaw. This is a state requirement to graduate. Please work with your student to take care of this item.




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