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Printable Project Graduation Permission Slip

Dear Families of Juniors,

Junior students are invited to attend Project Graduation for a fee of $10. This allows juniors to spend time with their friends who are in the graduating senior class. Project Graduation takes place after Graduation on June 1. It is an event designed to keep our children safe while celebrating a big milestone in their lives. It is officially a school-sanctioned event, which means that school staff, in addition to Officer Hudson, will be on site and will support parent chaperones. If a student decides to attend Project Graduation, then she/he is committing to staying the  ENTIRE night.

We are very grateful for the school’s support and appreciate the commitment to our children’s safety.


Neil Owen, Kim Bushore-Maki, Patty Wessner, Amy Benton, Michele Somich and Jamie McGill
The Senior Week Parent Planning Committee

Project Graduation Information

Date: June 1, Friday - June 2, Saturday

Time: 10 pm to 6 am   (Doors will be open from 9-10pm; late arrivals will not be allowed in)

Location: ETSU Center for Physical Activity (CPA)

Permission Slip: School Project Graduation Permission Slip  must be signed by parent or guardian.

No outside food or drinks allowed

All backpacks and bags will be checked

Activities: Music, games, swimming, food and drink.

Questions or concerns?: Contact Jamie McGill at 423-741-3211.


Junior To-Do List

1. By the end of this school year you should plan to have the final ACT score that you will need to begin your college applications in July. As a junior you will take the ACT at school on April 3 with your classmates. All you need to do to register for that exam is to be present at school that day. However, many students will be interested in taking the ACT before and after that date so that they have the highest possible score. To take the ACT at an additional time you will register online at

2. Begin creating your college application list. You need to become familiar with possible colleges for application and with their admission requirements. Start scheduling college visits. Remember, this college will be your home for 2-4 years so it is important that you find a place where you can both live and work.

3. For some very selective colleges it may be necessary to take additional admission tests called the SAT Subject tests. You can find information about college requirements on their websites and about Subject Tests at

4. Do you need to take the SAT? No, not unless you are unhappy with your ACT score and cannot seem to break through to the score you would like to have. All colleges in the US will take a score from either exam. The ACT is just more common in the Southeast, but it is accepted across the nation.

5. Review your resume. What kinds of activities have you participated in during high school? Have you donated your time to the community? Are you actively involved in student life at US? This is going to be important! In addition to needing 40 hours of community service for graduation it is important that you are involved in some kinds of extracurricular activities at school, at church, or in the community.

6. Want to attend one of the Military Academies? Contact your Senator or Congressman ASAP. You need a nomination in your Junior year.

7. Follow some college and scholarship sites on Twitter to become familiar with opportunities that are out there. My favorites are Fastweb Scholarships, The College Board, and HuffPost College.

8. Keep your grades up!!!! Do not slack off this semester!!! Traditionally, junior year is one of the hardest at US so start strong and stay strong this spring. The first transcript/gpa/rank to go with your college applications will be what is called the 6th Semester Transcript meaning it ends at your junior year. New transcripts are not created until January and June of the senior year. In despair about grades earlier in your high school career? Don’t worry, just do your best to show progress and improvement every semester through graduation. Learning from your mistakes can be an important part of a college essay or recommendation.

9. Review your online image. Anything on Twitter, FB, or Instagram you wouldn’t want a college admissions office to see? Take this opportunity to remove problematic images and statements and tighten up your security settings. Also, remember to post positive things about yourself. A selfie made at the Food Bank is just as important as the one in front of Pals, but it helps round out your personality.

10. Always read Ms. Shaw’s emails once the distribution list gets started! I promise they won’t always be this long.

Ms. Shaw

Attention Juniors! It is time to register for the PSAT which will be given on October 11, 2017. Please register at this link Money must be paid by the end of the day October 10 at 3:00. Students wishing to pay during break may see Ms. Deidre or Ms. Dianna. Students at other high school grade levels may take the PSAT for practice, but preference will be given to juniors because the score is required for juniors to participate in the National Merit Scholarship Competition.


Please announce to Juniors. To attend a military academy students must get a recommendation from a US Congressman or Senator. This is the best opportunity students will have to make that connection.

September 8, 2017

On Saturday, September 16th, Congressman Phil Roe will be hosting a Military Service Academy Day for students and their parents who would like to learn about the educational opportunities available at the United States Service Academies and through collegiate ROTC programs.  The event will be held at Greeneville High School, located at 210 Tusculum Boulevard Greeneville, Tennessee.  Registration begins at 9:30 a. m. and the event will run until noon.

We are requesting your assistance in communicating this event to students in the First District because this is a great opportunity to hear from cadets and midshipmen who currently attend these academies.  This event can assist students with information about the admissions process for these institutions.

Given the nature of the application and nomination processes, this presentation will be especially helpful to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors as they prepare themselves through their academic course selections and extracurricular activities.  Current seniors who have applied for admission to the Class of 2022 will also appreciate the chance to speak with the cadets and midshipmen about the programs to which they are interested in.

The information that will be presented will also provide value to counselors as they guide interested students through the process of preparing themselves and completing the application and nomination processes necessary to gain admission to these academies or obtain an ROTC scholarship.


David P. Roe
Member of Congress

 Click here to View Scholarship Opportunity for Juniors:  Air Force Academy Scholarships



Civics Test

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

All 10th - 12th grade students will be taking the Civics test. This test is required for graduation.  Study materials have been placed on Ms. Campbell's school webpage.

Signs showing room assignments will be placed throughout the school.

If you have any questions, please see Ms. Shaw or Ms. Campbell.

Hi Juniors and Parents-

I apologize that I have not yet fixed all of the errors and double addresses in my distribution liststill working on it---but I wanted you to have this for the weekend.  We are going to try something new this year for registration for the Junior class by asking you to register for your senior year courses online.  A couple of students have piloted the form, and it seemed to work well on a small scale.  As always, I will still be available to answer questions or meet with students and their families as needed.  My phone number is 423-439-6939 or email is . Submission is due by January 30 at 3:00pm.

To register, simply follow this link and complete the form.  Be sure to hit submit when you finish.

Additional information about Dual Enrollment is attached above or you can follow the link within the registration form.  You may complete your dual enrollment application by following the Apply Now links within either document.

A document showing required credits for graduation is also attached above.

Good luck with the registration process and thank you in advance for your patience should we encounter problems with this first trial!

Ms. Shaw

PS-Be sure to only submit one form per student!  Also, please tell your friends about this email to help me be sure that I have not missed anyone!

Hi Juniors-

Welcome to my new Junior Distribution List!  If you know that a friend is not receiving my emails, please tell them to provide me with an email address.  From this point forward I will be communicating with you regularly via email until the end of your senior year so it will be very important that you try to read any email that you get from me.

I wanted to take a moment as we head into the spring semester to give you some information and direction about tasks you should be completing this spring.

By the end of this school year you should plan to have the final ACT score that you will need to begin your college applications in July.  As a junior you will take the ACT at school with your classmates.  All you need to do to register for that exam is to be present at school that day.  However, many students will be interested in taking the ACT before and after that date so that they have the highest possible score.  To take the ACT at an additional time you will register online at

 Always read Ms. Shaws emails!  I promise they wont always be this long.

Ms. Shaw

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