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Senior Week Activity Schedule - Permission slips in Office

Monday, May 27 - Memorial Day, no school or activity

Tuesday, May 28 - Dollywood, 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 29 - Holston Retreat, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 30 - Senior Picnic - ETSU Ropes Course, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
                                Baccalaureate Munsey United Methodist Church, 7:00 p.m. (optional)

Friday, May 31 - Graduation Walk, 9:00 a.m.
                           Graduation Practice, 10:00 a.m.
                           Graduation, Brooks Gym, 6:00 p.m.
                           Project Graduation, 11:00 p.m.


Senior Week Information Packet and Josten's Delivery
Seniors:  If you missed the Parent Meeting, please come by the office to pick up your information packet for Senior Week.  Also, Josten's will be here on Monday, May 6th, during lunch, to deliver cap and gowns and other senior supplies that were ordered! Class of 2019!!!!


Senior Parent Meeting on Wednesday, April 17th
There will be a Senior Parent meeting on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019, at 6:00 p.m., in the school cafeteria.  This is about Senior week activities.  It is VERY important that at least one parent try to show up.  We will be giving out the schedule of events and cost of the events.  As well as waivers.  And we have freebies for your student!


Dear Seniors-

The Senior Family Baccalaureate Committee needs input regarding the program. Only STUDENTS should complete this survey—one response per senior. Families, please encourage your student to complete this survey so that all families feel represented.


Ms. Shaw


Senior Items Due - Wills, Casual Pictures, Ads, Handout
Attention Seniors:  Please remember to turn in the following:  

1.  Your additions to your Senior Will
2.  Casual Pictures
3.  Senior Ads
4.  Senior Information Handout


Transcript and Recommendation Requests Due by November 30th

Hi Seniors- Only 13 ½ days until winter break!!!  If you have any  recommendations due during the break or by January 15, those requests are due to me by November 30!! As of today all requests have been fulfilled except for two. Please check to be sure that any documents that you expected to be received by your college have actually been received so that we can correct any concerns in the next two weeks.

Remember that transcript requests should be submitted through ScribOrders (click “transcripts” on first page of unless you only completed the Common Application.

Many of you will need mid-year reports for applications. Your GPA and Rank will be recalculated after winter break, and mid-year reports will start going out around January 20. Any new requests for mid-year reports can be submitted when we return to school in January.

If you have not joined my Remind list,  here is the link Using this method to contact me for urgent situations during the break is the fastest way for me to get your message via text.

Ms. Shaw


Senior Ad Purchase - Deadline Without Late Fee

Reminder for Senior parents:  The first deadline to purchase Senior Ads is Thursday, December 13th; after then there will be a $10 late fee added and the final deadline is January 31st.

Cost is $25 for quarter; $50 for half; $100 for full.

If you are interested in purchasing an ad, please contact Mrs. Evelyn Hammonds,  Please note that there was a wrong email address in the letter that was sent home. The email in the letter was and the correct one is

You may submit 7 to 20 pictures (actual photos or digital copies).



Jostens - Pick Up Senior Orders
Jostens will be here on Tuesday, November 27th, at 12:00 noon, to pick up Senior Orders.


Senior Activity - Escape Room 101
There will be a Senior Activity on Friday, November 9th, at 7:00 p.m., at Escape Room 101, in Jonesborough, Tennessee.  The cost is $15.  Money is due in the office by Tuesday, November 7th.  Guests of seniors are welcome if they are 13 years of age or older.   Please note that this is a parent-sponsored event. 

Senior Class Meeting - Ordering Senior Supplies - Cap and Gown

Hi Seniors-  We will have a senior class meeting on Tuesday, November 6th, from 12-12:30, to learn about ordering your senior supplies from Josten’s. The most important part of this order is the cap/gown. If you cannot attend the meeting, you can pick up a packet later in my office. You are not required to order materials from Josten’s, but we prefer you to order your cap/gown from them to ensure consistency in color and style of the cap/gown. If you need assistance with purchasing a cap/gown or would like to borrow one—just see me.  Ms. Shaw



College App Day - Wednesday, October 31st

University School will celebrate College App Day on Wednesday, October 31st, in the Counseling Office. Throughout the day Seniors, faculty and staff will be welcome to drop in for snacks and apple cider! Seniors are encouraged to come in throughout the day to get help with college applications, complete the Tennessee Promise application, or get help with the FAFSA. Students who cannot afford to miss any class can come during lunch/study hall or dual enrollment periods.

As a whole school we want to encourage all students K-12, faculty, and staff to wear their favorite college gear to encourage the seniors in their college application endeavor!  Also, make sure that you meet our Niswonger Care Advisor, Mary!

Hello University School Students and Senior Parents,

This year is an exciting but stressful time for our seniors (and their families). To relieve some stress, the counseling office will be hosting a College Tailgate Party for Seniors during the day on Wednesday, October 31, 2018!

This day will be an opportunity for seniors and their families to come by the counseling office to apply for TN Promise, college applications and create their FSA ID's. 

*Seniors, if you plan to attend please bring your social security number and means of payment (credit/debit card) for your college application fees.

Make sure to wear your favorite/future college gear! Drop in for flavorful snacks and warm apple cider!  

College, Career and Military preparation is an exciting time, so let's all come together and talk about our future plans on 10/31/18!

Thank you,

Mary Kerns

NiswongerCARE Advisor


Mary Kerns

NiswongerCARE Adviser

Niswonger Foundation 

Schools Served: Sullivan Central High School, Sullivan East High School, and University High


Seniors Meet at Fender's Farm Haunted ForestWe are looking forward to a fun time at Fenders Farm on Friday, October 19th!  If you are planning to go, please sign up in the office and turn in $10.  Fender's Farm has graciously given us a 50% discount.  However, tickets have to be purchased by Tuesday morning.  Please contact Mikki Henley if you plan to go and cannot get name and money turned in to the office by Tuesday morning.  You may bring a guest that is not a senior for the same price.  Ms. Henley must have the numbers by 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.  You may still attend with the group Friday, however, the price will be $20.  If you have any questions, please contact Mikki Henley at (423) 773-8755.  This event is organized by the senior parents. Also, if you have not turned in your tickets/money from the spirit card sales, please do so asap in the office.


Picture Retakes and Senior Class Picture Friday, October 12th
Picture Retakes will be made on Friday, October 12th.  If you want to have pictures retaken, please bring your proofs.  There will be no sibling picture on Friday, it will be rescheduled.  

Attention Seniors!   A Class Picture will be made on Friday, October 12th, right after attendance in 3rd period.  Please pick up picture information in the office, from Ms. Bailiff or Mrs. Hammonds.


Hi Seniors-

Don’t forget that if you need a college or scholarship recommendation that is due before October 15, then I need your Recommendation Self-Assessment (see attached) at least 3 weeks before the deadline. When you are on break, I am on break! However, I will be focusing on sending transcripts and recommendations during that time. Submitting paperwork as early as possible is ALWAYS a good idea! If you cannot make the recommendation form work correctly, don’t worry about that. I don’t need the form to look pretty; I just need your information. You can just add anything anywhere that works for you! You MUST email me the form though so I can access it at any time. Part of my break will be spent at conferences and trainings, but I just might have a few minutes to work on your documents so make it easy for me.

Enjoy your break!

Ms. Shaw

PS-Fitting in some community service over break would be a good idea too! J


School Spirit Cards

School Spirit Cards

School Spirit Cards: Our seniors have begun a fundraising project selling School Spirit Cards. These cards have discounts that area businesses have very graciously offered to benefit our school. The more tickets are sold the more fun we can plan!

Seniors, please pick up Spirit cards by Friday, September 15th.  They will be in a numbered Ziploc bag that you will sign for when you pick it up. There are 10 cards in each bag. The cards are $10 each. When you sell the cards in the bag, return your Ziploc bag with the money, or checks payable to University School senior class, to the office, make sure you sign in your bag upon return. If you wish to sell more cards, you may sign out another set of 10. Initial set of cards must be picked up by Friday, September 15th. If you need additional cards over break, you may contact Mikki Henle at 423-773-8755.

There will be a prize gift card arrangement worth $200! Each ticket sold will be a chance to win the gift card arrangement. So, the more tickets you sell, the more chances you have to win!

All tickets and money are due October 9th (the first day back from fall break). Tickets not sold must be turned in with the money of sold tickets. You are not required to sell tickets to participate in activities. However, you will be asked to pay for those activities.

Thanks and good luck with card sales!

Senior Movie Night
Senior Movie Night will be on Wednesday, September 19th, at 8:45 p.m., at Real to Real Theater, in Johnson City.  UH Seniors will get in free.  All guests of UH Seniors must be High School age, and can be admitted for $5.  Candy, popcorn, and drinks will be for sale at the theater.  This is a parent sponsored event.


Printable Peer Tutoring Application

Dear Seniors-

Need volunteer hours or to make a little extra money? Apply to be a peer tutor! University School always has a need for tutors for students of all ages. Please consider applying to be a tutor!


Senior Formal Portraits

Attention Seniors:  If you have not had your Senior Formal made, please sign up in the office for an appointment.  Lifetouch will be here on Monday, September 10th, to take Senior Formals.  Sitting fee is $25.  If you want a retake of your formal pictures, sign up in the office for a time.  There is NO sitting fee for retakes.





QuestBridge 2018 National College Match for High School Seniors is now open.  The free, online application is due on September 27th, 2018.  Please visit


Important Senior Information!!!!

Dear Seniors and Senior Families-

This may be the most important email that I send you all year so please read it to the end.

-First, I have a special senior website where nearly everything you need to know is posted. It can be found at the top of the senior page on my faculty website. If you do nothing else, please watch the application and financial aid videos. The link is I have finished updates today, but if you notice errors please let me know. You can also use the college and scholarship searches on my website to help narrow down your choices to a list of 3-7 (just a recommendation-application fees can be expensive).

-Second, it is time to begin your college applications if you have not yet done so. Completing your college applications should happen over fall break so that everyone can meet important scholarship and admission deadlines. UT-Knoxville has one of the earliest deadlines at November 1, but if you are applying for early admission or early decision your deadlines may be earlier. If ANYTHING you need is due in September or early October I need it this coming TUESDAY 9/4!!!

There are three ways to apply to college:

  1. On the website of the college
  2. Through the Common Application at for membership schools
  3. Through the Coalition Application at for membership schools

-Third, if you think you might qualify, apply for free/reduced lunch to be eligible for fee waivers for ACT/SAT/College Application Fees. You do not have to eat the lunch, but it will prove your eligibility for fee waivers. Applications are available in the main office and in my office.

-Fourth, apply for the TN Promise (free community college tuition) at Even if you do not plan to attend community college it is an excellent back up plan in case something interferes with your primary plans. Additional scholarship info coming soon.

-Fifth, request transcripts for college applications that you are completing. Some sites like Common App will automatically issue a request to me. Others will require that you make the request directly to me. Unfortunately, we are currently in transition with the site we use for digital transcript requests so for the next few days it is best to request transcripts via email. If you have already used Parchment, they have been sent. We are switching to ScribOrders. Info coming soon.

-Sixth, request any recommendations that you need from me or your teachers three to four weeks in advance. Be specific about what you need and when it is due. I require that you email me a COMPLETED Recommendation Self-Assessment form(attached and on the senior website) before I will write you a recommendation. You are welcome to send it to other people that you ask for recommendations.

-Seventh, check my website and the school’s website for important dates and information and ALWAYS read my emails. Email is the primary way that I will communicate important information to you. Look for an email soon about text alerts for seniors.

-Eighth, all seniors are expected to retake the ACT on the Senior Retake Date of October 16 during the school day. All seniors are registered through the school. Students with a 30 or above ACT may elect not take the exam (must notify Ms. Shaw if not planning to take), but taking an ACT is a graduation requirement in the State of Tennessee. If for some reason you DO NOT WANT to retake the ACT please inform me before we go on break.

-Eighth, if all of this is overwhelming and confusing, take a deep breath and schedule an appointment with me J.  

Thanks for reading to the end! More updates coming soon!

Ms. Shaw

Roan and Niswonger Scholars Nominations open


The email below went to all faculty/staff this morning. If you would like to be nominated for one of these scholarships, please discuss it with one of your teachers.


Ms. Shaw

Hi All-

Many years ago we decided that the entire faculty and staff would nominate and vote on some of the high value scholars programs for which our students may be eligible. I will be taking nominations via email for both the Niwonger Scholar and Roan Scholar Program until this Thursday, September 6, and we will probably vote on Monday. I have briefly outlined the requirements for the scholarship programs below. Students may request that you nominate them, but please ensure that they meet the minimal requirements as listed below. You may nominate more than one person because we will later narrow the list by vote.




Niswonger Scholarship Program

Nominees should:

-display leadership ability including character, drive, energy, initiative and work ethic

-display academic ability demonstrated through grades and standardized test scores

-display financial need not just equated with low income. Some middle class families are unable to afford the tuition at elite colleges and universities.

-be willing to commit to return to Northeast Tennessee for work and service in their chosen profession

Roan Scholars Program

Nominees should:

-be committed to attending East Tennessee State University

-selection is based on character, leadership, scholarship, and physical activity (does not have to be school sport)

-successful candidates need not be the students with the highest grade point average in the school, since nominations are based solely on ability and reflect well-rounded students with the most potential



School Pictures and Senior Formal Pictures on September 10th
School Pictures will be taken on Monday, September 10th, in the Media Center.  Photos can be ordered at with Picture Day code: AA508036Y0. Information is being sent home this week.

Also, there will be Senior Formal Pictures (or retakes) on this day. The cost is $25 for a sitting fee. Seniors may sign up in the office for a time slot.




Tri-Cities College Fair - Thursday, August 30, 2018

Hi Seniors-  This coming Thursday, August 30th, 2018, we will take seniors by bus to the Tri-Cities College Fair! We will leave about 8:45 a.m., and return about 10:30 a.m. Please return your permission form with $3.00 to Ms. Shaw by Wednesday afternoon. The permission form is attached. The College Fair will also be open from 6-8 in the evening if families would like to go back with their student.

Prior to attending the fair students MUST register at  to get a personalized barcode. Colleges and Universities will be able to scan your personalized barcode (bring print copy or phone image) if you would like to have further communication with them.


Senior Parent Meeting
There will be a Senior Parent Meeting on Tuesday, August 14th, at 5:30 p.m., in the cafeteria.  If you have any questions, please contact Julia Vargo at 833-1344.


Senior Wills and Superlative Nominations Due July 30th
Attention Seniors!  Please turn in your Senior Wills and Senior Superlative Nominations to Ms. Hammonds by Monday, July 30th.
Senior Retreat on Friday, July 20th
The Senior Retreat will be on Friday, July 20th, from 8:15 - 4:00 p.m. at Roan Mountain State Park.  Permission Form and money is due in the counseling office on Tuesday, July 17th. 

 Graduation on Friday, June 1st, 7:00 p.m., ETSU Brooks GymView Graduation 2018



Civics Test



View 2017 Graduation Ceremony on USchool YouTube Channel

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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