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


Senior To Do List 


Hi Seniors and Senior Families- 


It has been great to see several of you via zoom the last couple of weeks! I love seeing your faces! I’m starting to feel the pressure of senior year so I want to be sure that you are all getting off to a good start. There are several things that I need you to do to ensure this year goes smoothly. About half of you have completed these tasks, and I need 100% participation to be sure that we have a good communication system. Please do the following if you have not already done so: 


  • Join the Remind app for 2020-2021 Seniors- you will get text updates and be able to send texts to me. Both students and parents/guardians may join. Use this link: 
  • Complete the Senior 2021 Information Survey so that I have the best contact information for you and your family. Most of my communication will be via email once I have complete updated information, and email is how you will learn about important things like ordering cap/gown and spelling your name correctly on your diploma. 
  • Check your CANVAS Grade 12 Counseling Announcements at least every other day. You will find really good information there like college application fee waiver codes and upcoming informational sessions.  
  • Put the October 5 & 6 ACT on your calendar (times and location information will be coming soon). You are already registered and the exam fee has been paid so all you have to do is show up and test. All seniors are required to take the exam, but in order to lower the number of students who will need to test we will consider an exemption for students who have already earned a 30 or above on the composite score. If you have scored 30 or above, please email me at to approve an exemption. Please note that this is at the school’s discretion.  
  • Schedule a Senior Individual Appointment with me. You may sign up here There are 10 open slots remaining before Fall Break. More slots will be added after Fall Break. Parents/Guardians are welcome to attend, but the senior MUST attend. A senior appointment is a required activity.  
  • Review the Senior Night Google slides. Request access here: You can also watch the recorded webinar here: 
  • Request a self-view unofficial transcript and review it for errors and be sure that all credits have been completed or are in progress towards graduation. Instructions can be found in the slide show listed above, or you can find the link on the first page of the school website at


Senior Pictures

Dear Seniors and families,

On Wednesday, August 26th, Lifetouch will be at University School to do senior pictures for students who missed the picture day in July or for students who would like to retake their pictures. 

In order to minimize the number of people in the gym at one time, please sign up for a 15 minute appointment time using this link:

There is a $25 sitting fee (payable to 
Lifetouch) for students who have not yet taken their formal senior pictures. Please contact Evelyn Hammonds,, with any questions.

Please make sure to arrive on time, wear a mask, and enter the gym through the outside gym doors. Please maintain appropriate distancing while on campus.


University School Outdoor Graduation 2020 - Link to Digital Program

Virtual Graduation Video -


 Watch Live Stream of 2019 Graduation Ceremony on our University School YouTube Channel.  


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!


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


 View Graduation 2018



Civics Test - Required for Graduation

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


 View 2017 Graduation Ceremony on USchool YouTube Channel



 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.




Ask Ms. Shaw about Duplicate Diploma Requests

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