Seniors / Parent Information
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Cap/Gown orders have arrived!! Pick yours up in the Counseling Office today and tomorrow!
Attention Seniors - It's time for Senior Wills!! If you want to submit a senior will for the yearbook, please give to Ms. Hammonds or to a Journalism staff member by Friday, March 4th, 2022.
We will take the 12/13 Year Club picture on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022, right after announcements, in Ms. Lamb's room. We will also take Senior Superlative pictures after the 12/13 club picture.
Seniors, please stop by the office by Thursday, March 3rd, to put your signature on the Senior T-shirt. You also need to check your t-shirt size on the list to make sure you receive the right size. Shirts will be ordered over Spring Break, so we need your signature this week!
Senior Casuals are due Friday, Mar 4 -- they can email me the pictures or send them into the office. (missing most of the seniors)
Senior Wills be due Friday, Mar 4 -- they can email me their wills (I forgot to ask for this earlier, so I'm giving them one week to turn in a senior will)
Senior ad pictures and money will be due Mar. 4 -- they can pay online for the ads or send in money to the school. They can email me the pictures or send into the office. (I have several paid for but no pictures.)
Attention seniors! Please turn in your four senior casual pictures for the yearbook. These do not have to be professionally taken. The deadline to submit them is March 5, 2022. Please email Mrs. Hammonds at firstname.lastname@example.org or give to one of the journalism seniors or Mrs. Hammonds in Room 301B.
Parent Organized Senior Event: Bash at the Barn
Enjoy music with a DJ, a Firepit and snacks!
Each senior may bring one guest.
Date: Saturday, February 26th, 2022
Cost: $5 per person (Cash or Check) at event
Location: The Barn at Boone Falls Reserve http://www.boonefallsreserve.com/
1770 Old Gray Station Rd, Johnson City, TN 37615
The Counseling Office at University School is pleased to announce that we are introducing a new system called Scoir to help you and your student navigate the college selection and application process.
Later today Dr. Shaw will send you an email invitation so that you can link to their account. As a parent or guardian, you will be able to view their profiles, see their college list, conduct your own college searches, and suggest colleges for your student to consider. Scoir also provides parents with financial tools so that you can get a better sense of the cost of attendance at various colleges during the selection process.
Current Seniors will have access to the college search and career profile features of Scoir. Juniors will eventually have access to all features of Scoir, and they will use it to manage their college and career planning, plus all college applications through graduation. We are excited to be able to provide Scoir to our students and families, and we feel confident that you will find it helpful and easy to use.
The Senior Parent Committee has important information to communicate to the parents and guardians of 2022 senior class. There are a lot of fun and exciting events to put on your calendars as we plan and prepare for the remainder of the school year! Please read below for the key dates that need to be on your calendar as well as information about the fundraising that still needs to be done to facilitate these events.
Graduation Cap/Gown Order Due Today if you would like to turn in paper copy or pay with cash or check. Orders can also be mailed or placed online, but those need to be completed as soon as possible. If you are hoping to receive any items to give as gifts, those orders must be received in person by Jostens today from 12-1 at school.
Senior Week Information: Senior Week is May 23 - May 27. There are a lot of fun events and traditions that happen that week and we will need help and support from the families to make it a success. Key events include:
Senior Skip Day - no school for seniors!
Graduation Practice- May 26am
Baccalaureate - May 26
Graduation Practice-May 27am
Graduation- May 27 6:00pm Mary B. Martin Center for the Arts
Project Graduation - May 27. This is an all-night lock-in at the CPA for seniors and juniors. We will have food, fun and door prizes to give away. This is held after graduation to provide the students with a safe way to celebrate graduation with their classmates. The lock-in is free for seniors. Juniors will pay to attend. If you are interested in helping coordinate Project Graduation or would like to be a chaperone, please contact Cindy Ryder at 423-483-5214.
T-Shirts and Christmas Ornaments: The seniors will each receive a class t-shirt and holiday ornament. We allowed students from the senior class to submit designs for the shirts and ornaments. The students voted on their favorite design. Madison Grant was chosen to design the t-shirt and Karimah Mohammed was chosen to design the ornament.
Discount Card Sales: Each student was given a packet of 10 discount cards to sell for the senior class. The cards each cost $15 and had sponsored discounts to local eateries and establishments. The goal is to raise $150 per student. We asked the students to sell their cards or return the unused cards after fall break. 100% of these funds go towards the spending account for the senior class and will be used to pay for the t-shirts, ornaments, and Senior Week. This is the only real fundraiser that will take place to support the senior year. We still have a lot of students who did not sell discount cards or contribute to the fundraiser. If your student did not sell discount cards, we ask that they bring a check to the office for $150 (or the difference if they sold less than 10 cards) to ensure their participation in Senior Week. If students opt to not participate in Senior Week, they do not need to provide the $150, however they will still be expected to attend class as Senior Week is considered a school sponsored event. Checks can be made payable to University High School. If your student is unable to make a financial contribution, we can provide a scholarship based on need. Please contact Dr. Shaw if this applies to you and she will handle that anonymously with the Committee.
Bash at the Barn - We have organized a fun outing for the students on February 26 at the Barn at Boones Falls Reserve. We will have a DJ. This is not an event sponsored by the committee, so there will be a fee to attend. More information to come, so mark your calendars!
If you have any questions, please contact Melinda Graham at 757-416-4672 or Cindy Ryder at 423-483-5214.
Parents of UH Seniors,
The University School Yearbook Staff is preparing for the 2021/2022 yearbook. If you would like to purchase a Senior Ad, you can do so now. This is a chance to congratulate the seniors; if you are not familiar with the tradition of Senior Ads, you need only look as far as any Buccaneer yearbook.
View/Print Senior Ad Contract and Information
University School is celebrating College App Week 10/25 to 10/29, 2021. Grades K-8
will have college/career geared counseling lessons, and seniors will have special
assistance with the college application process. We would like to invite all grades K-12 to dress in your favorite college gear or
college colors on Friday, October 29. Go US Bucs!
This Friday October 29 we will celebrate College App Day 9-3! Plan to wear your favorite college T-shirt, sweatshirt, hats, or other college gear that day!
-Plan to come by the Library (old media center) Room 214 anytime throughout the day to get food and drinks from our tailgate party.
-Bring your laptop and a credit or debit card if you would like to work on college applications with staff on that day.
-Bring your laptop and get assistance applying for FAFSA and TN Promise. TN Promise is due November 1 so it is the last school day to get help.
-Invite your parents to come get assistance with FAFSA or any other college related questions.
-Our Niswonger CARE Advisor, Jarad Turpen, will be here the full day to offer assistance!
-Dr. Shaw will be available for application, essay, and scholarship questions.
Grade 12 Senior Parents: Please complete the survey via the link below. This survey provides information to the Senior Parent Committee on types of activities your Senior would like to participate in, Senior T-shirt size, volunteer opportunities for willing parents and senior/parent information. The Senior Parent Committee coordinates monthly activities for the Seniors and Senior week fun...your survey participation is greatly appreciated!
Attention Seniors: Please return your packet of University School discount cards by Friday, October 8th. Packets can be returned to the school office or to Mr. Weems in Room 226B. These discount cards will raise money for your senior class activites. You need to return all unsold cards as well as cash and checks in your packets. If you have not picked up your packet, please pick it up in the office today.
Hi Seniors!!!! I'm excited to announce that we have 2 Field Trips coming up soon!!
On July 30 we will go to Roan Mountain to get us jump started on the college application process, and for some fun and bonding with your classmates. Cost of the trip is $6 payable in the Counseling Office. Bring a bag lunch plus any money you would like to have for pool entry or snack bar.
On September 2 we will go to the Tri-Cities College Fair at Freedom Hall Civic Center where you will have the opportunity to visit with up to 40 colleges, military recruiters, and a few employers. Cost of the trip is $3 payable in the Counseling Office.
Permission Forms for both trips can be found on the Class 2022 Counseling Canvas page.
More details about the College Fair coming soon!
Senior parents are invited to attend an informational meeting with last year's parent advisory board members and school administration to discuss this year's senior activities and plans. Please join us by clicking on the link below:
Topic: University School Senior Parent Meeting
Time: Jul 14, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 952 3097 9839
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Here is the link for the Junior Family Night Powerpoint from last Spring. Video will be posted soon!
The University School Class of 2021 Graduation Ceremony will be held on Friday, May
28th, at 6:00 p.m., in Memorial Hall (Brooks Gym).
The ceremony will be live streamed on our University School YouTube channel
Link for UH Graduation https://youtu.be/h9rPPp7hehM
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 https://uhseniorinformation.weebly.com/. 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:
- On the website of the college
- Through the Common Application at https://www.commonapp.org/ for membership schools
- Through the Coalition Application at http://www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org/ 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 http://tnpromise.gov/. 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 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!
Civics Test - Required for Graduation
This test is required for graduation. Study materials have been placed on Ms. Frasier's school webpage.
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