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Seniors / Parent Information

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 Information for graduation invitations/announcements:

June 1, 2018

Memorial Hall
(Brooks Gym)
1127 John Robert Bell Drive
Johnson City, TN 37614


Senior Parent Meeting - Senior Activities Planning

From the Senior Planning Committee:  There will be a brief planning meeting for senior activities on Saturday, February 24th, at 9:30 a.m., in the school cafeteria.  We need to get started on establishing committees for the following events:

• Baccalaureate
• Senior Picnic/Service Project
• Project Graduation

FREE Hot Coffee/Hot Chocolate and Krispy Kreme Donuts!  Yum! 


Dear Seniors and Senior Families-

Thank you so much for your willingness to re-locate graduation to an off campus location. It was a great team effort from all of you! However, several of our stakeholders have urged us to move graduation to an on-campus location because so many of our students have attended school here on our campus for so many years. Graduation will be held at Brooks Gym this year because of the renovation of the Culp Center. We have several details that we have to work out before I can give you final information, but it will be moved. For those of you printing invitations outside of Josten’s, I am working on getting the formal name and address of Brooks so that you can have that for printing. For those of you ordering from Josten’s, I will take care of the change in information.

Thanks so much for your understanding!

Ms. Shaw


Senior Family Committee!

President-                   Neil Owen

Vice-President-           Kim Bushore-Maki

Secretary-                   Patty Wessner

Treasurer-                   Amy Benton



Dear Senior Family-

It is finally time to vote for the committee members who will be in charge of organizing and fundraising for the senior week activities like Project Graduation, Baccalaureate, and Senior Retreat. These individuals will be responsible for creating sub-committees to complete this work and for communication between the school and the senior families. This committee will need many volunteers so think about how you would like to get involved.

Please follow this link VOTE HERE to cast your vote! Votes due by midnight 1/26. Only parents and guardians may vote, and the vote is limited to two votes per family.


Ms. Shaw


Dear Senior Family-

It is time for parents and guardians to begin planning for graduation week activities. Traditionally, parents have provided the funding and organization of the Senior Retreat/Picnic, Project Graduation (lock in), and Baccalaureate. Project Graduation will be held on the night of graduation, and the other activities should be schedule between 5/29-5/31. No activities can be held on 5/28 (Memorial Day) or 6/1 Graduation Day. The Senior Retreat cannot be overnight.

In the past we have sent an email to parents asking them to organize themselves into committees to head the three events. This year we would like to make a few changes that we feel will expedite paper work, payments, and understanding policies and procedures. We want to see the Senior Family Graduation Committee be organized into a formal group that will include a couple of junior parents so that the “torch” can be passed from one year to the next with less confusion and with a better understanding of the process. To that end, the school has named Ms. Bailiff as the School/Committee liaison for all questions, concerns, and paperwork. Additionally, the school has named Ms. Amy Benton as Treasurer of this new committee. Because of her previous experience as the treasurer for the Foundation, we know that Ms. Benton has the requisite skills to help us transition this and subsequent classes into a better organized entity. I will continue to serve as the school’s Graduation Committee Chair.

We would like to begin this process by asking for nominations of Senior Parents/Guardians for the positions of President, Vice President, and Secretary. You may respond to the group email with nominations, or you may email me at privately. Please be sure that your nominee is willing to accept a position before nominating. Once we have a full committee in place, we will ask the committee to schedule a senior parent/guardian meeting (must be approved by Ms. Day) as early as possible in January and to create sub-committees to organize the activities described above—including fundraising. Additionally, the committee will hold elections as soon as possible in January/February to fill a President Elect, VP Elect, and Treasurer Elect from the Junior Parents/Guardians.  The school will donate $1000 as the starter money for the Senior Week activities. The Treasurer will work directly with Mr. Honeycutt to spend these funds according to the requirements of ETSU. New funds earned or donated through the Committee will be held in a committee bank account with Ms. Benton and at least one other committee member as signatories on the account. Any funds remaining in the account after all activity “bills” are settled will pass to the next year’s class.

I know that many of you have organized, raised funds, and led the Senior Graduation Activities in the past. Please know that our intention in making this decision is to help our graduates have the best experience possible. Having been a part of seventeen previous graduations, I know that these changes will be appreciated by school personnel and future senior families!

Let the nominations begin! Deadline for nominations is Tuesday, 12/12 at 10:00pm EST.

All nominations must be made to Ms. Shaw via email.

Thank you for your support!

Ms. Shaw



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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