University School of Jackson

Back to School

We are excited to begin a new school year. Below you will find important information from each division about how to prepare for the upcoming year.

Back To School

Tuesday, August 6

Parent Orientation for Jr. Cubs - K
5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Early Childhood Parent Orientation

Wednesday, August 7

Come and Go Day for Jr. Cubs-5th
Boys are asked to come from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Girls are asked to come from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. This is an opportunity to see your classroom and meet the teacher.

Thursday, August 8

First Day for Grades 1-5
This is the first full day of school for students in grades 1 - 5.
The hours are 7:50 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. for grades 1-3, and 7:50 a.m. - 2:40 p.m. for students in grades 4 & 5.

Staggered Start for Jr. Cubs - Kindergarten
We will have a staggered schedule beginning on Thursday, August 8.
August 8 & 12 Boys only 7:50 a.m. - 2:20 p.m.
August 9 & 13 Girls only 7:50 a.m. - 2:20 p.m.
August 14 first full day for all students Jr. Cubs - K.

Thursday, August 15

Parent Orientation for Grades 1-5
5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Parents will go directly to their children’s classroom where information and questions will be shared and answered by your teacher on the new school year. (Grades 1-5)


Lower School Handbook

School Supplies

Part-time Jr Cubs Supplies

Jr Cubs Supplies

Part-time Cubs Supplies

Cubs Supplies

JrK Supplies

Kindergarten Supplies

1st Grade Supplies

2nd Grade Supplies

3rd Grade Supplies

4th Grade Supplies

5th Grade Supplies


Lower School Summer Reading


Dear Parents,

Vacation is just around the corner, and our students are eager to enjoy the long lazy days of summer. However, while we want our students to rest, grow, and explore new things; there are ways to support your student's growth particularly in reading through days of family travel, reunions, parties, and celebrations. Data indicates that students who do not read over the summer face a significant loss of skills in reading when they return to school. This phenomenon is so predictable in students who do not read; it is called the "summer slump." So how do you avoid this issue but honor the vacation time of the children? A critical factor in engaging students in reading and ultimately, successful reading, is building intrinsic motivation within a child. How to achieve this is to encourage and support them in reading books of their choosing  that are at a "just right level." This "just right level" is a book that your child can read and discuss with you with passion. Your child might love to read non-fiction, comic books, online resources, or discover new series of books; we urge you to support them as they explore these jewels of text. Remember, what you believe is a great book might not be what interests your child.


Along with supporting your child as they find texts that interest them, there is much more the adults in their lives can do to support and nurture reading skills over the long summer months.

• Be a role model for your child by reading your books, so that students see that you value reading as an enjoyable pastime.

• Set aside a time each day that is protected for the pursuit of reading. It can be morning, afternoon, or bedtime.

• Read aloud to your child. Reading aloud to students is just as important when they are in upper elementary as when they were younger. Students can access more complex texts when you read, as they can immerse themselves in the story rather than worrying about decoding the words.

• Encourage your child to read other forms of literature, not just books. They might like to read science or sports magazines, or the sports pages of the newspapers.

• Read a book and then watch the movie, this provides a rich opportunity for a discussion on which version of the story you each prefer.

• Choose audiobooks and then discuss the texts with your child.

• Read books together; you read one page, then they read another. This shared reading provides an opportunity for your child's understanding of the story to be deeper and more nuanced. Your interest is also a motivator as you are demonstrating the value you place on reading. (Source,


We encourage you to take your student to bookstores, libraries, and visit online resources so that they can choose books, magazines, and comics that reflect their interests, passions, and lives. Happy reading.

If you have any questions or need any suggestions for book titles, please touch base with your student's teacher before the end of school.


Kindest regards,

Louise Dunn
Lower School Director


 Middle School Handbook


School Supplies

6th Grade Supplies

7th Grade Supplies

8th Grade Supplies

Summer Reading

(All of these need to be read before school starts back)

Rising 6th Grade

Magician’s Nephew – C.S. Lewis

Tuck Everlasting – Natalie Babbitt


Rising 7th Grade

Paperboy – Vince Vawter
- ISBN #978-0307931511

Hatchet – Gary Paulsen
- ISBN #9781416936473


Rising 8th Grade

The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton
– ISBN #9780142407332

The Giver – Lois Lowry
– ISBN #9780544336261


Rising 9th Grade

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
- ISBN# 9780374371524

Honors (read two)    

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson         
- ISBN# 9780374371524

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- ISBN# 9781451673319

All 9th grade classes: While reading Speak, keep notes on the issues/problems faced by the main character. Tell how you would respond if you were faced with these same issues. Annotate the text while reading. These assignments will be checked on the first day of school. Honors only: While reading Fahrenheit 451, find ten quotes that are examples of literary terms. Some examples of literary terms are simile, metaphor, personification, alliteration, hyperbole, etc. Use for help. This must be handwritten and will be collected on the first day of school. Examples: Alliteration “The Super Suicide Society of the Summer Session was a success from the start.” Hyperbole “ . . . branches and branches of branches, a world of branches with an infinity of leaves.” Foreshadowing “Nothing endures, not a tree, not love, not even death by violence.”
Annotation Tips:
● Use a pen or even different colored pens to mark different things.
● Mark unfamiliar words, and write their definitions beside them.
● Mark any examples of figurative language (simile, metaphor, personification, etc.)
● Mark important details.
● Keep track of characters and their traits.
● Write any thoughts or questions you have as you read.

Middle School Textbooks

Middle School Textbook Information


7th Grade Immunization Requirements

7th Grade Immunization Requirements


Upper School Handbook

School Supplies

School Supplies List by Teacher


Upper School Textbooks

Upper School Textbook List


Summer Reading

Below are the summer reading assignments for the English department. Please talk with your future English teacher if you have any questions about any assignments.

English I

English II - American Literature

English III - Western Literature

English IV - World Literature

AP Language and Composition Summer Reading List

AP Literature and Composition Summer Assignment

For More Information

David Suber
Upper School Director

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Kim Rainey
Upper School Assistant

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Don Roe
Associate Head of School, Middle School Director

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Becky Baskin
Middle School Assistant and Assistant to the Head and Associate Head of School

[email protected]

Louise Dunn
Lower School Director

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Lisa Cates
Lower School Assistant

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Laura Moore
Director of Admissions

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