University School of Jackson

Upper School

USJ Hold First Outdoor Graduation Ceremony on Kirkland Field at Carlock Stadium

05/31/2020

The University School of Jackson held their first outdoor commencement ceremony on Kirkland Field in Carlock Stadium this past Saturday, May 30, at 9: 00 a.m. The 68 members of the Class of 2020 were joined by USJ faculty and staff, plus a limited number of family and friends to allow for social distancing.    The Class of 2020 found their time together cut short by this global pandemic, and they completed their senior year as part of USJ’s new Online Academy. Their ability to adapt to this change and continue the pursuit of their goals, will serve them well as they Read More

Jim Hardegree Named Associate Head of School, Dean of Students

01/21/2020

It is with great honor that the University School of Jackson announces the appointment of Mr. Jim Hardegree as our Associate Head of School, Dean of Students effective July 1, 2020. “Mr. Hardegree brings with him a tremendous amount of respect and trust, not only from me, but by our entire USJ community, which has been earned through years of service to our families in many important administrative roles,” says Associate Head of School Don Roe. “Jim currently serves as Dean of Students and will continue in this role along with football coaching duties. He also has experience as Read More

Lauren Yancey named Assistant Director of the Jones Academic Center

01/17/2020

The University School of Jackson is pleased to announce the promotion of Lauren Yancey to Assistant Director of the Camille and Ralph Jones Academic Center (JAC). Lauren will assist the JAC Director, Christy Glenn, in the day to day operation of the center and with the instruction of qualifying USJ students.    The Camille and Ralph Jones Academic Center services assist the University School of Jackson community in maintaining a standard of excellence in USJ's highly competitive academic atmosphere. Academic support services for qualifying students range from managing and updating appropriate classroom accommodations to temporary support, in the Read More

USJ Announces Construction Approval For New Lady Bruins Athletic Facility

10/04/2019

On September 25, USJ's Board of Trustees approved a proposal from MG Construction to enter into a contract for the construction of the new Lady Bruins Athletic Locker Room Facility. The $1 million facility includes approximately 6,000 square feet and is comprised of two varsity Lady Bruins locker rooms, three middle school locker rooms, a dedicated middle school restroom, and a dedicated varsity restroom fitted with showers and vanity tops. The varsity locker rooms, in particular, will feature custom wood lockers with individual electrical and USB charging ports in each locker. "This facility is something that we can all be proud of Read More

Two USJ Seniors Recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program

09/16/2019

Two USJ Seniors, Elisa Kapunan and Anika Mahajan, have been recognized as Semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. Approximately 16,000 students in the nation received Semifinalist recognition last week out of over 1.5 million entrants. The Semifinalist pool represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. Only two students from Jackson were recognized, and both are seniors at USJ.   The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. Students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screen. Read More

Faculty Spotlight: Tina Plunk

09/09/2019

Faculty Spotlight: Tina Plunk This year, Tina Plunk joins the University School of Jackson faculty with over 30 years of experience teaching and will serve as the Upper School Math Department Chair. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Master of Arts in Teaching with a focus on Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Memphis. She has experience teaching every level of math including; Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Algebra 3 (Dual Enrollment College Algebra), Trigonometry, Precalculus, and Physics.   Tina is married to Randy Plunk, and they live in Bolivar, TN. They have two sons, Jake and Clint, Read More

Faculty Spotlight: Jimmy Glosson

09/07/2019

Faculty Spotlight: Jimmy Glosson Jimmy Glosson, a.k.a. Señor Glosson, is entering his 23rd year of service at University School of Jackson, where he is Chair of World Languages and Cultures and leads study abroad programs to Costa Rica and Spain. He holds a BA in Spanish from the University of Memphis, an MAEd in Instruction/Curriculum and Spanish from Union University, and has done additional graduate work at the University of Memphis and the University of Texas. He has taught AP Spanish Language and Culture for 13 years, during the last 10 of which 100% of his students Read More

USJ Announces New Athletic Director and Assistant Athletic Director

04/02/2019

The University School of Jackson is pleased to announce Michael Stroup has been named the Athletic Director for the Bruins. Michael has served as the USJ Head Football Coach since 2017 and will continue in that role along with his new duties. USJ’s Strength and Conditioning Coach, Nick Stamper, will serve as the Assistant Athletic Director.   “Michael and Nick have done a great job serving as interim Athletic Director and Assistant Athletic Director over the past few months, and have been proactive and responsive to coaches, parents, and student-athlete needs,” says Head of School Stuart Hirstein. Read More

Bruins Place 2nd in Gulf Coast Classic

03/26/2019

Over spring break the Bruins traveled to Gulf Shores, AL to play in the Gulf Coast Classic Baseball Tournament. The tournament brought together some of the best teams from all over the Southeast for four days to battle it out at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex. The Bruins finished 2nd out of the 45 teams. Read More

33 Members Inducted Into The National Honor Society

03/07/2019

On March 7, USJ inducted 33 new members into the National Honor Society. The purpose of the National Honor Society is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, promote leadership, and to develop character in our students. Congratulations to all of our new 2019 NHS Inductees!   New Members: Rachel Akin Emmanuela Alexandre Amar Boporai Jenna Box Luke Buchanan Reagan Carney Sydney Fesmire Emily Hailey Sarah Hanna Landon Hooper Aliza Horn Maddie Jones Livvie Leeper Meg Miller Lisa Nnaji Baker Northern Ben Northern Esosa Odeh Ikenna Oleru Ethan Persons Jackson Prince Emma Richards Kizer Robertson Channing Sellers Sydney Sellers Andrew Smith Mali Strong Savannah Tabor Read More

New Members inducted into the National English Honor Society

02/12/2019

Today we inducted 18 new members in the National English Honor Society (NEHS). Membership is an honor bestowed on students selected for their accomplishments in the field of English and in overall academic achievement.   New Members: Rachel Akin Emma Alexandre Amar Boparai Reagan Carney Sydney Fesmire Sarah Hanna Landon Hooper Hailey Houston Maddie Jones Lisa Nnaji Ethan Persons Kizer Robertson Sydney Sellers Mali Strong Savannah Tabor Mohid Tanveer Caleb Watlington Mary Helen Woods Read More

New Golf TrackMan installed at USJ

01/16/2019

The USJ Golf program is excited about the new resource available to our students. With the new TrackMan installed at USJ, our student-athletes will have the ability to practice year-round and during inclement weather. Read More

USJ Announces David Suber as new Upper School Director

12/07/2018

The University School of Jackson is pleased to announce David Suber as the new Upper School Director. He will begin his new role on July 1, 2019. Mr. Suber is currently the Upper and Middle School Director of Lowcountry Preparatory School in Pawleys Island, SC.   Mr. Suber received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina and went on to attend Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina where he received his master’s in Secondary English Education.   “I am thrilled to welcome David to our USJ family,” says Head Read More

Don Roe named Associate Head of School, Middle School Director

11/08/2018

It is with great pleasure that the University School of Jackson announces the appointment of Mr. Don Roe as our Associate Head of School, Middle School Director. As the Associate Head of School, Don will work closely with our Head of School, Stuart Hirstein, to oversee the wellbeing of USJ and our community. Don will play a significant role in the life of our school and will be deeply involved in all aspects of day-to-day operations. Don has proven himself as a leader and has the personal qualities, integrity, and skillset to add tremendous value to USJ in this new Read More

Library Renovation Project

08/21/2018

After months of designing, planning, and preparation, the Mary Frances Campbell Library is of cially open and fully functional for our Middle and Upper School students. “This renovation project and idea started after numerous meetings with students in which they communicated a need for a place where they could study in a comfortable setting,” says Stuart Hirstein, Head of School. “I think it is critical to our school that we create inspiring spaces where kids can interact with one another while studying. I wish to thank all of the donors who made this possible as well as Read More

New Academic Center to Provide Educational Support for USJ Students

08/10/2018

The University School of Jackson officially opened the doors to its new Academic Center with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, August 9, 2018.    Head of School Stuart Hirstein shares his excitement saying, “The USJ Academic Center was the fulfillment of a major goal of our strategic plan launched three years ago. Our new Director, Christy Glenn, is a trained professional who brings a love of helping children reach their fullest potential using what we know about brain research. We are extremely fortunate to have someone with Christy's background and expertise and  Read More

Tony Shutes Named Coach of the Year

03/01/2018

Varsity Girls’ Basketball Coach, Tony Shutes, was named the Don Meyer Basketball Coaches Association of Tennessee’s Division II Coach of the Year for last season. Coach Shutes began working at USJ in 1987 and became the varsity boys and girls coach in 1991. During his time at USJ, Coach Shutes has also coached middle school boys and girls basketball, varsity golf, and boys soccer. His teams have won 17 District Championships; seven Region Championships; made 18 Sub-State appearances, and earned two State Runner-Up titles. Read More

Kevin Cheng Plays at Carnegie Hall

02/28/2018

Sophomore Kevin Cheng had the opportunity to showcase his talents by playing in the 2018 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City, February 1 -5. Kevin is an accomplished violinist who has been playing since the age of nine. During the High School Performance Series, selected musicians rehearse and perform under renowned conductors and have the opportunity to meet other like-minded musicians from around the world as they prepare for and perform at a truly world-class venue. Though much of the students’ time is focused on performance preparation, the week also allows students to experience the Read More

Sophomore Class Raises Money for the Dream Center

12/15/2017

Sophomore class president Seth Spry had the idea for a pancake fundraiser to raise money for the Dream Center, which is a faith-based educational ministry for families and individuals who have experienced crisis in their lives. The entire sophomore class handled the publicity for the event, took pre-orders, and prepared the pancakes themselves. “I am so proud of our sophomore class officers for taking the initiative to support the Dream Center,” says Upper School Director Ben Murphy. “This was a completely student-designed project, and it was great to see the students having fun listening to music while Read More

Charles Campbell Named All-American

09/28/2017

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is the nation’s premier high school All-American game, featuring the best 100 players in an annual East vs. West matchup every January in San Antonio’s Alamodome. Senior Charles Campbell was selected to play in the All-American game and received his 2018 Army All-American Bowl jersey during the presentation in USJ’s Upper School Gym on September 28. The 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl took place on Saturday, January 6, 2018. Charles kicked two PAT’s and one eld goal. Read More

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