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 7

Parent Orientation for Infants-Kindergarten
5:30 – 6:15 pm Early Childhood Parent Orientation

Wednesday, August 8

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

Thursday, August 9

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 – 2:30 for grades 1-3 and 7:50 – 2:40 for students in grades 4 & 5.

Thursday, August 9

Staggered Start for Jr. Cubs - Kindergarten
We will have a staggered schedule beginning on Thursday, August 9.
August 9 & 13 Boys only 7:50 – 2:20pm.
August 10 & 14 Girls only 7:50 – 2:20pm.
August 15 first full day for all students Jr. Cubs - K.

Thursday, August 16

Parent Orientation for Grades 1-5
5:30 – 6:15 pm 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)

School Supplies

Junior Cubs Part-time

Junior Cubs

Cubs Part-time


Jr. Kindergarten


1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

Lower School Summer Reading

We know the value of time spent reading and that numerous studies have shown that the best way for students to become better readers is to read! We are also very familiar with the idea of summer setback when students regress in their reading skills over the summer. Many times students return to school in the fall and are far below their spring reading levels. This is most likely because students are simply not spending time reading over the summer.

All of our students have different interests when it comes to what they like to read. Some students will enjoy reading non-fiction books and accumulating more information on a subject they are passionate about, some like to get lost in fantasy books either in a traditional model or in graphic novels, and some will read and apply their reading for specific purposes such as directions for a recipe or directions for assembling a toy. However, if they are not interested in the text in their hand, they will not engage in the process of reading.

Because we know that student interests are all so different, this summer, we will not be assigning specific books. We expect all of our students to read for at least twenty minutes every day. A reading log has been provided by your teacher so that children can keep track of their reading.

Download Reading Log

Look what 20 minutes a day can do! Students who read 20 minutes a day will have read for over 1,500 minutes over the summer, which significantly increases their reading skills and instills a passion and love for reading.

So how can we support our students over the summer?

Visit your local library! Or come to our USJ Library on Wednesdays. Help your child find “just right books.” These are books that are of high interest to your child and are not beyond their reading level. You can use the five finger test to determine if the book is too difficult for your child. Open the book to a page with many words. Have your child begin reading the text. Hold up a finger for each word he/she does not know. If you have 4 or 5 fingers up, the text may be too difficult for your child to read independently. Feel free to still check out the book! It just may be a book you want to read with your child.

Or check out this site go to “Reading Level System” click on “Guided Reading” and choose the level your child’s teacher shared with you. This will provide you with numerous choices of books of each level. You can also put a subject or author in the search bar to find more specific topics. Of course, the most important way to choose a book is to choose one that interests your child. Additionally, the following link highlights books that are available in a series which many students particularly enjoy as they see their favorite characters develop new story lines.
Download Series Books Guide

Don’t forget the value of reading aloud! Read to your child. When you read to your child, he/she hears the rhythm of language. Be sure to read with expression! Changing your voice for the different characters in the story and increasing volume for exciting parts are only a few ways to make reading interesting.

We know that families are busy over the summer vacation, and that on some days, it may be harder to get a book into your child's hands. However, by establishing routines such as reading at bedtime or early in the morning, students can continue to grow as readers all summer long.

When students return to school in August, they will share their reading logs with their teachers and be ready to talk to their classmates about some of the books they have read over the summer.

Orientation Schedules

6th grade orientation schedule

7th-8th grade orientation schedule

School Supplies

6th Grade School Supplies

7th Grade School Supplies

8th Grade School Supplies

Summer Reading

Rising 6th Grade

Magician’s Nephew – C.S. Lewis
-ISBN# 0-590-25475-8

Tuck Everlasting – Natalie Babbitt
-ISBN# 0-312-36981-6


Rising 7th Grade

Paperboy – Vince Vawter
- ISBN #978-0307931511

Honors Only – Milkweed – Jerry Spinelli
- ISBN #9780375861475


Rising 8th Grade

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

The Giver – Lois Lowry
– ISBN #9780440237686


Rising 9th Grade

Pigman – Paul Zindel

Honors Only – Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

A Separate Peace – John Knowles

Middle School Textbooks

Middle School Textbook Information


7th Grade Immunization Requirements

7th Grade Immunization Requirements

Orientation Schedules

9th Grade Orientation Schedule

10th - 12th Grade Orientation Schedule


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

Benjamin Murphy
Upper School Director

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Kim Rainey
Upper School Assistant

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Don Roe
Middle School Director

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Becky Baskin
Middle School Assistant

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Louise Dunn
Lower School Director

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Lisa Cates
Lower School Secretary

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Laura Moore
Director of Admissions

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Upcoming Events

Full Calendar

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