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 11
Early Childhood Parent Orientation (Jr. Cubs - K)

* Using Zoom - More information to Come

Wednesday, August 12
Lower School Come and Go Day (Jr. Cubs - 5th)

This is an opportunity to see your classroom and meet the teacher.
* Using Sign Up Genius to sign up for a time - Uniforms are not required.

Wednesday, August 12
Middle/Upper School Half Day - Uniforms required

Thursday, August 13
First Full Day of School

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. *More Carpool Information to Come

Thursday, August 13
Staggered Start for Jr. Cubs - Kindergarten

We will have a staggered schedule beginning on Thursday, August 13. August 13 & 18 Girls only 7:50 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.
August 14 & 17 Boys only 7:50 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.
August 19 first full day for all students Jr. Cubs - K.

Thursday, August 20
Parent Orientation for Grades 1-5 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

*Using Zoom - More Information to Come

Information and questions will be shared and answered by your teacher on the new school year. (Grades 1-5)
• All “Back to School” information can be found under the blue “My USJ” tab on
• Teachers will email welcome letters to their students on Friday, August 7.



Lower School Handbook (2020-2021)

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


June 10, 2020

Dear Parents,

While our minds are moving to summer’s relaxing days I would like to take this moment to gently remind everyone of the importance of reading over the summer. 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 the days of summer. 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 to avoid this issue but honor the vacation time of the children?  A key factor in engaging students in reading and ultimately reading success 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 for reading, that can be morning, afternoon, or bedtime. A time that that is protected for the pursuit of reading.
  • 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, 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.


Kindest regards,

Louise Dunn,

Lower School Director


 Middle School Handbook (2019-2020)


School Supplies

6th Grade Supplies (20-21)

7th Grade Supplies (20-21)

8th Grade Supplies  (20-21)

Summer Reading

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

Rising 6th Grade

Magician’s Nephew – C.S. Lewis

Hatchet – Gary Paulsen


Rising 7th Grade

Paperboy – Vince Vawter
- ISBN #978-0307931511

Island of the Blue Dolphins – S O’Dell
- ISBN #9780547328614


Rising 8th Grade

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

The Giver – Lois Lowry
– ISBN #9780544336261


Rising 9th Grade

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- ISBN# 9781451673319

Honors (read two)    

A Separate Peace by J Knowles       
- ISBN # 9780743253970

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- ISBN# 9781451673319

Middle School Textbooks

Middle School Textbook Information


7th Grade Immunization Requirements

7th Grade Immunization Requirements


Upper School Handbook (19-20)

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.

Upper School Summer Reading List

9th Grade Summer Reading Assignment

10th Grade Summer Reading Assignment

11th Grade Summer Reading Assignment 

12th Grade Summer Reading Assignment

12 Grade AP Literature Assignment

For More Information

David Suber
Upper School Director

[email protected]

Kim Rainey
Upper School Assistant

[email protected]

Margaret Livingston
Middle School Director

[email protected]

Hayley Wilkerson
Assistant to the Middle School Director

[email protected]

Louise Dunn
Lower School Director

[email protected]

Lisa Cates
Lower School Assistant

[email protected]

Laura Moore
Director of Admissions

[email protected]


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