University School of Jackson


Don Roe named Associate Head of School, Middle School Director


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

USJ Students Choir Students Selected to Showcase Their Talents as Part of the All National Honor Choir


During the 2017-18 school year, talented music students across the United States and overseas in military base schools practiced diligently to gain a chair or part in their local, district, and state music honor ensembles. And of those most elite high school musicians who were accepted to their district or All-State music ensembles, 550 of them—the “best of the best”—were selected for the National Association for Music Education’s (NAFME) 2018 All-National Honor Ensembles.    USJ choral students Jake Booher, Keaton Miller, and Seth Spry will participate and perform November 25-28, 2018 as Read More

USJ Lower School Students Participate in National Anthem Project


On Friday, September 14, 2018, the University School of Jackson Lower School students participated in The National Anthem Project. Classes lined up by grade level as they faced the front of the school to sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” for the 204th anniversary of the U.S. national anthem.   Members of the fifth-grade class spoke about the happenings of the Battle of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, which occurred September 13 -14, 1814, near Baltimore. This was where Francis Scott Key was when the battle ended, and he penned the famous poem we use today as our national anthem. The National Read More

Library Renovation Project


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

Three USJ Students Named “Top 100 Readers”


Sunday, August 12, was a big day for three of our students.  The First Lady of Tennessee Chrissy Haslam as part of her literacy initiative for TN had challenged all TN students to read over the summer for at least 20 minutes a day. Students were then asked to send the Governor's Mansion their reading logs for the summer and then from those many students who submitted their name 100 students from across the state were selected to attend a dinner at the Governor's Mansion.  Parvan Nerwal, Emily and Tucker Davenport were honored to be part of this motivated Read More

New Academic Center to Provide Educational Support for USJ Students


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

Going for Goal With Our New Soccer Facilities


In the fall of 2016, our families began the process of raising over $75,000 to make improvements to our soccer facilities. Phase I, which included new bleachers and a retaining wall that will bring fans closer to the playing field and enhance visibility, was completed last fall. Plans for Phase II feature home and visitor shelters, locker rooms, and a press box with storage for team equipment. If you are interested in supporting this exciting project, please visit and designate Soccer Project or contact Cathy Garrett at [email protected] Read More

Alum Ryan Rolison Drafted by Colorado Rockies


This past June, Ryan Rolison (’16) was selected by the Colorado Rockies with the 22nd pick in the rst round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft. The selection came as Ole Miss was playing Tennessee Tech in the Oxford Regional. “I really had no idea where I was going to go,” says Ryan. “I was focused on the team and rooting them on. I went back and one of the managers told me that the Rockies had just selected me. It was a surreal moment with my teammates.” Ryan went 10-4 this season for the Rebels Read More

Taylor Howell selected to play at the Junior Sunbelt Classic


Junior Taylor Howell was selected by the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association to play in the 2018 Junior Sunbelt Classic. Each year, The Sunbelt Classic brings the best of the best players from eight states and Canada to compete against one another in a week-long tournament in McAlester, Oklahoma. Read More

USJ Theatre Students Win Orpheum High School Musical Awards


USJ was nominated in eight different categories for The Orpheum’s ninth annual High School Musical Theatre Awards. This award ceremony included 29 schools across West Tennessee and Mississippi. USJ took home the Outstanding Artistic Achievement award for the “rain on stage” in the school’s production of Singin’ in the Rain. Upcoming junior Jake Booher won Best Supporting Actor for his role as Cosmo Brown in Singin’ in the Rain and performed a special number with his fellow nominees. Sophomore Keaton Miller was nominated for Best Actor and was also the youngest nominee in Read More

National Merit Foundation Recognizes Three Students from 2018 Class


The National Merit Foundation has recognized three students from the University School of Jackson ‘s Class of 2018: Tyler Bruno, Adam Davis, Eli Garey, Anjali Mahajan, and Annabelle Reese. Tyler Bruno, is the son of Greg and Sondra Bruno. Tyler is a National Merit Semifinalist. He was selected to the NAfME All-National Honor Choirs for two consecutive years and the All-West Honor Band and Orchestra for four consecutive years. He is the President of Spanish Club, the Treasurer of National English Honor Society, and the Secretary of National Science Honor Society. He was selected to American Legion Boys' State and Read More

Three Seniors awarded Ned McWherter Scholarships


Three University School of Jackson students have been named recipients of the 2018-19 Ned McWherter Scholarship. Alden Cardwell, Camryn Coley, and Eli Garey were among only 80 scholarship recipients awarded statewide out of more than 1,500 applications. “Many highly qualified candidates throughout Tennessee applied to be a Ned McWherter Scholar, so we are happy to have three 2018 recipients. In addition to taking challenging coursework and having high test scores, recipients are also scored on their extracurricular involvement and demonstrated leadership. These students meet and exceed those criteria.“ said Carol Ryan, Director of College Advising. The Ned McWherter Scholars Program awards Read More

Students bring home top awards at 2018 TMTA competition


Twenty five USJ students participated in the regional TMTA (Tennessee Math Teachers Association) Math Contest. This competition took place April 10th at Freed Hardeman University. The TMTA award ceremony recognizes the top three students and top three teams. USJ earned first place team in Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and Calculus. Algebra I First: Lisa Nnaji Second: Mohid Tanveer Third: Yaren Dogan Fourth: Saeed Dardas Fifth: Amar Boparai USJ Team: First Place   Geometry First: Anika Mahajan Second: Ethan Schlegel Third: Elisa Kapunan Sixth: Evelyn Helms Eighth: Felix Nnaji USJ Team: First Place   Algebra II Second: Michelle Nnaji Third: Read More

USJ Alum Receives Fulbright Award


Blair McElroy (‘98) serves as the interim senior international of cer and director of the study abroad program at Ole Miss. This past year, Blair received a Fulbright award to South Korea to create a stronger connection between the university and the country. This grant allowed her to attend a two-week International Education Administrators seminar in June. “I am delighted and proud to have been selected as one of the eight grantees,” says Blair. “It was exciting to experience the Korean culture rsthand as part of a group of passionate individuals in the eld of international education. Read More

Tony Shutes Named Coach of the Year


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


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

Bank of Jackson Art Show


Congratulations to the following Middle School students for having artwork selected for the Bank of Jackson Art Show. Pictured from left to right: 6th graders, Eady Davenport and Madeline Craig; 7th graders, Sophia Karg and Cassidy Bruno; and 8th graders, Carly Ingram and Ani Garabedian. Read More

New Infant and Toddler Program Lays Foundation for Learning


The start of the 2017-2018 school year revealed a few more strollers and toys around the Lower School with the creation of USJ’s Infant and Toddler Program. This new option has allowed families to enroll children as young as six weeks old into the Bruin family. The infant classroom includes children from six weeks old to twelve months, while the toddler classroom serves children from 12-24 months from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Schedules are based on individual needs, and a daily Activity Sheet is provided for each child. “Our goal when we started Read More

Sophomore Class Raises Money for the Dream Center


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

Interdisciplinary Studies Encourage Lifelong Learning


Middle School Director Don Roe spearheaded a new idea for Middle School students this year. Interdisciplinary units have allowed students to dive into one particular topic or concept in all of their classes. Teachers decided the topics taught and worked to incorporate fun, interesting projects into their lesson plans. After spending two days touring ancient Egypt, seventh graders produced maps in teams, read about Egyptian creation myths, and solved puzzles to free themselves from escape rooms. They applied their knowledge by creating pyramids and measuring their creations using mathematical formulas and compared and even constructed Egyptian and Mayan pyramids in Read More

Don Roe Appointed to Tennessee Historical Commission


Middle School Director Don Roe was recently appointed to the Tennessee Historical Commission as a Representative of West Tennessee. The Tennessee Historical Commission is the State Historic Preservation Of ce for Tennessee, has multiple programs related to statewide historic preservation, and also works to implement the programs of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Mr. Roe was selected for his extensive background in the research and teaching of American history for over 20 years. His appointment was effective October 1, 2017, and will run through September 30, 2022. In addition to his strong background in American history, Mr. Roe was also chosen for his organizational Read More

Charles Campbell Named All-American


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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