Read on for faculty & staff summer plans to prepare for the next academic year. Expect to continue to receive regular email updates, read about future protocols on a safe return to Edgehill Avenue, and learn about virtual summer programming in the coming weeks. Please aid us by responding to surveys and participating in Coffee with the Director on Tuesdays.
On what was originally scheduled to be the last day of school, students and their families may drive through University School of Nashville parking lots to return school devices, library books, and other items. The schedule for Thursday, May 21 is as follows:
Kindergarten in the 21st Avenue garage & lot from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Grade 1 in the 21st Avenue garage from 11 to 11:45 a.m.
Grade 2 in the 21st Avenue garage & lot 12 to 12:45 p.m.
Grade 3 in the 21st Avenue garage & lot 1 to 1:45 p.m.
Grade 4 in the 21st Avenue garage & lot 2 to 2:45 p.m.
Grades 5 & 6 in the 19th Avenue lot from 3 to 4 p.m.
Grades 7 & 8 in the 19th Avenue lot from 4 to 5 p.m.
Given Nashville's extended Safer at Home Order and USN landing in phase three of the city's resumption of activity plan, USN Summer Camps will not take place on campus in June. We are considering virtual summer offerings instead and continue to prepare for the months ahead.
When book festivals began canceling in response to the coronavirus, a sterling group of children’s and young adult authors got together to create a free online alternative: the Everywhere Book Fest, happening Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2.
The Kansas-based company that prints the USN yearbook is closed due to COVID-19 and likely will resume production in May. Unfortunately, that means yearbooks for the 2019-2020 school year will be given to students when they return to Edgehill next school year.
As faculty combine synchronous and asynchronous elements, define daily schedules, set mutual expectations for communication, and provide some vehicles for assessment — our transition to remote learning seems like a large scale design thinking project.
As K-12 counselors, we want to share some valuable perspective on life “behind the computer” when a school is required to pivot into teaching and learning in an entirely different way. A 20-year veteran teacher noted that what we’re not doing is homeschooling, rather it’s crisis schooling, a distinction which is well worth making.
When will we return to face-to-face classes on campus? How long will major school events be postponed? How long will the community disruption last? What are students learning? What are administrators and faculty learning about what school is and what school could be?
High School service leaders are sharing opportunities to help others during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although group volunteering and drives at USN are not feasible right now, there are still ways the USN community can aid Nashville. Read on to learn about three ways to serve health care workers, Metro Nashville Public School students, and Nashvillians in food isolation.
Nashville's independent nonprofit PBS station, Nashville Public Television, is has reslated its lineup of weekday programming to air educational content for K-12 students. Click here to view NPT’s At Home Learning schedule. Featured programs will change weekly.
Director Vince Durnan welcomes USN parents to use their phones, laptops, and desktops to catch up with him at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 31. He'll be drinking decaffeinated coffee. Bring your orange juice, tea, or other caffeinated beverage of your choice.
We’ll host a virtual Reunion from April 30 to May 2 to recognize the newest inductees into the Gold Circle, honor their contributions to recording the PDS history through The Past is Prologue, share campus construction and other school happenings, hold a private screening of the 1928 PDS Cinema Club film "Masque" last shown during our Centennial Celebration in 2015, and have a social hour with alumni. There is no cost to join us from your living room for any of these three events. Simply click here to register.
Director Vince Durnan shared the following letter on Thursday, March 26 to update alumni, parents of alumni, parents, faculty, and staff on how the school is functioning during the first week of remote learning.
Given the dynamically changing situation, we are more motivated than ever to stay connected as the USN community. Here is what is on our minds. Director Vince Durnan shared the following column in the USN Newsletter sent Wednesday, March 18.
The following letter was shared with K-12 parents, faculty, and staff at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 14 regarding conversations among heads of schools as well as between USN and local public health leaders.
With everyone leaving campus for Spring Break, this is a good time to remind our community members about all the great resources for continued learning that are available through the Hassenfeld Library website and your local public library.
In a column previously shared with Middle School families, MS Educational Technologist Kari Luecke tells how you can put a new spin on “spring cleaning” by cleaning your smartphones, laptops, and other technology.
Click the headline above to read overviews of treatment and prevention of influenza, strep throat, and the common cold, which we commonly see this time of year.
Please keep students with fever, cough, and respiratory symptoms home until they are 24 hours fever-free (less than 100.4 degrees) or have no signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine and no vomiting or diarrhea. Click here for overviews of treatment and prevention of influenza, strep throat, and the common cold, which we commonly see this time of year.
Basic Hygiene Best Practices
When washing hands: Wet hands. Turn off water. Soap and scrub for 30 to 60 seconds. Rinse well. Dry well.
Cough into the sleeve of your elbow or into tissues. If you cough into your hands, wash your hands immediately.
Wash with a general household cleaner to remove germs, then rinse with water, then clean surfaces and door handles with EPA approved products designated to kill flu viruses.