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Prayer Request: Daniel Giffin - GREAT NEWS!!!

Thank you so much for your ongoing prayers for Daniel Giffin and his family!

Here is an update written by his mom, Torie, on June 16th in Facebook:

Hello everyone I have the best news to share in a long time! Today we went to Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver to get Daniel’s stitches out and to find out the pathology on the tumor removed in his 2 surgeries two weeks ago and were told it wasn’t a tumor at all! It was radioactive normal scar tissue. This means that instead of Daniel growing new tumors in his brain every month, he has been tumor-free for 4 months and the 33 days of radiation worked at stopping new growth!! Other than hair loss, he’s had no recent side effects from the cancer, chemo or surgeries. He was spared paralysis from the sensitive area of his brain that control left foot function where the surgeons were working so closely around. It’s a true miracle. We praise God and are so thankful to Daniel’s medical team for being so thorough and delicate. Daniel has been so inspiring, brave and strong through it all and his smile today expresses it best! Pure joy, gratitude and relief. There will be no more chemo and he will have a follow up MRI in 3 months as doctors continue to monitor. We know you’re celebrating with us! We can’t thank you all enough for your thoughts, prayers and support. It has been so encouraging to see the beauty and the love, from our community and beyond, surrounding us through this difficult time. Happy tears! 

Daniel Giffin Go Fund Me

Prayer Request: Mission Trips

Please pray for the students and staff who are going on summer mission trips.  While we are sure there are others, the people we are aware of who are currently gone or heading out soon include:
Jonathan Puckett – Maldives
Emma Strickler – Nepal
Tabor Family – Germany
Kenzie Tenpas – Nepal
If you would like to be added to this list, please contact us at

Prayer Request CONTINUING: Caroline Reed

Caroline Reed’s parents are requesting prayer for healing in her heart and mind and for their family as this has been a stressful time for all of them.


Due to the growing number of people with peanut allergies and the fact that we have one student who is lethally allergic to them, the decision has been made that peanuts are NOT allowed on campus.

This means that both students and teachers may not bring peanuts or peanut products to school.  We appreciate your attention to this important matter!!

For suggestions on replacement snacks and foods, please see resources like the webpage below:

50+ Nut-Free Snacks for School

K-12 Day Camp at USCO - COMING SOON!!


Click the photo for more info and to sign up!!

School Office Summer Hours

To serve our school body this summer but also allow our staff time to rest and refresh, the main school offices in Butler will be open weekly on these days:

Tuesday 9-1

Wednesday – By Appointment Only

Thursday 9-1 

The only exceptions are these dates when the office will be closed:

June 29 – July 7

To contact any of our administrative staff, you can send an email to

2019-20 School Year Orientation - Aug 8

All families are strongly encouraged to attend the school year orientation meeting on Thursday, August 8 to hear from the school leaders, meet your teachers, and tour the campus.  The schedule will be as follows:

5:30 – New Families (Elementary in Elementary Building/Secondary in Chapel)

6:30 – All Family Orientation and Open House (Chapel)

FYI: First Day of School 2019-20 - Aug 13

Please check the online school calendar periodically over the summer months for other pertinent dates which will be posted as the schedule is further developed.

School Calendar

2019 Genesis Retreat - Sign Up SOON!!

Dear Secondary Parents and Students,

I hope you and your students are truly enjoying the summer. The University School staff has been working on campus preparing for an amazing new year, our 14th!

I am writing to introduce you to our exciting plan for the first week of school. Typically, we have our Genesis Retreat the week before school starts. This year, we will begin school at Camp Elim, Tuesday, August 13th through Thursday, August 15th for all 6th-12th graders.

The Genesis Retreat is integral to the culture of The University School. We, your Administration and  Student Life Team, want to put our efforts into introducing all students to the vision and theme for the year, giving them space to meet and interact with each other and our dedicated staff and faculty, and help prepare them for an amazing year of growing in and living for Christ in all aspects of campus life.

The cost of this retreat is $140; this is our break even point.  It is our desire that all students attend, so please, if this is a hardship for your family, make sure to choose “Yes” on the signup form under Financial Assistance. We will contact you to discuss options. We might schedule some abbreviated overnight retreats this fall for specific Madbro groups, but we will not be having a large Fall Retreat, as we are desiring a greater emphasis on Genesis.

Please signup at your earliest convenience, so we may plan accordingly with meal selections and room assignments. Make sure you reach the payment screen and input your credit or debit card.

Sign up hereGenesis Retreat 2019!
Interested in helping a student financially?
Please give though this linkGenesis Retreat Scholarship


If your student is not able to attend, the missed days will be counted as absences. This should not adversely affect as long as your student does not miss more than 10 days total in the semester.

Mid July, we will be sending out more specific details regarding our time at Camp Elim.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school office at if you have any questions.

In Him,

Jeff Cooper, Head Administrator

The University School

REMINDER: Summer Reading

Once again this summer, USCO has implemented our summer reading program for all incoming sixth through twelfth grade students. You can access your student’s grade requirements in the attached document.

2019 Summer Reading List

Secondary Course Catalog - !!REVISED!!

The 2019-20 course catalog has been revised a bit from the one sent out in May.  Please be sure to access this new version for future use. If you need further information, please contact the administration at

2019-20 Secondary Course Catalog - Revised

Class Drop/Add Window Open - Aug 5-9

The next opportunity to add or drop classes for all secondary grades is August 5-9.  The class catalog and daily schedule documents are available for your reference via the buttons below.  Please email the school office at to request any changes.

Reminder:  One change per student is free and each following will incur a $10 charge to your FACTS account.

2019-20 Secondary Course Catalog - Revised2019-20 Class Schedule

Transfer Credit Deadlines

August 22

Fall Credits – Initial deadline for intent forms

August 29

Summer Credits – Final Report Card OR Request for an Extension Form Deadline ($50 late fee required)

Fall Credits – Final deadline for intent forms ($50 late fee required)

The forms and directions for transfer credits can always be accessed on the school website by goioffice@usofcs.orgng to “Parent Tools” > “Documents” > “Transfer Credits” or via the button below.

Please email the school office at for further further information.

Transfer Credit Info & Forms

ACT/SAT Prep Class Information - Summer & Fall Classes Available

If your student is planning to take the SAT or ACT this fall, we have prep classes available which are led by one of our secondary teachers, Maggie Bauereis, who specializes in ACT/SAT test prep tutoring.

Sign up soon to get your choice of class!

Prep Class Info

Secondary Used Book Sale Info

The 2019-2020 Secondary Used Curriculum Sale has ended.  Just a small reminder for:
If requested, you will be charged via FACTS in the next couple of months.
You will be paid for items that sold via check and notified of any unsold items so  you can come and pick them up.

Curriculum List

All curriculum for the elementary grades is purchased by the school and is a part of the “Books & Supplies” fee that will be charged for each student via FACTS.  The books will be distributed throughout the year as the teachers determine they are necessary.  This list is available for families to be aware of what books their children will be using this year.


Curriculum Content- email Julie Drago at

Billing – email Gemie Roeda at

Elementary Curriculum List

Business Directory

This section contains businesses that are closely associated with the families who attend and work at our school.  Anyone involved with USCO may submit a business to this directory.

NOTE: USCO administration has final discretion regarding what is included in this listing.


This is a resource to let others at USCO know about events that you are planning or know about and think others would appreciate having information about too.

NOTE:  USCO administration reserves the right to determine which events are posted in this listing.

Jeff's Market (Buy/Sell Items)

This is a resource for USCO families to either buy or sell personal items.  (Think Craig’s List)

The tool to submit your items will be available very soon but until then, please send an email to  Thank you for your patience!

NOTE:  USCO administration reserves the right to determine which items are posted in this listing.


This is a resource to let others in the USCO community know about available job opportunities or a job you are seeking.

Please send your submissions to and they will be added to the next weekly newsletter.

NOTE:  USCO administration reserves the right to determine which job listings are posted.

Needs !!Continuing Needs!!

To add items under this listing, please contact

NOTE:  USCO administration reserves the right to determine which listings are posted.

Students - Raising Funds For Mission Trips By Work Projects

Negotiable Per Project

Several USCO students are looking to raise money for summer mission trips through work projects. If you have jobs you need done like yard work, cleaning, etc., etc and would like to hire some help, please contact Jeff Cooper at

2019 Graduation Ceremony

The University School had the largest graduating class ever with 30 students this year! The ceremony was on the beautiful morning of Friday, May 24 at 11:00 a.m. and was a wonderful time of recognizing this important milestone the graduates had achieved.  Some of the special moments of the ceremony included worship together led by Jonathan Puckett, the commencement address by Jeff Cooper (the speaker selected by the seniors’ votes), the joint valedictorians’ speech by Trout Buesser and Annie Kim, prayer over the new 2019-20 Senior class led by the 2019 graduates, and family prayer time for the current graduates.

Congratulations to the class of 2019!!

Special thanks to Laura DiMirra for photographing the event.  If you would like to see more of her photos, please use the button below.

2019 Graduation Photos

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