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Johnson City Schools Foundation

The Johnson City Public Schools Foundation was chartered in 1989 to enrich public education in Johnson City. The independent, community-based foundation was established specifically to fund innovative programs and activities not provided in the system’s operating budget to enhance learning experiences for students and teachers in the Johnson City School System.

As a non-profit organization, the Johnson City Public Schools Foundation works in partnership with the school system, to provide funds for teacher grants as well as manage donations for student’s scholarships.

    • Make checks payable to: Johnson City Public Schools Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 1517 Johnson City, TN 37605
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Spell a bration FINAL 2

Spell-A-Bration (An Adult Spelling Bee Competition) sponsored by Chick-Fil-A

  • A fast-paced competition with teams of 4 adults working to correctly spell words as a team
  • Teams will have 30 seconds to collaborate and write the correct answer on white boards.
  • Teams will be assigned a judge who will determine if their spelling is correct.
  • All teams will have one “Bee Repellent” (2nd chance) balloon. Teams may buy up to 2 additional second chance balloons at the door for $10 each.
  • Hecklers (Spectators) tickets are $5 at door. Children accompanied by an adult are free.
  • Prizes awarded for Spelling Bee Winners, Most Creative Team Table, Best Costumes, and more.
  • Teams receive 4 delicious free box suppers from Chick-fil-A (served in the “Bee Hive” starting at 5:30.)

To sign up, click here.

To download a paper copy of Team Registration, click here.


Student Scholarships 

The Johnson City Public Schools Foundation receives donations that fund several memorial and honorary awards and scholarships awarded each spring to outstanding seniors at Science Hill High School. These include:

  • Amanda Minutolo Scholarship
  • Love of Community Scholarship
  • World Language Scholarship
  • Mildred Perryman West Women in Science Award
  • Mark Slagle Scholarship
  • Plato’s Closet Scholarship
  • E.E. Hawkins Outstanding Math Award
  • Johnson City Public Schools Foundation Scholarship

Science Hill seniors should contact guidance counselors for more information about these scholarships. A complete list of locally funded scholarships can be found on the SH Counseling Corner.

Teacher Mini-Grants

The purpose of Teacher Mini-Grants is to promote quality teaching and enhanced learning in Johnson City Schools. These grants reward educators for developing innovative program ideas, based on best practices, with a goal of providing our students with a quality education.


  • Any teacher employed in Johnson City Schools may apply for a grant.
  • Priority will be given to grant requests that cover core curriculum materials that will be used by and for students.
  • Items purchased with grant money should be used year after year (non-consummables).
  • Each grant must have a title and a detailed budget must be provided.
  • Grants may be applied for up to $1,000. Teachers will be limited to one awarded grant per school year.
  • Approval is required from your school principal.

Through generous funding by the Mooneyhan Family Foundation, grants will be offered each semester. Watch this website for grant application postings.

Spring 2018 Mini-Grant Applications

The Johnson City Schools Foundation is funding another round of grants for teachers. This grant is the perfect way for you to get that new idea or project funded for the Spring 2018 semester. Below are the grant form and rubric which will be used to rate each grant application. All grants need to be submitted by: Feb. 16.

Special Project:  The STEAM Bus

The Foundation’s dream is to provide a refurbished, redesigned and technology-infused school bus known as a STEAM Bus for the Johnson City School System. The STEAM Bus will travel around to the eight elementary schools throughout the school year and allow teachers to present hands-on lessons geared toward the use of STEAM principals that center around science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking.

School bus

A retired school bus has already been obtained and is being retrofitted as a STEAM Bus. 

For more information, here is a press release: CLICK HERE



Johnson City Public Schools Foundation Board Members


Johnson City Schools Alumni Success Stories

“I can't imagine what my life would have been like without the education I received through the Johnson City Schools. The knowledge, values, and work habits which I acquired through association  with teachers, administrators, and fellow students have proved to be invaluable as I pursued personal and professional goals. ” - Dr. Jack Campbell, Class of 1956
(Dr. Jack Campbell, President of Walters State Community College, Morristown, Tennessee for 31 years retired in 2005. In 1986, Dr. Campbell was designated as one of the most effective college presidents in the nation based on a research study funded by the Exxon Education Foundation. He recently received Outstanding Alumni Award at ETSU.)

“I believe that any measure of success or personal satisfaction that I may have attained during my adult life was strongly influenced by the Johnson City School System.” - John D. Exum, Class of 1939
(Navy Captain John D. Exum presently resides in Virginia Beach,VA. He  was the commanding officer of three warships, one of which was the USS NOA (DD841) that recovered Colonel John Glenn's historic Friendship Seven space capsule in Feb., 1962.)

“I am extremely fortunate to have attended Henry Johnson Elementary School, North Junior High, and Science Hill High School during my formative years in life. Whatever success I've been fortunate to achieve has been because of the training from my teachers and coaches in Johnson City.” - Steve Spurrier, Class of 1963
(Steve Spurrier, a Heisman Trophy winner, was head football coach at the Univ. of FL, at Duke Univ., the Tampa Bay Bandits of the USFL and Wash.Redskins NFL professional football team. He is currently head football coach at the Univ.of South Carolina.)

"Science Hill is very much a part of who I am. The school provided me with a strong foundation - both educationally and socially - from which to build my career. Whether it was leadership skills or intellectual challenges put to me, my time at Science Hill gave me tools to run a company and  produce movies that speak to and connect with an international audience." - Wyck Godfrey, Class of 1986
(Wyck Godfrey is president of Davis Entertainment, a Hollywood movie company that produces many of today's chart - topping films. He has produced six major motion pictures. As a producer, Godfrey oversees the entire development of the film including casting, scripting, editing, marketing and determining the release date.)