Counselor Connection

Classes of 2019, 2020, & 2021

May 2018

New Student Registration

Registration will be held on Thursday, July 26th, for students who will be new to Hamblen County for the 2018-2019 academic year and who are zoned for Morristown West High School. Parents/Guardians may call the school at 423-581-1600 to make an appointment for registration. Please click here or call the Transportation Department at 423-586-2103 for information about zoning.

Returning Student Registration

From the Hamblen County Schools website:

Returning students are those students who completed the 2017-2018 school year at a Hamblen County School (enrolled through May 18, 2018). Students will be pre-loaded for enrollment at their zoned school as of May 18, 2018. The enrollment school cannot be changed during the online enrollment process. If a family has moved during the summer out of their zoned school area, students will report to the school they plan on attending on registration day. Proofs of residency will be required before the school can enroll the student. The online enrollment should still be completed even if their enrolled school is incorrect. The school can correct this after registration day.

In an effort to make student enrollment easier, the district will not be distributing student enrollment SNAPcodes for the 2018-2019 school year. Student enrollment SNAPcodes used for the 2017-2018 school year were only valid for that school year. Uploading proofs of residency will not be an online option for the 2018-2019 school year. Proofs of residency will be required to be presented at the school. Registration day is an attendance day. Students who do not report to their school on this day will be counted absent.

A parent/guardian of a returning student will only be able to register with THEIR Parent Portal Account (student portal accounts do not have access to the registration icon/link). A link to returning student registration will not be posted on the district or school website, but you will find the link to the Parent Portal Login page on these sites. Most schools will not have office staff available when the registration window opens. It is very important that you have your Parent Portal account created or issues resolved prior to May 16, 2018. This will ensure you have the best possible experience completing your child’s online enrollment.

Returning student online enrollment should be completed PRIOR TO August 1, 2018. The enrollment process will be available starting July 1, 2018.

Forgotten your Parent Portal Login information?

  • If you have forgotten your username and password, you can use the ‘Forgot Username or Password’ link to retrieve your log in information on the Parent Portal Login Page.
  • If you need any assistance with the process, please contact your child’s school. School office personnel can help you with the process or questions.

Need A Parent Portal Account (Parents with a returning student without a Parent Portal Account):

Most schools will not have office staff available when the registration window opens. It is very important that you have your Parent Portal account created or issues resolved prior to May 16, 2018.

  • You will need a Parent Access ID and Access Password to initially setup your account. You obtain this information from your child’s school.
  • Please contact your child's school to receive information for creating your PowerSchool Parent Portal account. School office personnel can help you with the process or questions.
  • Once you have the required information, visit the Parent Portal and follow instructions provided.

If you plan to take Walters State dual enrollment classes in the fall, you should complete the application and registration process as soon as possible.

All required steps are listed below.

Videos, information, required forms, and links mentioned in the following steps may be found here.

Walters State Community College Dual Enrollment Course(s) Checklist:

1. View the two videos

2. Complete the WSCC Dual Enrollment Application online

3. Submit all admission and dual enrollment related forms - be sure to get required signatures from your parent/guardian and school counselor on the permission form. You will also need to get a copy of your transcript from your school counselor.

4. Complete the Dual Enrollment Grant application online

5. Activate MyWS student portal account

6. Pay fees by tuition deadline

Once steps 1-4 have been completed, you will take the required paperwork to Ms. Kayla Huber at the WSCC Office of Distance Education. Her contact number is 423-585-2687. Please check with your school counselor if you have any questions.

Summer School

Summer school will be held during the hours of 8:00 AM-1:30 PM during the following dates:

Session 1 will be May 31st until June 14th

Session 2 will be June 15th until June 29th

Breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge for participants.

Students who need to complete credit recovery this summer should see their counselor for the application. Each course costs $50. Payment may be made on or with a check made out to HCBOE (payable at the Board of Education business office).

Niswonger Foundation and ETSU Sponsor 2018 Code and Technology Camps

First Year Code & Tech Camps

(High School, Rising 9-12 grade)

9:00 am to 3:00 pm each day

First year Code & Tech Camps are 5-day code & technology camps for students who have little or no exposure to computers or technology.

  • June 18th– 22ndat ETSU
  • June 11th– 15that Kingsport Higher Ed Center
  • July 9th– 13that Hancock County High School
  • July 16th– 20that ETSU @ Sevierville


Advanced Code & Tech Camp

9:00 am to 3:00 pm each day

Advanced Code & Tech Camp is a 5-day campfor students who participated in a previous code & technology camp.

Java Game Development

  • July 23 – 27th


CAD Camp

9:00 am to 3:00 pm each day

CAD Camp is a 5-day camp for students whowish to use a computer system to designdifferent real world objects.

CAD @ Kingsport (13 years of age or older only)

  • Jun 18, 2018 - Jun 22, 2018


All camps are free of charge!

Click here for a complete list of camps.

Register at this link:

Dates listed are tentative and camps may be added or removed.

For more information contact, Matthew Desjardins at

James H. Quillen VA Medical Center Summer Youth Program

During the months of June-August, he James H. Quillen VA Medical Center will be sponsoring a Summer Youth Program for students ages 14-19. Students who participate will have the opportunity to gain experience working in the medical field and serving our Nation's Veterans. Orientation will be on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the VA Medical Center. A parent or guardian is required to present to sign papers giving permission for their child to volunteer and receive a TB skin test. Please contact someone from the Voluntary Service Office at 423-979-2891 with questions.

May 7 - AP Chemistry (8:00 AM); AP Psychology (12:00 PM)

May 9 - AP English Literature and Composition (8:00 AM)

May 10 - AP United States Government and Politics (8:00 AM); AP Environmental Science (12:00 PM)

May 11 - AP United States History (8:00 AM); AP Studio Art deadline

May 14 - AP Biology (8:00 AM)

May 15 - AP Calculus AB (8:00 AM); AP Calculus BC (8:00 AM)

May 16 - AP English Language and Composition (8:00 AM); AP Macroeconomics (12:00 PM)

May 17 - AP Statistics (12:00 PM)

May 18 - AP Human Geography (8:00 AM); AP Microeconomics (8:00 AM); AP European History (12:00 PM)

Milligan Summer Camps July 9-13, 2018

Milligan College is hosting day camps during the week of July 9-13 for rising 9th-12th grade students who are interested in Computer Science, Engineering, Nursing, Teacher Education, or Musical Theater. A Sports Camp is also offered. Please click here for more information and to register. The registration fee is $300 for those who complete registration prior to June 1 (it is $400 for registration after June 1). Lunch is provided each day. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. Please contact or 1-800-262-8337 with any questions.

2018 Young Artists Prize Application

The YoungArts Foundation is seeking applications for the 2018 Young Artists Prize. This competition is for students ages 15-18 (grades 10-12) who are visual, literary, design or performing artists. The application opens June 5, 2018. Click here for more information.

Upcoming Events

May 7 - May 18 - AP Exams

May 15 - 3rd, 4th periods final exams

May 16 - 1st, 2nd periods final exams


For students wishing to take the ACT on a national test date (see below - these are on Saturdays), students must register on-line at Please note: students who qualify for free/reduced lunch may use a total of 2 fee waivers during junior and/or senior years to pay for the cost of the ACT (without writing). Students should see Ms. Davidson in the Counseling Office for a fee waiver.

ACT Exam Dates

West High ACT Code 431-587 (Where your scores are sent)

June 9, 2018 - registration deadline is May 4, 2018

July 14, 2018 - registration deadline is June 15, 2018

Please visit for information about late registration and photo upload deadlines.

Students will not be admitted to the test center without an admission ticket.

SAT Exam Dates

To register and to check for late registration information, visit

May 5, 2018 - registration deadline April 6, 2018

June 2, 2018 - registration deadline May 3, 2018

Standardized Test Prep

The following websites offer free standardized test preparation:

Tennessee Electronic Library

Khan Academy

Analyze Ed (for students with existing accounts)


Also, free ACT practice booklets are available in the Counseling Office.

Post-Secondary Planning

It's never too early to start planning for life after high school! Check out some of these websites for great information about colleges, financial aid, careers, etc.

College Navigator

Big Future (College Board)

Federal Student Aid

College Scorecard

e Campus Tours

My Next Move

BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook

Remind Messages from the Counseling Department

Don't miss out on important events and deadlines! Please sign up to receive updates from the West High Counseling Department. To receive messages via text:

Class of 2019: Text @mowest2019 to 81010

Class of 2020: Text @mowest2020 to 81010

Class of 2021: Text @mowest2021 to 81010

Counseling Office Contact Information

  • Jill Reuschel: Students A-E
  • Gwen Ledford, Lead Counselor: Students F-L

  • Renae Byrd: Students M-R

  • Melanie Justis: Students S-Z

  • Crystal Davidson: Counseling Office Secretary
  • Erica Gillett, Niswonger College and Career Advisor
  • Office Contact Information:

  • Phone- 423-581-1600
  • Fax- 423-585-3791

Meet Erica Gillett - Niswonger CARE Advisor

West High is excited to have NiswongerCARE College and Career Advisor Erica Gillett with us for another year! Mrs. Gillett can help with career searches, college applications, scholarships, registration for ACT exams, and any other college and career needs. Students may stop by and see Mrs. Gillett in the Counseling Office during school hours on Mondays-Thursdays.