Counselor Connection

Classes of 2019, 2020, & 2021

Morristown West High Counseling Department Newsletter November/December 2017

Tennessee Governor's Schools

Applications are now available on-line for the 10 Governor's Schools offered in Tennessee during the summer of 2018 (please note that the deadline for the School for the Arts has passed). Please click here for more information and to access the applications. Sophomores and Juniors are eligible to apply. Although the website states that December 1st is the deadline, all application materials must be turned to the Counseling Office by November 15th so that applications may be processed and sent to the individual Governor's Schools.

TCAT Field Trip

Juniors interested in attending the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Morristown on Nov. 20 (9:00 am - 11:00 am) may pick up a permission form in the Counseling Office. Permission forms due to the Counseling Office on Nov. 15.

TN Ready Testing

Please click here for more information about TN Ready testing.

English I: Nov. 28 (subpart I); Dec. 5 (subpart 2); Dec. 6 (subpart 3); Dec. 7 (subpart 4)

English II: Nov. 29 (subpart I); Dec. 5 (subpart 2); Dec. 6 (subpart 3); Dec. 7 (subpart 4)

English III: Nov. 29 (subpart I); Dec. 5 (subpart 2); Dec. 6 (subpart 3); Dec. 7 (subpart 4)

Algebra I: Dec. 12 (subpart 1); Dec. 13 (subpart 2); Dec. 14 (subpart 3)

Geometry: Dec. 12 (subpart 1); Dec. 13 (subpart 2); Dec. 14 (subpart 3)

Algebra II: Dec. 12 (subpart 1); Dec. 13 (subpart 2); Dec. 14 (subpart 3)

U.S. History: Nov. 28 (subpart I); Dec. 5 (subpart 2); Dec. 6 (subpart 3)

Biology: Dec. 11

Chemistry: Dec. 11

Make-up Days: Nov. 30; Dec. 8; Dec. 15


The PSAT/NMSQT scores will be available Dec. 13. Students will receive an e-mail from College Board when scores are available. Once students receive this e-mail, they should create a College Board account and use the access code from the e-mail to view scores. For more information, please click here.

Extended Hours

The West High Counseling Office will be open until 6:00 pm on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month to offer more availability for parents who are not able to come in during the school day. Please call the Counseling Office at 423-581-1600 to make an appointment.

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

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)


Any student graduating with a regular diploma from a Tennessee high school is required to take the ACT (or SAT) prior to graduation. All juniors will take the ACT at school on March 20, 2018. Registration for the state-wide junior ACT will take place during school. This ACT is offered free of charge for all juniors.

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)

West High Test Center Code 193810 (Where you take the test)

*February 10, 2018 - registration deadline is January 12, 2018

*April 14, 2018 - registration deadline is March 9, 2018

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.

*The test will be administered at Morristown West High School

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

March 10, 2018 - registration deadline February 9, 2018

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

College Open House Events

College visits can be extremely helpful as a student is making important decisions about to which schools he/she will apply and eventually about to which school he/she will eventually commit to attending. College visits and open house events often give students opportunities to learn about the application process, available financial aid and scholarships, housing options, and academic programs/majors. Students will generally be offered a tour of campus which includes dorms, dining and recreation facilities, student centers, and academic buildings. Setting foot on a college campus and experiencing some of the same things experienced by the college's students can help high school students decide if the school is a good "fit". Click the links below to register on-line for upcoming events. If these dates do not work, students may check college websites for other visit opportunities.

Carson Newman College

February 24

March 20

April 10

King College

February 3

March 17

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.