Counselor Connection

Classes of 2019, 2020, & 2021

April 2018

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.

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.

Course Requests for 2018-2019

Students will receive a list of the courses that they requested for next school in TNN on Friday, April 13th. Any errors that students find or changes that students want to make to these requests should be noted on this list of requests and turned in to the Counseling Office by Friday, April 20th. Please note that these are classes that the student requested, not the student's schedule.

Returning Student Registration

From the Hamblen County Schools website:

Do you have a Parent Portal Account?

You must have one by May 16 to register your child/children for school for the 2018-2018 school year.

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.

For assistance, please contact your child's school or see District News at

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.

University of Tennessee in Knoxville Tickle College of Engineering Summer Programs

University of Tennessee in Knoxville is hosting the following engineering program this summer for rising 12th grade students.
  • High School Introduction to Engineering Systems for Twelfth Graders (HITES12): Rising 12th grade students live in a residence hall on campus, engage in hands-on engineering fundamentals activities, college life sessions, compete in engineering challenges, and tour an engineering industrial plant. Throughout the program, students team with each other to apply what was learned and work on an engineering design project. All applicants must have a minimum ACT math score of 25 (SAT math score of 590). Application deadline: April 13, 2018. Program dates: July 8-13, 2018.
For more information and to apply, please visit All application materials must be received by the stated deadline.

George Washington University Summer Programs

George Washington University in Washington, D.C., offers several summer programs for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Please visit for more information and to access the on-line application. Please note that there are costs associated with each of these programs, but limited scholarships are available. The deadline to apply for scholarships is March 1. The deadline to apply for the summer programs is May 1.

Summer School

Summer school will be held as follows:

Session 1 will be May 29th until June 13th

Session 2 will be June 14th until June 29th

Students who need to complete credit recovery this summer should see their counselor for the application.

Upcoming Events

April 16 - May 4 - TN Ready exams

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

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

April 10

Lincoln Memorial University

April 21 - Preview Day

University of Tennessee Knoxville

April 28 - Big Orange Preview Day/Spring Open House

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

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.