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Counseling Department Newsletter October/November 2018

United States Senate Youth Program

Applications are now being accepted from junior or senior high school students to be a participant in the United States Senate Youth Program. Two Tennessee delegates will participate in an annual Washington Week in March which includes a variety of events that promote a unique understanding of the structure of our national government. The Hearst Foundation also offers selected state finalists a $10,000 undergraduate scholarship. The student application and instructions for applying are available here. Applications must be submitted no later than Oct. 29.

Important Dates

We have a new calendar of events (see below) posted right outside of the Counseling Office. Stop by frequently to see what's new!
October calender of events

Tennessee Governor's School

Tennessee provides 11 summer programs for gifted and talented rising high school juniors and seniors. These programs provide challenging and intensive learning experiences in the following disciplines: Agricultural Sciences; Arts; Business, Innovation & Technology; Computational Physics; Emerging Technologies; Humanities; Integration of Biological & Statistical Sciences; International Studies; Prospective Teachers; Sciences & Engineering; and Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage. At some of the schools, students may have the opportunity to take college level classes and earn college credits.

Applications and additional information for the 2019 Tennessee Governor's Schools are available here. Governor's School for the Arts applications are due to the Counseling Office on October 31. All other Governor's School applications are due to the Counseling Office on November 15. (Please note that these deadlines are earlier than the ones stated in the application packets.)

Tennessee Early Post Secondary Opportunity (EPSO) Week October 22-26

Early Post Secondary Opportunities (EPSOs) allow students to "bank" postsecondary credit/clock hours while still in high school. Types of EPSOs at West High include Industry Certifications, Statewide Dual Credit, Local Dual Credit, Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment, NCRC/WorkKeys, and JROTC. During EPSO Week October 22-26, we will focus on one or two specific EPSOs each day so that students have the chance to learn about the dozens of opportunities they have at West High to earn EPSOs. Stay tuned and follow us on social media for more information!

@mowestcounsel on Twitter, Instagram, and FaceBook

Advanced Placement Exam Dates

May 6 - U.S. Government and Politics, morning 8 a.m.

May 6 - Environmental Science, afternoon 12 noon

May 8 - English Literature and Composition, morning 8 a.m.

May 9 - Chemistry, morning 8 a.m.

May 9 - Psychology afternoon 12 noon

May 10 - U.S. History, morning 8 a.m.

May 10 - Studio Art portfolios due

May 13 - Biology, morning 8 a.m.

May 14 - Calculus BC, morning 8 a.m.

May 14 - Human Geography, afternoon 12 noon

May 15 - English Language and Composition, morning 8 a.m.

May 15 - Macroeconomics, afternoon 12 noon

May 16 - World History, morning 8 a.m.

May 16 - Statistics, afternoon 12 noon

May 17 - Microeconomics, morning 8 a.m.

Manufacturing Day 2018

ABB in Morristown graciously hosted a group of Hamblen County students on Oct. 5 to learn about careers in manufacturing and celebrate Manufacturing Day 2018. Check this great infographic for more information about careers in manufacturing.
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Credit Recovery

Students who need credit recovery should see their counselor for an application. After-school credit recovery begins on October 16. Sessions are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-6:00 p.m. . Payment may be made on MyPayments+ on the West High website or in the Business Office at the Hamblen County Board of Education.

College Open House Dates

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.

Click on School's Name to Register Online:

Carson Newman College

November 3 (Showcase Saturday)

February 23 (Showcase Saturday)

March 26 (Eagle Experience)

April 9 (Eagle Experience)

East Tennessee State University

October 20

November 3

King University

October 20

November 10

February 23

March 16

Middle Tennessee State University

October 23 True Blue Tour Johnson City

October 24 True Blue Tour Knoxville

November 3

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

November 3 (Blue & Gold Preview)

University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Nov. 3 (Rocky Top Tailgate)

College and Career Spotlight

Every month we will feature a different college and a different career path on our bulletin board outside of the Counseling Office. Stop by and check out what's new!
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College Search Tools

The following websites are good ones for exploring colleges, majors, careers, and financial aid as you begin the college search process:

Big Future

College for TN

College Navigator

College Scoreboard

Occupational Outlook Handbook

What Can I Do With This Major

eCampus Tours


CareerOneStop (also has sample resumes)

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Morristown West High Counselors

Students are assigned by the first letter of their last name.

  • Jill Reuschel: Students A-E
  • Erica Gillett: Students F-L
  • Renae Byrd: Students M-R
  • Melanie Justis: Students S-Z
  • Aimee Howerton: Counseling Office Secretary
  • Emily Ray: Niswonger Care Counselor
  • Office Contact Information:
  • Fax- 423-581-3229

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.

Free Standardized Test Prep

The following websites have practice test questions, full-length practice tests, and/or testing taking tips for many different standardized tests, including ACT,SAT, PSAT, ASVAB, and Advanced Placement.

Remind Messages

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, please do the following for the appropriate year of graduation:

text @mowest2020 to the number 81010

text @mowest2021 to the number 81010

text @mowest2022 to the number 81010

ACT Dates

Register on-line at

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

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

Upcoming Exam Dates

*October 27, 2018 - registration deadline is September 28 (October 14 for late registration)

*December 8, 2018 - registration deadline is November 2 (November 19 for late registration)

*February 9, 2019 - registration deadline is January 11 (January 18 for late registration)

*April 13, 2019 - registration deadline is March 8 (March 25 for late registration)

June 8, 2019 - registration deadline is May 3 (May 20 for late registration)

July 13, 2019 - registration deadline is June 14 (June 24 for late registration)

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 Dates

To register and to check for late registration information, visit

November 3, 2018 - registration deadline October 5 (October 24 for late registration)

December 1, 2018 - registration deadline November 2 (November 20 for late registration)

March 9, 2019 - registration deadline February 8 (February 27 for late registration)

May 4, 2019 - registration deadline April 5 (April 24 for late registration)

June 1, 2019 - registration deadline May 3 (May 22 for late registration)

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