Counselor Connection

Classes of 2019, 2020, & 2021

Morristown West High Counseling Department Newsletter September/October 2017

Tennessee Governor's Schools

Applications are now available on-line for the 11 Governor's Schools offered in Tennessee during the summer of 2018. 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 (with the exception of the Governor's School for the Arts) must be turned to the Counseling Office by November 15th so that applications may be processed and sent to the individual Governor's Schools. Governor's School for the Arts applications are due on October 25th.


The PSAT/NMSQT will be administered on Wed., Oct. 11, to sophomores and juniors who have signed up and paid. There will be a limited number of extra tests available for juniors prior to the test date. Interested juniors should stop by the Counseling Office to sign up and pay $16 for the cost of the test. Quantities are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. For more information about the PSAT/NMSQT, please click here.

October 3rd Testing

The following exams will be administered to all students in the following grades on Tuesday, Oct. 3rd:

Freshmen: practice Plan/ACT on Schoology

Sophomores: practice ACT on Schoology

Juniors: ASVAB

Seniors: ACT

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.

College Fair

Juniors are invited to attend a regional college fair hosted by Carson-Newman University on Oct. 2. Juniors received permission forms in TNN. These should be signed and returned to TNN teachers by Friday, Sept. 29.

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

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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].

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Register on-line at
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Standardized Test Prep

Educational Enrichment Opportunities

Please check the Morristown West Counseling Dept. webpage for educational enrichment opportunities for students of all ages.

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

What Can I Do With This Major?

BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook

Work Ethic Diploma

The Work Ethic Diploma was first offered in the 2015-16 school year as part of a LEAP (Labor Education Alignment Program) grant. The standards that students are required to meet to earn the Work Ethic Diploma reflect the skills and characteristics that are needed for students to be college and career ready. More than 30 Lakeway region businesses and industries guarantee an interview to students who have earned the Work Ethic Diploma and who meet other job-related qualifications.

Students must wait until their senior year to apply for the Work Ethic Diploma. In the meantime, please click here to become familiar with the Tennessee Work Ethic Diploma standards and plan ahead to increase chances of earning this award.

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

November 11

February 24

East Tennessee State University

October 21

November 4

King College

October 14

November 11

Middle Tennessee State University

November 4

Tennessee Tech University

October 7

Tusculum College

November 11

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

October 21 (Open House)

University of Tennessee at Knoxville

October 21 (Big Orange Preview)

Nov. 4 (Rocky Top Tailgate)

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
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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.