Class of 2019
Counseling Department Newsletter November 2018
FAFSA is OPEN!
Please remember that the FAFSA is FREE!! There are many internet scams which require payment to file a FAFSA. You should never have to pay for any part of this process.
After submitting the FAFSA, a student should be sure that he/she receives 2 e-mails: one verifying that the FAFSA was submitted and another stating that the FAFSA was processed.
November 8 (open 4:30-6:00 because of county-wide counselor meeting)
Tennessee Promise Community Service
WHAT COUNTS AS COMMUNITY SERVICE? Community service is time contributed to a nonprofit or public service organization. The community should be benefiting from the work you do! Students can also volunteer in their field of interest to gain experience. This means that job shadowing may count toward your community service requirement. Make sure you are volunteering with an actual organization (not an individual), you are not being paid, you are being supervised by someone who is not a family member and your activity does not include proselytizing (sharing faith). Click here for more information and for community service and job shadowing opportunities on the TN Promise website.
Also, many opportunities are posted on the bulletin board right outside of the counseling office (see picture below)!!
HOW DO I SUBMIT MY COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS? All community service hours must be submitted through the community service online form found here. After submitting your community service hours, you will receive a confirmation email. Print this e-mail as proof that you completed your hours - you will need this to earn points for your Work Ethic Diploma!
Work Ethic Diploma
One important milestone that many of our seniors have the ability to reach is successful completion of the Work Ethic Diploma (WED). Last year, about ( ) percent of the Class of 2018 was awarded the WED, and we plan to surpass that percentage this year! Students who reach this milestone are recognized at graduation by wearing with royal blue cords with their graduation regalia. They will also receive an invitation to the Senior Honors Banquet.
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 received their Work Ethic Diploma folders during TNN in October. With the help of some new videos (you can find them here), students will be tackling one standard at a time. Click on the links below for more information. Work Ethic Diploma and necessary documentation is due to TNN teachers on April 13. Please contact the counseling office if you have any questions about the Work Ethic Diploma.
Major Clarity Career Exploration Program
U.S. Presidential Scholars Program
Any student interested in being nominated for either program should see his/her school counselor by Monday, November 5.
General Academic Component
For this component, high school seniors will be considered based on academic success and perseverance. The program emphasizes the following areas on their application: academic achievement, leadership skills, community involvement, overcoming obstacles, and strong writing skills.
For this component, high school seniors will be considered based on excellence in career and technical education (CTE). This component emphasizes the following areas on the application: academic rigor, technical competence, employability skills, and ingenuity and creativity.
Project Graduation 2019
To carry out these ambitious plans, lots of help is needed. Parent volunteers may contact Carol Manning at 423-312-3808 or Projectgraduationhamblen@gmail.com. There are many ways for parents to help (set up, clean up, food, decorations, publicity, etc)- you are not required to spend the night.
We have a new calendar of events (see below) posted right outside of the Counseling Office. Stop by frequently to see what's new!
November 1: Class of 2019 deadline to apply for TN Promise Scholarship
Nov. 2, 2018 - July 1, 2019 - complete and report 8 hours of community service (must report on-line) (Please note that students may only use community service hours performed between these dates.)
February 1: Complete FAFSA to ensure Tennessee Student Assistance Grant availability (based on income) and TN Promise eligibility
March 18: 2nd TN Promise meeting - Mandatory- at 5:30PM at West High cafeteria
April 15: Deadline to submit Work Ethic Diploma Requirements
April 15: Deadline to submit Tennessee Scholars Applications
College Scholarship Deadlines
Below is a list of FIRM scholarship deadlines for some local colleges. Please note that in some cases, students must apply and be accepted before they are able to access the scholarship application(s). It is important to apply well before the stated deadlines!
Carson-Newman University - Apply Early
East Tennessee State University - December 15
King University - Apply Early
Middle Tennessee State University - December 1
Tennessee Tech University - December 1
Tusculum College - Apply Early
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - December 1
University of Tennessee at Knoxville - November 1 (competitive); December 15 (general)
Walters State Community College - February 1
Please keep in mind that the best days to visit colleges are Open House or Preview days (typically held on Saturdays) because students and parents have the opportunity to see more campus facilities and have access to more faculty to inquire about specific program requirements, financial aid, admissions, scholarships, housing, etc. A list of these events for some local schools may be found below.
College Visit Opportunities
Click on the school's name to schedule a visit or register for a special open house event.
November 3 (Showcase Saturday)
February 23 (Showcase Saturday)
March 26 (Eagle Experience)
April 9 (Eagle Experience)
November 3 (Blue & Gold Preview)
Nov. 3 (Rocky Top Tailgate)
Manufacturing Day 2018
College and Career Spotlight
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office Contact Information:
- Fax- 423-581-3229
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.
- Tennessee Electronic Library/Peterson's Testing & Education Reference Center (must create free account)
- March2Success(must create free account, then choose "College Prep" to access test prep materials)
- Khan Academy
Work Ethic Diploma
Seniors will apply in their TNN classes. Students who successfully complete the application process will earn cords to wear during the graduation ceremony. The deadline for meeting requirements and submitting completed applications is April 15, 2019. Please click here to view the Tennessee Work Ethic Diploma standards. Here you will find new videos that explain each standard in detail. Please click here to view a list of frequently asked questions.
Students may use any provider they wish for the 10 panel drug test. To get reimbursed, they bring their receipt (must be under $50) and clean test results to Mrs. K.C. Alvarado at the Hamblen County Board of Education.
Class of 2019 Remind Messages
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
*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 www.act.org 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.
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)
Advanced Placement Exams
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.