Class of 2019
Counseling Department Newsletter October 2018
Senior Financial Aid Night
Tuesday, Oct. 2nd, 6pm
Morristown-Hamblen High School West, Morristown, TN, United States
FAFSA Opens October 1!!
Prior to completing the FAFSA, students must create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID), which is used to confirm a student's identity when accessing financial aid information and to electronically sign federal student aid documents, including the FAFSA. Dependent students will also need to have one of his/her parents create an FSA ID so that the parent may electronically sign the student's FAFSA. To create an FSA ID, please visit fsaid.ed.gov.
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.
WSCC Scholarship Saturday
Saturday, Oct. 13th, 10am-1pm
R. Jack Fishman Library, South Davy Crockett Parkway, Morristown, TN, USA
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.
The Metropolitan University Tour
United States Senate Youth Program
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 1-5: College Application and Exploration Week
October 1: FAFSA opens - Seniors and their parents can start completing FAFSA on this date
October 2: ACT Re-take for Seniors (at school during the school day)
October 2: Senior Parent Scholarship/Financial Aid Meeting at 6:00PM
October 3: Senior Picture Retakes, all day
October 4: 1st TN Promise meeting at 9:00AM at West High
October 29: FAFSA Frenzy
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
College Open House Dates
Click on School's Name to Register Online:
October 23 True Blue Tour Johnson City
October 24 True Blue Tour Knoxville
October 16 Moc in A Minute Knoxville
November 3 (Blue & Gold Preview)
Sept. 29 (Big Orange Preview)
Nov. 3 (Rocky Top Tailgate)
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 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.
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
*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 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.
October 6, 2018 - registration deadline September 7 (September 26 for late registration)
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)
Tennessee Promise Scholarship
Counselors will be working with students during the school day to complete the TN Promise application, but students are more than welcome to complete the process on their own. To complete the on-line application for TN Promise, please visit http://tnpromise.gov/ See the Student Checklist below for the steps to follow to maintain eligibility for the program once the application is completed.