Class of 2018
Morristown West High School Counseling Department Newsletter January/February 2018
TN Promise Mandatory Meeting March 8th
College Visit or Community Service - March 20
Morristown West High School Visitation Day
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Morristown Campus/Student ServicesBuilding/Lyceum
1:30 pm: Admissions Information Session
2:00 pm: Optional Campus Tours
You are invited to join us for Morristown West High School Visitation Day on Tuesday, March 20th at 1:30 pm. Walters State Representatives will provide information about the college, admissions/financial aid processes and the Orientation/Class Registration process for first-time degree seeking students.
WSCC Fall 2018 Orientation
First-time degree seeking students are required to sign up for New Student Orientation. Upon successful sign-up, students will attend an in-person Orientation to meet with an academic advisor and establish a course schedule for the upcoming semester. Orientation is designed to give students an overview of important information pertaining to attending Walters State Community College and being a successful college student. Students should regularly check their WS Senator Email account for information about Orientation. Orientation dates for the Morristown campus are:
April 5, 14, 16
May 8, 21, 30
June 9, 14, 21, 26
July 10, 26
August 2, 21
For questions about orientation, please call WSCC Student Enrollment Services at 423-585-2685.
TN Promise Community Service
Students should keep track of the following information related to their community service so that they have what they need for on-line submission: place, date, number of hours, supervisor's name, supervisor's phone number, and supervisor's e-mail address.
More information may be found on the TN Promise website or in the green TN Promise student handbook that students received during the assembly on October 11. Students who did not attend the meeting on October 11 or pick up their student handbook may stop by the counseling office to get a copy.
Summer Work Based Learning Internship Applications Available
Summer Work Based Learning Internship Applications are now available to current sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Students may pick up applications from their TNN teacher or in the counseling office. Applications are due to TNN teachers or the counseling office by April 1, 2018.
Honors and Distinction Diploma List
Morristown Elks Lodge Nursing Scholarship - February 1, 2018
Stan and Thelma Plumlee Scholarship - March 8, 2018
Ralph W. Sharpe Memorial Scholarship - April 1, 2018
DAR Scholarships - Deadlines Vary
Tennessee Benevolent Trust Scholarship in Nursing - February 1, 2018
National CO-OP Scholarship Program - February 15, 2018
Tusculum College Full Tuition Trustee Honors Scholarship - March 1, 2018
"Running Matt's Race" Memorial Scholarship - April 16, 2018
Lowland Credit Union - March 30, 2018
SunTrust Off to College Scholarship Sweepstakes - Two winners are randomly chosen every two weeks from September12, 2017- May 14, 2018
Descriptions of the scholarships and instructions for applying may be found on the Counseling Department webpage.
WSCC Scholarship - Apply by March 31
College Scholarship Deadlines
Walters State Community College - March 31
Ned McWherter's Scholars Program
The Ned McWherter Scholars Program is a highly competitive scholarship program created to encourage academically exceptional Tennessee high school graduates to attend college in Tennessee. This renewable award is $6,000 per academic year - $3,000 from the State of Tennessee and $3,000 from the college or university that the student attends. To be eligible, the applicant must:
- be a resident of Tennessee, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and attend an eligible Tennessee college or university full time, AND
- have at least a 3.5 unweighted cumulative grade point average, AND
- have a minimum composite score of 29 on the ACT (or concordant equivalent score on the SAT).
An applicant may receive extra credit for honors or advanced placement courses and leadership in extracurricular activities while in high school.
The application as well as additional information about eligibility and renewal criteria may be found at https://www.tn.gov/collegepays/article/ned-mcwherter-scholars-program.
Any student wishing to apply must request that a copy of his/her transcript and test scores be sent to the scholarship program. The scholarship program must receive all application materials by February 15th.
WSCC Summer 2018 Student Learning Support Academy (SLSA)
Morristown Campus/June 4-June 26/May 31-Kick-Off Meeting
The WSCC Student Learning Support Academy is a FREE program that provides instruction in mathematics, reading, and writing in an effort to improve student academic skills and move students into college-level coursework if possible. The academy also includes special sessions on student success strategies and a technology orientation. Students must be required to take learning support courses in reading, English, or math based on ACT or ACCUPLACER placement scores. SLSA Online Registration Coming Soon!
Please contact Connie Earls at 423-585-6938 or Brandy Lester 423-585-6925 in Retention Services for more information.
Payment for Advanced Placement Exams
Advanced Placement Exam Dates
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)
TN Promise Timeline
TN Promise applicants must meet all deadlines to remain eligible for TN Promise.
January 26, 2018 - FAFSA deadline
Fall 2017/Spring 2018 - complete application for admission for selected TN Promise school
March 8, 2018 - MANDATORY 2nd TN Promise meeting at 5:30p.m. in West High cafeteria
November 2, 2017 - July 1, 2018 - complete and report 8 hours of community service
Fall 2018 - if selected for FAFSA verification, provide requested documentation to financial aid office
Students who have not yet applied to their TN Promise school should do so now!
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.
February 19 - Preview Day
April 21 - Preview Day
March 23-24 - Railsplitter for a Day
Work Ethic Diploma - Documentation Due by April 13
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 13, 2018. Please click here to view the Tennessee Work Ethic Diploma standards. 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 results to Mrs. Alvarado at the Hamblen County Board of Education.
Class of 2018 Remind Messages
Be sure to visit the Morristown West Counseling Department webpage often for scholarship updates! To access this webpage, please go to the Morristown West High School main webpage and click on the “Scholarships” link on the left (under “News & Events”). Here you will find scholarships listed in order of receipt. This is not an exhaustive list. Many scholarship opportunities are available to students, and it is the student's responsibility to seek these opportunities. Students may wish to research opportunities to apply for scholarships at the post-secondary institution(s) to which they plan to apply as well as on-line search engines (some are listed below) and places of student/parent employment. Of course, the TN Promise scholarship is available to eligible students (see article above).
Upcoming Dates to Remember
October 1 - FAFSA – Seniors and parents can start completing FAFSA after this date.
November 1 - Deadline to apply for Tennessee Promise Scholarship
January 26 - FAFSA Deadline for Tennessee Promise Scholarship
March 8 – MANDATORY 2nd TN Promise meeting at 5:30p.m. at West High (cafeteria)
April 13 - Deadline to submit Work Ethic Diploma Requirements
April 15 - Deadline to submit Tennessee Scholar Applications
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
*April 14, 2018 - registration deadline is March 9, 2018
June 9, 2018 - registration deadline is May 4, 2018
July 14, 2018 - registration deadline is June 15, 2018
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.
March 10, 2018 - registration deadline February 9, 2018
May 5, 2018 - registration deadline April 6, 2018
June 2, 2018 - registration deadline May 3, 2018
TN Hope Scholarship
How to Qualify:
· Entering freshmen must have either a 21 ACT score OR an overall unweighted minimum 3.0 GPA.
For entering freshmen beginning with fall 2015 and thereafter
· Four-Year Institutions and two-year institutions with on-campus housing: Up to $1,750 per full-time enrollment semester as a freshmen and sophomore; then up to $2,250 per full-time enrollment semester as a junior and senior
· Two-Year Institutions: Up to $1,500 per full-time enrollment semester as a freshman and sophomore
Award amounts are available for summer enrollment
· Class status is determined by the postsecondary institution
How to Apply:
· Complete your FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1, 2017. The completion of the FAFSA is your application for the TN Hope Lottery Scholarship.
Click here for a list of eligible institutions.
Students who need their transcripts sent to colleges may see Ms. Davidson in the Counseling Office to complete a transcript request form. The first transcript is free; each additional transcript costs $3.00. Please allow at least two weeks to process transcript requests.
Meet Erica Gillett - Niswonger CARE Advisor
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
Office Contact Information:
- Phone- 423-581-1600
- Fax- 423-585-3791