Welcome to the Powell High School Counseling Department. The counseling department is where enrollment, withdrawals, scheduling, grades and much more takes place. We have four counselors, one senior counselor, one college and career counselor and 3 counselors divided by last name grades 9-11. These counslelors will be happy to assist you and our students in any way possible.
    Powell High School Counseling Department
    2136 W. Emory Road
    Powell, TN 37849
    (865) 938-2171 Main Office
    (865)947-5970 Fax
    Senior School Counselor- Mrs. Emily Lanius ext.74613
     A-G, grade 9-11, School Counselor- Ms. Elizabeth Patt ext.74611
    H-N, grade 9-11, School Counselor- Mrs. Marlo Bales ext.74614
     0-Z, grade 9-11,School Counselor- Mrs. Candi Buffington ext.74612
    Mrs. Taylor
    Senior College and Career Ready Counselor- Mrs. Cassidy Taylor ext.74615
    Counseling Secretary- Mrs. Karen Speegle ext.74610
    ACT Head Coach- Mr. Micaiah Smoker ext.74635
    Graduation Facilitator- Mr. Jim Porter ext.74656


    *Senior News ( Senior News letter)link for all scholarships and senior info updated daily please click on link Senior News



    If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email Mrs. Taylor at cassidy.taylor@knoxschools.org or call 865-938-2171 ext. 74615 or Mrs. Lanius at emily.lanius@knoxschools.org or 865-938-2171 ext. 74613

    We now have a "Pipeline" Program that will assist students with career guidance, after school tutoring (on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:00) & mentoring, acquiring financial aid, college entrance exam prep & ACT fee waivers, college applications & application fee waivers, college tours and the STEM/healthcare career camp at LMU.  This is open to any Knox County High School student that has demonstrated an interest in attending post-secondary education.  For more information or to apply, contact: John Hardebeck at jhardebeck@bgctnv.org or call 865-232-1200
    *Please note that this program is by application base only and limited availibility.
    Mr. Hardebecks hours at PHS are Monday-Wednesdays, 9-5pm.
    Senior Remind 101!  All seniors, "Class of 2020" and their parents, who wish to receive text messages regarding senior announcements and information can sign up by texting @98ageg to 81010. Just make sure students that you actually read the messages sent :) - Mrs. Taylor
    PHS Counsel has a twitter!  Follow us at @Powell_counsel for updates and information.
    PHS College and Career twitter! Follow us at @PowellHS_CCC

    FAFSA- You may now apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Every student, and at least one parent/guardian, has to have an FSA I.D. and your 2018 tax information in order to complete this application. The FAFSA is your “application” for the TN Promise, the HOPE Scholarship and any other type of state, or federal, financial aid. If you do not fill this out, you will NOT receive any monetary help with your college education. 2020 Graduates can begin to apply for FAFSA on October 1st, 2019. Deadline for FAFSA if you are using TN Promise money is Friday, February, 1 2020. http://www.fafsa.gov

    ACT is now a graduation requirement!! If you have NOT taken the ACT yet, and you are a junior, you will be able to take the ACT for free on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. You can also receive a fee waiver and eligible to receive the ACT online prep if you received free and reduced lunch. Please see Mrs. Taylor for an ACT voucher. Don’t forget to list your choice of 4 schools during your registration process as well. Your ACT scores from this test will not be on your transcripts for a few months, so if you don’t list the schools, and then they need those results, you will have to pay for ACT to send them.
    Attached is our new ACT boot camp sign ups. Please see attached flyer Boot Camp Dates
    Any questions please email our ACT Head Coach Mr. Smoker at micaiah.smoker@knoxschools.org or call 865-938-2171 ext. 74635.
    The ACT test scores are very important for college admission and scholarships!!!  I know it is a hard exam, but if you do not achieve the score you desire then please retake it as many times as you feel necessary to get that desired score!!  Some scholarships start at a composite score of 24-26, but many more are available for scores of 28+.  We have prep books in the guidance office, there are websites that offer helpful tips (google can be your best friend), or there are tutoring courses available for a fee.  Some colleges superscore, but most scholarship opportunities do not, also, some of those scholarships have a December 1st cut off date.  So, give it all you've got, and as soon as possible!!  Below is the new ACT schedule: 
    2018-2019 ACT Test Dates

    ACT TEST DATES:Click below

    ACT Dates and Registration

    Free Senior re-take date is October 1, 2019 during school. Free Junior ACT date is March 31,2020 during school.
    Test Fees are $52.00 for the ACT, if you take the ACT with the writing portion it is $58.50.  There is a late fee of $30.00 if you register during the late registration period.  Current juniors will get to take the exam in school on March 31, 2020 at no charge.  This will be their "free" voucher.  If you are a student on free and reduced lunch you are able to receive two additional vouchers total, at no charge once we verify your eligibility. You are also eligible for the ACT online Prep, just select that option upon check out.  Students need to register themselves at http://www.actstudent.org.  Once an account is set up, you can choose a test date and location.  The school has no way to know what their username and/or password is so please keep a record of what you choose.
    The following ACT/SAT Test Prep websites offer test taking tips, practice test questions, practice ACT or SAT tests, and many other helpful resources.
    ACT Test Prep


    2018-2019 SAT Test Date:

    SAT Test Prep


    There is a $5.00 charge for transcripts, cash or check made out to Powell High School. Students that graduated this year (2018) will not be charged for transcripts until August. Student must be present to request transcripts and if the student is 18 or older they must show a photo ID. Relatives are not allowed to pick up transcripts for students. Please see the Guidance Office to fill out transcript request form.
    Powell High School Guidance Department
    2136 W. Emory Road
    Powell, TN 37849
    (865) 938-2171 Main Office
     Class of 2020 Important Dates

    August 1 - TN Promise application opens

    August 21- Jostens meeting- 2nd block

    August 28- Jostens at lunch to take graduation orders

    September 1- Senior Slice due $25 to Advisory teacher

    September9- Knox Co.College and Career Fair permission slips due to Mrs. Taylor

    September 9- Senior pic makeups- TBA

    September 16-20- College App Week- Activities listed below

    September 16-TN Promise sign ups- Library(REACH, A-F)

    September 16-College Application Night-Library 5-7pm

    September 17- College Application Day- Library 9-10am    

    September 17- TN Promise sign ups- Library (REACH, G-L)

    September 17- Senior Parent Night- Auditorium 6:30pm

    September 18- TN Promise sign ups- Library (REACH, M-Z)

    September 19- College Round Tables- Library (assigned time)

    September 20- College Application Week finale- 3rd block pizza 


    September 24- Knox County College Fair field trip ( See Mrs. Taylor to sign up)

    September 26- FSA ID student/parent night- Library, 5-7pm (setting up FSA to help you complete the FAFSA in October)

    October 1- FAFSA Opens

    October 1- ACT senior re-take

    October 7-11- Fall Break

    October 15- FAFSA Night, Library 5-7pm ( State Dept along with counselors to help complete the FAFSA)

    October 19- FALL Ball- 6-10pm at PHS

    October 23- TN Promise Meeting- 10am Auditorium (students only)

    October 31- Trick or Treat, 8-8:40am at PHS

    November 1 - TN Promise application deadline

    November 21- Senior Citizenship Assembly

    November 22- ASVAB testing for seniors who don't have ACT composite of 21

    November 27-29- Thanksgiving Break

    December 1- TN Promise volunteer hours can begin (8 hours)

    December 6- Last chance to order graduation supplies at regular price. 

    January 7- Graduation supply price increase

    February 1- FAFSA Deadline

    March 5 -TBA field trip to UTC

    March 16-20 Spring Break

    March 24- The Emory’s- Recognizing PHS top scholars

    March 25- Mandatory TN Promise meeting- 5:30pm in Gym ( students MUST attend)

    April 9th- Senior Supply breakfast/distribution and senior Thank Yous

    May 1- College Signing Day/Post-Secondary Luncheon 10am-2pm

    May 4- Senior Awards- 10am on football field/Senior Picnic 12-2pm

    May 6- Senior Exams ¾ period

    May 6- Senior Exams ½ period

    May 8- PROM

    May 14- Mandatory graduation practice (12pm @ Thompson Boling Arena) 

    **See Coach Porter to sign-up to ride a bus to practice**

    May 16- Senior Graduation- 9am at Thompson Boling 

    **seniors must arrive by 8am**

    Mandatory Gentleman will wear dress pants, dress shirt and tie, and dress shoes with graduation gown, cap, stole, etc. No cowboy or work boots, tennis shoes, or flip flops for footwear. No jeans.

    **Boys needing assistance with the mandatory dress requirements need to see Mr. Greg Bruce (room 308) ASAP.

    Mandatory Ladies will wear dresses or dress slacks/blouse with graduation gown,cap, stole, etc. No cowboy or work boots, tennis shoes, or flip flops or footwear. No jeans.

    **Girls needing assistance with the mandatory dress requirements need to see Mrs. Beth Myer ( room 116) ASAP.


    **Senior Slice due September 1, 2019- $25 due from every senior. This is due to your or Advisory teacher. This covers all the seniors activities listed above like Senior Breakfast, Senior picnic, senior luncheon, etc…

    **Local and state scholarships usually open up December-May. These will be listed on the Senior News!



    Contact Persons at Powell High School 865-938-2171

    Mrs. White or Mrs. Raven Raby- Everything Prom liz.white@knoxschools.org or extension 74627 raven.raby@knoxschools.org or extension 74676

    Mrs. Lanius- Verification of Graduation status, transcripts, … emily.lanius@knoxschools.org or extension 74613

    Mrs. Taylor- Mrs. Taylor- Senior exit forms, senior exit meetings (early grads and regular grads), college applications, scholarships, transcripts for scholarships, FAFSA, TN Promise, anything post-secondary. cassidy.taylor@knoxschools.org or extension 74615

    Mr. Porter- Graduation supplies, supplies delivery, Graduation practice, Graduation jim.porter@knoxschools.org or extension 74656

    Mr. Bruce- Mandatory attire for Graduation for Boys greg.bruce@knoxschools.org or extension 74696

    Mrs. Meyer- Mandatory attire for Graduation for Girls beth.meyer@knoxschools.org or extension 74681

    Mrs. Speegle- Senior Debt list/Diploma HOLDs karen.speegle@knoxschools.org or extension 74610

    JOSTENS ordering contact information:

    * 1-800-JOSTENS or 1-800-567-8367

    * www.jostens.com

    Please contact Mrs. Taylor with any questions! Text me on Remind or email me at Cassidy.taylor@knoxschools.org