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

    *Prom Tickets are on sale beginning Tuesday, February 18. Attached are the prom expectations HERE/guest form HERE. Please be aware that there are NO EXCEPTIONS to the protocol of ticket sales. **See Mrs. White or Mrs. Taylor in the Library or Mrs. Raby in room 135 with any questions.


    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: 
    2019-2020 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


    2019-2020 SAT Test Date: HERE

    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

    January 16, 2020    School-wide Renaissance Speaker -- 10:00-12:00 in Gym

    January 17, 2020    Deadline to register for February 8th ACT  

    January 25, 2020    Optional ACT Boot Camp-- 9:00-1:00 in Library

    February 1, 2020    FAFSA Deadline for TN Promise Eligibility 

    February 8, 2020    National ACT Test

    February 13, 2020  Renaissance Rally -- 10:00 in Auditorium

    February 18, 2020   Prom tickets go one sale before school & after school -- $30/single, $55/couple

    March (TBD), 2020  Field Trip to TN Tech

    March 13, 2020    Deadline to register for April 4th ACT

    March 16-20, 2020    SPRING BREAK

    March 23, 2020    Prom ticket prices increase -- $35/single, $65/couple

    March 25, 2020    MANDATORY TN Promise Meeting--5:30pm in Gym (students MUST attend) CANCELLED

    March 26, 2020    The Emory’s --Recognizing PHS Top Scholars *subject to change*

    April 1, 2020    Deadline to apply to a college in order to use TN Promise money

    April 6, 2020    Prom ticket prices increase-- $40/single, $70/couple

    April 4, 2020    National ACT Test

    April 9, 2020    Senior Supply Delivery Day; Breakfast--9:00 am in the Cafeteria, Supplies delivered - 10:15 am in the Auditorium

    April 24, 2020    Senior Exit forms due

    April 29, 2020    Last Day to purchase Prom Tickets and turn in guest forms

    May 1, 2020    College Signing Day/Post-Secondary Luncheon--10:00-2:00pm

    May 4, 2020    Senior Awards--10:00 am on the Football field

        Senior Picnic--12:00-2:00

    May 6, 2020    3rd & 4th Block Senior Exams 

    May 7, 2020    1st & 2nd Block Senior Exams

    May 8, 2020    Senior Prom--6:00-10:00 at the Park Pavilion at The Tennessean

    May 11, 2020  Junior Night- 6:00pm in the Auditorium

    May 14, 2020  Mandatory Graduation Practice – 12:00 pm at Thompson-Boling Arena 

        **KCS transportation provided; MUST see Coach Porter to sign up by May 1st**

    May 16, 2020  Graduation – 9:00 am at Thompson-Boling Arena

        **Seniors need to arrive by 8:00 am**

    Graduation Dress Code

    Mandatory Gentleman will wear dress pants, dress shirt and tie, and dark colored 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.


    May 22, 2020    Deadline to register for June 13th ACT

    June 13, 2020    National ACT Test


    **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 link HERE



    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