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September 5, 2018

We enjoyed presenting to and talking with seniors and their parents last evening. Thank you, again, to our guests! Students who could not attend Senior Night will receive a folder of information in the next Homeroom. The presentation is attached here: PHS Senior Night September 4, 2018. We will resume weekly Monday updates of events, opportunities and scholarships next week for grades 9-12.

FINAL UPDATE for 2017-18

6/7: Review schedule

6/8: Exams begin – Good luck!

6/9: ACT

6/10 2:00p: Baccalaureate at Canton First Baptist

6/14: Last student day ūüôā

6/15: Graduation practice at PHS

6/16 11:00a: Graduation at WCU

Counselors return to school Aug. 8.

Juniors will receive a handout in Homeroom to help prepare for senior year. It is attached here also: Senior Summer Planning Guide 2018-19

Check databases for summer deadlines.
NEW-Volunteer Center


Week of May 29, 2018


5/29: NHS volunteer hours due

6/2: SAT administration

NEW: HCC (Apply early!) & Univ. of Alabama Merit
DUE: Asheville Track Club, Walker Morgan & WaterLogic
NEW: Access Davidson (Jr.)
DUE: none 


Week of May 21, 2018


WED: Late deadline for 6/2 SAT


-Progress reports

-Appeal forms due

-WorkKeys pre-test (Jrs.)


MON 5/28: No school


-HR: WorkKeys & Sr Picnic permission forms (If absent, forms in Main Office.) Return when load buses.
-Scholarships due to Mrs. Case
THUR: WorkKeys fieldtrip
FRI: Sr slideshow (9:05a), yearbooks & Sr Picnic
*Check NC Scholar list outside Counseling Center.
$MONDAY (Srs.)
NEW: Lift Parts Express 
DUE: Bethel Rural Community Organization
*No New/Due OPPORTUNITIES this week


Week of May 14, 2018

Mon: Extended Homeroom (impt. Sr. info.) & HCC English placement test after school
Fri: Late deadline for 6/9 ACT

$MONDAY (all Sr.)
NEW: WaterLogic
DUE: SunTrust, Bob Smith Vocational (pref. to Auto), Pledge your #Collegiance & NAGE


NEW: ACT Academy
DUE: Brower [Environmental] Award + Exploring Duke/Georgetown/Harvard/Penn/Stanford


Week of May 7, 2018


Good luck, AP students, as you begin national exams!
Tues: Report cards
Wed: HCC Math placement test in library
Fri: HCC graduation

NEW: None
DUE: Pisgah Booster, SunTrust, Bob Smith Vocational (pref. to Auto) & Pledge Your #Collegiance
-Exploring Duke/Georgetown/Harvard/Penn/Stanford
-Health Sci: Campbell Discovery & NCAHEC Scholar
DUE: None

April 30-May 6, 2018

4/30: Extended Homeroom
5/3: End of 6 weeks, College Signing Day & registration due for 6/2 SAT
5/4: Registration due for 6/9 ACT
5/5: SAT administration
$MONDAY (Srs.)
DUE: Jewish Loan
NEW: Pisgah Booster (for PHS athletes) & Asheville Track Club (for all runners)
DUE: Scholar Athlete Essay and summer programs at ASU, Columbia & NCSU
NEW: NCSU Reading


April 23-29, 2018


Mon lunch: Jostens in lobby w/ cap & gown

Tues lunch: Fr-Jr Spring pics

Wed 8a: Sr class pic/Sr Walk

Fri: Prom guest reg./tickets end

DUE: Canton HS Class of ’54, Cattlemen‚Äôs Association (both due today!) & Eggleston-Osborne (2 or 4-yr.)

NEW: Bob Smith Vocational (pref. to auto), Bethel Rural (2 or 4-yr.), Horatio Alger (2-yr.) & ETSU Balanced Man
DUE: Blood Typing, WCU Leadership, Columbia Leadership, Red Cross Lifeguard & Scholar Athlete
NEW: Canton Lifeguard

April 3, 2018

Scholarship addition: Haywood Co. Cattlemen’s Association (for students involved with 4-H, FFA and/or livestock)

Reminder: Juniors who want more information about Boys and Girls State should see Mr. Blackburn before Spring Break.

UPCOMING (5/2-22)

4/6: Progress reports and registration deadline for 5/5 SAT

4/10: Admission deadline for Lees-McRae

4/14: ACT

$MONDAY (4/2-22; all Sr.)

What do you need before Spring Break?

NEW: Canton HS Class of ’54 & #Collegiance

DUE: HCC Pop & Marj Kelly, HEMC, Ole Smokey Antique Tractor, Beaverdam, Haywood Farm Bureau, NC Accountants, SEANC, Trooper Blanton & SCC

OPPORTUNITIES (4/2-22; Fr.-Sr.)

What do you need before Spring Break?

NEW: ASU Summer Camps (Engineering/Forensics/Medicine/Science)

DUE: GSMNP Internship, ETSU Open House, UNG Leadership, ExploRx Pharmacy & MAHEC Workshops

Week of March 26, 2018
3/26: Extended Homeroom (Srs. in auditorium)
3/27: HCC apps. due to Counseling
3/29: 3rd Annual Career Fair (two 45-min. lunches)

$MONDAY (all Sr.)
DUE: Alpha Iota, ABTech, PHS Band, Great Beginnings, Crabtree-Ironduff VFD &Sharma Family

NEW: Boys/Girls State (Jr.), Student Trooper (Jr.-Sr.), NCSU Polymer Camp (Fr.-Jr.) & NCSU Textile Camp (Jr.)

DUE: Jr. Achievement (Fr.-Sr.), Miss Labor Day (Jr.), UT Business (Jr.) & Project Yellow Light (Jr.-Sr.)
Week of March 19, 2018


3/19: Freshman Registration

3/20: Homeroom (report cards)

3/23: Late deadline for 4/14 ACT

$Monday (Jr.-Sr.)

NEW: Trooper Blanton (softball) & Walker Morgan (injury)
DUE: Journey & Reviving the Dream

Opportunities (Fr.-Sr.)


DUE: Columbia Summer Leadership, Questbridge College Prep & WCU Open House
Week of March 12, 2018

Mo: So. registration (2 lunches); Sr. NHS see Ms. Wyatt
Tu: Ext Homeroom (Miss Labor Day mtg for Jrs. in library)
Th: Deadline for High Pt.

$Monday (all Sr.)
NEW: Ole Smoky Antique Tractor & State Employees Assoc. NC
DUE 3/15: Masonic & Microsoft DisAbility

Opportunities (Fr.-Sr.)

NEW: WCU Open House & ExploRx Pharmacy

DUE: ETSU Open House (3/17)


Week of March 5, 2018
3/5: Jr. registration; 2-lunch schedule
3/6 at 7:45: Key Club pic at flagpole
3/6 Ext. Homeroom: Sophomores in Honors Bio I this year to auditorium (after checking in with Homeroom teacher)
3/7 at 7:45a: HOSA pic in D5
3/9: Registration deadline for 4/14 ACT
3/10: SAT administration
3/13 at 9:30a: Miss Labor Day 2018 info mtg.

$MONDAY (all Sr.)
NEW: Crabtree-Ironduff, HEMC & Farm Bureau
DUE: Haywood Co. Schools Foundation & SECU People Helping People (3/12 at 8a)


NEW: Columbia Leadership & UT Business
DUE: Lifeguard at Waynesville Rec Center

Week of February 26, 2018


2/26: Jr. registration info in Homeroom

2/26-27: ACT Bootcamp

2/28: ACT; 10a AB Tech Dental rep in D5

3/1: App. deadline for ECU/Queens/UNCG/WCU

$MONDAY (all Sr.)
NEW: Masonic, Dan Nichols & PHS Marching Band
DUE: ETSU, Farm Kids, Golden Leaf, SEG Geophysics, Tusculum & Warren Wilson

DUE: ASU’s Martha Guy Summer Institute, Berea’s Woodson Legacy, Project Yellow Light & NCSU STEM Camp

Week of February 19, 2018


2/19: Extended Homeroom for ACT prep

2/20: Progress reports

2/22: Extended Homeroom for ACT prep

4-year planning with freshmen in Health/PE

Scholarships (all Srs.)

NEW: Alpha Iota (teaching) & (patients of) Great Beginnings x2

DUE: Vegetarian

Opportunities (Fr.-Sr.)

NEW: Jr. Achievement & Great Smoky Mtns. Nat’l Park Intern

DUE: ETSU mtg. in Asheville & ACT Prep

Week of February 12, 2018

+Ext. Homeroom for WorkKeys prep in auditorium, ACT prep in classrooms & PSAT scores in library
+10a Adv. Courses app. closes

2/13 WorkKeys
2/15 Admission application deadline for Guilford, Meredith & UNCA

$MONDAY (all for Seniors)
NEW: ETSU, Microsoft disAbility & HCC Kelly Merit
DUE: Univ. of N. GA Military (Leadership)

NEW: ACT Prep, ETSU Reception in Asheville & Quest Bridge Scholars
DUE: UNC Pharmacy Open House at UNCA

Week of February 5, 2018
UPCOMING (2 messages)
+ Feb. 5-12 (10a): Advanced Courses application open; parent meeting 2/5 at 6p. Need help? Come to Counseling Center during lunches.
+ 2/6: AB Tech rep. in Couns. Ctr. during lunches re: admission questions & scholarship app.
+ 2/9: Registration deadline for 3/10 SAT
+ 2/10: ACT
$MONDAY (1 message)
NEW: Vegetarian, National Farmers & SEG (Sr.); Project Yellow Light (Jr./Sr.)
DUE: Gertrude McDaris (Sr.)
NEW: Carter Woodson/Berea (Jr.), NCSU STEM Camp (So.) & Manna Food Drive (Fr.-Sr.)
Counseling Center Update–Week of January 29, 2018

¬†H-O: Mr. Blackburn’s email is¬†

1/16-19: Final exams
1/19: Late registration deadline for 2/10 ACT
$MONDAY (for Srs.)
NEW: WCU & AB Tech
DUE: Teaching Fellows (1/16) & RIBN Nursing (1/19)

NEW: UNC Pharmacy Asheville campus Open House (all) & UNGA Cadet Overnight (Jr./Sr.)
DUE: Aviation Art
NEW: McDaris/Ruskin, Golden Leaf (2), Tusculum & Haywood Co. Schools Foundation (1 app. for 50 scholarships!)
DUE: Ron Brown, Lenoir-Rhyne Teaching, N. GA Army ROTC, NC Hispanic, Washington Crossing, Women in Science & NC Teaching Fellows
NEW: UNC Pharmacy
DUE: NC School of Science/Math, Summer Ventures, UNC Project Uplift & UNC Renaissance
This Friday, January 12th, is the registration deadline for the February 10th ACT.
12/18/17 – 1/7/2018
12/18 – Extended Homeroom; Mentors should report to the Counseling Center at 9:10a.
Happy Holidays!
NEW: Ron Brown, Pathable Women in Science & Washington Crossing
DUE: ACT Champion, Future of Assisted Living, Union Plus, UNCG Teacher Ed., GE Reagan & JFK Profile in Courage
NEW for 10th/11th
1) Summer Ventures in Science & Math (FREE): Info. Mtg. this Wednesday @ 3:15p by ASU Director

DUE for all grades: Vanderbilt Aspirnaut STEM Camp, WFU Perry Initiative & HCC Nurse Aide

Week of 12/11-17
NEW: Profile in Courage Essay (Fr.-Sr.), NC Hispanic College Fund (Sr.), NC Teaching Fellows (Sr.; returns to 5 NC universities; for STEM/Special Education majors) & AB Tech RIBN Program (Sr.)
DUE: Clemson Lyceum, ETSU Academic Performance, ETSU Honors, AXA Achievement, Burger King & Skilled Labor Shortage
NEW: Summer Ventures (So.-Jr.; Info. Mtg. 12/20 @ 3:15p by ASU Director) & Vanderbilt Aspirnaut STEM Camp (age 15+ by 6/3/18)
DUE: Clemson C-Cats (Fr.-So.) & Youth Legislative Assembly (Fr.-Sr.)
Week of 12/4 – 10
12/4 – Extended Homeroom
12/7 – WorkKeys (Fall administration; The majority of senior CTE concentrators will test in February.)
NEW: ETSU Academic Performance/Honors College, Union Plus, GE-Reagan & UNCG Guarantee
DUE: Stop Hunger
NEW: CNA course & Aviation Art Contest
DUE: Clemson C-Cats & Youth Legislative Assembly

Week of 11/20 – 12/3


11/21: Late registration for 12/2 SAT

12/1: Deadline for Clemson, Guilford, Lees-McRae, Meredith, Queens & UNC-G


NEW: AXA, N. Georgia ROTC, McDonalds HACER, Warren Wilson (free tuition) & Brevard (1/2 tuition)

DUE: Elks & NCSU Goodnight


NEW: NCSSM Summer Accelerator, Duke Summer Session & Drive2Life

DUE: UNC-CH Catalyst Conf.

Week of 11/13-19 (4-5 Remind texts/tweets)

Re-engagement schedule this week

Mon. during lunches in lobby–UNC-Greensboro + Warren Wilson College (free tuition)
See attached pic for NC schools waiving their application fee this week. Apply via CFNC.
Tues.: College App. Day @ PHS
Wed. during lunches in lobby: Army, National Guard & Navy (Ask about their education benefits.)
Fri.: Late deadline to register for 12/9 ACT
Counselors will be in social studies classes this week to meet with sophomores for 4-year planning.
350+ college contacts were made last week, and every representative said our students were the best they had visited this fall!
New: WNC Community Foundation, Children of Wartime Vets & UNC-G Teacher Fellows
Due: UNC-CH Thomas Wolfe
NEW: UNC-CH Catalyst Conference + Duke Summer Sessions
DUE: MAHEC College Prep Class + ECU Engineering Open House

Week of November 6, 2017 (5 Remind texts/tweets)
11/6: Extended Homeroom (9th in aud.)
11/10: Veterans Day; Elon app.
11/15: Deadlines–ASU, ECU Honors, High Point, UNCA, WCU & WWC
College Application Month! College/military reps. will be in our gym lobby during lunches next 1 1/2 weeks. Drawings daily and end of week.
2017 Poster
11/6: East Tennessee (4-year; TN public), Mars Hill (4-year; private*) & Tusculum (4-year; TN private)
11/7: Appalachian (4-year; public), Brevard (4-year; private), Montreat (4-year; private) & HCC (2-year; public)
11/8: South College (2+4-year; private), UNC-Asheville (4-year; public), Gardner-Webb (4-year; private) & Pfeiffer (4-year; private)
11/9: A-B Tech (2-year; public) & CFNC¬†(“Helping You Plan, Apply & Pay for College”)…Deadline for seniors to sign up for College Application Day on Tuesday**
11/13: Warren Wilson (4-year; private)
11/15: National Guard & Navy***
* Students could receive more financial aid from a private college and pay a lower total price than a public college.
** The following NC colleges will waive their application fee during the Week of 11/13-17 if students apply through CFNC: Community colleges (always free), Barton, Belmont Abbey, Bennett, Brevard, Campbell, Catawba, Chowan, Davidson, Elizabeth City, Fayetteville State, Gardner-Webb, Greensboro, Guilford, Johnson and Wales, Johnson C. Smith, Lees-McRae, Lenoir-Rhyne, Livingstone, Louisburg, Mars Hill, Meredith, Methodist, Montreat, NC A&T, NC Central, NC Wesleyan, Pfeiffer, St. Augustine, Salem, Shaw, St. Andrews, U. of Mount Olive, Warren Wilson, William Peace, Wingate & Winston-Salem State.
*** We include the military because of their education benefits.
NEW: Sr. Advisor (improving assisted living) + ACT Readiness Champion (ACT/GPA & challenge overcame)
DUE: n/a
NEW: Wake Forest School of Medicine (women So.-Sr.) + ASU Summer Institute for Business Leaders (Jr.)
DUE for Fr.-Sr.: Prudential (volunteering), American Legion (speech) & Open Houses (Wake Forest, Montreat, ECU Nursing & UNC-CH 1st Gen.)
Week of October 30, 2017
$ Monday
Week of 10/30 – 4-year planning with Juniors in English
10/30 Progress Reports
10/31 October SAT scores available
11/2 Pre-ACT (10th); Practice ACT (11th)
11/2 Registration deadline for 12/2 SAT
11/3 Deadline for 12/9 ACT
Miss presentation on HCC’s Assoc. in Engineering?¬†HCC Associate in Engineering
Sr. CTE Concentrators, miss WorkKeys kick-off? See Dr. Allen.
The following popular colleges require the CSS Profile in addition to the FAFSA for need-based financial aid: Davidson, Duke, Elon, Furman, UNC-Chapel Hill & Wake. For more information go to
NEW: Clemson’s Lyceum+Skilled Labor Shortage
DUE: Coca-Cola, Nexstar Trades & UGA’s Foundation/Bernard Ramsey
NEW: SAT Prep @ UNCA, MAHEC Plan for College & Clemson C-Cats
DUE: Gov.School, Voice of Democracy, ECU HonorsDay, ReaganLeadership, UNG Leadership, MeetMontreat, ETSU OpenHouse, AMDA Audition & Made@ECU


Congratulations to Jordan and Sawyer.  We are proud of your efforts in the classroom and on the field.  You are exceptional student-athletes!

October 23, 2017
$ Monday (5 Reminds/Tweets)
Week Ahead:
9/23-Extended Homeroom (10th in aud.;12th CTE Concentrators in caf.)
9/23-Sign-up w/ Dr. Hamm for 9/24 HCC transfer pres. (9a)
10/26-Gardner-Webb in lobby during lunch
10/28-ACT@PHS (adm. ticket, ID, calc., pencils+snack)
10/28-FAFSA Day@HCC (
11/1 Early Action deadline for UNC-C + UNCW
*NC Promise info. (reduced tuition for Elizabeth City State University/UNC-Pembroke/WCU) learned during Haywood County’s Professional Development Day 10/17/17:¬†¬†

*WCU Great Grades Guarantee:
NEW: Coca-Cola + Burger King
DUE: Horatio Alger, NCSU Centennial, NCA&T/NCCU Cheatham-White & Davidson Belk
NEW: ECU Honors College Day, Made at ECU & Meet Montreat
DUE: SAT Prep, NC Governor’s School & VFW Voice of Democracy

$MONDAY¬†(for 10/9 through 10/23 due to Fall Break)–5-7 Remind texts/tweets


10/9:Report cards+Financial Aid Night@High Tech 6-7p

10/10:ACT late registration extended for 10/28@PHS (Sr.)

10/11:PSAT (So./Jr.)

10/12: College Fair @HCC 6-7:30p…postponed during Hurricane Irma (All)–List of participating colleges¬†College Fair_Fall 2017

+ Learn early how to be competitive for admission, scholarships, etc. For example, during NCSU’s visit to PHS last week, the representative encouraged applicants to demonstrate how they have explored their intended major and, during a campus tour, schedule an appointment with that program. Also, prospective engineering students need to take Calculus and a fourth science.
*NC Open House Dates+Application Deadlines:

10/15: Initial admission deadline for NCCU, NCSU & UNC (10/18: L-R)
Request transcript from Mrs. Case by Thurs. 8a.
Share acceptance letters!

HCC’s Spring registration will open soon. If you want to drop/add a HCC class, talk with your counselor this week.


+NEW: NCSU’s Centennial, Davidson’s Belk & Nexstar (electrical/HVAC/plumbing)
+DUE: L-R Teaching Scholars (10/12 nomination!)+NCSU’s Shelton


NEW: VFW Voice of Democracy essay scholarship, American Legion Oratorical Contest&Youth Legislative Assembly

DUE: “Click It or Ticket” PSA Contest + AMDA Audition
Open Houses–NCSU Textiles (10/14), ECU Engineering/Nursing (10/20) & ETSU (10/21)

$ MONDAY (6 Reminds/tweets)
Coming Events
+10/1-FAFSA open (Sr)
¬† ¬† ¬†–This week’s resource is a side-by-side comparison of required information for the FAFSA and Residency Determination Service: ¬†FAFSA and RDS Side-by-Side.
+10/2-Mentor mtg @9:15 in library
+10/2-Governor’s School mtg homeroom in library (So/Jr)
¬† ¬† ¬†–Residential summer program
¬† ¬† ¬†–Applicants are expected to have an achievement test score at 92+% (e.g., on Math 1/English 2/Biology EOC tests, PSAT, Pre-ACT, etc.).
¬† ¬† ¬†–Juniors can qualify in English, Math, Science, Social Studies, French/Spanish, Art, Dance, Choral Music, Instrumental Music or Theater.
¬† ¬† ¬†–Sophomores can apply in the arts.
+10/3-End of 6 wks
+10/5-In gym lobby during lunch: AB Tech/WCU’s RIBN (Nursing) + NCSU’s Natural Resources (THANK YOU, MR. GODFREY!!)
¬† ¬† ¬†—NCSU’s College of Natural Resources includes 10 programs: ¬†1) Paper Science and Engineering, 2) Environmental Sciences, 3) Environmental Technology and Management, 4) Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, 5) Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, 6) PGA Golf Management, 7) Forest Management, 8) Sport Management, 9) Natural Resources and 10) Sustainable Materials and Technology (
For Jr/Sr…
+10/5-SAT registration for 11/4
+10/6-ACT late reg. for 10/28 @PHS
+10/7-SAT @PHS (Take admission ticket, photo ID and calculator.)
+10/9-Financial Aid Workshop @High Tech 6-7p
*Last week, ETSU’s admissions representative was at PHS. Here are his responses to our questions (ETSU QA 92717)¬†AND their list of scholarships (ETSU Scholarships).*
Scholarships (Sr)
DUE 10/2–UNCC’s Levine+Wendy’s Heisman
NEW–LR Teaching, NCA&T/NCCU’s CheathamWhite & UGA’s Foundation/BernardRamsey

DUE–PSAT webinar, UNC-CH Info Session in Spanish, WFU Discovery & ECU College of Nursing Junior Day

NEW–Open Houses: ECU Nursing & Engineering/Technology, ETSU & UNC-CH 1st Generation; Reagan Leadership Summit


Scholarships (12th)

DUE–Questbridge, UNCC’s Levine & Wendy‚Äôs Heisman

NEW–Goodnight + Prestage (both NCSU)

Opportunities #1 (9-12)

DUE–Christian College Fair+UNCCH Computer Sci. Open House

NEW–Prudential Spirit of Community

Opportunities #2 (10-11)

NEW–Governor‚Äôs School…1) meeting 9/26 @6p @Ed Center (Clyde), 2) info in Counseling Center & 3) app. due 10/31

Upcoming Events

9/27 (lunch)–ETSU rep. in gym lobby (9-12)

* Have questions for our ETSU representative but can’t ask in person (e.g., at HCC)? We will be hosting a Q&A on Twitter (@pisgahcounselor). Details will be shared Wednesday morning via Twitter and Remind.

10/1–FAFSA opens (12)

* 10/28 9a-12p–FAFSA Day…HCC’s Financial Aid Office will be open to help families complete the FAFSA. Please register at¬†¬†

* Month of November–SECU members may receive assistance with the FAFSA during normal business hours.

10/9 6-7p–CFNC Financial Aid Workshop at HCC’s High Tech Center…This is a repeat offering from 4/24/17. (12)


Coming Events
+9/18–We begin our small group “audit” meetings with seniors to review graduation requirements and discuss plans for after PHS. These are scheduled over the next few weeks to minimize class disruption.

+9/22–Online registration deadline for 10/28 ACT¬†(typically¬†11th-12th).¬†Students who are approved for free/reduced-price school meals should see their counselor ASAP for a fee waiver.

+10/1–FAFSA opens (12th)…Families will apply for need-based financial aid with the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid”. Two resources to help you prepare are below. More information next week!

FAFSA_7 Things You Need Before You Fill Out the 2018‚Äď19 FAFSA¬ģ Form – ED

FAFSA_Who Is My Parent

+11/13-17–College Application Week/CAW (12th)…We mention now because there is a cost savings to families during this week as many private NC colleges will waive their application fee. Link for initial list:¬†CAW 2017

$Monday (12th)
NEW–UNC’s Thomas Wolfe, ROTC & Sun Trust
DUE–Davidson’s Bryan (9/18)
Database at

Opportunities (9th-12th)
NEW–Open Houses @ Wake Forest + NCSU’s College of Textiles; SAT Prep
DUE–Service Academy Day @ NCSU 9/23
Database at
Below are the Remind messages and tweets that subscribers will receive on Monday.
+ Scholarships (2 texts/tweets)

NEW–UNCC Levine, Wendy’s Heisman, NCSU Shelton Leadership & Horatio Alger (all for Srs.)

DUE–UNC Morehead-Cain, NCSU Park & ETSU Roan school-based scholarship application (Friday, 9/15 @ 8:00a)
Database at

+ Opportunities (2 texts/tweets)
For NC college Open House dates+admission deadlines, go to¬†(e.g., ASU’s is Sat.) REGISTER EARLY!
NEW–UNC Comp. Sci. Open House (9/30)
DUE–NCSSM Info Mtg. (9/11, 4p in A2)+UNC Pharmacy in Asheville Open House (9/16)
+Week-at-a-Glance (2 texts/tweets)
Mon.-Deadline for PSAT registration+ACT Fieldtrip permission form; College Night@HCC CANCELED
Tues.-Open House 3:30-6p
Wed.-Progress Reports
Th.-College Fair@UNCA Kimmel Arena 6-7:30p; West Point Info. Mtg.@Christ School 6:30-7:30p
Fri.-ACT Fieldtrip
…We rely on our website, Remind and Twitter, weekly email to staff (copied here also) and phone calls as appropriate. We welcome your feedback on how we can most effectively share with all what we believe is important information.
Senior Audits
+ Small group meetings will begin the Week of September 18.
Below are the Remind messages and tweets that subscribers are receiving today:
+ Scholarships (all for Seniors)
DUE–Berea Pinnacle (9/7)
NEW–QuestBridge (9/28)
UNC Morehead/NCSU Park/ETSU Roan coming soon…
For more information about these scholarships, go to

 + Opportunities (9th-12th)
DUE–Lifeguarding course (9/7) + WFU Admissions Tour (9/7 in Asheville)
NEW–NCSSM (9/11 *more info below*), ASU Open House (9/16) & Service Academy Day (9/23)
For more information about these opportunities, go to
More Coming Events
+ September 5th (Tuesday) is the 10th day of school. If a student submitted a drop/add request and has not been notified of a schedule change, it was not approved.
+ September 8th (Friday) – Deadline to register online for the October 7th SAT @ PHS (11th-12th)
+ September 22nd – Deadline to register online for the October 28th ACT @ PHS (11th-12th)
Students who are eligible for free/reduced-price school meals qualify for a fee waiver.
+ September 11th – Deadline to register for the October 11th PSAT @ PHS (9th-11th)
See Mrs. Case to sign up. The cost is $16.00 (cash or check payable to Pisgah High School).
+ September 11th 4:00p РNCSSM Informational Meeting in the Media Center
Ninth and tenth grade students who are interested in attending the North Carolina School of Science and Math should plan to attend this presentation by NCSSM representative Mr. Rob Andrews. NCSSM is known as ¬†‚Äúthe world‚Äôs first public, residential high school for juniors and seniors that provides a specialized curriculum in the areas of math, science and technology.” Contact: ¬†Mrs. Lawing
+ September 11th 6:00-7:30p – Haywood County’s annual College Night¬†with representatives from over 50 southeastern colleges in HCC’s Auditorium (9th-12th)
+ September 14th 6:00-7:30p – Western NC College Fair at UNCA’s Kimmel Arena (9th-12th)
+ September 15th 9:00a-1:30p РACT Field Trip for eligible seniors (Composite of 17+)
Students will receive a permission form in homeroom on Tuesday. Completed forms should be returned to the Counseling Center by the student by Monday, September 11th.



Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM)

CDM is the process by which students may be awarded credit for a course without the required seat time.  It is open to all students in 9-12 and to students in 6-8 for high school courses offered at the middle school.  Students may NOT attempt the process for a course in which they are currently enrolled.

The deadline to apply for the fall administration is September 6.  The deadline for spring is January 1.
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Current Juniors/Rising Seniors (Class of 2018): ¬†SAVE the DATE for RISING SENIOR NIGHT on 6/1/17. ¬†We hope to see you at Rising Senior Night for the Class of 2017 on Thursday, June 1st at 6:00pm in the gymnasium lobby.¬† While this event is designed for our current juniors, we invite seniors that still have questions regarding HCC or the military to attend.¬† Also underclassmen that are eager to start planning ahead are more than welcome to come! ¬† Join us to learn the must-knows of senior year.¬† Representatives from the military, East Tennessee State University, HCC, two year degree programs, senior portraits, RIBN (RIBN pronounced as ribbon) program, and others will be on campus to provide valuable information from 6:00-6:30pm at the ‚ÄėMeet and Greet.‚Äô ¬†At 6:30 the ‘Program’ will begin¬†and will cover everything from senior parking passes and senior ad information to college applications and employment.¬† Don’t miss this event!!!



Rising 9th (Current 8th!!!) – We are excited about our future PHS Bears!

We hope you frequently visit our webpage for upcoming opportunities, scholarships and happenings.  You are going to begin preparing for your first year in high school this week!!!  A great resource to you and your parents is the Program of Studies.  Have a question about a class?  You may just find the answer within.  We are excited to meet you and look forward to having you on our campus.  So many great times await!

Posted 2/5/2017 (Alert Now from 2/5/17):

This week, we begin our registration process for next school year.

There will be mandatory class meetings during Smart Lunch in the auditorium.

Students may attend either tutorial:

9th grade on Tuesday,

10th grade on Wednesday and

11th grade on Thursday.

Also, there will be an optional presentation to parents on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

The purpose of these meetings is to share a new application process for Career & Technical Education Advanced Studies, Honors, Advanced Placement, North Carolina Virtual Public School and Haywood Community College courses, including Automotive, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood, Electronics and college transfer.

The application will be a grade-specific online form and require an electronic parent signature.

It will be available on the Pisgah High School homepage on Tuesday and is due no later than Monday, February 13th.

The updated Program of Studies with course descriptions and prerequisites will be on the homepage also.

Students may receive help with the online application in the Counseling Center during SmartLunch.

Additional registration dates will be added to the online school calendar.

We will notify you by phone a week prior to your child’s registration day, so you will have time to review materials and discuss course selections.

If you have questions, please call Pisgah High School at 646.3440.

Posted 1/9/2017:

+Senior News:

-Scholarships continue to become available each week. ¬†Make sure you are signed up for the Scholarship Remind account to receive the latest updates. ¬†Haywood County Schools Foundation Scholarship Application just opened on 1/9/2017. ¬†Find it here¬† . ¬†Applications are due to the PHS Counseling Center, with all supplemental materials, on March 13th. ¬†Please see your counselor for assistance with the process. ¬†Don’t procrastinate!

-WorkKeys scores should be returned soon!  Our seniors worked very diligently on their tests in early December!

+Junior News:  All juniors are required by the state of North Carolina to take the ACT on February 28th.  ACT Prep will kick-off on January 20th and 11th grade students will be required to attend weekly prep provided by our subject area experts, PHS Teachers!  The ACT can open many doors for our students looking for scholarships and admission to two-year and four-year schools.

+9th – 12th Grade News: ¬†We keep expanding on our resources for students and families. ¬†Please check out the “Opportunities” database, located on the “Opportunities” page, for ways for your child to set themselves apart from the pack by exploring summer or weekend activities.

+9th Р11th Grade:  Registration information will be coming home during the months of February and March.  Stay tuned for info regarding 2017-2018!

Posted 11/10/2016:

College Application Week is here! ¬†November 14th – November 18th! ¬†This is a school-wide event. ¬†We would like to see participants from every grade level meet with our college representatives visiting with us during Smart Lunch. ¬†Everyone will be wearing their college gear all week long and participate in trivia each morning. On Wednesday, seniors will be able to receive assistance on their college applications throughout the day. ¬†We are very excited about the number of participants we have signed up to take the next step. ¬†Many NC private colleges and universities waive their application fee during CAW. ¬†Encourage your freshman, sophomore, or junior to come by the Counseling Center to explore their options for higher education! ¬†It’s never to early to start thinking about the future. ¬†Check out the¬†CAW Calendar 2016!



Posted 10/19/16:

Congratulations to Brandee and Eli for being named our 2016-2017 Pisgah High School Wendy’s High School Heisman recipients! ¬†These two are scholars who lead among their peers on campus and perform on the playing field/court. ¬†We are proud of you!

Wendy's High School Heisman Recipients 2016-2017


Posted 10/8/16:

12th Grade: ¬†Audit meetings¬†are wrapping up! ¬†We have enjoyed sitting down with each of our seniors and discussing what they need to do in order to graduate this year and where they are headed after Pisgah. ¬†We have encouraged all students planning to attend a four-year college or university to apply by the early action dates for their respective schools of choice. ¬†Some popular dates are listed on Counseling Center homepage under our ‘Latest Posts.’ ¬†We have encouraged students applying to participating private NC universities and community colleges to apply during College Application Week. ¬†College Application Day is Wednesday, November 16th. ¬†We look forward to helping seniors complete their applications in our media center computer labs. ¬†This is an exciting time for the Class of 2017 as the bulk of acceptance letters will start to arrive as early as December! ¬†Can you believe we already have at least five students accepted? ¬†Encourage your student to start applying NOW if they haven’t and to share a copy of their acceptance and award letters when they begin to arrive!!!

Also the FAFSA (FREE Application for Federal Student Aid) is now open!  Please complete as  soon as possible, using your 2015 tax returns, at .  Please do not go to (They will charge for the service.  The FAFSA is FREE).   This is first step in receiving money for college.  Colleges/universities and scholarship committees will ask for students to submit a copy of their FAFSA.

WorkKeys Testing is coming Dec. 7th and 8th for all seniors who are CTE (Career/Technical Education) completers.  These students completed four courses in one of the eleven career clusters.  The WorkKeys test is part of the ACT series of assessments.  It offers these select students the opportunity to earn a credential to employers as part of the application process.  There are three sections included as part of this online test:  Locating Information, Reading for Information and Applied Mathematics.  They can earn Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum.  We want each of our seniors to reach Silver and above to make them more marketable for employment.  Ask your senior if they are eligible for this test.


11th Grade: ¬†It’s never too early to start preparing for the ACT. ¬†Have your student check out for free test prep or download a free app for ACT Prep to receive a question a day. ¬†Familiarity with the test will help so much to alleviate anxiety!

We will begin planning for next year, yes next year already, the week of October 31st with our current juniors.  This process takes several months, but know that your child may be coming home talking about their senior year very soon!

10th Grade:  Congratulations to our sophomores for completing the Pre-ACT!  This was the second of four ACT series tests that they will take from 8th grade Р12th grade.  We look forward to receiving their scores and helping them understand and utilize the valuable feedback.  Your student was tested in English, Math, Reading and Science.  This was a great first glimpse of the ACT which is a college entrance exam that all juniors take in the spring each year.  A mandatory sophomore meeting was held during Tutorials A/B on Tuesday 10/4/16 to explain the importance of this test and the implications for the future.


9th Grade: ¬†Getting settled in…. PHS should feel like home now. ¬†Our ninth grade students have been doing an excellent job adjusting to high school life and participating with our mentors during their Monday Mentoring sessions during advisory.



Posted 9/19/16:

Senior Audit Meetings begin today!  This is a very important time for each counselor to meet with her caseload in very small groups or individually.  Graduation requirements are reviewed and post-grad plans are made.  Counselors will discuss senior year procedures and resources that are available for every student, regardless of whether they want to pursue employment, military, or a two-year/four-year education.  These meetings will occur over the next couple of weeks.  We are trying to minimize our disruption to instruction and strategically plan when students are pulled.  Thank you for your patience as we see our 216 seniors!


Posted 9/9/16:

Seniors interested in retaking the ACT, are encouraged to do so by the October 22nd administration date.  The registration deadline for this test is Friday, September 16th.  Students must register at  Testing locations include AC Reynolds, TC Roberson, and Asheville High School.  Please see your counselor to check on fee waiver eligibility or to link your March scores to future scores by creating your ACT online account.  


Posted 9/7/16:

Senior – Welcome Class of 2017 (Senior Presentation)

We apologize for the technical difficulties today. Here is the print version of what we had hoped to share with you today. Thank you for your attendance and behavior!  Remember to come to the Counseling Center for information about the Morehead-Cain, Park, and Roan scholarships on Friday, 9/9/16.


Posted 9/6/16:

Attention Class of 2017:  Please make plans to attend a meeting in the auditorium during Smart Lunch on Weds., September 7th during A or B.  Important information regarding taking the next step after graduation will be shared.  We will cover the process of applying to: two year colleges, four year universities, jobs and enlisting in the military!  See you then!

Also, seniors interested in learning more about the Morehead-Cain (UNC-CH), Park (NCSU) and/or Roan (ETSU)scholarships should attend an informational meeting on Friday, September 9th, during Smart Lunch (A or B) in the PHS Counseling Center Conference Room.

Posted 8/15/16:

Don’t miss this valuable resources as you begin your senior or junior year!

2016-2017 North Carolina College Admissions Deadlines and Open House Information

Posted 8/12/16:

Anxious about the FAFSA?  Here are some links to help. РEarly FAFSA Resource РFAQ РFrequently Asked Questions РFinancial Aid Webinars


Posted 8/11/16:

Miss HCC Orientation today??? Check out these links for valuable information.

Fall 2016 CCP Information four fold flyer on legal

2016FA CT Book Letters


Posted 8/9/16:

HCC Courses Begin Monday, 8/15 – Orientation Thursday, 8/11 at 9:00 AM

Students who registered and qualified for HCC courses should have received a postcard inviting them to Orientation on Thursday, August 11th. It is very important you attend and get started on classes on 8/15. This includes all students who signed up for an HCC Online courses. NCVPS Online courses will start on the first day of the Haywood County Schools calendar, 8/22. Auto Tech/Auto Repair/AP Chemistry/AP Biology/AP Statistics will not begin before 8/22.


Posted 8/3/16:

Welcome Mrs. Smith & Webpage Updates:

We welcome Mrs. Leslie Smith to our team!  Mrs. Smith will be the counselor for students whose last names begin with letters P-Z.  Please join us in giving her a warm welcome to Pisgah!

Our webpage has been simplified and a fewer number of tabs are available. ¬†Newsletters have been replaced with an online calendar and online scholarship database, therefore the need for grade level tabs is no longer necessary. ¬†We are revising each day as we head into a new school year. ¬†Please click on the “Parents” and “Scholarships” tab throughout the year to find these links quickly. ¬†Please feel free to email us to let us know what you would like for us to provide on the website that would be of service. ¬†We are always open to suggestions. ¬†Thanks!