Trojans, we have made it – It is finally Thanksgiving break! Take this time to enjoy being with your family and friends. We hope everyone has a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving. I am so thankful for this wonderful school, the faculty and staff, and my fellow students.

Now is the time for students to show the academic growth they have made this semester. Here are some upcoming exam dates: Tuesday, Nov. 30, U.S. History State Dual Credit Exam; Wednesday, Dec. 1, English 1 EOCs begin; Wednesday, Dec. 8, Algebra and Geometry EOCs begin; and Monday, Dec. 13, History EOCs begin. Third and fourth block final exams will be Thursday, Dec. 16 and first and second block exams will be Friday, Dec. 17 with an early dismissal at 11:15 a.m.

Thank you to everyone who donated food to the Thanksgiving drive. West High partnered with Central Services to provide many food boxes to Hamblen County families. Thank you to Arrowhead Church for sponsoring pizza parties for the two third-period classes who donated the most food. Thanks to you, many families were able to enjoy a filling Thanksgiving.

The QuestBridge Application is open QuestBridge is a college match scholarship program for high school seniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite financial challenges. QuestBridge takes a holistic approach to reviewing applications and does not have absolute criteria or cut-offs for GPA, standardized test scores, income, or other factors.

UT Promise is an undergraduate scholarship program guaranteeing free tuition and mandatory fees for qualifying Tennessee residents attending UT’s campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Martin and Memphis. This scholarship will cover a student’s last-dollar amount of tuition and mandatory fees after other financial aid is applied (such as Pell grants, HOPE Scholarship or other institutional scholarships) to students who qualify for HOPE and whose family household income is under $50,000 a year. UT Promise is a student-success oriented scholarship program that requires students to complete volunteer service hours and meet with a volunteer mentor each semester to ensure a successful student experience. Students must apply for UT Promise by Dec. 15. There are several other deadlines and requirements that student may find by visiting the program's website.

The Tennessee Governor's Schools provide eleven challenging and high-intensity summer programs for rising 11th and 12th grade students. Each school offers a unique learning environment for students interested in the arts, humanities, agriculture science, STEM programs, advanced mathematics, physics, leadership, international studies, Tennessee history, or potential teaching careers. The programs are academically demanding and draw students who are high achievers. Each Governor’s School application outlines specific student eligibility criteria. Students applying to any of the remaining Governor's Schools need to submit all materials to the counseling office by Jan. 5 to ensure processing and sending by the January deadline listed in the application.

In athletic news, the basketball Thanksgiving tournament begins Monday, Nov. 22 for varsity girls. Good luck to the girls’ basketball team.

Trojans, enjoy the break and get some rest. Have an awesome and blessed Thanksgiving. Go, Trojans!

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