College and Career Counseling- August 2021


Mrs. McGinnis

I am very excited to be working with my high school families again this year. This newsletter will serve as a central location for updates from the Counseling Office. I will work with students to support their transition after high school. Students may be college-bound, military-bound, or heading into the world of work after high school. I will support with applications, financial aid processes, letters of recommendation, scholarships, state testing, schedules, etc. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year :)

General Information 10-12


This year I will be serving as the College and Career Counselor for grades 10-12. Ms. Driggers will be the Counselor for grades 6-9. We are still located on the first floor of the high school building behind the front desk.


At this time all schedules are set for the first semester. We will notify students and families when the second-semester schedule change request opens later this semester.

Four Year Plans:

Students will meet with me in individual meetings during the school year to discuss their four-year plans and graduation requirements. I will email out information for each grade level when it is time to sign up.

Counseling and Advising Appointments:

Mrs. McGinnis supports students and families in grades 10-12. Individual Virtual Appointments for Advising/Counseling are available on Wednesdays 11:30 am-12:30 pm. Sign Up for a Time Slot. Students can also email Mrs. McGinnis or complete this google form. Coming soon the new College and Career Counseling website.

Mandatory State Testing in High School:

Students are required to take the PreACT in the 10th grade (Fall) and the ACT in the 11th grade (Spring) at their school. This is a state requirement so there is no cost for this initial test. If a student chooses to take the test again they would sign up to take it off campus for a fee through the ACT website. The SAT is also available off-campus to take as well on the College Board website.

End of Course State Tests are English 2, Math 1, Math 3, and Biology. Students would take these at the end of their course in the Fall or Spring semester.


There is not a fee for lockers this year. If a student would like a locker they will need to let Ms. McGinnis know. Sign-up and locker distribution was the first week of school. Students can still make a request but will need to see Ms. McGinnis during Power Hour.


PSAT NMSQT October 13th

We will be offering the PSAT NMSQT to our Sophomores and Juniors this year on October 13th, 2021. This is an optional test but it is a qualifying year for Juniors. The cost is $18.00 and is paid through EZ Payment Portal.

This is an optional test. If you take the PSAT NMSQT as a junior, you may qualify for academic recognition. By taking the PSAT/NMSQT, students may meet the requirements to enter the National Merit Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. Also, students should check “Yes” to the Student Search Service question on the test day answer sheet. This will allow additional scholarship partners to find students—there’s over $300 million in scholarships available! The deadline to sign up and submit payment will be August 31, 2021 so we can order test materials for students. This is non-refundable if you are unable to attend the day of testing. The cost is $18.00 and will be paid through the online payment portal (see directions below). Due to COVID we will only accept payments through this portal. Any student who is signed up to test will be required to complete the Online Walking Permission Slip to test off-site at the church next door. Students will receive an email from Ms. Fowler after signing up and submitting payment.

Sign up for the PSAT NMSQT here. Sign up for NMSQT / PSAT 10.

Then, complete payment by following the directions in Ms. Fowler's email.

Applications Open: US Senate Youth Program

Opportunity for Juniors and Seniors interested in pursuing college coursework in history or political science to spend a week in Washington D.C. meeting Senators, cabinet members, Supreme Court justices and officials.

College Application Week for Seniors- Oct. 18-22

Time for Seniors to start completing their college applications. Many colleges also waive their application fees this week.


Need help writing scholarship essays? Here are some great examples.


This is a video from last year but is packed full of information about NC Merit Scholarships. Information will go out to the senior class next month on how to apply this year.
NC Merit Scholarships - applying for fall 2021

Contact Information:

Please email me at with any questions.