Guidance Gazette

May 2019

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. National Children's Mental Health Week is May 5 - 11 and National Children's Mental Health Day is May 6. Join us in spreading the word that mental health is something everyone should care about by wearing green on May 6 and using the hashtag #4Mind4Body when posting pictures of social media during the month of May.

The purpose of Awareness Day is to increase public awareness about the needs of children with serious mental illness (SMI) and severe emotional disturbance (SED) and their families, provide information on evidence-based practices, and encourage those who need help to seek treatment.

Attention Sophomores and Juniors!! College Board Update

Taking the SAT is a key step on the road to college and career—and now, there's a chance for students to be rewarded for their efforts with the College Board Opportunity Scholarships. This program guides students through the college planning process and offers a chance to earn money for college.

The program is open to all class of 2020 students in the United States, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories. Class of 2021 students will be eligible beginning in late 2019. Your students can complete key steps along their path to college for a chance to earn scholarships, including:

Build Your College List: $500
Explore colleges and universities on BigFuture™ and save six or more to your list. A total of 100 Build Scholarships will be awarded monthly, through June.

Practice for the SAT: $1,000
Practice for six hours or more on Official SAT Practice from Khan Academy®. A total of 150 Practice Scholarships will be awarded monthly through October.

Improve Your Score: $2,000

Practice 12 hours or more using Official SAT Practice and improve your score by 100 or more points from the PSAT/NMSQT® to SAT, or SAT to SAT. A total of 25 Improve Scholarships will be awarded after every SAT, starting in April 2019.

For more information and to register

Summer Enrichment Opportunities

Summertime is THE PERFECT TIME for students to jump-start their futures! One of the most rewarding things students can do is to participate in an academic enrichment program on a college/university campus. By doing so, students can

  • Sample college life academically and socially.
  • Explore career options.
  • Broaden their knowledge of a particular subject.
  • Learn more about their interests.
  • Cultivate an interest in a college/university.
  • Determine if a program/environment might be a good fit later on.

For a list of summer enrichment opportunities in the surrounding areas visit

The American Legion- Tar Heel Boys' State Program

Boys' State is an intense workshop concentrating on North Carolina state government and politics. Only males who have successfully completed their junior year of high school and have at least one more semester of high school remaining are considered eligible to participate. Delegates representing all geographic areas of North Carolina participate annually in this program. For applications and more information, contact Mrs. Ragland. Deadline to apply May 15, 2019

2019 American Legion Student Trooper Program

The purpose of the North Carolina American Legion Student Trooper Programs is to create an association between our young people and the men and women who are responsible for enforcing the laws of our state. Applicants who have successfully completed their junior and/or senior year of high school will be considered. See Mrs. Ragland for more information and application. Deadline to apply June 1, 2019

Dates to Remember

5.6-17 -- AP Exams

5.7 -- Band Concert

5.14 -- 8th Grade Advancement Ceremony

5.17-21 -- Senior Exams

5.20-24 -- EOG and EOC Testing

5.22 -- Flex Days Begin

5.23 -- Senior Awards Banquet

5.27 -- No School - Memorial Day

5.29 -- Graduation Practice

5.30 -- Graduation Practice

5.31-- Senior Breakfast and Graduation

5.31 -- End of 6th Grading Period/ Last day of School!!