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Cox Mill HS - Student Support Services (S3) - 5.5.21

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Go Green for Mental Health!

Have you noticed the vivid greens of spring this year? They seem particularly vibrant as they shifted from yellowish green to a now, deeper shade of green. After a long winter, it's always nice to see the trees bud into full-leafed glory! Did you know that green is the official color for Mental Health Awareness? It kind of makes sense. Green is the color of growth and renewal. Since all of us have "mental health" -- just like we all have "physical health" -- we are constantly growing and changing as we move along the continuum of mental health.

Consider wearing a green ribbon this month to show your support for mental health awareness. If someone asks you why you're wearing it, you'll have a great opportunity to share that May is Mental Health Awareness Month. That will give you a chance to check in to say, "How are you doing?" You never know when asking that question may be just what someone needs. Come by the S3 Office to pick up a green ribbon if you like or just wear green this month when you can!

Free Mental Health Services

The COVID pandemic has impacted many Americans’ lives in a variety of ways. Some have lost jobs, housing, and loved ones. Many have lost an overall sense of safety. Have you or your family been negatively affected by COVID? Do you think you or your family would benefit from counseling? If so, Mental Health American of the Carolinas (MHA) may be able to match you with a local mental health practitioner who can help.

Residents of Cabarrus or Mecklenburg counties may be eligible for free mental health services. Mental Health American of the Carolinas (MHA) is partnering with Disability Rights & Resources, Mecklenburg County and licensed local counselors to provide free short-term counseling for individuals affected by COVID, who cannot afford it on their own. Click here to learn more.

Senior Strike

You've chosen your college. You've checked all the boxes. Or maybe not? If you're a senior who is not yet clear on what you will be doing next fall, please reach out to your counselor. It is not too late to get into college if that is part of your future plans. If you're more likely to join the military or go straight to work but you're struggling with next steps, no problem! Reach out to your school counselor. We're here for you, and it's not too late!
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Mr. Appling, Drafting Teacher

I can play 3 instruments and was in a band during college.

Career Spotlight: Music Therapist

Music Therapists work with clients experiencing mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression. It can also improve quality of life for those with physical conditions that impact their physical or mental health. According to the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC), Music Therapy as a major "prepares individuals, in association with a rehabilitation team or in private practice, to use music in therapeutic relationships to address patients' physical, psychological, cognitive, emotional, and social needs. Includes instruction in music theory and performance, human growth and development, biomedical sciences, abnormal psychology, disabling conditions, patient assessment and diagnosis, treatment plan development and implementation, clinical evaluation, record-keeping, and professional standards and ethics." Click here to learn more about careers in music therapy.

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May 1 - 15 - Seniors - Graduation Survey (Senior Strike webpage)

May 2 - NACAC Virtual College Fair

May 4 & 6 - RCCC for CMHS - Student Success on the Move

May 13 - Schedules Distributed (mailed home via US Mail)

May 14 - Senior Picnic - 4th Period

May 18 - Complete Google Form on S3 Homepage (if you did NOT get your schedule)

May 24 - Schedule Change Deadline

May 24 - Teacher-made Exams (Math, Science, CTE)

May 25 - Teacher-made Exams (English, Social Studies, World Languages)

May 25 - Senior Awards (online)

May 26 - Teacher-made Exams (Art, PE, EC)

May 27 - State Exams (for 1st block)

May 28 - State Exams (for 2nd block)

June 1 - State Exams (for 3rd block)

June 2 - State Exams (for 4th block)

June 3 - Schedule Change Notifications (via email)

June 11 - Graduation for Class of 2021!

Cox Mill HS - Student Support Services (S3)

Students experiencing or concerned about a mental health crisis should immediately contact the closest adult or call emergency services.