Counselors Corner

Brought to you by your NoGa School Counselors - vol. 8

May 2016

May is......

National Foster Care Awareness month

For information and helpful resources, visit: https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month


  • Just 38% of teen girls that have a child before the age of 18 earn a high school diploma
  • Daughters of teen moms are 3X's as likely to become teen mothers themselves

For more information and to learn ways to help prevent teen pregnancy, please visit:

http://thenationalcampaign.org/why-it-matters/teen-pregnancy
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Local volunteer opportunities:

  • Girls on the Run!

Help her reach the finish line!

http://www.gotrgaston.org/get-involved/volunteer


  • Caromont teen volunteers

CaroMont Health has opportunities to meet student volunteers needs and interests. If you would like more information on becoming a volunteer, call Volunteer Services at 704.834.2255. Applications available at: http://www.caromonthealth.org/For-Community/Volunteer.aspx


  • Gaston County United Way

Get matched up with a volunteer opportunity that you care most about. Visit: http://unitedwaygaston.org/volunteer/


  • VolunteerMatch.org

View local organizations that are looking for helpful volunteer. Whether you can offer 1 hour, 1 day, or are looking for an ongoing opportunity, Volunteer Match has many opportunities for youth of all ages. Visit: http://www.volunteermatch.org/search?l=Ranlo%2C%20NC

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Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) and Relay for Life

Congratulations to the GSA for their participation in Relay for Life and making a generous donation to the cause!

~ STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES ~

Participation in student activities helps with building character and building your resume so GET INVOLVED!!!

(9 - 12th grade students)

Summer Programs


(10 - 12 grade)

'Read to Achieve' Summer Internship (unpaid)

  • Gaston County high school students in grades 10-12 interested in working with elementary age students attending GCS "Read to Achieve" summer camp please see Mrs. Smith in the counseling office for an application.
  • Application due date: MAY 15
  • Questions/concerns, contact Becky Franco at (704)825-1872 or childrenslit@gastonliteracy.org.


(9 - 12 grade)

Teen Action Council (TAC)


  • Now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year
  • See Mrs. Smith in the counseling office for an application
  • TAC aims to raise awareness and advocate for teens in Gaston County, with a goal of empowering youth.
  • Application deadline is May 20

Have you registered yet?

SAT and ACT tests are offered once a month between Oct.-May, but don't delay, click on the links below to get yourself registered!

~ Mark your calendars ~

Gay Straight Alliance

Every Tuesday during 'B' lunch

See Mr. Bolden in the counseling office with any questions.

AP Exam testing

May 2 - May 13

Students that signed up to take an AP exam, will be taking them at Gaston College on their assigned test day. Please see Mr. Bolden in the counseling office if you have any questions.

  • Please note, students that signed up to take an exam but fail to do so will be required to pay a $15 fee per test.

Paul Mitchell school of Cosmetology

May 6 (DEADLINE)

Interested in a career in Cosmetology? The Paul Mitchell school in Gastonia is offering 3 $1,000 scholarships to viable North Gaston high school applicants.


  • Contact Shelby Myers for more information: (704) 864-8726 ext.115

Ivy league college information session

May 19

Come learn about the selective admissions process, scholarships and financial aid, academic programs and campus life of 5 of the countries more prestigious universities

  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Rice University and
  • The University of Chicago


Session will be held in Charlotte. RSVP at: http://www.exploringeducationalexcellence.org/

Academic Awards Night

May 24

Program begins at 6:00pm in the auditorium

Students receiving an award will receive an invitation prior to the 24th.

~ Career Exploration ~

What career path are you looking to pursue?

Choosing a future career path can be very challenging for some students. Of those that are not 100% on what they would like to do after high school, check out http://www.mynextmove.org/ and take some of the interest inventories. Interest inventories can help steer you in the direction of certain careers based on your interests.

Out of the box careers

Cosmetologist

In the beauty industry, a cosmetologist is more than just a hairstylist - they are people on the cutting edge of trends and styles in hair and beauty techniques, and they can transform their clients from simple to spectacular in a single sitting. According to the Princeton Review, cosmetologists “are often the initiators of style and change.” As one, you must learn to cut, color and style all types of hair, as well as do straightening, permanent waves, curling, weaves, extensions and other hair services.


  • Wage: $28,770 annually
  • Education: HS Diploma/Post-Secondary non-degree
  • Local cosmetology schools include; Aveda Institute Charlotte, Paul Mitchell School, and Regency Beauty Institute


Resource: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes395012.htm

One final note from your school counselors.......

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~ QUICK LINKS ~

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