Wildcat News Junior Class Edition

Fall 2015

Letter from Mrs. McNeil

Greetings Class of 2017!

I hope that you all have been enjoying the year thus far! Your success is very important to me and so my mission is to make sure that you are “Future Ready.” Being Future Ready encompasses many things but in order to BE Future Ready YOU MUST BE PREPARED!

Plan, Plan, Plan! Remember that your Counselor is an available resource if you need assistance in making those plans. I am here to serve YOU! I know that many of you work, play sports, and participate in extracurricular activities so it would be helpful for you to purchase a calendar and use it to keep up with deadlines, such as when to

register for the SAT or ACT.

I look forward to seeing your success throughout the year!

- Mrs. McNeil-Junior Counselor

Preparing For Your Future


The PSAT/NMSQT is a great way to preview and practice for the SAT. The PSAT test the same skills and knowledge as the SAT — in a way that makes sense for your grade level.

When you get your test results, connect your College Board and Khan Academy® accounts to get free personalized SAT study recommendations.

When you take the PSAT/NMSQT, you’re automatically screened for the National Merit® Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships.

For more information, visit NMSC's website or see the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT or the Guide to the National Merit® Scholarship Program (for educators). The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) is a cosponsor of the PSAT/NMSQT.

Why Is Junior Year So Important?

A message from the Princeton Review:

If you plan to go to college, the most important

grades on your transcript will be the ones from your

junior year.

There are two reasons why. First, your junior-year

grades will be the last complete set of grades you

send to colleges when you apply. Second, these

grades will correspond to classes that are much closer

in difficulty to college-level work than freshman- and

sophomore-year classes are.

For these reasons, you should make sure your

academic performance reaches—and stays at—a high

level throughout your junior year.

Work hard, stay on track, and visit the counseling

center if you have any questions about your GPA,

colleges, scholarships, or any other personal concerns.


Character Trait: Respect

Definition: Showing high regard for other people, for self, for property, and for country. Understanding that all people have value as human beings.


“If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.”- Maya Angelou

“I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me...

All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”

-Jackie Robinson

“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”

-Albert Einstein

"There are countless ways of attaining greatness, but any road to reaching one's maximum potential must be built on a bedrock of respect for the individual, a commitment to excellence, and a rejection of mediocrity." - Buck Rodgers

Guilford County School Character Development Office


Social networking is a fun way to meet and reconnect with people, companies, and to get information, but misusing it can also do some major damage!

Did you know that 87% of College Admissions Officers use Facebook to screen the students that they admit into their colleges and universities, and 76% use Twitter? Colleges want to admit students that will represent them in a positive way.

So the next time you want to post something that you wouldn’t want Mom to read, ask yourself this question: If I were a College Recruiter, would I recruit ME?

#CleanItUp #FutureReady

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#BlurredLines: The Truth About Teen Dating


Everyone does it. And yes-- it is a normal part of the high school experience BUT…do you truly KNOW whom you’re dating? In 2000, a study was conducted on violence in teen relationships and here are some of the things that they found: About 1 in 3 high school students have been or will be involved in an abusive relationship. 1 in 5 (20%) of teens in dating relationships report some type of violence in their relationship. A survey of adolescent and college students revealed that date rape accounted for 67% of sexual assaults. Crazy right?! Pay close attention to signs of aggression in your mate. Are they easily frustrated? Do they “playfully” hit you a little too hard? Blame you or curse at you for every little thing? No one deserves to be the recipient of abuse…INCLUDING YOU!


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