Guidance Gazette

November 2018

Summer Ventures

Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics is a no-cost, state-funded program for academically talented North Carolina students who aspire to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

As a rising high school junior or senior, you live on a college campus for four weeks in the summer and conduct research around topics of your interest — while enjoying the company of like-minded peers.

Accepting applications now for Summer Ventures 2019. Deadline to apply is January 15, 2019.

Application instructions can be found here:

North Carolina School of Science and Math

The NCSSM Application for the Class of 2021 is now open!

Admissions Update: NCSSM now accepts the ACT as part of the application process, see to learn more!

Open House Dates

December 8, 2018

February 2, 2019 (middle school open house)

To register, and for additional information, contact

The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) Office of Admissions would like to invite you to our upcoming November webinar presentations. Please click on each link for additional information on the content of the webinar and how to register.

-November 8, 2018: Tell Your Story- Essays that Make an Impact

-November 15, 2018: You belong in Summer Ventures

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Notes from the NCSSM Interest Meeting at RCS

On Tuesday, October 30, Associate Director of Admissions Mattie Gaddy Parks shared essential information with potential applicants.

  • RCS Students are encouraged to have their applications completed by January 15, 2019.
  • Selection is based on North Carolina's 13 congressional districts Each NC district must be represented at NCSSM. For student applicants, your congressional district is based on where you live, not the school you attend.
  • NCSSM has 321 beds available for the residential and summer ventures program.
  • Students must apply using
  • NCSSM will super score, using a student's highest score from each subject area or ACT or SAT.
  • Mrs. Gaddy-Parks is available to provide NCSSM application feedback to RCS students by emailing her at
  • NCSSM will open another school in Morganton, NC in 2021!

Criminal Justice Fellows Program

The North Carolina Criminal Justice Fellows Program will provide forgivable educational loans for high school seniors who agree to enter a criminal justice career in North Carolina. This fellowship will fund an Applied Associates Degree in Criminal Justice or Committee approved related field of study, from any North Carolina Community College System school in an eligible county. Students who receive the educational loan would have five years to repay, though it would be forgiven if they enter and remain in a criminal justice profession with North Carolina for four years in an eligible county.

The student must be a resident of an eligible county (see forms page) at the time of application.


For more information-

Free ACT and SAT Test Prep

A Plus Test Prep free seminars are packed with information for students and parents and are designed to help families access essential information about college admissions tests. The next free workshop will be held November 10 and includes a strategy session focused on sample test questions, info about using test scores to get college scholarships, and an ongoing Question & Answer session during which participants get all their ACT and SAT questions answered.

Additional info about this class and other upcoming community events can be accessed here:

NCAA Eligibility Center Update

One of the most significant recent enhancements of the NCAA Eligibility Center’s registration website is the creation of the Profile Page account. The Profile Page account gives college-bound student-athletes the opportunity to make the best decision about their college choices earlier in their high school careers. Students may now choose from the traditional Certification Account for those wanting to attend and compete at Division I and II schools, or a free Profile Page account for those attending Division III schools or who are not yet sure at which school they want to participate and compete.

Registration for a Profile Page account is free and easy. Students should expect 10 to 20 minutes to complete a Profile Page account. Also, if a student with a Profile Page account desires to compete at Division I or II level, they can easily transition to a Certification account and pay the registration fee to begin their certification process. Please encourage your freshmen student-athletes to register for a free Profile Page account.

Duke's Summer Training in Academic Research (Duke's STAR) Program

Duke's Summer Training in Academic Research (Duke's STAR) Program provides a high-quality research experience for undergraduate students, high school students, and high school teachers during the summer academic break. The program capitalizes on world-renowned training programs in place at Duke University under the leadership of Danny Benjamin, professor of pediatrics at Duke and faculty associate director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute. The team of instructors includes Duke adult medicine and pediatrics faculty members, a writing instructor, a statistician, and operations staff.

The application for summer 2019 will soon be available online. For more information

State Employees' Credit Union Offering Assistance with FAFSA in November

If you didn't make it to #FAFSA Day this year and still have questions, don't worry! State Employees' Credit Union banks are offering assistance at no charge during the entire month of November. Contact your local branch to make an appointment!

North Carolina Teaching Fellows

The North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program is a competitive, merit-based forgivable loans for service program that provides up to $4,125 a semester ($8,250 a year) for up to four years to highly-qualified students committed to teaching special education or a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) field in a North Carolina public school.

NC Teaching Fellows applications are now open. Learn more:

Testing Corner

Pre-ACT –all 10th Graders will be taking the Pre-ACT on Wednesday, November 14. The Pre-ACT is a practice version of the ACT that the State of NC requires all 10th graders to take in preparation for taking the ACT their junior year. The Pre-ACT is a multiple-choice, shortened version of the ACT. Scores help predict how students may score on the ACT. This test also allows students and teachers to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses as students prepare for the ACT and other tests required for college admissions.

Testing for most students will take place in the MPR, beginning at 8:00 am. Because of the length of the test, students will be allowed to leave school after testing is complete, provided they have written parent permission. See attached information sheet with Pre-ACT reminders as well as a permission slip students can have signed and return to Ms. Wright or Mrs. DeVillier. Mrs. DeVillier will be visiting English classes on November 8 to answer any questions, but if you have any in the meantime, please feel free to call her at 336.597.0020, ext. 114 or email her at, or visit her in Rm 114.

PSAT – I took the PSAT in October, when will we get our scores back? Student score reports will be back sometime the week of December 3-7. Someone from High School Guidance will be visiting classrooms to give students their paper score reports, their PSAT test book, and information on how to interpret and use your scores. If you have set up an online account with the College Board, student scores will be accessible online beginning December 11.

Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Program

Each spring, 10,000 high school sophomores from across the country join one of HOBY’s 70 State Leadership Seminars to recognize their leadership talents and apply them to become active, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace, and community.

Sophomore teachers will nominate a primary and alternate representative to participate in 2019 HOBY Leadership Seminar.

For more information

Scheduling Appointments

Please use my calendar link to schedule an appointment time that is most convenient for you.

Mrs. Ragland's Calendly