Counselors' Corner

NFHS Guidance Newsletter, January 2019

New Beginnings

The Nation Ford High School guidance department would like to welcome our students to a brand new semester. This is a fun time of the year when students get to start over with new courses, academic challenges and teachers. It is a time for change and we hope that our students are energized and ready to take on the second half of the 2018-2019 school year.

10th and 11th graders: SAT Workshop: Register by 1/25

The second SAT Workshop presented by New Future Learning Center will be hosted at NAFO on January 31, 2019. Registration closes Friday, January 25th at midnight so reserve your spot today. Go to NFHS Website and click on $ Pay Fees to register.

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Already signed up? The workshop begins at 9am next Thursday, so please report to your 1st block class for attendance and you will be released to the Auditorium at 9am. Don't forget to bring a pencil!

Sophomores IGPs

Sophomore Individual Graduation Plan meetings (IGP’s) are starting at the end of this month and we are excited to see you! Letters were mailed last week with your appointment time and date as well as a course selection sheet for junior year. We welcome parent input so please try to make this appointment work with your schedule. If you do not receive a letter this week, please call your counselor for your appointment time. We will mainly discuss your child’s junior year schedule at this meeting so it is important to look over the course selection sheet and fill it out before the meeting. Of course, if you have any questions about classes we will help you during the meeting. Thanks and we look forward to your meeting!

Note: Students who will attend Catawba Ridge next school year will still complete their IGP with their current counselor.

Volunteer Opportunity: Carolina Medical Center

Volunteer applications are now being accepted to work with Carolinas Medical Center. To be eligible, students have to be between the ages of 15-18, must supply their most recent report card, write an essay on why they would like to volunteer, and have two teacher references. Applications are due March 1st. For more information and to access the application, visit the website below. Students are expected to volunteer between 2-4 hours a week.

Alternative Paths to Success for SENIORS!

Still UNDECIDED about what to do after graduation? If so, come to our Alternative Paths to Success event on February 27th, 2019 and explore career and educational opportunities for new graduates who are not planning to go directly to a four-year university.

During 3rd block and FLEX on 2/27, seniors will have the opportunity to apply for jobs and explore higher education related to construction, cosmetology, distribution, plumbing, transportation, customer service, technology and more.

To learn more about who is hiring and to sign up, scan the QR code or contact

Attention Junior Athletes

Juniors that aspire to participate in Collegiate Athletics should register with the NCAA eligibility center during the spring semester. Be sure to let your counselor know when your registration is complete so a transcript can be uploaded. You should also have your SAT/ACT score sent to the NCAA. The code for the NCAA eligibility center is 9999.

Furman’s Emerging Public Leaders: Juniors

The Riley Institute at Furman’s Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) program is looking for rising high school seniors (current juniors) who are striving to become leaders and improve their communities. EPL, which includes a residential week on the Furman campus (June 16 – 21) and a school-year long service component, is free of charge to all current juniors who are selected to participate.

Applications are due Friday April 5, 2019.

How to apply and refer students to EPL
There is no limit to the number of students you may refer. Simply send the link below to your students whom you think may benefit from EPL. Our EPL website contains a link to the application and additional information. Please forward this link to any students, teachers, principals and guidance counselors who may be interested.

Link to application:

For additional questions and information, please contact me at or 864-921-8367.

What is EPL:
Furman’s Emerging Public Leaders is a leadership and civic engagement program for high school students sponsored by the Richard W. Riley Institute at Furman University. This week-long summer program (June 16-21, 2019) offers a series of experiences that enable students to develop into civic-minded and engaged leaders in their communities. During the week, participants attend workshops at Furman that prepare them to plan and implement a service project addressing a specific need within their own communities. Students will then return to campus in the spring to present the results of their projects to their peers and a panel of judges. Additional project funds are awarded to the winner.

“EPL is amazing! This week taught me so much that that traditional school setting could never have taught me. For the first time I learned about public speaking, leadership through service (Frazee and Soup kitchen), and the importance of using your strengths as well as others’.” – Reilly Arford, current senior at Ridge View High School, EPL Class of 2018-2019

Senior Mid-Year Transcripts

If your college that you have applied to requires a mid-year transcript, please request a mid-year transcript in Naviance for each school. Please visit the Nation Ford Guidance Senior Focus section if you need instruction on how to do this. Mid-year requests will be available Monday, January 28th.

Foundation for Fort Mill Schools Scholarship Deadline is March 1st

Click HERE for the list of scholarships available through the Foundation for Fort Mill Schools! Also, please check out the NAFO Scholarship Scoop Blog below for new opportunities.
NAFO Scholarship Scoop

Click here for up to date scholarship opportunities.

Freshman Corner

Second Semester Tips and Tricks

You did it! You have made it through your first semester of high school. Take a second and reflect and congratulate yourself on a job well done.

Lets look ahead to Spring 2019 and think about some ways to make sure your 2nd semester is as successful or even more successful than semester one. Here are some tips and tricks:

  • Reflect on last semester. Ask yourself what worked and what did not work for you. Use the things that work from the start this semester.
  • Stay ahead of the game. Make sure your turn in assignments on time.
  • If you come upon a challenge ask for help at that time, do NOT wait because it will continue to become mare difficult to correct.
  • Use FLEX time wisely. Do not avoid a class during FLEX time because you are not doing well. Show the teachers you want to improve your grade and go to their FLEX.
  • Let your teachers help you. Go to FLEX, participate in class, and ask questions. Remember if you do not understand something their is a very good chance someone else does not understand as well, and are just too scared to ask.
  • Work with peers. Study groups are great, if you used properly. If you can explain it to someone else, you know it!
  • Find your study style. Students who know how they study best are more successful. For example: flashcards, re-writing notes, or working with a peer.
  • Use your school counselors. We are here for you whenever you hit a bump in the road. We may not know much of Honors Geometry but we are great at pointing you in the right direction!

Contact Nation Ford Guidance

School Counseling Department Staff

(click on the person's name you would like to e-mail)

Receptionist - Brandi Spratt

Registrar - Scarlett Westmoreland

PowerSchool Clerk - Anita Benfield

Career Development Facilitator - Bonnie Kleffman

9th Grade Counselors

Abby Duncan - A-K

Marla McKenzie - L-Z

10th-12th Grade Counselors

Alex Market - A-E

Kirkley Russell - F-Ll

Christina Bednarz - Lo-Sa

Staci Dreher - Sc-Z