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Brought to you by your NoGa School Counselors - vol. 6

National School Counseling Week - February 1-5, 2016

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School Counselor (YES) 'guidance counselor' (NO)

Although commonly misconstrued with the previous title of "guidance counselor", SCHOOL COUNSELORS are uniquely qualified to assist students in academic achievement, career planning, and personal/social development. School counselors are certified and licensed professionals who possess a master’s degree or higher in school counseling, meet the state licensure standards and abide by legal and ethical expectation. National School Counseling week is celebrated February 1 - 5 to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within the school systems.

Anyone involved in a child's life provides 'guidance' in some way, whereas a school counselor's expertise allows them to do more than just point a student in a productive direction. A school counselor's education allows them to assist students in seeing where they have been, what they want to change/keep the same, where they want to go, and help them take the steps to get there. By assisting students through problems they are currently experiencing, it's the school counselor's goal to teach them the skills and strategies to not only work through their current problem but also those that will present themselves in the future.

National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month! Teen DV Month is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it during the month of February.

For more information on healthy relationships and other helpful resources, visit


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

(9) Commissioners' School of Excellence

Senator James S. Forrester Commissioners' School of Excellence

  • Each summer, the Gaston County Board of Commissioners funds a two-week residential experience for rising 10th graders at Belmont Abbey College. The Commissioners' School of Excellence (CSE) offers a variety of hands-on activities and seminars designed to help participants better understand Gaston County, and their own roles as future leaders.
  • Any 9th grader is eligible to apply for CSE
  • Applications are available outside Mrs. Smith's office
  • Completed applications are due to Mrs. Smith NO LATER than February 10, 2016.

(11) Martha Guy Summer Institute (fee to participate)

  • One of the best summer opportunities awaits current juniors on the campus of Appalachian State Univeristy. The Martha Guy Summer Institute for Future Business Leaders (MGSI) as a solid, 12 year history of inspiring students through exploration of the business world, and they are not accepting applications for their 2016 cohort!
  • There is a fee attached to this opportunity so please visit for full details. Application deadline is February 26, 2016.

(11 & 12) Advanced Leadership Academy (fee to participate)

  • Participants will develop themselves along the seven dimensions of the Social Change Model of Leadership (SCM) and how they work together to accomplish the eighth dimension change
  • Participants will also meet new people and establish an ongoing network of peers, other leaders and social entrepreneurs
  • Participants will also earn college credit from George Mason University
  • For more information and to sign up for this excellent opportunity, visit:

(9 - 12) The Shelton Leadership Conference (fee to participate)

  • The Shelton Challenge is an experiential, five-night, six-day residential program designed to develop the next generation of values-based leaders.
  • Students participate in a variety of activities including a low and high ropes course, social responsibility projects, team challenges, small group discussions, and multimedia presentations to introduce students to foundational concepts of values-based leadership.
  • For application and reference forms, visit:


Tiler Craft & Cameron Herron

Congratulations to both Tiler and Cameron who were nominated for this months 'Do the Right Thing' program which is sponsored monthly by the Gaston Gazette!
Why not use your free time to help others! There are currently 26 listings for volunteer opportunities for high school students in the local area. Check out to filter through and find the right opportunity to match your interests:


SENIORS! Check out the latest scholarship newsletter:

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!

* Redesigned SAT begins in March *

For more information on the changes, visit

SAT College Admission test

Register for the SAT online today | This site offers Information on SAT test dates, registration, practice tests, and obtaining scores. Many students will take the SAT during late spring of their junior year and a second time the following fall.

ACT College Admission test

A student site for ACS test takers | Test dates and deadlines

Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is here!

The 2016–17 FAFSA® is now available! The online FAFSA has gotten a lot easier over the last few years. Thanks to improvements like skip logic, where you only see questions that are applicable to you; and the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which allows you to import your tax information from the IRS directly into the FAFSA application, the FAFSA takes less than 30 minutes to complete. Just make sure to take your time so you don’t make one of these mistakes:

Click to start your 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)


Gay Straight Alliance

Every Monday 3:00pm - 4:00pm

The GSA will continue to hold weekly meetings every Monday in the Library. All students are welcome. See Mr. Bolden in the counseling office with any questions.

Nursing at Lenoir-Rhyne

Thursday, February 4, 2016

6:00 - 7:00pm

LR is hosting a parent night to assist students and their parents in learning about an affordable opportunity for students to earn their Associate Degree in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Nursing AT THE SAME TIME! For more information, contact Jordan Thomas at: or (828) 328-7213

CCP for rising Juniors and Seniors

Thursday, February 18, 2016

6:00 - 7:00pm

Informational session being offered at Gaston College to learn how to earn college credit tuition FREE while still in high school. Career and College Promise (CCP) informational session will be held at Gaston College 201 Hwy 321 South, Dallas NC.

For more information, see Mrs. Cochrane in the Career Development office (Rm. 121B)

CIAA Education Day

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Current 11th and 12th graders that are interested in attending the CIAA Education Day on February 24, 2016 must have the attached permission form signed by a parent/guardian and returned to Mr. Bolden no later than Monday February 15, 2016.


Saturday, February 20, 2016

9:00am - noon

Get FREE help from college aid professionals to complete and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Session for Gaston County will be held at Gaston College. To register, visit

ACT at NoGa

Tuesday, March 1, 2016


All juniors will take the ACT at school on March 1. There is no cost affiliated and this will be a college reportable score so any preparations you do will be a benefit for you.


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 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

Highlighting lesser known careers


Listen to consumer conversations on social media to improve your company

    You may not have heard of a Chief Listening Officer, but they’ve probably heard from you. One rung higher than a social media manager, CLOs closely monitor social platforms and conversations to keep an eye (and ear!) on what’s being said about their company or brand. Your work enables a fast response to any and all complaints, issues, or misinformation.

    Why it’s awesome: This job is extremely new—according to Forbes, the first-ever Chief Listening Officer position was created in 2010. But it’s on the rise. As more organizations rely on social media for market research and customer service, the position of CLO will only become more important.

    Average salary: $31,000 – $95,000


What Students Really Need to Hear [Video]


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