WCF Counseling News

What's Been Happenin' First Semester!

What We Have Been Up To:

The counselors, for the second year in a row, implemented a county-wide curriculum entitled, "Project AIM" (Adult Identity Mentoring), with the 6th graders.


Project AIM is a group-level youth development intervention designed to reduce HIV risk behaviors among youth. It is based on the Theory of Possible Selves and encourages youth to imagine a positive future and discuss how current risk behaviors can be a barrier to a successful adulthood.

Project AIM consists of 12 sessions and uses group discussions, interactive and small group activities, and role-plays to encourage youth to explore their personal interests, social surrounding, and what they want to become as an adult. Activities include taking a career interest inventory, developing business cards and resumes, and participating in interviews. These activities allow youth to envision themselves in a future career and involve them in the planning and decision-making for their future.

(https://www.effectiveinterventions.org/HighImpactPrevention/Interventions/AIM.aspx)


We met with Ms. Cardwell's 6th grade Encore classes on Monday/Wednesday and Mr. Miller's classes on Tuesday/Thursday. We wrapped up the program the middle of January with a graduation party for the students.


The 2nd round of Project AIM will start the beginning of February. The counselors will again go into Ms. Cardwell and Mr. Miller's 6th grade Encore classes to reach the rest of the 6th graders.

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WCF School Counseling Data

The counselors analyzed combined data for the 1st Semester.


Some trends/main issues we are seeing, when working students, include:


  • Bullying
  • Conflict with Peers
  • Family Issues
  • Academic
  • Personal/Social


The chart below shows a break down of students, by grade-level, that we are seeing.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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National School Counseling Week!

National School Counseling Week 2015, "Celebrate School Counseling," will be celebrated from Feb. 2-6, 2015, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

Highland and Gaston Early College Visits

Highland School of Technology will be here on Monday, February 2nd. The upstairs 8th grade team's presentation begins at 1:00 p.m. in the Auditorium; the downstairs 8th grade team's presentation begins at 1:40 p.m.


Gaston Early College will be here on Tuesday, February 3rd. The downstairs 8th grade team's presentation begins at 8:00 a.m. in the Auditorium; the upstairs 8th grade team's presentation begins at 8:45 a.m.

Elementary School Visits

The rising 6th graders will be at W.C. Friday in March to learn more about middle school and receive a tour of the school. Stay tuned for more information!

Career Fair for 8th grade Students

W.C. Friday will be holding their 3rd annual Career Fair for the 8th grade students on Friday, March 27th. This will take place in the Gym from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. We are looking for presenters to come and share with the students. Presenters will set up information at tables and students will rotate around to gain information and ask questions about the various professions. If you know someone that would like to participate, please let the counselors know.

Student of the Month

The character trait for February is "Honesty". Teachers - referral forms will be distributed by February 12th, and these will be due back to Mrs. Glover by Thursday, February 19th.

Honor Roll Luncheon

The Honor Roll luncheon for students who received all A's/B's on their report cards will be held the second week of February (stay tuned for the exact date). The WC Friday PTO will be assisting with this wonderful event. The menu includes sub sandwiches/chips/drinks.

DO THE RIGHT THING

The Gaston Gazette wants to honor students in our community, who distinguish themselves by their commendable actions. Gaston Gazette's program, “Do the Right Thing,” will recognize students who do the right thing in a difficult situation, or when it is not the popular thing to do.


Each school is allowed to nominate two students (not for the same action, however). One student per level (elementary/middle/high) is picked as the overall "winner", and this student receives lunch at the Gaston County Country Club, as well as, receives some awesome prizes.


We have had several students win in the past and it is such an honor for them and their parents/guardians.


Nominations are due to Ms. Miller by February 3rd. If you have questions, please contact Ms. Miller.


A link to the nomination form can be found below:


https://docs.google.com/a/gaston.k12.nc.us/file/d/0B4G6xKlgTtWHX0NTZ3llV2V6cGNjRzk2V0w2TG1zNmdzMmZz/edit