The Counselor's Cloud


First Lady Michelle Obama addresses school counselors at ASCA annual conference

Please take a few moments to read the attached speech First Lady Michelle Obama shared with school counselors at the annual ASCA conference in Florida this year. It is a great reminder of the lives we touch every day as professional school counselors.

GCS welcomes new director of community health

Malia Melvin has joined the Student Support Services staff as the Director of Community Health. This is a new grant funded position supported by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the North Carolina Division of Public Health. This position is responsible for supporting and creating linkages among existing school and community organizations, agencies, and partnerships to enhance the capacity within schools to promote and create opportunities for physical activity, quality physical education, supportive nutrition environments, and management of chronic health conditions. In addition, this position will gather, analyze and report empirical health data to assess the health needs of Gaston County Schools. This position will also be responsible for professional development supporting North Carolina Statutes regarding health education, physical activity, and nutrition and will observe and inform educators to ensure instruction and community programs are aligned with North Carolina health goals. We are happy to welcome her to our team!

Gaston County School Counselors Attend NCSCA Annual Conference in Greensboro

Several school counselors from Gaston County had the opportunity to attend the annual NCSCA conference in Greensboro November 5-7. Topics covered include: Teen Anxiety; Anti-bullying, Building Resiliency Skills; Self-harm; ACT Explore, Plan, and Career Keys; Teen Identity Development in the 21st Century, and much more! We can't wait to share everything we learned with you! More information coming soon.

Helpful Resources

High School Counselors:

Presentation on PSAT:

FAFSA day for CFNC is February 28, 2015.

Elementary School Counselors:

Pam Dyson Play Therapy:

Books That Heal Kids:

Middle School Counselors:

Project AIM Materials:

November Birthdays

Don't forget to wish the following school counselors Happy Birthday this month!

Tammy Hubbard November 7

Maria Cherry November 8

Lisa Young November 9

Jessica Agnello November 10


Please continue to keep Cramerton Middle School, Holbrook Middle School, Ashbrook High School, and Bessemer City High School in your thoughts and prayers after all four schools have tragically lost students this year. Thanks to all those who have surrounded these schools with your love and support during these difficult times.

Mark your calendars for our next PLC meeting (Middle and High School Only)

Tuesday, Nov. 25th, 2:30-4:30pm

240 8th Avenue, Cramerton, NC, United States

Written By: Erin Stokes

School Counselor at Holbrook Middle School