Counselor Corner

Oxford Prep's School Counseling Services

Words From The Counselor

"If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere." - Frank A. Clark

During the last two weeks students in the 7th and 8th grade participated in a lesson on Growth Mindset. They learned the difference between fixed mindset and growth mindset, went through scenarios to determine what kind of mindset characters in movies had, discovered what kind of mindset they had themselves and created a growth mindset collaborative quilt.

At the end of this week, I will begin visiting 7th and 8th grade classrooms to engage students in a growth mindset escape room. On March 21st I will be doing a future-planning workshop with 8th grade students and during the first week of April I will be doing a lesson on overcoming obstacles with 7th grade students.

If you have any questions on the upcoming lessons please let me know.

Mrs. Alexis Stadler, School Counselor/504 Coordinator

Office: 919-690-0360 EXT: 102


Conference Hours: Available by

Parent Workshops Spring 2018

Please make plans to attend the following parent workshops:

  • 8th Grade: HS Graduation Requirements & Preparing for College - April 3 @ 6pm.
  • 9th Grade: HS Graduation Requirements & Preparing for College - April 3 @ 7pm.
  • 10th Grade: HS Graduation Requirements & Preparing for College - April 5 @ 6pm.
  • 11th Grade: Preparing for Senior Year - April 5 @ 7pm
What Do Colleges Prefer?

Article written by Georgia Tech Regional Director of Admissions on what colleges want to see from students.

Impact of Social Media on Teens

Last month's coffee with the counselor focused on the impact of social media on teens. You can find the presentation from the meeting here. Also, please take a look at this article from Psychology Today on why social media is not recommended for middle school students.

Program Spotlight: Shelton Challenge Leadership Camp

The First-Year Shelton Challenge is a six-day summer experience for rising freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school. Shelton’s five cornerstones of values-based leadership—honesty, integrity, compassion, diversity and social responsibility—are the foundations of the camp. The core curriculum focuses on Personal Leadership Assessment and Interpersonal Dynamics, Role of Values and Ethics in Leadership, Leadership Traits and Approaches, Teambuilding and Empowering Others, Social Responsibility, Public Speaking, and Goal Setting.

The First-Year Shelton Challenge seeks youth who are rising 9th through 12th graders with a 3.0 grade point average (unweighted) or higher. Students will get to experience residence hall living, eat meals at a campus dining hall, and use indoor and outdoor recreation facilities. Cost to attend the program is $700.00 for the week.

Camps are available at either NC State or UNC Charlotte. Click here for more information.

College Planning Links

It is never too early to start planning for college. The following websites have great resources for college planning from middle school through 12th grade.

College Foundation of North Carolina

CFNC Planning Timeline: Gives steps students should be taking each year to prepare for their future.

JLV College Counseling: This is Mrs. Stadler's favorite college counseling resource! There are articles on many topics related to the college process along with scholarship and financial aid information.

Fastweb Scholarship Search

Collegeboard: Register, send scores and practice for the SAT. There are also helpful college search tools and college planning information on the website. This is also where you find information on AP tests.

ACT: Register, send scores and practice for the ACT.

Academic Assistance Resources

Khan Academy

Brain Genie

Purple Math


IXL is an immersive K-12 learning experience that provides comprehensive, standards-aligned content for math, language arts, science and social studies.


Sumdog Math

The Critical Reader


About the Counselor

Mrs. Stadler is a native New Yorker but loves her new home of North Carolina. She enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family. Mrs. Stadler and her husband moved to Durham in July 2016 but purchased their first home in Oxford in March 2017. They have a 6 month old daughter named Charlotte Grace and 4 kittens Jax, Tara, Opie and Boo.