Counselor's Corner

Episode 7

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Mrs. Mahaffey has a big announcement!

My husband and I are expecting our first baby in May 2021!!

We are so very excited, and I wanted to share the news so my students understand why I'm eating non-stop! :) Take a look below for the unique job I posted after talking to one of my doctors recently! Sonographers really do have the coolest job ever! Certainly a medical visit I greatly enjoy!

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Testing Week

We will begin testing week December 14-18, 2020! Please see below for test preparation tips and remember: don't wait until the last minute to study! Come see me if you would like any test prep assistance.
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Click this link to see our BRAND NEW website just for seniors!

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Social-Emotional Learning Tip of the Week:

Positive Affirmations:

As we slow down, breathe deeply, relax, and become more aware of our thoughts and feelings, we can also learn to take charge of our thoughts in ways that can help us improve our performance. Research tell us that our thoughts are as real to the brain as what’s happening in our outer lives. This is one reason why positive affirmations can be so effective. Affirmations work best when you:

  • use the present tense and the first person (as in, “I am calm now”)
  • frame them in the positive (instead of “I’m not going to fail this time,” try “I’ve got this”)
  • speak them as if they are fact and truth (no mights, shoulds, or coulds)
  • repeat them confidently to yourself multiple times a day, especially before going to sleep or right before a test

You can reinforce positive affirmations with physical touch. Tap the back of your hand, gently rub your arm, or apply pressure to your temples as you state your affirmation. Consider positive affirmations that have four syllables (e.g. “I can do this,” “I am ready,” “I am calm now,” etc.) so that you can squeeze your thumb and fingers together one syllable at a time, from your index finger, through your pinky, several times over.

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Senior College Application Information

Even though it's not College Application Month anymore, I still want you all to feel confident in filling out college applications. Visit the following link to find out all of the steps and details that come with applying for college.
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Ashe County Schools

December 21 & 22: No school for students/Optional Teacher Workdays

December 24 - January 1: Christmas Holiday Break

January 4: No school for students/Required Teacher Workday

January 5: Students return to school

Wilkes Community College

December 15: Last day of classes for fall semester

December 16 - January 5: Holiday Break

January 6: First day of spring semester

Community Service Ideas

1. American Red Cross - Ashe County

  • Every 2 seconds, someone in the US needs blood and one blood donation can save up to 3 lives. Help and support lives in North Carolina. Volunteer at the blood drives in your community.
  • Warmly greet donors and assist with registration in the reception area.
  • Model excellent customer service behaviors, ensure blood donors have relevant information, and that all questions are answered appropriately.
  • Assist in the canteen area, manage the cleanliness in reception and hospitality areas, thank donors for their contribution, and alert staff immediately if a donor shows signs of feeling unwell.
  • Inform donors of current and upcoming donation promotions, make reminder/cancellation calls, re-schedule donor appointments, and perform follow up activities as directed.
  • If age 18 or older, volunteers will assist in prescreening and take temperatures of all donors before they enter the blood drive
  • Time Commitment: 1, 5-6-hour shift per month. 6-month commitment preferred. Morning and afternoon shifts available
  • Sign-Up Here:

2. Deep Gap Fire Department - Volunteer Spots Available

  • Deep Gap Fire Department seeks motivated community members who want the challenge and reward of volunteer firefighting. We need good people willing to learn the job of firefighter, EMT, and department support. If you want to explore a meaningful way to serve your community and feel a new sense of pride, visit us on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. to get started.
  • Firefighter and EMT candidates must be 18 years of age with a valid driver's license. No prior training required, however, it is beneficial.
  • We also have limited junior firefighter positions (14-17 years of age) available. Visit us to learn more!
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3. Ashe County Habitat for Humanity ReSale Store: Weekends
  • Students must be at least 14 years old

  • There is a waiver form that needs to be signed by a parent or guardian before you can help

  • They ask that the student(s) come in on a Saturday or Monday to introduce themselves, do the paperwork, and get an overview of the work.

4. Ashe Humane Society

5. Ashe County Public Library
  • Some volunteer tasks at our libraries include shelving library materials, assisting with bulk mailings, performing simple clerical tasks, assisting with children’s programs, and sorting donated books. Depending on the skills and interests of the volunteer and the needs of the library, other volunteer activities are possible.
  • Volunteers under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian give their consent by signing the application form. Generally, the library will not accept volunteers under the age of 14. Youth volunteers may work only under the direct supervision of a library staff person.

Mrs. Mahaffey's Mindfulness Moment

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Unique Job of the Week

Title: Sonographer | Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

Salary: $74,320/year

Education: 2-year associate's degree

Summary: Sonographers function as healthcare providers who, working under the delegated authority of the supervising physician, serve as a medical imaging professional providing clinically relevant information to assist the physician with the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Medical sonographers play an important role in non-invasive diagnostics. Many patients are opting for these imaging procedures - which use non-ionizing, high frequency sound waves to create an image - when it can be used in place of exploratory surgery or imaging that uses radiation.

The most common use for sonography is to look at an unborn babies in prenatal care, but medical sonographers can also specialize in imaging the abdomen, brain, and other parts of the body. Typical duties include preparing patients, explaining the exam, performing the procedure and reporting the findings to the patient or a physician. Most medical sonographers work in a hospital setting, and are required to stand or walk for long periods of time. They also may be called upon for heavy lifting if a patient requires positioning assistance before or during a procedure.

Medical sonographers need the ability to explain technical procedures in a simple, clear way to patients who may be nervous about the procedure or its outcome. Sonographers also need sharp attention and good eye sight (or corrective lens) to ensure they can read and interpret images accurately. Tasks include:

  • Observe screen during scan to ensure that image produced is satisfactory for diagnostic purposes, making adjustments to equipment as required.
  • Observe and care for patients throughout examinations to ensure their safety and comfort.
  • Provide sonogram and oral or written summary of technical findings to physician for use in medical diagnosis.
  • Select appropriate equipment settings and adjust patient positions to obtain the best sites and angles.
  • Operate ultrasound equipment to produce and record images of the motion, shape, and composition of blood, organs, tissues, or bodily masses, such as fluid accumulations.

WashU College Essay Workshop Recording

Click here to access the Essay Workshop Recording sponsored by YES:

They wanted to share with you the contact information of the WashU Senior Assistant Director of Admissions, Elena Wandzilak, who hosted the workshop. She is very friendly and eager to connect with students. Her territories are North and South Carolina.

myCollegeOptions Survey

All 9-11th graders should complete this Postsecondary Planning Survey. You’ll need this PIN to access it: 5CMN7L

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Tutoring for 10-12th grade students!

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Use to:

  • Connect with one of our 3,000+ expert tutors in an online classroom
  • Drop off an essay for review and get feedback within 12 hours
  • View replays of previous tutoring sessions
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Tutors are available to help with:

- Science

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Tutors are available to help 24/7. For more information, check out these resources:

11th Graders: Please Sign Up for the SAT Date Below:

Next SAT Testing Day

Saturday, March 13th 2021 at 8am

184 Campus Drive

West Jefferson, NC

Sign up for late registration for the March SAT by February 12, 2021:

Location: Ashe County High School

Next ACT Testing Day

Saturday, Feb. 6th 2021 at 8am

184 Campus Drive

West Jefferson, NC

Word of the Week

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This workshop provides high school students with the opportunity to experience interior design firsthand. At the end of the workshop, students will have new friends, new perspectives, and a personal portfolio full of ideas.

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About Me

Hi, everyone! I'm absolutely thrilled to be your school counselor at Ashe Early College. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions and needs you have!