Guidance Gazette

December 2018

Summer Ventures

Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics is a no-cost, state-funded program for academically talented North Carolina students who aspire to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

As a rising high school junior or senior, you live on a college campus for four weeks in the summer and conduct research around topics of your interest — while enjoying the company of like-minded peers.

Accepting applications now for Summer Ventures 2019. Deadline to apply is January 15, 2019.

Application instructions can be found here:

North Carolina School of Science and Math

The NCSSM Application for the Class of 2021 is now open! Applications must be submitted by January 15, 2019.

Admissions Update: NCSSM now accepts the ACT as part of the application process, see to learn more!

Open House Dates

December 8, 2018--FULL (contact the admission office to be placed on the waiting list)

February 2, 2019 (middle school open house)

Campus Tours offered Tuesday - Friday at 10:45 am and 1:00 pm.

To register, and for additional information, contact

If you have any questions, please contact or Associate Director of Admissions Mattie Gaddy Parks at

NC Teaching Fellows

The North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program is a competitive, merit-based forgivable loans for service program that provides up to $4,125 a semester ($8,250 a year) for up to four years to highly-qualified students committed to teaching special education or a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) field in a North Carolina public school.

NC Teaching Fellows applications are now open. Learn more:

APlus Test Prep: SAT & ACT Free Prep Preview

Attend a free Prep Preview and learn what APlus classes have to offer. The session includes a strategy session focused on sample test questions, info about using test scores to get college scholarships, and an ongoing Q&A during which participants get all their ACT and SAT questions answered.

For more information and to reserve seat click here

Youth Tour to Washington D.C.

Apply for a FREE trip to visit our nation's capital for the annual Rural Electric Youth Tour sponsored by Piedmont Electic. Join students from all across the country as you learn about electric co-ops, American history, and the U.S. Government. Deadline: December 31, 2018. Apply online at

Criminal Justice Fellows Program

The North Carolina Criminal Justice Fellows Program will provide forgivable educational loans for high school seniors who agree to enter a criminal justice career in North Carolina. This fellowship will fund an Applied Associates Degree in Criminal Justice, or Committee approved related field of study, from any North Carolina Community College System school in an eligible county. Students who receive the educational loan would have five years to repay, though it would be forgiven if they enter and remain in a criminal justice profession with North Carolina for four years in an eligible county.

The student must be a resident of an eligible county (see forms page) at the time of application.


For more information:

Representatives from the following colleges will be on campus to share more information about their college/program.

Meredith College

December 3rd- 11:45-1:00

East Carolina University

December 4th- 11:45-1:00

Gregory Poole

December 13th


High School Attendance Reminders

Attendance Screening Forms for 1st semester are due December 7. Every student with more than nine absences must turn in this form to be eligible to serve time for time. If a student has over nine absences and the Attendance Committee approves them, they must stay with the teacher for up to 1 hour for each absence over nine to make-up the missing time. If a student does not make-up time for time or does not get approved, their semester average must be dropped to a 59. If you have questions about any of this, please see the Student Handbook or Ms. King, Ms. McCormick, or Ms. Oakley.


Person County will host an ASPIRE (ACT Supplemental Preparation in Rural Education) class starting January 14, 2019. ASPIRE is an ACT prep program designed to bridge deficits in rural high school students’ performance on the ACT to increase the number of students pursuing higher education. Students will learn techniques and strategies for improving their ACT score.

As part of the course, students will receive:

> ACT practice exams with score analysis and breakdown

> The Princeton Review ACT study manual

> The Princeton Review 1,460 Practice Question manual

> The Selective College Admissions booklet

First practice test: Saturday, January 12, 2019, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Class instruction begins: Monday, January 14, 2019, 4:00 PM – 7:00PM

Apply online today at

Applications are due Friday, December 21, 2018!

Cost: $175

($100 deposit refundable after successful completion)


Stacey Whitlow

*Tentative schedule attached at end of this newsletter*

Dates to Remember

12/5- Bulldogs CARE

12/11-- Make-up picture day

12/14, 17-18- Flex days and High School Exams

12/18- End of 3rd grading period

12/19- Holiday breaks beings for students

1/3/19- Students return

1/7- Report cards released