YCMS Counseling through Connections

May Newsletter - 2018

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Endurance - Let Your Dreams Set Sail

So what is your dream? What were you born to do?

Want to be a successful musician? Or a novelist? Or maybe you just want to do well on your end of grade tests? Everyone has dreams, big or small – but not everyone makes them come true.

Whatever your dreams and goals are, when you become relentless and decide that you’ll walk through any obstacle and endure any pain to get what you’re in pursuit of, no matter how long it takes, you WILL get what you want.

For a moment, think back to your favorite fairy tale. In that story the main character may be a princess or a peasant; she might be a mermaid or a milkmaid, a ruler or a servant. You will find one thing all have in common: they must endure and overcome some type of adversity.

Cinderella has to endure her wicked stepmother and evil stepsisters. She wants more, strives to get more if she can, but she makes the best out of her bad situation. She is never bitter, angry, or ugly. What is not to like? Endurance will produce greatness and Cinderella endures.

In “Beauty and the Beast,” Belle becomes a captive to a frightful-looking beast in order to save her father. She sacrifices her home and family, all she holds dear, to spend several months in the beast’s castle. She finds true love because she endures.

In each of these stories, Cinderella and Belle have to experience sadness and many trials before they can reach their “happily ever after.” Think about it. Has there ever been a person who did not have to go through his or her own disappointments?

If everything worked out perfectly all the time, we would not be learning! Some of my greatest "a-ha!" moments have come out of a disappointment. It is so important for us to focus on the journey (and all that it contains), and not just on the end result.

If you’re committed to pursuing your dreams, you’re bound to face disappointment.

Embrace it and let your dreams set sail.

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Seas the Day

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If you can dream it, you can achieve it.

What’s your strongest ambition in life? Think hard about your response because that’s the thing you should really be doing. And you can! You have the power to achieve great things. All you need is a dash of determination and a clear direction. Here are some steps to help you figure out how to achieve your dreams.


If you can dream it, you definitely can achieve it. Allow yourself to ask, “What if?” Then you should make a list of just the one thing, that always makes you smile, fills your heart with joy and makes you think that’s too much to ask for. That’s your dream!

Believe in yourself

Believe in your dream and have faith in yourself. With hard work, determination and some smart planning, you can do much more than you think.

There will be a lot of negative thoughts pulling your plan down. Recognize them for what they are and do not allow those thoughts to become your reality.

Set goals

Start with setting smaller, more attainable goals for yourself. You are more likely to stick with whatever you are trying to achieve by setting small goals because you can consistently see progress. Celebrate any milestone you achieve because that will keep you moving forward to the next stage.

Get the right support

It’s absolutely important that you surround yourself with people who will constantly push you and support you. The more positive influences you have around when working towards these goals, the more motivated you will be.

Go for it!

Simply wanting something is not enough. You have to push yourself to get things done. Do everything you can to achieve your goals. If the overall task seems hard, break it down and do something small each day. Taking baby steps consistently over time will eventually lead you to reaching your goals.

You won’t achieve your dreams overnight. It will take time and effort but once you conquer all the obstacles and finally reach your goals, you will feel energized and accomplished.

Never be afraid to say “I can” because you CAN do it!

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Believe in the Beauty of YOUR Dreams

Emmy DeOliveira LinkedIn "If you can dream it you can accomplish it"

Students of the Month for May

The following students were chosen by their teachers for demonstrating the character trait of endurance. Congratulations to Carolyn Parsons and Adin Shook, 6th grade; Ashton Phillips and Jade Skipper, 7th grade; Anayely Garcia Cruz and Markel Worthy, 8th grade.
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A Salute to the Eighth Grade Class of 2022

Best & Brightest

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Beatriz Gonzalez Medina, York Chester Middle's Gastonia City Council's Eighth Grade Student Achievement Recognition Recipient!!!

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Beatriz Gonzalez Medina

At York Chester, Beatriz serves as a Student Ambassador and is essentially the “face of York Chester Middle School” providing new students with an introduction to the school by giving them a tour of the school, helping them get to their classes, introducing them to their teachers and providing them with a familiar face.

Beatriz is our first chair flute player in the eighth grade band and was selected, by audition, for the 2018 Gaston County Honor Band.

Beatriz has also been playing in our Jazz Collective Band since the sixth grade and has performed at the opening of the Butler Art Studios and art unveiling at Center City Park, the Gastonia Rotary Club Christmas party, the York Chester International Music & Arts Festival, the Gastonia Antiques and Jazz Festival, the Belmont Jazz in the Park and Art Crawl, and many many more.

She is a well-rounded student ready to share her diverse talents and interests when called upon all the while remaining a fixture on the Honor Roll.

After graduating from Highland School of Technology, Beatriz is interested in pursuing a career in the Coast Guard.

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Moving Up! It’s Time to Start Thinking about Building a Winning High School Résumé for College Applications!

It may be difficult to believe, but the summer between eighth and ninth grade is the time to start planning for life after high school!

A résumé is an important part of your college application. The high school résumé is a snapshot of YOU, a concise summary!

Maybe you think a résumé is something that is only used for a job interview. Not so! A résumé is an important part of your college application. In fact, everyone should have a high school résumé.

A high school résumé summarizes your achievements, talents and interests. It is a great way to showcase what you have done during your high school years, who you are, and what you can contribute to a college campus.

Many colleges do want to see a “four-year commitment” to clubs, extracurricular activities, or athletic programs throughout high school.

We Heart Our Teachers - Happy Teacher Appreciation Week

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How to Conquer End of Grade Tests!!!

Have a Positive Attitude

Approach the big test as you'd approach a giant jigsaw puzzle. It might be tough, but you can do it! A positive attitude goes a long way toward success.

The Night Before

Remember, your brain and body need sleep to function well, so don't stay up late!

The Morning of the Test

Did you know that you think better when you have a full stomach? So don't skip breakfast the morning of the test.

Multiple-Choice Questions

The process of elimination can help you choose the correct answer in a multiple-choice question. Start by crossing off the answers that couldn't be right. Then spend your time focusing on the possible correct choices before selecting your answer.

I'm Done!

Not so fast - when you complete the last item on the test, remember that you're not done yet. First, check the clock and go back to review your answers, making sure that you didn't make any careless mistakes (such as putting the right answer in the wrong place or skipping a question). Spend the last remaining minutes going over the hardest problems before you turn in your test.

Testing Dates

7th & 8th EOG Reading -------- May 23

6th EOG Reading & 8th Social Studies NC Final -------- May 24

7th & 8th EOG Math -------- May 30

6th EOG Math & 8th EOG Science -------- May 31

7th Social Studies NC Final -------- June 1

6th Science/Social Studies NC Final -------- June 4

Upcoming Events

College Foundation of North Carolina Parent Night

May 3

Put on your favorite college t-shirt, and get ready to join us for our final Parent Night of the school year! On Tuesday, May 2 from 5:00-6:30, York Chester will be hosting the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC). During this presentation, CFNC will offer information for parents and students on high school opportunities, college, scholarships, and much more!

Fried chicken, baked beans, potato salad, drinks, and dessert will be provided for every family who attends!

Spring Spectacular Band Concert

May 8 at 6:30 pm School Auditorium

Chorus Concert

May 17 from 6:30

Band and Chorus to Carowinds

May 11

8th Grade Dance

May 18

8th Grade Dance

May 18

Athletic Awards Day

May 29 at 6:00 pm School Auditorium

Holiday (Memorial Day)

May 28

End of the Year Grade Level Celebrations

6th - June 1

7th - June 4

8th - June 5

Awards Day / Early Dismissal

June 6
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