Counselors' Corner

March 2018

Welcome Parents and Students!

Thank you for visiting our newsletter! Since the last newsletter the Nation Ford Guidance Department has been continuously working to help students achieve their academic, career, and personal/social goals. Some of the things that we have been focusing on recently are IGPs, course selections, graduation preparation, scholarship opportunities, and personal/social issues that arise. As a department we love working with our students; therefore, if a question arises we hope that you will encourage your student to come see us. The guidance department has an open door policy, and students do not need an appointment to come up and talk with us. We hope that this newsletter is informative and please do not hesitate to contact us if you need us.
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Mrs. Brandi Spratt

We are so excited to announce that Mrs. Brandi Spratt has joined our guidance team as our front desk receptionist. Brandi has a background in school psychology and worked at Pleasant Knoll Elementary before joining the Nation Ford Falcon family. Her smiling face and vibrant personality will greet you as you enter our suite. Please welcome her!

Seniors Corner

Scholarship Reporting

Seniors the guidance department needs documentation of each scholarship you have been offered. Please use the following google form to report any and all scholarships you have been awarded whether you plan to use them or not. We love to celebrate our students and one way to do that is to know about your accomplishments! *If you receive additional scholarships after your first reporting, you can return to this form (either here or on our website) to report additional offerings.

Scholarship Opportunities for Seniors

Please see Mrs. Dreher in guidance to get a copy of these applications, search online for the most recent version, or print the needed pages from the PDF on the guidance website under Senior Focus.


  • 2018 Michael A. Demayo Scholarship - (Due March 26, 2018) This scholarship is worth $2,500 and will be given to 15 students. The requirements are as follows: Current high school (or home-schooled) senior who attends school (York county is included), Accepted for full-time enrollment or planning to pursue a degree at an accredited 4 year college or university, 3.0 GPA or higher (see application for further information).
  • South Carolina State Fair Scholarship - (Due April 2, 2018) This scholarship is worth $2,000 and 4 students will be selected. The requirements are as follows: Applicants limited to those who intend to pursue a law-enforcement related area of study such as criminal justice, detention/corrections, forensic science, criminology, social work, etc. (see application for further information)
  • Mary Doctor Performing Arts Scholarship - (Due April 5, 2018) This scholarship is worth up to $10.000 annually to be used for tuition. The requirements are as follows: Application with financial need who demonstrate ability and great interest in one or more areas of the performing arts and plan to pursue an undergraduate degree in a discipline related to the performing arts, and have a desire to use their training to enrich the lives of others.
  • Arrow Point Scholarship Application - (Due April 11, 2018) This Scholarship is worth $500 and awarded to 8 students. The requirements are are follows: Must have an active account at Arrow Pointe FCU that has been in good standing for 90 days prior to deadline. (see application for further information).
  • Alpha Alpha Gamma Psi Christian Sorority, Inc. - (Due April 13, 2018) This scholarship's monetary amount is based on available funds. The requirements are as follows: The applicant must be female, Applicants must have permanent residence status in York County, SC, Applicants must be a high school senior with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, Applicants must be accepted as a full time student at a college, university, or trade school program for the upcoming academic semester if scholarship money is awarded, this is the only program that will receive the funds on behalf of the applicant, applicants must demonstrate a need for financial assistance, applicants must complete 20 hours of community service, applicants must submit a 500 word essay on topic, and applicants must have 4 reference letters.
  • Girls on The Run - (Due April 13, 2018) This scholarship is worth $1,500 and will be awarded to 3 students. Any girl who participated in a Girls on the Run (grades 3-5) or Girls on Track (now Heart and Sole) in 6-8 in York, Chester, or Lancaster counties and will enter college in the fall of 2018 is eligible to apply. The requirements for this scholarship are as follows: 3.0 GPA weighted, exhibit the ideals of the program and being joyful, optimistic, grateful, and nurturing of one's health, Open-ended essay, two letters of recommendation, community service project, current high school transcript (see application for more details).
  • Road to Hire Scholarship - (Due April 15, 2018) This scholarship is worth up to $1,000. The requirements for this scholarship are as follows: Although there is no GPA requirement, applicants should be in good academic standing. *High school and college transcripts DO NOT need to be official versions; you may scan and upload your transcript, applicants MUST reside in the greater Charlotte Metro region.
  • Gordon Hay Scholarship - (Due April 19, 2018) This scholarship is worth up to $5,000 to be used for special learning opportunities. The requirements for are as follows: Applicants should have demonstrated technical or artistic accomplishment in a Non-performance area of the performing arts. (see application for specifics).
  • Anna P. Dixon Scholarship Program - (Due April 23, 2018) This scholarship is worth $500. The requirements are as follows: Senior in high school, and accepted at a accredited institution of higher learning,

Senior Cap and Gown Delivery

Wednesday, April 11th, 11:45am-2pm

1400 A O Jones Boulevard

Fort Mill, SC

Jostens will be on campus to deliver graduation cap and gowns on April 11. Students are encouraged to pick up their graduation orders in the commons during FLEX.


Any senior that has not yet ordered a cap and gown for graduation should contact Jostens at (864)327-4967.

Falcon Family (Grades 9-11)

Course Verification Sheets Due

Friday, March 16th, 3:45pm

1400 A O Jones Boulevard

Fort Mill, SC

Students and parents, please make sure that your student has turned in their course verification sheet by March 16, 2018 in the Nation Ford High School Guidance office. No late course verification sheets will be accepted for any student. Once the deadline, on March 16. 2018, has passed all requested courses will be locked for the 2018-2019 school year. This deadline includes course override forms and Senior math and English waiver forms.

Falcon Ambassadors: Rising Seniors

It is not too late to apply to be a Falcon Ambassador. Simply write the course into your Course Verification Sheet and turn it into the Guidance Desk by March 16, 2018.


Program Overview: The Falcon Ambassadors program will replace the current Teacher Aide option for seniors at Nation Ford. This new and improved program will allow students to spend 1 block of their senior year assisting teachers, counselors, administration, and staff with projects and tasks. Falcon Ambassadors will be the face of the school for new students, assist teachers in preparing materials, help with school events, and any other tasks needed to help improve Nation Ford. In addition, Falcon Ambassadors will receive one-on-one career and leadership training from our Career Development Facilitator, Mrs. Bonnie Kleffman.

*Please note that students will NOT earn credit for this class, as there is no curriculum.


Who: Senior students who have an interest in making Nation Ford a better place to learn, teach, and belong. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and good attendance records to be accepted.


How to Apply: Students who are interested in being a Falcon Ambassador for the 2018/2019 school year must have the class requested on their Course Verification Sheet. Students who request the course will be asked to complete an application to ensure they meet all criteria and will represent Nation Ford in the best way possible.


Questions should be directed to Ms. Alex Market in guidance. She can be reached at marketa@fortmillschools.org or (803) 835-0004.

Guidance Student of the Month

The School Counseling department would like to celebrate our student of the month, Cassidi Dozier. Cassidi is a senior who is a hard worker, caring and kind. We appreciate her and all she does for NFHS and believe she is a wonderful role model for all of our Nation Ford Family.

Parent Portal Reminder

Parents please remember that you have 24/7 access to your student's grades through ParentPortal. Through this program you are able to see all of your student's grades, attendance, and other important student information. If you do not have a ParentPortal account please request an access code through your student's school counselor.

Summer Opportunities

SC Virtual for Online Summer Classes

Registration Dates:

May 16-May 30: Open to students in grades 11th-12th

May 23-May 30: Open to students in grades 9th-10th


For more information please visit https://virtualsc.org/dates/


Please keep in mind that students may earn a maximum of 6 units of academic credit to be applied toward graduation requirements through VirtualSC. 9th grade students can begin taking courses the summer leading into their 10th grade year. Students may not take any core classes, foreign language courses, or elective classes that are offered in the high school though VirtualSC. (With the exception of PE and IBA).


Students taking online classes should be self-motivated and have consistent internet access to be able to complete course work.


Students should meet with their counselor before registering to be certain the course is the best option. Counselors must be aware of the course being requested so they can approve it; if we are unaware, the course may be denied.


Courses fill up quickly once registration begins!

Nation Ford Guidance Team

School Counseling Department Staff

Receptionist - Brandi Spratt

Registrar - Barbara Boyd

PowerSchool Clerk - Anita Benfield


9th Grade Counselors

Abby Duncan - A-K

Marla McKenzie - L-Z


10th-12th Grade Counselors

Alex Market - A-E

Kirkley Russell - F-Ll

Christina Bednarz - Lo-Sa

Staci Dreher - Sc-Z