The Counselor Corner


Food Drive...7,361 items!!!!!

Thanks to our school's generosity, Stanley Middle donated 7,361 food items to First United Methodist Church! Congratulations to the winning homeroom, Mr. Lockridge's class, who brought in 2,302 items! Our school's annual donation around the holidays is one of the largest donations the church pantry receives all year. We are grateful to give back to our community!

Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Kelly Robb on being voted our 2015 Teacher of the Year!
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Giving at a Glance

Our school and our community have been very generous this year. Here are some of the ways our students and others have been impacted:

  • 777 bags of candy were donated to the Stanley TLC.
  • 7,361 food items were donated to the food pantry at FUMC.
  • 25 students and their families are receiving Christmas assistance through Stanley Pentecostal Holiness Church.
  • 4 students and their families are receiving Christmas assistance through First United Methodist Church.
  • 2 students and their family are receiving Christmas assistance through Redeemed Freewill Baptist Church.
  • 2 students are receiving some Christmas assistance through the staff at SMS.
  • 40 students receive snack packs weekly from First Baptist Church.
  • Clothing items were donated by Catawba Heights Baptist Church.
  • Shoes were donated by Strategic Staffing Solutions.

How We Enroll New Students

There have been some questions about how new students are enrolled and scheduled.

Here is what we look at for homeroom placement:

  1. Does the student have an IEP? Are they in an AIG class? Are they reg-ed? These questions automatically narrow down the options on where we can place a student. (If the student has an IEP, we talk with the grade level EC teacher to help make a placement decision.)
  2. Once we know if they're going into an AIG, inclusion or regular ed. classroom, we then look at numbers. The homeroom teacher with the LOWEST count will receive the new student. Looking solely at the numbers is the most objective, fair way to place students and balance classroom numbers for the teachers.

For core plus, we try to align the student's new schedule with what they had at their previous school. Other counties/states allow students to take a PE and CTE course in the same semester. GCS does not so we have to take that into consideration. We also look at class numbers and try to place students in classes that have a lower count. When we receive grades from the previous school, we try to place a copy in the homeroom teacher's box and email core plus teachers.

Keep in mind that teachers don't always know when other teams receive new students. This semester has been overwhelming with the influx of new students. We expect the period after Christmas break to be high in enrollments as well. Please be welcoming of new students as they are usually nervous about being here. We are all making a first impression.

If you have questions or suggestions about the process, please let one of the counselors know.

Do the Right Thing Nomination Form

JANUARY NOMINATIONS ARE DUE BY THURSDAY, JANUARY 19TH. (Make a copy of the doc. Edit copy and email to Stephanie.)

Looking Ahead

Counselor PLC----------------------------------------------December 14

Food Delivery to FUMC----------------------------------December 17

Duke Tips SAT Prep @ 8:30-----------------------------January 11

MTSS Meeting-----------------------------------------------January 14

Gaston Early College Presentation (8th)-----------January 25

Blue Devils Shout Outs

Shout out to Ms. Ballard for winning the Biggest Loser. She lost 7% and won $280!

Shout out to Ms. Erwin for helping out with bus duty. -Farbo

Welcome back Ms. Hersey!

Congrats to Ms. Bumgarner on a successful chorus concert! Good luck to Ms. Robb and the band students on their upcoming concert Thursday.

Shout out to all teachers who are using Compass Learning and doing their monthly STAR testing. -Farbo

Shout out to the staff for making it to the last week of school before Christmas break!

3 Hours of Christmas Music Classics and Holiday Scenery