WCF School Counseling News
from Ms. Miller and Mrs. Glover
Grief Group sponsored by Gaston Hospice
Do the Right Thing September Winners
Coach Devine nominated Gavin and wrote:
"I want to nominate Gavin Withers, an eighth grader in my second Encore. Gavin came into my class this new school year and I didn't recognize how he was behaving from last year. Gavin was wise cracking trying to be 'cool' so I sat him down and had a little talk about the choices he was making and Gavin agreed it was not the same helpful guy I knew last year. Ever since our talk Gavin's attitude and effort changed for the better and for that I want to nominate him for the Do the Right Thing' Award."
Ms. Elizabeth Miller nominated Bryleigh and wrote:
"Bryleigh is a new student to WC Friday Middle School this year. During lunch (the 2nd week of school), I witnessed her going over to sit with a young man who is a quieter student and does not have tons and tons of friends. I overheard Bryleigh tell another student at her table that she was going to go say hi to her best friend. She then moved over to sit with this young man and proceeded to talk to him for about 5 minutes, then quietly moved back to her seat to eat her lunch. The fact that she accepted this student with open arms and celebrated him for being him was amazing. The smile on his face was priceless, and I know it meant a lot to him, as well. She is a student who accepts others for who they are, is a friend to everyone, and an asset to our school."
September - Students of the Month
Project AIM - 6th grade students
The counselors, for the third year in a row, are implementing a county-wide curriculum entitled, "Project AIM" (Adult Identity Mentoring), with the 6th graders.
Project AIM is a group-level youth development intervention designed to reduce HIV risk behaviors among youth. It is based on the Theory of Possible Selves and encourages youth to imagine a positive future and discuss how current risk behaviors can be a barrier to a successful adulthood.
Project AIM consists of 12 sessions and uses group discussions, interactive and small group activities, and role-plays to encourage youth to explore their personal interests, social surrounding, and what they want to become as an adult. Activities include taking a career interest inventory, developing business cards and resumes, and participating in interviews. These activities allow youth to envision themselves in a future career and involve them in the planning and decision-making for their future.
We will meet with Mrs. Cardwell's 6th grade CTE classes on Mondays and Wednesdays and will meet with Mr. Miller's 6th grade CTE classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning the first week in October. This program will implemented again in the spring, as well.
Bookbags of Love
October is National Anti-Bullying Month
Unity Day - Wednesday, October 21stMake it ORANGE and make it end! Unite against bullying!
What are your true colors when it comes to bullying? If you care about safe and supportive schools and communities make your color ORANGE on Unity Day. That’s the day everyone can come together—in schools, communities, and online—and send one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity.
We will have more information coming your way about this!
A goal of our School Counseling Program is to do more career-focused/high school planning with the 7th and 8th grade students. Last week, Ms. Miller visited Mrs. Primm and Mrs. Ballard's classes to do some follow-up to Project AIM that they received in 6th grade.
Career Cafe - 7th grade
If you know of someone that would be willing to spend some time sharing information about their career field with our students, please contact Ms. Miller.
Counselor Request Form
Gaston County's Mental Health Services:https://sites.google.com/a/gaston.k12.nc.us/mental-health-services-social-work/
National Bullying Prevention Center:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
College Foundation of North Carolina: