WCF School Counseling News

from Ms. Miller and Mrs. Glover

Grief Group sponsored by Gaston Hospice

Ms. Chemarra Bryant, counselor, from Gaston Hospice will be coming to our school (for the 4th year in a row) to offer a grief group for our students. This is of no cost to students and their families. She will begin the group on Tuesday, October 12th (time/location TBD) and will meet six consecutive weeks. We will also offer this group in the spring, so please keep that in mind, as well. If you know of a student who has lost someone, please let Ms. Miller know by October 2nd.

Do the Right Thing September Winners

Congratulations to Gavin Withers (8th) and Bryleigh Weigum (7th) for being nominated as the Do the Right Thing winners for the month of September.

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

The Student of the Month program recognizes students whose character traits are exceptional. Each month you will be asked to select a student from your team that "stands out" in a particular area. Those students will be honored at a special lunch in the teacher's lounge, given a treat bag, and their pictures/write-ups will be put on the bulletin board downstairs. The character trait for September is "Respect" and the following students were chosen as their team's Student of the Month:


Skyler Smarr

Austin Wood

Haleemah Zaghary

Mara Thomas


Abbie Sims

Martiona Carothers


David Hardin

Jaden McLean

Anna Martin

Encore Team:

Evan Perkins

Alex Leatherwood

Anna Stephens


Dylan Boone

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

Lee and Stephanie Welch (Long Creek Memorial Baptist Church) have paired with us for the last several years to offer food for the weekend for our students that may be in need. Teachers play an important role in helping us to determine which students are of need and could benefit from this program. The bookbags of food are dropped off every Friday afternoon so students can take them home with them over the weekend. Please let Ms. Miller know if there are any students you would like to refer. This is an on-going program, so feel free at any time during the year to refer a student.

October is National Anti-Bullying Month

Unity Day - Wednesday, October 21st

Make 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!

Classroom Guidance

If at any point during the school year you would like to request one of the counselors to come in to one or all of your classes to do a lesson, please let us know. During the implementation of Project AIM our time might be more limited, but if you give us enough notice we can work something out.

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

This year with the 7th grade students, we are hoping to implement a Career Cafe program. This program invites local professionals of varying degree levels (doctor, welder, electrician, military, etc.) to come and speak with selected students during lunch. Based on the information received during classroom guidance lessons with the 7th grade last week, we will select students to bring their lunch to the Library to hear more about that career. The hope is that all students in the 7th grade will get to attend at least one or two sessions.

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

If you would like to refer a student to the counselor or a student asks you to see a counselor, please fill out the Counselor Request Form. If you have a student who may be suicidal/self-harming, please call the office to request a counselor.


Good News

If you have some good news that you would like shared on our W.C. Friday Facebook page or in the GCS Monday Morning news, please fill out the form below. Please feel free to email Ms. Miller with pictures of things you are doing in your classroom, pictures from sporting events/extracurricular activities, etc. We want to share the good things we are doing here at WCF with our parents and the community!!!


Important Websites

Gaston County's Mental Health Services:


National Bullying Prevention Center:


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:


College Foundation of North Carolina: