Important ACT Details for 11th Graders!


Attention 11th grade students, the ACT will be administered on Feb 27. In preparation for the ACT, all students must have a photo ID to present to be admitted to their testing session. Students who do not have proper ID must complete the ACT Student Identification Letter by Feb 20 and turn it into student services. If you need this form please pick it up in student services. Please be aware that All 11th grade students will attend the pre-bubble session on Feb 20 and you will receive more information from your first block teacher by Feb 19. If you have any questions please see Mrs. Penuel.

Tips to prepare for ACT

Pre-Bubble Session:

All 11th graders will meet in the commons on Feb 20 to complete the “pre-test portion” of the ACT. At this time, they will have the opportunity to select up to four colleges and universities to receive their ACT scores. Students may wish to discuss these choices with their parents/guardians ahead of this session.

Students can create a free ACT profile account from home and can begin ACT’s college and career planning self-assessments.


Empowering Your Kids About Healthy Body Image Starts with YOU

This conversation is just as important as the birds and the bees.

You need to talk with your children and students about healthy body image. But, how can you talk to them if you aren’t sure what healthy body image is?  We have been flooded for decades with what we ‘think’ healthy body image is, only to religiously count calories, go on fad diets, exercise profusely and feel guilty for eating a dessert.  The media are saturated with focusing on weight loss and depicting skinny girls and boys – because this is what we should be.  We also give excuses for thinking it’s okay to skip meals: “I’m too busy to eat; I shouldn’t eat as much today because I ate a lot last night; I need to fit in those pants.”  This is the core of American culture’s perception of what healthy body image is.

To have this conversation, it needs to happen with you first.  Use these tools to facilitate exploration within yourself so you know how to convey this to your kids

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Closing The Wide Homework Gap

Parents,  you know the routine. Your kids tell you they need to use the computer to do their homework. They need to find a picture of a notable person online, Google a current event they’re studying in class to write a report—or create a PowerPoint presentation (with images and hyperlinks) instead of a paper poster.

And God forbid if the internet goes down, because completing the assignment will seem impossible.

Several studies have found that more than 75% of teachers assign homework that requires the internet, according to

However, using the internet at home for many families is a luxury they cannot afford. And as digital learning becomes the norm in most classrooms, the disparity of access to technology is becoming a barrier to success for all children across the country. This new achievement gap is called the Homework Gap.

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Summer Ventures deadline is Jan 15th

Good thing, because you’re not average.


Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics is a no-cost, state-funded program for academically talented North Carolina students who aspire to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
As a rising high school junior or senior, you live on a college campus for four weeks in the summer and conduct research around topics of your interest — while enjoying the company of like-minded peers.

Programs are available at Appalachian State, East Carolina, UNC Charlotte, and UNC Wilmington. Interested students must apply online at by January 15, 2018.

If interested the see your science teacher, counselor or visit for more information.

Summer at Duke


Summer College for High School Students (academic credit program for students currently in grades 10 and 11)
Summer Academy for High School Students (academic enrichment program for students currently in grades 9-12)

We invite you to imagine yourself at Duke this summer if you are:

  • seeking to gain academic credit from renowned Duke faculty or learn to be a Leader and a Global Citizen through personal enrichment courses;
  • hoping to spend your summer enjoying residential activities such as ball games, outlet shopping, dances, talent shows, and more;
  • excited to prepare for college and create an international network of peers.

Applications for Summer College and Summer Academy will be accepted beginning December 1, and continue until each program reaches capacity. Apply early to receive preferred consideration. Please visit the following site for more information

De-Stress Your Holiday Season

Don't be this mom. Charlotte Avery helps you de-stress your holidays in six ways

Scottish musician and songwriter Thomas Oliphant wrote the popular Christmas carol “Deck the Halls.”

Oliphant was one of seven children, however, he was never married and had no children, so he probably couldn’t fathom what I go through to shop for, feed, entertain and referee my seven children or the challenge of having children home from school all day during the extended holiday season.

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NCTAP: North Carolina Triangle Apprenticeship Program

Earn money while you learn!

As an NCTAP apprentice you will be paid while you are learning. In addition some of the many advantages include:

  • Associates Degree in Applied Science – paid by your employer
  • Apprenticeship Certification from NC Department of Commerce & USDOL
  • Competitive pay and benefits
  • Rigorous, 8,000-hour program
  • Guaranteed job opportunities
  • A jump-start on a terrific career

NCTAP prepares you for high-demand careers that include:

  • CNC Machinist (learn more)
  • Tool / Die / Mold Maker (learn more)
  • Plastics Technician (learn more)
  • Design Engineer (learn more)
  • Sheet Metal Fabricator (learn more)
  • Machine Technician (learn more)
  • Electronics Technician (learn more)
  • Electrician (learn more)
  • Automation Technician (learn more)
  • Materials Technician (learn more)
  • Industrial Business Administrator (learn more)

Starting in the 11th grade of high school, this 4-year program is divided into modules, with classes leading to an Associate’s Degree (AAS) in Mechanical Engineering or Mechatronics Engineering Technology.

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Thinking About College: What Matters?


Many high school seniors and their parents are heavily into the college application season. Colleges are being considered, ranked and evaluated on multiple parameters:

  • How well regarded is the school?
  • Who teaches most of the courses?
  • How nice are the residence halls and lab facilities?
  • How competitive is the school?
  • How much financial aid is available?

All of these concerns are important. Nevertheless, it is very likely that many important concerns will not be investigated or even considered by students or parents. Read more…

Paid Summer Internship for High School Students



Juniors and Seniors:
Apply from October 30, 2017 to February 2nd, 2018
Student Leaders® recognizes those who lead and serve in their own communities and beyond. Bank of America will connect Student Leaders to tools and resources that will help them make communities better.
 To become a Student Leader, you must:
  • Currently be a junior or senior in high school
  • Be able to participate in an 8-week paid internship at a local nonprofit organization and work 35 hours a week
  • Be legally authorized to work in the US without sponsorship through the end of September 2018
  • Be able to participate in a week-long Student Leaders Summit in Washington, DC (July 8-July 13, 2018) (All expenses paid. This week will be part of your 8-week experience.)
  • Be a student in good standing at your school
  • Obtain a letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or school administrator

Please note, Bank of America employees or members of their family are not eligible for nomination. Family members include: spouse or domestic partner, child (including by adoption), parent, grandparent, grandchild, cousin, aunt, uncle, sibling, niece, nephew, parent-in-law, brother-in-law or sister-in-law of the employee or the employee’s spouse or domestic partner, as well as all step relationships.

 For more information and to apply visit