Mrs. Ashley Hicks
7th grade counselor/7th grade 504 contact
Mrs. Hicks has been a school counselor since 2012. She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University's School Counseling Master's program. She also graduated from Western Carolina University where she studied Forensic Anthropology. Mrs. Hicks has worked with students of all ages but says that middle school students are her favorite. She loves to run, read, try new DIY projects and spend time with her friends and family. On most weekends, Mrs. Hicks is a cheer mom to her daughter Malone.
Ms. Baxley is in the process of setting up the Heart & Sole program that will start in February.Ms Baxley needs your help to recruit young ladies that would truly benefit from this program. The running part is the least important meaning she is not seeking out athletic girls or runners--the most important part is the curriculum that helps foster a positive environment where they can build relationships, learn about themselves, explore new ideas and cultivate empathy. Ms. Baxley is looking for those young ladies who may not feel like they have a place to fit in, the one who would not ordinarily go out for a sports team or have strong community involvement. These young ladies will definitely need a personal invitation and/or encouragement to participate from one of their teachers. She will begin recruiting in December but need your help to start spreading the word now and generating curiosity and interest.
A few quick facts:
It is a 10 wk program (Feb--April)
Tues & Thurs--90 min after school
Fee is usually $205 for each girl but it is on a sliding scale based on income and partial scholarships are available
Team will have 8-12 girls
Participants are selected on a lottery basis.
Classroom lessons: Mrs. Hicks will be teaching a Human Trafficking lesson through the 7th grade Healthy Living series classes during the month of November. Seventh graders will receive a parent letter from their 7th grade Homeroom teacher to share with their parent(s)/guardian(s).A copy of the parent letter is posted below.
Quarter 2 begins Wednesday, November 1st.
Students typically have three class periods available for their electives. Students can choose from yearlong, semester long, or quarter long electives.
Request to change a schedule
We do our best to accommodate elective choices. However, conflicts with core classes, yearlong electives, and/or class size sometimes prevents us from placing students in their chosen elective class. In those cases, we select a class of similar interest or based on what is available.
Students may request to change an elective the first few days of the semester only. Forms are available in Student Services. Changes will not be considered if the student selected the elective as a primary or alternate choice.
GIRLS IN SCIENCE Summer Camp at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont
- June 12 - June 17, 2018
- Cost as low as $100, includes food, lodging and instruction http://gsmit.org/event/girls-in-science-camp/
- Girls in Science Camp unites girls ages 12-15 from far and wide who share an interest in exploring the outdoors through science, making friends and becoming confident leaders. At GIS, we encourage you to unleash your inner scientist in a supportive environment where your friends are your teammates, your work is also your play and learning is easy!
- In this camp you will get to design and conduct your own investigation and present your findings to local professionals who care about the work you do.
- There is a sliding scale for the cost as well as scholarship opportunities so don't let students be deterred from applying based on financial hardship.
- Contact Tremont if you have any questions - firstname.lastname@example.org or call (865)448-6709.
Classroom lessons: Mrs. Hicks will be teaching a Signs of Suicide lesson through the 7th grade Science classes during the month of November. Seventh graders will receive a parent letter from their 7th grade Homeroom teacher to share with their parent(s)/guardian(s. A copy of the parent letter is posted below.
- Innovators Lesson: November 7, 2017.
- Explorers Lesson: November 9, 2017.
- Voyagers Lesson: November 14, 2017.
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OCTOBER IS NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH
Encourage your student to STAND UP to bullying.
Be an UPSTANDER not a BYSTANDER
Warning Signs of Bullying
Comes home with damaged or missing clothing or other belongings
Reports losing items such as books, electronics, clothing, or jewelry
Has unexplained injuries
Complains frequently of headaches, stomachaches, feeling sick, trouble sleeping or has frequent bad dreams
Has changes in eating habits, are very hungry after school from not eating their lunch
Loses interest in visiting or talking with friends
Is afraid of going to school or other activities with peers, suddenly has fewer friends
Loses interest in school work or begins to do poorly in school
Appears sad, moody, angry, anxious or depressed when they come home
Feels helpless, hurts themselves, and talks about suicide
Blames themselves for their problems and often feels like they are not good enough
Avoids certain places
Are You Being Bullied? Nobody likes to be picked on. What can you do?
Speak up against bullying. Say something like, “stop it.”
Walk away. Act like you do not care, even if you really do.
Tell an adult you trust. They may have ideas about what you can do.
Stick together. Staying with a group might help.
Things to remember...
You are not alone.
It is not your fault. Nobody should be bullied!
Talk to someone you trust. Do not hurt yourself.
Do not bully back. Do not bully anyone else.
Do not let the bully win. Keep doing what you love to do!
If it is safe, speak up. Say something like, “Stop it!”
Tell an adult. Tell a teacher or coach you trust.
Be a friend to the person who is being bullied. Talk with them. Sit with them at lunch.
Set a good example. Do not bully others.
Celebrating Healthy Choices for Healthy Communities!
Visit the Poe Center for an afternoon of free family fun. Experience Poe’s famous interactive health exhibits, body-system themed playground, and NEW nutrition-inspired outdoor art and garden theater. Plus, enjoy games, crafts, local talents, and organization fair.
WHO: Everyone is invited!
WHAT: FREE Family-Friendly Fun
WHEN: Saturday, October 21 | 1:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Poe Center for Health Education
224 Sunnybrook Rd. Raleigh, N
ATTENTION PARENTS: WHAT IS YOUR CAREER?
If you would be willing to provide our students with a school to career experience (being a guest speaker and/or providing a job shadowing/company tour opportunity) please provide your contact information by clicking the Parent Career Survey button.
***Meet The Teacher is Thursday, September 7th at 6pm***
Stem Education Day-September 23rd
NCSU School of Education will hold their first STEM Education Day on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on NC State’s main campus.
This day is designed to engage students more deeply in STEM activities, hands-on exhibits, and workshops. Students will experience robotics, drones, polyhedron, and SLIME; they will learn more about designing for 3D printers; and they will have the chance to make ice cream.
Think of STEM Education Day as a festival and celebration for STEM Education and an opportunity to generate interest and excitement about working in STEM fields.
A flyer and a sheet of information card are below if any students are interested. Please stop by Student Services if you would like a printed copy of the information card.
Students must register by Sept 15 if they want to attend.
Transitions GriefCare is offering Child and Teen Grief and Support groups in the Fall.
Please click the link below to find more details and dates of events.
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