SHS Counseling Newsletter

September 2021

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GaFutures Webinar Opportunities

The Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) offers FREE 30-minute phone consultations to families to answer your questions about FAFSA, financial aid, the cost of attendance for college, etc. Please click HERE to schedule a consultation with our GSFC representative, Marcus Hilliard.


The following webinars are free and sponsored by GAfutures.


GAfutures Scholarships Webinar - September 9

Click HERE to register


GAfutures FAFSA Completion: Step-by-Step Webinar - October 7

Click HERE to register


GAfutures HOPE Programs Webinar - October 21

Click HERE to register

9th - 12th Grade Parent Night with Counselors

Tuesday, Sep. 14th, 6:30pm

2525 Sandy Plains Road

Marietta, GA

The SHS Counseling Department will host the 9th - 12th Grade Parent Night event, beginning at 6:30 PM. Please see details below.


9th & 10th Grade Families - please go to the LGI

11th & 12th Grade Families - please go to the Theater


There will be two identical sessions.

1st session: 6:30-7:00 PM

2nd session: 7:10-7:40 PM


For example, if you have two students (a 9th grader and 11th grader), you will be able to attend the 1st session for your 9th grader and the 2nd session for your 11th grader.


If you are unable to join us, all presentations will be posted on the Sprayberry counseling website (www.sprayberrycounseling.com) by the end of the week to ensure all students and families have unlimited access to the information.

College Essay Workshop

Tuesday, Sep. 14th, 7:45-8:15am

LGI

Mrs. Magana, one of our beloved English teachers, is hosting a College Essay Workshop as many seniors are working on college application essays. This session will include Common App prompts, essay do's and don'ts, and resources for structuring essay ideas. All seniors are welcome!


This opportunity will take place BEFORE school.


If you have questions, please contact Sarahlaine Magana at sarahlaine.magana@cobbk12.org.

College Essay Workshop

Tuesday, Sep. 14th, 3:45-4:30pm

LGI

Mrs. Magana, one of our beloved English teachers, is hosting a College Essay Workshop as many seniors are working on college application essays. This session will include Common App prompts, essay do's and don'ts, and resources for structuring essay ideas. All seniors are welcome!


This opportunity will take place AFTER school.


If you have questions, please contact Sarahlaine Magana at sarahlaine.magana@cobbk12.org.

2021 HBCU Virtual College Fair

Saturday, Sep. 25th, 10am-2pm

This is an online event.

The Rho Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., in collaboration with The PEARL Foundation, Inc., will host a virtual HBCU Fair on Saturday, September 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The focus of the event will be for participants to connect with representatives from several Historical Black Colleges and Universities from around the US.


Information from various HBCUs will be shared via Zoom (link to register is below). Workshop sessions regarding financial aid and declaring a major will be led by highly knowledgeable individuals, and time will be provided for participants to ask questions.

This event is FREE and open to the public.


LINK TO REGISTER: http://bit.ly/2021PZQHBCUFair

12th Grade Bridge Law Presentation


On Tuesday, September 7th, all seniors watched the 12th Grade Bridge Law Presentation during advisement. As seniors prepare for their next chapter, counselors wanted to make sure they had unlimited access to the presentation which provides information including, but not limited to, post-secondary options, the college application process, Naviance, scholarships, and financial aid. Although the link to this presentation is listed below, it is also posted on the Sprayberry counseling website under Important Updates.


To access the presentation, please click HERE.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: SENIOR TRANSCRIPTS UPLOADED TO GAfutures

As of August 30, 2021, senior transcripts have been uploaded in GAfutures. This means that your senior is able to check and monitor their high school HOPE GPA, and it will include all credits from 9th, 10th, and 11th grades.


The next senior transcript upload will take place in February 2022 as it will include all credits from the 9th, 10th, 11th, and fall semester of 12th grade.


If your senior DOES NOT have their social security number on file, he or she WILL NOT be able to view their high school HOPE GPA. If your senior is unable to view his or her high school HOPE GPA in GAfutures, he or she must send an email to their assigned counselor to confirm that we have their social security number on file. If we DO NOT have their social security number on file, the student must bring in their social security card to the counseling clerk, Marilyn Wagner.


After all information has been received by Mrs. Wagner, the information will be updated in the school's student information system. Then, it will be updated in GAfutures. Please allow 2-3 business days.

How Your Student Can Track Their HOPE GPA

PERTINENT INFORMATION FOR ALL GRADE LEVELS.

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College Rep Visits

College Rep Visits are opportunities for students to meet with Admissions Representatives from colleges and universities to learn more about what the schools have to offer.


  • All college rep visits will be held on Wednesdays during AO.
  • Students must register through their Naviance account.


Currently, we have the following colleges/universities that have signed up and are ready to meet with our students. Students are encouraged to check their Naviance accounts regularly to see the colleges and universities that scheduled a visit to Sprayberry HS.


  • Augusta University - September 22 @ 1:10 PM
  • Mercer University - October 6 at 1:10 PM
  • Reinhardt University - October 13 @ 1:10 PM
  • University of Mississippi - October 20 @ 1:10 PM
  • University of West Georgia - October 27 @ 1:10 PM
  • University of South Alabama - November 3 @ 1:10 PM
  • University of Kentucky - November 10 @ 1:10 PM
  • Young Harris College - November 17 @ 1:10 PM


DON'T DELAY, SIGN UP TODAY!


*NOTE: Cobb County School District assigned every student with a Naviance account. If your student does not recall their username and/or password, the student needs to send an email to their assigned counselor.

ParentVUE and StudentVUE

ParentVUE


You are able to monitor your student's grades and attendance through ParentVUE. For assistance with ParentVUE, please send an email to our ParentVUE coordinator, Michelle Pace, at michelle.pace@cobbk12.org. In your email, please include your student's first and last name as well as their student ID (lunch number).


StudentVUE


Please encourage your student to monitor his or her grades regularly through their StudentVUE account. If your student needs assistance accessing their StudentVUE account, he or she can send an email to our media specialist, Paula Axford, at paula.axford@cobbk12.org. In the email, your student must include their first and last name as well as their student ID (lunch number).

Cobb's Virtual Calming Center

Nature Sounds & Music, Apps for Staying Calm & Connected, Animal Webcams, Visual Relaxation, Puzzles & Games, Coloring & Creativity, Support: Hotlines & Textlines, Exercise, Breathing, Relaxation, & Staying Present

Upcoming Events & Reminders

9th Grade Core Lesson (counselors in the classroom) - September 13 - 17

9th -12th Grade Parent Night Event - September 14, beginning at 6:30 PM (two identical sessions)

Counselor In The Cafe - September 23

Fall Break - September 27 - October 1

Pay For College Night - October 21 at 6:00 PM

2021-2022 SHS Counseling Department

Ms. Lea Ponticelli, Last Names: A - D

Email: lea.ponticelli@cobbk12.org


Mrs. Misty Hawk, Last Names: E - Li

Email: misty.hawk@cobbk12.org


Dr. Brandy Brady, Last Names: Ll - Roc and DE for Chatt Tech

Department Chair

Email: brandy.brady@cobbk12.org


Dr. Tammy White, Last Names: Rod - Z and DE for KSU

Email: Tammy.white@cobbk12.org


Mrs. Marilyn Wagner, Counseling Clerk

Email: marilyn.wagner@cobbk12.org


Ms. Theresa Morales, Registrar

Email: theresa.morales@cobbk12.org



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