SHS Counseling Newsletter

August 2020

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We Have Missed You

We hope our students are relaxed, recharged, and ready to begin the 2020-21 school year! Due to COVID-19, our counseling operations will look a bit different this year. First and foremost, the SHS Counseling Department thanks you for your patience and cooperation as we navigate these unprecedented times. Our skilled and devoted SHS counselors are already planning and preparing for your students, as there will be opportunities for students to participate in various small groups, college visits, military recruitment sessions, and core lessons to learn graduation requirements and develop a plan post-high school graduation (all virtual, of course). We are confident that the year ahead will be filled with rewarding experiences. Thank you for being a member of our Jacket Family!

Senior Letters

The SHS counselors reviewed all seniors' transcripts and schedules to ensure all are accurately placed in the classes needed to meet high school graduation requirements. Senior letters will be mailed home on August 31, 2020. The senior letter includes the student's:


  1. Schedule
  2. Transcript
  3. Status Check
  4. Important information regarding how to check and monitor the HOPE GPA on www.GAFutures.org


If you have questions regarding your student's senior letter, please send an email to your student's assigned counselor.

New Procedure to Order Official Transcripts

When students request an official transcript, the following steps must be followed as there is a 3-step process:



  1. Students are required to add the colleges they are applying to into their Naviance account, as this is how the counselor will (electronically) send the official transcript (step 1).
  2. Log onto Sprayberry Counseling website - click HERE
  3. Review and complete the information under 'Official Transcript Requests' on the main left side of the screen (step 2)
  4. After the Google form has been successfully completed, click on the MyPaymentsPlus link to pay for the official transcript (step 3).

The cost for each official transcript is $2.00.



If students request an unofficial transcript, they must send an email to our Counseling clerk, Mrs. Nury Gonzalez, at nury.gonzalez@cobbk12.org. In the email, the student must include:



  1. His or her first and last name
  2. Their student ID (lunch number)
  3. A copy of their picture ID

Class of 2021: Virtual Senior Day

Wednesday, Aug. 26th, 9am

This is an online event.

You and your parents/guardians are invited to a Zoom meeting for a Virtual Senior Day where your senior will receive information about their post-secondary options to include but not limited to, college applications, the college admissions process, and scholarship searches. To register for the meeting link, click the following link:



Register in advance for this meeting:


https://cobbk12-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMqcumhqTgiGNRPiok3Q-pNTpcdqFa8f4D5



After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Opportunities For Your Student To Speak With Their Counselor

As we embark upon a new school year throughout this pandemic, the counseling department wants to ensure that our students understand they have access to their assigned counselor; in a safe, healthy manner. If your student would like to meet with their counselor, he or she may:



  1. Schedule a student appointment through Zoom or Microsoft Teams (which students will access through their Office 365 account)
  2. Send the assigned counselor an email with your questions and/or concerns

Naviance

Last year, Cobb County School District adopted Naviance as our college and career platform that all students are required to use to complete all Bridge Law activities, request transcripts, search for scholarship opportunities, and search for colleges/universities.


Click HERE view the helpful videos provided by the SHS counselors to show students and parents how to navigate the Naviance website.


If your student has issues logging into his/her Naviance account, he/she must send an email to their assigned counselor.

ParentVUE and StudentVUE Information

Students are strongly encouraged to monitor their grades regularly through StudentVUE. Parents are able to monitor their student's grades and check attendance through ParentVUE.


PARENTS:

For assistance with ParentVUE, please send an email to 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).


STUDENTS:

For assistance with StudentVUE, please send an email to Paula Axford at paula.axford@cobbk12.org. In your email, please include your first and last name as well as your student ID (lunch number).

2020 Dual Enrollment Virtual Summit

Thursday, Sep. 3rd, 6-8pm

This is an online event.

Please view the Dual Enrollment flyer with details as it includes the link to join the virtual summit.

Rep. McBath Sixth District Academy Day

Wednesday, Sep. 2nd, 7pm

This is an online event.

Congresswoman McBath will be joined by representatives from United States Service Academies for a Virtual Academy Day. This event is an opportunity for your students to learn about attending a Military Service Academy and the process for seeking a nomination from our office. Students must register for the event by clicking HERE.

Virtual College Tours

Although students may not be able to travel to colleges to check out their campuses in person, several colleges are offering virtual campus visits and live sessions with admissions counselors! Below are links to some common universities that Sprayberry students apply, but feel free to search others on your own.


The University of Georgia


Kennesaw State University


Georgia Tech


Georgia State University


Auburn University


The University of South Carolina


The University of Tennessee Knoxville


Spelman College


University of West Georgia


University of North Georgia


University of Alabama


Emory University


Georgia College

Virtual Learning Student Self-Care Tips

  1. Have a dedicated work space.
  2. Work during your assigned school time.
  3. Stick to your routine.
  4. Take breaks during your day.
  5. Intentionally complete your school day.
  6. Practice gratitude.
  7. Practice healthy activities.
  8. Check in with a positive friend.
  9. Get enough sleep.
The Virtual Calming Room

CCSD offers mindfulness techniques, exercises, online support (hotlines, textlines), animal webcams, apps for staying calm & connected, nature sounds & music, puzzles & games, visual relaxation, and online coloring books!

Important Reminders


For seniors: If you plan to attend a 4-year college/university and need to register to take the SAT or ACT, please make sure to register for the college entrance exam of your choice. Pay close attention to the specific college and/or university deadlines under 'Admissions Requirements' on the college's website.


For seniors: If you plan to attend a 2-year or 4-year college/university, you must add the college(s) to your Naviance account. The directions to complete this task are posted on the SHS Counseling website - SprayberryCounseling. Each official transcript costs $2.00.


All students: Remember to communicate regularly with your teachers, get involved in extracurricular activities, and ensure you are effectively managing your time to create balance between academics and extracurricular activities.

Does your student have a GaFutures account?

It is important that your student creates their account on GaFutures and monitors his/her HOPE GPA, particularly if he/she plans to attend a college/university in Georgia.

Have Questions About HOPE and Zell Miller?

If you have questions about HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship, please schedule a virtual consultation with Marcus Hilliard, Cobb's GSFC representative.

2020-2021 SHS COUNSELING DEPARTMENT

Ms. Lea Ponticelli, Alpha: A - D

Email: lea.ponticelli@cobbk12.org


Dr. Renea Oseni, Alpha: E - Li

Email: renea.oseni@cobbk12.org


Mrs. Brandy Brady, Alpha: Ll - Roc and DE for Chatt Tech

Department Chair

Email: brandy.brady@cobbk12.org


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

Email: tammy.white@cobbk12.org


Mrs. Nury Gonzalez, Counseling Clerk

Email: nury.gonzalez@cobbk12.org


Mrs. Martha Gribble, Registrar

Email: martha.gribble@cobbk12.org

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