SHS Counseling Newsletter

November 2021

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Important: 11th Grade Advisement

The counseling department will host 11th-grade advisement beginning the first week of November and will run through the entire month. Students will be invited to meet with the counselors to review important information needed to move from 11th to 12th grade, and they will receive a copy of their transcript and status report. Parents/guardians can view the same video that will be shown during 11th-grade advisement by clicking HERE. After reviewing the video, parents/guardians are welcome to reach out to your student's assigned counselor in December if you have additional questions. Each counselor's caseload and contact information is listed at the bottom of the newsletter.

NOTE: This information is also posted on the Sprayberry counseling website.

Apply To College Day (for seniors only)

Friday, Nov. 12th, 8:30am-2:30pm

SHS Media Center

Apply To College Day is an opportunity for seniors to work on and submit their college applications, apply for scholarships, work on the FAFSA, and ask all the questions that may still be lingering regarding the college application process.

If your senior would like assistance with the college application process and/or financial aid, please ask them to stop by the Counseling Office and sign up. Space is limited and students are required to register in advance. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, November 10th.

NOTE: Notifications were sent through CTLS Parent and reminders to students are made daily during the afternoon announcements.

GAfutures Webinar Opportunities

The following webinars are FREE and sponsored by GAfutures.

GAfutures Budgeting Fundamentals Webinar - November 18

About this event - This webinar will offer necessary tools about financial literacy and budgeting.

Click HERE to register

Apply to College: Follow-ups Webinar - December 2

About this event - This webinar will offer the next steps of the college admissions and financial aid process after the initial applications are submitted.

Click HERE to register

Entrepreneurship Webinar - December 7

About this event - How to start a business and tips for owning a business as a teenager or young adult

Click HERE to register

Has Your Senior Completed the FAFSA?

If not, our Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) rep, Marcus Hilliard, provided helpful guides for you and your senior to navigate the FAFSA completion process (see below). Mr. Hilliard is very knowledgeable about the HOPE and Zell Miller scholarship program, the FAFSA, the cost of attendance for college, the GAfutures website, and more. If you have specific questions regarding your student's situation, you can schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with Mr. Hilliard by clicking HERE.
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How Your Student Can Track Their HOPE GPA


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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.
  • Below are instructions for your student to register for college rep visits:

    1. Log into your Naviance account
    2. Click "Colleges" at the top of the home screen
    3. Click "College Visits" under the "Research Colleges" section
    4. Register for the colleges he or she is interested in

    The student will receive an email confirmation. It is critical that the student has an accurate email in their Naviance profile (instructions to update the student email address can be found in our 11th & 12th Grade PowerPointment presentation on our website under Important Updates).

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.

  • University of Kentucky - November 10 @ 1:10 PM
  • Young Harris College - November 17 @ 1:10 PM

The last day of AO will be Wednesday, November 17th. All college visits will re-convene when we return in January. Stay tuned!


*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.

2021 Probe College Fair

Select your fair and register. There is no charge to attend; however, pre-registration is required.

ParentVUE and StudentVUE

IMPORTANT: As we near the end of the Fall semester, it is critical that students continue to check and monitor their grades in StudentVUE.


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 In your email, please include your student's first and last name as well as their student ID (lunch number).


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 In the email, your student must include their first and last name as well as their student ID (lunch number).

Helpful Articles and Resources

How To Improve Mental Health At School

Mental health has only become more important and more fraught as the pandemic has confined children to their homes and limited their social interactions.

Help Anxious Student Re-Adjust To Social Settings

While in-person activities may be billed as a "return to normal," it also brings with it the uncertainties of social interactions with which children have been out of practice.

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Upcoming Events & Reminders

11th Grade Core Lesson w. Counselors - November 3-19

Apply To College Day (seniors only) - November 12

Fall Final Exams - December 16 - 17

2021-2022 SHS Counseling Department

Ms. Lea Ponticelli, Last Names: A - D


Mrs. Misty Hawk, Last Names: E - Li


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

Department Chair


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


Mrs. Marilyn Wagner, Counseling Clerk


Ms. Theresa Morales, Registrar


CONNECT WITH US ON INSTAGRAM: @sprayberrycounseling

CONNECT WITH US ON TWITTER: @sprayberrycounse1ing

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

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