Starr's Mill High School Counseling

October 29, 2021

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Who Are Your School Counselors?

Meshanna Marcus Student Last Names A - D

Shellie Edwards Student Last Names E - Lac

Colleen Petty Student Last Names Lad - Re

Connie Patterson Student Last Names Rf - Z

Judy Dillon Secretary, School Counseling Department

Reminder: Fall 2021 Probe College Tour

Student registration is now open for the Probe College Tour! Here's what you need to know. Your students must pre-register online. The Probe tour is going "touchless" with students required to pre-register for their chosen fair. Students should register at

They will immediately receive a QR code on the screen, and via email. Students will need the code either on their mobile phone or have a printed copy. A list of college exhibitors scheduled to appear at in-person fairs may be found at

For more information on the student registration process, read our Help article.

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FAFSA Information

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is now available! FAFSA is used to apply for federal or state supported financial aid such as the HOPE Scholarship and it can determine other financial assistance. Click here to learn more information about FAFSA.

FAFSA Night At Point University

On Nov. 10th, join Holly Hardnett, Director of Financial Aid and team members, as they guide students and parents through the process of completing the FAFSA form. The FAFSA form is a critical tool to apply for grants, work study and loans. The new 2022-2023 FAFSA form is now available! Some states and schools have limited funds, so don't delay! RSVP by Nov. 8th

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Signs of Suicide (S.O.S) Prevention

During the month of November, we will speak with 9th graders and new students regarding the signs of suicide prevention lesson. S.O.S Signs of Suicide is an evidence based program designed for high school students that teaches youth to identify signs of depression and suicide in themselves and their friends. Our SOS program goals are as follows:

  • To explain that suicide is a preventable tragedy that often occurs as a result of untreated depression
  • To provide students training in how to identify serious depression and potential risk of suicide in a friend
  • To impress upon youth that they can help themselves or a friend by taking the simple step of talking to a trusted adult about their concerns
  • To teach students who they can turn to at school for help, if they need it

We encourage help seeking behavior through the ACT technique:

Acknowledge: Listen to your friend, don't ignore threats

Care: Let your friend know you care

Tell: Tell a trusted adult so they can help

For more information, please visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Crisis Textline for 24/7 available assistance.

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Upcoming Virtual College Information Sessions

Please remember to visit SMHS Counseling Department Schoology page to sign up for additional virtual and on-site college information sessions. Below are a few upcoming sessions.

  • Georgia Gwinnett College: Monday, 11/8
  • University of Alabama: Tuesday, 11/9
  • Kennesaw State University: Saturday, 11/13
  • Agnes Scott College: Saturday, 11/13
  • College of Coastal Georgia: Saturday 11/13
  • Jacksonville State University: Thursday, 11/18
  • Mississippi State University: Monday, 11/22

Please see Mrs. Dillon, School Counseling Secretary, for additional assistance.
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SMHS Counseling Schoology Page

Additional information found on our Schoology page includes,

  1. AP College Credit Policy
  2. GPA Quality Point Calculation
  3. Mental Health and Crisis Resources
  4. Work Based Learning
  5. Scholarships
  6. FAFSA
  7. Dual Enrollment