SHS Counseling Newsletter

February 2022

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Applerouth's FREE SAT and ACT Practice Test Weekend

Applerouth is offering a National Practice Test Weekend for FREE on Saturday, February 26, and Sunday, February 27. They have online and in-person practice test options. Click HERE to reserve your spot.

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.

Financial Aid Awareness Month - Financial Aid 101

Thursday, February 3 at 5:00 PM

About this event: The Financial AId 101 webinar covers an overview of federal and state of Georgia grants, scholarships, and loans while highlighting the post-secondary cost of attendance budgets and financial aid applications in celebration of Financial Aid Awareness Month

Click HERE to register

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Important Senior Notice: HOPE Transcript to GAfutures

On August 30, 2021, all senior transcripts were uploaded to GAfutures. This means that every senior has been able to check and monitor their high school HOPE GPA, as it included all credits from 9th, 10th, and 11th grade.

The next senior transcript upload will take place by February 15, 2022, and will include all high school credits from the 9th, 10th, 11th, and fall semesters 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 in GAfutures. Your senior needs to make sure they have submitted their social security number (SSN) to the counseling clerk, Marilyn Wagner, in the lobby of the counseling office as soon as possible. High schools that submit transcript records without a social security number (SSN) to the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) will result in:

  • HOPE or Zell Miller scholarship eligibility cannot be determined for the student.
  • The student will not be able to check their HOPE or Zell Miller scholarship eligibility in their GAfutures account.
  • In-state colleges will not be able to view the student's scholarship eligibility for estimated awards.

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.

Senior Families: Be Sure To Complete the FAFSA

If your senior is planning to attend college after high school graduation, he or she must complete the FAFSA form. Many colleges, both in-state and out of state, set priority deadlines by which students must submit the FAFSA form to be considered for financial aid. If your senior is HOPE or Zell Miller eligible, he or she must complete the FAFSA form as well.

If your senior has not completed the FAFSA form, 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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College Rep Visits

College Rep Visits are opportunities for students, specifically juniors and seniors, to speak directly with admissions representatives from colleges and universities to learn more about their programs, scholarship opportunities, and answer any lingering questions!

  • All college rep visits are held on Wednesdays at the beginning of AO.
  • Students are required to 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

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

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

  • LaGrange College - Wednesday, Feb. 2
  • Piedmont University - Wednesday, Feb. 9
  • Johnson & Wales University-Providence - Wednesday, Feb. 16
  • Life University - Wednesday, March 2
  • Dalton State College - Wednesday, March 9
  • Reinhardt University - Wednesday, March 16
  • Chatt Tech College - Wednesday, March 23
  • Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) - Wednesday, March 30
  • The University of Alabama - Wednesday, April 13


NOTE: Cobb County School District assigned every student with a Naviance account. If your student does not recall his or her username and/or password, he or she must send an email to their assigned counselor.

Articles & Resources

How Your Student Can Track Their HOPE GPA


Helping Anxious Students 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

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

ParentVUE and 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).

Upcoming Events & Reminders

Elective Registration - February 14-18 (more details to come)

Winter Break - February 21-25

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


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