Starr's Mill High School Counseling

January 24, 2022

Welcome back to Spring 2022!

We hope you had a safe and restful break to prepare for a successful semester.
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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

Dual Enrollment Information

If you are interested in participating in Dual Enrollment for the 22-23 school year, there will be dual enrollment information sessions. Due to the updated FCBOE Covid guidelines, the scheduled session held at Starr's Mill High School was cancelled. However, there are other planned informational meetings or you may view the presentation online via Schoology. All new and returning DE students and parents must attend a session or view it virtually to be eligible to participate in dual enrollment. Please visit the Fayette County Dual Enrollment Website for details.
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Fayette County Dual Enrollment Website

Click here to view the steps for dual enrollment

Dual Enrollment at COI

Click here to view dual enrollment at the Center of Innovation

Advanced Placement Night

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This year's AP/Special Programs Night information is online and available for viewing at your convenience. Everything has been prerecorded; therefore, there is no specific start or end time. The information will remain online through the remainder of the semester. Any student interested in taking an AP class, yearbook, or work-based learning for the 2022-2023 school year should plan to review the information about course offerings via Schoology or the school website.

Current SMHS students only

1. Access the AP/Special Programs Night information via Schoology (Parent or Student page) or the school website (under Student Resources--> Advanced Placement).

2. Watch 1) Mr. Leonard's welcome video and 2) AP/Special Programs Night video presentation.

3. View the link to the Advanced Placement Registration Information and Course Catalog.

4. Look at the course offerings and prerequisites to determine what you are eligible and would like to take. If you have questions regarding your first semester averages that are used as prerequisites, please check Infinite Campus.

5. Students will register for AP classes when they meet with their school counselor in the coming weeks (no appointment necessary).

Viewing Transcripts

Did you know that unofficial transcripts can be viewed in Infinite Campus? Just click into "Documents" and you are able to view an unofficial transcript.
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Credit Recovery Information

Counselors will be sharing Credit Recovery Information with students who did not earn at least a 70 in a core class. If you have questions, please contact your school counselor.

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Interested Seniors should submit a 5 to 7 paragraph essay addressing the following topic by February 25th at 3:45 pm to the guidance department.

As you approach the end of your senior year, what do you wish you had known when you started high school? What advice would you give to incoming SMHS students and why?

2022 PTSO Scholarship Information

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Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership

One 10th grade student will be chosen to represent SMHS through this essay competition.

Write a 100 to 150-word essay and address the following prompt:

Describe the most rewarding and most challenging aspects of being a leader in your school and/ or community. What makes you uniquely qualified to represent SMHS at the HOBY Leadership Seminar?

Submit essay to Mrs. Edwards in the School Counseling Department by 02/04/22. You may send it digitally through email. Visit HOBY website for additional information.

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United Way of Greater Atlanta

In partnership with Cox Enterprises, we are holding our 2022 STEMUp: Youth Maker Competition.

This live competition modeled after the television show “Shark Tank” is an opportunity for young people in our region to use their ideas, voice, and leadership to improve our communities. We are looking for innovative STEM-related ideas to solve problems in your local communities.

The competition is open to middle and high school-aged students who are involved in STEM programming in our 13-county footprint. Up to three finalists will be selected to receive a monetary award up to $2,500.00 to support the implementation of their innovative idea. Employees from Cox Enterprises will be judging the proposals.

Visit our website for more information on STEMUp.

For more information, please contact

Will Burke (he/him/his)

Director, Volunteerism

United Way of Greater Atlanta

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Students Without Mothers Scholarship

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Applications for the Students Without Mothers (SWM) scholarship program are being accepted now through January 31, 2022 from current high school juniors (graduating Spring 2023)! SWM is a local non-profit organization providing college scholarships to high school students who are without their mothers due to death or other unfortunate circumstances. Since its inception in 2004, Students Without Mothers has provided 106 students with four year scholarships in the amount of $4,000 each. Scholarships are distributed in annual payments of $1,000. In addition to scholarship support, our program provides life coaching, grief counseling, and a laptop computer to each student. Our goal is to empower students to help themselves!

The program serves the 21-County Metro Atlanta Area (Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Rockdale, Spalding, Walton).

For qualifying criteria and applications, please visit our website. If you know a student who is without his/her mother and may qualify for a scholarship, please encourage them to apply. We can never replace someone's mother, but we CAN help!

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Kevin L. Allen Memorial Scholarship Fund

Kevin was a strong, caring, talented and adventurous person. He will always be remembered for his sense of humor and not hesitating to help someone out in a time of need. This scholarship was created to assist those who have Kevin's love of cars. Please visit to learn information about his scholarship.

Georgia Scholar Program

Through the Georgia Scholar program, Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) identifies and honors high school seniors who have achieved excellence in school and community life. Each Georgia Scholar receives a seal for his or her diploma. Applicants should be aware that Georgia Scholar is a recognition-only program and no scholarship funds are associated. The application deadline is Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at noon. Visit the Georgia Department of Education Website to learn more information regarding this program.

EMC Coweta-Fayette

Thanks to members who give to Operation Round-Up, the Coweta-Fayette Trust awards thousands of dollars in scholarships each spring. Our scholarships make it possible for students in our service area to achieve their dreams. Please visit EMC scholarship website for more details. For additional questions, contact Jacob Manus at or call 770-252-7442.
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Old Town Sharpsburg Garden Club



Who? The Old Town Sharpsburg Garden Club is looking for a local graduating senior or college attendee who desires to pursue higher education in Horticulture or a related field.

How? Submit a letter of application outlining your interests, qualification and goals. These must be accompanied by a transcript or documented evidence of GPA, and a letter of recommendation by a teacher who has taught/­supervised the applicant. Please include an acceptance letter from the college you will be attending.

When? Deadline for submission is March 1, 2022.

Submit To: Gail Ericsson, 255 Fairway Court, Newnan, GA 30265

Phone: 770-251-3728

Cell: 770-301-0119

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.
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News from the 'Class of 2022' Sponsors

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What is Fastweb?

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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