GCA Counseling Newsletter

December 2017

C.A.N.D.Y. - December Edition

Counseling Announcements & News Delivered to You

And the Cyberbullying Poster Contest Winner is....

Isaiah T.

Thank you to all students for participating in this contest! All posters were great, but Isaiah's took grand prize!

Shout Out

Thank you to Sierra R. for participating in the 4C Cafe survey! We appreciate your feedback. She is the lucky winner of the raffle prize. Make sure you join out YouTube account and complete the survey at the end of the lesson for your chance to win a prize!

Congratulations to Johnathan D. as he was announced as one of the winners of the 2017 Congressional App Challenge! Click Here for the full article.

Want more information about Hope Eligibility Requirements?

Join us for a presentation from Georgia Student Finance Commission regarding HOPE eligibility and requirements as well as other college financial aid information!

Date: December 6th @ 12:30

Location: Four C Cafe Click Here

Free College Applications

Agnes Scott College

Bainbridge College

Berry College

Brewton-Parker College

Central Georgia Technical College

Embry Riddle Aeronautical Univ

Mercer University

Middle Georgia State University

Miles College

Oglethorpe University

Piedmont College

Point University

Reinhardt University

Savannah State University

Shorter University

South Georgia Technical

Tennessee Wesleyan University

Toccoa Falls College

Wesleyan College ($30 fee for paper application)

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College

National College List with no application fee

Foresters Financial Workshop

The Foresters Financial Workshop is free and a great opportunity to learn more about applying for college, financial advice and more! You can register for the college workshop here.

Curious About College?

Want to go to college but don’t know how to begin?

Visit a Campus!

What’s the best college fit for you?

Paying for College:

Types of Degrees:

College Visits

College Tours with GCA

Come out and visit a college near you!

Bring a Friend with you!

Get to Log Attendance Too!

FEC Kareen Bangou



  • Chattahoochee Tech- Marietta -02/02/2018 at 10am
  • Chattahoochee Tech- North Metro Campus -03/02/2018 at 10am

More Dates and events soon…

Click here to register

National College Fair ATLANTA, GA
Location: Georgia International Convention Center Exhibit Halls ABC 2000 Convention Center Concourse Atlanta, GA 30337
Fair Hours:
Sunday, March 25, 2018 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Contact Us:
E-mail collegefairs@nacacnet.org or info@nacacnet.org or call: 770-997-3566

Georgia PROBE Fair Calendar for Local College Tours throughout the STATE

Graduation Information Night

Did you miss the graduation session on September 21st? Click Here to view the recording. For more information visit our website.

4C Café

Where you can Forsee your Future: A GCA College and Career Counseling Center

4C Cafe: Guidance *NEW*
4C Cafe: Guidance will be for students to grow academically, personally/socially, and in career development through ASCA standards-based episodes that will alternate in delivery mode from *LIVE* in the BBC room at 10 AM to NEW on our YouTube channel that Thursday!

*LIVE* Episodes will cover the episode material first and then launch into an open Q & A time with multiple GCA High School Counselors present to answer all of your GCA related questions! ​

Season 1 Upcoming Episodes:

Dec 7: Test Taking Skills w. Stevie Tompkins

How do I join a *LIVE* episode of
4C Cafe: ​Guidance?

Go to The 4C Cafe at 10 AM on the Thursday the episode is premiering​!

​How can I be notified when a *NEW* episode of 4C Cafe: Guidance has premeired on YouTube?
Easy! Just subscribe to our channel: GCA Counselors


Want more information about Scholarship, requirements and deadlines? Click Here


Students who plan to attend college need to take the SAT and/or the ACT. Most four-year colleges and some two-year college require an ACT and/or SAT score for admissions consideration. You should always research colleges you are interested in to see what they require for admissions. Although there is not a specific/required time period to take these tests, most students take the PSAT in 10th grade (to practice and prepare for the SAT), the SAT and/or ACT spring semester of their junior year, and another SAT and/or ACT fall semester of their senior year. Although we will provide information and assist with questions, GCA staff will not register you for these tests, therefore you must plan to do that on your own. Below are some links to assist you with this process and provide you further information regarding these exams.

ACT-Upcoming Test Date is Dec 9th. Do your best on the test! The next testing opportunity is February 10th and the registration deadline is January 12th.


SAT- Upcoming Test Date is Dec 2nd. Good luck! The first spring test date is March 10th and registration deadline is February 9th.


PSAT-If you took the PSAT in October, you should be receiving your scores soon (in early December). Be on the lookout for alerts from collegeboard that your scores are in. You can also log into your collegeboard account to check. Mrs. Morgan will also be following up with you regarding score interpretation soon!

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Khan Academy Live: SAT, a series of three free online SAT classes from Khan Academy. Click below to view the recordings. The classes will covered important concepts and tips for the SAT, and will offered students the opportunity to chat 1:1 with experts from College Board and Khan Academy.

Khan Academy Live: SAT Math Recording Click Here
Khan Academy Live: SAT Reading Recording Click Here
Khan Academy Live: SAT Writing Recording Click Here

For more information visit https://www.khanacademy.org/


The 2018-19 FAFSA launched October 1st.

To learn more click here...

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Congratulations Character Crusaders!

November: Persistence

Raven H. - Jean Perpich

Levi N. - Amy Whitener

Cale M. - Jean Perpich

Jacob K. - Kacey Long

Landon D. - June Cook

Autumn S. - Shay Locke

Elayna B. - Kate Potts

Justin J. - Rebecca Stinson

Monte M. - Rebecca Stinson

Savannah B. - Stevie Tompkins

Sarah S. - Amy Morgan

Character Crusaders: Compassion

Character Crusaders:

As you know, the Counseling Department has implemented Character Education at the high school level this school year. We will have a character ed focus word each month that will be highlighted in CANDY, the newsletter, and on our website. Our Character ed words will focus on traits that have shown successful in high school, college and career. High School staff will also submit names of students showing outstanding character and we will recognize those students each month. Check out our November Character Crusaders at: http://www.gacyber.org/character-crusaders.html

This month’s character ed word is Compassion.

Compassion means: A feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. Synonyms: mercy, tenderness

A few examples of compassion could be:

· Helping an elderly neighbor bring in groceries.

· Offering a kind word to someone who looks down.

· Volunteering at a soup kitchen to help those in need.

· Spending time with a friend who has had recent struggles.

A historical figure who exhibited Integrity was Mother Teresa.

Mother Teresa always put others before herself. In 1950, she founded an organization called the Missionaries of Charity, a community of people who volunteer their time to serve to those in need: "What her workers, sisters and brothers alike, give to the poor is much more than medical care. They give unconditional love to those who are shunned by the rest of the world. Mother Teresa was a practical woman with one goal in life: to serve the poor"(Parks). Mother Teresa and the people of her organization, Missionaries of Charity, did whatever they could to not only take care of the poor, but also give them pure and true love to make them feel wanted in this world. She focused on only one idea "to serve the poorest of the poor". Mother Teresa became eventually became famous because of her works with people in poverty. In 1979, she won the Nobel Peace Prize for her acts of kindness to the people in Calcutta ("Mother Teresa"). This is an inspiration because she teaches people to care more about others rather than themselves. Also, it proves that good things will come out of helping other people. Mother Teresa was generous and considerate when it came to helping others less fortunate than her. (myhero.com)

Consider people in your own life who you feel show character. Ask yourself what you are doing on a daily basis to be an example of compassion in your personal and academic life.

If you would like to offer feedback on why you think compassion is an important character trait, please do so here: https://tinyurl.com/CharacterStudentFeedback

Parent Night

Have questions? Need answers? Come to parent night in the Four C Cafe. Check below for dates and times.
Four C Cafe: Click Here

Freshman Parent Night- Recording
Sophomore Parent Night- Recording
Junior Parent Night- Recording
SENIOR Parent Night- Recording

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment Specialists:

Ginger Reid (A-L)

Corey DeBrody (M-Z)

Tim Melvin (DE Coordinator)

DE Information sessions are held every Friday at 10am. Click Here to attend. For more information on DE Click Here.

Did you know?!!

Did you know you can schedule an appointment with your counselor any time! Click here to visit our website and locate your counselor to schedule an appointment.


K12 National Online Clubs

Did you know . . . K12 offers College and Career Prep Clubs?

It’s never too early – or too late – to explore your options!

Join a K12 National Club today to engage in the conversations that will help you along the path of discovering your strengths and interests, and the resources that will connect you with college and career planning tools. *Your parents/learning coaches are also invited to engage in the club sessions with you.

10th – 12th Grade College Club

Sign Up by Clicking HERE

Additional Details:

  • Sessions will be held on Fridays & more information on a schedule of sessions will be sent out to student who have signed up for the club sessions
  • Career Club @ 1pm ET|Noon CT|11am MT|10am PT
  • College Club @ 2pm ET|1pm CT|Noon MT|11am PT

For staff questions regarding National Clubs, please email Sonja Howerton at showerton@k12.com