SHS Counseling Newsletter

October 2021

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Virtual Evening with UGA

Tuesday, Oct. 12th, 6pm

This is an online event.

This virtual presentation will be hosted and presented by the UGA Admissions office and will help answer questions about UGA, their admissions process, and more! There will be an opportunity for students to ask questions at the end of the presentation. This is for interested juniors and seniors.

Registration link -

Pay For College Night

Thursday, Oct. 21st, 6-7pm

Sprayberry High School - LGI

Our Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) representative, Marcus Hilliard, will present helpful information regarding HOPE and Zell Miller scholarship, the FAFSA, the cost of attendance for college, GAfutures, the importance of students monitoring their high school HOPE GPA, and much more!

This event is for junior and senior families.

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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.

GAfutures FAFSA Completion: Step-by-Step Webinar - October 7

Click HERE to register

GAfutures HOPE Programs Webinar - October 21

Click HERE to register

GAfutures Budgeting Fundamentals Webinar - November 18

Click HERE to register

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.

  • Mercer University - October 6 at 1:10 PM
  • University of Mississippi - October 20 @ 1:10 PM
  • University of West Georgia - October 27 @ 1:10 PM
  • University of South Alabama - November 3 @ 1:10 PM
  • University of Kentucky - November 10 @ 1:10 PM
  • Young Harris College - November 17 @ 1:10 PM
  • Johnson & Wales University-Providence - December 1 @ 1:10 PM
  • Georgia College & State University - December 8 @ 1:10 PM
  • Georgia State University - December 15 @ 1:10 PM


*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.

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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).

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

10th Grade Core Lesson w. Counselors - October 11 - 14

Pay For College Night - October 21 at 6:00 PM

Apply To College Day (seniors only) - November 12 (more details to come)

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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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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