Sprayberry Counseling Newsletter
If you have a college application deadline that falls over Winter Break or right when we return you need to order your transcripts early. Please order all transcripts by December 12 to ensure it will be sent before the end of the semester. You must also remember to follow ALL THREE steps in the transcript process. If you do not follow all three steps your transcript will not be sent.
Official Transcripts are Ready to Order
Seniors! Follow the instructions on our flyer posted here to order your official transcript. Students must remember to follow each step so counselors are able to send the documents when they are ready. Please note- no transcripts can be sent without the student completing their transcript request card in the counseling office.
During the month of November, counselors hosted Junior Advisement with our entire Junior class. Students participated in a detailed presentation from counseling and received a copy of their transcript along with a status check that shows where they are with their graduation requirements. If you would like to have a Junior Advisement meeting with your student's counselor, please email them directly to schedule a time in December. We have also posted the presentation on our website for those interested in watching along at home!
Vaping Prevention and Intervention
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products has created classroom resources to prevent vaping among middle and high school students. These cross-curricular vaping prevention resources include lesson plans, activities, infographics, and videos that help teens learn about the dangers of e-cigarette use. Click here to access the information.
Important Notice for Seniors!
All Georgia high Schools are required to report transcript records for Seniors to GSFC for the purpose of determining academic eligibility for HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship. Sprayberry Seniors will have a Preliminary Transcript Record submitted and verified by February 15th, 2023.
What is the significance of a Preliminary Transcript Record?
- Current Seniors can access their HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship preliminary eligibility as they plan for college admissions and paying for college.
- HOPE eligible colleges may use the preliminary eligibility to determine estimated awards for the students.
Seniors need to make sure they have submitted their Social Security Number (SSN) to Mrs. Wagner, the counseling clerk, in the lobby of the counseling office as soon as possible. High schools that submit transcript records without a Social Security Number (SSN) to GSFC will result in:
- No HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility determined for the students.
- Students will not be able to check their HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility in their GAfutures account.
- The colleges will not be able to view the student’s scholarship eligibility for estimated awards.
HAS YOUR SENIOR COMPLETED THE FAFSA?
If not, 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.
SAT & ACT Wavier Information and Test Dates
To qualify for a fee waiver students must meet one of the qualifications listed in the ACT and SAT waiver information linked on the names. If your student receives free or reduced lunch they qualify and need to speak with Mrs. Wagner for their waivers.
If you need to apply for Free or Reduced Lunch you can do so on county website HERE
Please provide a copy of your confirmation form from the county for free or reduced lunch or your other qualifying documentation to receive the SAT/ACT waiver to Mrs. Wagner, the counseling clerk.
** You will receive one SAT waiver which is good for two tests and one ACT waiver which is good for four tests. Be sure to reserve at least one SAT test and one ACT test for your Senior year.**
Once you take the SAT using a waiver, you may receive up to 4 college application fee waivers for your senior year on your College Board account.
Counseling Case Load for the 2022-2023 School Year
A- Da- Mrs. Lea Ponticelli, Department Chair
De-I- Mrs. Misty Hawk
J- Ni- Ms. Crystal Jordan
No-Ro- Ms. Annie Soltis
Ru-Z, and KSU & Chatt Tech Dual Enrollment- Dr. Tammy White
Counseling Support Staff
Marilyn Wagner, Counseling Clerk
Theresa Morales, Registrar
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