SHS Counseling Newsletter

January 2022

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Applerouth Webinar Opportunities

New Semester, Better Study Skills - January 11 at 8:00 PM

About this event - If your goals include things like "get organized" or "study more efficiently," this event is for you! Learn research-based, proven methods for developing time management skills getting organized, and becoming more effective and efficient at reading and note-taking. Polishing these skills is the secret to shining bright in school.

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SAT vs. ACT: How to decide which is right for you - January 13 at 8:00 PM

About this event - You're planning for college admissions, but how do you decide whether to take the SAT, ACT, or even test at all? Learn how to navigate test-optional admissions, make strategic decisions, and create the right plan for you.

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How to Make College Affordable - January 19 at 8:00 PM

About this event - Join us for an in-depth conversation about the cost of college and how to find your family's path to an affordable degree. Guest speaker: Claire Law

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Financial Aid 101 - January 26 at 8:00 PM

About this event - Do not miss this opportunity to hear from a financial aid officer on how to apply for need-based financial aid and get all of your college affordability questions answered. Guest speaker: Channell Thomas

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NOTE: If you have specific questions about their webinars, please contact Applerouth directly.

Upcoming College Fairs

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Important Senior Notice: Requesting Mid-year Transcripts for College

Mid-year transcripts will be available by the end of January. Mid-year transcripts will have your senior's final grades from the first semester, their in-progress classes for the current semester, and their updated GPA. Some colleges may contact your senior individually requesting a mid-year transcript, but if your senior has not been accepted by the college yet; he or she will need to make sure to order the official transcript to be sent to the college. Instructions for ordering official transcripts are on the Sprayberry counseling website - Your senior will follow the same two-step process as they did when ordering their initial transcripts during the first semester. Please remember that they will add the colleges to their Naviance account and pay for the official transcripts on MyPaymentsPlus. If both steps are not completed, there may be a delay in sending the transcript in Naviance.

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 are BACK!

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 during 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.

  • Georgia Southwestern State University - Wednesday, Jan. 19
  • Oglethorpe University - Wednesday, Jan. 26
  • LaGrange College - Wednesday, Feb. 2
  • Piedmont University - Wednesday, Feb. 9
  • Johnson & Wales University-Providence - Wednesday, Feb. 16


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.

How Your Student Can Track Their HOPE GPA


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.

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

IMPORTANT: As we kick off the spring semester, it is critical that students continue to check and monitor their grades in 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

School Holiday (MLK, Jr. Day) - January 17

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


CONNECT WITH US ON INSTAGRAM: @sprayberrycounseling

CONNECT WITH US ON TWITTER: @sprayberrycounse1ing

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