Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Introducing Ms. Vemuri

The counseling office has added a dynamic new member to our team.  We have fallen in love with her and we know you will too.  I hope you will take a minute to welcome Ms. Navina Vemuri to the Hooch Family!  Just for fun I made her answer some very important questions and several of her responses are eye opening for sure.  Who doesn't like Hershey's chocolate??
Favorite candy: Anything with chocolate, except for Hershey's
Favorite snack: BBQ Chips
Favorite store to Shop: TJ Maxx
Favorite movie: The Namesake
Favorite book or author: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The alphabet breakdown for Counselor assignments has slightly changed, so please note your student's Counselor below based on student last name. 
Mrs. Chilson - A - Deo
Mrs. Johnson - Der - Hei
Ms. Vemuri - Hen - McD
Ms. Blount - McG - Sa
Mrs. Jones - Sc - Z

Letter from Ms. Vemuri:
Hi Cougars!  My name is Navina Vemuri and I am the new school counselor here at Chattahoochee High School! I'm excited to be here and to work with this great community!  I'm originally from Germany, but have lived in the US for more than half of my life. Luckily, I am able to regularly visit my home country, since both my parents and my family still live there. I am also part Indian and am super proud of this part of my identity.  I love the food, the culture and music - right now I'm even learning Bharatnatyam dance! I went to the University of Connecticut for my undergraduate degree, where I majored in International Relations. At one point, I wanted to work for the United Nations, but things have changed since then. Most recently, I received my Masters of Education in School Counseling from Georgia State University. In my free time I like to travel, play soccer, hang out with my friends and go for a run. Stop by my office anytime, I love meeting new people and learning from those around me!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Senior Meeting Details 4/18/18

A senior meeting was held today - April 18th regarding all of the expectations you need to be aware of prior to our graduation ceremony on May 25th.  Make sure you have completed all the tasks below.

  • Make sure you are passing all of your coursework this semester!  If you do not pass the required classes necessary for graduation, you will not be permitted to walk in the graduation ceremony or earn your diploma until required credits are successfully completed.

  • Class of 2018 Information - This link will detail all of the information regarding graduation practice, the graduation ceremony, honor cords, purchasing extra tickets, purchasing cap and gown, etc.  Please make sure to familiarize yourself with these details.

  • Yellow Senior Final Checkout Form - Pick up in the Counseling Office if you did not get one at the meeting.  This is a yellow form that must be completed no later than May 18.  What does it ask you to do?  
    • Request your final transcript through  The college you plan to attend does not know you have graduated until they receive your final transcript.  Please make sure you submit your final transcript request through Parchment.  When you submit your request, you can indicate "Hold for Grades" so that your transcript is submitted after this semester grades have been added. 
    • Complete the Fulton County Exit Survey at this link
    • Complete the name pronunciation form at this link:  All students are required to submit a name pronunciation form.  
    • Submit all copies of verified scholarships that have been offered (even if you do not plan to accept the offer or attend the college) to Mrs. Jensen in the counseling office.  If you do not turn these in by May 18, they will not be announced at graduation.
    • Submit all copies of college admission offers you have received, even if you do not plan to attend the college.  These are due by May 18.  These may be copies of letters, emails or any other official printout from the college/university.  

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Summer School 2018


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**The Bus for Face-to-Face Summer School will depart from the covered bus loop at Chattahoochee at 7:38AM.  Summer school at Northview High School begins at 8:30AM.  Afternoon drop-off at CHS is approximately 12:50PM**​
Summer School for Face-to-Face, Fulton Virtual, and Georgia Virtual Registration is open!  Summer School is an opportunity for high school students to accelerate or recover credits during the summer.  Face-to-face facilitation and at home virtual offerings exist. The summer sessions are condensed versions of content provided during the school year, and students must have their course requests approved by their counselor before being enrolled.  Summer school registration does not require an online contract.  All face-to-face and virtual students who are taking an EOC course must participate in EOC testing which will take place at the Summer School site.  ​​
  • Face-to-Face Facilitation:
    • Hosted at Northview High School, with transportation provided if needed (see info above). 
    • A subject area teacher serves as the facilitator for the course and the content is completed online.  Face-to-face facilitation provides a designated time, location, and the technology needed for students to complete courses.
    • All EOC courses (9th Lit, 11th Lit, Algebra 1, Geometry, Biology, Physical Science, US History, and Economics) plus Personal Fitness are available for students who have previously failed that specific course(s). 
    • For students who want to accelerate, the only courses available to take for the first time in the face-to-face setting are Economics and Personal Fitness.
    • ​Students are only ​​allowed to take ONE content area during Face-to-Face Summer School. 
    • Students who have previously failed a course (recovery) may take up to two credits at no cost, but for Face-to-Face Summer School it must be in the same content area - or a student could take one content area through Face-to-Face and do a different content area through Fulton Virtual School.  
    • Students who are taking a course for the first time (accelerating) will not be able to do so through Face-to-Face Summer School, unless it is Economics or Personal Fitness.  Those are the only options for first-time courses in-person.  The tuition is $225 per 0.5 credit ($180 per 0.5 credit for students approved for free/reduced lunch).
    • Course dates are June 11th - July 13th.  Personal Fitness will only meet June 11th – June 29th.  All EOC testing occurs July 12th – 13th.  
    • School will be closed July 4th through July 6th for Independence Day. 
    • Late Registration:  June 4th - 8th.  Face-to-face students will be able to register in person at Northview HS during this window.  Students will not be able to register for classes that are already full.
    • For more information and to register for face-to-face courses, please visit:
  • Fulton Virtual:
    • Available for recovery or acceleration
    • All content is completed online at home
    • Students who have previously failed that specific course(s) are eligible to take up to two credits at no cost. 
    • Students who are taking a course for the first time (accelerating) must pay tuition at the rate of $225 per 0.5 credit ($180 per 0.5 credit for students approved for free/reduced lunch).
    • Course dates and times are June 4th – July 13th.  EOC testing occurs July 12th – 13th at Northview High School.  School will be closed July 4th for Independence Day. 
    • Deadline is June 1st and Late Registration is June 4th - 8th.  After June 1st, Students will not be able to register for classes that are already full.
    • ​There are strict completion benchmarks for online summer courses.  If a student is not making adequate progress they will be dropped from the course with no refund:
      • 33% complete by 6/15 at 11:59PM
      • 50% complete by 6/22 at 11:59PM
      • 67% complete by 6/29 at 11:59PM
    • ​​For more information and to register for Fulton Virtual courses, please visit:
  • GA Virtual:
    • Available for recovery or acceleration
    • All content is completed online at home
    • Both students who have previously failed a course(s) and students who are taking a course for the first time (accelerating) must pay tuition at the rate of $250 per 0.5 credit if choosing to go through GA Virtual.
    • Course dates for the 6-week session are June 4th – July 12th  and for the 5-week session are June 11th – July 12th.  EOC testing occurs July 12th – 13th at Northview High School.
    • For more information and to register for GA Virtual courses, please visit:
** We advise students to only attempt 0.5 or 1.0 credit of summer courses. **
  • 1 semester long course (0.5 credit) requires about 3 hours of work a day
  • 1 year long course (1.0 credit) requires about 6 hours of work a day
  • Expect 6 to 9 hours of work a day if your student enrolls in an accelerated math course​​
​​**Other Important Information**
Please also note that for high school students there are specific promotion requirements which are based on the number of credits a student has earned.  You can check your student's transcript on Home Access Center on the "Grades" tab, then click on "Transcript."  You will need to add up all the credits earned each semester to get the total number of credits earned.  Promotion requirements for each grade level are below.  If your student falls short on credits, then please know they will not be promoted to the next grade level and they will be assigned to the previous grade level homeroom.  
  • ​Students must have at least 5 credits by the end of July in order to be promoted to 10th Grade
  • Students must have at least 11 credits by the end of July in order to be promoted to 11th Grade
  • Students must have at least 17 credits by the end of July in order to be promoted to 12th Grade 
​Promotions are not made in the middle of the school year unless the student is graduating that year (e.g. May 2019).  

Once a student registers for Summer School, it will come to a CHS counselor for approval.  

Monday, March 5, 2018

Join the Hooch Counselors on Remind 101

Have you been feeling out of the loop?  Missing information?  Finding out at the last minute about opportunities?  Now's your chance to be in the know!  The Counseling Office is utilizing the Remind 101 app for announcements to students.  Please sign up to get information from us.  We will not be using this for day to day announcements, only for the most pertinent information and deadlines.  Take advantage of this service.

It is easy-peasy to sign up.  You should sign up based on your grade level.  Once you are registered, you do not need to re-register at any time.  It will follow you through graduation. 

Just text your code to 81010 and Bam!  You are registered for reminders from the Counseling Office. 

Current Juniors – Class of 2019
Text @3g76ak to 81010

Current Sophomores – Class of 2020
Text @74d77k to 81010

Current Freshmen – Class of 2021
Text @6g6493 to 81010

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Course Verification Season!

It is that time of year again where you have now received your course recommendations for the upcoming school year.  The counseling team fully believes that you should analyze how this year has gone for you and determine how to achieve a better balance in the future.  Now more than ever, you need to consider your options and what you can realistically handle in the coming school year.  It is quite important to take into consideration your responsibilities for each course.  It is equally important to make sure you are maintaining a healthy balance in your life and factoring in down-time as a part of your day.  Academics are just one piece.  

Recently, there was an article published (Children Need Balance Article) advising parents to help their children balance their lives.  They need guidance in this area.  We are seeing far too many students who are stressed, angry, overwhelmed, and feeling anxious.  Students need help making appropriate course choices for the upcoming year.  What is right for one student may not be right for another.  With that said, now is the time to begin discussing what next year might look like.

This year, the counseling office has one document that outlines the process for all courses that might require an application such as Yearbook, Newspaper, Work Based Learning, Peer Leadership, Online Classes, Dual Enrollment, etc.  There are many classes a student can take but they first must be approved.  There is a process for all of them.  You can find that information here:  Application Courses & Processes 18-19.  They are each listed alphabetically.  We encourage you to make sure you have followed the steps.

Students interested in online courses must complete the process no later than March 13th.  Applying for online classes is a two step process.  Complete the CHS Online Contract AND register for the online class. Applications available on March 1st in the counseling office. See flow chart for complete details.  Flowchart  All students who plan to take an online class must submit an online contract to the counseling office no later than March 13th and complete the online google form in the counseling office (Step 1).  If  you do not submit a contract by the March 13th deadline, you will not be approved for online learning.  Students who plan to take classes through Fulton Virtual School must register for their class between March 1 – 13th (Step 2).  Students who plan to take classes through Georgia Virtual School must register for their class between March 15-30th (Step 2).

Dual Enrollment
is equally as strict with their processes.  It is lengthy, but worth it.  The deadline is March 30th.  Students can pick up a step by step packet in our office.  There is also information at this address:  CHS Dual Enrollment Website. want free college??  Gotta jump through a lot of hoops!  You can do it!

Please note that on the course verification sheet, you cannot just scratch out a course an add a course that requires approval (see list of application courses above).  Once the application/process has been approved then the course gets added at a later date.  In the meantime, students should choose an elective from the back of their verification sheet, including some alternates in case a course becomes full or does not work logistically with their schedule.  

Students wishing to take a summer school course, please note that course will not be removed from your verification until we know you have satisfactorily completed the course.  Counselors are back early enough in the summer to make changes at that time.  What you can do is write notes on your verification form giving us insight as to what you would want to take out of your schedule once you complete the summer course.  Example:  US History is being taken over the summer in order to make room for AP European History.    US History is a graduation requirement.  We will not remove a graduation requirement to accommodate an elective.   We love you, but we want you to graduate on time.  

Summer school registration will begin on March 1st.  No paperwork in the counseling office is required to take summer classes. 

We appreciate the questions.  We are available for students to drop in for quick advising on the remaining dates:  February 20th during 4th & 5th period and March 6th during 4th and 5th period.  These are held in the Media Center.  Bring your verification form with you when you come. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Financial Aid Information Night 2017

As we all know, money does not grow on trees which is why the Counseling Office sponsors a Financial Aid night each year.  This year a speaker from the Georgia Student Finance Commission will be on hand to explain the FAFSA process and talk through HOPE/Zell Miller eligibility.  There will also be information about the CSS Profile and other pertinent information related to scholarship searching.  It will all take place on October 26, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Auditorium.  We hope you can join us.

Please take a look or print out the attached information prior to arrival.
Financial Aid Night Power Point
Georgia Student Finance Commission Presentation

You can also look at the information from last year's blog:
Financial Info Night 2016-2017 School Year

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Conquer the Application Process!

Senior Year is a busy busy year.  We have begun getting many questions about college application processes.  Please read through this detailed information and flag this page for future reference.  Also, mark your calendars for the following important dates:

August 24th at 7:00pm - a Senior Parent Meeting in the Auditorium.  
September 7th during 4A and 5A lunch - Senior Meeting to explain these processes.  


It is that time of year again when seniors are sending transcripts to colleges, asking for recommendation letters, and finalizing applications.  Let's walk through all the necessary steps!

There are two ways a student can send electronic copies of transcripts.
  • The first way is through PARCHMENT.  After setting up an account, a student is able to send transcripts to any college their heart desires.  Students must make sure to associate themselves with Chattahoochee High School when asked "Where would you like your transcript sent from?"  It is free to send transcripts electronically!  If you look at your "self-view copy" on parchment and it does not look correct, DO NOT PANIC.  It is correct, it only shows the view point from the time you last submitted an order.  Mrs. Jensen always send the most up to date transcript, unless you request to "hold for grades" option, then she will send at the end of the term.

  • The second way is through GA FUTURES.  Students are able to login to their account and send a transcript to any college in Georgia.  Students cannot send a transcript out of state on this portal.  

Students can also request a signed/sealed/official hard copy through Mrs. Jensen.  They must give her at least 24 hours notice by requesting this on their yellow "Recommendation Request Card".  These are located in Mrs. Jensen's office.

Home Access Center is the fastest way to get an unofficial copy of your transcript if you are needing to self report your grades to your college.

Counselors will begin accepting recommendation letter requests after Labor Day.  There are three main steps to Recommendation Letters.  If your college does not require a recommendation letter or school report, then they do not want one and you can skip these steps.
  1. Completing a Senior Profile / Student Information Sheet
    This is a one and done process.  Once you have completed the blue senior profile form and given it to your counselor you can check this part off your list.  You do want to make sure you are thorough in your responses and this is one area where we would say "more is better".  It is better to give us more information than not enough.  Please be thoughtful in your responses.  We are hoping you get into the college of your choice and are actively rooting for you - but we can't do it without your help!  This is your brag sheet!  Let us know all those amazing accomplishments your friends don't care about.  Now is your time to shine.  We can only do so much with one word responses.  Give us something to work with :)

    Here is a link for you to get started:  Senior Student Profile Form

  2. Making a formal request on the Recommendation Request Card
    Counselors do require 10 (ten) SCHOOL days to process recommendation letter requests.  In order to make the request, please come and get the yellow "recommendation request card" in our office.  You will use the same card all year and add on as needed.  This card remains in the counseling office (Mrs. Jensen's office).  You will need to get a one time parent signature allowing us to release your records.  If you need a letter for a scholarship, you must write it on here.  If you want a letter for University of Texas, you must add it on here.  If you want a letter for a military academy, you must add it on here.  For each college, you must list it!  Make sure that you write the name of the college /scholarship on the card for each separate link that you are going to send us.  Sending just the link and not using the recommendation request card is not sufficient.

    Exception to the rule!  The exception is Common Application.  If you are needing a letter to be submitted to Common App, you must add "Common App" this one time to your card.  For Common App users, you do not have to write each college on the yellow card - just a one time "common app" line so that we know to look for your invitation in our email.

    About halfway through the year, you may need a Mid Year Report or at the end of the year you may need an End of the Year Report submitted to your college.  We will not know to send one, unless you complete the Recommendation Request Card.  Please make sure you do this!  We are going to assume you do not need one if we do not get this request.
  3. Sending the link to your counselor OR attaching the paper copy
    This is the last step.  By this point, you have already turned in your blue profile form and completed your yellow recommendation request card to our office.  You now need to make sure you have added your counselor's name and email address to your application in order for us to get a secure link to send your school report and/or letter.  

Make sure you have some sort of organizational strategy to conquer your applications.  Each college may have different deadlines for admissions, scholarships, financial aid, honors college, etc.  Do not miss them!  You should keep track of what supplemental documents are needed to make a complete admission's file.  Just because you did your application, does not mean your file is complete.  You must make sure you have submitted all pertinent materials in order for them to process your application.  They will not make a decision until they have received everything.  (Application, Essays, Transcript, Test Scores, Teacher Recommendation Letters, Counselor Recommendation letter, Immunization Records, etc.)  Not every school requires everything listed, but some do.  Make sure you have what you need to make the process go smoothly.  Use your resources to get information, such as looking at the admission's website or blog for a detailed list of what is required.  UGA and Georgia Tech both have excellent blogs and have explained their processes quite well.  Check those out on their admissions website!

Here are some quick deadline reminders from your Counseling Team.  Do not wait until the last minute.  
September 28 is the recommendation request deadline for any October 15 deadlines.
October 18 is the recommendation request deadline for any November 1 deadlines.
November 10 is the recommendation request deadline for any December 1 deadlines.
December 8 is the recommendation request deadline for any January 1 deadlines

** Please note: UGA and Georgia Tech have switched to January 1 deadlines.  They are no longer January 15 for regular admission.