Lovinggood School Counseling Dept.

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October Coffee with the Counselors-What Parents Need to Know When Talking to Their Kids About Drugs


In celebration of Red Ribbon Week, join the Lovinggood Professional School Counselors in learning more about drugs and how they are affecting our community and what you can do when talking to your kids. Our very own Officer Herman will speak on the trends in vaping, how kids are accessing illegal substances and other topics parents should know about when discussing drugs and alcohol with their students.

When: Thursday, October 25 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Where: Lovinggood Middle School Theater

For more information, please contact the Lovinggood Professional School Counselors at 678-331-3015.

Duke Tip Information


The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented youth. Duke TIP works with students, their families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage, and help students reach their highest potential.

Students qualify for the 7th Grade Talent Search by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level standardized test. Enrollment provides benefits that last through the end of high school, including the opportunity to take the ACT or SAT, specialized publications, college prep advice, and access to educational programs.

If you or your student is interested in finding out more about TIP, or registering for the 7th Grade Talent Search, please visit their page for more information.

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Talented 8th graders who are prospective students for the Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts


Important dates for 8th grade


Sept 18, 12:30-1:30 pm Magnet School Presentation to students

Sept 19, 9:00-9:30 am Magnet School Presentation to parents

Oct 10, 8th Grade Students will take the PSAT

Jan. 22, 12:45-2:15 pm High School Registration Presentation for students

Feb 6, 8:30-9:30 am High School Registration Information for parents

Feb 26, 12:45 pm Interested Only Student Meeting for Pebblebrook Performing Arts at Lovinggood

March 12, 9:30 to 2:00 pm Student Auditions for Pebblebrook Perfoming Arts at Lovinggood


2/26 @ 12:45PM – initial visit

3/12 @ 9:30AM – auditions

Magnet School Timeline:

     October 1st                           Application opens (magnet.cobbk12.org)

     October 5, 7, 9, 11, 18, 25  Magnet Showcases

     December 1                          Application Deadline

     Feb 15th 2019                      Magnet Decisions on Portal 

     March 18th 2019                 Student Decisions due in the Portal  

 Note: This timeline does not apply to Pebblebrooks’s Magnet 



Magnet School Presentations


Tuesday, September 18th, 8th grade students only presentation @ 12:30 – 1:30 pm in The Perkins Theater.

Wednesday, September 19th, “Coffee with the Counselors” parent Magnet School session @ 9:00 – 9:30 am in The Perkins Theater.



Are you an 8th grader in Cobb County and interested in attending a Magnet High School? See the attached flyer regarding important information regarding the Magnet admission’s test for Cobb County. For more information click here


All 8th Grade Students will take the PSAT on Oct 10, 2018



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Magnet School Information


Information about Cobb Magnet School Programs  and contact information 



Helping Your Student with Anxiety


A start to a new school year is an exciting time. But for our students who struggle with anxiety, the new school year can be difficult. USA Today published these 12 ways for parents to help their children during this difficult time. If you feel that your child’s anxiety is increasing or they are having a particularly tough time coping, please reach out to your grade-level school counselor.

A Plethora of Resources


The information in this post may include but is not limited to sports camps, academic camps, resources for low-income families and more. Take what you need.

  • Vision To Learn is a national non-profit charity that entered Georgia in 2017 at Atlanta Public Schools providing free vision screening, free eye exams and free glasses for low-income families. Cobb libraries are hosting three visits by the Vision To Learn mobile van supported by the Atlanta Hawks Foundation – the first-ever in Cobb County and the first at a Georgia public library. The first will be at the South Cobb Regional Library in Mableton on May 31, then Powder Springs Library on June 1, and the Sibley Library on South Cobb Drive on June 5. Registration forms/flyers for the three Vision To Learn events at Cobb libraries are attached. Space is limited. This event is geared towards families that can’t afford eye care for children ages 5 to 18 with likely need for vision care. A good segment on Vision To Learn from PBS: pbs.org/newshour/show/what-happens-to-learning-when-students-get-much-needed-glasses


  • The Hillgrove Baseball Staff would like to announce their 12th Annual Summer Baseball Camp Series.  We will have our Pitcher/Catcher Camp on Wednesday, May 30th – May 31st from 9 am to 11:30am.  Our Fundamentals Camp for all rising 1st through 4th graders will be Monday, June 25th – 28th from 9 am to 12 noon each day. We will also have Specialty Camps for rising 5th – 9th graders. Infield/Outfield Camp will be Monday, June 25th & Tuesday, June 26th. Offensive Camp (Hitting, Bunting, Baserunning) will be Wednesday, June 27th & Thursday, June 28th. Specialty Camp times are 9 am to 12 noon each day. Please visit hillgrovedugoutclub.com to view the camp registration information and for any other additional information. If you have any additional questions feel free to contact Coach David Richardson at [email protected].


  • Hillgrove Jr. Cross Country registration begins 01MAY18 and ends 14JUN18 / Register Fee $100.00 Uniform fees are additional and NOT included with registration. Summer Runs begin 31MAY18 @ Grace Church. Registration information



  • Hillgrove Little Hawks Cheer Camp Registration Form

  • safeTALK is a training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. Space is limited and free of charge for the June 16th training in Woodstock, but online registration is required. Click here to register.
  • Sometimes it can be difficult for parents, caregivers and others who work with children and families to navigate and access the various services that are available in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Community Health created this Service Map for Childhood Health and Education in Georgia that will hopefully allow families to access these resources easier.


Georgia Milestones Retake Information 2017/2018


This information was only emailed to the parents of students who need to retake.

Eighth Grade Parent/Guardian

You are receiving this email because your student did not meet the minimum requirements for the Georgia Milestones Assessment in English Language Arts and/or Mathematics. Below is the verbiage from the letter that your student will be bringing home today. One or both of the boxes have been checked.

In April your child participated in the administration of the Georgia Milestones End of Grade assessment (EOG) with all other eighth grade students.  This letter is to notify you that your child did not:

  • Demonstrate on grade level proficiency on the reading section of the EOG.
  • Score in the Developing Learner achievement level or above in mathematics.

Your child will have the opportunity to retake the ELA and or Mathematics sections of the test during the EOG retest on May 18th and/or May 21st.  You will be notified when we receive your child’s retest results.  

The retake will be given online. The Experience Online Testing site lets students see what testing online is like. Click on this link and follow the onscreen prompts to familiarize your student with the online testing. Students will receive testing accommodations as designated in their IEP or Section 504 Plan.

The ELA retake is Friday, May 18th and the Mathematics retake is Monday, May 21st. Students will report to their designated testing location immediately following homeroom.

Date Assessment

Min. Time

Max. Time

Fri. 5/18 ELA Section 1

60 minutes

75 minutes

ELA Section 2

60 minutes

75 minutes

Mon. 5/21 Math Section 1

60 minutes

85 minutes

Math Section 2

60 minutes

85 minutes

Unforeseen technological disruptions and your student’s individual testing accommodations are the barriers that could impact those families who have plans to check their students out at 12:45 p.m. Otherwise, you should be prepared to pick your student up as planned. If you have questions, contact [email protected]

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