Bob Gambarelli

Director of Student Services

JMHS Counseling &
Student Services

Gambarelli's Counseling Newsletter


Madison HS, May 2015 Counseling Newsletter

Hi Parents! It’s hard to believe how quickly the years have flown by, as well as to see the change in your students from 9th grade until now! We wish you and your family the best and please tell you students to visit us. We love to see them again!

Madison Counseling & Student Services has posted several tidbits on our Facebook page to help keep students and parents informed about upcoming events, reminders and student services information.  Click on Madison Counseling and  Student Services  to view our page (you don’t need to be a Facebook member to view our postings).  However, IF you are a member, please choose to “LIKE” us and “SHARE” this page.


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Summer School 2015- Please refer to the FCPS summer school site for more information.

Students not attending Madison next year- If your student will not be attending Madison next year, please contact Jill Hendelman at to let her know as soon as possible.


This year, the student summer reading selection is Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be by Frank Bruni.  Our students and their families need to remember “that the best education is less a matter of getting into the best school than of making the best of wherever you go” (Sandage). 
The purpose of picking just one reading selection is that the entire Madison community – students, families, and JMHS staff – reads the book to have a built-in connection when the school year starts in the fall.  Keep an eye out on the JMHS Website for more details. Thank you for your commitment to our community and especially, our students.  Please contact Krissy Ronan, Madison Librarian, if you have any questions or concerns. Happy reading! 


Final report cards will be mailed home during the first week in July.  Please be on the lookout for it.  Remember that your student’s the G.P.A. is determined, by final grades ONLY.


End of Year Calendars
Information is available on the JMHS home page with end of year calendars including final exams and special events:


Volunteer, Summer and Job opportunities searchable databases are available online


Our Graduating Seniors!

Senior Events, Graduation Information and Instructions
Please read the Graduation Letter for more information regarding Convocation, appropriate dress and behavior for Graduation, handicapped seating for Graduation, and the many other senior activities planned throughout June. It is available online at:


Warhawks in Good Standing
Students with unpaid obligations are not considered Warhawks in Good Standing.  Seniors who are not Warhawks in Good Standing by Friday, June 5 will not be permitted to participate in the senior field trip to Kings Dominion on Monday, June 15.  Alternate academic activities will be provided for them at school that day.  Until all debts are cleared, final transcripts will not be sent to colleges.


Baccalaureate:  An interfaith service of thanksgiving, celebration and inspiration, attendance is voluntary.  On June 16 6:00 pm at Vienna Presbyterian Church.  Seniors are to arrive at 5:30 and gather in the Great Hall.  Please wear your graduation gown, but no cap.  This event is a highlight of the graduation festivities, an opportunity for reflection and rejoicing.


Graduation - Robinson Field House June 17, 4:30 pm


Students are to report by 3:00pm. Remind your senior not to bring any belongings including the following: phones, purses, cameras, sunglasses, keys. etc. There is nowhere to store these items. Tickets are required for graduation.  Six tickets will be distributed to students on June 16.  Requests for up to four additional tickets must be made in writing to Ms. Hendelman at in the Counseling Office.  There are a very limited number of extra tickets.


All Night Grad party: This evening celebrating our seniors will be held June 17-18, 11pm-5am at Oak Marr Rec Center.   All Night Grad committee meets at 6:30pm the same night as our PTSA meetings in the Library.  Please consider joining the team to plan a safe evening full of fun and surprises for our graduates.  We are asking all families at Madison to offer their support of time or donations to provide our kids a fantastic party that is alcohol and drug free on graduation night.  Click here to volunteer - more information is on the All Night Grad link above.   Senior Parents:  Click here to register for All Night Graduation celebration.  


Contact the Senior Class Sponsors:
Dawn Dickerson,, or Krissy Ronan,


Name Pronunciation at Graduation- If you have a concern that your name is frequently mispronounced and want to make sure that it is pronounced correctly at graduation, please have your student see Mr. Gambarelli in the Counseling office. This is important, as sometimes he can’t control his Noo Yawk accent.


10th grade (Class of 2017)

Sophomore College Career Units
During the month of May, the Sophomore Class had the opportunity to visit the Career Center through their PE classes.  Students completed the  “Do What You Are” personality type, got their results along with potential career and college major matches.  Students also updated their resume and game plan in Family Connection.  In addition, students completed a paper copy of a course plan, either for the advanced or standard diploma type.  All of which is part of the FCPS Student Learning Plan.


11th grade (Class of 2016)


College Information Night (For Junior parents and students only)-
Want to get a head start on applying to college? The counselors will be offering a program on June 2 at 7:00 pm in the JMHS Auditorium for junior parents AND their students. This program will review college application tasks that can be worked on this summer, financial issues related to college, and ideas on how to write a good personal essay.


College Visits-Even though not as many students are there, you may still do your college visits during the summer with your junior.  Please take a camera and take pictures and a notebook to take notes.  Once your junior has seen more than two colleges, things tend to run together.  This way your will have a visual reminder of what each college looked like and a list in your notebook of the things your junior liked or didn’t like about each college.  Ideally THEY will be taking the pictures and writing the notes.



Enjoy your summer!





Cynthia Coogan

A-Car 9th – 11th

A-Cham 12th


Samantha Morick

Cas-Es 9th-11th

Chan-Fr 12th


Alex Gorman

Et-Hen 9th-11th

Fs-Ji 12th


Nada Madrid

Heo-Lam 9th-11th

Jk-May 12th


Tonya Lathom

Lan-Moo 9th-11th



Erin Kennedy

Mop-Rin 9th-11th

Maz-Pri 12th


Matt Murray

Rio-Swa 9th-11th

Prj-Sto 12th


Tim Buckley

Swb-Z 9th-11th

Stp-Z 12th






Happy Spring!






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Bob Gambarelli
Director of Student Services