Bob Gambarelli

Director of Student Services

JMHS Counseling &
Student Services

Gambarelli's Counseling Newsletter


Madison HS, Counseling Newsletter

Hi parents! The end of the year is approaching, and “spring fever” is setting in. Please remind your student that remaining academically conscientious from now until the end of the year goes a long way toward keeping that academic record where you and they want it.

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.

Will you be leaving us this year? If you are leaving, please fill out the attached IT-110 form and email it to Jill Hendelman at . If you can’t access the form, please simply contact her to let her know that you won’t be returning to Madison next year.

Summer School 2016- Most “new” courses (ones that students have never taken before) available through FCPS will be those of the online variety. 2 other “new” courses (PE 10 and Geometry Honors) will be offered at Oakton this summer. See your counselor for more details. Other courses may also be taken through private institutions, but those courses must be pre-approved by your counselor first.  Please refer to the FCPS Summer School site for more information.


Advanced Placement News
Monday, May 2          8:00-11:30 AM              Environmental, Chemistry                                     
   11:45 AM-4:00 PM       Psychology
Tuesday, May 3           8:00-11:30 AM            Computer Science, Spanish               
                                  11:45 AM-4:00 PM         Physics 1                                
Wed, May 4                 8:00 – 11:30 AM          English Literature (12th grade)
   11:45- 4:00pm              Physics 2
Thursday, May 5         8:00 – 11:30 AM           AB and BC Calculus
                                 11:45 AM-4:00 PM         Comp Sci Principles
Friday, May 6              8:00-11:30 AM             US History
    11:45 AM-4:00 pm      AP Art                              
Monday, May 9           8:00 – 11:30 AM          Biology
                                 11:45 AM-4:00 PM         Physics C
Tuesday, May 10       8:00-11:30 AM             US Govt.
   11:45 AM-4:00 PM       French Language
Wed, May 11             8:00 -11:30 AM             English Language (11th grade) 
                                11:45 AM-4:00 PM          Macroeconomics
Thursday, May 12       8:00-11:30 AM             World History
                                 11:45 AM-4:00 PM        Statistics
Friday, May 13        8:00-11:30AM                 Microeconomics
                               11:45 AM-4:00PM                Latin

Attendance on A. P. days
Madison HS Administration strongly recommends that AP students remain in school for the entire day on their AP exam days. However, if your student plans to leave early or arrive late ONLY on the scheduled exam date, a “prearranged absence form” should have already been returned to the attendance office. We will not excuse absences on the day of the exam.


Senior Class Information

All senior families should have received a letter in April with all the details for all of our End of Year events. A separate mailing with information and required forms for Kings Dominion will be sent in May. If you did not receive these letters, they will be available on the Senior Class information page by the end of the week. 
If you have questions, please contact the Senior Class Sponsors.

School Based Scholarships, all due to the JMHS Career Center:  JMHS PTSA Making a Difference Scholarship, due May 4; JMHS Athletic Boosters, due May 20.  Applications available here
Upcoming Senior Dates:
June 3 – Prom
June 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 - Senior Exams (senior half days, 7th – 10th)
June 10 – Convocation & Senior Picnic
June 13 - Senior Trip to Kings Dominion
June 14 – Senior Activity Day
June 15- 4:30 pm- Graduation at Robinson HS- yeah!

Junior Class Information

Colleges That Change Lives Event (CTCL) May 19 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center,
5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda, MD  20852.  CTCL offers a national series of information sessions and college fairs for students and parents.  The program begins promptly at 7 p.m. with a 30-minute information session, and a college fair begins immediately afterwards, lasting approximately 1.5 hours. This program is offered to the public free of charge. No pre-registration is required.  Students and families are able to collect information from and speak directly with admission representatives from the colleges and universities that inspired the book Colleges That Change Lives.  Visit here to learn more about CTCL and CTCL Events.

Sophomore Class Information

In May, the sophomores will be in the Career Center for a career and college planning lesson as part of the FCPS Student Learning Plan.  Students will use Family Connection and review goals that were written freshman year, take a personality type indicator, match results/interests to careers and majors as well as add relevant information to the resume that is available in each student’s Family Connection account.  Students will also review their Course Plan. 

Check out the new FCPS College and Career Planning website with information about Career Planning, College/Post- Secondary Planning and Resources.


Thought for the month:
 From Frank Bruni’s book, “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be”- An Antidote To The College Admissions Mania”- a letter sent to a college senior by his parents the night before his college responses started coming in:
Dear Matt,
On the night before you receive your first college response, we wanted to let you know that we could not be prouder of you than we are today. Whether or not you get accepted does not determine how proud we are of everything you have accomplished and the wonderful person you have become. That will not change based on what admissions officers decide about your future. We will celebrate with joy wherever you get accepted- and the happier you are with those responses, the happier we will be. But your worth as a person, a student and our son is not diminished or influenced in the least by what these colleges have decided.
If it does not go your way, you’ll take a different route to get where you want. There is not a single college in this country that would not be lucky to have you, and you are capable of succeeding at any of them.
We love you as deep as the ocean, as high as the sky, all the way around the world and back again- and to wherever you are headed.
Mom and Dad



Ms. Cynthia Coogan       A-CAR                        703-319-2325
Ms. Brandy Buckley       CAS-ES                      703-319-2327
Mr. Alex Gorman        ET-HEN                      703-319-2326
Ms. Sheri Masich         HEO-LAM                   703-319-2331
Ms. Tonya Lathom         LAN-MOO                   703-319-2349
Ms. Erin Kennedy    MOP-RIN                    703-319-2334
Ms. Ashley Anderson   RIO-SWA                    703-319-2330
Mr. Tim Buckley          SWB-Z                        703-319-2332

Stay warm!


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Bob Gambarelli
Director of Student Services