Bob Gambarelli

Director of Student Services

JMHS Counseling &
Student Services

Gambarelli's Counseling Newsletter


Madison HS, Counseling Newsletter

Hi Parents!


For our 12th graders


Senior College Planning Night was held on September 24. Thank you for attending!  If you were unable to attend or would like to review the 2015-16 presentation it is now posted here

Need a Counselor Recommendation? Seniors need to complete the Self-Evaluation Form for their counselor, which can be found in Family Connection, under the “About Me” tab.

Parents are asked to fill out the Parent Information Form, which is available here
We ask that these forms be filled out and returned via email no later than October 5th.

On-Site Admissions:  Longwood and Radford Universities:  Seniors will have the opportunity to get their admission decision in November for Longwood and December for Radford.  Details and deadlines are available in the Document Library of Family Connection in the “On-Site Admissions” folder.  There are specific procedures/deadlines for each university.

Upcoming College Visits to JMHSU of Mary Washington, UNC Chapel Hill, Mount Saint Mary’s, Lehigh, Colgate, Carnegie Mellon, Drexel, Butler, Dartmouth, U of New Hampshire, Randolph C, U of Delaware, Radford, VCU, Georgetown, Ferrum, Stony Brook, Duke, NYU, Lafayette, Gettysburg, Dickinson, UMBC, Hollins and the list goes on…
The list of college visits and to sign up is available in Family Connection, accessible through Blackboard

Scholarship Reminders:  Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is due October 7 to Mrs. Otto in the Career Center.  Open to all seniors.  Jefferson Scholars (UVA) is due October 30 to Mrs. Otto in the Career Center.  Open to seniors applying UVA.  For details, look in the Document Library of Family Connection, Scholarship Application folder.  In the future, parents and students will receive local, school-based and county-based scholarship emails.

Financial Aid Information: 
Financial Aid Night:  November 30, 7:00pm at Marshall High School
Scholarships 101, October 15, 7:00pm, JMHS Auditorium
College Access Fairfax Programs, flyer available

APP LAB- Every Wednesday at 3:00pm in the College Career Center, one or more of Madison’s counselors will be available to help seniors with any part of their college applications, from help writing their essays to filling out the common application, etc. Outside of the school day, this is a good place to get individualized help with college applications!

Transcript Requests: Madison’s transcript assistant is available to accept transcripts every day from 9:30am-1:30pm. The first 3 transcripts for each student are free and each transcript after that is $5 each. Transcript request forms can be found here.

Transcript requests are required to be turned in 15 school days before the application deadline. An additional $5 late fee per transcript will be charged for all transcript requests received less than 15 days from the deadline. Additionally, any transcript requests received less than 48 hours from the college’s deadline will not be guaranteed to be sent out by us by the deadline.  For transcripts with a due date of 11-1-15 the last day to turn them in without a late fee will be 10-8-15.

Other college transcript deadlines:
11-15-15 college deadline – last day is 10-23-15
12-1-15 college deadline – last day is 11-5-15
12-15-15 college deadline – last day is 11-19-15
1-1-16 college deadline – last day is 11-25-15
1-15-16 college deadline – last day is 12-10-15


College Fair
Sunday, October 18, 2015, Fair Oaks Mall, 7:30-9:30 pm
The FCPS College Fair offers a venue for high school students and parents to meet with colleges and universities to share information and answer questions about their institutions.  Approximately 400 colleges annually attend this event. 


Senior dues are $135.00*. Payment must be made by Friday, January 29, 2016. Dues paid after this date will be charged a $15 late fee. Please make checks payable to JMHS Class of 2016 and make sure the student’s name and t-shirt size are written on the check. Please turn in checks to the Main Office or directly to Mrs. Godfrey in the Special Education Office.  Additional information can be found here.
* If you qualify for the FCPS Free or Reduced Lunch Program, please see your school counselor.

If you have questions, please contact the Senior Class Chiefs.
Kristen Haynor at
Carrie Jaeckle at
Trish Godfrey at


Virginia 4 year college comparison chart


For our 9th, 10th and 11th graders……

Warhawk Time”, an academic assistance period, takes place each day from 9:45-10:20 am. The purpose of this is to give the students’ time and support if they need extra help, do research, make up tests, work, etc. Although it is not required for the students to be with their teachers unless they are failing, teachers (and parents) can require the students to attend at any time. All students are encouraged to stay after school with their teachers if they need additional help with academics. In addition, tutoring is available through various honor societies (this is usually arranged through the subject teacher).


Interims will be given out in school on October 8. Be sure to ask your student to see them.  To contact a teacher with a question or concern, please click here.


Oct. 14 is a half day for all students. PSAT’s will be offered to our 9th, 10 and 11th graders.  This is a “practice” test that will help get them ready for the SAT. 11th graders are charged $17 for the test. Fairfax County Public Schools pays for all 9th and 10th graders. Please make sure that you have paid for this test. Please keep in mind that if you don’t pay for the test, it will not be scored. Please turn the money in to the Counseling office, your student’s Warhawk Time teacher, or Tracy Marquina in the counseling office.
Seniors are expected to meet in the cafeteria (enter through door 3) on Wednesday, 10/15 at 9:00 am.  Seniors must report to turn in their cap and gown measurements.  We will provide breakfast and take a group class photo.  All students who are present and have paid their dues prior to 10/14 will be entered into a drawing for a free yearbook!


Columbus Day – Monday, October 12, there will be no school.  This would be a great weekend to visit some colleges.

October 30 is the end of the first quarter. Report cards will be mailed home on approximately Nov.10.


Governor’s School Interest Meeting

Governor’s School is a challenging and enriching Virginia program designed for highly motivated current 10th and 11th graders who are looking for a challenging summer experience.  Programs are offered in Visual and Performing Arts, Humanities, Math/Science/Tech, Agriculture, Life Science/Medicine, and Mentorships in Engineering and Life Sciences.  The selection process is extremely competitive.  Most students selected rank in the top 10% of their class and have scored in the 90th percentile on standardized measures of ability or achievement tests.  These residential programs run from late June to late July.  Only students who are available during that time frame and whose records match these criteria should apply. 
There will be an interest and informational meeting on Wednesday, October 7, during Warhawk Time (9:45 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.) in Warhawk Hall to learn about the process.
If you have any questions about any of this information please contact Ms. Kennedy or Ms. Buckley at or there is a variety of college, career and related information in within the Department of Student Services section and Family Connection. You can access Blackboard and Family Connection at .


Mindfulness at Madison- following up on the recent parent program that the PTSA presented, Madison’s faculty was trained on “Mindfulness”, which is described as daily practices that help build one’s awareness and concentration, help relieve stress,  and help us achieve greater clarity, direction, and balance in all aspects of our lives. 
The PTSA is looking to fund these programs for interested students during the school day. If either you or your students may be interested in this, please let Alex Gorman know at If you would like to learn more about it, Anderson Cooper of “60 Minutes” has a segment about it, as well as an article about it in the Washington Post

Earlier this year, Khan Academy partnered with the creators of the SAT to make personalized practice for the new PSAT/NMSQT and SAT available to anyone, anywhere—for free. If you or a teacher you know has students taking the PSAT/NMSQT on October 14, now is a great time for them to start studying.
Download our flyer for your students
The new PSAT/NMSQT has the same structure as the SAT, just without some of the hardest questions (or the optional essay). This is also a great time to remind students that their PSAT/NMSQT results can help them earn national recognition and scholarships.
You can also visit Khan Academy to try out our new PSAT/NMSQT and SAT practice yourself.
Articles: The power of good enough


Counselor contacts:
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


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Bob Gambarelli
Director of Student Services