Bob Gambarelli

Director of Student Services

JMHS Counseling &
Student Services

Gambarelli's Counseling Newsletter


Recently, Madison’s Counseling Dept. was nationally certified for a second time as an exemplary program from the American School Counselor Association. Only 200 (out of 27,000) high schools in the U.S. have received this commendation twice.

Next Year’s Courses- Shortly, you will receive a list of the courses your student has requested for the 2014-15 school year. This is NOT a class schedule, merely a list of the courses they signed up for. If you have any questions, please contact your counselor. Going forward, course requests will be changed on a space available basis only. Classes are very tight, which makes it much more difficult to change a class after the students get their schedules. Please remember that it is our expectation that all Honors and AP classes not be dropped once the academic year starts.
Please visit the Student Services section of Madison’s website by going to the following link:

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!/pages/Madison-Counseling-Student-Services-FCPS/196915390336474   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.
Family Connection- this is a powerful internet based Guidance program that can help you with all aspects of the college search process, let your student search for career information, and work on their resume. It is a tool the counselors use extensively, and can be very useful to you as well.
Summer School 2014- Please refer to the FCPS summer school site for more information.

Advanced Placement News

Advanced Placement tests will be beginning next week. Please remember that students are expected to take the exam on the date and time that it is offered. Make ups are offered ONLY for verified student illness (doctor’s note required) or emergency. Failure to take the AP test will result in the removal of the 1.0 grade addition that the students get for taking an AP class.
Here is the Advanced Placement schedule for this year:
Monday, May 5             7:30-11:30 AM         Environmental
                  12:00-4:00 PM         Psychology
Tuesday, May 6           7:30-11:30 AM        Spanish Language
              Comp Sci A                                    
Wed, May 7                  7:30 – 11:30 AM     Calculus AB, Calculus BC
Thursday, May 8         7:30 – 11:30 AM   English Literature (12th grade)
                                       12:00-4:00 PM      Latin
Friday, May 9              7:30-11:30 AM      English Language (11th grade) 
                                       12:00-4:00 PM      Statistics
                                       12:00-4:00 pm      AP Art
Monday, May 12             7:30 – 11:30 AM    Biology
                                         12:00-4:00 PM       Physics C
Tuesday, May 13               7:30-11:30 AM       US Govt.
                 12:00-4:00 PM       French Language
Wed, May 14                 7:30 -11:30 AM      US History
Thursday, May 15               7:30-11:30 AM      World History
                                       12:00-4:00 PM        Microeconomics

We are asking that you not allow your student to check in late or check out early during AP’s unless they are truly sick or there is a family emergency.


Senior Class Information

Northern Virginia Community College Registration Appointments will be held on May 21 in the JMHS Career Center starting at 9am.  Seniors planning to attend NVCC in the fall and want to take advantage of getting registered should email Mrs. Otto at by May 14.

Northern Virginia Community College Information Night will be held on Monday, May 5 from 6:30-8:30pm at South Lakes High School.  This event is open to all FCPS students and their families.  Learn about NOVA’s academic programs, enrollment process and student services.  Explore student activities and sports as well as career and transfer opportunities.  Complete your NOVA application and speak with an academic advisor.  RSVP at
School Based Scholarships, all due to the JMHS Career Center:  JMHS Alumni Class of 2014 Scholarship, due May 1, JMHS PTSA Making a Difference, due May 16, JMHS Athletic Boosters, due May 23.  Applications available here

Junior Class Information

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 Wednesday, June 4 at 7:00pm in Warhawk Hall for junior parents AND their students. This program will review college application tasks that can be worked on this summer as well as ideas on how to write a good personal essay

Colleges That Change Lives Event (CTCL)  Sunday, May 18 at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner at 2:00pm.  CTCL offers a national series of information sessions and college fairs for students and parents.  These sessions begin with an enlightening 30-minute presentation on today’s college search process and are followed immediately by a college fair that lasts for approximately 1.5 hours.  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.
The College Search Process
Juniors should continue to research colleges throughout the spring as well as plan to visit some colleges .
            We invite you to have an individual meeting with your student’s counselor to discuss their specific college plans. We feel this is a very important piece of the college search process, as it usually “jump starts” the process, as well as reviewing your student’s overall progress. Please contact your student’s counselor to set up this appointment. Their contact information is below:
A-CHAM             Cynthia Coogan       319-2325
CHAN-FR          Samantha Dubit               ext.2327
FS-JI                   Alex Gorman             ext.2326
JK-MAY             Nada Madrid               ext.2331
MAZ-PRI            Erin Kennedy            ext.2334
PRJ-STO            Matt Murray               ext.2330
STP-Z                Tim Buckley                ext.2332
Career Ctr.        Lynn Otto                         ext.2357

Sophomore Class Information

In May, the sophomores will be in the Career Center for a career and college planning lesson.  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.  This is all part of the FCPS Student Learning Plan.

Articles: Social Media and College Admissions

Thought for the month:

Make the Ordinary Come Alive
Do not ask your children
To strive for extraordinary lives
Such striving may be admirable,
But it is a way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
And the marvel of an ordinary life
Show them the joy of tasting
Tomatoes, apples, and pears.
Show them how to cry
When pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
In the touch of a hand
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.




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Bob Gambarelli
Director of Student Services