Bob Gambarelli

Director of Student Services

JMHS Counseling &
Student Services

Gambarelli's Counseling Newsletter


Madison HS, May 2015 Counseling Newsletter

Hi Parents!

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.

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


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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 4           7:30-11:30 AM         Environmental
   11:30 AM-4:00 PM    Psychology
Tuesday, May 5           7:30-11:30 AM         AB Calculus, BC Calculus                                           
Wed, May 6                 7:30 – 11:30 AM       English Literature (12th grade)
   11:30- 4:00pm           Physics 1
Thursday, May 7         7:30 – 11:30 AM         Computer Science
                                  11:30 AM-4:00 PM      Spanish Language
Friday, May 8              7:30-11:30 AM           US History
    11:30 AM-4:00 pm      AP Art
Monday, May 11         7:30 – 11:30 AM         Biology
                                  11:30AM-4:00 PM       Physics C
Tuesday, May 12        7:30-11:30 AM             US Govt.
   11:30 AM-4:00 PM       French Language
Wed, May 13              7:30 -11:30 AM            English Language (11th grade) 
                                 11:30 AM-4:00 PM        Statistics
Thursday, May 14       7:30-11:30 AM             World History
                                  11:30 AM-4:00 PM        Macroeconomics
Friday, May 15        7:30-11:30AM                  Microeconomics
                                11:30 AM-4:00PM           Latin
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.


12th Grade Information

School Based Scholarships, all due to the JMHS Career Center:  JMHS PTSA Making a Difference Scholarship, due May 4; JMHS Athletic Boosters, due May 22.  Applications available here



All senior families should have received a letter in early April with all the details for all of our End of Year events. A separate mailing with information and required forms for Kings Dominion was sent in late April. If you did not receive these letters, they are available on the Senior Class information page. 

If you have questions, please contact the Senior Class Captains.
Dawn Dickerson at or 703-319-2560
Krissy Ronan at or 703-319-2353


11th Grade Information

Colleges That Change Lives Event (CTCL) May 17 at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner at 1:00pm.  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.

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 Tuesday, June 2 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

10th grade 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.  Students will also review their Course Plan.  This is all part of the FCPS Student Learning Plan


Articles of interest:

The power of good enough

David Brooks_ Love and Merit_ NY Times

Book review: WHERE YOU GO IS NOT WHO YOU’LL BE- Frank Bruni

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



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