Bob Gambarelli

Director of Student Services

JMHS Counseling &
Student Services

Gambarelli's Counseling Newsletter


Madison HS, November 2014 Counseling Newsletter

Hi Folks! Well, we made it through the 1st Quarter. Time flies when you’re having fun!

Here is the Counseling newsletter for November.


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Oct. 31 is the end of the first quarter. Report cards will be mailed home on approximately Nov.11.

The counselors and clinical will be administering a Wellness (depression) screening to all 12th graders on Nov. 18. Seniors will see a short video about depression and then take a short questionnaire to see if they are at risk for depression. Please contact your counselor if you have any questions or concerns about this.

Saturday-November 22:    ACT-SAT Assessment by Princeton Review

REGISTER NOW!  ACT or SAT?  Which is the best test for you?  All colleges accept the ACT and SAT on an equal basis, but studies indicate that some students perform better on one or the other.  Which is best for you?  Or should you take both? The JMHS PTSA-Academic Boosters and Princeton Review are partnering to offer assessments to determine which is the better test for you.

·              Saturday, November 22 at Madison at 8:30 am
·              JMHS Cafeteria (Enter Door 3).  Check in starts at 8:00 am
·              $15.00 Registration Fee
·              Results Review for parents and students:  Wed, Dec 10 at 7:00 pm in Cafeteria (Enter Door 3)
·              Test administered by the Princeton Review.  Hosted by JMHS PTSA Academic Boosters.

To register, please mail student information (name, grade, parent email, parent phone number) with $15.00 check payable to JMHS PTSA to:  James Madison HS PTSA, Attn:  Academic Boosters, 2500 James Madison Drive, Vienna, VA  22181.  Questions?  Contact Nancy Socher at

For Our Seniors

Information about graduation announcements will be sent to your home in November.  Visit the Senior Class Products page for contact information.  

Senior dues are $135.00*.  Payment must be made by Wednesday, January 28, 2015. Dues paid after this date will be charged a $15 late fee. Please make checks payable to JMHS Class of 2015 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 Miss Ronan in the library. For more info: Senior Dues Flyer

* 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 Captains.
Dawn Dickerson at or 703-319-2560
Krissy Ronan at or 703-319-2353

Common Application Issues – To view updates and extensions with the Common Application visit the Common Application Facebook Page and be sure to verify any deadline extensions with the individual college or university web sites or admissions offices.
Here is an additional resource that continues to be updated by FCPS.

Application Tracking: Once seniors have submitted their applications, they will continue to receive emails stating their file is INCOMPLETE.  This status will change once the college/university has received, processed AND filed the transcript packet and counselor/teacher recommendationsReceiving an emailing stating the transcript is not there, does not mean it is not there.

Transcripts Mailed?  At any time, you may check to see if a transcript has been mailed in the “Colleges” section of Family Connection.  If you are still unsure if your transcript has been mailed, please contact your counselor.  Remember, as indicated above, there is always some processing lag time, so don't assume your transcript has been lost if the college says they don't have it.

1st Quarter Grades to Colleges: If a college or university requests first quarter grades, students may obtain a copy of their grades from the counselor to mail directly to the college. Grades will be available from the counselor between Nov.12 and Nov.16. After that date, students may copy their report card and send it directly to the colleges

 APP LAB- Every Wednesday from 2:15-3:00 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!

On-Site Admissions:  Longwood and Radford
Each of these Universities and Madison’s Department of Student Services has created an opportunity for students to receive an admissions decision early in the senior year.  If you are planning to apply to Radford, Longwood and/or West Virginia Universities, then you should take advantage of the on-site admissions program being offered in December at Madison.  EACH university has specific guidelines for their programs and information is available in the Document Library of Family Connection in the On-Site Admissions Folder.

Financial Aid Presentations:

College Access Fairfax is providing a seminar called “Scholarships 101”, which will be at Madiswon HS on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 7:00 pm also provides a variety of financial aid workshops, throughout the county, such as FAFSA Line by Line, CSS Profile, Paying for College and Scholarships 101.  Details available on their website.

The annual financial aid presentation hosted by Madison, Marshall and Oakton will be held on December 2 at 7:00pm at Madison High School! It will cover the FAFSA and other forms of financial aid.

Need a Counselor Recommendation?
Seniors need to complete the Self-Evaluation Form for their counselor, which can be found in Family Connection.  Parents are also asked to fill out the Parent Information Form which is available on the JMHS website.

Transcript Requests: Madison’s Transcript Assistant is available to accept transcripts every day from 8:45am-12:45pm. The first 3 transcripts for each student are free and each transcript after that is $5 each. Transcript request forms can be found online
Transcript requests are required to be turned in 15 school days before the application deadline. Additionally, any transcript requests received less than 48 hours from the college’s deadline are not guaranteed by our office to be sent out by the deadline.

Other College Transcript Deadlines:
12-1-15 college deadline – last day is 11-5-14
12-15-14 college deadline – last day is 11-19-14
1-1-15 college deadline – last day is 11-26-14
1-15-15 college deadline – last day is 12-10-14

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Stay well!






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Bob Gambarelli
Director of Student Services