JMHS Counseling &
Gambarelli's Counseling Newsletter
Hi, Madison Parents! Anybody out there shivering?
FACEBOOK: 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 here 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.
TWITTER: Also, nuggets of information will be posted on our new Twitter page (@madcounselors). That link is also on the Student Services part of the JMHS website, so why don’t you “follow” us on Twitter!
STUDENT SERVICES detailed info- For more detailed info about, visit the Student Services website.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS for Fairfax County Public Schools are available here for viewing.
CURRICULUM NIGHTwill be held on February 6. It will begin at 6:30 P.M. (for rising 9th graders) and 7:00 pm (for rising 10-12th grades). It will end at approximately 9:00 P.M (Snow date February 12). This program will provide parents and students, current grades 8 – 11, an opportunity to learn about academic classes, elective classes, and course requirements that are available. Teachers and departments from Madison, as well as the FCPS Academies, will have displays and information available to provide you with an excellent opportunity to find out about the different curricular offerings and requirements and to ask questions about course sequence, course content, and activities.
AP CLASSES: During the Curriculum Night, there will be special presentations for students who are considering enrolling in an AP class for the 2014-15 school year. Students and parents have had difficulty in the past understanding the rigorous nature of AP classes and the TIME required in these classes. Teachers will present the expectations and curriculum of the classes, so that students and parents can weigh the demands of the course against the rest of the student’s obligations, both academic and extracurricular. We expect those who sign up for AP/Honors classes to attempt them for the entire year. Therefore, we want you to choose these classes wisely.
ECONOMICS/PERSONAL FINANCE: Classes of 2015, 2016, and 2017
This course is REQUIRED for graduation and may be taken in grades 9-12. It can be taken one of three ways during the school year: in a regular classroom setting, online, or AP Economics, which may substitute for Econ/Personal Finance. It can also be taken ONLINE during the summer ($750 cost). Students who are rising Seniors (class of 2015) Need to have completed this course in order to graduate.
The COURSE SELECTION SCHEDULE for next year is as follows:
Rising 12th grade- Feb.18-Feb.28
Rising 11th grade- Mar. 3-Mar. 14
Rising 10th grade- Mar. 17-Mar.28
During those dates, counselors will be meeting individually with your students to help them plan their courses for next year. Yellow course selection sheets (completely filled out and signed) are due to the counselor on the following dates: rising 12th- Feb. 18, Rising 11th- Mar. 3, and Rising 10th- Mar. 17.
An ELECTIVE FAIR will be held for all students on Feb.7 during the school day. Students will have an opportunity to visit three elective presentations to help them with their choices. This opportunity does not substitute for the information provided at the evening curriculum program, but it will supplement it. The fair gives students a chance to explore the entire range of elective courses that will be offered at Madison next year.
S.A.T. REGISTRATION- we recommend that our Juniors take the SAT test once during this school year. The test dates are March 8 (here at Madison), as well as May and June (not at Madison). Students need to register online.
JUNIOR CLASS INFORMATION
COLLEGE PLANNING NIGHT FOR JUNIORS AND PARENTS
This annual, well-attended event will be held on Tuesday, January 15 at 7:00pm in the JMHS Auditorium. Admissions representatives from the University of Virginia, George Mason University, Randolph Macon College, Vanderbilt University and Northern Virginia Community College will serve on a panel to discuss a variety of college related topics and the college admissions process in general.
JUNIOR COLLEGE/CAREER UNITS
During the month of January, the Junior Class will have the opportunity get a counselor’s overview about the college process, become familiar with the resources that are available in the College/Career Center, and begin to research colleges and careers. To help you assist your students in the post-secondary planning process, there is a Junior/Senior Packet that is available in the Document Library of Family Connection, accessible via FCPS 24-7/Blackboard. Also, please check the College Planning section on the JMHS website.
SENIOR CLASS INFORMATION
FAFSA – please go to the FAFSA site for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
FREE FAFSA COMPLETION WORKSHOPS All workshops are free and open to students and families from any high school who would like assistance in completing the FAFSA online. For more information and to register, please visit College Access Fairfax and click on "Workshops" in the menu bar. Also online is the information you need to bring with you to the workshop in order to complete the FAFSA.
GRADUATION, which is almost around the corner (time flies when you’re having fun!), will be held on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. in the Robinson High School Field House. You will receive detailed graduation information in the spring.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Jan. 15- Junior Parent- Student College Night
Jan. 29- end of 2nd Qtr.
Jan. 30-31- Teacher workdays- no students
Feb. 6- Curriculum Night
Director of Student Services