Bob Gambarelli

Director of Student Services

JMHS Counseling &
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Madison HS, Counseling Newsletter

Madison HS, November 2015 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. 30 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. 17. 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.

                                                               For Our Seniors

Information about graduation announcements will be sent to your home in January.  

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 SPED Office.  For more info: Senior Class Information.

* 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
Godfrey, Trish R.
Jaeckle, Carrie


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 sent in the “Colleges” section of Family Connection and then click on “Colleges I’m Applying To” to review the sent date.  If you are still unsure if your transcript has been sent, 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 starting at 3pm 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 or Longwood, then you should take advantage of the on-site admissions program being offered 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 (CAF) 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.  CAF also has several scholarships available to students.

The annual financial aid presentation hosted by Madison, Marshall and Oakton will be held on November 30 at 7:00pm at Marshall 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 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 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 11-5-15
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 12-10-16

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