Bob Gambarelli

Director of Student Services

JMHS Counseling &
Student Services

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Madison HS, April 2015 Counseling Newsletter

Hi parents! The end of the year is approaching, and “spring fever” is setting in. Please remind your student that remaining academically conscientious from now until the end of the year goes a long way toward keeping that academic record where you and they want it.


Next Year’s Courses- In early May, you will be receiving a list of the courses your student has requested for the 2015-16 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. Please remember that it is our expectation that all Honors and AP classes not be dropped once the academic year starts. Also, please keep in mind that, for a variety of reasons, students are not guaranteed to get their 1st choice in introductory electives. Additionally, some courses are dropped due to a lack of enrollment. Alternates were chosen by each student for that purpose.


Will you be leaving us this year? Please contact to let us know.


Summer School 2015- The only “new” courses (ones that students have never taken before) available through FCPS will be those of the online variety. Other “new” courses may also be taken through private institutions, but those courses must be pre-approved by your counselor first.  Please refer to the FCPS Summer School site for more information.


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Advanced Placement News

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

A.P. Proctors needed- How would you like to help us proctor an A.P. exam this year? We are in need of parents who would like to volunteer a morning or afternoon in early May to help us administer an AP exam. No experience needed. The actual dates are May 4 to May 15. The A.M slots would be from 7:00-11:30 and the PM slots would be from 11:30am-4:00pm. Please contact  if you would like to help us.


Summer Programs/Enrichment/Volunteer and Job Opportunities are available online.  
Job Shadow Success for 13 JMHS Students The Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce (TRCC) Youth & Education Committee once again sponsored a job shadow program throughout the month of February and 13 JMHS students participated in this wonderful opportunity.  Students had the unique experience to shadow a business professional in a career field that was of interest to the student.  Look out for this student opportunity next year!


12th Grade Information

All senior families should receive 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 will be sent in late April. If you do not receive these letters, please visit the Senior Class information page or email one of the Senior Class Captains (details below).  All dates are available on the JMHS Main Events Calendar.

Upcoming Senior Dates:
Friday, May 29 - Prom, Fairview Marriott, 9pm-12am
June 8, 9, 10, 11, -Senior Exams
Friday, June 12 – Convocation & Senior Picnic
Monday, June 15- Senior Trip to Kings Dominion
Tuesday, June 16 – Senior Breakfast, 9am followed by graduation rehearsal, slide show and ticket distribution (picnic rain date)
Wednesday, June 17- 4:30 pm- Graduation at Robinson HS- yeah!

Senior dues are now $150.00*.  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


School Based Scholarships

Scholarship Opportunities, Applications and details are available in the Scholarship Database in Family Connection.

Local Scholarships: William J. Foreman Memorial Scholarship, deadline is April 15.  Vienna Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary College Scholarship Application, deadline is May 1.
School Based Scholarships:   The Khristin Kyllo “Dream Big” Memorial Scholarship, deadline is April 10.
The JMHS PTSA Making a Difference Scholarship, deadline is May 4. Coming soon the JMHS Athletic Boosters, Warhawk Pride Athletic Scholarship.


11th Grade Information

The College Search Process
Juniors should continue to research colleges throughout the spring as well as plan to visit some colleges. Recently, we had a Junior parent night in which we talked more about the college process. You can view what we talked about here .

          New! Khan Academy SAT Prep for 2014/15
By spring 2015, students will have access to state-of-the-art, interactive learning tools that give them deep practice and help diagnose their gaps. All of this will be created through a close collaboration with the College Board specifically for the redesigned SAT. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, students taking the SAT in 2014/15 can start practicing today with hundreds of previously unreleased Math, Reading, and Writing questions from real SATs and more than 200 videos that show step-by-step solutions to each question:

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 has a new look. Take a minute to check it out.  The information is the same, but organized under three tabs:  Colleges, Careers and About Me. 

SAT’s  Juniors who have not taken an SAT yet should register to take either the May or June SAT test. Students can register online at

10th grade information

Sophomore College Planning Night is Thursday, April 23 at 7:00 pm in the JMHS Auditorium. This evening is for college-bound sophomores and their parents. Andrew Strickler, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Guilford College will present valuable information on: factors that influence college admissions decisions, preparing to apply for college, campus visit information, timelines and decision making in the college application process.
This is a very well-received program that you won't want to miss! See you then!


Articles of interest:

How to Survive the College Admissions Madness- NY Times



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Happy Spring!






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Bob Gambarelli
Director of Student Services