Bob Gambarelli

Director of Student Services

JMHS Counseling &
Student Services

Gambarelli's Counseling Newsletter


Counseling Newsletter- April, 2014

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 want it.

Next Year’s Courses- In early May, you will be receiving a list of the courses your student has requested for the 2014-15 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? Below is the website link for the Intentions for next year form, to be completed by parents, if a student will not be returning next year to Madison HS.  I don’t believe the link can be attached to an email, but your student can return it to the Counseling office at Madison.

Summer School 2014- 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.

Report Cards for the 3rd quarter will be given to your student in their 3rd period class tentatively on Monday, April 21. Please look at this closely, especially if there is a possibility that your student may need to take a class in summer school.
Please visit the Student Services section of Madison’s website.
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's Facebook page 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.
Advanced Placement News

Here is the Advanced Placement schedule for this year:
Monday, May 5           7:30-11:30 AM         Environmental
              12:00-4:00 PM         Psychology
Tuesday, May 6           7:30-11:30 AM        Spanish Language
              Comp Sci A                                    
Wed, May 7                  7:30 – 11:30 AM     Calculus AB, Calculus BC
Thursday, May 8         7:30 – 11:30 AM       English Literature (12th grade)
                                       12:00-4:00 PM      Latin
Friday, May 9              7:30-11:30 AM         English Language (11th grade) 
                                       12:00-4:00 PM      Statistics

12:00-4:00 pm AP Art
Monday, May 12         7:30 – 11:30 AM       Biology
                                       12:00-4:00 PM       Physics C
Tuesday, May 13          7:30-11:30 AM       US Govt.
               12:00-4:00 PM       French Language
Wed, May 14                7:30 -11:30 AM      US History
Thursday, May 15       7:30-11:30 AM        World History
                                     12:00-4:00 PM        Microeconomics

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 5 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.   

Senior Class Information

School Based Scholarships
The Khristin Kyllo Dream Big Scholarship, due April 10th (available in Family Connection)
Coming Soon:  JMHS PTSA Making a Difference Scholarship, JMHS Athletic Boosters
Warhawk Pride Scholarship, Class of 2004 Alumni Scholarship

Upcoming Dates:
Friday, May 30 - Prom, Fairview Marriott, 9pm-12am
June 10, 11, 12, 13 -Senior Exams
Friday, June 13 – Convocation & Senior Picnic
Monday, June 16- Senior Trip to Kings Dominion
Tuesday, June 17 – Senior Breakfast, 9am followed by graduation rehearsal, slide show and ticket distribution (picnic rain date)
Wednesday, June 18- 4:30 pm- Graduation at Robinson HS- yeah!
**The detailed calendar of events will be available soon.

Junior Class Information

 The College Search Process
Juniors should continue to research colleges throughout the spring as well as plan to visit some colleges.
            We invite you to have an individual meeting with your student’s counselor to discuss their specific college plans. We feel this is a very important piece of the college search process, as it usually “jump starts” the process, as well as reviewing your student’s overall progress. If you have not already heard from your counselor about this, please contact them to set up this appointment. Their contact information is below:

A-CHAM             Cynthia Coogan       319-2325
CHAN-FR          Samantha Dubit               ext.2327
FS-JI                   Alex Gorman             ext.2326
JK-MAY             Nada Madrid               ext.2331
MAZ-PRI            Erin Kennedy            ext.2334
PRJ-STO            Matt Murray               ext.2330
STP-Z                Tim Buckley                 ext.2332
Career Ctr.        Lynn Otto                         ext.2357

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


Sophomore Class Information
Sophomore College Planning Night
Wednesday, April 9, 7:00pm in the JMHS Auditorium is our College Planning Night for college-bound sophomores and their parents.
Andrew Strickler, Dean of Admission 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:
 College Visits
 Deciding on a College
 What to do after your college decision arrives
Thought for the Day:
An old man was walking on a beach one morning after a storm. In the distance, he saw a young woman gently picking up starfish and throwing them back into the ocean.
“Young lady, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”
“The sun is up, the tide is going out, and if I don’t throw them in they will die.”
“But young lady, do you not realize that there are many miles of beach and many thousands of starfish? You can’t possibly make a difference.”
The young woman listened politely, then bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it into the sea.
“It made a difference for that one!”




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Bob Gambarelli
Director of Student Services