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John F. Kennedy supports a strong program of counseling and guidance services because of the benefits it can provide to students, parents, and staff. Our Counseling Office provides services to assist students to succeed in school, to help personalize school experiences, and to develop skills necessary for appropriate decision making.
Click the tree for mental health resources and to meet our school psychologist, Ms. Kimberly Batten.
If you have a complete schedule, but need to request a change, please submit your request using the Counselor Appointment Request form. Your counselor will email your new schedule to you, or they will schedule a Zoom meeting to discuss the change request. For attendance purposes, you must attend all classes on your current schedule until you receive a new one. Counselors will actively monitor the Google form requests.
Students have many options available to them and they need skills to assist them not only in seeking information, but also in evaluating the information and making good decisions related to these options. Because counselors have the information and perspective to consider the whole student rather than his/her performance in one subject or situation, they can provide the personal attention needed to coordinate and focus the student's total school experience.
Community Mental Health Resources
During this time of social distancing, adults and children are at increased risk of significant mental health challenges because our typical support systems (i.e., friends and extended family) and methods of coping (e.g., socializing in groups, engaging in joint activities) are not available. A pandemic outbreak can be stressful because of the fear it can generate, in addition to the losses individuals may face when loved ones become ill. Nationally, the rates of depression, anxiety, and substance use have increased as social distancing has continued. It is expected that these rates of mental health issues will continue long after schools and workplaces re-open and that there will be an increase in post-traumatic stress disorder.
Nationally and locally, there are multiple resources to support students, families, and staff members who are experiencing mental health difficulties.
- Montgomery County Hotline 301-738-CALL (2255)
- Confidential supportive listening, information, and referrals 24/7. From noon to midnight, individuals mayconnect via text messaging
- Montgomery County Crisis Center 240-777-4000
- 24/7 in person crisis intervention for walk-ins, 1301 Piccard Drive, Rockville
- 24/7 phone consultation, screening, and referral information
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline chat https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/ (24/7)
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline 800-662-HELP (4357)
- Provides free, confidential 24/7 treatment referral and information (in English and Spanish) for individuals andfamilies facing mental health and/or substance use difficulties
- Montgomery County Public Schools Waymaking video series, including episodes on Suicide Awareness, Managing Stress During Social Distancing, Montgomery County Crisis Center, and EveryMind Crisis Prevention and Intervention
NAVIANCE ACCOUNT ACCESS
STUDENTS click here to access your Naviance account.
PARENTS please email Mrs. Casey at Janae_E_Robinson-Casey@mcpsmd.org to activate your account.
View the Senior College Planning Presentation that was presented to parents on Thursday, August 30th.
Miembro del equipo
|Ms. Donniel Gamble||Resource Counselor
|ARS, LFI, SCB
Ce - E (grade 9)
|Ms. Karla Lepinsky||School-Based ESOL Counselor
Consejera de ESOL Escolar
|Mrs. Betsy Ramirez||School Counselor
|ELP 1 & 2||Betsy_H_Ramirez@mcpsmd.org|
|Ms. Jana Walters||School Counselor
|A - Ca||Jana_K_Walters@mcpsmd.org|
|Mrs. Lexanne C. Wilson||School Counselor
|Ce - E (grades 10, 11, 12)
IB Diploma students
|Ms. Kelli Henderson-Petty||School Counselor
|F - J||Kelli_N_Petty@mcpsmd.org|
|Ms. Cara Haddaway||School Counselor
|K - M||Cara_J_Haddaway@mcpsmd.org|
|Mr. Victor Quiroz||School Counselor
|Ms. Shawn Guthrie||School Counselor
|Ms. Fiorela Guzman||Counseling Secretary
Secretaria de Consejería
|Ms. Janae Robinson-Casey||College & Career Information Coordinator
Coordinador de Información de Colegio y Carrera
|Ms. Jennifer Lyons||Registrar
- Mental health refers to a person’s overall emotional, behavioral and psychological well-being. It impacts how we think, feel, and act, including how a child:
- Feels about himself/herself
- Relates to other children and adults
- Handles change, stress and other life situations
- One in five children may experience a mental, emotional or behavioral health problem before age 18. These problems affect children of all demographic groups, regardless of education, income, race or culture.
- 70% of school-aged children with a diagnosable mental illness do not receive treatment.
- Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week is a great time to learn more about children’s mental health and to check out available resources to help ensure all children have the opportunity to be successful in school, at home, in the community, and in their future adult lives.
- Read more about the signs and symptoms of mental health problems and find resources, including our Family Resource Kit, for help at www.ChildrensMentalHealthMatters.org.
9th Grade Registration Program
College Planning Parent Workshop
Play the video slideshow to view the content from the College Planning Workshop that was presented by counselors in April.
If you would like a printable version of this slideshow, click here.
Minor Work Permits
A Maryland work permit is required for all minors under the age of 18 to work in the State of Maryland. Work permits are issued for the state in which the job is held: for instance, if your job is in Maryland, you need a Maryland work permit, but if your job is in DC, you need a DC work permit. A hard copy of instructions to obtain a Maryland work permit are available from Ms. Lyons in the counseling office or on the Maryland DLLR website.
Student Support Resources
Kennedy offers many options to support students. For more information, you may contact the Counseling Office or click the links below.
- SNEAKERS For the past 15 years, the SNEAKERS program has guided many young women towards making positive decisions in their lives. SNEAKERS is a program for adolescent females who are experiencing the challenges and changes of growing up. Through interactive sessions that involve group discussions, role plays, educational games and other creative techniques, girls build a positive peer support group that allows them to deal with the many issues they face on a daily basis.
- Academic Support Resources Kennedy offers many resources for students' academic support.
Other Key Resources
- County Career Center
- Graduation Requirements (CLICK HERE for full information about graduation requirements)
- Course Bulletin