Office Info

Telephone:
240-740-0105
Fax:
301-929-2235
Office:
Room #104

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COUNSELING QUICKLINKS

JFK REGISTRATION WEBSITE

GRADUATE TRANSCRIPT REQUEST FORM

STUDENT WITHDRAWAL FORM

FORMULARIO DE BAJA DE ESTUDIANTE EN ESPAÑOL


Counseling

The mission of John F. Kennedy High School Counseling Services Department is to provide a comprehensive counseling program that addresses the personal/social, academic and college/career needs of all students. Our goal is to promote a commitment to lifelong learning, personal and academic growth and to aid students in becoming responsible and productive citizens who can progress confidently into an ever-changing society. This foundation will be supported and further strengthened by collaboration with other educators, administrators, parents/guardians and community advocates.

Click the tree for mental health resources and to meet our school psychologist, Ms. Kimberly Medina.

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR VITAL MENTAL HEALTH AND COMMUNICATION GUIDELINES DURING OUR SCHOOL CLOSURE.

 

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.


Counseling Assignments | Las Asignaciónes de los Consejeros

Click here for a bilingual printable version of the table below.

STAFF MEMBER
JOB TITLE
STUDENTS
EMAIL

Ms. Donniel Gamble

Resource Counselor

ARS, LFI, SCB

Donniel_K_Gamble@mcpsmd.org

Ms. Karla Lepinsky

School-Based ESOL Counselor

ESOL Support

Karla_J_Lepinsky@mcpsmd.org

Ms. Jana Walters

School Counselor

A - Ca

Jana_K_Walters@mcpsmd.org

Mrs. Lexanne Wilson

School Counselor

Ce - De
MYP Cohort
IB Diploma

Lexanne_C_Wilson@mcpsmd.org

Ms. Lisa Estwick

School Counselor
M-W 9-3:00
Tu-Th 9-1:00

Di - F

Lisa_A_Estwick@mcpsmd.org

Ms. Kelli Henderson-Petty

School Counselor

G - K

Kelli_N_Petty@mcpsmd.org

Ms. Cara Haddaway

School Counselor

L - M

Cara_J_Haddaway@mcpsmd.org

Mr. Yvan Gelbard

School Counselor

N -R

Yvan_Gelbard@mcpsmd.org

Ms. Shawn Guthrie

School Counselor

S-Z

Shawn_J_Guthrie@mcpsmd.org

Ms. Mirna Medrano-Romero

Parent-Community Coordinator

Mirna_A_Medrano-Romero@mcpsmd.org

Ms. Naomi Johnson

Social Worker

Naomi_Johnson@mcpsmd.org

Mr. Carlos Ulloa

Counseling Secretary

Carlos_E_Ulloa@mcpsmd.org

Ms. Janae Robinson-Casey

College & Career Information Coordinator

Janae_E_Robinson-Casey@mcpsmd.org

Ms. Jennifer Lyons

Registrar

Jennifer_Lyons@mcpsmd.org


Mental Health Awareness

Fast Facts about Children’s Mental Health

  • 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

You may view the 9th Grade Registration program online in ENGLISH and SPANISH.

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

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