Telephone: 240-740-6960


Dear Students,
Please visit our Covid-19 School Closure google site. There, you will find lots of important information and resources to support our school community during this closure.  Do not hesitate to reach out to us during this time.  We are here to support our Northwood school community.  
Click here for Covid-19 information and resources from the counseling department & MCPS

For mental health emergencies, please call 911. 

You may also access the following resources:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
Montgomery County Hotline: 301-738-2255
Online Chat:
Texting services are available 4:00-9:00 PM Monday - Thursday: 301-738-2255
Montgomery County Crisis Center: 1301 Piccard Drive, Rockville, MD 240-777-4000 *The Crisis Center provides crisis services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

For MCPS updates as to the coronavirus response, please visit
Please use the appropriate link below if needed.
Parent Appointment Request
Student Assignments Request
MCPS SSL Opportunities
Northwood- Montgomery College Middle College
MC2 Dual Enrollment Information
Career Table Set Up

Students, check out our Northwood Bitmoji School Counselor Classroom by clicking below

Welcome to the Northwood High School Counseling Services

Welcome to the Northwood High School Counseling Services!  We look forward for this opportunity for you to get to know a little about our program.  If we can be of service to you, please do not hesitate to contact us during our normal business hours.  Our phone number is 240-740-6960. The school counseling office is open daily from 7:15am-3:30pm and the phone will be answered by our support staff. 


Our diverse community of Northwood High School students are empowered to be models of leadership, inspired and prepared to make positive contributions to a global society. 


We, the Professional School Counselors at Northwood High School, provide an equitable and accessible educational experience for all students. Students gain the necessary skills to cultivate their social/emotional growth, academic development, creative problem solving skills, and career and college readiness for the 21st century.  School Counselors in partnership with staff, parents, and community stakeholders, ensure all students are prepared for success, ready to continue their education, and work in a diverse and changing society. 


Regarding Students:  

  • Every student will leave Northwood with the necessary academic, career, and social/emotional skills to continue flourishing.
  • Every student at Northwood has the capacity to learn and therefore, access to a rigorous educational experience that is available to all.
  • Supporting the "whole child" in their growth and development is a critical role for school counselors.
  • School counselors provide a space for student voice.
  •  "All students" mean all students therefore, school counselors work to equitably develop their academic, social/emotional, and career self.

Regarding Teachers/Administrators:

  • School counselors collaborate with teachers, administrators, and other school staff to provide the necessary educational programming for students to excel. 
  • School counselors unite with teachers, administrators, and other school staff to facilitate students' success.

Regarding Parents:

  • School counselors forge effective partnerships with families.
  • School counselors encourage parent voice in supporting students' growth.
Regarding the Educational Process:
  • All students should have a school counselor who advocates on their behalf.
  • School counselors contribute to a positive school climate by providing a supportive, and nurturing environment for all students.
  • School counselors are continually analyzing data, reflecting to make necessary upgrades in counseling programs and services.
  • School counselors are school leaders who facilitate a positive educational experience for all students through the use of best practices and evidence-based interventions. 

NHS Counseling Framework

The Northwood School Counseling department strives to implement a comprehensive school counseling program based on Montgomery County Public School Standards and Expectations and in alignment with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model.

  • The American School Counselor Association is the professional association for school counselors.

  • The American School Counselor Association is the creator of ASCA National Model.

  • Guides the organization & implementation of a comprehensive school counseling programs.

  • ASCA incorporates the four themes of leadership, advocacy, collaboration and systemic change as part of the framework of the ASCA National Model.The framework of the ASCA National Model consists of four components: define, manage, deliver and assess.   

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Define: Student and professional standards are defined for the school counseling profession.  Student standards include the ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success: K–12 College- and Career-Readiness for Every Student.  Professional standards include professional standards, competencies, and ethical standards for counselors.
Manage: To be delivered effectively, the school counseling program must be efficiently and effectively managed. This includes the focus of the program (beliefs, vision, and mission) and how the program is planned.  Some of the program planning components are as follows: School Data Summary, Annual Student Outcome Goals, Action Plans, Lesson Plans, Annual Administrative Conference, Use of Time Analysis, Annual and Weekly Calendars Monitoring, and an Advisory Council.
Deliver: School counselors deliver a school counseling program in collaboration with students, families, school staff and community stakeholders. School Counselors provide both direct and indirect services to all students.
Assess:  To achieve the best results for students, school counselors regularly assess their program to determine its effectiveness, inform improvements to their school counseling program design and delivery, and to show how students are different as a result of the school counseling program. 
 Research has emerged which strongly suggests the following:
Schools that implement a comprehensive school counseling program aligned with the ASCA National Model have better student outcomes!
Student Outcome Areas:


Who are school counselors?        Quienes son consejeros escolares?
  • School Counselors provide support in three domain areas:
    • Academic Development
    • Career Development
    • Social/Emotional Development
  • School Counselors provides leadership, advocacy, collaboration, and systemic change:
    • They advocate for all students.
    • They consult & collaborate with parents, teachers, and administrators
    • They provide data informed services
    • They determine programming based on ASCA model

Domain #1: Academic Development

Standards guiding school counseling programs to implement strategies and activities to support and maximize each student's ability to learn. Some examples include:
  • Academic counseling 
  • Graduation plan
  • Classroom lessons
  • Course registration and scheduling 
  • Provide case management for 504 students
  • Facilitate educational meetings

Domain #2: Career Development

Standards guiding school counseling programs to help students 1) understand the connection between school and the world of work and 2) plan for and make a successful transition from school to postsecondary education and/or the world of work and from job to job across the life-span.  Some examples include:
  • Naviance lessons and assistance
  • College recommendation letters
  • College advising
  • Career advising
  • College and career lessons, exploration, and post-secondary planning
  • College and career exposure (i.e college fairs and career days)

Career Conversation Starters

Domain #3: Social/Emotional Development

Standards guiding school counseling programs to help students manage emotions and learn and apply interpersonal skills.  Some examples include:
  • Crisis intervention
  • Class lessons, individual counseling (brief), group counseling
  • Referrals for outside services
  • Consultations 
  • Collaborate with coordinated student services  

Follow The Counseling Department on Social Media

Please follow the Northwood counselors at @NWcounselors on Twitter or @NHS_Counseling on Instagram. You can also scan the attached QR codes to reach the pages.

Free Resources to Support your High School Student

Student Appointment Request

Attendance and participation in class is an important criteria for academic success, therefore, we discourage students from missing instructional time to meet with their counselor. Students may see their counselor without an appointment before and after school, and/or during lunch. All other times should be arranged via appointment. To schedule an appointment with your Counselor, please click the below link and complete your appointment via e-hallpass. Please check your email for your schedule date and time. Counselors are available from 8:00 a.m. -2:45 p.m. (Closed for lunch 12:30-1:00 pm). Your appointment request will be scheduled within 24-48 hours or the next business day. If you feel you are in crisis, please DO NOT FILL THIS FORM and call Maryland Youth Crisis Center. It is a free, 24-hour hotline, at 1.800.422-0009. Your call will be connected to the crisis center nearest to you. If you are in an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

Click this link to request your appointment:  

La asistencia y participación en clase es un criterio importante para el éxito académico, por lo tanto, desalentamos a los estudiantes de perder tiempo de instrucción para reunirse con su consejero. Los estudiantes pueden ver a su consejero sin cita previa antes y después de la escuela, y / o durante el almuerzo. Todos los demás horarios se deben hacer con cita previa. Para hacer una cita con su consejero, por favor hacerlo por medio de e-hallpass. Por favor revise su correo electrónico para la fecha y hora de su horario. Los consejeros están disponibles de 8:00 a.m. a 2:45 p.m. (Cerrado durante el almuerzo 12: 30-1: 00 pm). Si sientes que tiene uns crisis, NO LLENE ESTE FORMULARIO y llame al Maryland Youth Crisis Center. Es una línea gratuita, disponible las 24 horas, al 1.800.422-0009. Su llamada se conectará al centro de crisis más cercano a usted. Si se encuentra en una emergencia, llame al 911 o vaya a la sala de emergencias más cercana.

Has un clic aquí para solicitar tu cita:  

2020-2021 Counseling Service Department Breakdown

Ms. Virginia Stouffer Professional School Counselor 9th Grade A-Ma
Social Emotional Support Program A-G 1090
Ms. Danielle Viswanathan Professional School Counselor 9th Grade: Mb-Z
Social Emotional Support Program H-Z 1083
Ms. Christine Cappuccilli Professional School Counselor 10th-12th Grade:
A-Da 1043
Ms. Lekishia Stewart Professional School Counselor 10th-12th Grade:
De-H 1021
Mr. Marcus Mayo Professional School Counselor 10th-12th Grade:
I-M 1062
Ms. Fanny Ballard
(4 days @Northwood)
Professional School Counselor 10th-12th Grade: N-Q 1063
Mrs. Carolyn West-Gipson Professional School Counselor 10th-12th Grade: Ro-Z 1023
Dr. Maureen Ponce Resource Counselor

10th-12th Grade: R-Ri 
ESOL 1 (S-Z)
ESOL 2 (S-Z)
CREA 1022
Ms. Elsie V. Velazquez
(Monday, Thursday, & Friday @Northwood)
Professional School ESOL Counselor

ESOL 1 (A-R)
ESOL 2 (A-R) 1041
Ms. Michelle Snape College and Career Information Coordinator 1015
Ms. Judith Kahn School Registrar 1024
Mrs. Aracelly Gonzalez Counseling Secretary 1020
Mr. Adam Bloom Pupil Personnel Worker 1011

Parent Appointment Request

If you need to schedule an appointment with your student's Counselor, please complete this form. Please check your email for your schedule date and time. Counselors are available from 8:00-2:00 pm (Closed for lunch 12:30-1:00 pm)

Click this link to request your appointment: Parent Appointment Request

Si necesitan hacer cita con el/la Consejero (a) de su estudiante, por favor aplaste el siguiente enlace y complete el formulario. Por favor chequee su correo electrónico para ver el fecha y hora de su cita. Consejeros estas disponible de 8:00 -2:00 pm (Cerrados en la hora de almuerzo 12:30-1:00 pm).

Has un clic aquí para solicitar tu cita: Parent Appointment Request

504 Intervention Plans

Parents – Here is the page with all the 504 Intervention Plan information for you. It is up to date and ready to use!


Naviance is a web-based tool that provides self-discovery activities and lessons to help students explore and plan their college and career goals. Students can discover their individual strengths and talents, explore career and college options, and research the high school courses they need to reach their goals. Naviance link:  

Withdrawing from Northwood High School

To ensure that the proper procedures are followed when withdrawing a student from Northwood, the parents/guardians need to contact the registrar, Judith Kahn, three days before the student's last day of school. The registrar may be contacted by phone at 240-740-6995 or by email at

Graduation Requirements

High school graduation requirements are the conditions that MCPS students must meet in order to graduate and receive a diploma. View graduation requirements here.

Honors Courses

Honors, Advanced Placement, and Advanced-Level courses provide rigorous and challenging studies for highly able and potentially high-achieving students who are capable of pursuing rigorous and challenging instruction. These courses provide content and instruction that match students’ abilities, achievement levels, and interests. Students enroll in individual Honors, Advanced Placement, and Advanced-Level courses and not in an Honors program as a whole.

Make-Up Homework

Follow these procedures to request homework from school for illness-related absences of more than three days.

1. Contact your student's Counselor via email- NHS Counseling Department Home Page
2. Complete the online Google Form “Assignments Request": Student Assignments Request
3. Counselors will collect homework and make it available for you to pick up.
4. Counselors require 24-48 hour notice to prepare packets of missed homework.
5. Counselors will provide this service only for absences of 3 days or more due to illness.
6. Do not forget to contact the Attendance Office 301-649-8166 to report your student absent for the time assignments are being requested.

Cómo solicitar tareas

Siga estos procedimientos para solicitar tareas de la escuela por ausencias relacionadas con la enfermedad de más de tres días.

1. Póngase en contacto con el consejero de su estudiante por correo electrónico NHS Counseling Department Home Page
2. Llenar el siguiente formulario para solicitar asignaturas: Student Assignments Request
3. Los consejeros recogerán las tareas y las pondrán a su disposición para que las recojan
. 4. Los consejeros requieren un aviso de 24-48 horas para preparar los paquetes de tarea perdida.
5. Los consejeros proporcionarán este servicio solo cuando las ausencias son de 3 días o más debido a una enfermedad.
6. No se olvide llamar a la Oficina de Asistencia 301-649-8166 y reportar ausente a su estudiante por el periodo de tiempo que usted esta solicitando asignaturas.

Career Table Set Up

Welcome to Northwood High School. If you need are interested in setting up a table to represent your organization during lunch time, please complete this google form: Career Table Set Up. Please check your email for your schedule date and time. For further questions, please contact Mrs. Gonzalez at 301-649-8270 or Ms. Snape at 301-649-8513.


Lawful or Excused Absences According to state regulations, absences from school for the following reasons will be excused:

1. Death in immediate family
2. Illness of student
3. Court summons
4. Medical appointments
5. Violent storms
6. Authorized work activities
7. Religious holidays
8. State emergency
9. Suspension
10. Lack of authorized (MCPS) transportation

Please remember that students have three (3) days after returning to school from being absent to present a note to the attendance secretary excusing the absence. Remember that three (3) unexcused tardies equals one (1) unlawful absence.

If your student is absent, please contact the Attendance Office at 301-649-8166.


Ausencias legales o justificadas de acuerdo con las regulaciones estatales, las ausencias de la escuela por las siguientes razones serán justificadas:

1. Muerte en familia inmediata (madre, padre, hermano)
2. Enfermedad del estudiante
3. Citación judicial del estudiante
4. Citas médicas
5. Tormentas violentas
6. Actividades de trabajo autorizadas
7. Vacaciones religiosas
8. Emergencia estatal
9. Suspensión
10. La falta de transporte autorizado (MCPS)

Recuerde que los estudiantes tienen tres (3) días después de de estar ausentes para presentar una nota de justificación de ausencia a la secretaria de asistencia para poder excusar la ausencia. Recuerde que tres (3) tardanzas injustificadas equivalen a una (1) ausencia ilegal.

Si su estudiante está ausente, comuníquese con la Oficina de Asistencia al 301-649-8166.

Document Requests for Former Students

Student records are kept at Northwood High School for four years & then sent to MCPS Central Records in Bethesda.

If you graduated or withdrew in the past four years, you will need to contact the registrar in advance. Judith Kahn can be reached at or by calling 301-649-8277. Many documents can now be sent electronically which can expedite your request.

If you graduated or withdrew more than 4 years ago, you will need to contact MCPS Central Records at 301-320-7301. The Student Record Request Form (226-8) can be found the Montgomery County Public Schools website.

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