Departments → Counseling



Staff e-mail addresses and phone numbers are listed in the Staff Directory

Counselor   Student Last Names
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David Joseph 


6th H-Z


Rosemarie Dapena 


6th A-G, 7th A-F
Laurie Manfreda 


7th G-Z
Elizabeth Becker
Elizabeth Becker 


8th A-O
  Richard Solomon
Richard Solomon 


8th P-Z and ESOL 1/2
Nazareth Aregai 


ESOL (Wed. only)


Help your students manage anxiety at home


"Professional school counselors are leaders who advocate, collaborate, and facilitate individual and system change to ensure every student has the knowledge and skills necessary for academic success and personal growth." - Montgomery County Public Schools Student Counseling Services - Mission

Members of the Counseling Department at Silver Spring International Middle School work to help students be successful socially, emotionally and academically.

  • We work with students individually, in small groups and with entire classes of students.
  • We work with parents to help their children be more successful through consultations and conferences.
  • We provide teachers with support for their students by strategizing alternative approaches and facilitating educational management.

SSIMS and MCPS Course Bulletins

The 2020-2021 SSIMS and MCPS Course Bulletins are now available. These resources provide detailed information about course offerings:
SSIMS Bulletin
MCPS Bulletin

If you need to make a change to your child's courses please fill out the attached form and return it to the counseling department. 

 Course Change Request Form-20-21
The Counseling Office is open Monday through Friday,7:45 a.m - 3:30 p.m.

Please call 240-740-2760 to schedule an appointment to discuss any concerns related to your child. Fax: 301-650-6429

To register/enroll your child, please provide the following:

  • Proof of residency (Copy of Current lease or Property Tax Bill)
  • Copy of child's birth certificate
  • Copy of child's immunization records
  • Photo of parent ID
  • Custody papers, if applicable
  • Name and contact information of previous school

School Transfer Packet should include these documents:

  • Copy of last report card
  • Withdrawal/clearance form
  • Health/immunization records
  • Copy of Indivizualized Education Plan (IEP) if student receives special education services
  • Copy of 504 Plan, if applicable
  • Name and contact information of previous school

Counseling Announcements

HS Choice Process

High School Choice Updates (October 22, 2020)
The PTSA will be hosting a virtual student panel on High School Choice on Monday, October 26th at 7:00 PM. Current high school students who are alumni of SSIMS will be talking about their experiences at the local high schools, and taking questions on the SSIMS webinar. 
Here is the information to access the webinar:

Webinar ID:  973 7918 4798
Dial in:  

** Here is a new description of the Application-Only Programs in one, user friendly format:
8th Graders and Families:  The High School Choice Links are Live!
The link to the High School Choice Form is in a letter mailed in hard copy to parents. The link to the High School Application for Regional and Countywide programs is in ParentVue in Synergy. Information about the Regional and Countywide programs may be found here: 
Deadline for Submission
The deadline for the High School Choice forms and the Regional and Countywide programs application is November 6. A student whose choice form is not received by the deadline will be randomly assigned to a high school. Students and families, safeguard your choice: Get it Done by November 1!
Schedule of Virtual High School Open Houses
Come learn about the programs in each high school at each school's virtual open house:
DCC Open House Flyer                                                          NEC Open House Flyer                                         
DCC and NEC High School Programs
A brief description of the programs in each high school may be found here:
Regional and Countywide Application Programs
Information about the Regional and Countywide programs may be found here: 

Here is a link to a video to introduce you to the High School Choice process in the Down County Consortium (DCC). In the video, you will also hear from DCC students and Coordinators about the academy programs at the five DCC high schools:

For additional information about the DCC high schools and lottery choice process, please visit:

Wheaton HS:

Northwood HS:

Kennedy HS:

Einstein HS:

Blair HS:

DCC website:  

Students at SSIMS who reside in the Northeast Consortium (NEC) residency area may participate in the the NEC lottery choice process during Round 1, and then may participate in the DCC lottery choice process during Round 2. For more information about the NEC high schools and the NEC choice process, please visit:

You will receive additional information about the High School Choice process in the Fall. 

Contact Richard Solomon, Resource Counselor with any questions:, 240-740-2760.