Counseling Services Department
Phone: (240) 740-5230
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Counseling Program at Takoma Park Middle School focuses on the rapidly changing needs of adolescents. These changing needs unfold in every aspect of a youth’s life and range from the emotional to the physical as well as from the personal to the social. As students in Grades 6-8 struggle for an identity, counselors help them to balance these needs with those associated with the school setting.
Counseling Office Personnel
- Megan Litten Resource Counselor/Special Population
- Pam Lever 6th Grade Counselor
- Carmen Martinez 7th Grade Counselor (H-Z and ESOL)
- Anne Salzman 7th Grade Counselor (A - G)
- Kate Hankins 8th Grade Counselor
- Marci Ponton Counseling Secretary and Registar
Personal and Social Development
- Help students discover their strengths and weaknesses in relation to school performances.
- Help students use their problem-solving and conflict resolution techniques.
- Help with conflict management and interpersonal relationships.
- Help students become their own advocates.
- Identify programs available to students and the requirements for participation in these programs.
- Help students adjust to the school and plan their programs.
- Help students with time-management.
- Consult with teachers on ways to improve student academic achievement.
Career and Educational Decision-Making
- Develop a 4-year plan for high school.
- Review graduation requirements.
- Assess student aptitudes & interests and explore career options.
- Reinforce problem-solving and decision-making skills.
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Information regarding the High School Process and Dates can be found in the TPMS Quick Link section called HS Process
Homework Resources for Parents and Students
- Homework Completion Contract
- Homework Contract
- How to Set Up a Good Homework System at Home
- My Homework Plan
- Time Management Sheet
- What We Can Do to Help Our Adolescents Learn
Resources for Parents
Mental Health Resources - Includes addresses and numbers for the following: Crisis Center, Behavioral Health Assessments, Area Hotlines, Self-Help and Support Groups, Non-Profit Professional Mental Health Services, Youth Services Center, and Hospitals
Wendt Center for Loss and Healing With nationally recognized expertise, the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing is a premier resource for restoring hope and healthy functioning to adults, teens and children who are coping with grief, loss and trauma in the Greater Washington region.
- Dangerous Dozen, 12 apps all parents should be aware of
- 4 Ways to Help Your Daughter Deal with Middle School Drama
- Parenting Against the Internet
- One Less Thing to Stress About: Screen Time
- Tips to Help Your Child Have a Successful Year
- Navigating the home work hour with a growth mindset
- Top 10 skills middle school students need to thrive, and how parents can help
- Dove's Self Esteem Project
- Top 15 Things Your Middle School Kid Wishes You Knew
- A Teenager’s Nutritional Needs
- Guidelines for Reporting on Social Media - Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest
- CDC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health
- Gender Spectrum
- The Ally Coalition
- The Rainbow Youth Alliance
- Study Skills Guide
- Study skills for middle school and beyond
- 10 Habits of Highly Effective Students
- Study Skills
- Thinking Organized
- Social Emotional Learning
Health and Wellness:
* Meeting at the Seekers Church (across from the Takoma Metro Station), 276 Carroll Street, Northwest Washington, DC 20012
Sundays 6:30 - 7:30. (all but the first Sunday of the month)