Counseling Department 

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Counseling Department Mission Statement

The Briggs Chaney Middle School (BCMS) Counseling Department advocates and collaborates with stakeholders to foster the academic achievement of all students. We support the academic, personal, social and career development of students through various activities including, school wide programs, classroom guidance lessons, individual and small group activities, student planning, consultation with staff and parents, and referrals to community agencies.

YMCA Groups

The 2017/18 Spring YMCA groups are forming now! If you are interested in your student participating in one of the 2 groups: School Stress and Anxiety or School Peer and Social Skills- Please contact your grade level counselor for more information. 

Meeting your Counselor

BCMS counselors are available throughout the building to assist students. Counselors are located in the grade-level hallway during morning arrival and breakfast and during lunch in the cafeteria or counseling office. You can schedule a time to see your counselor by email or meeting with Ms. Finlay in the counseling office.

Ms. Bethlehem Beru, Seventh Grade Counselor - email

Ms. Kamer Clarke, Eighth Grade Counselor (M–Z) - email

Ms. Dhanmatie N. (Neela) Finlay, School Counseling Secretary - email

Ms. Hollys Hainer, Pupil Personnel Worker - email

Ms. Tawana C. Harris, Resource Counselor & Eighth Grade Counselor (A-L) - email

Ms. Ivette Sherman, Counseling Intern - email

Ms. Kimberly J. Showman, Sixth Grade Counselor - email


Briggs Chaney Middle School Counseling Newsletter 

A little About us!! 

 Ms. Beru

I grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attended MCPS K-12. I am a  proud graduate of Briggs Chaney MS and Paint Branch HS. I left the MD suburbs and headed to Philadelphia to attend Temple University where I double majored in Public Relations and Broadcasting. I worked for fashion PR for five years before transitioning into education.  I am a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Ms. Clarke

I grew up in Gaithersburg, Maryland and graduated from Quince Orchard HS in 2006. I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from Salisbury University and my Master's Degree in School Counseling from Loyola University. This is my second year as a School Counselor and I am so happy to be able to do what I love!
I live in Columbia, Maryland and have a Siberian Husky who I adore! He is 5 years old and he is my best fur friend. We love going on hikes, playing soccer, and going to the beach together!

Ms. Finlay

I was born in Trinidad and came to the US at age 11.  I attended Prince George's County Public School. I loving working in the counseling office with students, staff and parents.

Ms. Harris

I am a native Washingtonian with more than 25 years as of experience as an educator.  The NEC is in our family; my husband has worked in the NEC for over 30 years and my daughter attends high school in the consortium.  I love spending time with my family, girlfriends and watching my daughter play volleyball.   I enjoy working with the students and families at Briggs Chaney.

Ms. Showman

This is my 3rd year at BCMS as a school counselor! I graduated from Johns Hopkins School of Education in 2014.  I have 2 awesome daughters, a pre-teen and a teen.  I love running, reading, and taking trips with my family!  GO BEARS!


Supports & Services 

Peer 2 Peer Tutoring (via NJHS)

Open to all grade level students seeking support in English, Math, Social Studies, Science or World Language. Meets every Wednesday after school. Students sign up in the counseling office every Monday. Sign up is on a first come first serve basis.

Get Organized (G.O.) Cart

Open to all grade levels for students to reorganize their binders. The cart will be located in the counseling office and stocked with supplies (dividers, pens and pencils, folders and notebooks) This cart will also be available in grade level halls during Data Days.

Individualized/Small Group

Counselor's collaborate with grade-level teams to create short-term groups of students to work through academic needs and/or preparation for an upcoming project or test. Arrangements are made between the counselor, students and teachers to meet during the school day and/or after school.

Truancy Prevention Program(TPP)

This weekly program meets every Monday with their grade level counselor and program staff employed by the Montgomery County State's Attorney office. Students are identified based on concerns surrounding their school attendance. Weekly sessions review students' grades, weekly attendance and goal setting.

Personal/ Social Support

Male Mentorship Wednesdays. The group is facilitated through the Fortune Foundation and by its founder, Carl Fortune.This group is for 7th and 8th grade, African-American and Hispanic young men and will take place every other Wednesday beginning in October. The program will run for 12 weeks and provide an opportunity for young males to engage in fun and interactive group discussions with peers and mentors.

Be A Friend First (BFF) Group

This group is facilitated by the Girl Scouts Nation's Capital. It is available to female students in all grade levels. We will run two groups simultaneously, one for female students enrolled in ESOL and a second group for 6th grade female students. These groups will run for 5 weeks and meet once a week after school.

Driving MY Financial Future

This group will be facilitated by the Girl Scouts Nation's Capital . This program will be offered to 8th grade female students in the Spring of 2018 and provide an introduction to making smart financial choices.

YMCA Group Therapy

These groups will be facilitated through YMCA Youth & Family Services in the spring and fall semester. Groups will meet once a week for 12 weeks and focus on the following topics:Social/Peer Relationships (focus on compassion) and Anxiety/Coping Strategies  

The Good Grief Group

In conjunction with the Hospice Caring Inc. will be begin our annual "Good Grief Group" for students grieving a loss. The "Good Grief Group" will be offered in the Spring. The primary purpose of the group is to provide a safe place where grief and loss can be expressed, and coping tools can be learned and practiced. Meets once a week during school hours.  

Counseling Resources  

Student Service Learning (SSL)

Learn more about earning SSL hours at Briggs Chaney Middle School by clicking HERE


Naviance is a fully integrated platform designed to help raise student accountability and performance across a number of key indicators leading to increased engagement, improvements in academic performance, and overall workplace and college readiness. All MCPS secondary schools are using Naviance starting this 2016-2017 school year. School Counselors will be delivering Naviance lessons to grades 7 and 8 over the course of the year. For more information on Naviance and/or how parents can get involved, please contact the grade-level counselor. 


Quick Guide to Enrollment

Welcome to Briggs Chaney Middle School. If you are not sure if you are attending Briggs Chaney Middle School, please call the Long-range Planning Office at 240-314-4700 or check the following website: and click on "Find your School". 

Students who have not attended a U.S. School anytime during the prior two years should contact the MCPS International Admissions and Enrollment at 301-230-0686 to begin the enrollment process.

All parents/guardians enrolling students (new or reentering MCPS) must provide verification of student's age, student identify, parent/guardian identify, residency, and immunizations, unless homeless.

When coming to register, please bring the following forms completed:

Identity - Person enrolling student must be present 

  • Legal identification AND
  • Proof of relationship to student

Residency - In Montgomery County

  • If homeowner, provide copy of current property bill. A copy can be obtained from Montgomery County Department of Finance at 240-777-0311 or at, OR
  • If renter, provide copy of current (less than 1 year old) lease. If lease is more than 1 year old, copy of lease and a current utility bill, OR
  • If living in shared housing, provide notarized MCPS form 335-74, Shared Housing Disclosure and either a copy of the current property bill of homeowner or copy of lease of renter with whom student and parent/guardian are living and three appropriate supporting documents.
  • Anyone who is not a resident of Montgomery County who would like to request to enroll a non-resident student in MCPS should contact IAE at 301-230-0686.
  • If homeless, please refer to the Enrollment Information/Homeless Children web page.

Immunizations - Full Compliance

  • Maryland Immunization Certificate 896
  • Computer generated printout from doctor's office 


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