John F. Kennedy supports a strong program of counseling and guidance services because of the benefits it can provide to students, parents, and staff. Our Counseling Office provides services to assist students to succeed in school, to help personalize school experiences, and to develop skills necessary for appropriate decision making.
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.
Click here to access your Family Connection account.
Counseling Assignments | Las Asignaciónes de los Consejeros
Click here for a printable version of this organizational chart
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.
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, etc. 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.
Edline is an online tool that provides students and parents with the ability to, in real time, view grades, assignments, attendance, credits, HSA testing information, SSL hours earned, course syllabi, and teacher contact information. Every MCPS student is automatically assigned two Edline accounts: one for the student, and one for the guardian(s). An Edline activation code is required to access your Edline for the first time. If you are unfamiliar with Edline or if you've forgotten your username or password or need your initial activation code, you may contact Dawn Gibbons.
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