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"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.

Counseling Pamphlet 2016-2017  

Course Change Request 2017-2018

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:

1) Proof of residency

- Copy of current lease, or

- Copy of property tax bill

2) Copy of child's birth certificate

3) Copy of child's immunization records

4) Photo of parent ID

5) Custody papers, if applicable

6) Name and contact information

of previous school

School Transfer Packet should include these documents:

- Copy of last report card

- Withdrawl/ 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


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 2017-2018

Counseling Announcements

Counselors will be presenting lessons to introduce the Family Connection/Naviance College and Career Research tool with students in 7th and 8th grade. Read more about it in the attached letter. (English/Spanish)


Students in 7th and 8th grade have received a letter to provide further information about the Naviance Family Connection Career and College Exploration tool. Included in this letter is an activation code for parents to gain access to the site, and review activities their student may have completed on the program. Any questions about Naviance can be directed to Resource Counselor, Richard Solomon, who can be reached by email at or by phone at 301-562-5240.

To access Naviance Family Connection, use the following link: 

8th Grade High School Choice

High School Open Houses on February 7th:

The High Schools in the Down County Consortium (Blair, Einstein, Kennedy, Northwood, and Wheaton), as well as Blake and Springbrook in the Northeast Consortium, will be hosting open houses at the high schools for 8th grade families on Wednesday, February 7th at 7:00 PM. 


Counseling 2016

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

  Richard Solomon 
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Richard Solomon

Resource Counselor,  

6th Grade T-Z
8th Grade T-Z
ESOL 1-2 


Alice Baker

7th Grade A-N  

Elizabeth Becker

8th Grade A-S


Rosemaire Dapena   

6th Grade A-S 

Laurie Manfreda

7th Grade O-Z



Nina Cordeiro