FMS School Counseling Department
- Ms. Julie Lazaris-6th Grade Counselor
- Ms. Susan James - 7th Grade Counselor, Department Chair
- Mr. Jason Ingram - 8th Grade Counselor
- Ms. Judy Lucas - School Counseling Secretary/Registrar (240) 740-1210
Counseling Department Vision
To provide opportunities for positive social-emotional learning, academic growth, and college and career readiness for all students within the framework of the school-wide ROCK (Responsibility, Optimism, Courage, Kindness) core value system so that all students can achieve at high levels.
The Counseling Department wants to work with you to make your child's transition to Farquhar Middle School as smooth as possible. Whether you're coming from another MCPS school, another Maryland county, another state, or another country, we are excited to meet you and your child. The registrar and counselors will familiarize you with "how things work," including activities and procedures at our school. We will be pleased to answer your questions, help your child to be prepared, and create a seven-period-a-day schedule to meet your child's educational requirements.
Please contact Ms. Judy Lucas, School Counseling Secretary/Registrar at 240-740-1210 to make an appointment to enroll. Documents needed for enrollment include:
- Proof of Residency -- Property tax bill or current lease
- Birth Certificate
- Immunization Record
- Report Card
- Withdrawal packet from previous school
Change of Address
In order to change your student's address, MCPS requires documentation, such as a current lease, settlement papers, or a completed Shared Housing form with attachments. Deeds of Trust and changed driver's licenses are not considered adequate documentation. Please call our school counseling office secretary for more information.
Career and College Readiness-Naviance and Family Connection
Middle school students are provided by the county with accounts for Family Connection -- a comprehensive website about colleges and careers. Family Connection is linked with Naviance, a program that has been widely used in high schools. At school, counselors help students activate their accounts and explore various aspects of this program over the course of the year. Students and families can access Family Connection at home using the link below:
MCPS Career Readiness for Students https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/career-readiness/
College Prep Talk This biannual newsletter is full of helpful information about getting ready for college. From taking tests, planning academic schedules, and improving study skills to paying for college and planning for key deadlines—you’ll find it all in PrepTalk.
College Savings Plans of Maryland https://maryland529.com/
- Sign up for free MCPS workshops on tips and tools to help your child succeed in school.
FMS counselors run groups depending on interest and need. Groups offered may include friendship, grief, academic success, changing families, stress management, or other topics. If you think your child would benefit from being in a group, contact their counselor.
All students receive information during the September classroom counselor visits on how to access their counselor privately to discuss bullying (or any other) concerns. Forms are available in the counseling office for students to request an appointment with their counselor. Finally, parents are urged to contact their child’s counselor and/or administrator with any concerns about bullying.
The following links share information about bullying…
Character Development/Core Values Program
FMS Roadrunners ROCK!
The ROCK core values were chosen by FMS stakeholders (students, staff and parents) to be highlighted over the course of the school year. The four values are the focus of specific classroom lessons and activities across all grade levels.
Five things to think about before pressing “send”:
- Don’t assume anything you send or post is going to remain private.
- There is no changing your mind in cyberspace-anything you send or post may never truly go away.
- Don’t give in to the pressure to do something that makes you uncomfortable, even in cyberspace.
- Consider the recipient’s reaction.
- Nothing is truly anonymous.