Telephone: 301-649-8270

Welcome to the Northwood High School Counseling Services.


We, the School Counseling Department at Northwood High School, aim that our diverse community of students become fully integrated, functional, and productive members of a global society.


We, the School Counseling Department at Northwood High School advocates for an equitable educational experience where all students can gain the necessary skills to cultivate their social/emotional, academic, and career development.


Regarding Students: 

  • Every student will leave Northwood with the necessary academic, career, and social/emotional skills to continue flourishing. 
  • Every student at Northwood has the capacity to learn and therefore, access to a rigorous educational experience is available to all. 
  • Supporting the “whole child” in their growth and development is a critical role for school counselors. 
  • School counselors provide a space for student voice. 
  • “All students” mean all students therefore, school counselors work to equitably develop their academic, social/emotional, and career self.

 Regarding Teacher/Administrators: 

  • School counselors collaborate with teachers and administrators to provide the necessary educational programming for students to excel. 
  • School counselors unite with teachers and administrators to facilitate students’ success. 

Regarding Parents: 

  • School counselors forge effective partnerships with families. 
  • School counselors encourage parent voice in supporting students’ growth. 

Regarding the Educational Process: 

  • All students should have a school counselor who advocates on their behalf. 
  • School counselors contribute to a positive school climate by providing a supportive, and nurturing environment for all students.
  • School counselors continually analyze data, reflecting, to make necessary upgrades in counseling programs and services. 
  • School counselors are school leaders who facilitate a positive educational experience for all students through use of best practices and evidence-based interventions.

Schedule A Senior Graduation Conferencee

 Hello Class of 2020,

 It's hard to believe but you guys are now the top dogs in the building! That means it's time to start thinking about what your plans are for life after high school - college, career, military or a gap year. Whatever you see for your future, your counselor is here to help! And to that end, we encourage you to get started.  Click your counselor's  link below to schedule your Senior Graduation Conference. Sign up only one student per time slot, and add a reminder of  your appointment on your calendar . You can bring your parents if you'd like and if they can't come because of work schedules, that's okay. We can still meet. 


12th Grade Alphabet

Ms. Carolyn West-Gipson   


Ms. LeKishia Stewart

O-Ri & ESOL 3-5  (A-L)

Ms. Christine Cappuccilli


Dr. Maureen Q. Ponce

ESOL 3-5 (M-Z)

Ms. Ann Haughton- Pending


Ms. Danielle K. Viswanathan


Class of 2020 Post-Secondary Planning Meeting

Students and families, please see the attached power point for information presented to rising seniors on June 3, 2019 during their English class. Please reach out to your child’s professional school counselor with any follow up questions. Rising Seniors, please remember to schedule your Graduation Conference Meeting with your school counselor for some time during the summer break.

College and Career Readiness: Speaker Series and Workshops

The Northwood School Counseling team has an engaging summer program planned for students to assist them in their post-secondary planning. 

The School Counseling Department presents our first “College and Career Readiness Summer Speaker Series”.  The information shared during the speaker series will provide Northwood HS students opportunities to increase their preparation for post-secondary life.  Northwood school counselors will facilitate these sessions and includes guest speakers with expertise regarding college access and career readiness. 

The speaker series occurs every Tuesday throughout the summer, from 2-3pm in the Media Center.  Space is limited.  Please reach out to your child’s school counselor with any questions. 

TO REGISTER: Follow the google link below.

2019 Speaker Barcode

Northwood High School Counseling Department presents College and Career Readiness Summer Speaker Series - 2019

 JUNE 2019

June 18: Financial Literacy 101 Our speaker will present money management skills. Students will learn how to examine spending decisions, explore their personal financial choices, learn to make informed financial decisions and what it means to be financially responsible. 

June 25: Is a STEM career right for you Our speaker will share experiences from her exciting career and provide some guidance to students interested in pursuing a STEM career.

JULY 2019

July 2: Financial Aid 101 Knowledge is Power.  Our speaker will share information about the financial aid process and share strategies for completing your FAFSA. 

July 9: Wait! When do I need to do that? Come learn some best practices on keeping track of all those college applications and due dates. 

July 16: Military Career Opportunities Our speaker will present the basic screening requirements, career progression, career paths, and information on how to translate skills & abilities gained while in the service toward fulfilling potential career goals. 

 July 23: The college application essay, what admission directors looks for in an essay Our speaker, the Director of Admission of a local university will share inside tips on what to include in a college essay. 

 July 30: Reach, target, safe? What is that and why does it matter? Our speaker will provide helpful information to assist you in creating a reasonable college application list as you approach the college application season.


August 6: The right way to pitch yourself to colleges. Hear firsthand what college admissions counselors look for in a perspective student. In addition, are you interested in playing sports in college? Learn the ins and outs in college athletics. 

 August 13: Which career is right for me? We will go through a series of fun activities to assist with identifying areas of career interest, future goals and the “3 P’s”! 

August 20: Writing an award-winning essay!  Students will receive strategies in writing an essay and best practice when writing a college essay.


Ms. Snape, the Career Information Coordinator, will facilitate these summer workshops for rising seniors in the college and career center.      

TO REGISTER: Follow the google link below.

2019 Workshop Barcode

  • June 25th “Allegany College Trip”
    • Pre-registration required for this activity
  •  July 2 “Resume Workshop”
    •  12:-00pm-2:00pm
  • July 9 “Navigating Naviance”
    • 9:00am-11:00am or 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • July 11 “Navigating Naviance”
    •  12:-00pm-2:00pm 
  • July 16, 17, & 18 “College Essay Writing Workshop”
    • Time: 10:30am-12:30pm
  • July 22 “Interview Workshop”
    • 10:30am-11:30 am
  •  July 24 “College Sports Readiness”
    •  10:30am-12:30pm
  • July 26 “College Application Workshop, (Do’s and Don’ts)”
    • 9:30am-11:30am 
  • July 30 “SAT Prep (Mock Test)”
    •  12:30pm-2:30pm
  • August 2 “Essay Reading Workshop”
    • 12:30pm – 2:30pm
  •  August 6 “Financial Aid & Scholarship”
    • Time: 9:30am-11:30am
  • August 8 “Common Application Workshop”
    • 9:30am – 11:30am

Summer School Information

Summer School recommendation letters for Session 1 of Summer School were mailed home during April 2019. It is extremely important that you are aware of the MCPS grade level promotion guidelines. Please note that failure to attend a recommended summer school course in either session of summer school may cause your student to be retained at the current grade level. It is especially important that students graduating in the class of 2019 enroll in any necessary summer school courses. If you have any questions or concerns about Session 2 of Summer School for your student's promotion to the next grade level, please contact the Counseling Office at 301-649-8270.

High School Summer School 
Session 1: June 24, 2019 - July 12, 2019 (NOTE: No School on July 4 and 5, 2019)
Session 2: July 16, 2019 - August 1, 2019
8:10 a.m. - 1:55 p.m.
June 4, 2019, was the last day to register for Session 1 by 12:00 noon at school (MCPS students) 
Complete the Google form at , obtain all required signatures, and take it with payment on June 7–10 for Late Registration for Session 1 of Summer School- Space-available basis only, no checks or credit cards

Regional Summer School Office 
CESC Auditorium
850 Hungerford Drive, 
Rockville, Maryland 20850

June 7—1:00–5:00 p.m. 
June 10—7:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. 
June 10 Summer OPTG closes

Checklist prior to taking the form to the Late Registration : 

  • Registration form 
  • Counselor/Parent signatures 
  • Payment 
  • Tuition waiver form if applicable (Montgomery County residents only)

Session 2 REGISTRATION BEGINS MAY 8, 2019-JUNE 28, 2019.
Session 2: Summer School Registration Form 2019
June 21 is the last day to register for Session 2, by 12:00 noon at school (MCPS)
July 10–11 is Late Registration for Session 2 of Summer School (Space-available basis only) no checks or credit cards 
July 10, 1:00–5:00 p.m. 
July 11, 7:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m

Regional Summer School Office 
CESC Auditorium
850 Hungerford Drive, 
Rockville, Maryland 20850

Summer School Locations

James Hubert Blake High School
300 Norwood Rd. 
Silver Spring, MD 20905

Winston Churchill High School
11300 Gainsborough Rd. 
Potomac, MD 20854

Gaithersburg High School
101 Education Boulevard 
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Northwood High School
919 University Blvd, W 
Silver Spring, MD 20901

Registration Information for 2019-2020 School Year

Registration Cards (Grades 10 -12)

Please click on the links below to view the registration directions and the registration card. Parents may review and edit course selection through the MYMCPS portal by following the registration link after logging in. Parents may also reach out to their student’s school counselor with questions.

Registration Directions
Registration Card

Incoming Grade 9 

Registration Presentation
Registration Card

Follow The Counseling Department on Social Media

Please follow the Northwood counselors at @NWcounselors on Twitter or @NHS_Counseling on Instagram. You can also scan the attached QR codes to reach the pages.

Student Appointment Request

Attendance and participation in class is an important criteria for academic success, therefore, we discourage students from missing instructional time to meet with their counselor. Students may see their counselor without an appointment before and after school, and/or during lunch. All other times should be arranged via appointment. To schedule an appointment with your Counselor, please click the below link and complete the form. Please check your email for your schedule date and time. Counselors are available from 8:00 a.m. -2:45 p.m. (Closed for lunch 12:30-1:00 pm). Your appointment request will be scheduled within 24-48 hours or the next business day. If you feel you are in crisis, please DO NOT FILL THIS FORM and call Maryland Youth Crisis Center. It is a free, 24-hour hotline, at 1.800.422-0009. Your call will be connected to the crisis center nearest to you. If you are in an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

La asistencia y participación en clase es un criterio importante para el éxito académico, por lo tanto, desalentamos a los estudiantes de perder tiempo de instrucción para reunirse con su consejero. Los estudiantes pueden ver a su consejero sin cita previa antes y después de la escuela, y / o durante el almuerzo. Todos los demás horarios se deben hacer con cita previa. Para hacer una cita con su consejero, haga clic en el enlace y complete el formulario. Por favor revise su correo electrónico para la fecha y hora de su horario. Los consejeros están disponibles de 8:00 a.m. a 2:45 p.m. (Cerrado durante el almuerzo 12: 30-1: 00 pm). Si sientes que tiene uns crisis, NO LLENE ESTE FORMULARIO y llame al Maryland Youth Crisis Center. Es una línea gratuita, disponible las 24 horas, al 1.800.422-0009. Su llamada se conectará al centro de crisis más cercano a usted. Si se encuentra en una emergencia, llame al 911 o vaya a la sala de emergencias más cercana.

2018-2019 Counseling Service Department Breakdown

Dr. John Rynn Professional School Counselor 9th Grade A-Mars
Ms. Lekishia Stewart Professional School Counselor 9th Grade Martin-Z & ESOL 4
Ms. Christine Cappuccilli Professional School Counselor 10th-12th Grade A -De
Mrs. Falesia Jones Professional School Counselor 10th-12th Grade Di- Kip
Mrs. Ann Haughton Professional School Counselor 10th-12th Grade Kir- P
Mrs. Carolyn West-Gipson Professional School Counselor 10th-12th Grade Q -Z
Dr. Maureen Ponce Resource Counselor ESOL 3
Ms. Elsie V. Velazquez Professional School ESOL Counselor METS, ESOL 1-2, CREA Students
Ms. Michelle Snape College and Career Information Coordinator
Ms. Judith Kahn School Registrar
Mrs. Aracelly Gonzalez Counseling Secretary
Mr. Rene Argueta ACES Coach
Mr. Terrence Fisher Pupil Personnel Worker

Parent Appointment Request

If you need to schedule an appointment with your student's Counselor, please complete this form. Please check your email for your schedule date and time. Counselors are available from 8:00-2:00 pm (Closed for lunch 12:30-1:00 pm)

Si necesitan hacer cita con el/la Consejero (a) de su estudiante, por favor aplaste el siguiente enlace y complete el formulario. Por favor chequee su correo electrónico para ver el fecha y hora de su cita. Consejeros estas disponible de 8:00 -2:00 pm (Cerrados en la hora de almuerzo 12:30-1:00 pm).

Parent Appointment Request Form:

504 Intervention Plans

Parents – Here is the page with all the 504 Intervention Plan information for you. It is up to date and ready to use!

Family Connection

Family Connection is a web-based tool that provides self-discovery activities and lessons to help students explore and plan their college and career goals. Students can discover their individual strengths and talents, explore career and college options, and research the high school courses they need to reach their goals. Family Connection link:  

Withdrawing from Northwood High School

To ensure that the proper procedures are followed when withdrawing a student from Northwood, the parents/guardians need to contact the registrar, Judith Kahn, three days before the student's last day of school. The registrar may be contacted by phone at 301-649-8277 or by email at

Graduation Requirements

High school graduation requirements are the conditions that MCPS students must meet in order to graduate and receive a diploma. View graduation requirements here.

Honors Courses

Honors, Advanced Placement, and Advanced-Level courses provide rigorous and challenging studies for highly able and potentially high-achieving students who are capable of pursuing rigorous and challenging instruction. These courses provide content and instruction that match students’ abilities, achievement levels, and interests. Students enroll in individual Honors, Advanced Placement, and Advanced-Level courses and not in an Honors program as a whole.

Make-Up Homework

Follow these procedures to request homework from school for illness-related absences of more than three days.

1. Contact your student's Counselor via email.
2. Complete the online Google Form “Assignments Request":
3. Counselors will collect homework and make it available for you to pick up.
4. Counselors require 24 hour notice to prepare packets of missed homework.
5. Counselors will provide this service only for absences of 3 days or more due to illness.
6. Do not forget to contact the Attendance Office 301-649-8166 to report your student absent for the time assignments are being requested.

Cómo solicitar tareas

Siga estos procedimientos para solicitar tareas de la escuela por ausencias relacionadas con la enfermedad de más de tres días.

1. Póngase en contacto con el consejero de su estudiante por correo electrónico.
2. Llenar el siguiente formulario para solicitar asignaturas:
3. Los consejeros recogerán las tareas y las pondrán a su disposición para que las recojan.
4. Los consejeros requieren un aviso de 24 horas para preparar los paquetes de tarea perdida.
5. Los consejeros proporcionarán este servicio solo cuando las ausencias son de 3 días o más debido a una enfermedad.
6. No se olvide llamar a la Oficina de Asistencia 301-649-8166 y reportar ausente a su estudiante por el periodo de tiempo que usted esta solicitando asignaturas.


Lawful or Excused Absences According to state regulations, absences from school for the following reasons will be excused:

1. Death in immediate family
2. Illness of student
3. Court summons
4. Medical appointments
5. Violent storms
6. Authorized work activities
7. Religious holidays
8. State emergency
9. Suspension
10. Lack of authorized (MCPS) transportation

Please remember that students have three (3) days after returning to school from being absent to present a note to the attendance secretary excusing the absence. Remember that three (3) unexcused tardies equals one (1) unlawful absence.

If your student is absent, please contact the Attendance Office at 301-649-8166.


Ausencias legales o justificadas de acuerdo con las regulaciones estatales, las ausencias de la escuela por las siguientes razones serán justificadas:

1. Muerte en familia inmediata (madre, padre, hermano)
2. Enfermedad del estudiante
3. Citación judicial del estudiante
4. Citas médicas
5. Tormentas violentas
6. Actividades de trabajo autorizadas
7. Vacaciones religiosas
8. Emergencia estatal
9. Suspensión
10. La falta de transporte autorizado (MCPS)

Recuerde que los estudiantes tienen tres (3) días después de de estar ausentes para presentar una nota de justificación de ausencia a la secretaria de asistencia para poder excusar la ausencia. Recuerde que tres (3) tardanzas injustificadas equivalen a una (1) ausencia ilegal.

Si su estudiante está ausente, comuníquese con la Oficina de Asistencia al 301-649-8166.

Document Requests for Former Students

Student records are kept at Northwood High School for four years & then sent to MCPS Central Records in Bethesda.

If you graduated or withdrew in the past four years, you will need to contact the registrar in advance. Judith Kahn can be reached at or by calling 301-649-8277. Many documents can now be sent electronically which can expedite your request.

If you graduated or withdrew more than 4 years ago, you will need to contact MCPS Central Records at 301-320-7301. The Student Record Request Form (226-8) can be found the Montgomery County Public Schools website.

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