PMMS Counseling Department
Regular Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:50 a.m. - 3:20 p.m. or by appointment
Summer Office Hours (for Counselors): Tuesday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. or by appointment
Mrs. Andrea Garris - Resource counselor, SPED and ALT counselor
Mr. Ronald Schwartz - Counselor
Mrs. Cynthia Purich - Counselor
Mrs. Gail Valle - Counselor
Mr. Alan Grenidge -Counseling Department Secretary
Please feel free to contact the counseling office to schedule an appointment with your grade level counselor to discuss any concerns related to your child.
Students can use this form to request an appointment.
Counseling Program Mission
Parkland Magnet Middle School’s Counseling Department will deliver a structured, comprehensive counseling program that supports the school goals through effective communication. By removing barriers, we will provide all students with equal opportunity for success.
Counseling Department Vision
Parkland Magnet Middle School’s counseling department is committed to creating a safe and positive environment where students can receive academic, social, and emotional guidance that enhances their ability to achieve their academic potential.
Counseling Program Overview
Parkland Magnet Middle School’s counseling department will deliver a structured, comprehensive counseling program that supports the school goals through effective communication. By removing barriers, we will provide all students with equal opportunity for success program at focuses on the rapidly changing needs of adolescents. These needs can affect every aspect of the young person's life.
As students in grades 6-8 work to form an identity, counselors help them to balance these needs within the school setting. The counseling department stresses development in three major areas: academic achievement,career and decision- making, and personal/social development.
Advocate for student advancement and academic placement in classes
Career and Educational Decision-Making
Help students adjust to the school
Teach students how to manage their time
Student and/or parent conference
Educate students about DCC high school choice process and magnet school options
Personal and Social Development
Determine student career interests
Explore career options
Teach problem-solving and decision-making skills
Educate students on how to become their own advocates
Help students discover their personal strengths and weaknesses
Teach students problem-solving and conflict resolution techniques
Assist students with conflict management and interpersonal relationships
Counseling Department Program Focus
Bullying Tips and Resources
One of the major focuses of the counseling department is to reduce bullying. We also educate and empower our students to become allies instead of bystanders. We also this by being more proactive than reactive with bullying. Attention parents and/or students:click here
for the bullying, harassment or intimidation form and information on reporting procedures. This is a form to report alleged bullying, harassment, or intimidation that occurred on school property; at a school-sponsored activity or event off school property; on a school bus; or on the way to and/or from school, in the current school year.Click here
to check out our Bullying Prevention Week video presentation!Click here
to access a list of bullying resources.
Click on the cyberbylling link here
to access a list of cyberbullying tips for parents and students.
Click on the sexual harassment link here to access a list of sexual harassment definitions and Montgomery County policies for parents and students.
Other Bullying Resources:
Cyber Tip line: 1-800-843-5678
Montgomery County Police Pedophile Section: 240-773-5400
Counseling/Mental Health Resources
Linkages to Learning- is a program at Parkland Magnet Middle School that assists students and their families with services to help children be successful in school, at home and in the community. Services include mental health, social services and educational support.Click herefor more information.
Self-Injury- Self-injury, also known as cutting or self-mutilation, occurs when someone intentionally and repeatedly harms herself/himself. For more information on Self-Injury, warming signs and resources pleaseclick here.
General Mental Health Resources- Educate yourself!Click hereif you would like general information on mental health topics such as depression, anxiety, PTSD etc.
General Mental Health Resources- Educate yourself!Click hereif you would like general information on mental health topics such as depression, anxiety, PTSD etc.One of the major focuses of the counseling department is to reduce bullying. We also educate and empower our students to become allies instead of bystanders. We also this by being more proactive than reactive with bullying.
High School Choice Magnet Programs
Please click the on any of the consortium schools listed below to find out more information about each of their programs:
Montgomery Blair HS
Albert Einstein HS
John F. Kennedy HS
Please click the link below to find out more information about the Down County Consortium high school choice process:
Down County Consortium (DCC)
In-house Registration for current 6th & 7th Grade Students
2017-2018 Course Bulletin
Parkland Middle School Registration Website
Please click the link below to access the application packets to county wide magnet programs:
Magnet School Applications
Please click here to find more information on the classes and workshops for parents.
PLAN FOR YOUR FUTURE, RIGHT NOW!
Naviance Family connection is a comprehensive website that parents and students can use to make plans about college and careers. Family connection is linked with, Naviance, a service that we use in our office to track and analyze data about college and career plans, so it provides up-to-date-information that is specific to Parkland.
Family Connections allows your child to:
1. Get involved in the planning and advising process
2. Research colleges
3. Research careers Create plans for the future
4. It also shares information with you and your child bout upcoming meetings and events,, local scholarship opportunities and other resources for college and career information.
For information on how to use the Naviance Family connections visit : https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/career-readiness/naviance-family-connection.aspx
To visit Parkland’s Family connection site, use your internet browser to connect to: http://www.connection.naviance.com/Parklandmiddle