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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 2018

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

  Richard Solomon       /uploadedImages/schools/ssims/departments/counseling/1Q01151.JPG   Elizabeth Becker

Richard Solomon
Resource Counselor,
6th Grade S-Z
7th Grade S-Z
6th-8th Grade ESOL Levels 1 and 2       

Alice Baker
8th Grade A-N  


Elizabeth Becker
6th Grade A-R  

 Manfreda     Karina Perez

Rosemaire Dapena
7th Grade A-R  


Laurie Manfreda
8th Grade O-Z  


Karina Perez
Counseling Office Secretary and Registrar



Course Bulletins Information

The 2018-2019 SSIMS and MCPS Course Bulletins are now available. These resources provide detailed information about course offerings:
SSIMS Bulletin:
MCPS Bulletin: 
Counseling Pamphlet 2018-2019 

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 2018-2019

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 the following:

  • Proof of residency (Copy of Current lease or Property Tax Bill)
  • Copy of child's birth certificate
  • Copy of child's immunization records
  • Photo of parent ID
  • Custody papers, if applicable
  • Name and contact information of previous school

School Transfer Packet should include these documents:

  • Copy of last report card
  • Withdrawal/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 school


Counseling Announcements

Counselors will be working with students using the Naviance Student College and Career exploration tool.  Read more about it in the attached letter. (English/Spanish)

To access Naviance Student, use the following link:   

8th Grade High School Choice

High School Options Fairs for 8th Grade Parents and Students:

  • NEC at Paint Branch High School on 9/26/18 from 6:30-9pm
  • DCC at Einstein High School on 10/1/18 from 6:30-9pm  

The High School Choice Options Fairs will be held for 8th Grade parents and students. 
Identical information about the DCC Choice process, academy programs, and high school application-only programs will be presented at both Options Fairs.  DCC high school special education program information will be presented at the Options Fair on 10/1/18 only.  (NEC high school special education information will be presented on 9/26/18).  DCC presentations will be available in English and Spanish.  Child care will be available free of charge for children 3 and over.

DCC High Schools:  Blair, Einstein, Northwood, Wheaton, Kennedy
NEC High Schools:  Blake, Paint Branch, Springbrook 

DCC Open House Dates for 8th grade Parents and Students: 
Thursday 10/04  DCC Open House at Blair HS – 7pm
Wednesday 10/10  DCC Open House at Einstein HS – 7pm
Thursday 10/18  DCC Northwood MC² Parent Information Night at 6:30 pm
Thursday 10/18  DCC Open House at Northwood HS – 7pm
Tuesday 10/23  DCC Open House at Wheaton HS – 7pm
Thursday 10/25  DCC Open House at Kennedy HS – 7pm 

NEC Open House Dates for 8th grade Parents and Students: 
Wednesday 10/03  NEC Open House at Paint Branch HS – 7 pm
Wednesday 10/17  NEC Open House at James Hubert Blake – 7pm
Wednesday 10/24  NEC Open House at Springbrook HS – 7pm 

Parent Information Meetings:  Available ONLY to DCC residents and grade 8 students who attend DCC middle schools on a transfer: 
Monday 10/15  CAP Parent Meeting at Blair HS for Grade 8 parents/students - 7pm
Tuesday 10/23  Biomedical & Engineering Application Only Program Info Meeting at Wheaton HS - 6:30 pm

Parent Information Meetings for Magnets and Other Programs 
Monday 10/08  Science, Math, Computer Science Magnet Info Meeting at Blair HS - 7pm
Monday 10/08  Poolsville HS Whole School Magnet Parent Info Meeting - 5pm and 7pm
Thursday 10/11  IB Diploma Program at Richard Montgomery HS Parent Info Meeting - 7pm