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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:   

High School Registration-Important Dates

Tuesday, Feb. 12 @ 7 pm – Consortia High School Registration Nights

Blake, Springbrook, Blair, Einstein, Kennedy, Northwood and  Wheaton HS (Paint Branch does not have a registration night, they have extended counseling hours next week until 6 pm. Monday thru Thursday)

Registration Card Due Date:  Cards are due to MS Counselors on Friday, February 15

Magnet Invited Nights:

 Blair Magnet – Feb. 11

Poolesville Magnet – Feb. 11

Richard Montgomery IB – Feb. 13

CAP  - Feb. 19

Wheaton Biomedical/Engineering  - Feb. 20

2/22 – Deadline for parents/students to accept invitations to HS magnet programs

4/05 – Deadline for parents to submit school assignment appeals to DCCAPS

5/01 – DCC Consortia Grade 7 Parent Information Meetings sponsored by DCCAPS, 7pm (Location TBD)


5/06 – NEC Consortia Grade 7 Parent Information Meetings sponsored by DCCAPS, 7pm (Location TBD)