Counseling Services Department 

Phone: (301) 650-6460
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


The Counseling Program at Takoma Park Middle School focuses on the rapidly changing needs of adolescents. These changing needs unfold in every aspect of a youth’s life and range from the emotional to the physical as well as from the personal to the social. As students in Grades 6-8 struggle for an identity, counselors help them to balance these needs with those associated with the school setting.


 Counseling Office Personnel

  •  Megan Litten                  Resource Counselor and Special Population
  •  Carmen Martinez            6th Grade Counselor (H-Z; & ESOL)
  •  Anne Salzman                6th Grade Counselor (A - H)
  •  Kate Hankins                  7th Grade Counselor
  •  Pam Lever                      8th Grade Counselor 
  •  Marci Ponton,                 Counseling Office Secretary/Registrar


Counseling Services

Personal and Social Development

  • Help students discover their strengths and weaknesses in relation to school performances.
  • Help students use their problem-solving and conflict resolution techniques.
  • Help with conflict management and interpersonal relationships. 
  •  Help students become their own advocates.

Academic Achievement

  • Identify programs available to students and the requirements for participation in these programs.
  • Help students adjust to the school and plan their programs.
  • Help students with time-management.
  • Consult with teachers on ways to improve student academic achievement.

Career and Educational Decision-Making 

  • Develop a 4-year plan for high school.
  • Review graduation requirements.
  • Assess student aptitudes & interests and explore career options.
  • Reinforce problem-solving and decision-making skills.  

Course Bulletin 2018 - 2019 School Year  

Click the link to see the list of classes offered for the 2018-2019 school year

Registration Information for 2018-2019 School Year

Site Contents:

  • TPMS Course Bulletin
  • Course Request Worksheets for rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders
  • Scheduling Timeline
  • High School Credit Course Information
  • Additional MCPS Resources

Naviance Family Connections

  • click above to access Naviance link

Information about High School Choice Process for 8th Graders DCC/NEC High School Options Fairs for the following dates (2018/2019):

  • November 2 - Application Deadline for All Secondary Magnet and Application Only Programs   
  • December 1 - HS magnet testing at Blair, Richard Montgomery, and Poolesville (snow date 12/08)


    *Options Fairs: 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 10/01 only. (NEC high school special education information will be presented on 09/26). DCC presentations will be available in English and Spanish. Child care will be available free of charge for children 3 and over.

    **DCC Open Houses: Presentation starts promptly at 7:00 pm in the school auditorium unless noted.







Homework Resources for Parents and Students

Homework Completion Contract  

Homework Contract

How to Set Up a Good Homework System at Home

My Homework Plan

Time Management Sheet

What We Can Do to Help Our Adolescents Learn  

Resources for Parents

Mental Health Resources - Includes addresses and numbers for the following: Crisis Center, Behavioral Health Assessments, Area Hotlines, Self-Help and Support Groups, Non-Profit Professional Mental Health Services, Youth Services Center, and Hospitals

Wendt Center for Loss and Healing  With nationally recognized expertise, the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing is a premier resource for restoring hope and healthy functioning to adults, teens and children who are coping with grief, loss and trauma in the Greater Washington region.

LGBTQ Resources

CDC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health 

Gender Spectrum



The Ally Coalition

The Rainbow Youth Alliance


Body Image

 Body Image - Dove Videos


 Study Skills: 

Social Media: 

Bully Prevention:

Health and Wellness:

Al Anon:

* Meeting at the Seekers Church (across from the Takoma Metro Station), 276 Carroll Street, Northwest Washington, DC 20012

Sundays 6:30 - 7:30.  (all but the first Sunday of the month) 





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