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, 6th and 8th Gr. (Alpha A-D)
Mr. Ronald Schwartz, 6th Grade Counselor (Alpha E-Z)
Mrs. Gail Valle, 7th Gr Counselor (Alpha A-D)
Mrs. Cynthia Purich, 7th Grade Counselor (Alpha E-Z)
Mrs. Juli Griffin-Gross, 8th Grade Counselor (Alpha E-Z)
Mr. Alan Grenidge, School Counseling Secretary/Registrar
Please feel free to contact your child's counselor to schedule an appointment to discuss any concerns related to your child.
PMMS School Counselors
School Resource Counselor (Dept. Supervisor)
6th & 8th Grade Counselor (Alpha A-D)
Mrs. Garris has been at Parkland for the past three years. She attended Howard University where she played basketball and received her B.S in Psychology. She received her Masters in School Counseling at Johns Hopkins University. She is a loving wife and mother to three handsome boys. She enjoys playing basketball, having quality time with her friends and family and being a basketball mom! I look forward to another great year at Parkland!!
6th Grade Counselor (Alpha E-Z)
Mr. Schwartz has been at Parkland since 2005. He received his B.S in Banking and Financing at Morehouse College. He attended Bowie State University, where received his Masters in School Counseling. He is a loving husband and father of two beautiful daughters. His interest includes singing and enjoys watching superhero movies. He excited for another great year at Parkland!
7th Grade Counselor (Alpha A-D)
Hi Parkland! I am excited to work with you all and be part of the amazing PMMS Counseling team. A little about me: I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Criminology & Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland. After deciding on a career change, I attended Monmouth University for graduate school to become a Professional School Counselor. I started my counseling career out of the area but have been a School Counselor with MCPS since 2007. I have had the opportunity to work at both the elementary and high school levels. Now I look forward to this new adventure at Parkland Middle. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking, reading, watching sports, and seeing new places.As a School Counselor, it is my objective to engage and empower our students, families, and staff in ways that further their personal and academic growth. Please feel free to reach out. Looking forward a wonderful school year!
7th Grade Counselor (Alpha E-Z)
Mrs Purich has been part of the MCPS community most of her life. She is a Sherwood HS alumni and has worked as a school counselor at both the high school and middle school levels for 15+ years. She graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and from John’s Hopkins University with a Master’s Degree in School Counseling. She loves working with Parkland students, but when not at work she spends time traveling and doing outdoor activities with her husband, son and daughter.
JULI GRIFFIN GROSS
8th Grade Counselor (Alpha E-Z)
Mrs. Juli Griffin Gross is our new 7th grade counselor this year! She began her career in MCPS in 1994 at Parkland as a 7th grade English teacher and she was also an English teacher at Farquhar Middle School. Mrs. Griffin Gross graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with her Masters degree in School Counseling in 1999. Shortly thereafter, she became a school counselor at Thomas Edison HS of Technology and remained there for 19 years. She resides in Anne Arundel County with her husband and two daughters. She is excited to be back at Parkland supporting our 7th graders!
School Counseling Secretary/Registrar
Mr. Grenidge has been at Parkland for six years. He is very active within our Parkland community and is willing to help support our Parkland Families whenever he can!
Parkland Magnet Middle School Counseling Department is committed to creating a safe and positive environment where students can receive academic, social, and emotional support that enhances their ability to be well-rounded members of society.
Parkland Magnet Middle School Counseling Department will deliver a data driven, comprehensive counseling program that supports the school improvement plan. We will provide all students with equal opportunity for success by helping to remove social, emotional and academic barriers.
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
Help students adjust to the school
Teach students how to manage their time
Student and/or parent conference
CAREER AND EDUCATIONAL DECISION-MAKING
Educate students about DCC high school choice process and magnet school options.
Explore college and career interest through Naviance.
Teach problem-solving and decision-making skills
PERSONAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
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
MENTAL HEALTH INFORMATION
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 please click here
GENERAL MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
If you would like general information on mental health topics such as depression, anxiety, etc please click here
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. Please contact your child's school counselor for more information.
COMMUNITY RESOURCE GUIDE
This resource list can be used to support families in need of resources.
Please click the on any of the consortium schools listed below to find out more information about each of their programs
Please click the link below to find out more information about the Down County Consortium high school choice process:
To determine your child's base school please click here.
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: