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Meet Your Counseling Department Staff
Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences
Registration Information

Withdrawal Information
Transcript Request


  Welcome to the Counseling Department!


Meet Your Counseling Department Staff


Counseling Office
Welcome to the Maurice J. McDonough High School Counseling Department.
7165 Marshall Corner Road
Pomfret, MD 20675
Phone Number 301-392-5510
FAX Number 301-934-8005

Normal Office Hours
Monday – Friday
7:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Counseling Department's Mission
The high school counselors' mission is to empower all students to reach their full potential in academic, social/emotional, and career/technical development while instilling the values of high expectations, life long learning, appreciation of diversity, and responsible citizenship.

Counseling Department Staff

A - F Counselor: Michelle Gilliam, NCC, NCSC
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Telephone extension: 155020

G - M Counselor and Department Chair: Nancy Franklin
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Telephone extension: 155021

N - Z Counselor: William Marchione
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Telephone extension: 155019

SAIL Counselor: Thomas Caravela
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Telephone extension: 155134

College and Career Advisor: Wanda Welch
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Telephone extention: 155024

Counseling Secretary : Linda Ehman
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Telephone extension: 5510

Student Data Accounting Technician: Andrea Anderson
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Telephone extension: 155023

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Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences
Counselors are available to facilitate conferences involving parents/guardians, students and classroom teachers. Prior to requesting a conference, parents/guardians should:

Check ParentVUE and communicate directly with the classroom teacher(s) via phone or email. In many cases questions or concerns can be satisfactorily addressed in this way.

If direct contact with the teacher by the means above does not alleviate the concern, parents should contact their child's counselor directly (by phone or email) to request a parent/teacher/student conference. Please be aware that counselors only facilitate conferences during the times listed below and can only facilitate one conference at a time, so there may be a delay between the date of the request and the date of the conference.


Days and Times for Conferences
Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m - 7:20 a.m.
* Conferences with four (4) or less staff members
OR
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 2:20 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
* Conferences with any amount of staff members

A list of Charles County Educational Resources (K-12) has been prepared for parents of students who are experiencing difficulty in school. The information is divided into several sections, one listing alternative programs and services offered through Charles County Public Schools and the others containing the names and contact numbers of organizations and programs serving Charles County residents.

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Registration Information

Information that will assist with the registration process

Parents needing to register their child for school must do so in person in the counseling department.  Parents are asked to call ahead for a registration appointment so that we can be sure a counselor is available to assist you when you arrive. Enrollment appointments will be made between 8:00 a.m. through 10:00 a.m.  The counseling department secretary will be able to schedule the appointment.  Items that must be presented at the time of registration include:

  • Photo ID - parent/guardian
  • Two (2) current proofs of domicile within the Maurice J. McDonough High School attendance zone
  • Immunization record
  • Birth certificate
  • Academic record from school previously attended (most recent report card and transcript)
  • Copy of your child's IEP or 504 (if applicable)

There may be a short delay between the date of a student's registration and the first day that he/she is able to attend school.  This delay allows our counselors time to review the student's academic record and create the appropriate class schedule for the student to follow upon starting at Maurice J. McDonough High School. 

Please note that the following circumstances will require you to visit the Board of Education prior to registering your child at Maurice J. McDonough:
* You are currently living with someone within the Maurice J. McDonough High School attendance zone and proofs of domicile are only in their name.
* Your child is in foster care and services originated outside of Charles County
* Your child recently came to the United States of America and you have a transcript from another country.

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Withdrawal Information

Parents/guardians wishing to withdraw their children from Maurice J. McDonough High School, or transfer them to another school, must do so in person in the counseling department. We encourage parents/guardians to give the counseling department secretary a two school day notice of the withdrawal. Parents/guardians must:

Submit a completed school withdrawal/transfer form
Provide photo identification (students can only be withdrawn by their biological parent or legal guardian)


Prior to their last day of school attendance, students must:

Return all school issued books, equipment, uniforms
Pay any debts or fines to the cafeteria, library, or school

At the time of withdrawal the parent/guardian will receive:

Proof of the withdrawal, which will include transfer grades (grades can only be available of the two school day notice is given)
Copy of birth certificate
Copy of immunization record
Copy of current schedule
Proof of enrollment in new school
All other records will be given directly to the school after a request of records is received in our office.

Hours for Withdrawal
Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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Transcript Request


Students requesting a copy of their transcript for college or work purposes may do so by following the procedure below:

Print and complete the transcript request form
Submit the completed form and the transcript feel ($2 per copy) to the counseling office secretary
Allow five school days for the processing of all transcript requests

Students in need of a copy of their transcript for a scholarship application can receive their transcript for no cost. Requests for electronic transcripts are also free of charge.


Students in grades 10, 11, and 12 will receive a free, unofficial copy of their transcript each year to give students and parents/guardians an opportunity to check the accuracy of students' academic record. This will be provided during the first marking period of each school year.

Transcripts for current students are kept on file at Maurice J. McDonough High School. Additionally, transcripts are kept on file at the school for four (4) years following the date of graduation. For older transcipts, please contact the Office of Student Services at (301) 932-6610.

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