Potomac Shores Counseling '22-'23

Newsletter - Sept 2022

In this issue:

  • Wellness Room Tours
  • Wellness Fair
  • Attendance
  • High School Specialty Programs
  • College Funding Parent Workshop
  • College Fair
  • National History Contest
  • Military & Family Life Counselor
  • PSMS Counseling Dept & Student Services Staff


This month our Advisory classes have been bringing their students to the Counseling Department and to our Wellness Room for a tour.

Our counselors are here to provide social-emotional, career and academic counseling through individual, small group and classroom guidance.

The Wellness Room is designed to be a space for students to take 5-10 minutes to reset. The students have multiple coping strategies available in the room to self-regulate their emotions and calm down. The intention is to provide a safe space for students to practice a coping skill where they choose to re-align to their best selves. The message in the mural above the Wellness room is “Know Thyself.” PSMS students are taught to know who they are, how to best practice their own mental wellness, to re-set, and then re-engage as their best selves.

The Wellness room was funded by a grant from Paytonsproject.org a non-profit that promotes mental wellness, anti-bullying, and kindness.

You can learn more about our wellness room by watching this brief video: https://youtu.be/ClrHcR5tYoE

PWCS Wellness Fair

Please join us on Saturday, October 1, 2022 9am - 12pm at Potomac Shores Middle School for the PWCS Wellness Fair!


As a reminder, school starts at 8:10 each day. Arrival after that time will be considered tardy. Please have your child at school on time each day. Please be aware that the cafeteria closes for breakfast at 8:10, unless the student has a bus pass. If car riders or walkers would like to purchase breakfast, they need to be in the cafeteria prior to 8:10.

If your child is absent, an absence note will be required. PWCS requires that we monitor and meet with students after accumulated unexcused/unverified absences. Click here to report an absence in ParentVue: https://potomacshoresms.pwcs.edu/our_school/report_absence

For directions on how to report an absence: https://pwcps-my.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/personal/garechtma_pwcs_edu/ETfljpqcFBxOi8r4RPu-Bq8B28vdN4-GY-_he5P_T11dnQ?e=VAg2bc

High School Specialty Programs

PWCS High School Speceialty Program Information

Prince William County High Schools offer a variety of Specialty Programs that are available by application. Click here to learn more!

High School Specialty Program Promotional Video

Prince William County High Schools has made a promotional video displaying all we have to offer! Watch the video here!

General Information Sessions

Information Sessions

Specialty Program information nights are held in October and offer an overview of each program and the application process. Program specific information nights are held at each high school.

General Information Sessions

October 11, 2022, 7 p.m. on Zoom (Register) Offered in English and Spanish

October 13, 2022, 7 p.m. on Zoom (Register) Offered in English and Spanish

October 27, 2022, 7 p.m. on Zoom (Register) To request American Sign Language or language interpretation services, please complete this form.

Program Specific Information Nights

Dates, times, and locations for program-specific information sessions can be found on the program pages at this link.

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College Funding Parent Workshop

College Funding Parent Workshop

We will be hosting a College Funding Parent Workshop at Potomac Shores on October 11, 2022. Please click here to register and save your spot!

College Fair

College Fair

Gar-Field High School is hosting a free College Fair on Tuesday Oct, 18th 6-8pm. Talk to college reps and more.

Colleges Visiting

Click to see which colleges will be at the College Fiar at Gar-Field High School!

Ladies Ancient Order of Hiberians National History Contest

National History Contest

The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc. sponsors a National Irish History Contest for students Grades 6 through 12. You do not have to be Irish to enter the contest. Click here to learn more!

Military & Family Life Counseling

Military & Family Life Counseling

PSMS is excited to welcome Jillian Marshall, our new Military & Family Life Counselor. If your family is military connected, please see the attached permission form and reach out to Mrs. Marshall with any questions.


Counseling Director: Mrs. Jessica Elliot elliotja@pwcs.edu

6th Grade A-P School Counselor: Mrs. Mary Garecht garechtma@pwcs.edu

7th Grade A-P School Counselor: Ms. Michelle Wiredu wiredumw@pwcs.edu

8th Grade A-P School Counselor: Ms. Ashley Korman kormanae@pwcs.edu

6th-8th Grade Q-Z School Counselor: Mr. John Lang langjr@pwcs.edu

School Social Worker: Mrs. Mary Ellen Smith smithme@pwcs.edu

School Psychologist: Ms. Hope White whitehj1@pwcs.edu

Military & Family Life Counselor: Mrs. Jillian Marshall marshallj2@magellanfederal.com

Registrar: Ms. Jennifer Kreamer kreamejl@pwcs.edu