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6th grade Virtual Orientation 2020 

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6th grade Orientation Zoom Meeting


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The mission of the Marsteller Middle School School Counseling Department is to meet the needs of a diverse student population through individual counseling, small groups and classroom guidance.  We provide a developmental program for students to experience success in academic, personal/social and career exploration.   Our team works together to promote each student's individual potential.

Who do I contact? 
You may call the office at 703.393.7608 from 7:45 - 4:00 or email.  Our fax number is 703.530.6327.

2020-20210 Staff:

Mrs. Lesley Wark - Director of School

6th grade counselors :
Mrs. Sara Correll (Last Name A-C)
Mrs. Stephanie Sturges (Last Name D-K)
Mrs. Rebecca Powers (Last Name L-Pa)
Mr. John Lang (Last Name Pe-Z) 

7th grade counselors:
Mrs. Sara Correll (Last name A-K)
Mrs. Rebecca Powers  (Last Name L-Z)  

8th grade counselors:
Mrs. Stephanie Sturges (Last Name A-K) Mr. John Lang (Last Name L-Z)

Mrs. Barb Derstine - Secretary / Registrar -


How Do I.......

Register my student? 
Call the School Counseling Office at 703-393-7608 and speak with Mrs. Derstine to set up an appointment.  See the "New Student Registration" link to the left of this page for what you need to bring with you.

Meet with my counselor? 
 A student may come to the School Counseling Office with a pass from his teacher and sign up in the book for a meeting or follow this link:  Appointment Request  Students may also talk to the counselor during FACT (Free Access to Counselor Time) at lunch.  Counselors are in the cafeteria for their grade level lunch shift.  Students may refer themselves, parents may refer students and/or teachers may refer students.  Groups will be starting soon!

Set up a conference with teachers? 
Contact your child's school counselor at 703-393-7608.

Get a Work Permit?
 Schools no longer issue work permits.  Go to this website for more information.   Click on:  Employment Certificate Automated Application Process: an automated, employment certificate process in accordance with the General Assembly changes to §40.1-92 of the Code of Virginia effective July 1, 2013. Children and their parents no longer need to apply for an employment certificate at their school

Get Notice of Updates to this site?

If you would like to receive email alerts for items posted to this calendar, you may view step-by-step directions here:  

Upcoming Events

New Year Kick Off Event - August 26, 2020 (tentative)

6th grade - 8:30 - 11:00 am
7th and 8th grade - 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Career Day 2019 (Nov 26, 2019)
Career Day for this school year will be held on Tuesday, November 26 from 8:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. This program is designed to assist our eighth grade students in learning from professionals the duties, responsibilities, educational requirements and training necessary in various career fields. Our parents and our community are an invaluable resource, and we are taking this time to request volunteers to participate in this year’s program.   We are looking for a wide variety of careers to be represented from all walks of life.  We need approximately 50 presenters for this program. 
For more information and a registration form, click  I want to help Career Day 2019 or go to or contact Mrs. Wark at

* Transitioning to High Schools and PWCS Specialty Programs

Looking forward to high school? Wondering what options are available and what the next level holds?

Click  Transition to HS Presentation  
to see a presentation about high school requirements and options that are available for our students. It's not too early to start thinking ..... high school scheduling starts in January!  Most Specialty Program applications are due Feb 1, 2020!
* Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Updated information available on the High School Page

* High School Specialty Program Information Night Scheduled

Here are the dates for the High School Program Opportunities County Information Nights. Postcards will be mailed out to all 8th grade students informing them of these events. 


Stonewall Jackson High School - Oct 22, 2019

7 - 9 p.m.

(Western end programs will be represented on this evening)


Gar-Field High School - Oct 21, 2019

7 - 9 p.m. 

(Eastern end programs will be represented on this evening)



County-wide programs will be represented on both evenings (CFPA @ Colgan, CISL @ Hylton, CENS @ Freedom, Biotech & Pre-Governor's School @ Osbourn Park). Governor's School @ Innovation Park will also be represented both evenings. 

High School Specialty Program Information Night - come and get information on all of the Specialty Programs available to you next year at Battlefield, Brentsville, Patriot and Stonewall Jackson as well as Freedom (CENS), Hylton (CISL), Osbourn Park (Biotech)and Woodbridge (CFPA)

Meeting dates at individual schools will be posted on their websites soon
All meetings will be held at the high school unless otherwise noted.

Social Media Confusing?
  PWC Office of Student Services has developed a website for parents, teachers and students to get more information on the issues with Social Media in our lives today. Follow this link for a wealth of information!

7th graders are going to start developing an Academic and Career Plan that will help them chart their progress throughout the rest of their middle and high school careers. This will be used to make sure that they are on track for graduation as well as for their goals afterwards. This is not their actual schedule for future years. Look for a copy to come home in the next month as Mr. Lang starts meeting with them. This is a very fluid document that you, your child, and your child's counselor can use as a planning tool as you begin to think about high school and college. It will be edited several times as your student gains more in site into his/her interests. You may also access this document from the PWCS web site: Students - College and Career Planning - Academic and Career Plan.

Questions? Contact Mrs. Powers or Mrs. Wark


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March 3-13, 2020:  8th grade Writing

April 27 - May 22, 2020:  6th, 7th and 8th grade SOL testing
Click here soon  for specific class assignments. 

May 27 - June 5, 2020:  Expedited retakes for students who qualify.  See Opt-In letter for more details.