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Meet Our Guidance Counselor!


Mrs. Mary Shields
Contact me at: 304-326-7148


I received my Elementary Education Degree in Elementary Education from WVU.  After years of teaching in the classroom, I received my Masters Degree in Guidance and Counseling from WVU.  I am presently starting my ninth year as BMS Counselor. 
Middle school students are characterized by rapid physical growth, curiosity about their world and an emerging self-identity.  As a counselors , I strive to work with school staff, parents/guardians, and the community to create a caring, supportive climate and atmosphere whereby young adolescents can achieve academic achievement.   School counseling programs are essential for students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, set sound career goals and realize their potential to become productive members of society. 
Parents/ Guardians/Students, 
You are all invited to attend the COLLEGE FAIR to be held on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Robert C. Byrd High School Gymnasium from 6:00pm-7:30pm. There will be many vendors in attendance. Door prizes and food will be available.
Students must be present to win the $500.00 cash scholarship to be given away that night. 
The ACT Explore Test will be administered to all of our 8th graders during the window of October 20th-31st, 2014.  Mr. Rocky Vannoy will be working with our students on October15th and 16th to inform them on the importance of the test and how to better prepare for the test. 




                                                             JUNIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM at UHC                  

 The United Hospital Center’s Junior Volunteer program accepts applications to volunteer. To qualify, students must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA, be at least 14 years old, be mature and responsible, willing to work and of good character.   Information can be found online at Any questions, please call the Volunteer Office at 681-342-1640. 


Sylvia Hawkins, Executive Director
Big Brother Big Sisters of NCWV is a one-to-one mentoring program that is committed to providing children with positive adult mentors in Harrison, Marion,  and Monongalia Counties.  Through professionally managed one-to-one relationships, children are able to build friendships that enhance their social,   emotional, and recreational well-being. In order to be eligible for the program the child must have a clearly identified need, live within our North Central West Virginia service area, be between the ages of 6 and 15, and be capable of establishing a one-to-one relationship with a volunteer.  The parent and child must also have a desire to be in the program in order to apply.  Any questions, contact Shannon Liu, Enrollment and Matching Specialist at 304-983-2823, ext. 104.