BMS Oval
BMS Braves

413 Johnson Avenue
Bridgeport, WV 26330

Fax:  304-842-6275


Our Guidance Counselor

                                        Mrs. Mary Shields

        (To email Mrs. Shields, fill out the form on the bottom left)

I received my degree in Elementary Education from WVU.  After years of teaching in the classroom, I received my Masters Degree in Guidance and Counseling from WVU. 

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. 


As the counselor, I am teaching a Related Arts class, titled "Career Development" to a majority of the 8th grader BMS students. Throughout the nine weeks, students will be given many opportunities to explore a variety of careers that will be available to them as they begin to contemplate what jobs would best fit their interests and abilities in the future. Students will set up portfolios through research on the College Foundation for West Virginia website ( and learn to navigate this tremendous website with many resources. Students will also learn about and complete their 5 year plans, with a greater understanding of course selections and requirements for their first two years in high school. Speakers from Bridgeport High School and the community will come in to inform these students about expectations at Bridgeport High School and the real world of work and employment. To view the syllabus for the Career Development course objectives, please access the following...


All eighth students are required to complete their 5 year plans before the end of the school year. As the counselor, I work with the students by informing them on those classes that are mandatory and those that are electives as they evaluate which eight classes to choose for the 9th and 10th grade years in high school. 


Preparations are in progress for the RESA 7 Testing Out Program.  The tests will be administered the week of July 18–July 22nd at Morgantown High School. Dates when specific exams are given will not be available until late June, after student names and test subjects have been received from all county offices. Students will then be notified of the date and time they are to report to take their assigned exam.

Participating counties must send RESA 7 one mailing no later than May 6, 2016 that includes a copy of the completed Testing Out Program Application Form for each student approved to take a test. Please make sure to include the required testing fee (checks only please) for each submitted application. Late registrations will not be accepted. (Please note that students are responsible for contacting RESA 7 in writing by June 30 if they decide to cancel a scheduled test.)  The necessary paperwork and forms are available in the Counselor's office. 

Any questions, please call Mary Shields, BMS Counselor @ 304-326-7148.


A.  Form – Students wanting to participate in the testing out program must submit a valid RESA 7 registration form to their county board of education office by Friday, April 22, 2016. The completed application packet should be forwarded by the local board of education to RESA 7 no later than May 6, 2016.  (A waiver may be granted due to special circumstances upon recommendation of the county superintendent.)

B.  Cancellation – if a student decides to cancel a test after registration, fees incurred will be reimbursed if the student notifies the county board of education office and the RESA 7 office in writing by June 30, 2016.

C.  Tests – Each student may register to take no more than five exams within the designated testing out window.

Students may apply to test out of the following subject areas (pending availability of proctors / scorers):

   U.S. History to 1900          World History to 1900         20th Century America  Civics

   Math I    Algebra II (*pending county approval)

   Math II    Geometry (*pending county approval)    

   Trigonometry                     Pre-Calculus       

   French I                             French II

   Spanish I                           Spanish II

   Biology                              Health         

   English 9                            English 10                    English 11                 English 12


Campers get hands-on experience with advanced manufacturing technology using 3D design software and 3D Printers at each of our week-long camps.

RCBI Huntington: June 20 - 24


RCBI Bridgeport: July 25 - 29

Campers also tour local manufacturing facilities and explore entrepreneurship under the guidance of experienced mentors. Open to students in 6th through 12th grades. Each camp runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p m. daily, with an optional advanced session from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $150. which includes lunch each day. Registration is underway and seating is limited, so call 800.469.7224 now to reserve your spot!


The Harrison Countv Solid Waste Authority is accepting applications to attend Junior Conservation Camp held June 20-24, 2016 at Cedar Lakes Conference Center near Ripley, WV. The WV DEP sponsors this camp each year to teach children about the environment & the importance of conservation. At Junior Conservation Camp, the student will also gain experience in conservation management practices & become a good steward of natural resources. This camp is open to students from the age ofIl through 14 June 20, 2016 and must not reach age fifteen on or before June 24,2016, The Harrison County Solid Waste Authority will provide the application Ice for all students sponsored, however spots are

limited and on a first come first serve basis. If you know an age appropnate student or have questions, please contact us at 304-326-0086 or email The names of the students must be received by April I, 2016 before 4:00 pm.


There will be a Middle School Camp for 6th-8th graders (based on grade student will enter in the fall). There will be three separate weeks available which offers the same curriculum all 3 weeks.  They are as follows:  June 19th-24th, June 26th-July 1st or July 24th-29th.  Camp is hosted on WVU Evansdale campus.  Limited financial aid available.

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Questions? Contact Cate Schlobohm @ and/or call 304-293-0399.

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