Guidance Department

49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child - this website offers 49 different ways to approach a child's anxiety!  Many of the techniques also work with adults experiencing anxiety.




2020 BCPS Credit-Bearing Summer Session registration is NOW OPEN!

- This is for high school credit courses such as Health/PE 9, Algebra I, Earth Science, and World History

- The fee for a new class is $300 (online payment preferred)

- There is no cost for a Credit Recovery class (for students who failed the first semester)

- Students must have access to reliable internet as courses are completed online.

Click here for complete information and/or to register your child for summer session: BCPS Summer Session Information & Registration

- Students can start classes immediately upon payment!  The last day to submit payment & start classes is June 22.

- If you have questions regarding summer session for current FMS students, please contact Ms. Gilley at

We miss our students!

Update 4/8/20: 2 new videos on the Course Registration page! 
They are great for incoming 6th graders and other students new to FMS.  There is a short video on how to open a locker and we also have a welcome video featuring some of the folks you'll meet at FMS.  Enjoy!

Bedford County Public Schools are closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year as ordered by Governor Northam.  During this time, school counselors will be available for students and parents via email. 

FMS School Counselors & 19-20 Caseloads:
Ms. Virginia Waldmann ( - 6th grade

Ms. Kris Gilley ( - 7th grade / Dept. Chair
Mrs. Marion Becker ( - 8th grade

In case of a mental health emergency (suicidal thoughts, self injury, etc.), please do not wait for a school counselor to respond.  Please dial 911, visit your nearest emergency room, or contact Horizon Behavioral Health at 434-477-5000 (after-hours emergency line 434-522-8191).

Click the link to the left to access Course Registration materials for 2020-2021!

Welcome to the Forest Middle School Guidance Department website!



Please use the links to the left for more information. 


FMS School Counselors & 19-20 Caseloads:

Ms. Virginia Waldmann ( - 6th grade

Ms. Kris Gilley ( - 7th grade / Dept. Chair

Mrs. Marion Becker ( - 8th grade

Guidance Office Hours:

Mrs. Becker & Ms. Gilley work at FMS Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:00.

Ms. Waldmann is at FMS Monday-Wednesday.  She is at Otter River Elementary School when she is not at FMS.

6th grade students and parents who need to speak with a counselor when Ms. Waldmann is away from FMS can contact Mrs. Becker (last names A-K) or Ms. Gilley (last names L-Z).  You may also opt to leave a note or email for Ms. Waldmann to receive on her next assigned day at FMS.

To reach any counselor by phone, please call the FMS main number, (434) 525-6630.  We are in and out of our offices throughout the day, so we will respond to messages as soon as possible.

Check out our FMS Virtual Tour here!

FMS Virtual Tour Video








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