back to school

Welcome back to school, JPFMS students! Although this school year will look different than any other we have experienced, I'm very excited to reconnect with you or get to know you, if you are a new student here. 

Please enroll yourself in my Canvas course to have access to my virtual counseling office and receive updates throughout the year. You may use this link here, beginning 8/31/2020 -

If you would like to make an appointment to speak with myself or Mr. Sanderson at any point in the school year, please do so by filling out this form:

If you feel in danger of harming yourself or others, please call 911. Other resources are Carilion Connect (540-981-8181) and the National Crisis Line (1-800-784-2433). If you feel you are being physically harmed by a caregiver, you may call Roanoke City Child Protective Services at (853-2245).

*Please see the main John P. Fishwick website for information on additional food resources during this time, or reach out to me if you need assistance in this area. 

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Hello students and parents!

 My name is Kyla Dance and I am the school counseling coordinator for John P. Fishwick Middle School.

About me:

 I graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and minor in Psychology. In 2010 I graduated from Radford University earning my Master's degree in Counseling and Human Development with a specific focus in School Counseling. I hold a Virginia license in school counseling grades pk-12 and spent four years working as a high school counselor before coming to Fishwick Middle School in 2014. I enjoy playing volleyball, running, hiking, watching Hokie football, and loving on my adorable but mischievous dog, Bailey.

What I do:

 Middle school years are both fun and challenging so I am here to help students and parents navigate through them. We will be addressing the academic, career, and social development of students at Fishwick through classroom guidance lessons, individual counseling, and sometimes group counseling when appropriate.

How you can see me:

Student are always welcome (with a pass) to stop by and see me as long as I am not with another student or in a meeting. Parents can call me and ask me to meet with their student. Sometimes a teacher or a principal will let me know about a student who may need my help. Parents, if you feel like you need to make an appointment to meet with me please call my office (540) 853-6459.

I am looking forward to another great year at John P. Fishwick Middle School.