Banks Trail Middle School
Teamwork, Responsibility, Ambition, Integrity, Leadership
" Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you're forced to. " -Billy Vaughn
Happy New Year!
Martin Luther King Day
"The time is always right to do what is right"
Good Evening Timberwolf Families,
2023 is off to a fast start at Banks Trail Middle and we are excited about all of the amazing things that our students are involved with. I hope that you and your family enjoyed a restful and relaxing Winter break and are ready for the new year!
I want to extend my appreciation for those who weighed in on our December parent check-in survey. We received some great feedback from our families and we have been going through your comments and using this information to make some adjustment to how we are doing things at The Trial. Continuous improvement is a goal for our school community and our partnership with families is crucial to our school's success. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on all things Banks Trail.
The Spring semester rolls by at a lightning fast pace. Our students stay busy with so many activities both in and outside of school. The third quarter of the year has a different feel to it and presents some unique challenges with academics. I encourage you to help your students find a healthy balance between school and their extracurriculars, and to really take advantage of the time and opportunities we have within the school day to complete work and get a little extra help. Please don't hesitate to reach out to our teachers with any questions or concerns within their subjects.
Looking at the calendar, BTMS students will be in the spotlight for some great things in the weeks to come. Please join us as we celebrate our Timberwolves in action. Thank you again for your partnership in these middle school years!
Beauty and the Beast Jr Rehearsal Reminder
Beauty and the Beast Jr Rehearsal Reminder
Daily acting and choreography rehearsals began on January 4, 2023.
Please remember to check the rehearsal calendar to see when you are called.
Pick up time will be at 5:30 Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.
Pick up time will remain 4:30 for Wednesday music rehearsal.
Please pick your actor up at the bus loop.
Please mark your calendars to visit our Book Fair and discover your child’s next favorite book!
Save the date!
Book Fair dates: February 3-10
Shopping hours: 7:45 AM – 3:10 PM
Introducing Book Fair eWallet! Let your child shop the Fair cash-free with our digital payment option. Learn more on our Book Fair homepage and get started creating an account: https://bookfairs-content.scholastic.com/bf/bankstrailmiddleschool
If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our book fair website to buy online!
Battle of the Books Feb 2....4:30-7:30
We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Happy reading!
Thank you! Have a wonderful holiday season!
Mrs. Sara Davis
BTMS Library Media Specialist
Guidance Counselor's Corner
8th Grade goes to CRHS Janurary 24, to take a first look at the CATE classes/programs.
8th Grade IGP meetings will take place on February 2nd in person at BTMS. More information to follow in the next couple of weeks.
After school tutoring will begin on January 10th - Contact Mrs. Crepeau for more information.
Mr. Smith– 6th Grade firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Young – 7th Grade email@example.com
Mrs. Crepeau– 8th Grade firstname.lastname@example.org
In Fort Mill Schools, a priority is providing a safe environment for all students. As you may be aware, food allergies are becoming increasingly common among students in the District and throughout our nation. While some allergic reactions are mild, many students have severe food allergies and experience life-threatening reactions when exposed to their allergens. In some cases, this reaction can occur simply through contact or airborne exposure even when the allergen is not ingested.
Health and safety has always been a top priority for us, especially when working with students who have a life threatening medical condition.
· We encourage all students to wash hands with soap and water before and after eating. Hand sanitizers and water alone do not fully remove allergens.
· We remind students not to share food with others.
· When preparing your child’s lunches and snacks, please check food labels and consider sending in alternative food items to reduce exposure to the allergens. For instance, there are several alternative butters that can be used in place of peanut butter (e.g., Sunbutter, which is made from sunflower seeds).
· Per District policy, all food items brought to school for group consumption by students must be commercially prepared (store bought) and have labels declaring the ingredients. If you need help identifying treats that would be safe for all of the students who will be partaking in the celebration, please let me know.
· For celebrations, please consider non-food alternatives. This is a good idea not just because of food allergies, but also due to the growing issue of childhood obesity.
We appreciate your awareness, understanding and cooperation in working toward keeping our students safe. Please check with your child’s teacher about specific classroom concerns
Check out this https://drive.google.com/file/d/13nhlWa9xTwtcpijggJDyE8SSxXs9Y1Xr/view?usp=share_link for a flu guide for parents
Check out this link https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zZpwhk2HBqduR_-RrZaz_8cuC4VGttdo/view?usp=share_link Spanish Version.
January Terrific Timberwolves and Leaders of the Pack
Recognizing our Terrific Timberwolves
These are our students of the month. Selected by teachers for their hard work, great attitudes, and willingness to help others. Way to go, Wolves!
6-1- Chloe N.
6-2 - Giuliana M.
7-1- Molly B.
7-2- Jazmyn B.
8-1- Olivia P.
8-2- Anthony C.
Related Arts- Norah B.
Related Arts- Addison G.
Leaders of the Pack
These individuals are selected to represent their grade level as The Leader of the Pack. These students are The Trail, as they show outstanding Teamwork, Responsibility, Ambition, Integrity, and Leadership. Great Job!
6th Grade- Judah P.
7th Grade- Christian B.
8th Grade- Brooks D.
Related Arts- Brek L.
Teachers of the Month
Mrs. Jenkinson is our Literacy Specialist extraordinaire. She works closely with every teacher in our building and has become a positive addition to most of our classrooms. She is a great role model and system of support for our teachers and students and we are very lucky to have her on our team.
Mr. Jonas is one of our 6th grade Math teachers. He goes above and beyond to help those students who need a little extra help in Math and works tirelessly to help his students succeed. He is a great team player and is always the first to step in to assist a colleague. Mr. Jonas is such a huge part of our 6th grade team.
Please make sure to write your students name on all items brought into the school (lunch boxes, water bottles, sweaters, jackets etc.).
Start and Finish Times
School starts at 8:10 and dismisses at 3:10 daily. A half day will start at 8:10 and release at 11:35. Two hour early release days will start at 8:10 and release at 1:10. Students may enter the building at 7:45 each morning. Last day of school is May 25th which will be a half day.
Bus transportation is provided and set up through the FMSD transportation. Please visit the FMSD website and click on transportation website. You can sign your student up for bus transportation through this website. As a reminder it takes approximately 36 hours for processing.
Students must ride their assigned bus and cannot change buses unless it is a change of address. All changes must be made through the transportation department.
Student lunches are no longer free, so please make sure that your student has funds on their lunch account. Parents are welcome to drop off lunch boxes in the front office if a students forgets their lunch at home. Food delivery services, like Grubhub and UberEats, are not permitted for students.
Parents, please be aware of your student's lunch account balance and discuss it with them. There are many times students are unable to purchase the snacks/drinks they have selected due to a balance that is too low. This can sometimes be embarrassing for students as they have to return the items. Please note that students can ALWAYS get a complete breakfast and lunch. This is in reference only for snacks, special drinks and extra food. Thank you
When bringing items into the school for your students, please have the name of the student on the item and leave it with the Receptionist. Please note that students are called prior to the end of class or the start of class.
TARDY / TIME AND ATTENDANCE
If your student arrives late to school - 8:10 or after, or is Returning from an Appointment -
a parent or adult must come into the office to sign them in. Students are not allowed to sign themselves in. Please remember to put both first and last name on all doctors, tardy and absent notes. If you have any questions please email Ms. Hartman at Hartmanm@fortmillschools.org
If you are picking up your student for early dismissal, please be cognizant of class times. The fewer times we have to interrupt our classrooms the more instructional time our students receive. The cutoff for students being picked up by a guardian is 2:40. There are no dismissals between 2:40 and 3:10 pm.
CHANGE OF CLOTHES
Guidance Counselors recommend that you send a change of clothes for students to keep in their possession for any accidents or dress code issues. Counselors have a few items for students to change into, but most students prefer to wear their own clothes.
Welcome! If you have a child at Banks Trail Middle School then you are automatically a member of the PTO. Our mission is to encourage communication between parents, teachers, administration and the community. We also want to enrich our children's educational, social and developmental experiences.
Please click the link below for January News:
Please email the PTO board with any questions you might have - email@example.com
Be sure to check our website for updated information - https://btmspto.wixsite.com/btmspto
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram!
Social Media: "BTMSPTO" on Facebook & "ptobtmsfortmill" on Instagram
-Remember to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with all the PTO events happening at the Trail!
-Don't forget you can buy spirit wear year round from our website. Select school delivery and it will arrive to your student's homeroom in 2 weeks.
Stay connected with us by following our Facebook page Banks Trail Middle PTO, our website btms.wixsite.com/btmspto, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and look for the PTO section in the school newsletter.
Spirit Rock 2022-2023
Please consider signing up for the Spirit Rock to celebrate your child's special day.
Earn money for our school
Please remember you can earn money for our school just by shopping at Publix, Harris Teeter, Amazon Smile and by scanning for Box Tops!
Remember to check back often to see how your PTO is supporting our teachers - both face to face and virtually! Again, Thank You ALL for your support!
Upcoming Events 2023
Jan 18, SIC Meeting
Jan 19, BB SFMS vs BTMS
Jan 24 Rising 9th Grade Visit to CRHS
Jan 24, School Board Meeting
Jan 26, BB GHMS vs BTMS
Jan 27, Early Release 1:10PM
Jan 27, PTO Dollar Day
Jan 30, BB BTMS vs ILMS
Feb 2, IGP Day 8th Grade
Feb 2, Battle of the Books
Feb 6-10 Scholastic Book Fair
Feb 7, School Board Meeting
Feb 17, Teacher Work Day
Feb 20, Student and Staff Holiday, No School
Feb 22, School Board Meeting