Banks Trail Middle School

Teamwork, Responsibility, Ambition, Integrity, Leadership

February 2018

The Force Of Learning Is Strong At BTMS


Congratulations to Bradley Wagner, I.T.E. Teacher and Stephanie Cost, Technology/Media Assistant

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8th Grade Dance

Attention parents, help is needed decorating for and cleaning up after the 8th grade dance next week. If you can help sign up using the following link:!/showSignUp/10c0545aca629a64-volunteer1

Boxtops Collection

It’s BoxTop collection time! Please send your Boxtops in next week (Feb 19-23) and either give them to your homeroom teacher or drop them at the front office. Please no expired Boxtops! Thanks for supporting your school.

2/21/18: Bond Referendum Meeting, 6:30-8pm

Come learn about what the bonds will pay for, why they are needed and much more. Open to the public. Q & A.

2/23/18: PTO 8th Grade Dance, 7pm-9:30pm

It’s time for the BTMS 8th Grade Dance. No Prom dresses, tuxedos or limos. Dress: Sunday best.

Tickets are available online.

2/28/18: PTO Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night, 5-8pm, Baxter location. 10% back to BTMS.

We need one person each hour to man the table for BTMS and keep track of traffic for homerooms to earn a Chick-Fil-A party:

If you can help, sign up here:

3/2/18: BTMS Read Across America, 7:30-8:30am

In celebration of Dr. Suess’ birthday we will have 40 guest readers during power hour this morning. PTO is sponsoring continental breakfast and needs help to setup and serve. Sign Up here:

3/18/18: PTO Online Auction

Looking for auction items to raise money for school programs. Murdock and Jackson Orthodontics have each generously donated a set of braces valued at $6000. We have some great items being added daily: Dream Dinners, Landscaping, Photo sessions, jewelry and more. If you know of a company willing to donate please have them contact Alison Warren, VP, Fundraising:


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In your child’s school

Some cases of influenza (flu) have been reported from your child’s school. Flu is different from the common cold. It can cause fever, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, and vomiting. Flu can be very serious and may even cause death in some people with chronic health conditions, young children, pregnant women, or elderly persons.

How does the flu spread?

Flu spreads between people when those sick with the flu cough, sneeze, or even talk. The flu virus can be spread to people up to six feet away. Flu can also spread when people touch their face or eyes after touching something that a sick person has touched.

How to prevent the flu?

Use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Take 3 Actions”

1. Flu vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu. DHEC strongly recommends all South Carolina residents older than 6 months old get the flu vaccine as soon as possible to prevent the flu, unless they have a medical reason not to be vaccinated.

2. Take everyday preventive actions. Avoid close contact with ill persons. Keep child home if they have a fever (100ºF or higher), until the fever has resolved without the use of medicines for a duration of 24 hours. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or upper sleeve when you cough or sneeze. Frequently, wash hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub. Clean and disinfect surfaces high touch areas frequently.

3. Take influenza antiviral medicines, if prescribed.

Quick Stats

In the US every day, an estimated 55 million students and 7 million staff attend over 130,000 public and private schools. Implementing the CDC “Take 3 Actions” would aid in preventing influenza infection among one-fifth of the total US population (CDC, 2016).

According to a recently published CDC study, flu vaccination reduced the risk of a flu-associated death by 65% among healthy children and 51% among children with high-risk medical conditions (CDC, 2017).


More information is available at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and DHEC websites:


(2018 -2019 SCHOOL YEAR)

Important Information From The Nurse Regarding Required Vaccine

To all UPCOMING seventh grade parents:

As of August 2013, ALL seventh graders are REQUIRED to get the Tdap vaccine to protect them against whooping cough. Students who have not received the Tdap vaccination may not be allowed to attend school for the upcoming school year.

Please check with your family’s physician and /or contact the local health department for more information regarding this vaccine. Remember, beat the rush and do not wait until the last minute to check on the status of your child immunizations.

If you have not submitted a current SC immunization certificate to the school, and believe your student has received the Tdap booster, please do so as soon as possible.

You will have thirty days from the first day of school to have your student in compliance or they will not be able to attend school.

If you have any questions, please call Robin Brown, BTMS school nurse at 803-578-2994.

Padawans Of The Pack/Terrific Padawans

Each month students are chosen to be “Padawan's of the Pack” (formerly known as Leaders of the Pack) for reasons such as displaying outstanding leadership, citizenship, school service, good behavior, and performance in their classrooms and throughout the school. “Terrific Padawans” (formerly known as Terrific Timberwolves) are then selected among those chosen as Padawans of the Pack because they exemplify the characteristics found in the T.R.A.I.L. - Teamwork, Responsibility, Ambition, Integrity, Leadership

For the month of January we would like to congratulate the following Terrific Padawans:

  • 6th Grade: Nolan M.
  • 6th Grade: Aidan D.

  • 7th Grade: Ally M.

  • 7th Grade: Aidan B.

  • 8th Grade: Ellie P.

  • 8th Grade: Joshua E.

  • Related Arts: Kayla M.

  • Related Arts: Stephanie M.

The January Padawans of the Pack are:

6th Grade - Brooke D.

7th Grade - Zaraeah H.

8th Grade - Noah E.

Related Arts - Josh Q. W.

Teamwork, Responsibility, Ambition, Integrity, Leadership: "The Trail" As Leaders of the Pack and Terrific Timberwolves, these students live "The Trail" everyday!


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The 2018 Geography Bee was a fantastic competition this year! 8th grader, Kaylen P. is our Banks Trail champion! She will take a qualifying test to compete in Columbia at the state competition, against students from across South Carolina. Best of luck to her!

6th grader Sae-Jin M. was our runner-up.

The following students were finalists in the Geography Bee. They bested their classmates and grade level competitors to earn one of nine spots in the bee.

6th grade finalists: Cameron L., Sae-Jin M., Hannah H.

7th grade finalists: Lexi B., Myles E., Meredith M.

8th grade finalists: Meghan B., Kaylen P., Austin F.

Congratulations to all competitors this year!


Congratulations to all of the Talent Show performers for a wonderful show! A huge shout-out to Ms. Driver and Mr. Miller for providing us with some fun teacher talent. The Audience Choice Award goes to Hannah W. for her beautiful performance of Rise Up.


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BTMS 7th Grade Girls Basketball Team defeated Gold Hill Middle 25-22 and Finishes the Season 14-0

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BTMS 7th Grade Boys Basketball Team defeated Indian Land Middle 32-18 and Finishes the Season 12-3


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Ashley B., Erin B., Kylie B., Karina C., Cheyenne C., Ly'Ani D., Olivia D., Jordan J-T., Ben L., Leasia M., Marlee M., Aidan M., Jade P., Ethan S., Makenzie S., Tatum S., Maggie T., Erin W.


Sixth graders kicked off their ELA projects about careers with a visit from Kati McFadden, the Career Development Facilitator for the Fort Mill School District. Below is a summary of Mrs. McFadden’s lesson and ways that you can follow up with your child.

  • Students learned more about “Career Clusters”. The state of SC identifies 16 Career Clusters, which are categories of similar jobs. You can read more about the 16 Career Clusters at

  • Students took interest inventories to identify “their” career cluster. They were given the opportunity to research information about the cluster, including the skills needed (many of which they are already doing in middle school), and specific jobs within the cluster.

  • Mrs. McFadden explained why we spend time talking about careers, and specifically how this is going to impact them while they are in middle school. In 7th grade, the Fort Mill School District hosts a Career Fair where 50+ professionals represent interesting careers and students get to meet them and ask questions. Job Shadow Day happens in 8th grade and every student will have the opportunity to visit a professional in a career of their choosing. For both events, if students know their interests they will be able to make the most of these opportunities.

  • Students also learned that they will be able to take awesome elective classes in high school. There are so many amazing choices that allow students to get experience in the different career clusters. 8th grade students will register for their 9th grade classes during their IGP meeting. IGP means Individual Graduation Plan but that can be a lot to remember, so Mrs. McFadden told students to remember that IGP means “I get to pick!”


GOOD LUCK to the BTMS MATHCOUNTS Team! The team will compete Tuesday, February 13th at Westminster Presbyterian Church in the regional competition.

This year’s BTMS MATHCOUNTS Team:

8th Grade: Peyton B., Liam O., Greesmanth V., Zoe Moore, and Ben H.

7th Grade: Annie L. and Lilly L.

6th Grade: Jackson O., Gohmahi D., Robinson B., Kobe S., Fatima B., and Ryan E.

8th Grade Dance - THE BTMS SNOW BALL

Attention 8th Grade Parents:

It’s almost time for our Annual 8th Grade Dance. This year’s theme is “BTMS Snow Ball”. The dance will take place in the BTMS Cafeteria on Friday, February 23rd from 7-9:30pm. Admission is $5. Financial Assistance is available. Please have your child see their homeroom teacher if necessary.

Tickets will be on sale in the 8th grade hallway on the following dates:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, February 5, 7 & 9th : 7:45-8:15am

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, February 12, 14 & 16th: 7:45-8:15am

Or you can send your payment in an envelope marked “8th Grade Dance” with the tear off portion of the flyer attached. Checks payable to “BTMS PTO”.

Or you can pay online via our Square link:

Please be sure to select your child’s homeroom teacher and enter their name in the “Additional note to Merchant” section before clicking the “Place Order” button. This will enable to us to mark your student as paid.

PLEASE NOTE Dress code is Sunday Best, no prom dresses, tuxedos or limousines. Physical tickets will not be issued.

Questions? Email Alison Warren, or Dana Boutwell,


Completed Course Selection Sheets Must Be Returned to Homeroom Teachers

All students received their high school Course Selection sheets in early January. Students need to complete the electives portion of the sheet. Instructions for completing the electives portion were given to students. These need to be signed and returned to their homeroom teacher asap. The deadline for turning these in was February 9th. If you’re student has not yet turned this in, please sure they do so asap. The sheet will be returned to students/parents during their scheduled IGP meeting.

Required IGP High School Registration Meetings – February 27th and February 28th

In order to complete the high school registration process, all 8th graders and their parent or guardian are required to attend an Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) conference. During the IGP conference you and your student will meet with a middle school and high school counselor. They will review your student’s Course Selection sheet, discuss career plans and goals, and schedule 9th grade high school classes.

All conferences will be held on either February 27th or February 28th in the BTMS media center. Your exact IGP appointment date and time were sent home with report cards on Friday, January 5h. We appreciate your support in honoring the appointment schedule.

For help/questions/concerns, please contact:

Mr. Townsend Smith



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The Power of the Read Aloud

Banks Trail Middle School will celebrate the power of the read aloud when we celebrate Read Across America Day on Dr. Seuss’s birthday -- Friday, March 2 -- during Power Period. A number of guest readers, including parents and community members, are coming to share a story or excerpts from books with our homeroom classes.

Why not celebrate the joys of reading on more than just one special day? Parents who model their own love of reading and engage in their children’s reading—who read aloud to them, take them to the library, and talk about favorite books—help their children grow into lifelong readers. What’s more, when parents read aloud to their children during the preschool years, they are more likely to raise children who become avid readers.

The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) recommends that pediatricians encourage parents to read aloud daily, beginning at birth. Dr. Pamela High, lead author of the AAP policy, explains the aim: “… those 15-20 minutes spent reading with a child can be the best part of the day. It’s a joyful way to build child-parent relationships and set a child on the pathway to developing early literacy skills.”

The read aloud is the gift that keeps on giving—leading to student gains in vocabulary, comprehension strategies, and concept development. So enjoy a book or story with your elementary and/or middle school child as often as possible. No one is ever too old for a good story!


Our 7th grade students will be attending a district-wide Career Fair on Friday, March 23. The Career Fair will be held at Pleasant Knoll Middle School and all of the 7th grade students in Fort Mill will attend. Approximately 50 professionals in a variety of careers will be available to talk with students and answer questions. Prior to Career Fair, 7th graders will take an interest inventory so that they have some direction about who they want to visit that day. We are going to meet with students to prepare them for Career Fair but parents can help, as well. Please talk with your child about his/her interests, make a list of questions to ask presenters, explain soft skills like eye contact and handshakes and encourage professional dress that day. If you have any questions about Career Fair or are interested in being a presenter, please email our Career Development Facilitator, Kati McFadden, at

Upcoming Events

2/16 Last Day to Purchase a Yearbook

2/19 Weather Make Up Day

2/21 Academic Challenge @Oakridge

2/23 8th Grade Dance

2/27 8th Grade IGP's

2/28 8th Grade IGP's

Academic Challenge @ Lewisville

3/01 BTMS Theatre Company presents Little Mermaid

3/02 Read Across America

BTMS Theatre Company presents Little Mermaid

3/03 BTMS Theatre Company presents Little Mermaid

3/05 - 3/09 BTMS Spring Spirit Week

Dine and Donate Night at Carolina Ale House

3/07 Academic Challenge v Castle Heights

3/09 - 3/13 Band and Chorus Trip to Orlando, FL

3/10 ST-ARTS Workshop at Winthrop

3/15 International Cultural Festival

3/15 - 3/18 All State Band

3/19 - 3/23 Book Fair

3/21 Quarter 3 Reports Go Home

3/23 7th Grade Career Day

3/26 Broadway, Jr. Field Trip (some Theatre Arts students)

Junior Scholars @ FMHS

3/27 - 3/30 8th Grade Trip to Washington, DC

3/30 Weather Make-Up Day

4/02 - 4/06 Spring Break

Together, Building A Tradition of Excellence

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