Banks Trail Middle School

Teamwork, Responsibility, Ambition, Integrity, Leadership

January 12, 2016

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From the Principal

Timberwolf Families,

Hello, and I hope that all is well with you and your families. As I walk the halls and visit classrooms, I am reminded about how lucky I am to be serving as principal at Banks Trail Middle School. Our students are doing an outstanding job, both in and out of the classroom. On a regular basis, we have students representing Banks Trail at a very high level. Our band, chorus and drama have provided us with some awesome performances. Our sports teams are enjoying the success that is earned through hard work. Just in this last month alone, our students have been involved in raising over $1,500.00 for the BTMS Angel Tree. We have collected over 1600 pounds of food and non-perishable items to help with a food drive for our community. Academically, we saw 85 students become Junior Beta Club members and as I went through report cards last week, I saw how students' effort translated into higher grades. Just a side note, BTMS also can boast the Fort Mill School District Spelling Bee Champion and the Runner Up. This short snapshot of the last two months reminds me that we have amazing our students and teachers. Thank you for teaching, supporting, and helping to instill these traits in your children.

We are the Champions!

Go ahead parents sing the song with me, you know you heard that famous song in your head. On a more serious note, we are extremely proud of students who represented BTMS with flying colors at the Fort Mill School District Spelling Bee.

The following students represent our school:

6th grade: Sophie M., Olivia K., Caleb M.

7th grade: Sara Kate E. , Will S., and Brice M.

8th grade: RJ D., Alexis S., and Michael T.

The District Wide Spelling Bee was held on January 7th where nearly 40 students competed against each other. We are proud to announce that Banks Trail's very own Michael T. was a District Runner-Up and Alexis S. was the 2015-16 Fort Mill School District Champion. Alexis will now go to Charlotte to compete in the regional competition. We are very proud of Alexis, Michael and all of our BTMS spelling Bee students.

Counselors' Corner

8th grade Students and Parents - It is IGP Time

Included with your student’s report card that went home on January 6th, is information about our upcoming Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) meetings. These parent meetings are mandated by the state for every Rising 9th Grader. On February 23rd and 24th we will be conducting over 260 IGP meetings with parents. Please make arrangements to be available on your appointment day and time. The meetings will take approximately 20 minutes. Please review the letter for more information.


Also, throughout the week of January 18th I will be meeting with all 8th graders to give them a High school Program of Studies book, and a 9th Grade Course Request Sheet. Instructions on how to complete this sheet will also be sent home. Course Request Sheets must signed by a parent, and returned to school by February 1st.


Thanks for your attention to these important items as we prepare to transition your student to high school!

Learning in the Classroom

In schools today, many people hear the phrase engaged learners. I started to wonder if our parents know what we mean by engaged learning or if it was just another word that educators tend to use and never really explain. Engaged learning is the process in which students actively participate in their learning. The amazing teachers at BTMS were asked to submit pictures that show their students engaged. Below is just a small sampling of what was received.

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January Terrific Timberwolves and Leaders of the Pack

Our January Terrific Timberwolves and Leaders of the Pack helped us start 2016 on the right foot. They have worked hard, had fun, and demonstrated integrity. It is awesome when we have students who want to help make Banks Trail the best in the world.


For the month of January we would like to congratulate the following Leaders of the Pack:


· Ty M

· Blake E

· Adam S

· Carrie S

· Ashley D

· Lyric S

· Makenna R


· Emilia R


The January Terrific Timberwolves Students of the Month are:


6th Grade - Ben M

7th Grade - Serena T

8th Grade - Garrett B

Related Arts - Jack S

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

January Teacher of the Month

Ms. McGinnis


Ms. McGinnis is a dynamic teacher who puts a lot of time into her science classes, our Academic Challenge, and Science Olympiad Teams. Most of this work is not seen by other teachers, but those in her hall notice her hard work and commitment. Ms. McGinnis also works hard to make sure her students understand what is being taught. She is definitely deserving of Teacher of the Month.

Mr. Pauley

Mr. Pauley is not only an amazing teacher, but he is also super cool. If you do not believe me, just ask his students. His captivating personality engages his students and makes it really easy to work with him. As a teacher, he really brings Ancient Civilizations to life. He incorporates innovative and relevant lessons that allow his students to really understand the material. All have been impressed with him over the last couple of years, and he really brightens up our hallway. Also, I can’t forget that he is one super talented dodge ball DJ! For all of the above reasons and many more, Mr. Pauley is our January Teacher of the Month!

Upcoming Events

1-11 Basketball vs. Clover - Boys home; Girls away. Games begin at 5:00 PM

1-13 4:00 Academic Team Match @ BTMS

1-14 Basketball vs. Oakridge - Girls home; Boys away. Games begin at 5:00 PM

1-15 9:00 AM BTMS Geography Bee - Media Center

1-18 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - No School

1-19 7:15 AM School Improvement Council Meeting in room B-104

1-19 6:00 PM School Board Work Session

1-20 4:00 Academic Team Match @ BTMS

1-21 Basketball vs. GHMS - Boys home; Girls away. Games begin at 5:00 PM

1-23 All State Band Auditions @ Lexington High School

1-25 Basketball vs. SMS - Girls home; Boys away. Games begin at 5:00 PM

1-27 4:00 Academic Team Match @ Rawlinson Road Middle School

1-28 7th grade basketball Divisional Playoff - TBD

2-1 Basketball - 1st Round of Playoffs - TBD

2-2 6:00 PM School Board Meeting

2-3 4:00 Academic Team Match @ BTMS

2-4 Basketball - 2nd Round of Playoffs - TBD

2-8 Basketball - Semi-Finals@ Clover Middle School

2-9 Basketball - Finals @ Clover Middle School

2-10 4:00 Academic Team Match @ Castle Heights Middle School

2-11 Krispy Kreme Fundraiser

2-12 Teacher Workday - No School for students

2-15 President's Day Holiday - No School

2-16 6:00 PM School Board Work Session

2-17 4:00 Academic Team Match @ Sullivan Middle School

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