Banks Trail Middle School

Teamwork, Responsibility, Ambition, Integrity, Leadership

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FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Hello Timberwolf Families,


It is hard to believe we are now in the month of October. The end of the first nine weeks is approaching! The first nine weeks ends of October 18th. Report cards will be sent home around the 26th of October. Please keep your eyes out for you son’s or daughter’s report card. Grades are an important factor in determining whether or not a child will graduate in 4 years. Current research shows that 1 course failure in middle school lowers the chances of a student graduating in 4 four years by 50%. Parent Portal is a great resource to use to stay on top of your son’s or daughter's grades. If you have questions about Parent Portal, please contact Ms. Hudson at hudsont@fortmillschools.org . We will do our best to assist you. Together we can make a difference in the lives of the children that attend Banks Trail.


We have settled into a comfortable, yet rigorous classroom momentum. Mr. Pyrc, Dr. Jones and I are visiting classrooms and working with teachers regarding instructional practice. It is truly amazing to see the great teaching and student involvement in the classroom. We are seeing cooperative groupings, critical thinking, student reflection, student work and presentations as we continue to help students progress to being college and career ready. Our frequent classroom visits allow us to see the relationships that are developed between teachers and students. This also helps us as administrators get to know our Timberwolves.


Our fall sports teams will be wrapping up their seasons shortly. The volleyball teams will be having their cross conference games and tournaments starting next week. Next Wednesday, out football teams will play a double header against Gold Hill (this will also be our 2nd blackout spirit night). Finally, our cheerleading squad has done an excellent job and will lead our school in our first pep rally next Wednesday.


This month's newsletter is a little long, but it is packed with lots of information about the great things that are happening on a regular basis here at the Trail.


Have a great month, take care and enjoy the colors of fall!


Sincerely,

Michael Pratt

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CONGRATULATIONS TO TRISH MUMAW - DISTRICT TEACHER OF THE YEAR!!

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On September 13, 2016, Banks Trail Middle School's 8th Grade Special Education teacher, Trish Mumaw, was named District Teacher of the Year. Along with this special recognition, Ms. Mumaw receives a 2016 Dodge Challenger to drive for a year, compliments of Stateline Crysler, Jeep, Dodge in Fort Mill. We are extremely proud of Ms. Mumaw and her many accomplishments in and out of the classroom!

Leaders Of The Pack/Terrific Timberwolves

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Each month students are chosen to be “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 Timberwolves” are then selected among those chosen as Leaders 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 August we would like to congratulate the following Leaders of the Pack:

  • Team 6-1: Lance K.
  • Tame 6-3: Quinn M.

  • Team 7-1: JD M.

  • Team 7-3: Luke G.

  • 8th Grade: Samuel G.

  • 8th Grade: Kaitlyn K.

  • Related Arts 6th Grade: Jaz A.

  • Related Arts 7th Grade: Emma M.


The August Terrific Timberwolves Students of the Month are:


6th Grade - Laney M..

7th Grade - Emma C.

8th Grade - Kathleen W.

Related Arts - Khilef T.

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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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR STUDENT COUNCIL MEMBERS FOR 2016-2017

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MEDIA MATTERS

Here's What's Going On In The Media Center

Read Your Way to the Big Game

Banks Trail will be participating in the Read Your Way to the Big Game contest. Entering your child is simple. Make sure your child reads six books on their level, complete the book log, sign it and return it to your child’s ELA teacher. All students who meet the six book challenge are entered in to win the grand prize-a trip to the Palmetto Bowl. They have until October 31st to complete their reading and turn in their logs. Pick a team: Clemson Tigers or USC Gamecocks.

Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.”

-John Locke

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YEARBOOKS ON SALE

Banks Trail Middle School 2016-17 Yearbooks are on sale for $40.00. In order to be guaranteed that you have a yearbook at the end of the year please order yearbooks by Friday, December 9. If you are not sure if your child purchased a yearbook, you may check with his/her homeroom teacher.

You may purchase yearbooks online with credit card, debit card at https://www.studentquickpay.com/fort-mill/ or at school with cash or check made to BTMS, with a phone number listed on check. If ordering at school, please give your cash or check to Mrs. Munn in D-111. If you have any additional questions, please contact Mrs. Munn at munns@fortmillschools.org

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October 2016

R2S Endorsement Course Update

In September, teachers celebrated the innovative ways we are already integrating literacy into the content areas. We also learned more about how to use strategies such as reading with a questioning stance, written conversations, and interactive read alouds. We analyzed our classrooms to see if we are creating a literate environment with a variety of reading materials, word walls, and opportunities to write and converse about reading related to our content areas. In October we will learn about three more strategies that reinforce content-area reading and writing achievement: quick writes, genre reformulation, and silent graffiti.

Parent and Family Involvement with Literacy

York County Library Friends Books on Main
Now Open Regular Hours

A wonderful source of used books, DVDs, audiobooks, and other reading materials is available now in Rock Hill! Friends Books on Main, the new Friends of the Library used bookstore, is now open weekly Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thousands of used books, DVDs, and audiobooks are for sale, priced from 50¢-$2. All proceeds benefit York County Libraries. The store is located at 206 E. Main St., Rock Hill (across from Amelie’s and the Gettys Center). Click here to view a map. Reading together as a family is a way to promote literacy and increase academic achievement for your child. Check out the great resources available at Friends Books on Main.

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CLASSROOM NEWS

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WHAT'S COOKING IN MRS. BAUER'S CLASS

Here are some pics of my 8th graders cooking breakfast in the foods lab. They prepared and enjoyed breakfast burritos following a lesson on the importance of breakfast and My Food Plate.

Below are pictures of my 7th graders sewing their self designed pillows.

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7th GRADE ART STUDENTS GET CREATIVE WITH CLAY

CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO SHOWCASING SOME AMAZING ART!

“As students’ artworks go on display, music videos showcasing their work are produced. These videos are available for viewing through Mrs. Csonka’s website by grade level. Keep an eye out for future videos and see these amazing artworks first hand at school.”

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CHORUS NEWS

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The 8th Grade Honors Chorus performed the National Anthem at the Winthrop Coliseum on Friday, September 30 to kick-off the volleyball team's Big South Conference Game. Here is a link to our performance:

https://youtu.be/S7J33GB3F60

September Teachers of the Month

Mr. Traynor, 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher

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I would like to nominate Adam Traynor! Traynor is an amazing asset to Team 7-2, the social studies department and our school! He constantly goes above and beyond to help our students succeed! He works tirelessly during lunch to help his students master the content at hand. Additionally, he stays after school with student athletes to get them caught up academically. Students in his class are always engaged in their learning whether he is giving direct instruction or has them acting out trench warfare.

When asked what students love about Traynor, they said…

“he is funny and sarcastic which makes social studies fun”

“very organized which helps me”

“he like really knows his stuff”

“he makes sure we get it”

“has a good sense of humor”

“he takes time to help you understand”

“He is AWESOME!”

Team 7-2 LOVES MR. TRAYNOR!!! He is truly a GOLD MEDAL TEACHER!!!!!

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Mrs. Munn, 6th Grade ELA Teacher

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Mrs. Munn is my Gold Medal Teacher because she represents everything our school mission statement stands for. She shows Teamwork every day by leading and assisting in our ELA department and 6th grade team. She is willing to help out anyone that needs it, and she is always taking care of us teachers. She is showing responsibility by going above and beyond in her job to provide the best instruction for her students. Mrs. Munn shows ambition by always looking for ways to improve her classroom by implementing innovative, high interest, and rigorous lessons that allow her students to dive deeper into their learning. She shows Integrity by treating all teachers and students with kindness and honesty. Finally Mrs. Munn shows leadership in her everyday actions of being a great co-worker, expert teacher, and amazing friend. Day in and day out, Mrs. Munn gives 100%, and it inspires everyone around her including teachers and students. Banks Trail is lucky to have such a wonderful teacher that helps teachers and students WIN every day in and out of the classroom .

Spirit Day at Mr. Putty's Fun Park -

Bring your family and friends on Sat., Oct. 22, 10AM - 10PM to Mr. Putty's in Tega Cay. They offer many activities that are fun for the whole family! Tell them your are supporting BTMS and at least 10% of your sale will be donated to the BTMS PTO. For more information visit their webiste - entertainment, date night, mini golf - Mr. Putty's Fun Park


Do you shop at Harris Teeter, Publix, or on Amazon? Here are some super easy ways to raise $ for our school!

  • Re-link your Harris Teeter card to BTMS PTO either in-store or online at Together in Education. Our school code is 8686.
  • Pick up a Publix card at the front desk of the school, or notify us that you need one by emailing BTMSPTO@gmail.com with your child's name and homeroom teacher.
  • Go to Amazon Smile and shop! For each purchase you make, 0.5% will be donated to Banks Trail Middle School PTO at no additional cost to you. To make it even easier, link to Banks Trail Middle School PTO in your Amazon account.


Mark your calendars for the Banks Trail Pasta Dinner, Silent Auction, Club Night, and 5k race!

  • Friday, 11/18: pasta dinner, silent auction, Enrichment Club presentations, and race packet pick-up starting at 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, 11/19: packet pick-up begins at 8:00 am, and the 5k race starts at 9:00 am. Register online at https://jackrabbittiming.com/banks-trail-5k/, or find a paper registration form attached to this email and on the BTMS PTO website. This event is open to the community, so share the online registration link with friends and neighbors

5K Sponsorship Information

BTMS 5K Registration

BANKS TRAIL MIDDLE SCHOOL SPIRIT WEAR

Order Spirit Wear!

PLACE ORDERS THROUGH OCTOBER 28TH

Banks Trail Middle School Spirit Wear is available for purchase online through the link above or the PTO website from 10/03 until 10/28. There are short-sleeved and long-sleeved shirts and hoodies in ALL NEW DESIGNS! ORDER ONLINE AND WE WILL DELIVER THE GOODS TO YOUR CHILD'S HOMEROOM!!

ST-ARTS PROGRAM

ST-ARTS is a Winthrop University summer program for 300 public school students in grades 6-8 with special talents in the arts. Sponsored jointly by the School of Visual and Performing Arts and the Clover, Fort Mill, Lancaster, Rock Hill, and York school districts, this program provides an intense, three-week experience in the visual and performing arts (dance, drama, music, and the visual arts) for artistically gifted and talented students.


OCTOBER 21st - Deadline to return completed application and art portfolios

Nominees will be notified by NOVEMBER 1st

NOVEMBER 15th - Auditions will be held at Gold Hill Middle School

Summer Session Dates: June 5 - 23 FROM 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

IMPORTANT DATES IN THE DISTRICT

FM School Board Forum – Sponsored by the Teachers’ Forum

October 25, 2016 @ 7:00 pm, Nation Ford High School Auditorium

The Teachers’ Forum is sponsoring a Fort Mill School Board candidate forum, which will provide board candidates the opportunity to answer questions presented by the Teachers’ Forum and attending community members. Seven board candidates are running for three “at large” seats on the Fort Mill School District’s Board of Trustees. Elected officials serve on an “at large” basis for a 4-year term. Voting will take place on November 8, 2016 as part of the General Election.

  • To learn more about registering to vote, especially if you are new to the area, please refer to the Voters/Registration site provided by York County: https://www.yorkcountygov.com/registrationandelections
    • The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming General Election is October, 8th 2016 @ 11:59 pm. 17-year-old residents who turn 18-years-old on or before November 8, 2016, can register to vote now. Click here for the county’s voter flyer.
For a candidates listing, click on the following link (tip: first do an overall search, then narrow it down by "school board at large," then "York" for the county . . . note Fort Mill candidates on several pages): https://info.scvotes.sc.gov/Eng/Candidate/CandidateSearch.aspx?ElectionId=20026&QSHelperHash=8665765C53B5B7B5B0C52FEEDD145CD792A4A273

MIDDLE SCHOOL ATTENDANCE AREAS - UPDATE From Kelly McKinney

This is a follow-up email regarding Tuesday’s community meeting focusing on middle school attendance area options. The information I’m about to share is posted on the district’s website; however, I thought it would be beneficial to provide you with a summary of the October 11th meeting and provide some direct informational links.

Meeting Summary

Approximately 200 community members attended Tuesday’s meeting at Fort Mill High School. Superintendent Dr. Chuck Epps discussed the school board’s obligation to provide schoolhouses, teachers, etc. under SC State Law and the challenges the school district continues to face due to exponential growth within our boundaries.

Dr. Epps also indicated that no “grandfathering” of middle school students will be in effect, which means that all rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders for the 2017/18 school year will attend their assigned middle school based on the new attendance areas. Additionally, elementary and high school attendance areas remain unchanged.

Outside consultant Dr. Dale Holden was introduced. Dr. Holden presented three attendance area map options, referring to each option as A, B, and C. Dr. Holden discussed his approach in developing attendance areas and how each attendance area option affected population, free and reduced lunch percentages, and future growth at each middle school.

Dr. Epps closed the meeting by discussing the middle school attendance area options timeline and invited the public to provide feedback on the options of A, B, and C.

Timeline:

Oct 11 – Community Meeting

Oct 11-31 – Community Feedback Period to the Administration (i.e.: online form, paper form at district office)

Nov 1 – Administration presents middle attendance area recommendation to the Board of Trustees

Nov 2-14 – Community feedback requested based on administration’s recommendation (i.e.: updated online form, updated paper form at district office)

Nov 15 – Current members of the Board of Trustees take action on the administration’s middle school attendance area recommendation that was presented on November 1st

Helpful Informational Links

Oct 11th Community Meeting Video (1 hour in length): https://vimeo.com/187081533

Oct 11th Community Meeting PowerPoint Presentation Only (PDF Format): Oct 11 MS Presentation

Map Options A, B, and C (36” x 40” PDF format – for optimal resolution/viewing):

Map Option A

Map Option B

Map Option C

Online Feedback Form (Open from Oct 11 – Oct 31): Options A, B, C Feedback Form

PKMS Building Update Photos (PDF) from Sept & Oct 2016 Board Meetings: PKMS Images and Construction Photos

As Dr. Epps indicated at the meeting, your feedback is vital to this process. Please encourage community members via your own social media network to view the presentation video and to provide feedback using the online feedback form. In the event you have a specific question not addressed during the presentation, you are welcome to call my office at 803-548-8228. I am often out visiting schools, so please leave me message with your question.

On behalf of the Fort Mill School District, thank you for taking the time to review all the informational links and for providing the administration with your feedback.


Kelly McKinney
Media and Communications Officer

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TARDY/STUDENTS RETURNING FROM AN APPOINTMENT

Please remember that a parent or adult must come into the office with your student to sign them in when they are Tardy or Returning from an Appointment.

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EARLY DISMISSALS

Students leaving school early must be picked up no later than 2:50 PM. There will be no dismissals from 2:50 PM until 3:20 PM.

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Upcoming Dates

10/17 - 10/21 Spirit Week

10/17 7th Grade Volleyball Divisional Games

10/18 8th Grade Volleyball Playoff Games

10/19 PSAT (some 8th graders)

“Spirit Night” for Football (Students pay $5 to stay after school until game starts)

8th Grade Football v. Springfield Middle School

7th Grade Football v. Springfield Middle School

10/20 Volleyball Semi Finals/Finals Tournament

10/21 ST-ARTS Applications Are Due

10/24 Teacher Liaison Meeting

10/24 - 10/28 Boys Basketball Open Gym

10/25 Chorus Clinic (Boys) @ Dutchman Creek

10/26 7th & 8th Grade Football Championship Games

10/26 Parent Liaison Meeting

Student Liaison Meeting

10/31 – 11/03 Boys & Girls Basketball Tryouts

11/04 Picture Make-up Day

Alice In Wonderland Jr.

11/08 No School for Students; Election Day

School Board General Election

11/10 Veteran’s Day Assembly

11/15 Chorus Clinic (Girls) @ Winthrop

ST-ARTS Auditions @ Gold Hill Middle School

11/18 7th Grade Career Fair @ Springfield Middle School

11/23 – 11/25 Thanksgiving Holiday’s


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