Banks Trail Middle School

Teamwork, Responsibility, Ambition, Integrity, Leadership

September 2019

We Are

Hello Timberwolf Families,

It is hard to believe that we are halfway through the first quarter of the school year. We are seeing lots of great things in the classrooms and our students are doing some fantastic work. The pace is picking up at the Trail and we want to keep you in the loop of all that we have going on. Please mark you calendars for Oct. 10th when we celebrate our Family Literacy Night. Student work, STEAM Projects, curriculum, and a celebration of Literacy will be on display throughout our school. The book fair will be open and our the author of The Honest Truth, our One School, One Book selection will be here signing books and hanging out with the Timberwolves.

Our Cheer Leaders, Volleyball Teams, and Football Team are doing a great job representing The Trail on the court and on the field. Their hard work, teamwork, and sportsmanship is admired and appreciated. Hats off to our athletes and coaches!

Please be on the lookout for nomination forms for our School Improvement Council. This committee meets to look at all aspects of our school and serves as an advisory board in school decisions. The committee is made up of elected parents from our school, teachers, community members, and school administrators. We will hold our parent elections at Family Literacy Night.

Thank you to our students and parents who have not only voiced concerns about the current dress code, but have also offered some great suggestions for improvement. As we get deeper into this process, I will be sharing your thoughts, concerns, and ideas as the conversations for a change take place. We have been asked to collect feedback from our stakeholders at the school level, and I feel that we have a nice head-start with the dialogue that I have been a part of. Thank you again for reaching out with your thoughts.

As we work toward a policy change, or even a trial run with a dress code update at BTMS, please know that decisions that will influence every child may take some time. In the meantime, please adhere to the dress code that is in practice at the Trail. (Nothing offensive, no midriff showing, nothing too short, things that should be covered must be covered, etc.) An updated policy will be much more thorough, but I hope this provides some guidance as we work through this process. I do very much appreciate the conversations I've had with our folks on this issue.

7th Grade parents, if you have not yet done so please turn in your student's TDap records to our nurse's office. After Wed. 9/18, students without these records will not be allowed to attend school until they are returned. This is state rule set by DHEC.

Picture Day is tomorrow! Looks sharp for your yearbook photos.


Marc Pyrc

Guidance Counselor Corner

The TRAIL to Guidance

The School Counselors of Banks Trail Middle are excited to have our new and returning students this year! We are here to serve students so that they can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally in their classes and lives each day. Below is the contact information for our school counselors. Please feel free to reach out to us!

6th Grade Counselor: Mr. Townsend Smith


7th Grade Counselor: Mrs. Ronika Middleton


8th Grade Counselor: Mrs. Precious Daugherty


For more information on some of the services we provide students, please click here!

The September Topic of the Month is Goal-Setting!

The Goal Setting Quote of the Month:

Quote of the Month:

“By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands—your own.” —Mark Victor Hansen

The school year is in full-gear! Before we go any further, take a few moments to discuss with your children their goals (both academic and personal) for the year. Here’s a brief, informative article 4 Steps for Helping Your Child Set Effective Goals by Ashley Cullins to get started:

School Counselors Wall of Fame:

BTMS School Counselors’ Wall of Fame is a monthly recognition initiative to spotlight students who are exceptional in non-academic ways such as exceptional character, determination, respect, and much more. Each month, the entire faculty and staff are given the opportunity to nominate one student from each grade level. Then, at the end of each month, those students are recognized by our school counselors, receive a special certificate, and have their pictures taken to all be posted on our “Wall of Fame” board outside our Counseling Suite!

May’s Recipients were: Zoe McDonald, Bradyen Smith, Fatima Berlanga Molina

Events at a Glance

7th Grade: Duke Tip

8th Grade: PSAT (Parent Letter): Test Date: Wednesday, October 16th @ BTMS

Fee due to Mrs. Sykes in Main Office by Wed., Sept.18th

PSAT Financial Assistance Form (on back of parent letter) due Wed., Sept. 18th

Job Shadow Day: November 1st

For a Calendar of Events for All Grade Levels, Click Here!
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Author Visit & Literacy/STEAM Night

Family Literacy/STEAM Night

Mark your calendars now for our fall Family Literacy/STEAM Night on October 10, 2019, from 5-7 PM. Many of our interactive displays, activities, presentations, and themes at this school-wide family night will include connections from our One School One Book title, The Honest Truth. The book’s author, Dan Gemeinhart, will be our special guest during the school day on Oct. 10 and he will be available for book signings at our Family Literacy Night event. Our book fair will be open including the author’s books for sale and snacks will be served. Family & Consumer Science students will have a table to drop off donations of new travel toiletries for the Ronald McDonald house of Charlotte. Each student that brings in at least a quart size baggie full of travel toiletries will place their name in a raffle. Four students will be chosen from that raffle to be a guest judge in Mrs. Parra’s upcoming cupcake wars event. Come experience the inquiry-based learning that is the focus of our Fort Mill School District STEAM initiative as well as the many ways we integrate literacy across the curriculum at Banks Trail Middle School. Bring the entire family for this fun-filled family night!

Books for Sale

Starting September 11, the One School One Book title from this year, The Honest Truth, will be for sale in the Media Center for a discounted price of $6.00. Limited quantities are available! Send your student to pick up their copy along with exact cash or check (BTMS) from the Media Center. The author, Dan Gemeinhart, will be at school to present to students on October 10th and available that evening at Family Literacy/STEAM night (5-7 PM) for autographs.

Book Fair

Dear Parents and Families:

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings to school the books kids want to read. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

Book Fair dates: October 7-11

Shopping hours: M-F 7:45-3:30

Special activities: October 10th Author Dan Gemeinhart Book Signing

Before you visit the Book Fair, be sure to download the Book Fairs app to help you find the right books for your child. For more information, visit: And if you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at Our online Fair is available from October 2 to October 15.

If you would rather not send cash to school with your student, please visit our online fair for information about downloading money to a student eWallet.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.

Thank you!

7th Grade Duke TIP Talent Search

Dear 7th Grade Students and Parents/Guardians, September 2019

The 7th Grade Duke TIP Talent Search is open to current seventh grade students who qualify through one of the following three methods:

· scoring at or above the 95th percentile on an accepted grade-level national standardized achievement or abilities test

· scoring at or above the 95th percentile on a state assessment

· scoring 125 or above (full scale or composite) on an accepted IQ test that is no more than two years old

Eligible SC READY and SC PASS scores are listed below:

(SC READY) 2018 5th Grade ELA ≥ 699 (SC READY) 2018 5th Grade Math ≥ 716

(SC PASS) 2018 5th Grade Science ≥ 1586 (SC PASS) 2018 5th Grade Social Studies ≥ 709

(SC READY) 2019 6th Grade ELA ≥ 718 (SC READY) 2019 6th Grade Math ≥ 743

(SC PASS) 2019 6th Grade Science ≥ 1686 (SC PASS) 2019 6th Social Studies ≥ 732

For each of these methods, keep these two things in mind:

1. Students only need to qualify on one subtest or on the composite to be eligible for the program. (Please note that regardless of what subtest qualifies the student for the talent search, s/he will take the full ACT or SAT as part of the talent search.)

2. A qualifying score may come from either of the two most recent test administrations. Typically, that means scores from tests taken in either the fifth or sixth grade.

To join the 7th Grade Talent Search, students must enroll online at . Your student will have the opportunity to take either the ACT or SAT as an above-level test. As part of the talent search enrollment, students will select one test date and a testing location and Duke TIP will register the student for that test.

Parents, you can use Duke TIP’s look-up tool to find accepted tests, subtests, and scores to see if your student qualifies.

Other qualifying tests/subtests may be found at

As part of the Duke Tip enrollment, students register for either the ACT or SAT. Several enrollment deadlines for the ACT or SAT are as follow:

· October 4 - Online enrollment deadline for students selecting the October ACT (10/26/2019)

· September 30 - Online enrollment deadline for students selecting the November SAT (11/2/2019)

· November 22 - Online enrollment deadline for students selecting a December ACT

· November 4 - Online enrollment deadline for students selecting a December ACT

The non-refundable enrollment fee is $80 (or $30 for a student who qualifies for a fee grant). The fee covers the cost of the ACT or SAT and all 7th grade talent benefits through the student’s high school career. The Duke TIP talent search program is voluntary. Please visit for a wealth of information on the Duke TIP talent search program.

For additional information, please contact Mrs. Middleton @ 803-578-2996 or

BMX STEM (2019)

Mr. Brooks brought the USA BMX Foundation to BTMS on September 12th! Justin Posey, Elite Men Pro racer, spoke about BMX racing and its relation to STEM. He also conducted a STEM demonstration, and gave away prizes to students for answering STEM related questions. USA BMX, the sanctioning body of bicycle motocross (BMX) racing in North America, offers a first of its kind curriculum combining Science, Technology, Engineering and Math with a strong physical fitness element and a little bit of fun.

Nurses Office

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) wants to assure that all children and teens receive recommended vaccines to prevent disease entering 7th grade receive one (1) dose of Tdap vaccine. The Tdap vaccine protects preteens and teens from three serious diseases. DHEC reminds parents and guardians that South Carolina law requires that all students receives: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). It is important to know that there are three other vaccines that all preteens and teens are recommended to receive: human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, a cancer prevention vaccine, meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) that prevents some types of meningitis, and the yearly flu vaccine.

We are reminding you now so that you have time to plan for your child to be vaccinated early, before the start of 7th grade. Beat the back to school rush, a good time to get all of these vaccines is during a yearly health checkup. Talk to your child’s health care provider now about what vaccines he or she needs. Ask about these vaccines at a physical exam required for sports, school or camp. Make sure you get an updated SC Certificate of Immunization to give to your school nurse. This certificate is required by state law for school attendance.

Make sure the school has the most updated immunization certificate on file for your child. Many students have received the Tdap but the school doesn’t have verification of it being given.

*After the first 30 calendar days of school your student will not be allowed to attend school without verification of receiving the Tdap.

Your local DHEC health department also can provide these vaccines. Call 1-855-472-3432 to make an appointment. For more information about vaccinations in South Carolina, go to


Robin Brown, RN

BTMS/District School Nurse



Yearbooks are now on sale on the BTMS Website under the What’s Happening section. Please click the Read More link next to the Remember Forever picture to order your yearbook. All Purchases are being done on line through the Jostens’ Website. Yearbooks will be on sale through February and MUST be pre-ordered.

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PTO News (2019)

BTMS PTO Updates

We hope everyone is getting settled into the new school year! Our PTO wants to make this the best year yet for the students and staff at Banks Trail Middle.

Stay Connected

Stay up to date on all things Timberwolves including volunteer opportunities, events, spirit rock reservations and more!

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Upcoming Events

September-Open PTO Meeting Tuesday, September 24th 6:30pm

October-Board Meeting Wednesday, October 2nd 8:15am

Author Visit Thursday, October 10th

Literacy Night Thursday, October 10th 5-7pm

Fall Fundraiser Online Auction Monday, October 14th

Spirit Wear

Banks Trail Middle School Spirit Store 2019-2020

Banks Trail Middle School Spirit Store 2019-2020

Online ordering for Banks Trail Middle School Spirit Store 2019-2020


BTMS PTO Volunteer Sign Up

BTMS PTO Volunteer Sign Up

Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!

Spirit Rock

2019-2020 BTMS Car Line Spirit Rock Sign Up

2019-2020 BTMS Car Line Spirit Rock Sign Up

Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!


For this year's fall fundraiser, we are doing an online auction. We hope to only do one fundraiser this year so let's make it count! If you or someone you know would like to donate an auction item, please email us.

You can also earn money for our school just by shopping. A few easy ways are through Box Tops, Publix and AmazonSmile.



* 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.


* If you are picking up your student for early dismissal, YOU MUST ARRIVE BEFORE 2:40 PM. THERE ARE NO DISMISSALS BETWEEN 2:40 PM AND 3:10 PM.


* Guidance Counselors recommend that you send a change of clothes for students to keep in their lockers 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.


Our buses to and from school are full of students. We will no longer be able to accommodate those instances when a student rides another bus to school or home in the afternoon. If there is a need to change your student's transportation, please use the car rider line in the front of the building. If you are picking up another students, please make sure you are on their "pick-up" list in the front office. We are no longer allowed to provide the blue bus passes to allow students to ride a bus that they are not assigned to.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Upcoming Events (2019)

09/18 Picture Day

09/25 5:00 BTMS Football vs GHMS

09/25 5:00 BTMS Volleyball vs PKMS

09/30 5:00 BTMS Volleyball vs GHMS

09/30 5:00 BTMS Volleyball vs GHMS

10/02 5:00 BTMS Football vs FMMS

10/02 5:00 BTMS Volleyball vs SFMS

10/07 5:00 BTMS Volleyball vs FMMS

10/09 5:00 BTMS Football vs ILMS

10/09 Volleyball playoffs

10/10 Volleyball playoffs

10/14 Volleyball Championships

10/16 Football playoffs

10/18 No School Student Staff Holiday

10/21 No School Student

10/23 Football playoffs

10/30 Football Championships

10/31 Report Cards

10/20 Baxter Fall Fest 5K @ 8:00 AM

10/24 Parent Liaison Meeting

10/30 Football Championship

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