Banks Trail Middle School

Teamwork, Responsibility, Ambition, Integrity, Leadership

January 31, 2019

From the Principal

Dear Timberwolves,

It is hard to believe 2019 is already upon us. January is a month filled with goal setting through New Year’s resolutions! The month of January also allows for a re-energized focus to ensure our students are making progress. Now is a great time to celebrate what has been achieved and refocus on what still needs to be accomplished.

In order to meet the goals set, it is important for students to attend school regularly and be on time. Students should be in the building by 8:05 0 to allow them five minutes to prepare for their day.

As the colder weather and possibility of snow still exists, we wanted to remind you of the ways to stay informed. Information about school operations is announced publicly as soon as possible on area radio and television stations, School Messenger and on the school andf District web sites.

Please make sure you have a plan for delayed openings and early closings. All students should be prepared each day for outdoor blacktop time by dressing appropriately for the weather. Normally, students go outside if the temperature is 38 degrees or above.

Finally, I wish all of you a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2019! This will be another year filled with success through the hard work and dedication to each student. The mission statement for Banks Trail : Teamwork, Responsibilty, Ambition, Integrity, and Leadership and together we will build a tradition of Excellence. The hard work is the responsibility of everyone – teachers, students, staff, families, and administrators. It takes all of us working together to make our students’ success a reality!

All the Best!,
Michael Pratt, Principal

Important 8th Grade High School Registration Information 2019

Required Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) Meetings

All 8th graders with their parent/guardian are required to have a SCSDE mandated IGP meeting in order to register for high school. During this meeting, parents and students will speak with a middle and high school counselor. They will review your student’s high school Course Request Sheet, discuss career plans and goals, and schedule their 9th grade high school classes. All 8th grade IGP meetings will be held this year on February 21st in the BTMS media center. Your assigned appointment time was sent home with your student’s report card on January 24th. We appreciate you honoring your assigned appointment time, and look forward to seeing you on February 21st.

High School Course Request Sheets

During the week of February 4th a packet will be sent home with your student that will include his or her 9th grade Course Request Sheet, a high school Program of Studies, and a planning guide to help with choosing the right courses for next year. Students with their parents are required to choose and list electives on the Course Request Sheet and return it to their homeroom teacher by February 15th. The Course Request Sheet will be reviewed during your IGP meeting.

Rising 9th Grader Parent Information Nights

Both Catawba Ridge and Fort Mill High Schools will be hosting rising 9th grade parent information nights. Catawba Ridge HS will hold this event at BTMS on February 4th starting at 7pm. Fort Mill HS will hold this event at FMHS on February 7th starting at 6:30pm. Please plan to attend.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Mr. Smith at

We are the Champions!

Go ahead parents sing the song with me, you know you heard that famous song in your head. This past week we witnessed a first at BTMS. All four of our basketball teams played and won their Championship games. If that was not enough, our 8th Grade Girls team went a record 26-0 over the last two years. This also had never been accomplished.

Not only do we have winners on the athletic court, but we also have winners in the academic arena as well. This past week our school held the school wide National Geography Bee. Shane Y. was our Champion and Josh P. was the runner up. Two weeks ago BTMS hosted our school wide Spelling Bee. The following students won their grade level:

6th Grade=Pablo C., Cecilia C.: 7th Grade Matthew P. (Runner up), Stewart S.: 8th Grade-Jacob L. (Overall BTMS Champion), Annie L. .Congratulations to Jacob L for being our School Champion and Matthew P. As our runner up .

Next month we will learn how are amazing Academic Teams, Math Counts, and Science Olympiads competed during their season.

Service Learning at The Trail

2018-19 BETA Club

On January 15, our newest BETA Club members were inducted into the Banks Trail BETA Club.. These Forty-Six students have demonstrated outstanding character and achievement. As a BETA Club member, students are expected to demonstrate commitment to achievement, character,leadership, and service. We look forward to having the young men and ladies continue as leaders in our service learning goal at Banks Trail.

The following students were elected as the 2018-19 BETA Club Officers:

Our service coordinator will be Rachael Larson

Our Vice President will be Noah McDonald

Our President will be Lilly L'Esperance


January Terrific Timberwolves

Our January Terrific Timberwolves and Leaders of the Pack helped us start 2019 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 Terrific Timberwolves:

6-1 – Ellery Lominick

6-2 – Juliet Ciulla

6-3 – Zachary Webster

7-1 – Georgia Hathaway

7-2 – Nora Zonyk

7-3 – Will Wheaton

8th – Jake McCoy

8th – Eileen Zeoli

8th – Mallory McCart

Related Arts – Keegan Conrad

Related Arts – Georgia Hathaway

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

January Leaders of the Pack

Guidance Counselor's Corner 2019

Preparing for IGPs

New Start…New Habits

* Vary the colors of the foods offered. Colors often signify different nutrients.

* Eat at the table, preferable as a family, not in front of the TV.

* Avoid “kid foods” and “kid friendly” restaurants, as these are often not healthy options.

* Limit soda and other sweetened beverages. Opt for unsweetened or lightly sweetened juices, teas and water.

* If possible, allow your child to plate his/her own food and avoid a “clean-your-plate” policy. This teaches self-regulation and encourages a feeling of control over food and intake.

* Prepare easy and healthy meals for your whole family to enjoy together. Try not to make a special meal for you child, as this can become habitual. Invite your child to help you prepare the meal.

* Avoid pre-packaged and fast food as much as possible. These options are often high in fat, sodium and preservatives and are low in nutrients.

* Avoid rewarding kids with food or talking about “bad foods,” as this may cause children to associate food with certain behaviors or to see food as a way to rebel against house rules.

* Encourage physical activity in school, in the community and at home.

* Walk or ride bikes instead of driving short distances.

* Encourage your child to join a sports team or organize playtime with other families in your community.

* Join your child! Engage in physical activity as a family. You can enjoy hiking, swimming, going for walks or playing sports in the yard together.

* Limit media and screen time to a maximum of 2 hours per day. Watching TV or playing video games displaces physical activity in your child’s schedule and many children snack during viewing, increasing intake of high-calorie, low-nutrient foods.

BTMS Character Education: Community Service to the Fort Mill Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Thanks to all our Timberwolves who took a moment to decorate and personalize holiday cards for three facilities: Autumn Leaves of Fort Mill, Wellmore of Tega Cay, and Bright Star Care. Autumn Leaves of Fort Mill is a memory care facility for patients with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. They currently have 53 residents. At Wellmore of Tega Cay, there are 150 residents, which is an assisted living facility, and Bright Star is a company that provides in-home care to its patients, and there are currently 50 residents.

Below are three pictures: The first one is from Autumn Leaves, the second is at Wellmore, and the third is at Bright Star.

January Teacher of the Month

Upcoming Events

2-4 4:00 PM Girls Soccer tryouts Begin

2-4 5:30 PM Boys Soccer tryouts Begin

2-4 7:00 Pm CRHS Rising 9th grade Meeting at BTMS Gym

2-5 6:00 PM School Board Meeting

2-5 7:00 PM - Parent Informational Meeting for 6th grade students interested in Boys Scouts - In Media Center

2-6 4:00 Academic Team Match @ Castle Heights Middle School

2-8 6:30-9:00 PM 8th Grade Dance

2-9 Polar Plunge at Baxter YMCA Pool

2-11 6:00 Junior Scholars Presentation at NFHS

2-12 Math Counts Competition- All Day

2-13 4:00 Academic Team Match @ Dutchman Creek Middle School

2-18 President's Day Holiday - No School

2-19 6:00 PM School Board Work Session

2-20 5:30 PM School Improvement Council Meeting

2-21 IGP meetings for 8th grade student/parents

2-22 IGP meetings for 8th grade student/parents

2-25 7:00 CRHS Rising 10th & 11th Grade Student/Parent Meeting in BTMS Gym

2-27 4:00 Academic Team Match vs OAK Ridge Middle School

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