Banks Trail Middle School

Teamwork, Responsibility, Ambition, Integrity, Leadership

April, 2017

Banks Trail Middle School Has A Lot To Be Proud Of!

The Howl and Banks Trail Middle School are National Champions for Best Short Film in the Country!!!

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50 BTMS STUDENTS SELECTED AS JUNIOR SCHOLARS

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Family Literacy Night A Huge Success!

Thanks to all the parents and family members who attended our first-ever BTMS Family Literacy Night! We estimate that around 250 guests attended our special event. Our teachers and students showcased the wonderful ways that literacy is infused across the curriculum with exhibits, student performances, and literacy-related activities. Our school Book Fair was our centerpiece that evening, and many parents stopped to purchase books, including our summer reading books. The children’s room was also a big hit for our young visitors, with story time, arts and crafts, games, and visits from the cast members of our awesome musical, Alice in Wonderland Jr.! A special thanks to our amazing BTMS teachers for your support and work to make this event the huge success that it was.

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Theatre Students Visit Broadway Jr.

The entire cast of Alice In Wonderland, Jr. had an awesome time in Charlotte performing in a real theatre, participating in workshops with NYC musical theatre professionals, and being role models and leading a theatre game with elementary schoolers at lunch. To top off a great day, two Broadway Jr. All stars were selected by the itheatrics team- Hannah T. (7th) and Parker S. (6th)
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ATTENTION 7TH GRADE PARENTS

There will be a Charleston Trip Parent Meeting on Wednesday, April 26th at 6:30 PM. The trip will be Wednesday, May 10th and Thursday, May 11th, 2017.

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ATTENTION 8TH GRADERS

8th Grade Job Shadow Day is April 28th. Job Shadow Applications are due back to each student's homeroom teacher by Friday, April 7th. Please contact Mr. Smith at smitht@fortmillschools.org or Mrs. Middleton at middletonr@fortmillschools.org if you need anything related to Job Shadow Day.

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HEART OF A CHAMPION DAY: Register Online for a Free Sports Physical for Rising 9th Graders

MAY 13, 2017

Rising 9th grade student-athletes who will need a sports physical for next year can participate in the Heart of a Champion Day through Carolinas HealthCare. Heart of a Champion day is May 13th! Nation Ford students will go first and then Fort Mill. Heart of a Champion is a free sports physical that includes a heart screening and orthopedic screening. This is a $1200 physical for FREE for rising 9th-12th graders in our district. You must register online. Registration is open until May 7th.

Here is the link to the registration page:

http://www.carolinashealthcare.org/medical-services/specialty-care/heart-care/heart-of-a-champion

All rising 9th graders-12 graders are eligible for this free physical. All students must register online. Free transportation will be provided from BTMS to the event location and must show up at the bus at the scheduled time.

*FLYERS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE FRONT OFFICE*

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IMPORTANT NEWS FROM OUR ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

Sports Physicals for the 2017-2018 School Year:

The South Carolina High School League requires that all students have a physical on file before they can participate in any sport for the 2017-2018 school year. Attached are the locations and times for both April and May so that you can take your student athletes to have their sports physicals done. Please note that these physicals are quicker and cheaper than a normal visit ($20 v. $40). You must have all physical paperwork, which is also attached, complete and in hand at the time of the appointment. Furthermore, a parent or guardian must be with the student. These do not take long and eliminates any stress before the next school year begins. If your student plans on playing one or multiple sports next year, I highly recommend taking advantage of this opportunity, regardless of where you’ll be. Lastly, please DO NOT submit these to the school until their athletic season begins. We will be transitioning to a paperless system in Fort Mill schools that requires documents to be uploaded via a phone application to Planet High School. I’ll host training sessions for individual sports next year, as well as post directions to the athletic website.


BTMS Physical Information


Physical Form



Night of the Timberwolves:

This year the athletic department, our coaches, and the Athletic Booster Club at BTMS plan to honor our athletes a little differently than in years past. Night of the Timberwolves is scheduled for May 4th at Banks Trail from 4:00-7:00 in the cafeteria and gymnasium. We plan on providing all BTMS and Timberwolf high school athletes a free pasta dinner on behalf of the Booster Club. While eating students will enjoy a slide show of athletic photos provided by our Yearbook and Photography clubs from throughout the year. Parents and guardians are invited but not required to attend the awards ceremony immediately following in the gymnasium. Coaches will present participation certificates, as well as three different awards to their student-athletes: The Coach’s Award, The Hustle Award, and The Timberwolf Award. Afterwards, we will announce the athletes who will be inducted into our student-athlete hall of fame for the 2016-2017 school year. Finally, the male and female athlete of the year will be announced. With the time that remains students are welcome to have fun and socialize briefly for one final time on the athletic fields or the gymnasium. We hope this will be easier on everyone and more informal, while still recognizing the accomplishments of some amazing student athletes.

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BTMS SPIRIT WEAR ON SALE BY PTO

BTMS PTO is sponsoring a spring spirit wear order! Short-sleeved and long-sleeved teeshirts as well as sweatshirts are available for order in either grey or purple, with the BTMS logo. Attached is an order form to print and mark with your order; please return the order with payment to the school by April 21, 2017. See page two for samples. Order forms will also be available in the school office. Thanks for your support!


For transferring families, please contact the PTO at btmspto@gmail.com if you would like to order shirts and cannot get to the school to return your order. Thank you!


2017-18 Spirit Wear Link

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Leaders Of The Pack/Terrific Timberwolves

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 April we would like to congratulate the following Leaders of the Pack:


  • Team 6-1: Brayden S.
  • Team 6-3: Evan J.

  • Team 7-1: Kylie W.

  • Team 7-3: John C.

  • 8th Grade: Sara Kate E.

  • 8th Grade: Davante G.

  • Related Arts: Brianna K.

  • Related Arts: Emerson H.


The April Terrific Timberwolves Students of the Month are:


6th Grade - Katherine M.

7th Grade - Brian W.

8th Grade - Trisha M.

Related Arts - James H.

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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TEACHER OF THE MONTH

Mr. Wagner

Mr. Wagner has shown qualities throughout the school year of what it looks like to go above and beyond. Since the beginning of the school year, he is always the first person to volunteer to assist with whatever is needed. During his first year at BTMS he has taken on responsibility for the yearbook, Beta Club, and the Veteran’s Day assembly. In addition to his normal workload, Wagner is working on his Gifted and Talented and Read to Succeed courses. On countless occasions, he has stepped up and helped out with extra duties in the morning or during lunch. He keeps an open line of communication with his students and students’ parents. He desires for every student to feel valued and makes sure they have what they need to be successful. Banks Trail Middle School and the 7th grade hallway is lucky to have such an hardworking and committed teacher!

Mrs. Roemer

Mrs. Roemer goes above and beyond the call of duty for her colleagues and students. She is always willing to go the extra mile to assist anyone in need. Mrs. Roemer spends countless hours developing and implementing innovative lesson plans for her classes. Her students just recently won the state and region Verizon App Challenge. In her classroom Ms. Roemer goes out of her way to keep topics "fresh" and interesting like coding, programming, etc. Not only does she help students, but is constantly helping colleagues by sending out helpful information to use in our classrooms and is always willing to lend a hand.

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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.

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PARENTS: PLEASE LABEL YOUR STUDENT'S BELONGINGS

Our lost and found is becoming more and more full with jackets, clothing, lunchboxes, notebooks, etc. Please make sure your student's name is on anything he/she brings to school. This helps tremendously when we are trying to get lost items back to their owner.

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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.

Upcoming Dates

4/03 Baseball v Springfield

4/04 Alice & Wonderland, Jr. Cast Field Trip

Track Meet @ Springfield

4/05 Baseball v Fort Mill

4/06 Track Meet @ Springfield- BANKS TRAIL HOSTS

Soccer v Springfield

4/10-4/14 SPRING BREAK

4/17 Baseball @ Rock Hill

4/18 Soccer Playoffs Begin

4/19 PTO Meeting open to parents of incoming students

4/20 Track Meet @ Saluda Trail

Soccer Semi-Finals

4/21 Solo & Ensemble Band Festival @ FMMS

BTMS Chorus performs at Charlotte Knights game

4/25 Soccer Finals

4/26 6th Grade SS Field Trip to Discovery Place (Team 6-1 and ½ of Team 6-3)

Charleston Trip Parent Meeting

4/27 6th Grade SS Field Trip to Discovery Place (Team 6-2 and ½ of Team 6-3)

Track Meet @ Springfield- GOLD HILL HOSTS

4/28 8th Grade Job Shadow Day

This I Believe (7th Grade)

5/02 6th Grade Spring Band Concert

Track Conference Meet

7th & 8th Grade Spring Band Concert

5/03 – 5/19 Testing Dates

5/04 Night of Timberwolves Celebration

5/05 BTMS Has Talent

5/09 Spring Chorus Concert 6th, 7th & 8th Grade

5/10 – 5/11 7th Grade Charleston Trip

5/12 5th Graders visit BTMS; 8th Graders visit High Schools

5/16 – 5/19 8th Grade Washington Trip

5/24 Half Day for Students (Dismissal @ 11:35)

6th Grade Awards 8:45 AM

7th Grade Awards 10:15 AM

5/25 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

Half Day for Students (Dismissal @ 11:35)

8th Grade Recognition Ceremony 9:00 AM





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