Banks Trail Middle School

Teamwork, Responsibility, Ambition, Integrity, Leadership

March, 2017

FAMILY LITERACY NIGHT

Mark your calendar!

BTMS Family Literacy Night

March 21

4:30-6:30 p.m.

Please plan to join us for our first-ever BTMS Family Literacy Night on Tuesday, March 21, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Teachers and students will be showcasing the wonderful ways that literacy is infused across the curriculum. Visit our interactive exhibits and games and watch our students perform and share their work. Be sure to stop by our school Book Fair! The theme is Smore Fun with Books! Everyone who visits the book fair will have their names entered in a drawing to win prizes, including 2 book baskets! We will even have a children’s room for our young visitors to have story time, arts and crafts, games, and more. We’ll look forward to seeing you for this special evening!

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READ ACROSS AMERICA

Banks Trail celebrated Read Across America Day on March 2 with guest readers in every classroom. Along with our own BTMS staff members, our guest readers included Fort Mill School District Office administrators, school board members, School Improvement Council members, community leaders, parents, representatives of the Winthrop soccer team, and friends of our teaching and administrative staff. During Power Period, guest readers shared books and stories of their choice in celebration of the joy of reading and Dr. Seuss’s birthday. As Dr. Seuss once said, “You’re never too old, too wacky too wild to pick up a book and read to a child!” We look forward to making this an annual tradition at Banks Trail!

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BTMS Band Students Selected For Top Bands

Congratulations to the following students who were selected for the York County Honor Band:

S. Aschenbrenner, H. Bergman, M. Blazey, A. Dowdy, G. Drolet, A. Elhamahmy, J. Fisher, S. Garcia, V. Gudivada, K. Key, N. Kinsey, G. McGuirt, B. Moore, B. Morton, S. Moughan, M. Musmacker, M. Prickett, H. Reppert, H. Rodriguez, W. Shillington, S. Shipp, D. Sippel, E. Sippel, E. Stauffer, W. Sutton, X. Trueb and M. Voci


Congratulations to the following students who were selected for All-Region Band:

O. Aschenbrenner, S, Aschenbrenner, H. Bergman, A. Elhamahmy, J. Fisher, V. Gudivada, K. Key, N. Kinsey, K. Light, B. Moore, S. Moughan, B. Morton, H. Rodriguez, S. Shipp, D. Sippel, E. Sippel, E. Stone, W. Sutton and X. Trueb



Congratulations to the following students who were selected for All-State Band:

H. Bergman, S. Garcia, and M. Vocci

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BTMS Science Olympiad Team

The BTMS Science Olympiad team competed in the South Carolina State Science Olympiad Tournament on February 18th and place 4th overall.

Team members included:

6th grade:

P. Chin, A. Fowle, V. Garris, C. Gonzalez, J. Lincomfelt, S. Parikh and E. Stefero

7th grade:

L. Das, S. Rimmer, E. Wlasiuk, and E. Zovkic

8th Grade:

T. Feldman, M. Figueroa, K. Finnegan, C. Fralick, L. Safnauer, B. Shillington, W. Shillington, S. Tregay and K. Williams


Individual awards were earned by the following students:

Crime Busters 5th place – J. Lincomfelt and P. Chin

Disease Detective 5th place – T. Feldman and C. Fralick

Ecology 3rd place – C. Fralick and T. Feldman

Experimental Design 5th place – B. Shillington, P. Chin, and J. Lincomfelt

Food Science 5th place – W. Shillington and L. Das

Meteorology 6th place – L. Safnauer and M. Figueroa

Pentathlon 3rd place – V. Harris, A. Fowle, S. Rimmer, M. Lincoln

Pentathlon 5th place – B. Shillington, W. Shillington, T. Feldman, L. Safnauer

Towers 4th place - E. Wlasiuk and E. Zovkic

Congratulations to all students on the team. They showed an incredible team effort and we are proud of them!

Mrs. McGinnis and Mrs. Ross

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CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to 7th grader, Evan S., who has qualified to represent Banks Trail in the state level competition of the National Geographic Bee. This will be held on March 31st in Columbia, South Carolina. Good luck Evan!

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MATHCOUNTS

MATHCOUNTS is a national middle school math competition program. Students use their best problem solving strategies to solve math word problems individually and in small groups. BTMS is in the Catawba Chapter. The Catawba Chapter includes middle schools from York, Lancaster, and Chester Counties. BTMS placed 2nd place as a team at the Catawba Chapter Competition on Tuesday, February 7th. T. Feldman was one of four students that tied for 1st place; however, with a tie breaker T. Feldman was awarded 2nd place officially. The 1st and 2nd place teams advanced to the State Competition in Aiken, SC on Saturday, March 11th. Therefore, with our placing 2nd, we have advanced to the State Competition.

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ATTENTION 8TH GRADE PARENTS

The survey process for all 8th grade parents is underway. Parent survey's have been sent home with your students and we encourage you to complete and return the survey's to BTMS no later than Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

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"Happy Camper Book Fair"

Please join us in the Media Center for the Book Fair March 14th - 21st.

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


  • Team 6-2: Jackson M.
  • Team 6-3: Ainsley S.

  • Team 7-2: Ben R.

  • Team 7-3: Aleah R.

  • 8th Grade: Antonio P.

  • 8th Grade: Quinten J.

  • Related Arts: Zaraeah H.

  • Related Arts: Mackenzie W.


The March Terrific Timberwolves Students of the Month are:


6th Grade - Sara R.

7th Grade - Evan Z.

8th Grade - Melanie B.

Related Arts - Nolan S..

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. Kennington is the Banks Trail Teacher and Coach of the Month because he has gone above and beyond to help his students and players become their best selves. Mr. Kennington is a great role model for his kids because he works so hard in and out of the classroom. Mr. Kennington displays all of our Gold Medal Teacher qualities including: creative teaching practices, extreme professionalism, and effective communication. Mr. Kennington really has a way of connecting with his students, and it is evident that they all love him. In addition to his ability to motivate his students, Mr. Kennington has been such an asset to our sixth grade team. He is always willing to help out wherever and whenever needed. He is super easy to get along with and us girls on the hallway really appreciate him. Mr. Kennington is a superb teacher and he definitely deserves to be Teacher/Coach of the Month. Go Mr. Blueberry!

I’d like to nominate Mr. David Helms on the 8th grade.

Not only does Mr. Helms pull double duty as an English and Social Studies teacher, with a difficult homeroom I might add, he also has headed up our award-winning broadcast team, and champion track and field team. He continually works to provide active, collaborative projects in both SS and English that reflect student learning. He is always on the cusp of technology and implements it into his lesson plans. Not to mention when we have assemblies and need tech support, Helms is the man to call. He also is quick to incorporate his knowledge of local and state history into many lessons. Mr. Helms has been a great representative for BTMS and will continue to do so in the future.

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BTMS Spirit Week

The student council is very excited to announce another Spirit Week this year that will also include our BTMS Social on Thursday, March 16th from 3:30 – 8:00.

Spirit Week Days:
Monday – USA Day

Tuesday – Tropical Tuesday

Wednesday – March Madness

Thursday – Black and Purple (Spirit) Day

BTMS Social

Students will be allowed to stay after school for the cost of $5. They will receive a slice of pizza, a drink, entrance into the soccer games and social.

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Chili Cookoff Team (Tami Pettigrew, Trish Mumaw, Leslie Nivens, & Emily Poeppelman), Chillin’ at the Trail, brought home Honorable Mention Award for Most Creative Theme.

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PTO Hosts HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS: BTMS 8th Grade Winter Party



The PTO hosted the 8th Grade Winter Party on Friday, February 10th. The theme of the party was Hollywood Nights and everyone had a wonderful time dancing, eating, having their pictures made for free, and being with friends.

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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

3/13 Baseball @ Springfield Middle

3/14 Soccer v Gold Hill Middle

3/15 - 3/19 8th Grade Band Trip to Florida

3/16 Soccer v York Middle

3/16 Track @ Castle Heights Middle

3/17 Teacher Work Day - no school for students

3/20 Baseball v Fort Mill Middle

3/21 Soccer v Clover Middle

3/21 Track @ Saluda Trail Middle

3/21 Family Literacy Night

3/22 Baseball @ York Middle

3/23 Soccer v Gold Hill Middle

3/23 Track @ Oakridge Middle

3/27 SC Junior Scholar's Ceremony

3/27 Baseball v Oakridge Middle

3/28 Soccer @ Oakridge Middle

3/28 Track @ Springfield Middle

3/29 Baseball v Northwestern

3/30 Spring Pictures & 8th Grade Panoramic

3/30 Baseball @ Gold Hill Middle

3/30 Soccer v Fort Mill Middle

3/30 Track @ Springfield Middle


IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:

4/10-4/14 Spring Break

5/03–5/19 SC Testing Dates

5/10-5/11 7th Grade Charleston Trip

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 9:00 AM










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