Banks Trail Middle School

Teamwork, Responsibility, Ambition, Integrity, Leadership


Happy Holiday Season Timberwolf Familes,

This is a very busy season at the Trail, but we are excited and proud of all the wonderful things our students are doing. We had student art work on display at the Discovery Education Headquarters, our Theater Group had an amazing performance of the play "Hoodie," and our Band and Chorus students have been showcasing their talents. From the philanthropic side of things, students helped work the BTMS Holiday Fair to raise funds for field trips, most of the school participated in the Hoops for Heart tournament to benefit the American Heart Association, and the Timberwolves rallied with their coins (and some strategy) in our Penny Wars. These funds are used by the Student Council to shop for our Angel Tree families. There are great things happening daily in our classrooms, clubs began the second rotation, our cheer and basketball teams are off to a great start, and our spellers are getting ready for the spelling bee. We are thrilled to see our students shining in so many different areas.

There is so much more to middle school than success in the core academic classes and I am continuously amazed and very proud of things our Timberwolves are able to do, and how they represent themselves and our school in so many ways.

Thank you for sharing your students with us! It is a privilege to work with such a fine collection of young people.

Marc Pyrc

Media Center

Congratulations to the following students for qualifying for the BTMS Spelling Bee which will be Monday, December 16th at 8:15 AM in the Media Center. Parents are invited to attend the BTMS Spelling Bee! The top two winners from each grade level will advance to the FMSD Spelling Bee in February. Study guides have been sent to these students along with the speller’s role at the competition. We wish these students well! If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Davis (


Layla M Maxwell M. Abigale D. Henry G. Shrikha A. Logan E. Mya P.

Alexis P. Bon L. Lucy D. Devin N. Katherine K. Hailey J. Aaron V.

Addie B.


Aliana R. Grace E. Pablo C. Amber F. Luke M. Zyairah P. Amelia S.

Kaitlyn W. Lily N. Kylee M. Brayden D. John B. Addison B. Ryan H.

Quincy I.


Stewart S. Josh P. Beau N. Ryan B. Thomas C. Bella P. Rion S. Eleanor B.

Brady B. Isaiah A. Noah B. Andrew D. Ian R. Abigail H. Mallory T.

Nurses Corner

Influenza (also known as flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. Flu is different from a cold, and usually comes on suddenly. Each year flu viruses cause millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospital stays and thousands or tens of thousands of deaths in the United States.

Flu can be very dangerous for children. CDC estimates that between 6,000 and 26,000 children younger than 5 years have been hospitalized each year in the United States because of influenza. The flu vaccine is safe and helps protect children from flu.

What parents should know

How serious is flu?

While flu illness can vary from mild to severe, children often need medical care because of flu. Children younger than 5 years and children of any age with certain long-term health problems are at high risk of flu complications like pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections. Some health problems that are known to make children more vulnerable to flu include asthma, diabetes and disorders of the brain or nervous system.

How does flu spread?

Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly by droplets made when someone with flu coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. A person also can get flu by touching something that has flu virus on it and then touching their mouth, eyes, or nose.

What are flu symptoms?

Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, feeling tired and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than adults). Some people with the flu will not have a fever.

How long can a sick person spread flu to others?

People with flu may be able to infect others from 1 day before getting sick to up to 5 to 7 days after. Severely ill people or young children may be able to spread the flu longer, especially if they still have symptoms.

Can my child go to school, day care, or camp if he or she is sick?

No. Your child should stay home to rest and to avoid spreading flu to other children or caregivers.

When can my child go back to school after having flu?

Keep your child home from school, day care, or camp for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone. (The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) A fever is defined as 100°F (37.8°C) or higher.

Important Reminders


As a reminder please remember to put both first and last names on all written attendance notes.


We are seeing an increase in the amount of students having to be notified of personal issues such as car rider/bus rider as well as forgotten lunches. Please have these conversations and reminders with your child prior to the school day.


If your student arrives late to school - 8:10 or after, or is Returning from an Appointment -

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 and 3:10 PM. Please be cognizant of class times when removing students. The fewer times we have to interrupt our classrooms the more instructional time our students receive.


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.

Terrific Timberwolves and Leaders of the Pack November 2019

­­October 2019 – Terrific Timberwolves

6-1 – Katelyn M.

6-3 – Annelore C.

6-3 – Eli C.

7-3 - Alexis (Lexi) B.

7-1 - Tyler M.

8th – Will W.

8th – Madelynn P.

Related Arts – Ava Y.

Related Arts – Jake R.

October 2019 – Leaders of the Pack

6th (from 6-2) – Brianna H.

Brianna is kind and helpful to students and teachers. She is always prepared for class with a positive attitude, a willingness to work diligently, a competitive nature, and a constant focus. Brianna consistently shows great enthusiasm for learning. Brianna is a great role model for her peers and a true example of a BTMS Terrific Timberwolf!

7th (from 7-1) – Hannah M.

Hannah is an enthusiastic learner who enjoys school. Hannah always participates in class discussions, and she is always willing to help her classmates when needed. She always exhibits a positive, cooperative attitude and a strong work ethic. Hannah is committed to always doing her best, and is dependable and thoughtful.

Hannah always sets an example of excellence in behavior, character, and academics.

8th - Ellery L.

She is prepared for class each day and participates in all lessons with a smile. She also helps her fellow students when needed and is polite to everyone. Ellery sets a great example of teamwork by kindly ensuring that all students in her group participate. She shows responsibility by completing all of her assignments to the best of her ability. She earned all A's first quarter and has a GPA of 98.5. She exhibits ambition in the way that she asks questions for the good of the group. Ellery shows integrity by always doing the right thing. All in all, she has leadership qualities such as empathy, humility, influence and positivity, which are on display every day at BTMS.

Related Arts - Isabella G.

Isabella is a very talented young lady who leads by example and is always willing to lend a helping hand to her teachers and her peers. She has the characteristics of teamwork, responsibility, ambition, integrity, and leadership – each day striving to follow the TRAIL!


Mrs. Quarcelino

Mrs. Quarcelino has started this year new to South Carolina and to the BTMS family and she contributes so much. Her kindness and creative instruction encourages all of the students. She brings innovative ideas and resources to the 7th grade math curriculum. Mrs. Quarcelino demonstrates to all around her the true meaning of the TRAIL.

Mr. Simpson

Mr. Simpson has a heart of gold for the students of Banks Trail. He builds relationships with all the students and has great rapport with the facility and staff. Mr. Simpson has taken on a student teacher to share his passion and command for teaching. He sticks around after school to watch basketball practice and our teams when they play. He is a fantastic teacher, teammates and person. For his love and passion for teaching and relationships he has created, Gene Simpson is a great Teacher of the Month.



BTMS 2019-2020 Yearbooks are now on sale and can be purchased at the following link.

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Thank you to everyone that participated in our online auction. We raised over $13,000 to support our school! If you have not picked up your item please email us at

Remember to shop through Amazon Smile, scan your receipts for Box Tops and enter your phone number at Publix for easy everyday ways to earn money for our school.

Important Dates:

December 2nd-6th - Candy Grams will be sold during lunch

December 12th - Teacher cookie exchange

December 16-22 - Spirit Week at Cherry Blow Dry Bar (Fort Mill)

January 23rd - Literacy Night/Author Visit

January 29th - General Session PTO Meeting 8:15am

Remember to follow us on Facebook (Banks Trail Middle School PTO) to stay updated!

Feel free to email us with any questions at Thank you in advance for your support!

Thanks for all you do!

The BTMS PTO Board

Upcoming Events

Dec 9th- Basketball vs. PKMS

Dec 10th- Angel Tree Shopping Trip

Dec 12th- Basketball vs. FMMS

Dec 16th- BTMS Spelling Bee

Dec 18th- Dodge Ball Tournament

Dec 19- Jan 3rd- Winter Break

Together, Building A Tradition of Excellence