The Trail Had A Golden First Week

August 20, 2016

Dear Timberwolf Families,

We had a great first week! Our Timberwolves are getting back into the swing of things at school and we are looking forward to an excellent year. As a parent, you can help by encouraging your child to get off to a good start with completing assignments, being involved in class, and being prepared each and every day. It would also be helpful to review with your child our school rules regarding absences, tardies, cell phone use, and dress code.

School Improvement Council (SIC) Nominations

The School Improvement Council (SIC) is an advisory body consisting of parents, teachers and community members. The BTMS SIC supports the educational environment by interacting with school administration around current year developments and by providing input for long-term strategic planning. The SIC does not make policy or control funding, but does contribute valuable advice and insight for decisions by staying informed and engaged in the Banks Trail community.

Nominations are now being accepted for parent representatives on the SIC for the 2016-2017 school year. We welcome all nominations and strive to create a diverse and balanced roster of candidates that accurately represent our school. You may nominate as many candidates as you choose. Please use a separate form for each recommendation. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.

Please submit completed nomination forms by August 26, 2016 to Elaine Sykes in the BTMS Main office (or email

The Nomination form can be found at this link:

Open House/Meet the Teacher for 7th and 8th Grade Parents

The 2016-17 Open House for 7th and 8th grade will take place on Tuesday, August 23rd, from 6:00-PM until 7:00 PM.

We will start off with everyone in the gym at 6:00 for a brief presentation. Parents will then leave and head down the hallway for 10 minute sessions in their child's core classes (no related arts classes). Please make sure you bring your child's schedule so you will know where you are heading.

Has Mr. Pratt Gone Crazy???

Some of you may have noticed that the last few correspondences have had weird references to false starts, gold medals, and I think even pulled muscles. You may have wondered why am I writing in this fashion. Well this year we decided to do something different and have a school wide theme. You may now have guessed that our Theme for 2016-17 will be Olympics, hence our "It's Going to Be Gold Medal Year" slogan. We figured this was a good way to build additional school spirit not only with our teachers, but also our students. The 2nd Wednesday of every month is designated as Olympic Wednesday. Our teachers will be wearing their new "Dream Team" t-shirts (and jeans which they love) and we hope our Timberwolves will sport Red, White and Blue or any other Olympic Country's colors. Its is just a way to have a little bit of fun.

How Can You Help BTMS?

Funny you should ask, because we actually have a few immediate needs. We will be starting clubs on the Wednesday we return from Labor Day weekend. Many of our clubs need a few things to get going.

If you have any extra "Thinking" or "strategy" board games that your family is no longer using (and that are appropriate for middle school students). we would love a donation. Last year one of our most popular clubs was Board Games.

This year we have a teacher who is going to start a very cool club. The ukulele club will teach students how to play a fun and easy to learn instrument. Here is where we could use your help. Do you have a ukulele laying around that you don't want any more? If so, we will be glad to take it off your hands. If you don't but you want to help out, maybe you could make a donation to the ukulele club through SC Future Minds. Any donations through SC Future Minds are tax deductible so it helps you with a deduction and it helps the school because we can purchase new ukuleles. Any help is greatly appreciated.

The link to the SC Future Minds is:

School Calendar

We try to keep our school calendar updated on the school web site. You can access the calendar from this link:

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