Banks Trail Middle School
Teamwork, Responsibility, Ambition, Integrity, Leadership
~"It's one of my favorite seasons of the year:
Back to school"~
~A new school year means new beginnings,
new adventures, new friendships and new challenges.
The slate is clean and anything can happen!~
Good Afternoon Timberwolf Families,
On behalf of the entire BTMS faculty and staff, I wish to say Thank You for such a great start to the school year. We have been back in action for almost a month and I could not be more proud of the fantastic first chapter of our year. Welcome to Banks Trail Middle School. For those just joining us, we are excited to have you and your family as part of our team. To those returning to the Trail, we all look forward to our continued partnership.
The middle school years are one of life's great adventures that you only want to go through once. Our students change so much from the beginning of 6th grade to the end of 8th grade and we work really hard to make sure that our students are ready for their next steps when they leave here for high school. As the parent of an 8th grader, it still baffles me that my son will be sitting in high school in less than a year. My promise to you is the same as my expectations for his teachers. We will do everything we can to make sure that your children, our students, are given the best instruction. That they will form great relationships with our teachers, they will make positive friendships with classmates, and they'll take away so much from Banks Trail that they will thrive when they walk into the high schools. We have a powerful collection of gifted educators working with your students each day. Together, our students are going to do great things.
At BTMS, we align everything to The TRAIL, focusing on Teamwork, Responsibility, Ambition, Integrity, and Leadership. Students will nurture and develop these skills and they will be helpful in all that they do. We will ask a lot out of our students this year. Our academics are challenging and middle school will, at times, be hard. We will model citizenship and respect and learn to work with one another. We will celebrate our peers and learn from both our triumphs and shortcomings. We encourage a little craziness with our school spirit as we celebrate being part of the very best school around.
This school is one of my favorite places on the planet and, like all those who teach here, we are honored to be involved in your student's middle school years. We are going to do some great things this year. I encourage you to take an active role in all that we do.
Thank you again for sharing your students with us and for your partnership in their education. We look forward to all the amazing things coming our way this year!
Principal, Banks Trail
September Terrific Timberwolves and Leaders of the Pack
Recognizing our September
These are our students of the month. Selected by teachers for their hard work, great attitudes, and willingness to help others. Way to go, Wolves!
6-1- Mackenzie S.
6-2 -Serena B.
7-1- Jolina B.
7-2- Alisia H.
8-1- Jett Y.
8-2- Travis B.
Related Arts- Kate F.
Related Arts- Connor M.
Septmeber– Leaders of the Pack
These individuals are selected to represent their grade level as The Leader of the Pack. These students are The Trail, as they show outstanding Teamwork, Responsibility, Ambition, Integrity, and Leadership. Great Job!
6th Grade- Lance L.
7th Grade- Calvin R.
8th Grade- Catherine M.V.
Related Arts-Anthony C.
Teachers of the Month
Mrs. Wilson is Math teacher on our 6th grade team. She is a great teammate and provides so much support to her teammates and colleagues. She puts 110% into her instruction and will find creative ways to help students who struggle with math.
Ms. Durham is new to Banks Trail this year and is off to a super star start on our 8th grade Math team. She is willing to do whatever is needed to help her students succeed in math and she has been a huge support to a partner teacher out on maternity leave. We are excited to have her teaching math at The Trail.
Please make sure to write your students name on all items brought into the school (lunch boxes, water bottles, sweaters, jackets etc.).
Start and Finish Times
School starts at 8:10 and dismisses at 3:10 daily. A half day will start at 8:10 and release at 11:35. Two hour early release days will start at 8:10 and release at 1:10. Students may enter the building at 7:45 each morning. Last day of school is May 25th which will be a half day.
Bus transportation is provided and set up through the FMSD transportation. Please visit the FMSD website and click on transportation website. You can sign your student up for bus transportation through this website. As a reminder it takes approximately 36 hours for processing.
Students must ride their assigned bus and cannot change buses unless it is a change of address. All changes must be made through the transportation department.
Student lunches are no longer free, so please make sure that your student has funds on their lunch account. Parents are welcome to drop off lunch boxes in the front office if a students forgets their lunch at home. Food delivery services, like Grubhub and UberEats, are not permitted for students.
When bringing items into the school for your students, please have the name of the student on the item and leave it on the bookshelf in the front office. Please note that students are called prior to the end of class or the start of class.
TARDY / TIME AND ATTENDANCE
If your student arrives late to school - 8:10 or after, or is Returning from an Appointment -
a parent or adult must come into the office to sign them in. Students are not allowed to sign themselves in. Please remember to put both first and last name on all doctors, tardy and absent notes. If you have any questions please email Ms. Hartman at Hartmanm@fortmillschools.org
If you are picking up your student for early dismissal, please be cognizant of class times. The fewer times we have to interrupt our classrooms the more instructional time our students receive. The cutoff for students being picked up by a guardian is 2:40. There are no dismissals between 2:40 and 3:10 pm.
CHANGE OF CLOTHES
Guidance Counselors recommend that you send a change of clothes for students to keep in their possession 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.
Save the date!
Please mark your calendars to visit our Book Fair!
Book Fair dates: October 3 – October 7
Shopping hours: 7:45 AM – 3:10 PM
Remember to utilize the Book Fair eWallet! Let your child shop the in person Fair cash-free with our digital payment option. Any funds the student doesn’t spend can be spent online with Scholastic or transferred online to the spring Book Fair to be spent in person. Learn more using the link below and get started creating an account:
Set up your eWallet here:
Thank you for helping the BTMS Media Center buy more books!!
Mrs. Sara Davis
BTMS Library Media Specialist
Tik Tok: @the.loud.librarian
Banks Trail Families:
We would like to set up a fitness room for our staff and students to use for clubs, team workouts, and staff use. If you have any of the exercise equipment listed on the attached flyer that you would be willing to donate or purchase, please contact Stephanie Jowers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guidance Counselor's Corner
In collaboration with Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, we’re providing improved meals over the weekends to hungry students in every elementary, middle, and high school in Fort Mill Schools. Bags of food are discreetly placed in student bookbags on Fridays so that they can be nourished every weekend and come to school ready to learn every Monday morning.
If your family would benefit from receiving a bag of food weekly, please complete this short form so we can be sure to include you in our district’s “Backpack Program.” This program is confidential and will not be shared unless given permission by you. If you have any questions about this resource, please reach out to me.
Mr. Smith– 6th Grade
Mrs. Young – 7th Grade
Mrs. Crepeau– 8th Grade
All South Carolina students are REQUIRED to get the Tdap vaccine BEFORE starting 7th grade. Teens are recommended to get 3 vaccines at age 11–12 years: Tdap, HPV and meningitis vaccines. They also need a flu vaccine every year. To read more about vaccinations please click on the link: https://bityl.co/BN6T
Welcome! If you have a child at Banks Trail Middle School then you are automatically a member of the PTO. Our mission is to encourage communication between parents, teachers, administration and the community. We also want to enrich our children's educational, social and developmental experiences.
Please click the link below to see the Fall PTO Newsletter.
Please email the PTO board with any questions you might have - email@example.com
Be sure to check our website for updated information - https://btmspto.wixsite.com/btmspto
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram!
You can still order Spirit Wear!
Social Media: "BTMSPTO" on Facebook & "ptobtmsfortmill" on Instagram
-Remember to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with all the PTO events happening at the Trail!
-Don't forget you can buy spirit wear year round from our website. Select school delivery and it will arrive to your student's homeroom in 2 weeks.
Stay connected with us by following our Facebook page Banks Trail Middle PTO, our website btms.wixsite.com/btmspto, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and look for the PTO section in the school newsletter.
Spirit Rock 2022-2023
Please consider signing up for the Spirit Rock to celebrate your child's special day.
Earn money for our school
Please remember you can earn money for our school just by shopping at Publix, Harris Teeter, Amazon Smile and by scanning for Box Tops!
Remember to check back often to see how your PTO is supporting our teachers - both face to face and virtually! Again, Thank You ALL for your support!
Upcoming Events 2022
Sept. 12th- Volleyball vs. FCMS- Home
Sept. 14th- STAR Testing Reading
Sept. 14th- Football vs. ILMS- Home
Sept. 15th- Volleyball vs FMMS- Home
Sept. 19th- Volleyball @ GHMS
Sept. 20th- School Board Meeting
Sept. 21st- Pep Rally- Purple Out
Sept. 21st- Football vs. FCMS- Home
Sept. 21st- Volleyball @ PKMS
Sept. 22- Volleyball @ SFMS
Sept. 28th- Football vs. FMMS- Home
Sept. 29- Volleyball vs. ILMS- Home
Sept. 30th- Two Hour Early Release 1:10
Please remember to check
dismissal and transportation times.
Oct. 3rd-7th - Book Fair
Oct. 12th- 8th Grade PSAT
Oct. 17th- Teacher Work Day. No Students