Banks Trail Middle School

Teamwork, Responsibility, Ambition, Integrity, Leadership

July, 2016

HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE TRAIL THIS MONTH!

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Dear Timberwolf Families:


We are gearing up for a terrific school year, 2016-2017, here in the Home of the Timberwolves. I would like to welcome all returning students and families as well as all students entering Banks Trail for the first time.


Every year is exciting as we look forward to the familiar and the new opportunities presented to all of us. This is my second year as a principal at Banks Trail and I am just as proud as I was on my first day. My enthusiasm stems from the fact that I am doing what I love in a diverse and supportive community. At Banks Trail, I share the core beliefs that have set the stage for excellence over time. Fundamentally, I believe that all students have a right to a quality education. This means that all students receive the academic challenge needed to excel and grow. At Banks Trail, we aspire to teach the whole child through a broad spectrum of courses, electives, and extracurricular activities through which our students learn important life skills and build character as well.


We cannot sustain our core beliefs without your involvement and encouragement and I thank you in advance for helping us succeed with your children.


Thank you for entrusting your children to us.

Can't wait to see everyone in August.


Michael Pratt

BTMS SUMMER READING 2016

EACH STUDENT MUST READ 2 BOOKS BY AUGUST 26TH


Each rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students will be required to read 2 books from the SC Junior Book Award Nominees 2016-17 List https://goo.gl/VOA8gS


Students will be required to complete a test, that can be found online (http://goo.gl/forms/EQfZrQzNfl), by Friday, August 26th.

Registration Fees

Please make sure your child’s Registration Fee for the 2016-2017 school year has been paid. Please follow the directions below to pay the fee online:


INSTRUCTIONS FOR PAYMENT OF FEES ON-LINE

1. Parents, please go to the Fort Mill School District homepage at Home - Fort Mill School District

2. Scroll down to the “Quick Links” section and click on “Pay Fees”

3. Log in (if you used the online system last year) or create an account

4. If you create an account, you will need your child’s id number and date of birth xx/xx/xxxx

5. Click on the tab for your BTMS student

6. Your instructional fee has been automatically added to your account

7. Click on any optional fees you would like to add to your cart

8. View Cart and Checkout

Class Schedules

We try to be good stewards of our money so this year Banks Trail will try something new with student class schedules. Class schedules will be able to be picked up on Friday, August 5, from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM. Any schedules left after 2:00 PM will be taken to the post office to be delivered. Schedules will also be available the evening of August 5th on parent portal. We can only distribute schedules to the parent or the student who is attending BTMS.

Bus and Meal Information

Bus and Meal information can be found on the district website. For BTMS bus information click here: http://fortmill.ss11.sharpschool.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=56784&pageId=141923

Meal information can be found here:

http://fortmill.ss11.sharpschool.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=56784&pageId=141913

This information is currently being updated, so you may need to check back at a later time.

School Communication

In an effort to keep all of our Timberwolf families informed, we will use a variety of communication efforts. First and foremost, our BTMS website, http://btms.fortmillschools.org/ Is an excellent source of information, and Mrs. Munn does a great job keeping it updated. We also have a Twitter account at BTMS: @btmstimberwolf where we try to post announcements and recognize Timberwolves using this instant technology. Each week parents can expect to receive an electronic copy of a weekly update from your child’s teachers. This will help you know what is going on with their classes. Our 2016-17 Student handbook has been added to the BTMS web site. Please pay special attention to the Cell Phone/Electronic Device, Absence/Tardy, and Dress Code policies.

Upcoming Events

Football practice is every night 6-8 PM Monday thru Friday

8/3 & 8/4-8th grade Volleyball Tryouts 9-10:30 AM

8/3 & 8/4-7th grade Volleyball Tryouts 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

8/5 - Pick-up student schedules at BTMS 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

8/10 - Meet the Teacher for 6th grade students (students in 7th and 8th grade new to BTMS may also come to school (your teachers will not be available, but you can see your classes and meet related arts teachers) 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

8/15 - First Day of School 8:05 AM – 3:20 PM

8/17 - Meet the Timberwolves – Fall Sports Teams 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

8/23 - Open House for 7th and 8th grade students 6:00-7:00 PM

8/ 31 - Football Jamboree 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Together, Building A Tradition of Excellence

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