Banks Trail Middle School

Teamwork, Responsibility, Ambition, Integrity, Leadership

October, 2019


Happy Fall!

I can't wrap my head around how quickly this school year seems to be moving along. We are already at the end of the first grading period. Quarter one grades are due this weeks, report card will be coming home soon, and our 6th grade students start their new related arts class tomorrow. Busy, Busy, Busy.

Our Fall sports are wrapping up as well. Congratulations to our athletes and coaches on the volleyball teams. Both our 7th and 8th grade teams completed their seasons and we are all very proud of the hard work, sportsmanship, and leadership displayed by our athletes. Great job! Our Football team is back in action this week after a first round playoff bye last week. Come out to support our Timberwolves on Wednesday at 5:00.

Clubs are in full swing. It is a lot of fun seeing the variety of activities our students are involved with: Art, Music, Acting, Crafts, Sports, Games, Trivia. Banks Trail has it all. This is really one of my favorite things that we do here. Students will be selecting new clubs in November.

The Banks Trail Theater Company is in the audition process for this year's production- Madagascar. We are all looking forward to the amazing show that our student will put on in the Spring. Can't Wait!

Our PTO Auction closes tomorrow. If you have not yet already so, please click the link below to see the goodies available. This is the "big" PTO fundraiser for the year and we truly appreciate your support of Banks Trail through our amazing PTO.


Marc Pyrc

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BTMS Holiday Market

BTMS Holiday Market

We have scheduled the Annual BTMS Holiday Market for Friday, December 6th (9:00 am – 4:00pm). We hope to have more vendors this year for this wonderful event, so feel free to pass along this information! This is the perfect time for students to shop for their loved one during the holiday season. The vendor fee is $40 and should be paid by November 29th.

If you would like to participate as a vendor, please complete the form by following the link below.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns please feel free to contact Kacey Tyler (

Nurses Corner

In Fort Mill Schools, a priority is providing a safe environment for all students. As you may be aware, food allergies are becoming increasingly common among students in the District and throughout our nation. While some allergic reactions are mild, many students have severe food allergies and experience life-threatening reactions when exposed to their allergens. In some cases, this reaction can occur simply through contact or airborne exposure even when the allergen is not ingested.

Health and safety has always been a top priority for us, especially when working with students who have a life threatening medical condition. We appreciate your support of the following safeguards to limit their exposure to these risky foods:

· We encourage all students to wash hands with soap and water before and after eating. Hand sanitizers and water alone do not fully remove allergens.

· We remind students not to share food with others.

· When preparing your child’s lunches and snacks, please check food labels and consider sending in alternative food items to reduce exposure to the allergens listed above. For instance, there are several alternative butters that can be used in place of peanut butter (e.g., Sunbutter, which is made from sunflower seeds).

· Per District policy, all food items brought to school for group consumption by students must be commercially prepared (store bought) and have labels declaring the ingredients. If you need help identifying treats that would be safe for all of the students who will be partaking in the celebration, please let me know.

· For celebrations, please consider non-food alternatives. This is a good idea not just because of food allergies, but also due to the growing issue of childhood obesity.

We appreciate your awareness, understanding and cooperation in working toward keeping our students safe. Please check with your child’s teacher about specific classroom concerns.

Media Center

Literacy Night will be rescheduled and plans are currently being made. We will inform the school community of the new date once it is confirmed. Thank you!

Read to the Big Game

For the next three weeks (deadline is Nov. 1ST), students may participate in a reading challenge that could give them an opportunity to win tickets to the USC vs. Clemson game held on November 24th. Students are to write down six books (title and author) they have read this Fall that were age appropriate on a special entry form. Reading entry forms are located in the Media Center. This reading challenge is sponsored by the SC Department of Education. Parent signatures on the entry form are required and all forms should be returned to the Media Center. Visit for more information or contact BTMS Media Specialist, Sara Davis.

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 September

­­September 2019 – Terrific Timberwolves

6-2 – Maurice L.

6-3 – Natalia H.

6-3 – Nolan J.

7-2 - Talia P.

7-3 - Russell B.

8th – Ella B.

8th – Jordan J.

Related Arts – Tyler A.

Related Arts – Addison B.

September 2019 – Leaders of the Pack

6th (from 6-1) – Savannah E.

Savannah is a great team player in and out of the classroom. She demonstrates a positive attitude and is highly motivated to do well. Savannah works hard to participate in class and displays her personal best each and every day. She is always willing to lend a helping hand to her classmates and teachers. We appreciate all of her hard work and dedication to the TRAIL.

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 - Jordan B.

Jordan, “Cali” is always happy, kind to others, and always has a smile on his face. Anytime his classmates need help he is always the first one to offer it. Cali has shown great leadership skills as well as a strong work ethic. We could not be more proud of him and we hope he continues to be a leader here at the TRAIL.

Related Arts - Eva A.

Eva is a great student that helps other classmates without being asked. She always has a positive attitude in the classroom. Eva strives to give her best work all the time. She exemplifies what it means to follow the T.R.A.I.L!


Mrs. Elizabeth Parra

Mrs. Parra is loved by all because of her fun personality, caring and empathetic heart, and positive attitude. She is extremely creative, and is always thinking of fun and exciting projects and units that will benefit our students in the real world. She has partnered with numerous businesses to gather donations of supplies and money to utilize in her classroom. Students find her approachable and committed to their success. There is absolutely no doubt that Mrs. Parra loves her job, and loves her students.

Mrs. Gigi Frank

Ms. Frank goes above and beyond her duties with all of the 7th graders. She takes care of all of the students like they are her own and plays a significant role in the 7th grade. Mrs. Frank is always busy with IEP meetings and her meetings at the District Office as a Special Services Lead Teacher, but when she is in class and on duty, she is present in the moment. She is a exemplary example of what a teacher should be.



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

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Happy October! I know we are all looking forward to some cooler weather, apple picking, pumpkin carving, Scarowinds and other Fall Activities. I know I am looking forward to a 65 degree day!

The PTO online auction is up and running. Please help the PTO raise funds for Clubs, Teacher Grants, Student Scholarships, Teacher Appreciation and funds needed to complete our outdoor shades. We hope to have only one fundraiser this year, so please share our auction link with friends and family. If you are not interested in shopping our auction but will like to support our school please click the Venmo link to make a tax deductible flat donation. Make sure you are following us on Facebook to see featured auction items each day. The auction closes Tuesday, October 22nd at 9pm.

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

Oct 18 School Make Up Day

Oct 21 Teacher Planning Day / No Students

Oct 23 Football Playoffs 5:00 pm

Oct 24 Picture Make Up Day

Oct 30 Football Playoffs 5:00 pm

Oct 31 Report Cards Q1

Nov 27-29 Thanksgiving Break

Together, Building A Tradition of Excellence