Today, 9/16/2014
High: 87 Low: 67
Chance thunderstorms
29% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 9/17/2014
High: 81 Low: 63
Chance thunderstorms
32% chance of precipitation.

Dear Parents:
We would like to welcome you to our Bantam Family! It is our primary goal at Bates Middle School to offer our students an education in a positive and safe environment that meets both their academic and social needs. We want to provide our students with an education that will enable them to be productive, competent and life-long learners who will be able to compete in a global society.  One of the best ways to foster a relationship with your child’s teacher is to schedule a conference via phone call or in person.  In an effort to improve home and school communication, we are also available through email.  Collaboratively, we can help your child have a successful middle school experience. 

Dr. Ayesha Hunter, Principal, Bates Middle School


The PTSA Membership Dance will be held on Friday, September 19th. The cost is $5.50 at the door or a current PTSA membership card.  We will run a modified PM Assembly schedule.  The sixth grade will report to the gym at approx. 12:45 pm ( there will be an announcement).They will return to class at approx.  During this time, 7th and 8th grade students will have sixth period instructional time. At approx. 1:50 pm,  7th and 8th grade students will be called to the gym for the dance. It will end at approx. 2:50 pm, at which time they will return to their sixth period class for dismissal. During this time frame (1:50-2:50) , sixth grade students will receive their sixth period instructional time.

Register for Parent Portal

Bates Middle School invites parents or a legal guardian to utilize PowerSchool Parent Portal to access grade and attendance information of their children through this secure Internet connection.

How to register? Visit the BMS Guidance Department with valid picture ID from 7:30am to 3:30pm on school days and during Open House to obtain your child's access code.  Then go to the Parent Portal link under Parent Corner on the BMS home page to set up your account. 

Registered Last Year?  If you have a username and password from last year, you can still use that login. If you have trouble, please call 775-0711.  Ask for Beverly Sowell, Erica Lyles or Marcenia McDuffie for assistance.

Have more than one child in the district?  You can use a single login, but you will need a separate access code for each child.

2014 Football Schedule
BATES 2014 Football Schedule(6).docx

Student Passwords Reset

Student information has been updated by the district in eChalk. All passwords have been reset so we will now be helping students log in to individual student accounts. We are still working on our webpages but feel that you're going to like all the new options available to you with both eChalk and PlanetHS.

PlanetHS will host our teacher class pages and assignments, while eChalk will provide students with an email account and storage space for saving their work. 

Parents Please Read: Community Eligibility Program
Notice to Households Approval.pdf
State/Federal Parental Notification Requirements

State Fed Guidelines.pdf
Bates Middle School Teacher of the Year
K Grant TOY.docx
School Day: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Elementary School Day - 7:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Middle School Day - 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
High School Day -  8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Bates Middle School Bus Routes
Bus Route 2014-2015.docx
Bates Middle School is a participant in Box Tops for Education.  We would like for everyone to participate this year.  Students should turn in the box tops to their homeroom teachers. Our school goal for this year is $1000

School Supply List 2014-15
Supply List 14-15.docx
Orientation for Students
Date- August 15, 2014

6th Grade- 8:00am-10:00am
7th Grade- 10:00am-11:00am
8th Grade- 11:00am-12:00pm

First Day of School

August 18, 2014- Full day of School

New State Law- Concussion Fact Sheet
NCAA Concussion Fact Sheet (1).pdf

New State Law- Concussion Management Plan

Parents and student/athletes must sign before the student can try out or participate in any school sports in South Carolina.  Forms can be downloaded from this website or picked up in the main office of the school.
Concussion Form.doc
Bates Middle School
An International IB World School

Book Policy
Books will not be issued to students who currently owe for lost or damaged books, or any other fee that has been recorded on their Fee Assessment Record. All debt must be cleared prior to issuing books for the school year.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 16
BMS vs. Hillcrest(Away) @ 5:00p.m.
Friday, September 19

Tuesday, September 23
Band Fundraiser Kick-off
Mayewood vs BMS(Home)
Tuesday, September 30
BMS vs Furman(Away) @ 5:00
Tuesday, October 7
Chestnut Oaks vs BMS(Home) @ 5:00
Tuesday, October 14
Ebenezer vs BMS(Home) @ 5:00

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