Lowcountry Region Orchestra

This past weekend students from Sumter School District auditioned to be a part of the Lowcountry Region Orchestra. This region consists of all the counties in the lower state of South Carolina. There were over […]

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Sports Physicals

Sports Physicals will be October 19, 2017 in the gym for all 7th and 8th grade students who wish to participate in a winter or spring sport. This is the perfect time to get your […]

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FBLA School Dance

The FBLA school dance will be  Friday ,October 13,2017 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the BMS cafeteria.  All  BMS grade levels  are invited (6-8). The canteen will be open for food and drinks. Music […]

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Hornets Career in Sports Day

Hornets Career in Sports Day Magic vs Hornets– Monday December 4th– Tipoff at 7pm The Charlotte Hornets host their 11th annual Career in Sports Day for high school and middle school students on Monday, December […]

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Strike A Pose

A lot of selfie fun and striking a pose at BMS! Patrolwoman Kaela Fleming, Lead Cpl. Eric Johnson, Cpl. Dustin Hilliard and K-9 Sammy from the Sumter Police Department  visited with students at BMS Thursday […]

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FREE Energy Kit

Sign up for a FREE energy kit through Duke Energy’s My Energy Challenge.(You do not have to be a Duke Energy customer.) Bates will receive $250 for every 100 kits requested. The FREE includes LED […]

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Dr. Hunter Selected for Elite Group

Dr. Ayesha Hunter, principal of Bates Middle School, is one of the few professional and civic leaders in the state of South Carolina selected by State Superintendent of Education, Molly Spearman, to serve on the […]

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Silent Auction Items Needed

Bates Middle School is in need of donations for a Silent Auction to be held November 16th during our Open House.We are in need of both items and service donations. *Proceeds will be used to […]

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Blessing Bags Received in Texas

The Bantam Community Service Club received several Thank You messages from Texas today for their donations of Blessing Bags to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Bantams Community Service Sponsors, Tracey Johnson and Sharon Jones, […]

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BMS Outdoor Classroom

Education in the open air! Utilizing tables acquired through a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant, Mr. Erik Booker’s drama class practices improvisation in our outdoor classroom. Drama is only one of the many arts opportunities […]

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Astrolabe Lesson

Thanks to a generous donation over the summer by Ross Sandberg of Obscuriosityshop.com, Mr. Booker’s 7th graders at Bates Middle School were able to have a “hands-on” learning experience with a replica 14th century astrolabe during their […]

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Hurricane Harvey Blessing Bags

Dr. Ayesha Hunter, principal of Bates Middle School, and members of the Bantams Community Service Club prepared Blessing Bags, which will be sent to the Houston area as they recover from Hurricane Harvey. Bantams Community […]

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First Day of School is August 22nd!

After conferring with several other agencies and due to an abundance of caution, Sumter School District will be closed on Monday, August 21, due to the solar eclipse.  All after school activities will also be […]

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Orientation – August 18th

BMS will hold orientation for students on August 18th at the following times: 6th Grade : 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM; 7th Grade: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM; 8th Grade: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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Join Our PTSA

The PTSA proudly supports Bates Middle School in a number of ways! We sponsor extra-curricular activities like after-school sports and clubs; host community-building events; buy equipment not in the district’s budget; and help the school get […]

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Bates Bus Routes

 Bates Middle School is part of  the  Area 2 transportation system. The office is located on the grounds of Sumter High School, and the routes served by that area are listed at the following link.  For questions […]

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Supply List 2017-2018

2017-2018 SUPPLY LISTS Our supply lists are now available for optional on-line ordering. We selected Class Packs by Apperson Education Products because they provide teacher favored items such as Crayola, Elmer’s and Dixon at reasonable […]

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Coke Rewards for Schools

Check out how easy it is to scan your product codes to donate to Bates  with Coca-Cola Give. Head to Coke.com on your phone to find out how. http://CokeURL.com/ScanToGIVE

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Tdap VACCINE REQUIREMENT (7TH Grade).

South Carolina law requires that all students entering seventh grade receive one (1) dose of Tdap vaccine. The Tdap vaccine protects children from three serious diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (often called whooping cough). If […]

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BMS FOOTBALL PRACTICE BEGINS AUGUST 1ST

BMS Football practice will begin on August 1st.  Practice will be every afternoon ( Monday – Friday) from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Participants must have a current physical dated after April 1, 2017 and […]

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BMS Girls Basketball Camp

The Bates Middle School Basketball Camp is for girls 9-13 who wish to learn the game of basketball. The camp will include instruction and drills on the basic fundamentals of basketball. Bates Middle School Girls […]

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FREE Robotics Camp

Sumter Career and Technology Center’s Fourth Annual All Girls Robotics Camp. Open to all rising 7th and 8th grade young ladies.  Admission, activities, and food items are free. July 24 – 28.  

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Mini Volleyball Camp

The Bates Middle School Mini Volleyball Camp is for 6th and 7th Grade female students who are new to the game of volleyball. The camp will include instruction and drills on the basic fundamentals of […]

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Summer Activities for Youth 2017

Summer Activities for Youth 2017  Information brought to you by the Sumter Prevention Team, a coalition of agencies and businesses who work together to prevent problems for our youth. The information below is subject to […]

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MATH CAMP 2017

JUMP START YOUR EDUCATION! 1-ON-1 PLUS, LLC PRESENTS MATH CAMP 2017 June 12 – June 29  ——GRADES 6-8——  11:00 AM – 1:00 PM  REGISTER NOW!  COST: $150.00 (Due by June 1) Payment Method: Paypal to […]

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Shout-out by Dallas Clayton

Bates students were excited  to receive a shout-out by author and artist Dallas Clayton. After studying several artists including Dallas Clayton , an American author and illustrator best known for his children’s works in the Awesome Book series,  Jessica Millwood’s students at Bates Middle School created […]

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BMS Wins Best Banner Award

Bates Middle School staff and students participated in Relay 4 Life on May 12, 2017. Bates won the Best Banner Award for our banner created by Art teacher Jessica Millwood.  Way to go Bantams!

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State Assessment Dates

Please bring your Chromebook charged and ready for testing! Writing: May 8; Reading: May 9; Science : May 12; Math: May 15; EOC: May 16 and 17; Lexile Test (7th Grade Only) : May 16; […]

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6th Grade PBL Kickoff Spring 2017

6th grade will be exploring the guiding question: “Are animals placed in captivity at an advantage or disadvantage than those in their natural habit? Why/ Why not? Their kickoff was a field trip to the Riverbanks Zoo.  […]

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7th Grade PBL Kickoff Spring 2017

7th grade will be exploring the guiding question: “How can we be prepared for the unexpected? “ This question deals with the preparedness for natural or man-made disasters. The Red Cross, Fire Department, EMS, Disaster […]

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8th Grade PBL Kickoff Spring 2017

8th grade will be exploring the guiding question: “Can Separate be Equal?” This question deals with the Civil Rights movements of 1960 -1990. Guest speakers, Nathaniel Briggs (Briggs vs. Elliot) and Artrell Benbow (civil rights […]

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BMS Black History Assembly

Song, dance, instruments, and free expression depicted the rhythmic flow of a rich, historical celebration at Bates Middle School on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. The student led program included speakers, a drummer, keyboardist, and vocalist. […]

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BMS Science Olympiads Compete

The Bates Middle School Science Olympians Club traveled to Newberry College on Saturday, February 18th in order to compete in the South Carolina Science Olympiad. Coaches Angel Daniels and Joseph Ricks took a team of […]

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Human Knot Experience

Dr. Frank Baker, Superintendent,  participates with BMS students in the Human Knot Experience as part of the Building Bridges Inter-generational Program . The Human Knot Experience was a problem solving activity with a follow-up discussion on […]

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Honor Your Favorite Teacher!

May is Teacher Appreciation Month! Take time right now to honor your favorite teacher and fill out the form at the link below. We’ll do our best to let the teacher know of your comments. And if […]

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Student/Faculty Basketball -Relay For Life

On Friday, Feb.3rd,  BMS held a basketball tournament to raise funds for Relay for Life. 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teams competed against each other to earn the chance to challenge the teacher team. The […]

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Bantam Buzzfeed

Students at BMS are engaged in bimonthly Club Day activities. Clubs include the Bantam Buzzfeed in which students promote our school on social media. Follow us @Bantam Buzzfeed on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.

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Bantam Design Process

The Bantam Design Process is an engineering design process in which students follow steps to enable to them to create products or generate solutions.   This process is utilized in our STEAM and Project Based Learning […]

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Club Days

BMS students are engaged in bimonthly Club Days. Clubs include the Drone Pilots,  Double Dutch,  Chess Masters, GoogleCS First (coding), Comic Book Club, Board Game Club,Boys and Girls Fitness Club, Spanish Club,  Photography Club, FBLA, […]

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2017 This School’s Got Talent

This School’s Got Talent will be accepting video submissions beginning January 16th through January 29th. Finalists will be chosen with help from members of Grammy-Award winning band “Hootie and the Blowfish”. The winner will perform […]

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Groundhog Job Shadow Day

Groundhog Job Shadow Day will occur on February 2nd. There will be two forms the application and the worksheet, the worksheet must be taken to the job site by the students and returned to Coach […]

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Building Bridges Inter-generational Program

Building Bridges, as the name implies, is a social vehicle that offers younger and older generations the opportunity to interact and become engaged in issues concerning our society. This program purposefully brings together people of […]

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NAPE Parent Letter

Please open to find a copy of the letter sent home for eighth grade students that were selected for NAPE testing.

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Students’ Fun Day

The BMS Students’ Fun Day will occur Saturday, January 21st from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  The cost is $20.00.  

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SSD BAND DIRECTORS SET TO PERFORM

Bates Middle School Band Directors Sean Hackett and Alex Beaton and Chestnut Oaks Middle School Band Director Evan Thompson will represent Sumter School District and the state of South Carolina as they take the stage […]

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Inclement Weather Make-up Days

Due to school closures as a result of Hurricane Matthew, January 11 and 12 will be full days for student attendance (originally half days for high school exams). Students will also make up school on […]

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Can Food Drive : Student Government

Giving back has long resonated throughout the corridors of Bates Middle School. Every year for the last ten years, Austin China, a former teacher at the school, and faculty director of the Student Government Association […]

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S.P.C.A. Donation

The Bates Middle School student body is proud to have provided continued support to the S.P.C.A. by donating 365 empty medicine bottles.  Linda Wilson of the S.P.C.A. visited Bates Middle School to accept the empty […]

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Bates Becomes A TransformSC School

TransformSC has accepted Bates Middle School to its statewide network of innovative schools.  Bates is the first Sumter School District school to be accepted into this network. “The fact that more schools and districts are […]

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Energy Agents

Duke Energy visited Bates Middle School on Friday, October 14th to give a live, in-school performance to enrich Bates’ STEAM curriculum. Tomorrow’s leaders face critical choices about energy and the environment. Those leaders are sitting […]

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BMS: National Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and […]

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STEAM Balloon Rocket Races

Balloon Rocket Races become an engaging STEAM lesson on Forces and Motion in Mrs. Angel Daniels’ 8th Grade Science classes at Bates Middle School. Students built “race tracks” and tested three different sized balloons.  Together, […]

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Gene Machine Mobile Lab

The Gene Machine Mobile Science Laboratory visited Bates Middle School on September 21st. The laboratory allows the technology and expertise of the Greenwood Genetic Center to come directly to the classroom. The mobile laboratory allows […]

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BMS Open House

Parents and students participated in Open House on the evening of September 20th. They were able to purchase yearbooks, join the PTSA, enroll in Parent Portal,  and gain information about the district’s One to Global […]

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Bates classes STEAMing along

Mr. Jermaine White, Ms. Jamesetta Day, Ms. Hope Woodward, and Ms. Tiffany Green’s classes performed Project Based Learning/STEAM experimentation this week.  Students in Day and White’s classes experimented with Gummy bears, finding out how the […]

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Tdap VACCINE REQUIREMENT (7TH Grade).

  South Carolina law requires that all students entering seventh grade receive one (1) dose of Tdap vaccine. The Tdap vaccine protects children from three serious diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (often called whooping cough). […]

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VEX Robotics Workshop

As part of Bates Middle School’s progress toward STEAM certification, Dr. Jill Madsen and Jermaine White recently attended the VEX Robotics Professional Development workshop at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College. During this workshop, teachers from around the […]

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Bates Awarded STEAM Grant!

Bates  Middle School teachers participate in professional development of STEAM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and Project Based Learning. Bates  is the proud recipient of the  McCarthey Dressman Foundation Teacher Development Grant for […]

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