MIDWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

THE GALLOPING GAZETTE

Jan Fickling, Principal; Christy M. Graham, Assistant Principal;

LaQuana Aldridge, Assistant Principal

Phone (803) 821-0300 Fax (803) 821-0303

180 Midway Road
Lexington, SC 29072

Midway Elementary School Website

Midway Twitter

Office Hours: M-Fri. 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

MIDWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL VISION

The vision of Midway Elementary School is for students to become self-directed, life-long learners who are responsible thinkers, collaborative workers, and productive citizens for the 21st century.


MIDWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MISSION

The mission of Midway Elementary School is to create a safe and nurturing learning environment, in collaboration with our community, which fosters the total development of every child.

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October 20, 2017

Hello, Mustangs!


I hope those of you who have reservations for PAC tonight will have a wonderful evening--kids playing and adults have adult time. Sounds like a win-win!!! Thank you to our PTO for making the event possible!


It is amazing that next week is our last full week of October! This means that Friday, October 27, will be our Spirit Wear Day (Go, Mustangs!) and Chick-fil-a Biscuits!!! Also, please add to your calendars our International Night and Mini Silent Auction on November 3. This is an AWESOME night!!


I do want to remind everyone that not only do we want courtesy in our afternoon dismissal car rider lines but also in the mornings. Please remember that students should exit the automobile on the passenger side. This is for your child's safety. Again, everyone please drive slowly and watch carefully for our little human beings. Even one small accident will be horrific for our children.


Please note that in our afternoon car rider for Kindergarten, 4th and 5th grades that we are trying a new traffic pattern with two (2) lanes of traffic (left lane beginning prior to sharp curve at wall) as we must leave space for buses to exit. You can even help by placing yourselves with Kindergarten cars in the left lane and 4th/5th grades in right lane. Do not panic if you can't get to that lane. We will continue to assist with splitting the traffic for different grade levels there at the entrance to the loop. You have done a wonderful job in working with us for two days. Thank YOU!


Please have a wonderful weekend--ride a bike, play some ball, and read a great book with your child!


Yours truly,


Jan Fickling, Principal of Midway Elementary

Attention 2nd Grade Parents! Upcoming Testing Dates


CoGAT and IOWA Testing will be conducted on the following dates:


Monday, October 23: CogAT Verbal

Tuesday, October 24: CogAT Quantitative

Wednesday, October 25: CogAT Nonverbal

Thursday, October 26: IOWA Reading

Friday, October 27: IOWA Math


Please be sure your child:

-Is present and on time each day

-Eats breakfast prior to 7:40

-Gets a good night's rest

Tonight is Midway PTO night at PAC!

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Socktober! Providing socks for those in need!

Next week, Kindergarten and 5th grade invite you to help make a difference! We have partnered with LICS to make happy feet during Socktober. Socktober is an easy and fun movement to help the homeless in your community during the month of October. Kid President creator Brad Montague launched Socktober as a way to get socks and other necessities to the homeless and those who need them in our community. We are asking you to donate a pair or package of any size or style socks to give to someone in our community. Collection boxes will be in the WiFi cafe all next week for you to drop off socks on your way to class. Thank you for helping our community!

Save the date to honor our Service Men and Women, Veterans and First Responders

NOVEMBER 10, 2017 VETERAN'S DAY PARADE AND CEREMONY

Students are encouraged to invite a veteran (a family member, close family friend or neighbor) as their special guest to participate in this event honoring our local veterans and service people. Midway will also create a “Wall of Honor” to display in our school so that our students will have a better understanding of all of the people that serve or have previously served our country – branch, rank, main job duties, tours, recognitions, etc. We would like students that have invited a guest to complete the “Wall of Honor” information sheet attached. Extra forms can be picked up from the front office or printed on white paper from the newsletter email. Students should return the page to the office by November 3 so that the wall display can be created before November 10.

The Mustang family invites you to participate in Midway’s International Parade of Nations on Friday, November 3, 2017, following the morning announcements. We want to celebrate the diversity and cultural heritage of our wonderful students and their families. Students may wear traditional clothing from their country and/or bring a country flag to wave as they parade through the hallways. The parade is open to all of our fabulous students, and we encourage you to join in the celebration. We will also be singing “Hello to All the Children of the World” as we greet one another. For those who wish to join in the festivities, please meet in the cafeteria at 7:45 a.m.

Also remember that later the same evening, November 3, 2017, the amazing Midway PTO is sponsoring International Heritage Night from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. We hope to see you there.

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Red Ribbon Week next week October 23rd-27th

"Parents/Guardians--as part of our Red Ribbon Week activities we will have "Captive Conversation" cards in the front office to help you start the conversation with your student about making healthy choices. Please stop by our front office next week to pick one up!
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Calling all Mustang Artists! "Midway Mission: Possible" Yearbook Cover Art Needed

Please submit your yearbook cover art by Wednesday, November 1st! Our theme is "Midway Mission: Possible". Use plain white paper and colored pencils and create your artwork. Include student's name, grade level, and teacher name on the BACK of your design.
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Learning Commons

Calling all football fans! Read Your Way to the Big Game is here! Information about the program and a reading log will be sent home with students.

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21 days of Reading Challenge

The number one way you can help your child with their learning is to read at home! The research is there. So I challenge each of you this month to embark on this challenge. 21 days of reading with and/or to your child. Life can get so busy, but taking just a few minutes each day to sit next to your child and read a book will show them how important reading is, but also how important they are.


Sign up here: http://www.readaloud.org/21daychallenge.html


And take pictures! I'll be participating in this challenge both at Midway, reading aloud to classes, and at home with my own little person. Use the #21dayReadAloud and #MES21dayReadAloud


Let's get reading!

"Everyone is a reader, some just haven't found their favorite book yet."

Melissa Mixon --- Literacy Coach

Book Time with me!

MES LSCD1

(803)821-0290 mhmixon@lexington1.net Twitter @Mrs_M_Mixon

Art

The following students won an Honorable Mention in the South Carolina State Fair. These winners are invited to a Student Art Award Reception on Sunday, October 8th, 2:00 to 4:00. We do hope everyone will get a chance to see the artwork on display in the Cantey Building when they visit the Fair.



Award Winners:

Evie Godfrey

Caroline Near

Jonathan Roquemore

Claire Joy Stone

Emily Crowson

Kane Smith

Artist of the Month for October


Our newly selected artists for the months

of October are as follows:


· Grade K: Grant Godfrey

· Grade 1: Meana Sarwary

· Grade 2: Ella Willis

· Grade 3: Brynn Hahne

· Grade 4: Evelyn Lawson

· Grade 5: Casey Pauelo


Congratulations to these wonderful artists!

Hope you will get a chance to check out the artwork in the front display case.

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Midway participates in the Great Southeast ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

  • The Great Southeast ShakeOut earthquake drill was Thursday morning in South Carolina and seven other states.

    The drill comes amid Earthquake Awareness Week in the Palmetto State. Governor Henry McMaster proclaimed October 15 to 21 as Earthquake Awareness Week. Our Mustangs practiced how to stay safe during an earthquake.

  • DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees;
  • COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand, as you crawl for shelter under a nearby table or desk;
  • HOLD ON to your shelter with one hand until shaking stops (remain on your knees and covering your head and neck with your other arm and hand).
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Congratulations to our Midway Donors Choose Funding Recipients!

Starting the school year off with kindness, donors from around the world funded needs submitted by Lexington District One teachers through the online platform DonorsChoose.org. Congratulations to MES teachers, Joy Gallo, Samantha Leitzsey, Merritt Lemmon, Melissa Livingston, Andrea McLane, Katrinda Scott, Amanda Shealy, and Katherine Zahm.

LEAP Winners

Midway was among the elementary schools that contributed the most during the two-week LEAP Campaign held at the beginning of each school year by the Lexington School District One Educational Foundation. Funded solely by donations from Lexington District One employees, the Lexington Employee Assistance Plan offers financial assistance to employees and students in need. Midway is represented by Guidance Counselors, Ms Brandy Ludlam and Mr. Rick Masters and Principal Jan Fickling.
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Enter to win a cafeteria makeover!

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Order your MES Yearbook online through Tuesday January 31, 2017

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Midway Elementary PTO Facebook

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International Night and Mini Silent and Live Auction

Click to View and Print Family Forms

Save the Date: Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Midway’s International Heritage Night

&

Mini Silent Auction

Midway Elementary SIC Facebook

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Midway Elementary FIC Facebook

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MES Morning Walk Schedule

The schedule below list the grade level, day and time that our students will walk/run/jog on the track in the morning.


Students will be picked up in the hallways at 7:10.





5th Grade – Monday

4th Grade – Tuesday

3rd Grade –Wednesday

1st & 2nd Grade – Thursday

Kindergarten - Friday

Lexington County School District One does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, genetic information or age in admission to, access to, treatment in or employment in its programs and activities. The following people have been designated to handle inquiries or complaints. The Chief Human Resources Officer Michael L. Stacey handles inquiries/complaints regarding Title IX, inquiries/complaints regarding Title II with respect to employees and/or public access to buildings and grounds, and inquiries/complaints involving the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Inquiries/complaints regarding IDEA for students K–12 go to the Director of Special Services Wendy Balough, Ed.D. Inquiries/complaints regarding Section 504 for students K–12 go to the Director of School Counseling and Advisement Zan Tracy Pender. Inquiries/complaints regarding Title II implementation go to the Coordinator of NCLB Title II Part A Dianne Steelman. Contact these people if you have questions regarding these issues at 100 Tarrar Springs Road, Lexington, SC 29072 and telephone number 803-821-1000.