MIDWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

THE GALLOPING GAZETTE

Jan Fickling, Principal; Christy Mays, Assistant Principal; Mike Hornacek, Assistant Principal Phone (803) 821-0300 Fax (803) 821-0303 180 Midway Road Lexington, SC 29072
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November 13, 2015

Good afternoon, Mustangs! We are so proud of our MES family as we have all worked together to support our wonderful PTO in preparing for the World's Most Awesome Silent and Live Auctions!! Please do come join the fun! Our doors open at 5:30 p.m.and there are many different types of baskets for shopping. Just think, one basket could be divided into many gifts or kept together for fun...such as the "Rainy Day Basket" that PTO volunteers are already wanting to buy! I, myself, can't wait to see who the Principal for the Day will be, or who will be watching the Star Wars Movie with Mr. Hornecek, or who will be working out with Ms. Mays! The anticipation is keeping the everyone electrified!!! Hope to see you tonight!


With great pride, I thank each of our students who brought a veteran, active duty military person, or first responder to our Veteran's Day Celebration. The parade was awesome! The program was glowing with our 4th grade chorus and Major Hermann's presentation! Yes, we had a veteran from World War II and this wonderful family had four generations present! How awesome is this! Patriotism, pride, and honor are alive and well at Midway!!


I do want to share with you that we have had wonderful professional development with Expeditionary Learning. There will be more details later but right now we are training our leadership crew and they in turn are training our faculty. We are learning from each other and our School Designer. This is very exciting as this learning structure will align with our middle and high schools. Many of our students can already share with you about Crew Meetings and Learning Targets as teachers explore these structures. This is exciting stuff!!!


I do hope that you are enjoying the sunshine! It is such a welcomed sight even though it is suppose to be cooler this weekend. Please do continue to read with our young Mustangs and enjoy the weekend!


Jan Fickling, Principal of Midway Elementary


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MES November Calendar

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Silent Auction 2015 Friday November 13th!

We are very excited that our annual MES Silent Auction is tonight! PTO has been collecting many items from local businesses and parent donations. Our classroom parent volunteers have created exciting themed baskets and MES teachers and Administrators have many fun things up for auction as well!




Doors open 5:30 p.m.

Silent Auction Bidding Opens 5:30 – 7:15 p.m.

Dinner – Applause Catering 6:00 – 6:45 p.m.

Bidding Closes (by section) 7:00 – 7:15 p.m.

Live Auction and Entertainment 7:15 – 8:00 p.m.

Announcement of Winners- 8:00 p.m.

Check-Out 8:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Administrators Live Auction.........

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Veteran's Day Parade and Ceremony November 11, 2015

Thank You to all our guest Veterans, active military, first responders and Mustang families who joined us for a wonderful Veteran's Day ceremony and parade. This is a very special event that Midway is proud to host in honor of Veteran's Day. Please enjoy the photos and the video from the ceremony.
Veterans Day 2015 photos

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Veteran's Day Ceremony Video

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Thank you to our Veteran's Day guest speaker, Major Chris Hermann

Major Chris Hermann (5th grader Nolan Hermann's dad)


United States Marine Corps Reserve


Major Hermann has 26 years of service including intelligence, light armored reconnaissance, and logistics. He has deployed twice to the middle east since 2009 and spent last year on active duty at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.


Midway thanks you for your service and for sharing with us at our Veteran's Day ceremony.

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Thank you for another great PTO restaurant night at San Jose!

Guidance News:

All Pro Dads, Nov. 17th @ 7am

Attention Dads and Dad-figures! We will be having our November All Pro Dads meeting on Tuesday, November 17th at 7am in the cafeteria. Come and bring your student, enjoy a light breakfast and spend some time with your student.

Character Club Membership Sign Up

Attention all 3rd-5th grade students! MES will be conducting its Character Club Membership drive for the 2015-2016 school year on November 23rd-24th.


The MES Character Club is a service learning organization that will allow members the opportunity to participate in service projects, learn more about how they can grow as leaders and how they can help others. Annual dues are 50 cents.


Students must sign up and pay their dues before school on either November 23rd or 24th. Space is limited and this will be the only opportunity to sign up.

Congratulations Run Hard Team!


Congratulations to our Midway RunHard team! You guys were awesome this morning and it was so exciting to see you all cross the finish line. Training well, finishing the race, and cheering for your teammates...you should be extremely proud of your hard work!

Let's give a shout out to our Midway runners who finished in the top 20 in their age group:

Banks Smith (run time 27:09) - 7th overall in 2nd grade and 3rd place in the Lexington region's 2nd grade
Levi Samples (run time 28:00) - 19th overall in 3rd grade
Carson Priest (run time 25:32) - 10th overall in 5th grade
Lane Heldreth (run time 25:10) - 9th overall in 5th grade

Great job, everyone!

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Relay for Life Penny Wars!

Relay For Life Carolina vs. Clemson Penny War!

The Student Relay For Life Team will be collecting change November 16th-20th. We will be collecting daily in the wifi cafe from 7:10-7:30. If Carolina wins Mrs. Mays will wear a Carolina t-shirt. If Clemson wins Mrs. Fickling will wear a Clemson t-shirt! All proceeds go to Relay For Life! May the best team win!

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Reminder from the Health Room

Please remember if you need to borrow clothes from the health room please wash and return them so that we might have them available for future use.

Mustangs getting fit with Tabata!

Tabata is high intensity exercises in 20 second intervals for 2 minutes. Tabata has been integrated throughout Midway Elementary during our school day. Any class can create their own Tabata exercise and have it videotaped. We have a drive on Google with previous workouts that were taped and can be used by the teachers. We are working our body and mind together to do great things.

Mustang Tabata videos

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The Active Gamecocks program~ Turn in your exercise logs next week!

South Carolina Athletics is a continuing a regional initiative to combat increasing problems in childhood obesity. The Active Gamecocks program strives to foster elementary aged students' interests in team sports and physical activity by using local role models (USC student athletes and coaches) to demonstrate how easy and fun participating in team sports and exercise can be.


Mustangs can participate by keeping a log of their physical activity during the 2 weeks of Nov 2-13th. Please log at least 30 minutes per day of physical activity during this time. These logs went home with your student or you can get an extra copy in the office.


Students need to turn their completed logs in to the office by the end of the 2 weeks and each child will earn 2 tickets (parent/child) to each of the following USC Basketball games:



  • Men's basketball USC vs South Florida- Sat.,December 5, 2015 @ TBD
  • Women's basketball USC vs Winthrop-Sun. December 13, 2015 @ TBD
  • Women's basketball USC vs Ole Miss-Thurs. January 28, 2016 @ 7 pm
  • Men's basketball USC vs Alabama-Sat. January 30, 2016 @ 6 pm

Global Cardboard Challenge Rescheduled for November 21st at LTC


Due to recent events and current conditions, LTC decided to postpone the Global Cardboard Challenge scheduled for Saturday, October 10th, until Saturday, November 21st. We will follow the same schedule as before. Check-in begins at 9 a.m., judging at 9:30 a.m., and awards at 11:00 a.m. As for awards, the top 3 individuals at each level will be given an award and gift certificate. We also have new traveling trophies for Most Creative School at each level.


Those that were unable to participate because of a conflict on October 10th are more than welcome to register and participate now. For those that completely finished their project, if you desire, you may label it and drop it off at LTC. We will store it until November 21st.

Thank You to our Midway Silent Auction 2015 Sponsors!

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Lexington County School District One does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability 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 handles inquiries/complaints regarding Title IX. Inquiries/complaints regarding Section 504 for elementary students go to the Coordinator of ESOL/RtI and for secondary students to the Director of Counseling and Advisement. The Mathematics Coordinator handles inquiries/complaints regarding Title II. Contact these people if you have questions regarding these issues at 100 Tarrar Springs Road, Lexington, SC 29072 and telephone number (803) 821-1000.