MES Weekly School Newsletter

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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

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


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.


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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Friday May 10, 2019

Hello, Mustangs!

Happy Mother's Day to our wonderful moms, grandmothers, and guardians! Please know how much you are appreciated! I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy family, fun, and something you WANT to do!

I ask that you to please register your five-year-old kindergarten students right away! You might ask, "Why? They don't start until August." This is important as the number of students determine the number of teachers. The sooner we have student numbers, the sooner we are able to hire additional teachers if needed. This is important so that we don't have to do this at the last minute and split up classes. PLEASE ask new neighbors or parents whose oldest child is just starting to school to please come register as they may not know how important this is. Thank you!!

We are working on the design and development of hosting on-line registration and allow parents to come in during office hours to bring proof of residence, drivers license, medical records, etc. This will not start until late July but will keep you from worrying about being on vacation or standing in long lines. Opportunities will be designed into our Welcome Back Night so that you are able to purchase school shirts, sign up to volunteer with PTO, place money on school lunch accounts, register for AlphaBest, etc. We will have computers available should you not be able to register from home. More information will be coming out about this along with the start date and office hours. We are hoping this will help you!

Many thanks to each of you and our AMAZING CHILDREN for the many wonderful appreciations sent for Teacher Appreciation Week! The three luncheons (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) were off the chart delicious and much enjoyed!!! Please know that even the tiniest of all flowers was appreciated by each of us. It is not the size of the appreciation but the love that comes with it that makes that tiny flower the BEST! Thank you all for everything! You make Midway AWESOME!

Have a wonderful weekend! Spoil those moms, grandmothers, and special people who have taken on "mom-like" rolls!

Upcoming Calendar Reminders

Wednesday May 8-Friday May 17~SC Ready/SCPass Testing grades 3-5

Sunday May 12~ Happy Mother's Day

Friday May 17~Relay for Life-LHS 6:00 PM, Luminary lap 10:00 PM

Monday May 27~ Memorial Day-NO SCHOOL

Friday May 31~ End of year celebrations grades 1,3,5

Friday May 31~ 5th grade promotion-River Bluff High School 6:00 PM

Monday June 3~ End of year celebrations grades K,2,4

Tuesday June 4~ Half Day for students-11:40AM dismissal

Wednesday June 5~ Half Day for students-11:40AM dismissal-Last Day of school

Wednesday June 5~ 5th grade final walk-8:00 AM

Important Kindergarten Registration Reminder!

Please tell your friends and neighbors that are zoned for Midway to make sure to register their rising Kindergarten student (turning 5 on or before Sept.1st) as soon as possible. These registration numbers are used to predict how many teachers are needed. If you have any questions you may call our main office 803-821-0300.

Required for Registration:

Parent Driver License

Proof of Residence- SCE&G or Water Utility recent statement

Child's Long Form Birth Certificate

Child's Immunization Record

Child Social Security Card (not mandatory)

A Letter to Immersion Parents

Join us in congratulating Dawn Samples, Coordinator of World Languages and Dual Language Immersion, who accepted a position as Director of Professional Learning with AVANT Assessment in Eugene, Oregon effective July 1st, 2019. Please read the letter below from Gloria Talley.
Congratulations Dawn Samples

click to view letter

Congratulations Midway RunHard Team!

The Midway Run Hard Spring team ran their 5k this past Saturday at Saluda Shoals park. Our Mustangs PERSEVERE through the heat and humidity to complete the hilly and challenging course. Our very own, Connor D, placed first in the entire race! We had several students place in the top 10 overall and in their age group. We also had lots of PR's (Personal Records) made with lots of cheering from our fabulous fans! I want to congratulate all the runners for completing the 5K.

MALE Top 10 Finishers OVERALL:

1. Connor D TRIVETT-3rd grade

10 Dalton Hodges 3rd grade

FEMALE Top 10 Finishers OVERALL:

5. Lily SADLER 5th grade

7. Allison Kuhn - 3rd grade

Top 10 MALE 2nd Grade:

Jonah - 2nd grade

William - 2nd grade

Top 10 FEMALE 2nd Grade:

Abbigail Brown

Caroline Near

Hayden Givens

Top 10 MALE 3rd Grade:

Henry Kuhn

Jack Dooley

Top 10 FEMALE 3rd Grade:


Top 10 MALE 4th Grade:

Hudson Brown

Top 10 FEMALE 4th Grade:
Anna Warren

Top 10 MALE 5th Grade:

Luke Jenkins

Top 10 FEMALE 5th Grade:

Madelyn CATHEY


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Congratulations Mustangs! 5th graders chosen to attend TRI District Arts Consortium

Eight 5th graders were accepted to attend the TRI District Arts Consortium for three weeks in July this summer. To be accepted, students must prepare for an audition. Three judges determine who would be chosen. The following students will be representing Midway:

Creative Writing

  • Macy Brown- Leitzsey
  • Rose Wheeler- Leitzsey


  • Hampton Owens- McKinley
Visual Art

  • Abigail Hall- Whitlow (Abigail was also accepted to Vocal.)
  • Zayne Jones- Gallo
  • Tristan Lotter- Dutka

  • Morgan Nesmith- Axelsson
  • Lucas Tejada- Leitzsey

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May Artist of the Month

Artist of the Month

May Artists of the Month are being honored in the front display case. Check out the artwork created by these talented young students. Congratulations to the following Artists of the Month:

Grade K: Emma Masters

Grade One: Hudson Donley

Grade Two: Avelyn James

Grade Three: Karoline Young

Grade Four: Thomas Quenneville

Grade Five: Camilla Booth

Thank you PTO and Mustang Parents for Teacher Appreciation Week Luncheons!

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Mark your Calendar!

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Relay For Life of Lexington~ May 17th 6:00 PM at Lexington High School!

What is Relay for Life?

Relay for Life is a community-based family event for the American Cancer Society. About 65 teams in Lexington have fundraised throughout the year and gather at Lexington High School on May 17th, at 6:00, to honor our cancer survivors and to remember our loved ones who we have lost to cancer. Everyone in our community is invited to attend this big party for all who have been affected by cancer. Starting at 6:00 all cancer survivors register and go to the Survivor Tent for dinner. They are all given purple shirts so they can be recognized and praised throughout the night. At 7:00, the survivors and their caregivers open the event with their first victory lap as we all cheer them on. Then walking is open for all. There will be entertainment, food, music, a large party for all. At 10:00, luminary bags are lit in remembrance of those who we have lost and in honor of our survivors, as the big lights are turned off. Names will be read off as we silently walk the track and pay respect to all who have had this terrible disease. If you have never stayed to see this powerful part of the service, you are missing the most important part of the evening. It's the reason why we Relay.

Why do I Relay?

My dad first had cancer at the age of 19, melanoma. When I was growing up I lost track of how many times he had skin cancer: basal cell, squamous cell, and finally porocarcinoma (a very rare skin cancer, only .06% of all skin cancers). He went through countless treatments and surgeries throughout his life. The American Cancer Society helped to provide my parents lodging in Charleston's beautiful Hope Lodge while my dad underwent treatment at MUSC in Charleston. 6 years ago my dad lost his battle. I Relay not only for him, but for all of those whose lives have been touched by cancer. Someday there will be a cure and no one will have to suffer the way that he did.

Where does the money go?

The American Cancer society funds and conducts research, shares expert information, supports patients, provides lodging during treatment, and provides transportation to treatment.

Please join me on May 17th and bring your family and friends! Invite all survivors to attend as well! Help us to create a world where no one will ever again have to hear the words, "You have cancer. "


Kelly DeShazo

Lexington's Relay for Life Survivor Chair

Third Grade Teacher

Midway Elementary School

PTO Restaurant Day~May 22nd

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Mason the Columbia Fireflies Mascot visits MES!

Columbia Fireflies Mascot, Mason, flew from Segra Park to spread joy to our Mustangs!
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Special Lunch Visitor!

Kindergarten student Micah Hutzle, was visited at lunch this week by his Uncle Erik Shoji. Erik is a member of Team USA. He played in the Rio Olympics in 2016 and won a Bronze medal as a libero on the Men’s Volleyball team. Erik was excited to see this sign of support in the halls of Midway, so he and Micah stopped for a photo. Look for Erik and his brother as they compete in Tokyo in 2020! Go Team USA!
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School Tool Box~

Ordering starts May 13th and runs through June 9th. Scool Tool Box is a great way to purchase prepackaged school supplies for the next school year.
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COLLECTING OLD SHOES: 5th Grade Spring Service Project

Our 5th-grade spring service project is to collect old shoes. So clean out your closets and start looking under your beds for gently used shoes and turn them in to your child’s teacher or one of our collection boxes in the halls. Every pair you recycle means extra funds for CampMates, less landfill waste and the potential to connect us to a SoleMate! We are collecting shoes through the end of the school year.

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Summer Reading

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Summer Food Service Programs

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See below to learn how to earn prizes, pizza and money by competing in the School Challenge! Order pizza from Marco's Pizza online now through May 15th and earn "Pizza Points" for Midway Elementary!
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Lexington County School District One is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all students, parents/legal guardians, staff, visitors, personnel and community members who participate or seek to participate in its programs or activities. Therefore, the district does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or any related medical conditions), color, disability, age, genetic information, national origin, or any other applicable status protected by local, state, or federal law. The district will use the grievance procedures set forth in policy to process complaints based on alleged violations of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008; and Titles I and II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The district designates specific individuals to handle inquiries or complaints. To find out who to contact and how to contact them, please go to our website at