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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January 8, 2016

Dear Mustangs,


Welcome back! It seems amazing that we have finished our first week of school for 2016!! I will have to say that it is great seeing our children again and getting back into a routine. Their smiles and enthusiasm make my heart happy!!!


We were thrilled to review our report for 2014-2015! When you compare our performance with schools like ours, we are doing very well. This link will take you to the SC State Department of Education's website where you are able to access any district's and any school's report card.


http://ed.sc.gov/data/report-cards/state-report-cards/2015/


I will download our report card and email it separately for your ease and review. Please know that we celebrated our students' success with them prior to the break. They enjoyed an extra recess with their whole grade level so they had play time with friends they don't often see at recess this year. They do so enjoy this!!! Congratulations, Midway!


I do want to thank those of you who shared their appreciation for the safety tips shared back in December. Now I have three safety reminders:


1. Please do not use the cell phone while in car rider line. We all need to stay focused and alert to keep everyone safe.


2. All Lexington School District 1 campuses are smoke free. This includes no smoking outside on our campus as well as when your car is on our campus.


3. Please remain in car rider lines and do not pull out to hurry around traffic so that you are driving head on or against traffic in the other lane.


Thank you for your continued support as we make 2016 the best year ever!!!


Jan Fickling, Principal of Midway Elementary

Janet M. Fickling, Principal


Midway January Calendar

click to see calendar

"Reading with the Gamecocks" Information!

Dear Parents,


Before break, your child completed a "Read with the Gamecocks" reading log and turned it in to me on time. Our class was among the top third grade class in the state for the number of pages read! Therefore, your child will be bringing home a voucher for free admission for ONE ADULT and the student to the Women's Basketball game on SUNDAY at 12:00 noon. After the game, our class will go on the court to get a picture made with COCKY! I hope you will be able to join us. Aarushi and Anushka Shrivatava have a special award to be given at halftime for being two of the highest overall readers in the state. We are so proud! Please let me know if you plan to attend so that I can look our for you and your child. Directions are printed on the back of the voucher. Please see the information below for the coordinator:


As the coordinator, I would like to invite yourself and your respective teacher and class to the court after Sunday’s game for post game pictures with Cocky! After the conclusion of the game and the alma mater, if you would get with any participant from the above classes and meet me by the marketing tunnel (beside the band, between sections 110 and 111). Please only bring down students from these classes. From there we will be able to get class pictures with Cocky on the court. It will take a few minutes to get to every school, so I appreciate everyone’s patience in advance.


Mrs. Kim Whyde, M.Ed., NBCT

Third Grade Teacher

Midway Elementary School

(803)821-0345

kwhyde@lexington1.net


Registration Dates for 4K, 5K and new 1st grade students for 2016-2017

January 25th-February 5th
7:30 am-3:30 pm

Midway Elementary Office
Thurs.Jan.28 extended Hrs. 7:00 am-6:00 pm


Please bring the following items to complete registration:



  • Child's Birth Certificate (long form required)
  • Immunization record
  • SCE&G current bill
  • Parent Driver License
  • Student S.S. card (not mandatory)




IMMERSION PARENT INFORMATION MEETINGS WILL BE HELD IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY, 2016 AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE,
100 TARRAR SPRINGS ROAD, LEXINGTON, SC 29072.


JANUARY 25, 6:00 P.M. (ACROSS THE STREET FROM MAIN OFFICE BUILDING)
FEBRUARY 2, 10:00 A.M. (STAFF DEVELOPMENT ROOM)
FEBRUARY 2, 2:00 P.M. (STAFF DEVELOPMENT ROOM)
IMMERSION REGISTRATION WILL OPEN ONLINE ONLY ON
FEBRUARY 8, 2016 AT 4:00 P.M.

Digital Citizenship


Part of digital citizenship is keeping ourselves and students physically and psychologically well in our digital world. Sometimes that can mean limiting screen time. How can you do this?


  • Establish Tech Free Zones
    • No devices at the dinner table
    • No devices an hour before bed
  • Quiet Your Devices
    • Put your device on airplane mode
    • Put it on vibrate
  • Put Phones Away When Driving

    Remember we are our kids’ biggest role model.

Mark your Calendars for Spring testing dates

SC READY: (Grades 3-5)

ELA Session 1 - Writing - Tuesday, April 26

ELA Session 2 - Reading - Wednesday, April 27

Mathematics - - Thursday, April 28

Make-up Testing - Through May 6


SCPASS: (Grades 4-5)

Science - Wednesday, May 11

Social Studies - Thursday, May 12

Make-up Testing - Through May 19

Coming Soon! Jump Rope For Heart!

Midway will be participating in the Jump Rope for Heart program again this year. During this time students will be learning about taking care of his/her own heart, spreading the message of the American Heart Association, and raising funds for lifesaving research. Be on the look out for more information! In the mean time please go to heart.org/jump to learn more about this service learning program.

Midway's Red Cross Blood Drive January 27th 1-6 pm!

Please Schedule your appointment now!

Winter weather and seasonal illnesses can greatly affect blood donations through the American Red Cross, but hospital patients still need transfusions. Midway is hosting our annual Red Cross Blood Drive this month.


Healthy, eligible donors are urged to make an appointment to give on January 27th from 1-6:00 pm by visiting redcrossblood.org using our school sponsor code: Midwayelem to schedule or by calling Alicia Weed at 821-0300 or email aweed@lexington1.net. All students who recruit a donor will receive a gift from Red Cross. Thank you so much for your life saving donation!


On the day of the blood drive (must complete on the day of drive) please use RapidPass, a new tool that allows blood donors to help save lives in less time. RapidPass allows donors to complete their pre-reading and donation questions online from the comfort and privacy of their home or office; reducing the time they spend at the blood drive by up to 15 minutes.

. It's simple and will save you time!

  1. Visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass
  2. Read the information
  3. Answer the questions
  4. Print the pass or email it to yourself to show on your mobile device.

Guidance News:

1) All Pro Dads: Tuesday, January 19th @ 7am.

2) PattyPack Drive: January 25th - 29th:


MES will be collecting travel-sized toiletries for PattyPacks, a non-profit organization designed to assist families dealing with children who require emergency and often extensive hospital stays. www.pattypacks.org

3) Parent Workshop on Mindset: February 4th at 7pm



Speaker: Erin Fitzgerald Coordinator for Academically & Artistically Gifted & Talented, Lexington School District 1


Parents only please

RSVP: http://goo.gl/forms/4e6wCnr4cs

Learning Commons:

Mrs. Black and Mrs. Howell's Crew collaborated to learn more about the Caldecott Award for best children's book illustrator.
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2015-16 Yearbook Information

This year parents have the opportunity to submit pictures that may be included in the yearbook.

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We need your help....

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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.