MES Weekly School Newsletter

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Jan Fickling, Principal; LaQuana Aldridge, Assistant Principal

Chris Bussell, 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.


Empower each child to design the future


ALL learners are extraordinary communicators, collaborators, creators and critical thinkers.

#mesHEART #allmeansALL

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Friday, January 24

Mustangs, what an exciting week this has been!!!

On Wednesday morning (1/22/20), our French Immersion Program received accreditation by the French Government through Label FrancEducation. Google this and you will find Midway on their list of schools!!! This is huge!!! Our French program is the only one accredited by them in SC! We are one of five in the southeast!! We are one of forty-six in the USA!! Congratulations to our French teachers and teams, French students, parents, and to Midway as it takes the whole team to support each other! Woohoo!!! Congratulations!!!

On Thursday evening (1/23/20) Midway celebrated our 25th Year of Excellence!!! Yes, our building is 25 years old! Hard to believe and can't believe the years are flying! Our children keep us young, smiling, and happy! Thank you for sharing them with us!

The evening event was delightful as our students gawked at how loud and excited some of our returning veteran teachers were when they saw old time colleagues. It was precious! A student said to me, "This is just like a family reunion!" Indeed it was!!! We reunited many people from the past while our present staff and students embraced them and our history. Many thanks to all who were able to join us! We celebrate our Chorus, Student Ambassadors, and Student Council!! These students were excellent leaders!

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy our Mustangs!

Yours truly,

Jan Fickling

Very Proud Principal

Calendar of Events

Monday, January 27 - PTO Staff Appreciation Lunch

- 4K, 5K, and new 1st Grade Registration Opens 7:30 am-3:30 pm

Monday, January 27 Immersion Information Parent Sessions at Central Services

8:30-9:30 a.m. or 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Meeting for 5K Parents at Central Services

Thursday, January 30 -100th day of school

Friday, January 31 -Karate Parent Night Out Shotokan Karate

Looking Ahead......

February 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Centerville Elementary/Zoning Community Meeting
in Gilbert Elementary’s cafeteria at 6 p.m.

February 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

February 14. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Teacher Workday/Professional Development Day/

Collaborative Planning Day
No School for Students

February 17. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Severe Weather Makeup Day
Students and Staff Report to School

ART: Tri-Dac Info:


If you receive a letter stating that your child has been nominated for Tri-DAC, please read below and follow the steps. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Erd at or Mrs. Behrends at

Tri-DAC is a three-week summer program for artistically talented rising sixth through ninth grade students. This summer program, sponsored jointly by Lexington School District One, School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties, and Richland District Two, will be hosted by the Palmetto Center for the Arts (PCA) on the campus of Richland Northeast High School. The program will take place June 29 - July 18. (Friday, July 3rd will be observed as a holiday.) The $400 tuition covers classes, materials, and transportation. Lunch and snacks are provided daily. Please visit our website for additional information.

Access the links below for detailed information about the program and audition requirements.

TriDAC Informational Brochure:

TriDAC Audition Guidelines:

An audition in one area is free.

You may request to audition in more than one area for a non-refundable fee of $25 per audition.

To request an audition, register at this web address:

DUE DATE: February 3, 2020. Audition information will be mailed the week of February 10th to all that request an audition via the website.

If you don’t have computer access, contact your school and the appropriate teacher will assist your child with registering for an audition.

Please read all information carefully. If you have additional questions, please email .

We look forward to working with you.

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Special Guests for Midway's 25th year anniversary celebration

Many thanks to our Lexington School District One Superintendent Dr. Greg Little, School Board members, Cindy Smith, Michael Anderson, Timothy Oswald, SC Representative, Chris Wooten, PSTA Representative, Cathy Maness and all 3 Principals to Midway, Mrs.Margaret Mitchum, Mrs. Cheryl Fralick, and Mrs. Jan Fickling.
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Superintendent Dr.Greg Little congratulating Midway for 25 years of Excellence

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SC Representative, Chris Wooten with Principal Jan Fickling, Assistant Principals, LaQuana Aldridge and Chris Bussell

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Congratulations Midway French Immersion

The Label FrancEducation is an official international accreditation granted to schools offering a French bilingual program. MES is the only school in South Carolina (and one out of nine schools in the southeast) to receive this award.
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4K, 5K, and new to district one first grade registration dates for next year

Lexington County School District One will hold a two-week-long early registration period for children entering Lexington District One for the first time in the 2020–2021 school year as either a 4-year-old kindergartner, 5-year-old kindergartner or first-grader.

From Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, through Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, parents can go to the elementary school in their attendance area to register their child from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Schools will offer longer hours, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 6 only.

To determine your child’s school, go to our website at, hover over the “Schools” tab, choose the “School Locator” link and fill out your information.

Please note that the new lines from Gilbert Elementary School and Centerville Elementary School have not been determined yet. If you are zoned for Gilbert Primary School now, please register there. The district will let you know whether your child will go to Gilbert Elementary or Centerville Elementary after it finalizes the attendance zones.

To enroll your child, bring your child’s birth certificate, a completed South Carolina Certificate of Immunization and proof of residency.

For proof of residency, bring a current electric bill/statement or other utility bill showing your name and home address within the district, and your South Carolina driver’s license or other state or federal photograph identification.

If you are unable to produce any of the documents listed above, please contact the school or the Office of Student Services at 803-821-1029 to discuss alternative documentation that may be acceptable.

4k Registration Information

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Upcoming Immersion 5K Registration for 2020

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Save the date~MES International Heritage Night~Friday, Feb.7, 6-8:00 PM

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Heritage Night Postcard Contest

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Midway's International Parade of Nations

The Mustang family invites you to participate in Midway’s International Parade of Nations on Friday, February 7, 2020, 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 walk through the hallways. The parade is open to all of our fabulous students, and we encourage families 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, February 7, 2020, the amazing Midway PTO is sponsoring International Heritage Night from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. This is an evening you will not want to miss. We hope to see you there!

Health Room Needs and Reminders

The health room is in need of gently used girls leggings and boys sweatpants/joggers. We could also use small boys underwear (to fit grades K-3).

Also, a reminder that we have many hearing, vision, or dental referrals that have not been returned. If you received a referral and went to a doctor or dentist, please let the health room know.


Lindsay Ross, RN BSN

School Nurse

Midway Elementary School


Artist of the Month

December through January 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:Brianna Greenwood

Grade One: Charley Larson

Grade Two: Avery McCown

Grade Three: Aaryn Ezelle

Grade Four: Arwen Qiao

Grade Five: Raylyn Ackerman

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MES PTO Parent's Night Out at Shotokan Karate~Jan.31st

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Yearbooks sales open online only

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MES School Counseling

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Midway Elementary PTO Facebook

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Midway Elementary FIC Facebook

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Midway Elementary SIC Facebook

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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